Executive Director’s Perspective: Summer Daze – By Joseph A. Martinez


Special thanks to Deandra Grant (Dallas) and Mark Thiessen (Houston), our course directors for the first annual Lonestar DWI: Blood 101 seminar held in Austin. Thanks to their efforts we had 253 attendees.

Special thanks to Kelly Pace (Tyler) and Rick Wardroup (Lubbock), our course directors for our CDLP Training the Trainers seminar held in South Padre in July. Thanks to their efforts we had 49 attendees. Kelly Pace, Chair of CDLP, and Vice Chair Jani Maselli (Houston) selected attendees from the training to speak at CDLP CLE seminars this coming fiscal year. There are a projected total of approximately 210 presentations at next year’s CDLP CLE. We want our presenters to attend the Training the Trainers seminar to help them prepare for their presentations.

Special thanks to Michael Gross (San Antonio), Bobby Lerma (Brownsville), Kelly Pace (Tyler), and Sheldon Weisfeld (Brownsville), our course directors for the CDLP Trial Strategies seminar held in July. Thanks to their efforts we had 65 attendees.

Special thanks to William Trantham (Denton) and his South Texas Grillers—Mel Bruden (Dallas), Richard Gladden (Denton), Pepe Flores (Austin), John Cantu (Austin), and Nitu Gill (Austin)—for cooking up a barbecue feast on South Padre Island beach. Special thanks to Bobby Lerma (Brownsville) for all of his help in the logistics of putting on the Beach B-Q and feeding close to 100 persons. We couldn’t do it without him.

President Emmett Harris (Uvalde) held his Members Orientation and Retreat at South Padre Island in July. Between the Boat Cruise, dinner and fireworks, and the Luau, a very good time was had by all. That included a large number of members with their families.

Please join us next year for the full week of events scheduled for July 8–12, 2015, at the Pearl Hotel in South Padre Island.

Special thanks to course directors Judge Leon Grizzard (Austin), Judge Herb Evans (Austin), and Joe James Sawyer (Austin) for Criminal Law Basics seminar held in Austin in July. Thanks to their efforts we had 70 attendees.

Special thanks to Robert Featherston (San Antonio), President of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA), and their leadership for allowing TCDLA/CDLP to co-sponsor the Against All Odds: Winning Trial Strategies seminar held in August. Warren Wolf (San Antonio) was the course director. Thanks to everyone’s efforts we had 90 attendees.

Special thanks to Jeff Blackburn (Lubbock), Mike Ware (Dallas), and Gary Udashen (Dallas), our course directors for the CDLP Freeing the Innocence in Texas: The Cutting Edge of Theory and Practice seminar held in Austin in August. Thanks to their efforts we had 186 attendees. We also had Cory Session and Audrey Edmunds address the attendees at the the dinner event.

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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