Dear Section Members:
It is my honor to have been named the 2016-2017 chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas. It’s hard to believe that in a few short weeks I will celebrate 25 years of practicing criminal law in Fort Worth, affectionately known as "Cowtown." I began my career under the legendary District Attorney, Tim Curry. During my tenure with the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, I earned my stripes as an active member and teacher in the trial division. After more than two decades, I left public service to go in to private practice as a criminal defense attorney and joined Varghese Summersett PLLC.
I am incredibly grateful for the training and mentorship I received over the years from many of the preeminent leaders in the Criminal Justice Section. Serving in this capacity is a meaningful way to give back and contribute to the future of our profession. Whether you are a prosecutor, law professor, defense attorney, or judge, it’s imperative to remain abreast of the latest case law, legislative trends, and professional training. It’s also critical for all criminal law practitioners to adhere to the highest tenets of professionalism and integrity.
Our mission is to keep our 3,100-plus members on top of their game by providing the highest level of training, education, and camaraderie. In addition to providing informative newsletters with recent case decisions, we will notify you of upcoming CLE courses, meetings, seminars, and networking opportunities.
Collaboration and communication are keys to the success of any section. We are in the process of developing initiatives to improve our website by providing more online content that will benefit your practice. We welcome feedback and suggestions from our members. After all, membership has its privileges.
Let me close by saying that I am excited to be the Section Chair and will strive to earn your vote of confidence and be responsive to all members of the section.
Christy Jack, Chair
Criminal Justice Section
State Bar of Texas