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Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association

Logo of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association

The Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA) is one of the largest county level criminal defense organizations in the United States.

Established in 1970, the association has grown to more than 700 members. HCCLA is a a non-profit corporation chartered by the State of Texas.


The members of the HCCLA include criminal defense attorneys that work in private practice or at the public defender's office. These criminal defense attorneys practice at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center and other state and federal courts throughout the greater Houston area and the surrounding areas of Harris County, TX.

As an affiliate of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the HCCLA supports criminal defense attorneys as they zealously defend their clients while protecting the Constitutional Rights of their clients.

The HCCLA bylaws require that new members certify that they are actively engaged in the practice of criminal law. During the application process, new members must provide the name of a current HCCLA member to endorse the membership.

Contact Information:

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 924523
Houston, Texas 77292-4523
(713) 227-2404

HCCLA Reasonable Doubt TV Show

The HCCLA produces a weeklhy Television show which airs on Houston Media Source every Thursday night at 8pm. Learn more at: https://hcclatv.com/. Visit the HCCLA Reasonable Doubt's YouTube Channel for latest episodes. Below is an embedded video of one of the episodes that aired on 8/20/2015:

Benefits of Membership

The benefits of membership in HCCLA include:

  • a subscription to "The Defender" which is the HCCLA’s quarterly magazine;
  • access to the members-only library;
  • the ability to join the confidential e-mail listserv;
  • invitations to events that allow members to network with some of the top criminal defense attorneys in Harris County in a more relaxed setting;
  • free Happy Hour CLE seminars;
  • participation in the Second Chair Program which connects more experienced criminal defense attorneys (First Chairs) with attorneys seeking to enhance their professional education (Second Chairs); and
  • the opportunity to volunteer for the speakers bureau to speak to schools, church groups, and civic groups on topics related to criminal defense.

Types of Membership Classes in HCCLA


The HCCLA has four classes of members including:

  • Regular Membership - Regular members include licensed attorney practicing law in Harris County, Texas, who are "actively engaged in the defense of persons charged with crimes or offenses in the State or Federal Courts, who is a member of the bar of this State in good standing, who has made application for membership, whose application has been accepted, and who has paid the required dues shall be a regular member…." The annual dues for Regular Members are $150.00. Discounts are available for public defenders and senor members.
  • Honorary Membership - No annual dues are required.
  • Student Membership - Annual dues are $25.00 per year.
  • Affiliate Membership - The annual dues for Affiliate Members are $150.00.

The HCCLA also allows paralegals and legal assistants to join the association if endorsed by a current member in good standing and is employed by that criminal defense attorney. Annual dues for legal assistants and paralegals is $50.00 per year.

Committees of the HCCLA

The committees of the Harris County Criminal Lawyer Association give members the ability to take on leadership roles within the organization. The standing committees include:

  • Audit & Budget;
  • Continuing Legal Education;
  • Judicial Liaison;
  • Law Enforcement Liaison;
  • Lawyer Referral;
  • Legislative;
  • Luncheon;
  • Membership;
  • Public Relations & Speakers Bureau;
  • Amicus/ Lawyer Assistance;
  • Newsletter & Publications; and
  • Special Events.

Special Committees are created from time to time and can include: grand jury, judicial ethics, or representation of indigents.

Past Presidents of HCCLA from 2013 through 1971


Criminal Defense Attorneys in Harris County, TX

At Lawyer Legion, we understand the important role of county level criminal defense lawyer associations. For criminal defense attorneys in Harris County, TX, and throughout the greater Houston area, the HCCLA provides support, education, and networking opportunities while giving its members a unified voice.

If you are a criminal defense lawyer in Texas then consider the benefits of joining the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association or the county affiliate organization in Harris County, TX. 

This article was last updated on Saturday, November 24, 2018.