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President’s Message

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ABA Standards for the Function of Criminal Attorneys

On Friday, November 17, 2010, I had the honor of participating in a round table discussion of proposed new ABA standards for the performance of criminal counsel at the University of Texas School of Law. The proposed standards would cover aspects of both the defense and the prosecution function. Standards have been in place for […]

What We Have Lost

I have thought for some time about this column, reflecting on the changes I have seen in the justice system over almost 35 years. I remember when I, or any citizen, could walk into our courthouses and conduct business without being searched, without having our purses or briefcases scanned, and without taking off pieces of […]


Recently, one of our members posted a question to the listserve asking what others did to combat burnout. As he put it, he could still energetically prepare for a jury trial, but the daily grind of practicing criminal law was hard to feel enthusiastic about. Many of you responded, most suggesting vacations away from office […]