2010 – Robb started this tradition in Harris County for HCCLA
2011 – Robb started organizing readings statewide for TCDLA
2012 – Robb took it nationwide (and continued growing it statewide)
2013 – 52 readings across Texas
2014 – 74 readings across Texas
2016 – 254 readings across Texas – if you didn’t know, 254 represents every county in Texas!
Robb Fickman grew up in Midland Texas and moved to Houston to finish high school and then to Austin where he got his degree in political science. He then came back to Houston and attended the University of Houston Law School. Robb had an interest in the law and like many other members saw an opportunity to help those who could not help themselves. Robb never worked as a prosecutor and always has done his best to protect the rights of those citizens who are accused of crimes.
Robb is also mindful of the history of the United States and in 2010 organized the 1st reading of the Declaration of Independence in Harris County. In 2011, this event went statewide with lawyers reading in many counties. In 2012, lawyers started reading nationwide. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 the mission and reach continued to grow.
Now in 2016, thanks to Robb’s unrelenting efforts the Declaration of Independence will be read on the courthouse steps in every county in Texas. Managing 254 counties requires a lot of time and effort and for this Lawyer Fickman deserves our thanks and gratitude.
Our country is in a state of turmoil now and events like this emphasize to the public the importance of the laws and rules we follow in the United states of America. As July 4 approaches be aware of what Lawyer Fickman and many others will be doing by publicly reading this historic document. You too can join us on Friday, July 1st on the Harris County Criminal Justice Center’s steps for our reading. Lawyer Fickman is not a soldier fighting on a battlefield, but he is doing something that will inspire our citizens and remind them that we still live in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.