During Cynthia Orr's presidency CDLP attempted to employ two innocence coordinators, adding to the prior innocence network that had been established in 2000. During her tenure as president, Cynthia initiated innocence work, led a Death Penalty Think Tank even in Chicago, and lead TCDLA’s efforts to establish an ongoing dialogue with the Court of Criminal Appeals related to the CDLP grant.
Cynthia served as President of the National Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers from 2009-2010, President of the Texas Criminal Defense
Lawyers Association in 2003, and became the first President of the San
Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 1999. She currently
serves on the Board of Governors for the Bar Association of the Fifth
Federal Circuit. Her colleagues elected her to Chair the American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Section in 2014.
Cynthia is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association and the SABA
Federal Courts Committee, and Co-chair of the Criminal Law Subcommittee.
Downtown Rotary Club and chair of the San Antonio Bar Association’s
Federal Courts Committee - Criminal Law Subcommittee.