The 36th Annual Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal Law and Nuts N’ Bolts Seminars held January 12-14 at the Texas Tech University School of Law were a huge success, attracting a total of almost 350 attendees. Co-sponsored by the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations, the conference offered a diverse speaker lineup from across Texas, plus featured speakers John Raley of Houston (lawyer for Michael Morton and Hannah Overton), and Wisconsin lawyer Jerry Buting of “Making a Murderer” fame.

The annual Nuts N’ Bolts course was expanded from a half-day to a full-day format, resulting in record attendance of almost 100 lawyers. Phil Wischkaemper and Chuck Lanehart were course directors. Prairie Dog was directed by LCDLA President Taly Jacobs, President-Elect Justin Kiechler and Vice President for Education Sara Johnson. A near record of almost 250 lawyers from across the state registered for Prairie Dog.

The seminars were held in conjunction with LCDLA’s annual benefit party, themed “Freaky Friday” at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion, with entertainment by Your Brothers Uncle. Some 220 revelers paid to attend, and proceeds from the party benefit the Brendan Murray Scholarship Fund at TTUSL.

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