Austin, Texas (KETK) — The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association ("TCDLA") announces the installation of Bobby D. Mims, of Tyler, Texas, as its President for 2013 to 2014.
The ceremony was held in San Antonio, Texas, on June 15, 2013, at the TCDLA Annual Board/Members meeting. An estimated 850 criminal defense lawyers attended the "Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Seminar" held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Bobby D. Mimsis the 43rd President of theTCDLA. He has beena memberoftheTCDLA since 1984 and has served in every office ofthe association prior to his election as President. Mims practices criminal defense in Tyler and appears in the state and federal courts in the East Texas area.
He has degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the South Texas College of Law in Houston. Mims attended the Harvard Business School's Executive Development program while an executive at a Fortune 50 corporation prior to going into private practice.
Mims grew up in Cherokee County in East Texas. He lived and worked in the oil fields of South Texas. He served with the 25th Infantry Division during the Vietnam War and received several military decorations. He was in the natural gas pipeline business for several years but changed careers in 1990 to pursue his calling as a criminal defense attorney. Since that time he has been involved in some of the most sensational cases in the East Texas area. He has appeared on Court TV and has served as a television legal analyst for several media outlets. His cases have been the subject of national television shows. He is on the faculty of the Texas Criminal Trial College and has lectured at the Center for American and International Law.
The TCDLA is an organization ofcriminal defense attorneys with more that 3,500 members all over Texas. It is the largest state criminal defense association in the US. The TCDLA and its membersare dedicated to the vigorous defense ofthe citizen accused. The TCDLA and its members believe that freedom cannot long exist without the independent criminal defense attorney standing as a zealous advocate for the person accused before the awesome power ofthe government.