Accepting Board Applications

Would you like to become a member of the TCDLA Board of Directors—or the officer chain? The application form, due on November 1st, may be found here (PDF) or here (Word file).


Awards Nominations

Do you feel that a member should be nominated for one of the TCDLA awards given out at Rusty? Go here for a form to make that nomination. It also contains a brief description of each award that may be given.

The 2016 Readings Video

To view a slideshow of many pictures from the Fourth of July Readings of the Declaration of Independence, go here.




President's Message


Numero Tres

I was thinking about what I wanted to convey to you in my president’s message as I watched the Olympics wrapping up in Rio. Like most of you, I was enthralled by the games. As the athletes’ nervous anticipation turned into joy or heartbreak, one thing stood out most vividly to me. (Continue reading here.)

Join Now!

Become a member of the largest state association for criminal defense attorneys in the nation and take advantage of member pricing on seminars, events and products. Join TCDLA »

Go Mobile—Updated 6/2016!

To download the newly updated TCDLA iPhone app, please visit Apple's "App Store" on your mobile device. For Android devices, go to the "Play Store." Search for "TCDLA" and download your free app. You will need your TCDLA username and password to login to the app. Learn more »


Membership Contest!

Win fabulous prizes for signing up new recruits! There's strength in numbers! Help TCDLA reach new heights by adding new members. Score big while helping us grow. See all the details here.


Voice for the Defense

23 | The Warrior’s Discovery Toolbox—By Chris Hesse


29 | Are You Thinking About Cyber Security?—By Clinton Henry

32 | In Defense of Authenticity—By Brian Schmidt

35 | Misdemeanor Murder!—By 
Judge Pat Priest 

39 | Look Here: 4th Amendment Musings—Compiled by Sarah Roland 

Featured Events

Advanced Skills Training—Discovering the Story
October 5–8: Roundtop, TX
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14th Annual Forensics
October 13–14: Houston, TX
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12th Annual Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar
November 3–4: San Antonio, TX
Register here >>