Executive Director’s Perspective: Winter Training – By Joseph A. Martinez


TCDLA has the following outstanding DWI CLE in the months to come. We hope our members who defend those accused of a DWI offence will attend these CLE and support TCDLA.

March 26–28New OrleansMastering Scientific Evidence*
May 1Arlington8th Annual DWI Defense Project
July 2Austin2nd Annual Lonestar DWI Blood 101
August 21Houston13th Annual Top Gun DWI
November 12–13San Antonio11th Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI

*Co-sponsored with the National College for DUI Defense

“Training Your Defense Team to Win,” a CDLP grant seminar, 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. We have had very good participation through the first three of these CLEs.

“Training Your Defense Team to Win” will be held in the following locations. Please bring your staff and your defense team members:

April 17, 2015Waco
April 24, 2015Longview
July 9–10, 2015South Padre Island

Special thanks to Stephanie Patten (Fort Worth), Sarah Roland (Denton), and Mark Daniel (Fort Worth), our course directors for our seminar “Defending Those Accused of Sexual Offenses,” held in Fort Worth in December. Thanks to their efforts we had 156 attendees.

Special thanks to Chris Abel (Flower Mound) and Patty Tress (Denton), our course directors for the 7th Annual Jolly Roger seminar held in Denton. Thanks to their efforts we had 78 attendees.

A very special thanks to Brian Murray (Lubbock), President of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, for allowing TCDLA/CDLP to co-sponsor the 34th Annual Prairie Dog Seminar held in Lubbock at the Texas Tech School of Law in January. Special thanks to Dean Darby Dickerson of the law school for allowing all of the training events to be held there. Very special thanks to Professor Pat Metze, who was very special liaison with the law school. Professor Metze also runs the Criminal Law Clinic at the law school.

The events included the following seminars:

Federal Law: Thanks to the efforts of Course Director Michael King (Lubbock), we had 62 attendees.

Nuts ’n’ Bolts & the Michael Morton Act: Thanks to the efforts of course directors Chuck Lanehart and Philip Wischkaemper (both from Lubbock), we had 72 attendees.

34th Annual Prairie Dog: Thanks to the efforts of course directors Taly Jacobs, Brian Murray, and Frank Sellers (all from Lubbock), we had 206 attendees.

LCDLA held a dinner/dance fundraiser to raise money for the Brendan Murray scholarships for worthy law school students. Since 2007, LCDLA has netted nearly $100,000 through proceeds of the event and private contributions.

Special thanks to Bill Trantham (Denton) and the famous Outlaw Grillers (Lubbock), who braved blistering cold winter weather to barbecue and cook Mexican posole (pork stew) for 200 attendees in the parking lot of the law school.

Don’t have a local criminal defense bar in your area? 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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