This ballot contains contested races only. All candidates in contested races were invited to submit brief statements to introduce themselves. The following (in alphabetical order) were submitted:
My desire to serve is rooted in my appreciation for what this organization did for me when I departed the Harris County DA’s Office, as well as what HCCLA has done for me over time. HCCLA has given me a sense of family. My goal is to work with and nurture this organization in the same manner it has worked with and nurtured me. Currently, I oversee HCCLA’s Second Chair Program. My goal is to ensure new members enjoy the same growth opportunities and welcoming informative experience I did. I also coordinate and host HCCLA’s monthly Brainstorming Lunches, whose aim is to provide a forum for all members seeking guidance or case-specific strategies, to connect with experienced colleagues. Additionally, I make regular appearances on Reasonable Doubt, in support of Justin and JV’s efforts to inform and, to a lesser extent (no offense, guys), entertain the legal community. I have served as a contributing member of the Board for several terms. I have watched, listened, and learned. My hope is to continue serving this organization–my family–in a new leadership role. As secretary, I promise to be the functional memory of the Board, and a voice for all members.
I am currently the longest serving Officer. I draft HCCLA policy statements as directed, ensure compliance with bylaws, advise on history/custom, and try to keep the meetings moving. HCCLA has several issues addressed over the years still ongoing. I ask for your vote to continue the fight.
In the uncertain times of Covid, I’m running for Board Member to help advocate for the defense bar as it is more important than ever that our voices be heard. Also, I am interested in helping to continue the excellent CLE this organization provides to its members.
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I have benefitted from this organization and would like to pay it forward. I now have the time to dedicate to HCCLA and would be happy to help. I have experience lobbying state legislators and would be happy to use that experience to give back to the defense bar.
After a few years of not being as active with HCCLA, it’s time to step up and help the organization.
I am inspired by what I have seen accomplished by other members of HCCLA, and I want the opportunity to work with many gifted and talented criminal defense professionals as a Board Member. While this opportunity would indeed be my first experience as a Board Member, it would not be my first experience working well with others, as I have worked “across the board” in the public and private sectors in the past. I feel it is time to become more involved with HCCLA than I have been in the past. I ask for your vote, support, and participation.
HCCLA was a wonderful tool for me as a new defense attorney. It provided me resources that I never would have had access to on my own. I would like to volunteer and work for HCCLA so I can give back to the organization that has truly helped me be a better attorney and advocate for my clients. I am willing to do what is necessary to further the goals of HCCLA and to simply be there for anyone who needs advice, a voir dire partner or just needs to talk about life in general.
HCCLA has helped me become a better lawyer and provided a community of people who care about their clients as much as I do something most defense lawyers struggle to find. It provides a way for the defense to learn and strategize that in most counties only prosecutors have. I want to give back to the organization that helps make our county one of the best in the country for the defense practice.
I have been lurking in the shadows long enough. It’s time to ante up and kick in.
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I’m running because this organization and its members have contributed heavily to my career and I want to give back. Having previously served on this Board before, I know the things this organization is capable of in terms of improving the practice for its members. I want to help this organization continue to provide support, community, and mentorship to our members, as well as help advance the interests of the criminal defense bar and improve the quality of the environment and system in which we practice.
I am seeking your vote for the HCCLA board. In return for your vote, I will never compromise what I believe to be right and just, I will be a team player and strive towards achieving common goals through a spirit of cooperation, and I will be the best damn board member I can be. HCCLA has provided me the opportunities to pursue my passion with the knowledge that I’ll never be alone, and I’ll have the collective efforts of the greatest defense bar in the Country by my side. HCCLA has given me the opportunity to do what I love, and because of that I have the burning desire to serve and give back to the members of this great organization. I appreciate your consideration, and regardless of what the outcome is, thank you for being a part of HCCLA.
I practice 100% criminal defense and have since 2013. I believe strongly in service, both personally and professionally. I became a lawyer to help people, including my clients and other lawyers. I routinely mentor other lawyers. I believe I would be a strong asset to our great organization by serving on the board.
Client-centered, zealous, smart advocacy honors the best of us. HCCLA’s mission statement is to assist, support, and protect the Criminal Defense Practitioner in the zealous defense of Individuals and their Constitutional Rights. This organization necessarily requires a proper balance between attorney-centered support and client-centered rights and defense. I am honored to be nominated by Mark Thiessen and encouraged to further engage with HCCLA by many respected mentors. I will work to bring balance to the goals of HCCLA if you’ll let me. (nominated by Mark Thiessen).
I have been a criminal attorney for 20 years on May 1, almost 17 years as an ADA with the balance as a defense attorney. I have enjoyed participating in every HCCLA Board Meeting of 2020 as an associate of Mark Thiessen, but I would like to actually participate in helping the Harris County Criminal Defense Bar, if possible.
Eligibility Requirements: This election is open to all current voting members of the Association (excludes affiliate, paralegal/legal assistant, and student members). All ballots must be received no earlier than April 20, 2021 and no later than 5:00 pm, April 30, 2021. Voting is allowed online, by mail, or by fax.
Uncontested officer positions (2021-2022):
President: Joe Vinas
President-Elect: Jed Silverman
Vice President: Damon Parrish II
Treasurer: Justin C. Harris
Past President: Mark Thiessen