The Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association will co-sponsor its annual Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal Law Course and Nuts ‘N’ Bolts Seminar January 12-14 at Texas Tech University School of Law (TTUSL). The seminars mark the 36th year LCDLA has offered a local CLE event. The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, co-sponsor of the event, joins the law school in the collaborative effort. In conjunction with the seminars, on January 13 LCDLA will host its 36th Anniversary Celebration, perhaps the most popular event on the Lubbock bar’s social calendar.

Nuts ‘N’ Bolts

The January 12 Nuts ‘N’ Bolts Seminar is a basic criminal law course designed for lawyers with less than five years of experience. With practicality in mind, the seminar offers essential insight into local criminal defense practice in Lubbock County. The course is required for those on the Lubbock Private Defender list with less than three years of experience.

Cost for the course is only $25—complimentary for registrants of the Prairie Dog seminar—and includes breakfast and lunch. CLE credit is 6.75 hours, including an hour of ethics.

Course directors are Chuck Lanehart and Philip Wischkaemper. Presenters—all from Lubbock—include Dr. Shena Smith on Dealing with the Challenging Client, Michael King on Federal Law, Rick Wardroup on Evidence, Philip Wischkaemper on LPDO, Fred Stangl on Pretrial Motions, Steve Hamilton on DWI Basics, David Guinn on 4th Amendment Issues, Rob Cowie and Lindsey Craig on Mitigation, and Chuck Lanehart on Ethics.

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Prairie Dog

The Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal Law Course has consistently been rated one of the best comprehensive criminal law seminars in the state, recognized by the State Bar of Texas with its Star of Achievement Award. The event is scheduled for January 13 and 14 at TTUSL.

CLE credit is 10.25 hours, including two hours of ethics. Early registration cost is $115, including $65 tuition and an optional $50 contribution to support TCDLA. Breakfast and materials on CD are included. After December 25, cost jumps to $140 including a $50 voluntary contribution to TCDLA, and CD materials will be limited.

This year’s keynote speaker is Jerry Buting of Wisconsin, former attorney for Steven Avery in the blockbuster Netflix series “Making a Murderer.”

Course directors are Justin Kiechler, Taly Jacobs and Sara Johnson. Presenters include Justice Brian Quinn of the 7th Court of Appeals on Ethics, Carrie Edwards of Lubbock on Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, Allison Clayton of Lubbock on Ethics, Mark Bennett of Houston on Jury Selection, Jani Maselli Wood of Houston on Preserving Error, Frank Sellers of Lubbock on Social Media Evidence, Mark Thiessen of Houston on Drug Recognition Experts, Scott Pawgan of Conroe on Mitigation, Jordan Pollock of Dallas on Immigration, Casie Gotro of Houston on Case Preparation, E.X. Martin of Dallas on Cellphone and Computer Forensics, Jill Patterson of Lubbock on Storytelling and Sam Bassett of Austin on Domestic Violence.

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LCDLA 36th Anniversary Celebration

Popular Lubbock country cover band Your Brother’s Uncle headlines the January 13 LCDLA 36th Anniversary Celebration at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion on the Tech campus. Theme for this year’s event is “Freaky Friday the 13th” and any appearance without an appropriate costume guarantees seven years of bad luck. Tickets are $40 and include food, beverages & entertainment.

Proceeds from the celebration benefit the Brendan Murray Endowed Criminal Defense Scholarship at TTUSL. In September of 2006, Brendan Edward Murray—then a second-year law student—tragically passed away. In his honor, friends established the “Brendan Murray Criminal Defense Endowed Scholarship.” This scholarship is awarded to students “who reflect certain ideals exhibited by Brendan Murray throughout his life: that the rights of the citizen accused are paramount in our system of law; that justice should be administered equally to all people, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or other arbitrary classification; and, that the role of the criminal defense attorney is to stand for those individuals and causes often condemned by society.” Through LCDLA’s efforts, the scholarship has grown to more than $100,000.

Tickets are available at the Prairie Dog Seminar, or contact Sara Johnson at

Lodging Available

Lodging will be available at the Overton Hotel, 2322 Mac Davis Lane. Room rates are $89 for a king room. For reservations, call 806-776-7000: mention TCDLA to receive the special group rate. Hotel cutoff is December 23, or until the room block is full.

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