The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) is the largest state association for criminal defense attorneys in the nation. TCDLA started more than 40 years ago as a small, nonprofit association and has grown into a state-of-the-art organization, providing assistance, support and continuing education to its members. TCDLA provides a statewide forum for criminal defense lawyers and is the only voice in the legislature interested in basic fairness in criminal defense cases. We are proud that among our 3200 members are found the “who’s who” of the criminal defense profession in Texas.

TCDLA hosts more than 40 seminars each year, providing the highest quality legal education available for new lawyers, as well as seasoned veterans. Attended regularly by our members, non-members, judges and professionals in related fields, our yearly seminar attendance has increased to approximately 5300 people seeking to continue their educational opportunities.