March-April 2009

Todd Smith is the C. Chris Marshall Award winner

Todd Smith, chief investigator in the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, was named the C. Chris Marshall Award winner at the Annual Criminal & Civil Law Update.

Smith is the first non-lawyer to win this award, which is given to the most distinguished faculty member and teacher. He was honored for his training in Lubbock, across the state on behalf of TDCAA, and nationwide through the National Advocacy Center (NAC) and National District Attorneys Association (NDAA).

“Todd dedicates himself to training every prosecutor, investigator, and any other staff member who wants to learn,” Nielsen says. “His students consistently evaluate his presentations as stellar, and he has always responded superbly in whatever training situation we have thrown him.”

“I am very honored by this award,” Smith says, “but I am more honored each and every time I am able to speak to Texas prosecutors and staffs. To be recognized for that is just icing on the cake.”

The C. Chris Marshall Award winner is nominated by TDCAA’s nominations committee, approved by TDCAA’s board of directors, and presented by tradition at the prosecutors’ annual conference every September. The award is named after C. Chris Marshall, a Tarrant County assistant criminal district attorney who was a statewide leader in appellate law and shared his talents with anyone who needed it. He was killed in court in 1992.