Executive Director’s Perspective: A Busy Spring – By Joseph A. Martinez


Special thanks to Nathan Miller (Denton) and Tony Ross (Denton), our course directors for the 5th Annual Hal Jackson Memorial Jolly Roger Criminal Law Seminar held in Denton in December. Thanks to their efforts and our speakers we had 89 attendees.

Special thanks John Ackerman, our course director for our Psychodrama Program, an intense five-day program held at the Round Top Institute in Round Top, Texas. Thanks to John, our psychodramatists, and faculty, we had an outstanding program with 35 attendees. This program is being moved to October 23–27, 2013, at the Round Top Institute. We already have seven pre-registered participants.

Thanks to David Guinn (Lubbock), our course director for the Nuts ’n’ Bolts seminar held in Lubbock in January. Thanks to David and our speakers we had 33 participants.

And special thanks also to David Guinn for being course director for the 32nd Annual Prairie Dog seminar held in Lubbock in January. Thanks to the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and our speakers we had 188 participants. This was the 32nd year LCDLA has put on this major event. TCDLA/CDLP is honored to support LCDLA’s efforts. Special thanks to all of the LCDLA members who contributed to all of the events and to Texas Tech Law School for sponsoring lunch Friday. Thanks to the Outlaw Grillers, guided by Bill Trantham (Denton), for the wonderful barbecue Saturday. There were no major fires and no one was seriously injured.

Special thanks to William Habern, David O’Neil, and Gary Cohen, our course directors for the Post-Conviction seminar held in Houston in January. Thanks to our them and our speakers we had 77 attendees.

Special thanks to Troy McKinney (Houston), our course director for the Public Defender DWI seminar held in Edinburg in January. Thanks to him and our speakers and Jaime Gonzalez, Public Defender (Edinburg), we had 55 attendees.

Special thanks to Rick Bunch (Wichita Falls), James Rasmussen (Wichita Falls), and Michael Gross (San Antonio), our course directors for the Gideon’s Trumpet seminar held January 25 in Wichita Falls. Thanks to their efforts we had 34 attendees.

The TCDLA lobby team of Allen Place (Gatesville), David Gonzalez (Austin), and Kristin Etter (Austin) are down at the State Capitol ensuring that the rights of the accused in Texas are protected. Here is list of the issues TCDLA is actively working on:

  1.   To support a viable and meaningful exculpatory evidence statute
  2.   Minor amendments to the expunction and nondisclosure statute
  3.   Possible revision of public intoxication statue
  4.   Actively engage on all bills that unfairly make changes to the criminal justice system.

Please sign up and follow TCDLA’s legislative efforts on the TCDLA Legislative listserve. Please call the Home Office if you have any questions regarding how to sign on (512-478-2514).

Please join us at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Dallas for the TCDLA Cross-Examination seminar March 7–8, 2013. The seminar course directors are Randy Wilson (Abilene) and Tyrone Moncriffe (Houston), and they have put together an outstanding lineup of speakers. Please go to our website for the entire two-day schedule.

TCDLA Board of Directors invites you to attend the next quarterly board meeting on Saturday, March 9, at 10:15 am. The board meeting will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Dallas. Scholarships are available.

Good verdicts to all.

Joseph A. Martinez
Joseph A. Martinez
Joseph A. Martinez is the former long-time Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
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