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1 THE FIRST ANNUAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE BAR'S NATIONAL READING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE JULY 4, 2012 ISSUE 1 1

2 ROBERT J. FICKMAN LAWYER 440 LOUISIANA, SUITE 800 HOUSTON, TEXAS (713) FAX: (713) Dear Friends, MARCH 18, 2013 Thank you to all the Criminal Defense Lawyers and Criminal Defense Associations that participated last July in the First Annual Criminal Defense Bar s National Reading of the Declaration of Independence. I was told by one skeptic that it would take a miracle to get Readings in ten states. In the end, we had Readings in thirteen states and the District of Columbia! I thank everyone for their participation and for making our grassroots effort a success! I hope everyone who participated last year will join us this year. I will again volunteer to lead our effort. Our goal this year will be to have criminal defense lawyers holding Readings in 30 states and the District of Columbia. I thank everyone for your participation and look forward to working with you again this year. If any Criminal Defense Lawyer or Criminal Defense Association would like to join us this year please contact me at Best Wishes, Robb Fickman National Organizer Defense Bar Reading March 18, blog.fickmanlaw.com phone fax 2

3 HISTORY OF THE FIRST ANNUAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE BAR S NATIONAL READING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE Years ago, when my sons Sam & Daniel were little, on July 4 th, we had big barbeques at our home. It was our holiday and our home was always packed with family and friends. For our Annual July 4th barbeque, I would cook giant platters of ribs, chicken and sausage. By the time the barbeque was cooked, everyone would be starving and ready to eat. However, as it was my home and my barbeque, my rules prevailed. Growing up, July 4 th had always been one of my favorite holidays. It always had a lot of meaning for me. I wanted it to have meaning for my family and our guests as well. So, at our Annual July 4 th barbeques, I would bring the platters of food in with much fanfare. But before anyone got to touch so much as a chicken wing, with everyone gathered, I would have one of the younger kids read aloud the first and last paragraphs of the Declaration. Only after the Reading, did we eat. The Reading became a family tradition. Everyone in my family and all our guests knew they weren t eating until we heard the first and last paragraphs of the Declaration. I have spent almost thirty years as a criminal defense lawyer in Houston, Texas. Houston is well known for being an extremely conservative community. Many of our jurors presume guilt. Many of our judges graduate from the District Attorney s Office directly to a bench. We jokingly refer to some of our state and county court judges as The Judicial Branch of the District Attorney s Office. Our judges are mostly nice people. However, many of their policies and practices are no joking matter. In Houston, the deck is largely stacked in favor of the state and against the accused. For this reason, for years I have been a vocal critic of our criminal justice system. In 2010, I had the idea that we should read the Declaration of Independence in front of the Criminal Courthouse in honor of July 4 th. For me, our Reading of the Declaration on the steps of the Courthouse would be our symbolic protest against the injustices that we so frequently encountered in the Courthouse. In 2010, Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA), President Nicole DeBorde supported the Reading. I twisted some arms and fifteen good criminal defense lawyers showed up to read. In turn we each read a section of the Declaration. Our voices were strong and rose as we read. None of this was planned. Reading the Declaration was empowering for each of us. When we were done with this First Reading, we were all quite moved. Immediately we agreed to make the Reading an annual HCCLA event. For each of us, I am sure the Reading had a different meaning. 3

4 For me, it was a Declaration that we were united in our fight for liberty and against the stacked deck we so often encounter within the Courthouse Reading by Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association in Houston, Texas Pictured from Left to Right: Vivian King, Monique Sparks, Todd DuPont, Stanley Schneider, Nicole DeBorde, Troy McKinney, Robert Fickman, Mark Bennett, Steve Lieberman, Earl Musick, Steve Halpert, Danny Easterling Not Pictured: Paul Kennedy, Sarah Wood, David Mitchum In 2011, HCCLA President Earl Musick embraced the Reading. Earl organized a big event and around 100 of us showed up. Earl added the names of the signers to the Reading, which was a great touch. Thirty-eight of us read. Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer Robert Pelton read the last section. As Robert read, he raised his hands up and spontaneously we read the last section in unison. Again everyone was quite moved. In 2011, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association President Gary Trichter embraced what we were doing in Houston. Gary and TCDLA s Executive Director 4

