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


Special thanks to Alan Steele (Fort Worth) and Anthony Odiorne (Burnet), our course directors for our Mitigation in the Non-Capital Case held in Granbury in July. Thanks to them and our speakers we had 31 attendees.

Special thanks to Judges Herb Evans (Austin) and Leon Grizzard (Austin), our course directors for our Best of the Best: Capital Murder seminar held in Austin in July. Thanks to them and our speakers we had 86 attendees.

Special thanks to Jeff Blackburn (Amarillo) and Gary Udashen (Dallas), our course directors for our Freeing the Innocent in Texas: The Cutting Edge of Theory and Practice seminar held in Austin in August. Special thanks to Billy Smith, Johnny Pinchback, and Richard Miles, Texas exonerees who spoke at the dinner presentation. Thanks to everyone’s efforts we had 178 attendees. Special thanks to the Honorable Barbara Hervey, Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, who was our lunch speaker at the seminar. We also thank Judge Hervey for her extraordinary support of quality Innocence training in Texas.

 Special thanks to Constance Luedicke (Corpus Christi) and Sarah Roland (Denton), our course directors for the Gideon’s Trumpet seminar held in Corpus Christi in August. Thanks to them and our speakers we had 48 attendees.

Bobby Mims, TCDLA President has appointed Heather Barbieri (Plano), Michael Heiskell (Fort Worth), and Jason Cassel (Longview) as course directors for the 27th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, to be held June 12–14, 2014, in San Antonio. The theme will be “TCDLA Is All In.” The full agenda will be out by December.

The following is a complete list of the current TCDLA committees. Please call the chairs of the committees if you have any questions.




Affiliates Committee

Ray Rodriguez

Susan Anderson

Amicus (Brief) Curiae

Angela Moore

Gena Bunn

Appeals Assistance & Review

Leonard T. “Butch” Bradt

Michael Mowla

Brief, Motion & Memo Bank

Vincent Perini

Theodore “Tip” Hargrove III
Michael Mowla

Budget and Finance/ Financial Development

David Moore



Coby Waddill

Adam Kobs

Capital Assistance

Katherine Scardino

Kathryn Kase

Criminal Defense Lawyers Project

Michael Gross


Client Mental Health

Carole Jean Powell

Jeanette Kinard

DWI Resource Committee

Mark Theissen

Deandra Grant


Robert Pelton

Don Davidson

Federal Assistance

Jason Cassel

David Guinn

Hall of Fame

Clifton “Scrappy” Holmes

Tim Evans, Robert Hinton

Indigent Client Defense

Jim Bethke


Judicial Integrity

Troy McKinney


Lawyer of the Year

Tim Evans


Lawyers Assistance

Kelly Pace



Mark Daniel


Membership Benefits

Danny Easterling


Nominations Committee

Emmett Harris


Corrections and Parole

David O’Neil

Nicholas Hughes

Past Presidents

Betty Blackwell

Dan Hurley

Prosecutor Misconduct

Sarah Roland


Public Defender Committee

Jo Ann Jacinto


Rural Practice

Clay Steadman


Strike Force

Reagan Wynn

Nicole DeBorde

Technology and Communications

Grant Scheiner

Troy McKinney

Veteran’s Assistance

Terr Zimmerman

John Hunter Smith

Young Lawyers & Law School Students

Josh Zientek

Frank Sellers

TCDLA appreciates its members’ support. We know you have a choice in whose CLE you attend. Thank you for support and attendance at TCDLA CLE.

Are you interested in forming a local criminal defense bar? Need help getting organized? Please contact Susan Anderson (Dallas), , or Ray Rodriguez (Laredo), , 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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