Dues Increased 9/1/2014
At our TCDLA Annual Membership meeting at this year’s Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, your Board of Directors voted to increase our membership dues as shown below. Note that for the asterisked categories you can save $20 a year by signing up for automatic deductions.
Regular Members from $150 to $180 ($30 increase)*
Sustaining Members from $200 to $230 ($30 increase)*
Voluntary Sustaining Members from $300 to $330 ($30 increase)*
Student Members remain at $20
Past President Members from $50 to $100 ($50 increase)
Texas/Federal Public Defender Members from $50 to $60 ($10 increase)
Paralegal, Affiliate, Investigator, Expert Members from $50 to $80 ($30 increase)
Distinguished Members from $50 to $80 ($30 increase)
New Members remain at $75
Our dues have remained unchanged for thirty-two years. So why now?
There are many reasons, including the increased cost of doing business for an organization that has grown as much as ours has. We now train more lawyers than ever before. Our staff and facilities are different now than the team in the cramped building with little or no parking on Nueces Street in Austin.
We have simply grown into the nation’s largest statewide criminal defense lawyers association.
The most important thing beyond training lawyers will be our legislative effort this coming year. With the passage of the Michael Morton Act and the long-overdue improvement in discovery procedures, it is critical that we are ready to face any challenges that are proposed in the upcoming 84th Texas Legislative Session. We have added to our strength and presence at the Texas Legislature with the hire of Patricia Cummings in the new position of General Counsel and Governmental Relations Director.
With the leadership of Mark Daniel, our Legislative Committee chair, and the lobbying efforts of Patricia Cummings, Alan Place, and David Gonzalez, we will have a powerful presence in the Texas Legislature.
It just costs a little more to accomplish the purpose that our founding charter members set for us—to promote justice and the common good. It is a worthy purpose. Please continue to support our efforts with the dedication you have personified over the years.
These rates will take effect on September 1st. You can lock in the current rate by signing up for automatic renewal before the deadline. See form, here
, or call (512)478-2514.
President, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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