HISTORY

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) is the largest state association for criminal defense attorneys in the nation. TCDLA started more than 40 years ago as a small, nonprofit association and has grown into a state-of-the-art organization, providing assistance, support and continuing education to its members. TCDLA provides a statewide forum for criminal defense lawyers and is the only voice in the legislature interested in basic fairness in criminal defense cases. We are proud that among our 3200 members are found the “who’s who” of the criminal defense profession in Texas.

TCDLA hosts more than 40 seminars each year, providing the highest quality legal education available for new lawyers, as well as seasoned veterans. Attended regularly by our members, non-members, judges and professionals in related fields, our yearly seminar attendance has increased to approximately 5300 people seeking to continue their educational opportunities.

Past Presidents

Hon. Frank Maloney

1971-1972


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C. Anthony Friloux, Jr.*

1972-1973


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Phil Burleson*

1973-1974


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George E. Gilkerson*

1974-1975


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C. David Evans*

1975-1976


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Weldon Holcomb*

1976-1977


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Emmett Colvin*

1977-1978


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George F. Luquette*

1978-1979


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Vincent Walker Perini

1979-1980


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Judge Robert D. Jones

1980-1981


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Charles M. McDonald*

1981-1982


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Clifford W. Brown*

1982-1983


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Thomas Gilbert Sharpe Jr.*

1983-1984


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Clifton “Scrappy” Holmes

1984-1985


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Louis Dugas Jr.*

1985-1986


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Knox Jones

1986-1987


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Charles D. Butts*

1987-1988


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Edward A. Mallett

1988-1989


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Judge J. A. “Jim” Bobo

1989-1990


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Tim Evans

1990-1991


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Richard Alan Anderson

1991-1992


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Gerald H. Goldstein

1992-1993


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David R. Bires

1993-1994


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Ronald L. Goranson

1994-1995


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Bill Wischkaemper

1995-1996


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David Botsford

1996-1997


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E. G. “Gerry” Morris

1997-1998


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Kent Alan Schaffer

1998-1999


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Michael P. Heiskell

1999-2000


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Robert C. “Bob” Hinton Jr.

2000-2001


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Betty Blackwell

2001-2002


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Mark G. Daniel

2002-2003


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Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr

2003-2004


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Daniel “Dan” Hurley

2004-2005


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Randy Wilson

2005-2006


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Robert “Bobby” Lerma

2006-2007


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Craig Jett

2007-2008


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H. F. “Rick” Hagen

2008-2009


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Stanley G. Schneider

2009-2010


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William S. Harris

2010-2011


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J. Gary Trichter

2011-2012


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Lydia Clay-Jackson

2012-2013


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Bobby Mims

2013-2014


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Emmett Harris

2014-2015


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Sam Bassett

2015-2016


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John Convery

2016-2017


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David E. Moore

2017-2018


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Mark Snodgrass

2018-2019


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Kerri Anderson Donica

2019-2020


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Grant M. Scheiner

2020-2021


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