The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) has a proud history that began when the organization was chartered on August 12, 1971. The TCDLA was initiated as a formal stance against legislation and organizational actions that did not mirror the criminal defense rights supported by the constitution. Since then, the organization continues to advocate for equal treatment in criminal defense cases and provide a statewide forum for the criminal defense community of Texas.
The TCDLA provides support and training to criminal defense lawyers in Texas through Continuing Legal Education (CLEs) and year-round seminars. Though its networking opportunities primarily benefits members, non-members and other legal professionals across the board attend the TCDLA's seminars as they are recognized as the top tier of criminal defense instruction available. Its members consist of private attorneys, public defenders, and other legal professionals in the criminal defense practice. The TCDLA is an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
The Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year Award honors the individual attorney for providing outstanding legal representation. Named after Percy Foremean, the renowned Criminal Defense Lawyer and TCDLA Charter Member, this award is presented in honor of his almost 60 years of service as an attorney.
The recipient must be in good standing with the TCDLA and the State Bar of Texas and is presented each year at TCDLA's Rusty Duncan seminar by the current President the Association.
The Affiliate Criminal Defense Bar Committee seeks to promote the establishment of local county and/or city criminal defense bar associations in order to promote the mission of TCDLA at the grass roots level. The Committee will advise the officers and staff of TCDLA on methods to establish clear lines of communication between TCDLA and local affiliate organizations in order to insure that the state organization is cognizant and responsive to the concerns of the local membership. The following is a list of county-level affiliate organizations in Texas:
The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) offers services and support to criminal defense lawyers and other legal professionals practicing in the state of Texas. Those holding prosecutorial or judiciary positions are not eligible for membership. TCDLA memberships include regular attorney, public defender, law student, law professors, and other membership types as approved by the TCDLA board of directors. You must be endorsed by an existing TCDLA member to join. Membership in the TCDLA is contigent on good standing membership of the State Bar of Texas with exceptions on types of membership.
Joining the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association can provide many membership benefits including:
Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Texas which includes both TCDLA members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the TCDLA and other professional associations. This includes recognition for TCDLA past presidents and TCDLA members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the TCDLA.
Use this directory to find a Texas criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.