5 Joseph Martinez and Melissa Schank got the word out to TCDLA members. Thus, in 2011, what started in Houston spread across Texas. There were Readings in Courthouses across Texas by our fellow criminal defense lawyers Reading by Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association in Houston, Texas Additional 2011 Reading pictures on Page 8 In 2012, HCCLA President Chris Tritico again supported the Reading. Additionally, TCDLA President Lydia Clay Jackson supported TCDLA s full involvement. Joseph and Melissa were again fully involved. I joined with Longview Criminal Defense lawyer David Moore in enlisting TCDLA Board members across the state to organize Readings. Early in 2012, I decided that it was time to take what we started in Houston and make it national. TCDLA s Joseph Martinez, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association s Ann Cooper, Georgia s Jennifer Mackall, Utah s Kent Hart, San Diego s Knut Johnson, Mississippi Public Defender Leslie Lee, and The National College of DWI Lawyers joined in spreading the word. 5

6 On July 3 rd, 2012, HCCLA again lead the way in Reading the Declaration in Houston. President Chris Tritico led 38 members in the Reading. Chris added a podium and an American Flag. HCCLA s Reading was posted on YouTube. On July 3 rd, 2012, TCDLA and Texas followed HCCLA s lead. Criminal Defense lawyers held Readings in front of courthouses across Texas in places like Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Lubbock, Fort Worth, San Angelo, Uvalde, Kerrville, Longview, Tyler, Athens, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Huntsville, Conroe and Fort Bend. Texas shined, but we were not alone! On July 3 rd, what 15 of us started in Houston in 2010, spread across the country in the First Annual Criminal Defense Bar s National Reading of the Declaration of Independence. Criminal Defense Lawyers held Readings in San Diego, Salt Lake City, Grand Junction, Albuquerque, Wichita, Little Rock, Lansing, Jackson, Mobile, Montgomery, Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, Charlotte, Washington D.C. and many other cities and towns. Gary Trichter organized a Reading in South Dakota among the cowboys. The heirs of our Founding Fathers are not politicians, political parties, pundits or political movements that wrap themselves in the flag and call themselves patriots. Calling oneself a patriot does not make one a patriot. In this country, the true patriots are those who fight tyranny and fight to preserve the Bill of Rights. The true patriots in this country are the Criminal Defense Bar. The Criminal Defense Bar, is the only group that daily fights against the tyranny Jefferson so eloquently condemned in the Declaration. We are the only group that fights daily to preserve the Bill of Rights. Inside courthouses across the country, criminal defense lawyers fight to protect the liberties of our fellow Americans. So it is only right that the Criminal Defense Bar, stand shoulder to shoulder across this great nation, and hold Readings of the Declaration of Independence. It is a good reminder to each of us of our Oath and Duty. It is a reminder to all others, that the Criminal Defense Bar has never been more united in our fight against any who would rob our countrymen of their liberty. 6

7 It is important to note that the Declaration of Independence freed not one slave, nevertheless it was an important first step in our country s continuing struggle to make all Americans free. I am proud that we started all this right here in Houston. Our days of being quiet are long over. I thank every Criminal Defense Lawyer and Criminal Defense Association that joined us in I hope those Criminal Defense Lawyers and Criminal Defense Associations that did not join us in 2012, will join us in This July we will hold the Second Annual Criminal Defense Bar s National Reading of the Declaration of Independence. All Criminal Defense Lawyers and all Criminal Defense Associations across our country are invited to join our grassroots effort. If any Criminal Defense Lawyers or Criminal Defense Associations would like to join us this year please contact me at 7

8 2011 HOUSTON, TEXAS READING 8

9 These Readings and this Newsletter are dedicated to the memory of all who have given their lives so that we might be free. My own involvement is dedicated to the memory of my beloved father, Philip Fickman, who taught me to love liberty and to oppose all who would take it. 9

10 The Dec The Declaration of Independence 10

11 Lead Organizer: Ann Cooper Alabama Ms. Cooper is Executive Director of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, where she manages nine continuing education programs a year, lobbies for the organization and represents it on many committees working for the accused. Ms. Cooper is an 8 th generation grandchild of William Alexander McAlpin, a Lt. in the American Revolutionary War from Long Canes, South Carolina. She is a founding member of The Atagi Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Prattville, Alabama. Ann s early enthusiastic assistance was vital to this Project. Ann is a true American treasure. Bessemer: Birmingham Organizer: Paula Lampkin, Criminal Defense Lawyer Defense Lawyers joined together in reading the Declaration of Independence in Birmingham, Alabama. The Reading in Birmingham, Alabama was very successful. This Reading was shown on local channel 6 Fox News. Defense Lawyers gathered on the steps of the courthouse before the reading of the Declaration of Independence 11

