Executive Director’s Perspective: Season’s Greetings – By Joseph A. Martinez


As the holiday season approaches, we give thanks to our TCDLA members for their support over the past year. We know we are a stronger association because of you. We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.

Special thanks to our course directors, Gary Trichter (Bandera), Bobby Barrera (San Antonio), and Michael Gross (San Antonio), for the 13th Annual DWI seminar held at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio. Thanks to their efforts we had 109 attendees.

Special thanks to our course director, Rick Wardroup (Lubbock), for the Capital Litigation and Mental Health seminar held in Houston in November. Thanks to their efforts we had 119 attendees.

TCDLA/CDLP has held Legislative Update CLE—Part I (DVD) or Part II—with Allen Place and/or Shea Place. We have had or will have updates in the following cities. We thank the respective Course Directors.

Location Course Director(s)
Kaufman CountyRichard Brand & Courtney Stamper
Hill Country Criminal Defense Lawyers/KerrvilleLou Cano & Hunter Moose
El Paso County OfficeRene Flores, Nicole Maesse & Jeep Darnell
Cen-Tex Bar Association/MexiaMichelle Latray
Bee County Regional PD/BeevilleMichelle Ochoa
Hidalgo County/EdinburgAbner Burnett
Williamson CountyR. Scott Magee
Fort Bend CountyPaul Tu & Alberto Salcedo
Denton CountyCaroline Simone
Montgomery County Criminal Defense LawyersScott Pawgan & Brian Burns

We invite you to attend the following board meetings to be held in Austin at the Wyndham Hotel: 8:00 am, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute, 10:30 am, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

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 TCDLA Home Office (512-478-2514) for a list of the DVDs and accompanying CLE credit.

Don’t have a local criminal defense bar in our area? Would you like to re-energize or jump-start your organization? Are you interested in forming a local criminal defense bar and need help getting organized? Please contact Susan Anderson (Dallas), , Laurie Key (Lubbock), , or Carmen Roe (Houston), , co-chairs of the TCDLA Affiliate Committee.

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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