The Criminal Justice Section hit the ground sprinting and never stopped. The section revamped its website, published quarterly newsletters, instituted new programs, and gave away a record number of scholarships. The mission of the section is to promote excellence in the practice of law by embracing ethics, professionalism, education, training, and fellowship. The section furthered that mission by developing new initiatives that hopefully will continue to grow and strengthen its 3,100-plus membership. This year the council focused on giving criminal law practitioners a leg up, which is why the section started offering free membership for new attorneys in their first two years of practice. The section also started a traveling CLE program, dubbed CLE House Calls, to offer a convenient alternative for criminal law practitioners who have a difficult time attending CLE outside their region. The first CLE House Call was in El Paso, and it was a great success. Perhaps nothing was more rewarding, however, than offering a record $30,000 in scholarships to members so they could attend a criminal justice conference in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, or Fort Worth.
–Christy Jack, Chair