Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Officers and Directors 2015-2016: (seated) Brian Murray, Past President; Allison Clayton, Director; Michael King, Director; Anne Hazlewood, Treasurer. (standing) Chuck Lanehart, VP for court liaison; Justin Kiechler, VP for Education; Frank Sellers, President; Taly Jacobs, President-Elect; Donnie Yandell, Secretary; Jill Stangl, Director.
The Honorable Brian Quinn, Chief Justice of the Seventh Court of Appeals, addressed the LCDLA meeting this evening, on the subject of ethics: quite an inspirational talk. Someone remarked that it was the most well-behaved LCDLA crowd ever! New officers were elected, and Frank Sellers is the new LCDLA President. Congratulations to Frank and also to his predecessor, Brian Murray, for a job well done.
The Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association donated $10,000 to the Texas Tech University School of Law Foundation April 9, during a brief ceremony at the TTUSL Hunt Courtroom. LCDLA Immediate Past President David Hazlewood, along with LCDLA fundraising coordinator Jill Stangl, presented the check to TTUSL Dean Darby Dickerson.
The gift is one of many in a series of donations LCDLA has made to the law school since 2005. Each year, the law school hosts the popular Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, sponsored by LCDLA, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project. This year, in conjunction with the seminar, LCDLA raised funds through its annual membership party, private donations, and tee-shirt sales. TCDLA, which also held its quarterly board of directors meeting in conjunction with this years’ seminar, was instrumental in the fundraising effort.
The money will benefit the Brendan Murray Criminal Defense Scholarship, which was created following his death on September 14, 2006. Brendan, son of longtime LCDLA and TCDLA member Brian Murray and wife Lynne, was a 22-year-old Texas Tech law student and TCDLA employee. He was a zealous advocate for the poor and oppressed throughout his life. Thus, the scholarship benefits worthy law students attracted to defending God’s children who have not yet attained perfection from those who have. To date, the fund has reached more than $92,000 in donations.
LCDLA is an organization of about 120 lawyers in the South Plains area, founded in 1980. The association is known in criminal defense circles as one of the most active, close-knit and progressive criminal defense bars in the state. When TCDLA seeks to form an affiliate organization in another Texas city or region, LCDLA’s example is often used as a blueprint.
For those of you that were able to attend the writ hearing last week, you know just how big of a victory this is: Judge Darnell reduced the bonds to $65,000! (If memory serves, the total amount of bonds prior to this hearing was more than $1 million.) Great job, Chuck and Laurie!
Chuck Lanehart had a win in County Court at Law No. 2 yesterday. Judge Farmer granted his Motion to Suppress Evidence on a DWI case. The legal issues involved whether the LPD had reasonable suspicion to detain his client, and whether the client was “operating a motor vehicle.” It seems the client was legally parked in a peaceful residential neighborhood, with engine running and in park, no lights, but no other evidence of hanky-panky and no evidence he had hands on wheel, foot on brake, etc. Officer tried to justify the detention because there had been burglaries in nearby hotels and police theorized that burglars parked in the neighborhood, burglarized the hotels and returned to the getaway vehicle in the neighborhood. Fred Stangl won the ALR hearing months earlier, which set up this win. If anyone needs a copy of the winning brief, contact Chuck or Fred.
Great job by both Chuck and Fred!