Executive Director’s Perspective: Take One for the Team – By Joseph A. Martinez


Please help us get out the word for the upcoming 10th Annual Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar to be held in San Antonio November 6–7 at the historic Menger Hotel. Our course directors will be Mark Stevens (San Antonio), Adam Kobs (San Antonio), and Michael Gross (San Antonio).

We know you have a choice in whose seminars you attend. We sincerely appreciate your supporting TCDLA by attending our TCDLA seminars. Thanks to your attendance, TCDLA is able to provide outstanding services to our members. This includes our lobbying efforts at the upcoming 84th Texas Legislative session.

Special thanks to our course directors, Natalie Roetzel (Dallas) and Nick Vilbas (Lubbock), for our Innocence Clinic for Students seminar held in Dallas in October. Thanks to their efforts we had 48 attendees. This seminar was held in conjunction with our 12th Annual Forensics Seminar.

Special thanks to E. X. Martin (Dallas), Larry Renner (Santa Fe, NM), Philip Wischkaemper (Lubbock), and Rick Wardroup (Lubbock), our course directors for the 12th Annual Forensics Seminar held in Dallas. Thanks to them and our speakers we had 108 attendees. Thanks to Paul Bieber, we also did a fire for the first time ever at the Dallas Training Facility.

Special thanks to Jeffrey Propst (Abilene) and Kelly Pace (Tyler), our course directors for the Training Your Defense Team to Win in Abilene in October. Thanks to their efforts we had 25 attendees. This is a unique training open to criminal defense attorneys who regularly represent the indigent, legal assistants, Texas judges, paralegals, social workers, investigators, mitigation specialists, and students.

Training Your Defense Team to Win will be held in the following locations. Please bring your staff:

November 14Galveston
November 18McAllen
January 16, 2015Austin
April 17, 2015Waco
April 24, 2015Longview
July 9-10, 2015South Padre Island

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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