Executive Director's Perspective: Welcome Aboard - By Joseph A. Martinez

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Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Please join me in welcoming Andrea Keilen, our new General Counsel for TCDLA. Andrea will also be our Lobbyist, working with our lobby team in the upcoming Texas Legislative session. Andrea brings a wealth of experience to TCDLA. We are very fortunate to have her on board. She can be reached at the home office, 512-478-2514.

Special thanks to course director Rick Wardroup for our Capital/Mental Health seminar held in Houston in February. Thanks to him and our speakers we had 108 attendees.

Special thanks to Gerry Morris (Austin), current president of NACDL, for allowing TCDLA/CDLP to help co-sponsor the 2016 Midwinter Meeting & Seminar held in Austin in February. CDLP provided 48 scholarships to the seminar. We thank the CCA, in particular Judge Barbara Hervey, for their support of the scholarships. Special thanks to Norman Reimer, Executive Director of NACDL, and Gerald Lippert, Associate Executive Director for Programs, Business Services, and Technology of NACDL, for all of their help and support. TCDLA sponsored a Texas Night at Austin Saengerrunde Hall for the NACDL seminar participants and board members. A good Texas time was had by all.

Very special thanks to Lydia Clay-Jackson (Conroe) and Tim Evans (Fort Worth), our Dean of Students and Dean of Faculty, respectively, of our 40th Annual Texas Criminal Trial College, held in Huntsville. For the last 40 years TCDLA/CDLP has provided a week-long college focused on improving the trial skills of lawyers. Lydia and Tim for at least the last 20+ years have been the bedrock of the college. We thank them for their contributions to justice. We thank the 47 faculty who participated this year. We had 74 students attend the college.

The 29th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course is being held June 16–18, 2016, in San Antonio. Please start making plans to attend. There are scholarships available, and the CCA has approved funds for judicial travel stipends for this one event. Please call our home office for more information. This year’s Rusty theme is “Lawyers, Guns, and Money.”

Join us in San Antonio for the 24th Annual Pachanga Party at the home of the Goldsteins (Kristi and Gerry). The Goldstein Pachanga is a cultural icon, 600+ people gathering in the Goldsteins’ backyard around their pool and feasting on food, beverages, and great company.

The TCDLA membership party this year will be an ’80s-theme Casino Night, featuring music from The Spazmatics. It will be a fundraiser for TCDLEI to provide scholarships to lawyers, 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 morning 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.

Do you need CLE credit and can’t attend our seminar training? Please call the home office (512-468-2514) for a list of the DVDs and accompanying CLE credit.

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.