Statistical Errors in DNA

Click here for a Brady Notice regarding statistical errors in the FBI DNA database.

TCDLA's 2015 Legislative Update

Written by our TCDLA Legislative Team

Click Here for 2015 Legislative Update

Press Release 8/4/15:
Waco Biker Cases

Dear McLennan County Grand Jury, District Judge Ralph Strother, and District Attorney Abel Reyna: I write this letter on behalf of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) as its current President. TCDLA is composed of over 3,200 members, many of whom are former judges and prosecutors. Sam Bassett's press release here >>

Press Release:
Waco Grand Jury

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) remains concerned regarding developments in the Waco biker cases. Sam Bassett's press release here >>

Press Release 5/22/15:

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association is committed to protecting the constitutional rights of those accused of crimes. Emmett Harris press release here >>

Go Mobile

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President's Message


As a law student, I had a front row seat at the Michael Morton trial. I watched as two of my mentors and then employers—Bill Allison and Bill White—fought during the Morton murder trial in the late 1980s. I was a green law clerk, watching with my eyes wide open. (Continue reading here.) 

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Become a member of the largest state association for criminal defense attorneys in the nation and take advantage of member pricing on seminars, events and products. Join TCDLA »

New Attorney Reporting Requirements

Reporting portal now live -

HB 1318 requires both attorneys and counties beginning this October to report new information to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission regarding the caseloads of attorneys who accept public appointments. Read more here >>

Voice for the Defense

22 | The Right to Present a Defense: Help When You Really Need It—By Wade Russell

28 | Do Not Be Afraid of Challenging the Show-Up IdentificationBy Mary Beth Harrell

33 | I Am Alive Today Because I Listened to My BodyBy Buck Files

36 | The Carving Doctrine and the Case of ‘Joe’ Friday—By Judge Wayne Patrick Priest

Featured Events

23rd Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases
March 31–April 2, 2016
New Orleans, LA
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9th Annual DWI Defense Project
May 6
Arlington, TX
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29th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Seminar
June 16–18
San Antonio, TX
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