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, a criminal defense attorney in Tyler, Texas, has tried more than 270 jury trials. He graduated with a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the South Texas College of Law and attended the Harvard Business School. President of TCDLA 2013–2014, he’s a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College of DUI Defenders, Federal Bar for the Eastern District of Texas, Smith County Bar Association, Smith County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Cherokee County Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas. Bobby is a Fellow of the College of the State Bar 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 every year since 2006. In 2012 he was selected a one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Bobby regularly serves on the faculty of the TCDLA Tim Evans 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 April 2009 he testified before Congressional House Criminal Justice Committee in support of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010.

Doug Murphy, Houston

Doug Murphy, 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, is accredited by the American Bar Association and recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Doug currently serves as the President of Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, and is 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 has also been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine every year since 2009. Doug was awarded the Sharon Levine Unsung Hero Lawyer of the Year 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.”