12 Clanton ALABAMA Organizer: Amy Naylor, Criminal Defense Lawyer Defense lawyers joined together in reading the Declaration in Clanton. The Reading in Clanton, Alabama was attended by approximately 100 people. All sections of the Declaration of Independence were read aloud by various speakers. Among the audience were judges, veterans and business leaders. Volunteers handed out flags and copies of the Bill of Rights wrapped with ribbon. Red, white, and blue refreshment tables provided assorted patriotic colored drinks and snacks. Patriotic defense lawyers recited sections from the Declaration of Independence Montgomery Organizer: Mike Winter, Criminal Defense Lawyer In Montgomery, Alabama Defense Lawyers joined together in reading the Declaration of Independence at Riverfront Stadium. The Reading was performed before a Montgomery Biscuits game. The crowd responded with enthusiastic applause. Defense lawyers read the Declaration of Independence in front of the Montgomery Biscuits fans at Riverfront Stadium 12

13 Tuscaloosa ALABAMA Organizer: Allison Taylor, Criminal Defense Lawyer Defense lawyers joined together in Tuscaloosa on the stops of the Courthouse to read the Declaration of Independence. The Reading was an incredible success. The Reading was covered by the local media, WVUA. The Reading was also covered by the Tuscaloosa Times. ** Julia Love and the rest of the defense lawyers at the reading in Tuscaloosa, Alabama Additional Alabama Readings Took Place In: Cullman, Alabama Mobile, Alabama This Reading was organized by Defense Lawyers Michael A. Wing and Vivian Beckerle (No Photo Available) 13

14 Arkansas Lead Organizer: Cheryl Barnard, Criminal Defense Lawyer Little Rock Defense lawyers joined together in Little Rock, Arkansas to read the Declaration of Independence 14

15 California Lead Organizer: Knut Johnson Knut Johnson is a State Bar of California, Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. Knut received numerous honors and awards, including being named as one of the top 10 attorneys in San Diego in 2010 and Knut quickly volunteered to lead the Reading in San Diego. Knut volunteered early and his grassroots efforts lead the way in California. San Diego Organizer: Knut Johnson, Criminal Defense Lawyer This reading took place in front of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Twenty defense lawyers participated in the Reading. *A video of the reading can be found at Defense lawyers from the city of San Diego, California reading the Declaration of Independence 15

16 Lead Organizer: Leslie Castro Colorado Leslie Castro is a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Grand Junction, Colorado. Her primary focus is on constitutional, criminal, and immigration law. Leslie was a past president of the Mesa County Bar Association and currently is a chair on the Mesa County Access to Justice Commission. Leslie is also currently a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. Mesa County Organizer: Leslie Castro, Criminal Defense Lawyer Organizer: Daniel Shaffer, Criminal Defense Lawyer The Reading in Mesa County, Colorado was held on the steps of the Mesa County Justice Center. Eight criminal defense lawyers joined together in reading the Declaration of Independence. Approximately 25 people attended the Reading. Roberta Nieslanik, Betsy Atkinson, Daniel Shaffer, Christine Feller, Steve Colvin, David Eisner, Edward Nugent, Leslie J. Castro 16

17 Georgia Lead Organizer: Jennifer Koehler Mackall Jennifer Koehler Mackall (Atlanta, GA) is a sixteenth generation American whose family originally hails from Plymouth, Massachusetts. In 2003 Jennifer began working for the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2010 she received the GACDL s President s Award for outstanding contributions to the Association. Jennifer also received a perfect 10 rating for organizing the Bill Daniel Trial Advocacy Program that trains new attorneys to try criminal cases. Jennifer s early commitment to the National Readings, as with Ann Cooper s was tremendous. Both Jennifer and Ann paved the way for the success of The First Annual Reading! Bravo Ladies! Cartersville-Bartow County Organizer: Kelley A Dial, Criminal Defense Lawyer The Reading in Cartersville, Georgia garnered a lot of supporters and plenty of local media attention. This Reading of the Declaration had two articles posted online by local media outlets. Defense attorneys lead the Reading. They all bested the Georgia heat to be a part of the Reading of this historic patriotic document at the gold-domed courthouse. Attorneys, judges, and civilians weathered the hot Georgia sun to listen to the reading of the Declaration of Independence 17

