HCDLA Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association [HCDLA], an incorporated general purpose political action committee, was formed in 2003 by local lawyers who are affiliated with the Democratic Party.
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This group is committed to furthering the administration of fair justice and intends to advance that goal by making Harris County, once again, a Democratic county. Most founding members are veteran candidates from previous Harris County judicial, legislative, and administrative elections. However, membership is open to all committed Democrats, including non-lawyers. Dues are nominal. HCDLA believes that the most effective way to win local elections is to recruit the best qualified candidates possible and to educate our base Democratic voters of the importance of voting “down ballot” in local elections. To that end, HCDLA works every election cycle with various groups and candidates to organize an effective Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort.

Mission: The mission of HCDLA is to recruit, promote, and support qualified Democrats for election to public office, educate citizens on Democratic values, further the administration of fair justice, and assist the Harris County Democratic Party.

Operating as usual

10/23/2020
The Legacy of RBG

Barbara Ann Radnofsky moderates panel discussion with former RBG Clerk Katie Barber and UT Law Professor Elizabeth Sepper.

1 hour of free MCLE. Course #: 174101806

KATIE BARBER clerked for Justice Ginsburg during October Term 2018. She previously clerked for Judge John B. Owens of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Barber earned her law degree from the University of Virginia, where she served as a notes editor on the managing board of the Virginia Law Review and was honored as a member of the Raven Society and Order of the Coif. She currently practices in Richmond, where she focuses on high-stakes litigation, dispositive motions, and appellate advocacy.

BARBARA ANN RADNOFSKY is the author of A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO IMPEACHMENT. Barbara was a partner at Vinson & Elkins, from which she retired after twenty-seven years as a trial lawyer and head of the firm's ADR section. She was the first woman in Texas history to run as the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2006 (she lost to incumbent Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison) and the first, also, to run as the Democratic candidate for Texas Attorney General in 2010 (she lost to incumbent Greg Abbott). She currently has a legal practice as a mediator. She volunteers with numerous causes and as a teacher for special needs children. She graduated magna cm laude from the University of Houston, where she enrolled at age sixteen, and the University of Texas School of Law.

ELIZABETH SEPPER is a Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin and a nationally recognized scholar of health law, equality, and religious liberty. She has written extensively on conscientious refusals to provide reproductive and end-of-life healthcare and on conflicts over religion and antidiscrimination law. Sepper received her B.A. in History from Boston University and her LL.M. and J.D. from New York University School of Law. Following law school, she clerked for the Hon. Marjorie Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and practiced human rights law with a focus on women’s rights.

10/21/2020
Eviction Crisis CLE

Moderated by Judge Jim Kovach, and featuring panelist:
State Rep./Harris County Recovery Czar Armando Walle
Justice of Peace Jeremy Brown
Eric Kwartler, landlord/tenant law program clinic director at STCL
U.A. Lewis, trial lawyer and tenant advocate
Zoe Middleton, regional director at Texas Housers

1 hour of free MCLE; Course Number: 174099779

Make your plan to EARLY Vote!
10/11/2020

Make your plan to EARLY Vote!

There are now EIGHT 24-Hour Voting locations on Oct. 29. We just added Prairie View A&M University Northwest to the list. HarrisVotes.com/Locations

10/04/2020
Voter Protection Boot Camp CLE

This CLE program is designed for lawyers, law students, and others serving as election judges, alternate judges, and election clerks in Harris County. Course Number: 174097437 (2 hours MCLE including .25 ethics).

NOTE: Since the recording of this CLE, the policy of the County Clerk’s Office has been modified: Anyone who wishes to cancel a mail-in-ballot and vote in person must either surrender their mail-in-ballot or vote on a provisional ballot. The guidance given in this CLE on the topic of cancelling mail-in-ballots was about the former policy and does not reflect the current policy of the County Clerk’s Office.

This course is a supplement to -- not a replacement for -- the official training provided by the Harris County Clerk. For information on required training for Harris County election workers, go to: http://harrisvotes.com/ElectionWorkers?lang=en-US...
Also note that this is not a replacement for the required online and on demand training poll watchers must complete.

