Special Thanks to TCDLA's Course Directors


Jani Maselli Wood, Houston

Jani is currently an assistant public defender with the Harris County Public Defenders Office. She previously worked for Inmate Legal Services and for the Honorable Charles F. Baird as his staff attorney at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center since 1999. She is Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law. In 2013, Jani was awarded the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association Lawyer of the Year Award. She was also presented with the 2013 and 2016 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Awards from TCDLA. In 2014, Texas Lawyer named her as one of 20 Winning Women throughout the state.

Bobby Mims, Tyler

Bobby D. Mims is a criminal defense attorney in Tyler, Texas. He has a BA from the University of Texas at Austin, a JD from the South Texas College of Law, and attended the Harvard Business School. He has tried more than 200 jury trials and represented defendants in 53 Capital Murder cases. A past president of TCDLA, he is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is admitted to practice in all Federal District Courts in Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Bobby is a Fellow of the State Bar College and a Super Fellow of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Education Institute. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense Law by Texas Monthly magazine each year since 2006. He is named as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Texas by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He regularly serves on the faculty of the Texas Criminal Trial College in Huntsville and has served as a faculty member of the Capital Murder Trial Advocacy Program at the Center for American and International Law in Plano. In April 2009 he testified before Congressional House Criminal Justice Committee in support of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. In 2013 Bobby was involved in writing the Michael Morton Act and was a leader in the successful fight against reciprocal discovery. Bobby received several decorations during the Vietnam War, serving with the 25th Infantry Division. He is a "bleed orange" Texas Longhorn fan. He has three adult children and one granddaughter. He enjoys travel, skiing, and trying criminal cases. He is dedicated to the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and considers its members a part of his family.

Doug Murphy, Houston

Doug Murphy is one of two Texas lawyers Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in DWI Defense by the National College for DUI Defense. Doug currently serves as the President of Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, and also on the Board of Regents for the National College for DUI Defense. Doug previously served two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and also as co-chair of the DWI Committee of TCDLA. Doug has been included in Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report, and also recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine every year since 2009. Doug was awarded the Sharon Levine Unsung Hero Award by the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association for his efforts, along with others, in exposing the flaws in the Houston Police Departments BAT (breath alcohol testing) vans, leading to their decommissioning. The Houston Press cited Doug as the “Drinking Driver’s Best Friend.”