18 DeKalb County: Decatur GEORGIA Organizer: Marcia Shein, Criminal Defense Lawyer In Dekalb County Criminal Defense lawyers joined together to read the Declaration to a crowd of more than thirty people. Marcia Shein and fellow defense lawyers at the reading of the Declaration of Independence Fayette County: Fayetteville Organizer: James Dalton II, Criminal Defense Lawyer About 35 people attended the Reading of the Declaration of Independence. Defense lawyers were joined by the members of the Boy Scouts of America in reading the Declaration of Independence. Criminal defense lawyers and members of the Boy Scouts of America read the Declaration of Independence 18

19 Fulton County: Atlanta GEORGIA Organizer: Alex Susor, Bubba Head, Criminal Defense Lawyers Signs were made to inform the public about the reading in Fulton County Atlanta, Georgia. *Video at Criminal Defense Lawyers Alex Susor, Bubba Head, and Dan Dewoskin reading the Declaration of Independence Gwinnett County: Lawrenceville Organizer: Pam Britt, John Cicala, Criminal Defense Lawyers The Gwinnett County Reading of the Declaration of Independence was promoted throughout the community and bar association. Criminal Defense Bar President, Sam Harrison, came out in full Revolutionary garb, including his 3 corner hat and musket. Harrison gave a resounding Reading on the Gwinnett County Courthouse steps. The event was well attended, spirited, fun and meaningful. Pam Britt gave out copies of the Declaration to the eager crowd participants Criminal Defense Bar President Samuel Harrison reading a section of the Declaration of Independence 19

20 Hall County GEORGIA Organizer: Nicki Vaughan, Criminal Defense Lawyer About 95 people witnessed Defense lawyers gather together to read the Declaration of Independence in Hall County, Georgia. Attendees in the audience included 15 members of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution dressed in their revolutionary military garb. The Reading took place in Kenyon Plaza at the Hall County Courthouse. Criminal Defense Lawyers reading sections of the Declaration of Independence, with the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution holding flags in the background. Bibb County Organizer: J. Michael Cranford, Criminal Defense Lawyer This Reading took place on July 3 rd with 12 criminal defense lawyers reading sections of the Declaration of Independence and a law student who sang the National Anthem. These thirteen volunteers represented the original thirteen colonies. Nearly 100 people attended the Reading. Among the audience was the Public Defender, the District Attorney and several judges. There was also press coverage from three television stations as well as two local newspapers. 20

21 Carroll County: Carrollton GEORGIA Organizer: Lynn Fant, Criminal Defense Lawyer Thirteen criminal defense lawyers participated in the Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Carrollton. Before the Reading, a young lady sang the National Anthem. Cobb County: Marietta Organizer: Kim Keheley Frye, Criminal Defense Lawyer The Reading in Cobb County, Georgia was a success. Among the crowd that heard the volunteers read the Declaration of Independence were two judges. There was also local print and television press coverage. Macon County The Reading in Macon County, was held by a dozen Criminal Defense Lawyers. The audience included almost 100 people. Members of the audience included judges, the district attorney, and the chief public defender. Press in the audience included two newspapers and television stations. *Video on Gainesvilletimes.com Richmond County: Augusta Organizer: Elmer Pete Young, Criminal Defense Lawyer Criminal Defense Lawyers read the Declaration of Independence to a crowd of almost 40 people. The Defense Bar Reading in Richmond County Augusta, Georgia was a success and received some press coverage from local media outlets. 21

22 GEORGIA Criminal Defense Lawyers Organized Additional Georgia Readings In: Catoosa County, Georgia Chatham County, Georgia Organized by Douglas Andrews and Francesca Rehal Cherokee County, Georgia Organized by Corey Jager Clayton County (Jonesboro), Georgia Organized by Rick Morris Jr. Cook County, Georgia Organized by Melinda Ryals Fannin County, Georgia Henry County, Georgia Organized by Stacey Morris Laurens County, Georgia Organized by Catherine Bernard Lowndes County, Georgia Organized by Sam Dennis Muscogee County (Columbus), Georgia Organized by Victor Arana Newton County (Covington), Georgia Rabun County (Clayton), Georgia Organized by Brooks Franklin Photos or additional information on these readings may be added by sending it to 22

23 Wichita Kansas Organizer: Christy Jones, Diane Rosell, Criminal Defense Lawyers The Reading in Wichita, Kansas received support from members of the Criminal Defense Bar and the American Legion. Courthouse in Wichita, Kansas 23

