Message from the Chair

Dear Members of the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas:

It is my honor and privilege to serve as the Council Chair of the SBOT Criminal Justice Section for the 2018-2019 term.  I look forward to working with the rest of the Council and YOU to provide criminal law practitioners the support they need.

By way of introduction, I have been the Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney since 2008.  Prior to taking office, I was an Assistant District Attorney in Dallas County and then in private practice for over ten years.  I became Board Certified in Criminal Law in 1999.

I am currently on the state-wide Board of Directors of the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association, but I also served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association while in private practice.  I am the Immediate Past Chair of the SBOT Professionalism Committee and served as the Course Director of the 2016 SBOT Advanced Criminal Law Course.  I have been named by Texas Monthly as a “Texas Super Lawyer” in both the prosecutor and defense lawyer categories – and I married a former Dallas County Judge.

Our section is unique in the state in that it represents judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers.  While a link to my full bio is located elsewhere on this website, I list the above to highlight why I am so excited to represent all three types of lawyers in our section.  I am extremely proud to count prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges among my closest friends and colleagues.

The mission of the Criminal Justice Section is to provide training, education, and mentorship to all lawyers in the criminal justice system, and we are looking for ways to improve services to you.  We already provide criminal law CLE’s, scholarships, a great quarterly newsletter with recent case decisions, and other membership perks.  But we want to hear from you about what we can additionally provide.  Feel free to contact me anytime by phone or email to offer comments or suggestions, or let us know if you would like to get more involved with the Section.  There is always room for good people and good ideas!

-Kenda Culpepper, Chair
Criminal Justice Section for the State Bar of Texas