This course covers portions of the Election Code most relevant to election clerks, judges, and alternate judges. This CLE program will consist of presentations by a series of Texas lawyers versed in election and voter protection laws. Topics include voter ID requirements, what the Election Code provides for voters needing assistance, the rules prohibiting electioneering and intimidation, the limits of a poll watcher's abilities, when to use provisional ballots, the rules governing who can bring firearms into a polling location, and topics specific to this year including an overview of Harris County's new drive-through voting sites and issues specific to COVID and mask-wearing.

Help us protect the integrity of the democratic process by applying to become an election worker. Most of the election worker positions are paid. You can apply to become an election worker at harrisdemocrats.org/election-worker

09/08/2020
Moving Toward Sustainability CLE

Panel discussion moderated by Mike Collier, featuring:
Kayla Alix - Candidate for Texas House Dist 129
Adrienne Bell - Candidate for CD-14
Susan Criss - Candidate for Texas Senate SD-11
Sri Kulkarni - Candidate for CD-22
Rashad Lewis - Candidate for CD-36
Jon Powell - geological and chemical scientist

The panel focused on infrastructure planning and severe storm protection for the Gulf Coast area, including 2 current proposals: sspeed.rice.edu/gbpp & coastalstudy.texas.gov/

1 hour of MCLE; Course #174095319

09/05/2020
American Authoritarianism with John Dean

American Authoritarianism, a conversation with John Dean. TX Bar CLE course #174094901 (1 hr MCLE credit). Dean and Barbara Radnofsky dicuss recent unprecedented and alarming authoritarian actions in the US, including militarization of federal forces to perform state and local police functions. Dean provides a piercing analysis of how someone like Trump and his followers achieved power—and what they have shown they are willing to do to try to keep it. He offers insight into why facts and logic will not change the minds of so many people who are faithful to an authoritarian leader.

08/19/2020

Historic perspective on what we are seeing now

08/09/2020
Prof. Warren Binford on the Border Crisis

4 Days in Clint: Account of what Willamette Law professor and international children’s rights expert Warren Binford discovered when she and her colleagues walked into the Clint Border Patrol Facility on a routine monitoring visit outside of El Paso, Texas, in June 2019. Over the course of four days and through interviews involving approximately 70 children, the team came to realize that hundreds of children were being unlawfully warehoused by the U.S. government in a state of filth, hunger, sickness, and sadness, without any meaningful adult care. Some children reported being assaulted by the Border Patrol while many reported being forced to sleep on concrete floors, including infants and toddlers, in overcrowded jail cells, a loading dock, and a windowless warehouse. Binford explains what had changed in their observations about the government’s treatment of the children in its care that compelled them to go to the media for the first time in 22 years of Flores monitoring visits. Binford lays out the legal framework that applies to migrant children in custody, highlighting both the legal violations, as well as the loopholes that need to be closed to ensure the humane treatment of children, and -- importantly -- how the average U.S. citizen can take action. Binford’s discussion includes powerful direct quotations from the children’s sworn declarations to ensure that their voices and stories are heard and amplified by the American public. Filmed at Univision studios in Houston.

08/08/2020
Portland Protests

Eddy Binford-Ross may be the only front-line reporter regularly risking her safety to write for a high school newspaper. Her coverage of extreme federal deployment, civil rights abuses, and the protests have received national attention. Eddy and her mother, Professor Warren Binford provide their first hand accounts and discuss the crisis that resulted from Trump's dangerous Portland policy. Portland attorney David Sugerman provides an overview of the litigation against the federal government over their atrocities in Portland. Texas NAACP President Gary Blesoe moderates the discussion. Sri Kulkarni joins at the beginning of the program to comment on the crisis and provide an update on his campaign.

