Executive Director’s Perspective: Rusty Recap – By Joseph A. Martinez


David Moore (Longview) is now the 46th president of TCDLA. We look forward to a very successfully year under David’s leadership.

The 85th Texas Legislature Session is sine die until July 18, when the Special Session starts. Our legislative team will be providing summary reports to our members throughout the special session.

Our course directors for the 31st Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course will be Nicole DeBorde (Houston), Gerry Goldstein (San Antonio), John Hunter Smith (Sherman), and Mark Thiessen (Houston). Please make plans to join us June 21–23, 2018. The seminar will be held at the Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk in San Antonio.

Special thanks to this year’s course directors, Cynthia Orr (San Antonio), Audrey Moorehead (Dallas), Robert Lerma (Brownsville), and Frank Sellers (Fort Worth), for the 30th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course held in San Antonio in June. Thanks to them and the 34 speakers we had 768 attendees.

Special thanks to course director Alex Bunin for the CDLP Public Defender Training held in San Antonio in June. Thanks to Alex and our speakers we had 78 attendees.

We have a great lineup of DWI CLE in the coming months. Please join us for these quality TCDLA seminars.

August 18Houston15th Annual Top Gun DWIDanny Easterling & Grant Scheiner
November 2–3San Antonio13th Annual Stuart Kinard
Advanced DWI
Gary Trichter, Bobby Barrera
& Michael Gross

Weren’t able to attend this year’s Rusty Duncan event? You can order the DVD and get CLE credit. Please go to our website for more information and to order. 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 or go to the website for online CLE.

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.

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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