The Prosecutor, March-April 2012, Volume 42, No. 2

It is more blessed to give than to receive, to serve than to be served

We at the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation know both of these truths all too well—that’s what we do! We give our members what they need and we serve them with all our heart!
    As we prepare to kick off our 2012 Annual Campaign, we’d like to remind you, our members, about some of the things the Foundation does for you. In the last four years we’ve funded our Train the Trainer seminar and the Advanced Trial and Appellate Advocacy Courses; published the Domestic Violence Training Manual and Offense Report Manual and sent them free to all prosecutor offices; put on two DWI Summits; sponsored last year’s Intoxication Manslaughter Course; updated the TDCAA website; and hired a victim services director and a senior appellate attorney. We even manage to reimburse folks in your offices who attend our seminars for part of their food and hotel expenses. Whew! All for the good of our members—and, in turn, your community.
    We’re asking for you to return the favor, to give back to the Foundation so that we can continue to fund all sorts of endeavors for Texas prosecutors and staff. Here’s a peak at what’s in store for 2012 and beyond:
•    free books for attendees at our Domestic Violence Seminar;
•    a third DWI Summit;
•    more specialized training for prosecutors and investigators; and
•    a new endowment account through our Texas Prosecutors Society. The idea is to have funds available in the future to provide critical support to the association and our members.
    The Foundation is always at your service, so please consider giving so that many others can receive. You will be receiving an Annual Campaign request in the mail in the next few weeks; you can send it back with a donation or log onto our website, www.tdcaf.org, to show your support.
    Our goal is to have 100-percent support from every member of TDCAA. You may designate your gift for training or books, make a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one, or make an unrestricted gift for general operations.

1st Annual TDCAF Investigator Section Golf Tournament
We would like to invite you to participate in the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation’s Investigator Board Annual Golf Tournament. It’s Saturday, March 24, at The Club at Concan in beautiful Concan, Texas (that’s in Uvalde County, not far from San Antonio). Funds raised through the tournament will support the Foundation’s Annual Campaign, so please join us for a beautiful day on the links. See www.tdcaf.org for details, or email vitera@tdcaa.com to reserve your spot on the golf course.

Another big thanks
to our Investigators
It was a close race this year between the Investigator and Key Personnel Sections in the 2011 Annual Campaign Challenge, but the investigators were victorious yet again! We treated them to a well-deserved happy hour at TDCAA’s Investigator School in Galveston in February (photos below) as a token of our gratitude for their generosity. Congratulations!

PowerPoint for the Courtroom
Polish your courtroom presentation skills while supporting the Foundation by buying the PowerPoint for the Courtroom CD. It walks through almost every element of PowerPoint, from creating new slides to importing and editing video clips. It’s a must-have for every office, and it’s only $20! Please visit our website, www.tdcaf.org, to order it.