Dues Increase Effective 9/1/2014

Renew before September 1st for $150, and if you sign up for automatic renewal, you'll lock in a $160 rate next renewal.

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 follows: 

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.

Emmett Harris
President, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

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United We Stand

As I took the oath of office at Rusty Duncan I remembered the line from the Robert Redford movie, “The Candidate,” where, to his surprise, he has been elected, looks at his handlers, and asks: “What do we do now?” Here are my suggestions for some answers to that question.

First of all, I give another salute to my predecessor, Mr. Bobby Mims. I watched and learned from him during his presidency as he sacrificed countless hours and miles navigating your association through occasionally challenging seas. He was and is a remarkable and diplomatic leader. Thanks to him we now have a newly minted agreement and relationship with the National College of DUI Defense and its excellent Mastering Scientific Evidence seminar in New Orleans.

High on our to-do list is our legislative effort. We have added a new member to our team. Patricia Cummings is our new addition to the legislative arena. You had a chance to meet her at Rusty, and I’m sure you saw what an extraordinary asset she will be leading and personifying us in the legislature.
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