Get Involved!

Now's the time to get involved in one of TCDLA's committees. We're looking for motivated individuals for upcoming openings on the 2016–2017 committees. Check out the form, here, and sign up now.


Declarations Leaders

Did you participate in the July 1st Readings? Check out who was leading the charge in your area on this handy-dandy interactive map created by Charles Blevins here.

July 4th Readings Video



July 4th Readings

Sign up now to lead a Reading in your county. Robb Fickman and team—Chuck Lanehart (Lubbock), Kerri Anderson-Donica (Corsicana), Tip Hargrove (Abilene), David Schulman (Austin), Mary Conn (Houston), Michelle Ochoa (Beeville), Mary Beth Harrell (Killeen), Jim Darnell (El Paso), Jeff Blackburn (Amarillo), Sheldon Weisfeld (Valley), Dustin Nimz (Wichita Falls), and Tammy Schmidt Keener (Fredericksburg)—will be working to place one in each of Texas' 254 counties. Click here to see pictures from last year's events. This year's list will be compiled here.

President's Message


Numero Dos

As I write this I’m still in the honeymoon phase of my TCDLA presidency. I’m on the beach at The Pearl resort on South Padre Island, with friends and family, attending our TCDLA Members Trip. (Continue reading here.)

Join Now!

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 »

Go Mobile—Updated 6/2016!

To download the newly updated TCDLA iPhone app, please visit Apple's "App Store" on your mobile device. For Android devices, go to the "Play Store." Search for "TCDLA" and download your free app. You will need your TCDLA username and password to login to the app. learn more »


Board Membership

Would you like to become a member of the TCDLA Board of Directors? The application form, due on November 1st, may be found here (PDF) or here (Word file).



Voice for the Defense

23 | The Many Faces of Rusty: Pictures from the Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Seminar


26 | SMO: Front–Loading Mitigation—By Gerald Bierbaum


29 | July Fourth Readings: The Principals

31 | Reading Old Words Is Good for the Soul: Reflections on the 2016 TCDLA Declaration Readings—By 
Chuck Lanehart 

34 | Declaration Reading Recollections and Media Mentions—Compiled by Chuck Lanehart 


Featured Events

3rd Annual Lone Star DWI
July 22: Austin, TX
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14th Annual Top Gun DWI
September 16: Houston, TX
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Advanced Skills Training—Discovering the Story
October 5–8: Roundtop, TX
Register here >>