Executive Director’s Perspective: TCDLA in Motion – By Joseph A. Martinez


TCDLA Members held a memorial to Mr. George Gilkerson, our fourth President, who passed away on November 5. Bill Wischkaemper presided over the memorial held in Mr. Gilkerson’s hometown of Lubbock. Members saw a video of our first President, Honorable Judge Frank Maloney, speaking about Mr. Gilkerson’s love for TCDLA. TCDLA members should be thankful for Mr. Gilkerson’s leadership and guidance. TCDLA stands today on the shoulders of Mr. Gilkerson and his contributions to justice.

The following motions were made and passed by the TCDLA Board at their quarterly meet held at the Texas Tech School of Law in Lubbock on January 11, 2014. This quarterly board meeting was rescheduled when the Austin Board meeting in December was canceled because of inclement weather.

MOTION: Minutes, June 15, 2013
Approve minutes from June 15, 2013, TCDLA Board Meeting in San Antonio.
Motion made by Michael Gross, seconded by Sam Bassett—motion carries.

MOTION: To Approve Coastal Bend Criminal Defense Lawyers Association as a TCDLA Affiliate
Motion made by Mark Snodgrass, seconded by Bill Harris—motion carries.

MOTION: Resolution of Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Board of Directors in Support of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association Call for Judicial Reform Related the Granting of Pretrial Release Bonds and Personal Recognizance Bonds
Motion made by David O’Neil, seconded by Carole Powell—motion carries.

MOTION: To approve Ron Goranson, David Botsford, and Stan Schneider for TCDLA 2014 Hall of Fame recipients
Motion made by David Moore, seconded by Bennie Ray—motion carries.*

Special thanks to the David Hazlewood, President of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (LCDLA), and all of the members of LCDLA who helped put on one of the most extraordinary training events in the State of Texas—the 33rd Annual Prairie Dog Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, “One Toke Over the Line,” held January 10–11, 2014, with 216 attendees. In addition to the Prairie Dog seminar, LCDLA put on a Nuts ’n’ Bolts seminar on January 9 for 75 attendees.

Thanks to course director Troy McKinney, as well as the National College for DUI Defense and CDLP, a Public Defender DWI CLE also was held on January 9, hosted by LCDLA. We had 36 attendees.

LCDLA put on the Annual Bash party at the Alumni Pavilion, Texas Tech, with entertainment provided by Your Brother’s Uncle Frazier. They had over 300 attendees at the party.

Many thanks to the 29 speakers who presented throughout the week.

Many thanks to Dean Darby Dickerson of the Texas Tech Law School for allowing TCDLA/LCDLA/NCDD the use of the Law School. Special thanks to Professor Pat Metze, who helped coordinate all of the activities with the Law School. Special thanks to LCDLA and the Texas Tech Law School for hosting the quarterly TCDLA Board Meeting.

Special thanks to the Lubbock Outlaw Grillers, who cooked brunch for the TCDLA board and lunch for the Prairie Dog attendees, under the watchful eyes of Master Griller Bill Trantham.

Thanks to our course directors, Kelly Pace, Grant Scheiner, and Derick Smith, for the Trial Strategies That Work/Technology seminar held in Sugarland in November. Thanks to their efforts we had 89 attendees.

Thanks to our course director, Troy McKinney, for the DWI—Public Defender training held in Edinburgh on November 15. Thanks to his efforts we had 43 attendees.

Thanks to course director Jorge Aristotelidis, President of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA), for the Nuts ’n’ Bolts seminar held in San Antonio on November 15 of last year. Thanks to his efforts and SACDLA members we had 216 attendees.

Thanks to our course directors, Rick Wardroup, Jeanette Kinard, and Ed Stapleton, for the Capital Litigation/Mental Health seminar in South Padre Island November 21–22. Thanks to their efforts we had 57 attendees.

Thanks to Cris Abel and Patty Tress, our course directors for the 6th Annual Jolly Roger Hal Jackson Memorial Law Seminar held in Denton in December. Thanks to their efforts we had 99 attendees.

Thanks to Troy McKinney, Doug Murphy, and Gary Trichter, our course directors for the Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar held in San Antonio November 6–7. Thanks to their efforts we had 134 attendees.

Thanks to Marjorie Bachman, Sam Bassett, and Gerry Morris, our course directors for Defending Those Accused of Sexual Assault seminar held in Austin December 4–5. Thanks to their efforts we had 136 attendees.

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

*Minutes from the TCDLA January Board Meeting are a draft and not yet approved by the TCDLA Board.

Joseph A. Martinez
Joseph A. Martinez
Joseph A. Martinez is the former long-time Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Previous Story

Ethics and the Law: Be Ye Kind One to Another

Next Story

President’s Message: State of the Association at the Close of 2013 – By Bobby Mims

Latest from Columns