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Harris County Victims Services celebrates anniversary

2007

On April 17, the Harris County Commissioner’s Court presented a proclamation to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Division recognizing its 30th anniversary. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett presented the proclamation to Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal and Division Director Amy Smith.  Also on hand to celebrate this milestone were former Harris County District Attorney Carol Vance and first Division Director Suzanne McDanie.

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John Bradley given Danny Hill Award

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 victims of crime.

During the presentation, Raven Kazen, director of victim services for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice highlighted Bradley’s work as President of the Board of Directors for the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center and his constant sensitivity to victims’ needs. Bradley also has recently created a parole protest task force to provide key information to the parole board for the denial of early release of inmates who have been convicted of and sentenced for violent crimes. (See page 20 for an article on that task force.)

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Abbott honored by NHTSA, NAPC

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!

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Tribute gifts to the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation

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     
Crawford Long    
Sylvia Mandel    
John Stride

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.

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Welcome to our newest meeting planner, Jennifer Matney!

2007

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.

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Law & Order Award winner

2007
Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands), pictured at right with Harris County DA Chuck Rosenthal, was recently presented with TDCAA's Law & Order Award in appreciation for his hard work on behalf of prosecutors during the 80th Legislative Session.  In addition to passing legislation to crack down on prescription drug fraud and abuse (SB 1879) and to permit courts to seal search warrant affidavits in sensitive investigations (SB 244), Williams led Senate opposition to the passage of an overly-expansive new legal privilege for the media and he helped defeat other legislation that many pros
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Alpert honored by MADD

2007

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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