History

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.

 

Past Presidents

*Deceased

 

 1971

Hon. Frank Maloney

1972

C. Anthony Friloux, Jr.*

1973

Phil Burleson*

1974

George E. Gilkerson*

1975

C. David Evans*

1976

1977

Emmett Colvin*

1978

George F. Luquette*

1979

Vincent Walker Perini

1980

Judge Robert D. Jones

1981

Charles M. McDonald*

1982

Clifford W. Brown*

1983

Thomas Gilbert Sharpe Jr.*

1984

Clifton L. “Scrappy” Holmes

1985

Louis Dugas Jr.*

1986

Knox Jones*

1987

Charles D. Butts*

1988

Edward A. Mallett

1989

Judge J. A. “Jim” Bobo

1990

Tim Evans

1991

Richard Alan Anderson

1992

Gerald H. Goldstein

1993

David R. Bires

1994

Ronald L. Goranson

1995

Bill Wischkaemper

1996

David Botsford

1997

E. G. “Gerry” Morris

1998

Kent Alan Schaffer

1999

Michael P. Heiskell

2000

Robert C. “Bob” Hinton Jr.

2001

Betty Blackwell

2002

Mark G. Daniel

2003

Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr

2004

Daniel “Dan” Hurley

2005

Randy Wilson

2006

Robert “Bobby” Lerma

2007

Craig Jett

2008

H. F. “Rick” Hagen

2009

Stanley G. Schneider

2010

William S. Harris

 

 

 

2011

J. Gary Trichter

2012

Lydia Clay-Jackson

  2013

Bobby Mims

2014

Emmett Harris

 

 

 

2015

Sam Bassett