Executive Director's Perspective: A Special Group - By Joseph A. Martinez

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Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Special thanks to our course directors, Clay Steadman (Kerrville) and Paul Tu (Houston), for the Beating the Drum for Justice Seminar held in Sugarland in January. Thanks to them and our speakers, we had 40 attendees.

Special thanks to our course directors, Scott Edgett (Plano) and John Hunter Smith (Sherman), for the Beating the Drum for Justice Seminar held in McKinney in January. Thanks to them and our speakers we had 42 attendees.

Special thanks to course directors Lynn Richardson (Dallas) and Rick Wardroup (Lubbock) for the Indigent Defense seminar held in Dallas in February. Thanks to them and our speakers we had 103 attendees.

Special thanks to course director Rick Wardroup (Lubbock) for the Mental Health seminar held in Dallas in February. Thanks to him and our speakers we had 58 attendees.

Special thanks to our course directors, Terri Zimmermann (Houston) and John Hunter Smith (Sherman), for the Veterans Justice Clinic seminar held in Dallas in February. Thanks to them and our speakers we had 55 attendees.

The 85th Texas Legislature is in session in Austin. Our legislative team is monitoring, testifying, and advocating for TCDLA members at the Capitol. If you are a member, you can receive email updates on the Legislative Listserve.

Forty-one members joined President John Convery on his Presidents Cruise to the Caribbean in February. We had 10 hours of CLE, a fun cruise experience, and fabulous weather in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth, Jamaica.

Does your local criminal bar need a speaker for your lunch meetings? Please call Melissa Schank (512-478-2514) at the Home Office. CDLP has funds to provide a speaker and pay up to $500 for lunch costs.

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.

Don’t have a local criminal defense bar in our area? Would you like to re-energize or 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.