Nine volunteers from LCDLA made the trip to Grace Campus to set up a taco bar for the campus residents this past week on June 14, 2016. Volunteers included James Moore, Taly Jacobs, Megan Metsgar, Sloan Spalla, Frank Sellers, Sara Johnson, Laurie Key, Phil Johnson & Maritza Gamboa. Residents loved the food and the setup that our organization brought, as well as all of the leftovers! If you want to be involved in the next meal, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the Lubbock Private Defender’s Office, May’s monthly meeting was the largest attended meeting in past years. LCDLA continues to educate the membership on the importance of ethical billing and mentorship within our organization. Rusty Gunter and Fred Stangl lead the CLE presentation on billing. Donations were collected for Grace Campus, and new mentors and mentees were paired by Phil Wischkaemper and Sara Johnson. Members prepare to gear up for the Rusty Duncan seminar in San Antonio in June that will take the place of next month’s meeting.
LCDLA fed 95 people at Grace Campus for the first time on April 27, 2016. It is the first meal of our organizations’ service project, which was voted on during the March meeting. The volunteers for our first event were Rusty Gunter, Sara Johnson, Allison Clayton, Philip Wischkaemper, Preston Chisum and Lori Amin. We may have cooked a little too much pulled pork, but it was still appreciated as they used it for lunch the following day. I was so proud of our members stepping up and asking to help. The patrons at Grace Campus enjoyed the meal and were excited and grateful to have us there. If you would like to help in the future, please email me at email@example.com to be put on the list. Thanks again to my volunteers!
For years, members of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (LCDLA) have gathered on the steps of the Lubbock County Courthouse in early July. There, to honor America, they publicly read the Declaration of Independence, just as citizens in colonial times did in 1776. The public recitals are part of an effort sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) to hold similar readings across the state.
This year, TCDLA’s goal is to hold readings of the Declaration in each of Texas’ 254 counties, and LCDLA volunteers have accepted the challenge. Since many of the smaller counties of the South Plains surrounding Lubbock have few lawyers available for such readings, LCDLA members will appear on the courthouse steps of each of the rural county courthouses for public readings at specified times on July 1.
The counties include Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Dickens, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hockley, Lamb, Lynn, Motley, Parmer, Swisher, Terry, and Yoakum. Those who have volunteered for the effort are Dick Baker, Allison Clayton, Douglas Freitag, Rusty Gunter, Anne Hazlewood, David Hazlewood, Sara Johnson, Laurie Key, Justin Kiechler, and Jonette Walker.
LCDLA encourages all local residents, media, and courthouse personnel to attend the readings: to honor America.
The Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association recently inducted new officers and directors for 2016-2017. Seated (left-to-right) are Director Allison Clayton, President Taly Jacobs and Vice-President for Education Sara Johnson. Standing (left-to-right) are Past-President Frank Sellers, President-Elect Justin Kiechler, Director Dick Baker, Vice-President for Court Liaison Philip Wischkaemper, Director Michael King, and Secretary Rusty Gunter. Not pictured is Treasurer Marlise Hernandez.
LCDLA held its monthly meeting on March 24, 2016. This was the first meeting held by new President Taly Jacobs. The upcoming service project with Grace Campus was discussed and the membership was excited to work with such an important community resource. Charles Blevins presented to the board for continuing education credit, and we welcomed local attorneys Rod Hobson and Kris Espino as guests to the meeting.
First and foremost, I would like to thank the members of LCDLA for giving me the honor of serving as President of our organization for the 2016-2017 term.
When LCDLA was formed in 1980, its founding principles were to encourage, sponsor and promote within our legal bar and community. We encourage cooperation and facilitate a good working relationship between young and experienced lawyers. We sponsor local education programs and charitable endeavors across the South Plains. Each year, our organization contributes a sizeable donation to the Brendon Murray Scholarship Fund at the Texas Tech School of Law for an up-and-coming defense attorney. Our Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Prairie Dog, is one of the bigger seminars for defense attorneys in Texas, with over 100 attendees each year. This year, I plan to focus my presidency and organization on promoting: promoting relations and service for the common good of Lubbock County on behalf of LCDLA.
Grace Campus is a homeless campus that provides temporary emergency shelter, as well as tools to become self-sufficient individuals in Lubbock. Currently, 95 individuals reside on their campus. Many residents are already familiar with our members or may have required legal help in the past. While the campus moves from the current temporary shelter to more permanent housing, they need our help. Grace Campus does not qualify as a federal assistance program or receive federal funding so they are able to accept individuals recently released from incarceration. Grace Campus also does not qualify for food bank assistance. They rely solely on help from private donations. As such, I am hoping over the next year, our organization can work together for this worthy cause. We will explore options such as providing meals, fundraisers, legal workshops to help with driver’s license or other matters, and simply hands on work over the weekends in order to promote this campus as a necessary and permanent resource for our community’s homeless. I hope this year is as productive as it is effective and I’m excited for the months to come!