President’s Message: Thank You

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I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the hard-working people who are dedicating their time and talents to making TCDLA the wonderful organization it is for our members. Each of the committee chairs and members have been such a great amount of help for me during my time this year as president.

These excellent TCDLA committees are: Affiliate, Amicus Brief Curiae, Awards, Budget and Finance, By-Laws, Cannabis, Capital Assistance, Client Mental Health, Corrections and Parole, COVID-19 Task Force, Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, Diversity, Justice & Inclusion, DWI Resource, Ethics, Executive, Health and Wellness, Indigent Client Defense, ICC, Judicial Conduct, Juvenile, Law School Students, Legislative, Listserv, Long-Range Planning, Media Relations, Membership, Memo Bank, New Lawyers, Nominations, Past Presidents, Prosecutorial Conduct, Public Defender, Reapportionment, Rural Practice, Strike Force, Technology, Transcript Database, Veterans, Voice for the Defense, and Women’s Caucus. I also want to include the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute and local Affiliate Criminal Defense Bars.

Almost daily, TCDLA s confronted with challenges from various areas of concern. It is a relief to know that I can refer these challenges to our brilliant committees knowing that I will receive a collective consensus on how to best tackle any given issue. I always know that I will get the most astute advice possible from these outstanding individuals. After obtaining the advice from a committee, I then refer the issue to our Executive Committee for their input. I want to thank my Executive Committee for their tireless and wonderful guidance during my presidency on the many issues we have faced together. Heather Barbieri, John Hunter Smith, David Guinn, Jr., Clay Steadman, Nicole Deborde Hochglaube, Jeep Darnell, Betty Blackwell, David Moore, David Botsford, Grant Scheiner, Monique Sparks, and Paul Tu each deserve our heartfelt thanks for their dedication and contributions to TCDLA. I am truly blessed to have such wonderful support from these individuals.

Last but not least, I want to thank our hardworking TCDLA staff and their excellent leader, Melissa Schank. The number of CLE’s alone that are produced by TCDLA keeps our staff working long hours and oftentimes away from home. Thanks so much for your service to TCDLA. Melissa is the leader that keeps all of this running for TCDLA. Her fortitude, experience, thoughtfulness, and steady hand at handling the many issues confronting TCDLA is truly awesome. I cannot thank her enough. The next time any of our members are at a TCDLA function, please take the time to seek out these people and thank them for their contributions to our wonderful organization.

In the future, it is my hope that our members who have not yet taken part in our committees will take the time to help our organization continue to grow by dedicating their time to committees or any other part of our organization.

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Michael C. Gross
Michael C. Gross
Michael C. Gross is currently the President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and is a partner with Gross & Esparza, P.L.L.C., San Antonio, Texas. He received his B.A., Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, 1984; J.D., St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, 1987. Mr. Gross’ professional activities include Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps from 1988-1992. His court admissions include the Supreme Court of the United States; Supreme Court of the State of Texas; United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; and United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas. He is board certified in criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and board certified in criminal law and criminal appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2005-2019); Best Lawyers’ San Antonio Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar “Lawyer of the Year” (2015, 2017); Texas Super Lawyers in Texas Monthly Magazine (2004-2019); a Top 50 Texas Super Lawyer in Central and West Texas Region (2010-2012, 2014); named one of the Top 10 criminal defense attorneys in San Antonio by S.A. Scene Magazine (2013); Best Lawyers in San Antonio by Scene in San Antonio Magazine (2004-2019); Defender of the Year, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (2008); Defender of the Year, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (2009); and is AV rated by Martindale Hubble.

Michael C. Gross is currently the President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and is a partner with Gross & Esparza, P.L.L.C., San Antonio, Texas. He received his B.A., Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, 1984; J.D., St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, 1987. Mr. Gross’ professional activities include Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps from 1988-1992. His court admissions include the Supreme Court of the United States; Supreme Court of the State of Texas; United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; and United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas. He is board certified in criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and board certified in criminal law and criminal appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2005-2019); Best Lawyers’ San Antonio Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar “Lawyer of the Year” (2015, 2017); Texas Super Lawyers in Texas Monthly Magazine (2004-2019); a Top 50 Texas Super Lawyer in Central and West Texas Region (2010-2012, 2014); named one of the Top 10 criminal defense attorneys in San Antonio by S.A. Scene Magazine (2013); Best Lawyers in San Antonio by Scene in San Antonio Magazine (2004-2019); Defender of the Year, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (2008); Defender of the Year, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (2009); and is AV rated by Martindale Hubble.

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