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The purpose of TCDLA is to protect and ensure by rule of law those individual rights guaranteed by the Texas and Federal Constitutions in criminal cases; to resist the constant efforts which are now being made to curtail such rights: to encourage cooperation between lawyers engaged in the furtherance of such objectives though educational programs and other assistance; and through such cooperation, education and assistance to promote justice and the common good. 



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Mark Snodgrass

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finding the light

Back on May 17th, I along with TCDLA Executive Director Melissa Schank and CDLP Chair Clay Steadman had the opportunity to sit down with Court of Criminal Appeals Justice Barbara Hervey and discuss TCDLA’s plans for the handling of our grant seminars during the upcoming year. One area of discussion that was deemed important to Justice Hervey and all involved was mental health issues affecting our clients. We assured the Justice that the issue would be addressed.


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