Members of the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office routinely receive prestigious awards or are named to various boards, organizations and associations. Here are some of our recent notable awards, appointments and accomplishments:
Blackstone Award: In May 2011, the Tarrant County Bar Association awarded Criminal District Attorney Joe Shannon with the Blackstone Award – the highest honor bestowed by Tarrant County’s legal community. The award is given to lawyers 65 or older who have shown “consistent ability, integrity and courage as a lawyer” and have practiced in the county for at least 15 years.
Professionalism Award: In May 2011, the Tarrant County Bar Association honored First Assistant District Attorney Marvin Collins with the Professionalism Award. This award is given to lawyers who are respected by their peers for their conduct and character. They are role models in the legal community.
Texas Forensic Science Commission: In March 2014, Deputy Chief District Attorney Richard Alpert was re-appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Forensic Science Commission. Alpert, who has established himself as one of the country’s top DWI prosecutors, was one of six members appointed to the board. The commission oversees professional conduct in forensic laboratories in Texas.
Crime Victims’ Institute Advisory Council: In July 2014, Tarrant County Victim Assistance Director Blanca Burciaga was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Crime Victims’ Institute Advisory Council. The Council, which is made up of eight people, will advise the Crime Victims’ Institute about how crimes impacts victims, society and relatives.
Tarrant County Bar Association: In 2011, Assistant District Attorney Lisa Callaghan, who has been a Tarrant County prosecutor for more than 20 years, was elected to serve on the Bar Association’s Board of Directors. Her term ended in 2013.
State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee: In 2013, Assistant District Attorney Sean Colston was elected Chairman of the District 7A Grievance Committee, which hears complaints against attorneys and, if appropriate, issues sanctions. Colston, who is chief of the Family Violence Unit of the Criminal District Attorney’s Office, will serve a one-year term which ends in July 2014.
Tarrant County Bar Association: Assistant District Attorney Ann Diamond, chief of the Specialized Services Division of the Criminal District Attorney’s Office, was elected in 2012 as President of the Tarrant County Bar Association. Her term ran from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.
Governing Board of the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management: In April 2014, Deputy Chief District Attorney Christy Jack was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to chair the Governing Board of the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management. She is part of a team tasked with overseeing the state’s most violent and dangerous civilly committed sex offenders. Jack is the only prosecutor on the board.
Protect Our Kids Commission. In July 2014, Assistant District Attorney Leticia Martinez was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Protect Our Kids Commission, which studies and provides recommendations to the Texas legislature on strategies to reduce child abuse and fatalities. Martinez, who is chief of the District Attorney’s Crimes Against Children Unit, was among six child advocates appointed to the Commission.
Texas Violent Gang Task Force: In 2013, Assistant District Attorney Riley Shaw was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Violent Gang Task Force. Shaw, who has been with the DA’s Office more than 13 years and is chief of the Juvenile Unit, was among four members named to the Task Force - which is devoted to supressing gang activity through the collection and dissemination of gang intelligence.
Power Attorney: In 2012, the Fort Worth Business Press named Deputy Chief District Attorney Jack Strickland a “Power Attorney.” He was among 12 local attorneys and a federal district judge to receive the award, which is based on peer recognition, reputation and professional achievement.
The Department of Family and Protective Services Representative of the Year: In 2012, Assistant District Attorney Cindy Williams, who has worked in the Child Protective Services Unit for 13 years, was named the DFPS Representative of the Year by CASA of Tarrant County. This award is given to those on the front lines working with children and families who are in crisis due to abuse and neglect.