Executive Director’s Perspective: The Common Good – By Joseph A. Martinez


Special thanks to Rick Wardroup, course director for our Capital Defense CLE held in Dallas in February. Thanks to his help and our speakers we had 39 attendees.

Special thanks to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law (Houston) and the Earl Carl Institute (Houston) for allowing us to co-sponsor the 6th Annual Hon. Craig Washington and Senator Rodney Ellis Excellence in Indigent Defense Series CLE held at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston in February. Thanks to everyone’s help and assistance we had 113 attendees.

Special thanks to Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA) for allowing TCDLA/CDLP to co-sponsor their 2nd Annual Winning Women CLE held in Houston in March. Thanks to everyone’s efforts we had 107 attendees.

TCDLA was started in July 1971. Our goal then and now remains constant:

To protect and ensure by rule of law those individual rights guaranteed by the Texas and Federal Constitutions in criminal cases;

To resist the constant efforts which are now being made to curtail such rights;

To encourage cooperation between lawyers engaged in the furtherance of such objectives through educational programs and other assistance;

And through such cooperation, education and assistance to promote justice and the common good.

To these ends our 3,200+ members support their TCDLA. We encourage our members to promote TCDLA and its goals to those lawyers who are not members. Get them to join TCDLA.

Please join us for the 30th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course to be held in San Antonio at the Hyatt Regency Hotel June 22–24, 2017. There will be loads of activities as we celebrate 30 years of the finest CLE in the country. Please go to our website for more information.

Does your local criminal bar need a speaker for your lunch meetings? Please call Melissa Schank (512-478-5214) 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 your 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), , Laurie Key (Lubbock), , or Carmen Roe (Houston), , co-chairs of the TCDLA Affiliate Committee.

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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