2007 | Craig Jett 

During Craig Jett’s term in 2007, Dallas witnessed a sea change in local politics, with Democrats sweeping into office and changing the dynamic. The local newspaper even began to question whether the state of Texas was indeed executing the innocent.

Also during his term, TCDLA members won major victories in clients’ rights in Texas, including validating the right of a lawyer and client to have privileged communication. In his words: “We and our clients are often told by judges and prosecutors to do the right thing. They need to listen to and comply with their own admonition.”

Craig spent his term spent fighting against the entrenched entitlements of law enforcement here, which has been a law unto itself.

And on his watch, Craig saw the Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Seminar blossom, increasing more than 20 percent in turnout, with a host of innovations to draw in new members.