24 Lead Organizer: Mike Nichols Michigan Mike Nichols is one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in Michigan. Mike Nichols has been practicing law since 1999 with an emphasis on litigation in the areas of criminal law, family law, contractual/intellectual property law, and professional and administrative licensing. He is the Chair of the Ingham County Bar Association Criminal Law Section, a member of the Ingham County Bar Association s Board of Directors and a member of the Ingham County Bench-Bar committee. Mike stepped forward to organize the Reading in East Lansing, Michigan. East Lansing Organizer: Mike Nichols, Criminal Defense Lawyer Criminal Defense lawyers joined together in East Lansing, Michigan to read the Declaration. The Reading was a complete success. The Reading was picked up by the Local NBC affiliate and had live streaming by WINS and WIIX. The State Bar of Michigan and City Pulse provided cameras for the event. Reading of the Declaration of Independence in front of the courthouse. 24

25 Lead Organizer: Leslie Lee Mississippi Leslie Lee was nominated by Governor Barbour of Mississippi to be the first State Public Defender. Leslie retired in 2009 from the United States Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps after over 22 years of service. Leslie graciously agreed to spearhead the Readings in her state. Hinds County Organizer: Alison Kelly, Leslie Lee, Criminal Defense Lawyers In Jackson, Mississippi, fifteen defense lawyers joined together to read the Declaration of Independence on the front steps of the Hinds County Courthouse. The Reading was covered by local media. The Hinds County Public Defender s Office deserves credit for their efforts in organizing this successful Reading. Special thanks goes to Leslie Lee. Front Row: Lynn Watkins, Tim Hewitt, Christy White, Alice Stamps, Jacinta Hall, Erin Pridgen, Leslie Lee, Chalinda Florence, Alison Kelly, and Bill Labarre. Back row: Eric Brown, Meagan Walters, Greg Spore, Yemi King, and Michael Henry 25

26 Oxford MISSISSIPPI Organizer: John Helmert, Criminal Defense Lawyer Lafayette County Criminal Courthouse in Oxford, Mississippi 26

27 New Mexico Lead Organizer: Thomas J. Mescall II, Criminal Defense Lawyer Albuquerque Organizer: Thomas J. Mescall II Thomas Mescall and Rod Frechette reading the Declaration of Independence 27

28 Beaufort County Organizer: Kelly W. Case South Carolina The Case family in Beaufort County after their reading of the Declaration of Independence Kelly Case was a TCDLA member and is now a State District Court Judge in Montgomery County, Texas. Charleston Organizer: Doug Murphy, Criminal Defense Lawyer The Murphy family reading the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the United States Custom House Doug Murphy is a leading criminal defense lawyer in Houston, Texas 28

29 Lead Organizer: Gary Trichter South Dakota Gary Trichter is a past president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Named Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine for in the practice area of DWI. He was also named as the Houston Chronicle's "Texas' Best Lawyers" 2009 list in DWI. Gary was further selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2009 and 2010 addition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of DUI/DWI Defense Spearfish Organizer: Gary Trichter, Criminal Defense Lawyer Gary Trichter lead a Reading in Spearfish, South Dakota. About 20 cowboys and cowgirls participated in the Reading before the majestic Black Hills. Majestic Black Hills of South Dakota 29

30 Texas Lead Organizers: Gary Trichter, Lydia Clay-Jackson, Joseph Martinez, Melissa Schank, David Moore, Robert Fickman Gary Trichter is a past president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. As President of TCDLA, it was Gary s idea to spread the Readings across Texas. It was also Gary s idea to create this website to honor this years Reading s and help organize future Readings. Lydia Clay-Jackson has been a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association since 1986 and was on the board of directors from Lydia is currently the President of TCDLA. Joseph Martinez is the Executive Director for Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. It is generally recognized by anyone with any sense that Joseph Martinez is said to be the best thing that ever happened to TCDLA. Melissa J. Schank, Assistant Executive Director has been with TCDLA more than six years. She earned her Master's of Human Resources Business Administration, Bachelor's of Communication and Mediation Certificate from Saint Edwards University in Austin, Texas. Joseph and Melissa make TCDLA tick. Criminal defense lawyer David Moore is a Partner in Holmes and Moore PLLC. David Moore has served on TCDLA s board for seven years. He is currently the secretary of TCDLA and in line to be President. David worked hard to turn out lawyers across Texas for the Readings. Criminal Defense Lawyer Robb Fickman has been in private practice in Houston for 30 years. He is a past President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association and serves on the board of TCDLA. 30