Course #: 174093550

07/19/2020
Policing Reform vs. Abolition, and Everything in Between

Moderator: Christian Menefee, Nominee for Harris County Attorney
Panelists:
Jay Kumar Aiyer, Asst. Cty Attorney, Harris County Attorney's Office
Sarah Labowitz, Policy & Advocacy Director, ACLU of Texas
Reginald McKamie, Attorney
Kandice Webber, Black Lives Matter Activist

1 hour of MCLE (including .25 ethics)
Course #: 174090745

06/29/2020
The Future of the Texas Supreme Court

CLE program featuring:
Justice Gisela Triana (Third Court of Appeals)
Judge Amy Clarke Meachum (201st District of Travis County)
Judge Staci Williams (101st District of Dallas County)
Judge Tina Clinton (Dallas County Criminal District Court 1)
Houston lawyer Kathy Cheng

06/28/2020
06/12/2020
Coronavirus in Prisons & Detention Centers

Keri Blakinger, Brandon Duke, & Andre Segura discuss COVID-19 risks of of people incarcerated in prisons and detention centers and pending litigation to address this health crisis in prisons and detention centers.

06/03/2020
Texas Democratic Party

Texas Democratic Party

Voter Protection Director Rose Clouston is joined by David Kronig, Voter Protection Director, Democratic Party of Wisconsin; Chad Dunn, General Counsel of the Texas Democratic Party; and Reyna Walters-Morgan, Director of Civic Engagement and Voter Protection, Democratic National Committee, for a training that will present an overview of select cases from 2020 that explore how our elections must adapt to the ongoing pandemic in order to preserve Americans' right to vote, including the Wisconsin cote-by-mail case the U.S. Supreme Court decided on the eve of their primary and the Texas cases on vote-by-mail eligibility that are currently being litigated in state and federal courts.

05/21/2020
Coping with Coronavirus & Mindfullness

Dr. Brendan Kelly & Dr. Ann Friedman provide advice on how to stay calm and protect your mental health during the ongoing pandemic. TX Bar Course #174085677 (1 hour of ethics credit)

05/21/2020
Mindful Being

Thank you Dr. Ann Friedman for sharing helpful information at our CLE on Copying with Coronavirus & Mindfulness. We will post the video of the program soon.

Mindfulness Studio in Houston, Texas. Certified Mindfulness instructors providing group classes for individuals, parents, children, and teens. Offering presentations to corporations, schools, churches, and community groups.

Thank you Dr. Brendan Kelly for sharing helpful information at our CLE on Copying with Coronavirus & Mindfulness. We wil...
05/21/2020
Coping with Coronavirus » Melville House Books

Thank you Dr. Brendan Kelly for sharing helpful information at our CLE on Copying with Coronavirus & Mindfulness. We will post the video of the program soon. Dr. Kelly's e-book is available for only $1.99. Both the author and the publisher are donating all proceeds from this book to charity.

These are certainly challenging, unprecedented times. Allow pre-eminent psychiatrist Dr. Brendan Kelly to help you understand and cope with the unique stresses of today, as we all try to deal with the threat of COVID-19 within our homes, communities and…

05/07/2020
Voting in a Pandemic

Harris County Clerk Dr. Diane Trautman, Special Harris County Attorney Doug Ray, and Texas Democratic Party Voter Protection Director Rose Clouston discuss plans to conduct a safe and fair election during the COVID-19 crisis.

Super Tuesday Debrief with Todd Litton, Lillie Schechter., & Mustafa Tameez
03/16/2020

Super Tuesday Debrief with Todd Litton, Lillie Schechter., & Mustafa Tameez

Super Tuesday Debrief with Todd Litton, Lillie Schechter., & Mustafa Tameez

Team of HCDLA lawyers led by Nicole Biguenet Pedersen working with HCDP staff to protect the vote in Harris County.
03/04/2020

Team of HCDLA lawyers led by Nicole Biguenet Pedersen working with HCDP staff to protect the vote in Harris County.

honoroing Ambassador Arthur L. Schechter
12/20/2019

honoroing Ambassador Arthur L. Schechter

honoroing Ambassador Arthur L. Schechter

Senior Reporter & Editor at the Texas Observer on Judicial Investigations in Harris County
12/20/2019

Senior Reporter & Editor at the Texas Observer on Judicial Investigations in Harris County

