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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 Chair of the Council of the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas for the 2017-2018 term.  By way of introduction, I was appointed by Governor William Clements to the 226th District Court in 1988, a criminal District Court in Bexar County.  I have served in that position through the present and was appointed by Governor Greg Abbot to the position of Regional Presiding Judge for the Fourth Judicial District on August 23, 2017.  Prior to my appointment to the bench I served as a Chief Felony Prosecutor for the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office.  After leaving the District Attorney’s Office in 1986 I was a criminal defense lawyer in State and Federal Court in Bexar and surrounding areas.  I have taught criminal law and trial advocacy at St. Mary’s University School of Law for over 25 years.  I have served in several capacities with the State and Local Bar Associations, along with numerous positions by appointment of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.  I hope to bring my experience and background to my position as Chair of the Council and benefit all of the members of the section.  Our goal is to offer training, education, and mentorship.  Our new and improved website will keep all apprised of upcoming CLE programs and contains  newsletters with recent case decisions.  Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings or offer us comments or suggestions.  I look forward to serving you in this extremely important position of trust and I am honored to be your Chair.

-Sid L. Harle, Chair
Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas