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

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 A very special thanks to Jeanette Kinard (Austin), who served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Criminal Defense Lawyers Project Committee (CDLP) in 2010–2012, respectively. Jeannette handled with great success all of the oversight of the grants coming from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and coordination of the annual 45+ continuing legal education programs. Jeanette’s very able successor is Sarah Roland (Denton).

A special thanks to John Ackerman (Sunrise Beach), who served this past year as Vice Chair of CDLP. John is succeeded by Michael Gross (San Antonio).

TCDLA received notice from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals of the awarding of the following grants for training of criminal defense lawyers and others for fiscal year 2013:

Criminal Defense Lawyers Project (CDLP)                      $926,404
Actual Innocence Training Program                                  $70,000
Public Defender Training Program                                       $33,209
 Total                                                                                        $1,029,613

Based on TCDLA/CDLP’s grant submission, there will be 36 CLE events from September 1, 2012, through August 31, 2013, in 21 cities across Texas. Projections are to train a total of 4,000 participants in the coming fiscal year. The complete list of CDLP CLE can be found on our TCDLA website, www.tcdla.com.

TCDLA thanks the Court of Criminal Appeals for their trust and confidence in TCDLA in awarding the grants. TCDLA also thanks Judge Barbara Hervey, who is the judge overseeing the grant program.

Special thanks to Danny Easterling (Houston) and Grant Scheiner (Houston), our course directors for the 10th Annual Top Gun DWI CLE. Danny and Grant have been overseeing and shepherding the Top Gun DWI CLE for 10 years. They developed the original concept for the seminar. TCDLA thanks them for their genuine commitment to quality training for criminal defense lawyers on DWI defense. Thanks to them and the speakers they selected, we had 163 participants in Austin in August.

Special thanks to our course directors, Jeanette Kinard (Austin), Robert “Bobby” ­Lerma (Brownsville), Mark Snodgrass (Lubbock), and Sheldon Weisfeld (Brownsville), for the Winning Trial Tactics CLE in South Padre Island in July. Thanks to them and the speakers, we had 65 participants.

Thanks to Sarah Roland (Denton) and Michael Gross (San Antonio), course directors for the Training the Trainers CLE in South Padre Island in July. This CLE focused on preparing our speakers for their presentations during the coming year. TCDLA has prepared a packet of information to be sent to all TCDLA and CDLP speakers. The goal is to have the very finest CLE training in Texas.

President Lydia Clay-Jackson held her Members Orientation and Retreat in League City. TCDLA Board and Members received an orientation to TCDLA and the Criminal Defense Lawyers Project (the grants TCDLA receives from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals) and to the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute.

Special thanks to our course directors, Sarah Roland (Denton), Gary Udashen (Dallas), and Jeff Blackburn (Lubbock), for the Innocence Work for the Real Lawyer: How to Get Innocent Clients Out of Prison CLE held in Austin in August. Thanks to the course directors and speakers they selected, we had 196 attendees. Michael Morton and his attorney, John Raley, presented on Mr. Morton’s extraordinary exhortation.

A special thanks to the Honorable Barbara Hervey, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, who spoke on False Convictions and the Texas Criminal Justice System at the Innocence Work CLE.

Special thanks to our course directors, Betty Blackwell (Austin) and Judge Herb Evans (Austin), and speakers for the Primer for Court Appointments CLE in Austin in August. Thanks to them and the speakers, we had ___ participants.

Special thanks to Jay Norton, President, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA), and Aissa Garza, Executive Director, and the SACDLA leadership and membership for allowing TCDLA/CDLP to co-sponsor their Seminar on Assaultive and Homicide Offenses CLE held in San Antonio in August. Thanks to the courser directors, Ms. Garza, and the speakers, we had 68 participants.

The TCDLA Board will meet on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:15 am in the San Luis Hotel in Galveston. All TCDLA members are cordially invited to attend the meeting. The board agenda is posted on the TCDLA website.

The TCDLA Legislative Committee, with Mark Daniel, Chair, will meet in Galveston on September 14, 2012. They will report to the TCDLA Board.

Good verdicts to all.

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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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