Speakers are all now confirmed for the 26th Annual Prairie Dog Lawyer Seminar January 6 & 7, 2006 to once again be held at the Texas Tech Law School.

Special guest speakers will be the Hon. Robert Francis of Dallas who is running for a seat on the Court of Criminal Appeals. Judge Francis will be the featured speaker at the Friday noon lunch honoring our 50 year lawyers. To end the first day will be Joe Johnson of Topeka, Kansas. Joe was this years final speaker on the final day of TCDLA’s Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Seminar in San Antonio. Mr. Johnson has arranged his schedule to fly here from speaking at the Cardozo School of Law in New York on Thursday to give us his unforgettable brand of inspiration and information. Last, but certainly not least, we have confirmed that absent scheduling conflicts with the Tom DeLay case, Dick DeGuerin of Houston, Texas, will be our final speaker on Saturday. Surely the Congressman will let Mr. DeGuerin off one weekend to come to Lubbock to “pollinate our minds,” as Gerry Goldstein likes to put it.

Topics this year include Appellate Update, Preserving Error, Federal Update, Innocence Project, Trends in Probation, A View From the Bench, Grievance Procedure, Mitigation Evidence, Office Technology, Parole/Prison Update, ALR Hearings, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault Experts, DWI, Crime Scene Investigations and ethics, ethics, ethics. With over 11 hours of CLE including 3 hours of ethics, this seminar will take care of your needs for the year and its FREE again.

Eighteen speakers include the Hon. Mackey Hancock, Bill Habern of Houston, Dallas Federal Public Defender Jason Hawkins, Larry Renner from Sante Fe, New Mexico, last year’s favorites Bob Hinton, Gerry Morris and George Milner III of Dallas, and our own Jeff Blackburn and Alton Griffin. Sessions will be quick and action packed.

The reputation and quality of our local seminar has spread state wide and you should all be proud. Once again the seminar is free with donations to TCDLA and the Tech Criminal Law Clinic requested. Throughout the State, they call our seminar Rusty Duncan North.

Don’t forget the big party on Friday night at Kershner Four Bar K Ranch with musical guests Mike Pritchard’s Blue Thunder & The Lightning Horns, a West Texas parking lot lunch on Saturday and tickets to the Lady Raiders game against Texas A&M on Saturday. We expect again this year for the seminar to fill up. Registration forms will go out soon, so mark your calendar.

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