Executive Director’s Perspective: One More Time – By Joseph A. Martinez


Dear TCDLA Membership,

I have decided after 16 unforgettable outstanding years it is time for me to leave TCDLA as your executive director and begin the next phase in my life and enjoy retirement!

I express my sincere gratitude to David Moore, president, for his exceptional leadership over the last few years and more especially in this most recent eight months. Thanks to David, TCDLA is in the unique position of being one of the best, if not the best, state association for criminal defense lawyers in the nation.

I want to thank all of the boards of directors and committee chairs I have served over the years for their contributions to TCDLA, as well as for being the best examples I have ever seen of giving to the cause.

I want to thank the TCDLA past presidents for their wise and sage advice throughout the years. I know they were always there for more than just a word of advice and friendship. Special thanks to our first president, the Honorable Frank Maloney. He, in particular, provided special support to me.

I recognize the individual members across the state who would talk to me at our CLE— with whom I have lasting relationships. I have incredibly fond memories of each encounter. I thank the local criminal defense bars and their leadership for their support of TCDLA.

I want to acknowledge your exceptional TCDLA staff. They are without question the finest dedicated professional staff I have ever known. Melissa Schank, your assistant executive director, has the most profound work ethic I have ever seen.

These are just a few of the unique moments I will cherish for the rest of my life. I will continue to share my experiences and memorable stories with my grandkids. Some of my best recollections:

  • My first Prairie Dog seminar in Lubbock;
  • My first Semaan seminar in San Antonio;
  • My first and all the subsequent 15 Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Courses;
  • All of the CLE I attended;
  • All of the TCDLA and TCDLEI board meetings I attended;
  • All of the Tim Evans Texas Criminal Trial Colleges in Huntsville.

I am grateful to the TCDLA Board of 2001–2002 for offering me the job of a lifetime. I express gratitude to our members for giving me the time of my life all these years. Again, I thank the local criminal defense bars and their leadership for their support of TCDLA. Together over the years, everyone has made TCDLA a successful organization.

I love you all. One last time, good verdicts to all of you.

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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