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.
The benefits of membership in HCCLA include:
The HCCLA has four classes of members including:
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.
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:
Special Committees are created from time to time and can include: grand jury, judicial ethics, or representation of indigents.