31 Abilene TEXAS Criminal Defense Lawyers from Abilene, Texas reading the Declaration of Independence in front of the courthouse Austin Organizer: Bennie Ray, Sam Bassett, Criminal Defense Lawyers The Reading of the Declaration in Austin, Texas was held by 22 Defense Lawyers. The Reading was held on the front steps of the Blackwell-Thurman Justice Center. Twenty two defense lawyers read the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the Blackwell- Thurman Justice Center Criminal defense lawyer and TDLA officer Sam Bassett and TCDLA Executive Director Joseph Martinez are on the front row, far right. 31

32 Brenham TEXAS Criminal Defense Lawyers read the Declaration of Independence in front of the courthouse in Brenham. Corsicana Organizer: Steve Keathley, Criminal Defense Lawyer Defense lawyer and TCDLA Associate Director Steve Keathley led Corsicana Criminal Defense Lawyers in reading excerpts of the Declaration of Independence. 32

33 Dallas TEXAS Organizer: Larry Boyd, Criminal Defense Lawyer TCDLA Board Member Larry Boyd led Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers in a Reading near the Courthouse. Dallas Stood Tall! Houston Organizer: Chris Tritico, Robb Fickman, Criminal Defense Lawyers Over 100 lawyers and family attended the 2012 Houston Reading. Among those in attendance were HCCLA President Chris Tritico, President-Elect Todd DuPont, Secretary Carmen Roe, and HCCLA Executive Director Christina Appelt. Houston criminal defense lawyers and family after reading of the Declaration of Independence. 33

34 Huntsville TEXAS Organizer: David O Neil, Criminal Defense Lawyer Defense lawyer and TCDLA Director David O Neil organized Huntsville s Reading of the Declaration of Independence in the gazebo near the courthouse Lamar County Organizer: Barney Sawyer, Criminal Defense Lawyer Defense Lawyers from Paris, Texas in Lamar County joined in reading the Declaration of Independence 34

35 Longview TEXAS Organizer: David Moore, Jason Cassel, Criminal Defense Lawyers TCDLA officer David Moore and fellow Longview Defense Lawyers read the Declaration of Independence outside the courthouse. Lubbock Organizer: Fred Stangl, Criminal Defense Lawyer Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers led by Fred Stangl read the Declaration of Independence near the Courthouse gazebo 35

36 McKinney TEXAS Organizer: Sharon Curtis, Karen Chelsey, Criminal Defense Lawyers McKinney Criminal Defense Lawyers led by TCDLA Board Member Sharon Curtis gathered in the Collin County Courthouse to read the Declaration of Independence Nacogdoches Organizer: John Boundy, Criminal Defense Lawyer John Boundy and fellow Nacogdoches criminal defense lawyers read the Declaration of Independence 36

37 San Angelo TEXAS Organizer: Fred Brigman, Tip Hargrove, Criminal Defense Lawyers TCDLA Directors and San Angelo Criminal Defense Lawyers Fred Brigman and Tip Hargrove lead fellow criminal defense lawyers in the Reading of Declaration of Independence in front of the Tom Green County Courthouse San Antonio Organizer: Jamie Balagia, Criminal Defense Lawyer San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer Jaime Balagia led the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Jaime was quick to volunteer! 37

38 Smith County TEXAS Organizer: Bobby Mims, Criminal Defense Lawyer TCDLA President-Elect, Bobby Mims, lead criminal defense lawyers in Reading the Declaration of Independence. Approximately 90 people were in attendance at the Town Square across from the Smith County Courthouse. This Reading was sponsored by the Smith County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and TCDLA. Individuals in the audience included State Rep. Leo Berman, Mayor Barbara Bass, and Chief Justice Jim Worthen of the 12 th Court of Appeals. TCDLA Members reading the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence at the Town Square. Uvalde Organizer: Emmett Harris, Criminal Defense Lawyer TCDLA First Vice President, Emmett Harris (far right) lead criminal defense lawyers from Uvalde, Texas in reading the Declaration of Independence. 38

39 TEXAS Defense Lawyers Lead Additional Texas Readings Took Place In: Burnet, Texas Conroe, Texas Organized by Lydia Clay-Jackson and Joshua Zientek El Paso, Texas Organized by Jim Darnell and Liz Rogers Ellis County, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Organized by Shawn Paschall Kerrville, Texas Organized by Clay Steadman and Harold Danford McAllen, Texas Organized by Reynaldo Merino Richmond, Texas Organized by Lee Cox Photos or additional information on these readings may be added by sending it to 39

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