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Fourth of July Readings

On Thursday, July 3rd, the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place in Texas and around the country, organized by Robb Fickman. Last year there were readings in more than 50 counties in Texas. Robb created a national website, here, which contains photos from 2013 and much more. See who's already signed up for the Readings here.

Voice for the Defense

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Buck Sees Paroline Through to the Supreme Court 

—By Buck Files

24 | Pictures from the Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal Law Seminar
—By Chuck Lanehart

26 | Representing the Sovereign Citizen

—By Melissa L. Shearer & Christina M. Koenig

32 | Five Things You Need to Know About the Texas SR-22 (A Peek Behind the Insurance Curtains)

—By Jay Freeman

35 | The DPS Incentive Program

—By Andrew J. Forsythe

37 | List of Useful Websites for Texas: Free Legal Research

—By Barrett Hansen & Prof. Elizabeth McKenzie

40 | 
Keep On Keepin’ On . . .

—By Sarah Roland

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The comments of visiting Judge Jerry Ray
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President's Message

Hope for the Crumbling Federal Prison System?

Recently it has become apparent that the federal prison system is crumbling from overcrowding. In 1980, the federal prison population was approximately 25,000 people, but since then it has grown exponentially—over 800 percent. Currently, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) has custody of nearly 219,000 people. The agency’s facilities are operating at almost 40 percent over capacity. With less than 5 percent of the world’s population, the U.S. has more than 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. The average cost per inmate to the taxpayer is more than $28,000 per year. That is unsustainable, and incarcerating nonviolent offenders is a poor use of the taxpayer’s dollar.

Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act (“FSA”) in 2010 to equalize the guidelines for crack and powder cocaine. However, the act was not retroactive and only applied to sentencing imposed after the effective date of the FSA. This was the first effort to address some of the unfairness in sentencing, but the act did not do much to slow the growth of the federal prison population. (continue reading here

November messageCriminal Discovery—A New Law and New Obligations for Defense Counsel

October message: A Landmark Study in Indigent Defense

June message: Discovery and the Legislature

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TCDLA Nominations

Slate of Candidates

TCDLA Board of Directors, 2014–15


Emmett Harris, President

Sam Bassett, President-Elect

John Convery, 1st Vice President

David Moore, 2nd Vice President

Mark Snodgrass, Treasury

Kerri Anderson-Donica, Secretary


Steve Keathley

Ed Stapleton

Don Flanary

George Milner III

Jim Darnell

Oscar Vega

Angela Moore

Associate Directors

Mark Thiessen

Roberto Balli

Susan Johnston

Audrey Moorehead

Frank Sellers

Monique Sparks

Courtney Stamper

Mike Head

Featured Events

DWI Defense Project 
May 2, 2014 
Sheraton Arlington | Arlington 
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27th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course
June 12-14, 2014
Hyatt Regency | San Antonio
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