2017-2018 Section Report

Hon. Sid L. Harle, Chair
Beginning on May 4 in Rockwall, “CLE Housecalls” was instituted to provide low-cost alternatives for criminal law practitioners to attend CLEs in their cities. The Criminal Justice Section also offered CLE at the State Bar Annual Meeting on June 22 in Houston. The section anticipates exceeding the number of scholarships awarded to criminal law practitioners last year to attend criminal justice conferences throughout Texas. The section continues to offer free membership for lawyers in their first two years of practice. Finally, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey causing massive destruction in Houston, Beaumont, Rockport, Port Aransas, and the Coastal Bend counties, the council voted unanimously to make these contributions to help the suffering legal community: $10,000 to the Access to Justice Foundation; $5,000 to the Texas Bar Foundation Harvey Relief Fund; $5,000 to the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association/TCDLEI Hurricane Harvey Lawyers Assistance Fund; and $5,000 to the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation. This truly was an example of lawyers reaching out to lawyers in need.