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.