Executive Director's Perspective: Spring Tidings - By Joseph A. Martinez

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Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Special thanks to Dan Hurley (Lubbock), Stan Schneider (Houston), and John Convery (San Antonio), course directors for our TCDLA Federal Law CLE held in New Orleans in February. During the event, Past President Scrappy Holmes (Longview) was crowned TCDLA Dean Emeritus, accompanied by a New Orleans Jazz Band. Thanks to everyone’s help we had 68 attendees and a fun time in New Orleans.

Special thanks to Anthony Haughton (Houston) and Sarah Guidry (Houston), course directors for the 5th Annual Hon. Craig Washington and Senator Rodney Ellis Seminar held at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston in February. Thanks to their efforts and our speakers we had 61 attendees. TCDLA wants to give special recognition to Dean Dannye Holley of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law for allowing TCDLA/CDLP to co-sponsor this event.

Special thanks to Gary Manuele (Killeen), Mike McCollum (Dallas), and Terri Zimmermann (Houston), course directors for our CDLP Veterans CLE, held in Dallas in February. Thanks to their efforts we had 109 attendees. Special thanks to Lynn Richardson (Dallas), Dallas County Public Defender, our course director for the Indigent Defense CLE held in Dallas in February. Thanks to Lynn’s help and our speakers we had 106 attendees.

The 29th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course is being held June 16–18, 2016, in San Antonio. The pre-registration rate is available until May 24, 2016. Please start making plans to attend. There are scholarships available. The CCA has approved funds for judicial scholarships and travel stipends for this one event. Please call our Home Office for more information. This year’s Rusty theme is “Lawyers, Guns & Money.” Join us for the annual pachanga (“party”) at the home of Kristi and Gerry Goldstein. The Goldstein Pachanga is a cultural icon: 600+ people gather in the Goldsteins’ backyard around their pool and feast on food, beverages, and great company.

The TCDLA Membership Party will be an ’80s theme Casino Night, with music by the Spazmatics. It’s a fundraiser for TCDLEI scholarships, so you can enjoy the evening and know you are making a contribution to a worthy cause. We will have a bike ride with our guide Gerry Goldstein (San Antonio). We will also have a fun run one day down the unique and picturesque San Antonio River. See you in San Antonio.

Weren’t able to attend last year’s Rusty Duncan event? You can order the DVD and get CLE credit. Please go to our website for more information and to order.

Don’t have a local criminal defense bar in your area? Would like to re-energize and jump-start your organization? Are you interested in forming a local criminal defense bar?  Need help getting organized? Please contact Susan Anderson (Dallas), seapd@aol.com, Laurie Key (Lubbock), lauriekeylaw@gmail.com, or Carmen Roe (Houston), carmen@carmenroe.com, co-chairs of the TCDLA Affiliate Committee.

Good verdicts to all.