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 >>

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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 >>

President's Message

On the Shoulders of Giants

As I write this, my first column as President of TCDLA, it is Memorial Day in a rainy Austin, Texas. It is on these occasions that I am reminded of how fortunate I am to live in a country where we are, for the most part, a free people. I am also reminded of the importance of continued vigilance against the erosion of our individual liberties. Each of you plays a role in that vigilance on a daily basis. Thank you.

Today, I choose to discuss the notion of mentorship. Specifically, the notion that we move along faster and deeper in the practice of law when we are brought along by older, more experienced lawyers who teach us a few things about the practice of criminal law. (Continue reading here.) 

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Voice for the Defense

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Pictures from the Rusty Duncan
Advanced Criminal Seminar

23 | Can We Please—Finally—Have a Rational Discussion on the Subject of Sex Offenders?By Armando Simón

27 | DNA Evidence—New Tactics to Use in Challenging—By L. T. “Butch” Bradt, Betsy L. Grubbs & Kim Hart

33 | 
Airport Security & Guns—By Peter M. Barrett

36 | Please Do Not Be the One: An Open Letter to TCDLA Members Across Texas Concerning the Michael Morton Act—By Mark Daniel

39 | The Lost Note—By T. W. Davidson

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