Clifford Brown Scholarship Award 2016

Patrick Metze, Jessica Eaton, Dwight McDonald

On April 20, 2016, LCDLA in conjunction with the Texas Tech University School of Law awarded Jessica Eaton with the Clifford Brown Award. The award recognizes excellence as a student attorney in the Texas Tech Criminal Defense Clinic.

The award was named after local attorney Clifford Brown. The following tribute was contributed by local attorney and Clifford Brown’s son, Mike Brown.


CLIFFORD W. BROWN

Attorney-at-Law

1920-2003

Annually, the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association recognizes the outstanding law student participating in the Texas Tech University School of Law criminal law clinical program. The award is presented by LCDLA in the name of Clifford W. Brown, long-time Lubbock Lawyer. The award in his name is particularly appropriate.

Cliff Brown was a 1942 graduate of Texas Technological College, and he remained a loyal Matador and Red Raider to his dying day. Although he graduated from another law school, Cliff was particularly proud of Tech’s law school and was fond of the law students. He was proud of Tech.

Upon graduation from Tech, Cliff Brown joined the United States Army Air Corps and became a B17 bomber pilot in World War II. He flew 51 combat missions over enemy territory from the base of the 15th Air Force in Foggia, Italy. First Lieutenant Brown was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for bringing a crippled bomber back from a mission over Germany, returning over the Italian Alps and landing safely with a flaming engine but a safe crew.

Following the war, Cliff graduated from the University of Texas School of Law, in an accelerated program, with the aid of the GI Bill. Upon graduation, Cliff returned to Lubbock and entered the private practice of law with Burton S. Burks, a former elected District Attorney. From his first day in the practice of law, Cliff Brown was an advocate for the citizen accused. He eventually tried cases from the municipal court of Lorenzo, Texas, to the Untied States Supreme Court. He was recognized for his outstanding performance in the courtroom and his unimpeachable character. He became a friend and mentor to many young lawyers and law students. He was truly a lawyer’s lawyer.

During his practice, Clifford Brown advised lawyers on the practice of law and matters of legal ethics. He served as a member of the grievance committee and chairman of the local ethics committee. Many times other lawyers called on him for assistance or advice. On occasions, Cliff represented his colleagues before the grievance committee. On more than one occasion, he represented a fellow attorney indicted for a criminal offense.

Clifford Brown was a founding member and Past President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Cliff was a founding member and past president of LCDLA. He was the founder of the TCDLA Hall of Fame program, and was, himself, inducted as a member of the Hall of Fame.

It is particularly appropriate that the LCDLA award to an outstanding law student is presented in the name of Clifford W. Brown. Early after the opening of the Tech law School, Cliff employed several law students as law clerks and continued to do so until his retirement. Some outstanding members of TCDLA once clerked for Cliff Brown. Cliff had a special affection for the students. He encouraged them, mentored them and convinced them to enter the practice of criminal law. He counseled law students during difficult personal circumstances. Cliff’s affection and encouragement of law students was repaid many times over. Cliff sent dozens of young lawyers into the honorable practice of law. His graduates have achieved distinction. Clifford W. Brown would be proud of the outstanding students of the Texas Tech University School of Law and its criminal law clinical program.

Mike Brown
July 22,2016

Texas Tech Law Foundation Receives $6,000.00 Donation from LCDLA

2016.LCDLA donation to TTUSL Foundation

The Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association today donated $6,000 to the Texas Tech Law Foundation to benefit the Brendan Murray Criminal Defense Endowed Scholarship. Pictured from left are LCDLA director Allison Clayton, TTUSL Dean Darby Dickerson, LCDLA past-president Frank Sellers, and LCDLA president Taly Jacobs. In September 2006, Brendan Edward Murray, then a second-year law student, tragically passed away. In his honor, friends established the “Brendan Murray Criminal Defense Endowed Scholarship.” This scholarship is awarded to students “who reflect certain ideals exhibited by Brendan Murray throughout his life: that the rights of the citizen accused are paramount in our system of law; that justice should be administered equally to all people, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or other arbitrary classification; and, that the role of the criminal defense attorney is to stand for those individuals and causes often condemned by society.” LCDLA’s donation was funded by the 2016 “Denim & Diamonds” event held in conjunction with the Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal Law Seminar at TTUSL January 8-9.

Declaration of Independence 2016

Chuck Lanehart and Taly Jacobs

Special thanks to Chuck Lanehart and Rusty Gunter for organizing the LCDLA portion of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers initiative to read the Declaration of Independence in every county today. Proud to be the president of such a great local organization!

LCDLA Makes Another Trip to Feed Grace Campus

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 talyjacobs@gmail.com.

May LCDLA Meeting Has Record Attendance

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

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 talyjacobs@gmail.com to be put on the list. Thanks again to my volunteers!

Texas Defense Bar Reads Declaration of Independence

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.

2016 LCDLA Officers

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.

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.

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 March Meeting

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.

Letter from your LCDLA President, Taly Jacobs

Taly Jacobs

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!