The TCDLA Board of Directors met in Dallas on Saturday, March 8. The following motions were passed at the TCDLA Board Meeting.
MOTION: To approve minutes from the December 8, 2012, TCDLA Board Meeting in Houston. Motion made by Michael McDougal, seconded by Sarah Roland—motion carries.
MOTION: Not allow counter cash withdrawals with Wells Fargo checking account. Motion made by John Convery, seconded by Bobby Mims—motion carries.
MOTION: Pass Resolution presented by TCDLA Legislative Committee. Motion made by Mark Daniel, seconded by Bill Harris—motion carries.
MOTION: Add Brady Reform and revise wording regarding Texas Defender Service (TDS) to TCDLA Resolution just passed by board. Motion made by Mark Daniel, seconded by Lance Evans—motion carries.
MOTION: TCDLA Executive Board to look at and approve revised resolution. Motion made by Mark Daniel, seconded by Carol Powell—motion carries.
MOTION: Nominated Jani Maselli for the Charles Butts Pro Bono Award. Motion made by Tony Vitz, seconded by Emmett Harris—motion carries.
MOTION: Adjourn meeting. Motion to adjourn at 12:05 pm. Motion made by Bobby Mims, seconded by Coby Waddill—motion carries.
The following information was reported at the board meeting:
Special thanks to Carlos Garcia (Austin) and Rick Wardroup, Capital Assistance Lawyer (Lubbock), our course directors for the Capital Case Litigators Initiative (CCLI) held in San Antonio in February. Thanks to their efforts and our speakers we had 41 attendees. CCLI was a Department of Justice grant submitted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Special thanks and acknowledgment to Judge Barbara Hervey for her advocacy for TCDLA in this most important capital training.
Special thanks to Rick Wardroup (Lubbock), course director for the Capital Trial Seminar, and Melissa Shearer, course director for the Mental Health seminar held in San Antonio. Thanks to their efforts and our speakers we had 122 attendees.
Specials thanks to the Hidalgo County Bar Association and Sharon Almaguer, president, who allowed Criminal Defense Lawyers Project (CDLP) to co-sponsor the Constitutional Warriors: Hidalgo County Bar Association Criminal Law Conference 2013, held in McAllen in February. Thanks to Reynaldo Merino (McAllen), TCDLA board member, for bringing this opportunity to TCDLA. We had 47 attendees.
Special thanks to Rick Wardroup (Lubbock) and Lynn Richardson (Dallas), course directors for the Dallas Indigent Defense seminar. Special thanks to Mike McCollum, TCDLA board member (Dallas), and Professor Chris Jenks (Dallas), course directors for the Veterans’ Justice: Serving Those Who Served Us seminar held in Dallas in February. And special thanks to Stephanie Gonzales, attorney at SMU, for all her coordination and efforts behind the scenes. Thanks to all their efforts and our speakers we had a total of 187 attendees.
Special thanks to Troy McKinney (Houston), course director for the Public Defender DWI seminar held in Dallas in February. Thanks to him and our speakers we had 54 attendees. This was a co-sponsored seminar with the National College for DUI Defense. Troy McKinney is also the current Dean of the College.
Special thanks to Anthony Haughton (Houston) and Alex Bunin (Houston), course directors for the 2nd Annual Honorable Craig Washington and Senator Rodney Ellis Seminar held at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston in February. Thanks to their efforts and our speakers we had 157 attendees. TCDLA wants to give special recognition to Dean Dannye Holley of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law for allowing TCDLA/CDLP to co-sponsor this event. Specials thanks to Ms. Prudence Smith who helped put on the event and was instrumental in making it a success.
Special thanks to Troy McKinney (Houston), course director for the Public Defender DWI seminar held in El Paso in February, with help from El Paso’s Janet Burnett. Thanks to their efforts and our speakers we had 75 attendees.
Special thanks to Randy Wilson (Abilene) and Tyrone Moncriffe (Houston), course directors for the Cross-Examination seminar held in Dallas. Thanks to their efforts and our speakers we had 94 attendees.
The 83rd Texas Legislative Session has been an extremely busy session for TCDLA. Bills have been filed and our TCDLA Legislative Team has been actively following their progress through the Senate and House Committees. Please follow our legislative team on the TCDLA listserve. Please call the Home Office (512-478-2514) if you need to know how to sign up for the TCDLA Legislative listserve.
The 26th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course is rapidly approaching. Please pre-register at our TCDLA website and make your hotel reservations at the Hyatt Regency host hotel as early as possible.
Please help us get the word out on the 17th Annual TCDLA Golf Tournament to be held on Wednesday, June 13, at the beautiful course in Silverhorn Golf Course. Prizes are awarded for the top two teams. Registration fee includes lunch at 11:30 am. Shotgun start at 12:00 pm.
The TCDLA Board of Directors invites you to attend the TCDLA Annual Members Meeting on Saturday, June 13, 2013, immediately following the adjournment of the 26th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course. This should be approximately at 10:30 am in Ballroom B of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
Good verdicts to all.