Robert Fickman has practiced criminal defense in State and Federal Court for 36 years. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a Past President of HCCLA, past Board Member of TCDLA, and a longtime vocal critic of the criminal justice system. He received the HCCLA President’s Award in 2018; and HCCLA Torch of Liberty Award in 2019 for his many years of fighting to eliminate Harris County’s “Plea Mill” and systematic denial of PR Bonds. In 2006, Mr. Fickman summited Denali, the tallest mountain in North America.
Chuck Lanehart is a shareholder in the Lubbock firm of Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl, P.C., where he has practiced law since 1977, and he is a 1977 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law. He is board certified in the field of Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is statewide co-coordinator of the annual TCDLA Declaration readings and serves on TCDLA’s ethics committee and strike force. He previously served as president of the Lubbock Area Bar Association, president of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, director of the State Bar of Texas and director of TCDLA. He is author of the History Press books “Tragedy and Triumph on the Texas Plains” and “Marvels of the Texas Plains.” He is co-author of “Carol of Lights/ Dirge of Darkness,” to be published by Texas Tech Press in 2023. In 2018, the Lubbock Area Bar Association presented Chuck the James G. Denton Distinguished Lawyer Award, the Bar’s highest honor. In 2008, Chuck was named among the “200 Most Influential People in the History of Lubbock” by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. He can be reached at or 806-765-7370.