Our own Clay Abbott, TDCAA’s DWI resource prosecutor, was recently honored by both the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and by the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators (NAPC) for his work on behalf of traffic safety.
As you may know, Abbott travels all over the state (and indeed the country) to train officers and prosecutors how to properly investigate and try intoxication offenses to keep our roads safer. Congratulations on these two honors!
Editor’s note: The TDCAF continues to receive gifts in memory of our great friend, the late State’s Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Paul. We are honored to accept gifts in his name from the people listed below:
The Honorable Larry Gist
The Honorable W.C. “Bud” Kirkendall
We would also like to share a letter from Crawford Long, an assistant prosecutor in McLennan County, who superbly sums up why we all miss Matthew:
Matthew Paul was an exceptionally talented person and public servant. I have sought his advice and counsel on many occasions and always found him to be generous with his time and willing to help us with our legal issues. In addition to his professional advice, I appreciated his personal kindness as well. A few days after I argued a capital murder case before the Court of Criminal Appeals, my district attorney showed me a letter that Matthew had written to him complimenting my argument to the court. I have a copy of that letter which I keep and treasure. Those of us who knew him and worked with him feel the loss at the same time we recognize the skill, dedication, and kindness with which he enhanced our profession.
The newest addition to the TDCAA staff is Jennifer Matney, our meeting planner, who joined the association in late August—just in time to finish tying up loose ends for the Annual Criminal and Civil Law Update. Jen hit the ground running and was a gloriously calm, collected presence during the craziest season of TDCAA’s year. She even graciously agreed to join an amateur volleyball league with several association staffers, and her obvious skills put the rest of us to shame. She has fit seamlessly into the office.
Well, we’ve hardly put one Annual conference in the history books, and we already need to pass along important information about the next one.
TDCAA’s room block at the San Luis, which is the host hotel for the 2008 Annual Update in Galveston, is already sold out. (It was sold out Monday, Oct. 1, if you can believe it.)
Richard Alpert, misdemeanor chief in the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, was given the National President’s Award for Outstanding Prosecutor from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
“This award is long overdue,” said Susan Bragg, MADD’s Director of Victims Services in North Texas, noting that Alpert had been nominated several times before. “We are so excited that this is his year to receive it!”
The honor will be presented by MADD President Glynn Birch during the organization’s national conference September 8 in St. Louis.
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Mark Edwards, 32nd Judicial District Attorney
Bruce Isaacks, former Denton County Criminal District Attorney
Judge Susan D. Reed, Bexar County Criminal District Attorney
Charles A. Rosenthal, Jr., 11th Judicial District Attorney
Randall C. Sims, 47th Judicial District Attorney
At the 2007 Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse (TxCVC) conference in Austin, Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley received the 2007 Danny Hill Award as an outstanding prosecutor upholding victims' rights. The award is presented each year to a prosecutor who shows special attention to the needs of crime victims.