The Defender Summer 2015

Just when I think I run out of steam, another Defender energizes me! View and download this issue here We have an amazingly talented group of writers who regularly assist me by providing research and writing on current criminal justice topics. And we have an amazing designer who brings the pages to life through pictures.  … Read more

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

Some of the most powerful words in history: The Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among … Read more

Throwback from My First Term as HCCLA President

The following was my first “President’s Message” from May 2009: Throughout the past several years, I have watched and participated as our Association has grown into the finest and largest local criminal defense bar in the state. I am deeply honored to have been elected president of such an outstanding organization. As HCCLA has grown, … Read more

Managing Client Expectations

What does your client expect? Knowing what she expects can help you meet those expectations. Knowing what she expects can help you redirect those expectations when they are unrealistic. Communication is key in this regard. When you first meet a potential client, it is important that you ask her what she expects. Does she expect … Read more

time to teach

One of those Facebook “challenges” that made its rounds a while back asked you to name ten things that most people may not know about you. I was only able to list 7, but number 1 on the list was: I always wanted to be a teacher. Combine that with being a lawyer, and I … Read more

the Defender

In my spare time, I volunteer as editor of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association publication The Defender.  I have served as editor since 2009.  We publish 4 issues a year.  It’s a lot of work but is very rewarding. If you are interested in legal articles and procedures in Texas, this publication provides legal … Read more