2018 HCCLA Board of Directors Election
Voting begins April 10, 2018 and runs through April 24, 2018
VOTING ENDS at 5:00 pm on April 24, 2018
Eligibility Requirements: This election is open to all current voting members of the Association. (excludes affiliate, paralegal/legal assistant, and student members)
Because these races are uncontested, no vote is necessary:
President – Doug Murphy
President Elect – Neal Davis
Immediate Past President – Tucker Graves
Vice President – Mark Thiessen
Treasurer – Steven Halpert
Secretary – David Ryan
Past President Representative – W. Troy McKinney
Final Election results will be announced by April 27, 2018. The HCCLA Board of Directors will be sworn-in at the HCCLA Banquet on May 10, 2018. Reserve your seats now! Terms will begin upon adjournment of the Banquet.
CANDIDATES FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
There are 8 open positions for HCCLA Board of Directors. Candidates in contested races were invited to submit brief statements to introduce themselves and to inform HCCLA members about why they would like to be elected. The following (in alphabetical order) were submitted:
Practice in Harris County is changing, whether we like it or not. From post-Harvey court logistics, to bail reform, to jury expectations…this past year has brought with it new challenges, and within them opportunities. While all of us may not look forward to the new, we will all have to eventually adapt. I want to be a part of and serve the group leading these changes’ direction.
It was my pleasure to serve on the board for HCCLA once before. Since that time I have worked with individuals on the board in the background to try to keep HCCLA moving in the right direction. I have gotten significant trial experience over the last few years, and I am in the courthouse almost every single day. I look forward to working with the board and our members to try to make all of our jobs a little bit easier. Whether that be by assisting in CLE planning that will make us all better lawyers, working to convince the DAs office to offer special programs to a wider range of our clients, or working with Judges to have them realize that our clients are human, I will do whatever is asked of me. With that said, I would appreciate your vote!
I am running for another 2 year term on the Board so that I can continue to serve the organization that I care about so deeply. My meeting attendance is near perfect, save for a missed meeting while running for a bench in the 2018 primary election. I am also in the trenches as a court-appointed lawyer and feel it important to keep representing those of us who do that work in the criminal defense world. I would greatly appreciate your vote!
I want to be elected to the Board because I am passionate about the Criminal Defense Bar and quality representation for defendants here in Harris County. After graduating from South Texas College of Law, I have defended all types of criminal cases in Harris County, from misdemeanors to high-profile cases. I clerked for a Harris County District Court judge and had the unique experience of seeing the criminal justice system from all perspectives – judicial, prosecution, and defense – both inside and outside of court. I pride myself on my results and personal attention to clients.
I nominate Sean to the HCCLA Board based on his active and dedicated criminal defense practice as well as his reasonable and intelligent approach to problem-solving. Sean is young, driven and enthusiastic. He has the respect of most judges who know him as well as our adversaries in the DAO. Sean will bring a professionalism and passion to the Board that will help HCCLA continue to improve and remain relevant and responsive to HCCLA’s members. (Nomination made by Justin C. Harris after consulting with Sean Darvishi and confirming interest and availability.)
Neal Davis III
I am running because I believe in the mission of HCCLA. Now is a critical time for all who practice criminal defense to stand together. We have seen the steady chipping away of our constitutional rights via judicial options for decades, and we must turn this trend around. Strong education, public outreach and a well managed PR campaign are what I believe HCCLA should focus on.
This is a great organization run by excellent lawyers and even better people. After many years of membership, and benefiting from the great work of others, it is time for me to give back.
I would like to introduce myself for those who do not know me, my name is Carson Joachim (pronounced Yokum), I have been practicing criminal law in some form or fashion for the past 16 years. I attended Eastern New Mexico University on a football scholarship where I played wide receiver for 4 years, prior to attending law school. I began my legal career as a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office upon graduation from Baylor School of Law, I served in that capacity for 3 years before transitioning into private practice. My practice has been focused on criminal law representing clients on both felonies and misdemeanors. Additionally, I have a niche practice of defending law enforcement personnel in administrative hearings and criminally should they be investigated and charged by the prosecuting authority, as the case may be. I will provide a fair and reasonable voice on the issues that we encounter as criminal defense lawyers in Harris County, I look forward to working for you in this endeavor. It would be an honor to serve you all in this capacity. Thank you.
Leslie LeGrand III
I attended South Texas College of Law and graduated in January 1984. I was fortunate enough to pass the bar on my first attempt and was representing clients that May. I started my practice with a plaintiff’s personal injury firm and after a few years went out on my own. When I started representing people charged with breaking the law, I had the good fortune of having Troy McKinney appear in my office with an application for HCCLA membership. Over the years, both Troy and HCCLA have helped me beyond measure and have made me a better attorney. As a lawyer who has represented the injured and now the accused, I am struck by the similarities of the cases. Even if you are fortunate enough to have a level playing field, in almost all circumstances the other side has more resources available to them. Organizations like HCCLA can help make up for that inequity and that is why I feel a compulsion to serve again. I have been a board member and Vice President of HCCLA. I believe that if I am elected to the board, I can contribute in a meaningful way.
F. Andino Reynal
I want to help people.
Annie Scott is a dedicated member of HCCLA and strong advocate for her clients. She is responsible, dedicated, patient and determined and will serve HCCLA well as a board member.
I have enjoyed my time on the board and would ask for your vote for a second term. The reason I am running is to continue to play an active part in our profession. I am in the trenches everyday in Harris County and am well aware of the challenges all of us deal with. I want to continue to be a voice for the Harris County Criminal Defense Bar in dealing with these challenges. Thanks for your support!
I have been a member since I started practicing, and started attending Board meetings just as a member in order to be informed. I was elected to the Board last year and have since been working on issues surrounding notice for bond revocations and indigent defense. I want to continue to be on the Board to represent my fellow members on these issues, as well as keep the Board and this organization moving in the positive direction that it has been in recent years. I see this organization making impacts on our criminal justice system and helping our fellow members, and I want to continue to be a part of that.
It would be an honor to serve once again as a Board Member for one of the best Criminal Law Associations in the United States. I have been a criminal trial lawyer since 1973 and I have witnessed the birth of HCCLA and watched it win the respect of the judges, the district attorneys office, the press and the general public, mainly due to the hard work and dedication of board members who were willing to sacrifice their time and energy to assure that judges and prosecutors not trample on the rights of the accuse and that the voices of the poor, the wrongfully accused are heard and not ignored. If elected I promise to continue the tradition of making HCCLA a beacon for the defense of our citizens.
I would like to be involved and participate.
William Van Buren
I have been practicing criminal law in Harris County for over 20 years. It is time for me to start giving back to an association that has freely given to me for years. I believe my experience and relationships will assist this organization and its members.
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