Executive Director’s Perspective: Fall in Motion – By Joseph A. Martinez


The following motions were voted on by the TCDLA Board at the September 9, 2016, Board meeting held in Fort Worth.

MOTION: Minutes, June 23, 2017
Motion to adopt the minutes from the TCDLA Annual Board Meeting in San Antonio on June 23, 2017, made by David Botsford, seconded by Michael Gross—motion carries.

Motion to approve the FY18 TCDLA Budget made by Russell Gunter, seconded by Roberto Balli—motion carries.

MOTION: Adjourn
Motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:28 pm made by Frank Sellers, seconded by Kristin Brown—motion carries.

Special thanks to Heather Barbieri (Plano), Tony Vitz (McKinney), Greg Westfall (Fort Worth), and John Ackerman (Sunrise Beach), our course directors for our four-day event, the 7th Annual Round Top Advanced Skills Training—Discovering the Story. Thanks to them and our faculty we had 51 attendees.

Special thanks to John Gilmore and Philip Goff, our course directors for the Unleashing Your Inner Beast: Defending Those Accused CLE held in Corpus Christi in October. Thanks to everyone’s help we 71 attendees.

A reminder: If you are interested in serving on the TCDLA board, the deadline to submit your application is November 1, 2017. Please go to our website for more information.

The board has set as a goal to reach 3,500 members by the end August 2018. Currently TCDLA has 3,241 dues-paying members. We ask your help in recruiting new members and members who have lapsed. Please go to the website for membership benefits and a membership application form.

Thanks to Rick Wardroup and all of our members who are updating and editing, we will be releasing the TCDLA publications in the coming months. Please check our website or look for the emails we will be sending to announce which publications are being released. Please support TCDLA by purchasing our publications, and help promote them to other lawyers.

David Moore, President (Longview), started up the Hurricane Harvey Relief committee with Danny Easterling (Houston) as chair. The committee has come up with numerous ideas how to support our brother and sisters impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We ask you to consider making a donation.

Please join us in San Antonio at the historic Menger Hotel for the 13th Annual Stuart Kinard Advanced DWI CLE November 2–3, 2017. Come hear the latest updates from the finest DWI practitioners in the state. Please go to our website for the two-day agenda.

There is a significant amount of CLE being offered by other law groups. We thank you for attending TCDLA CLE.

Do you need CLE credit and can’t attend our seminar training? Please call the Home Office (512-478-2514) for a list of the DVDs and accompanying CLE credit.

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

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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