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.

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