Executive Director's Perspective: A Full Lineup - By Joseph A. Martinez

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The 85th Texas Legislature has started. Our legislative team is monitoring, testifying, and advocating for TCDLA members at the Capital. If you are a member, you are automatically enrolled in our Legislative Listserve. The legislative team: Andrea Keilen, Allen Place, David Gonzalez, Shea Place, Bill Harris, Mark Daniel, Susan Kelly, and Bobby Mims will be posting periodically to keep you informed of TCDLA’s position and activities. The listserve is for informational purposes only and cannot receive responses. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this session, contact Andrea Keilen, TCDLA General Counsel and Lobbyist, at akeilen@tcdla.com or (512)646-2730.

Special thanks to our course directors, Bobby Barrera (San Antonio), Michael Gross (San Antonio), and Adam Kobs (San Antonio), for our 12th Annual Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI seminar held in San Antonio in November. Thanks to them and our outstanding lineup of speakers we had 96 attendees. Attend five TCDLA DWI seminars within two years and receive a DWI Warrior Certificate and order a DWI desk statue to highlight your training in specific DWI areas. TCDLA has five DWI seminars; don’t be confused with any other DWI seminar. Register for one of TCDLA’s today!

  • TCDLA/NCDD Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI—March 23–24, 2017, New Orleans
  • TCDLA DWI Defense Project—May 5, 2017, Grapevine
  • TCDLA Top Gun DWI—August 18, 2017, Houston
  • TCDLA Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI—November 2–3, 2017, San Antonio
  • TCDLA Lone Star DWI—2018, Austin

Special thanks to our course directors, Heather Barbieri (Plano) and Mark Stevens (San Antonio), for our Sexual Offenses seminar held in San Antonio in December. Thanks to them and our great lineup of speakers we had 146 attendees.

Special thanks to our course directors, Nicolas Hughes (Houston), E. X. Martin (Dallas), Larry Renner (New Mexico), Rick Wardroup (Lubbock), and Philip Wischkaemper (Lubbock), for our CDLP 14th Annual Forensics seminar held in Houston in October. This seminar was initiated by Philip Wischkaemper (Lubbock) and Michael Charlton (Oregon) in 2002. They saw a need for training criminal defense lawyers in the science of forensics. Thanks to them, our course directors, and the forensics speakers, we had 111 attendees.

Special thanks to course director Mike Ware (Fort Worth) for the Innocence for Students seminar held in conjunction with our CDLP 14th Annual Forensics seminar. This is the 10th year we have held this training for the innocence clinics in Texas. For this edition we had 43 attendees.

Special thanks to our course directors, John Hunter Smith (Sherman) and Jaime Gonzalez (McAllen), for the Beating the Drum for Justice seminar held in McAllen in November. Thanks to them and our lineup of speakers we had 53 attendees.

The Beating the Drum for Justice seminar will be held in the following cities in the coming seven months. Every day our brother and sister lawyers throughout the State of Texas walk through those courthouse doors to obtain justice for their clients. This is a must-attend seminar for every lawyer who defends those accused of crimes in the State of Texas. This seminar offers a little bit of everything for both the new and experienced lawyer—from defending various criminal offenses, evidence, jury selection, open/closing statements, cross/direct examination, using technology in the courtroom, and ethics. Please join us as we beat the drum for justice and work towards obtaining that Not Guilty verdict—and a day of friendship and outstanding training. Register online or call (512)478-2514.

  • Waco: 4/7/2017, Heather Barbieri and Stan Schwieger
  • Tyler: 4/21/2017, Heather Barbieri and Kelly Pace
  • Wichita Falls: 4/28/2017, John Hunter Smith and Dustin Nimz
  • South Padre Island: 7/13–14/2017, Heather Barbieri, John Hunter Smith, and Bobby Lerma

Special thanks to our course directors, Rick Wardroup (Lubbock) and Ed Stapleton (Brownsville), for our Capital Trial/Mental Health seminar held in South Padre Island in November. Thanks to them and our speakers we had 79 attendees.

Special thanks to President Michael McCrum (San Antonio) of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA) for allowing CDLP to co-sponsor their Nuts and Bolts seminar held in San Antonio in November. Thanks to them and the great lineup of speakers we had 110 attendees.

Special thanks to our course directors, Patty Tress (Denton) and Chris Abel (Flower Mound), for the 9th Annual Jolly Roger seminar held in Lewisville in December. Thanks to them and the fabulous lineup of speakers, we had 86 attendees.

Special thanks to our course directors, Mark Griffith (Waxahachie), Michael Mowla (Cedar Hill), and Sarah Roland (Denton), for our 1st Annual Attacking Junk Science Seminar held in Austin in January. Thanks to them and the outstanding lineup of speakers we had 82 attendees.

Special thanks to Taly Jacobs, president of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (LCDLA), for allowing CDLP to co-sponsor the 36th Annual Prairie Dog seminar held at the Texas Tech Law School in Lubbock. LCDLA and CDLP also put on a Nuts ’n’ Bolts seminar the day before Prairie Dog at the law school. LCDLA also put on a banquet on campus at the Alumni Center. Music for the event was provided by My Brother’s Uncle. They had over 200 attendees. TCDLA congratulates Ms. Jacobs and LCDLA for a very successful week of events. Keep up the good work.

TCDLA and LCDLA thank Dean Darby Dickerson of the law school for allowing us to use the facilities. This is the 10th year these events have been held at the law school. We hope this is a model for how TCDLA and local bars can work with law schools across Texas.

Does your local criminal bar need a speaker for your lunch or dinner CLE? Please call Melissa Schank at the home office (512)478-5214. CDLP has funds to provide a speaker, CLE, and snacks up to $500 while promoting your local bar. Rural Committee Co-Chairs Clay Steadman and David Ryan are also available to assist in your area.

Do you need CLE credit and can’t attend our seminar training? Please call the home office for a list of the DVDs and accompanying CLE credit. Online we have over 75 one-hour programs available to purchase and watch immediately.

Don’t have a local criminal defense bar in your area? Would you like to re-energize or jump-start your organization? Are you interested in forming a local criminal defense bar or becoming an affiliate bar of TCDLA?  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.