Special Thanks to TCDLA's Course Directors

Adam Kobs, San Antonio

Adam Kobs graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1998. He joined TCDLA less than a month later and has been a member for over 22 years. Adam served as President of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association in 2008-2009. He served on the TCDLA Board of Directors from 2010-2018 and is currently TCDLA’s Parliamentarian and by-law Chair. He was honored as a Rising Star in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 as published in Texas Monthly, Super Lawyer’s Edition and most recently voted Texas Super Lawyer for 2020 and 2021. He practices exclusively criminal defense in both State and Federal courts. 


Dwight McDonald, Lubbock

Dwight graduated for the Texas Tech University School of Law in 1993 and began a general practice in Lubbock. He was a partner in McLaurin and McDonald P.C., from 1995-2015, focusing primarily on defending citizens accused of criminal conduct. He then transitioned to the faculty at Texas Tech University School of Law in January 2015, where he teaches in the Criminal Defense Clinic as well teaching Law Office Management. Dwight has served as President of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and is a current a Board member of that organization. He is also the 2020-2021 Chairman of the State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section Council and has served as a City Magistrate for the City of Lubbock since 2007.


Stanley Schneider, Houston

Stan Schneider graduated from St. Mary’s University Law School in 1974 and is Board Certified in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He served as president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2009–2010, as well as president of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association in 2004–2005. Among his many honors, he was named the outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer by the State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice Section, 1997. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in Criminal Defense and White-Collar Defense from 2004 to 2012. Texas Lawyer, an ALM Publication, has listed him as a “Super Lawyer, a Thomson Reuters Service,” from 2004 to 2014.


Patty Tress, Houston

Patty Tress is owner/partner/CEO of Law Office of Patty A. Tress. She is a member of Board of Directors for TCDLA and has been a TCDLA member since 2006. She graduated from Hamline Law School in 2004 and was licensed in the State of Texas in 2005. She is a fearless trial lawyer. She practices exclusively criminal defense.