Senior Reporter & Editor at the Texas Observer on Judicial Investigations in Harris County

honoroing Ambassador Arthur L. Schechter
12/19/2019

honoroing Ambassador Arthur L. Schechter

honoroing Ambassador Arthur L. Schechter

Play & Talkback Reception, Cone Man Running Productions
11/18/2019

Play & Talkback Reception, Cone Man Running Productions

Play & Talkback Reception, Cone Man Running Productions

Great production of Inherit the Wind by Cone Man Running Productions. Performances run Monday (18th) Thursday(21st), Fri...
11/18/2019

Great production of Inherit the Wind by Cone Man Running Productions. Performances run Monday (18th) Thursday(21st), Friday(22nd) at 8pm this week.2 hours CLE (including .5 ethics). Course # 174064425.

Blake Rocap of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas on Abortion Rights
11/08/2019

Blake Rocap of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas on Abortion Rights

Blake Rocap of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas on Abortion Rights

"To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth"
10/05/2019

"To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth"

"To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth"

with Professor Warren Binford on the Border Crisis
09/26/2019

with Professor Warren Binford on the Border Crisis

with Professor Warren Binford on the Border Crisis

09/15/2019

Internationally recognized children's rights expert Professor
Binford's presentation at our September 13th CLE luncheon. Disturbing first hand account of intentional and malicious child abuse and sever neglect by the U.S government funded by your tax dollars. This Special CLE was in collaboration with Children At Risk- Statewide Research and Advocacy and partially underwritten by Foster US & Global Immigration Services, Tacos A Go Go, and an anonymous donor.

Project Amplify
Children at Risk

Presidential Debate Watch Party
09/13/2019

Presidential Debate Watch Party

09/13/2019
Children At Risk- Statewide Research and Advocacy

Powerful Press Conference and call to action by HCDLA members Terry O'Rourke and Ruby Powers along with Prof. Warren Binford following Binford's CLE presentation that drew a record HCDLA luncheon crowd of >150.
#Project_Amplify
#ChildrenAtRisk
#TexasCivilRightsProject
#Tahirih

Immigration & Education Summit press conference with U.S. congressman @Betoorourke , Children’s rights expert Wendi Warren Binford, Efren Olivares with @TexasCivilRightsProject and Immigration Attorney Ruby Powers.

The Democracy Fix
08/28/2019

The Democracy Fix

The Democracy Fix

June 18, 2019  *  photo prints available from daltondehart.com
07/14/2019

June 18, 2019 * photo prints available from daltondehart.com

June 18, 2019 * photo prints available from daltondehart.com

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3401 Allen Pkwy #100
Houston, TX
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HCDLA holds a monthly luncheon on the first Thursday of every month, from September through May, with a variety of speakers of interest to the legal community. Currently, meetings are held at Churrasco's River Oaks, 2055 Westheimer. The meetings are always lively, informative, and fun events. The presentations are approved for Continuing Legal Education purposes for Texas lawyers. The cost is low, if reserved and paid in advance, $30 for the meal for members, CLE free, or $40 if paid at the door.

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Harris County Democratic Lawyers

The mission of Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association is to recruit, promote, and support qualified Democrats for election to public office, to educate the Bar in ways in which it can promote Democratic ideas and candidates, and to assist the Harris County Democratic Party. We are committed to furthering the administration of fair justice and the advancement of the Democratic Party in Harris County. Membership is open to all Democrats, including non-lawyers. Annual membership dues are only $75. The dues are waived for law students and anyone who wants to join but cannot afford to pay dues. Join online at HCDLA.com.

HCDLA hosts CLE Luncheons the first Thursdays of September through May. All our CLEs are free for members, the cost of lunch is $30 if paid online in advance. In addition to the monthly luncheons, we host election law CLEs, evening author CLEs at the Brazos Bookstore, our Annual Summer CLE & Reception, and our Annual Clarence Darrow Award Presentation. We also coordinate candidate support and voter protection efforts. HCDLA was founded by Lee Arellano, Diane Mosier, and Marc Whitehead in 2002. More information can be found on our page “HCDLA”, and

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