RECENT SPEECHES

2016 Declaration of IndependenceContinuing a tradition I began in 2010, the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association met on the steps of the criminal courthouse to read the Declaration of Independence in celebration of Independence Day.

Harris County Public Defenders
Location: Houston, Texas / August 31, 2017
Topic: Final Arguments

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Location: San Francisco, California / July 28, 2017
Topic: Cross-Examination of Snitches

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Location: Statewide / June 30, 2017
Topic: Organized Reading of Declaration of Independence across Texas

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Location: Statewide / July 1, 2016
Topic: Organized Reading of Declaration of Independence in ALL Texas Counties

Maine Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Location: Freeport, Maine / June 19, 2015
Topic: Cross-Examination of Informants

Robert Fickman along with members of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association read the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America Thursday noon July 2, 2015 in front of the Harris County Criminal Courthouse.

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Location: Statewide / July 3, 2015
Topic: Organized Reading of Declaration of Independence in 139 Texas Counties

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada / September 6, 2014
Topic: Cross-Examination of Snitches

National Reading of the Declaration of Independence by The Criminal Defense Bar
Location: Nationwide / July 3, 2014
Topic: Organized Readings by Defense lawyers in 74 counties across Texas.

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Location: Houston, Texas / March 6, 2014
Topic: Federal Law Seminar (Course Director)

National Reading of the Declaration of Independence by The Criminal Defense Bar
Location: Nationwide / July 4, 2013
Topic: Organized national reading of Declaration of Independence by Criminal Defense Bar

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
Location: Houston, Texas / May 29, 2013
Topic: Pretrial Investigation

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association Annual Banquet
Location: Houston, Texas / May 9, 2013
Topic: Presentation of HCCLA Torch of Liberty Award to Michael Morton and Anthony Graves.

Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee
Location: State Capitol, Austin, Texas / March 12, 2013
Topic: (a) Testifying in support of bill expanding exonerated defendant’s rights to grieve prosecutors (b) Testifying in favor of bill requiring county transparency on court appointed caseloads.

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Memorial Plaque Rededication Speech
Location: Houston, Texas / February 7, 2013
Topic: Remembering Past Defense Lawyers

Harris County Public Defenders Continuing Legal Education
Location: Houston, Texas / January 31, 2013
Topic: Defending Criminal Cases: Trial Preparation

Civil Courthouse Dedication Speech Regarding United States Constitution
Location: Houston, Texas / November 16, 2012
Topic: Dedication of placement of United States Constitution in Civil Court Foyer

Jury Assembly Room Dedication Speech Regarding United States Constitution
Location: Houston, Texas / October 26, 2012
Topic: Dedication of placement of United States Constitution in Jury Assembly Room.

National Reading of the Declaration of Independence by The Criminal Defense Bar
Location: Nationwide / July 4, 2012
Topic: Organized national reading of Declaration of Independence by Criminal Defense Bar

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Annual Rusty Duncan Seminar
Location: San Antonio, Texas / June 7-8, 2012
Topic: Investigation and Cross Examination of Snitches and Informants

Metropolitan Transit Authority
Location: Houston, Texas / April 26, 2012
Topic: Abuse of Citizens Rights by Metro and TSA

The State Sunset Commission
Location: Austin, Texas / April 10, 2012
Topic: Commission on Judicial Conduct

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Memorial Plaque Rededication Speech
Location: Houston, Texas / September 8, 2011
Topic: Remembering Past Defense Lawyers

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Location: Galveston, Texas / September 9, 2011
Topic: Ethics for Defense Lawyers

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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Location: Sugarland, Texas / August 18, 2011
Topic: Ethics for Defense Lawyers

Harris County Criminal Justice Center
Location: Houston, Texas / July 1, 2011
Topic: Participated in the Public Reading of Declaration of Independence

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
Location: Houston, Texas / April 21, 2011
Topic: Trial Preparation

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada / November 19, 2010
Topic: Investigation and Cross Examination of Snitches and Informants

City Hall
Location: Houston, Texas / July 13, 2010
Topic: Demand Chief of Police Retract Order Limiting Interviews of Officers

Harris County Criminal Justice Center
Location: Houston, Texas / July 2, 2010
Topic: Organized Public Reading of Declaration of Independence

Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Location: Pensacola, Florida / June 19, 2010
Topic: Investigation and Cross Examination of Snitches and Informants

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Location: Memphis, Tennessee / April 30, 2010
Topic:Investigation and Cross Examination of Snitches and Informants

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Memorial Plaque Rededication Speech
Location: Houston, Texas / April 22, 2009
Topic:Remembering Past Defense Lawyers

Juvenile Courthouse Dedication Speech Regarding United States Constitution
Location: Houston, Texas / December 10, 2008
Topic:Dedication of placement of United States Constitution in Juvenile Justice Center

Harris County Commissioner’s Court
Location: Houston, Texas / June 4, 2008
Topic:Urge Commissioners to allow HCCLA to display Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution and Bill of Rights in Juvenile Justice Center

33rd Annual Advanced Criminal Law Course
Location: Houston, Texas / July 26, 2007
Sponsored by: State Bar of Texas
Topic: Cross-Examination

37th Annual Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association Banquet and Meeting
Location: Houston Texas / May 10, 2007
Topic: Outgoing President’s Speech

Criminal Courthouse Dedication Speech Regarding United States Constitution
Location: Houston Texas / February 21, 2007
Topic: Dedication of Placement of United States Constitution in Courthouse Foyer

City Hall Speech
Location: Houston Texas / September 19, 2006
Topic: Calling on City to Fully Fund Investigation into Police Crime Lab

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association-Indigent Defense Seminar, Houston, Texas
Location: Houston Texas / May 12, 2006
Topic: Direct Examination (power point)

36th Annual Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association Banquet and Meeting
Location: Houston Texas / May 11, 2006
Topic: Incoming President’s Speech

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association Memorial Plaque Dedication Speech
Location: Houston Texas / May 8, 2006
Topic: Remembering Past Defense Lawyers

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Corpus Christi Texas
Location: Corpus Christi Texas
Date: January 27, 2006
Topic: Ethics for Attorneys

City Hall Speech
Location: Houston Texas / July 12, 2005
Topic: Calling on City Hall to Fully Fund Access Houston

Past Host of “Reasonable Doubt”-Live Call-in Show
Sponsored by: Harris County Criminal Lawyer Association

RECENT ARTICLES

Thank you to All Declaration Reading Local Leaders 
Published: Voice for the Defense / July 25, 2017

A Tough Sell 
Published: Houston Chronicle / April 28, 2016

Harris County: Your Self-Praise Stinks 
Published: Reasonable Doubt / April 22, 2016

Jury Determines the Victim 
Published: Houston Chronicle / February 12, 2016

Coercion and Indigence 
Published: Reasonable Doubt / October 7, 2015

Deadly Force and HPD 
Published: Houston Chronicle / August 21, 2015

Effect Change 
Published: Houston Chronicle / January 14, 2015

Press Forward 
Published: Houston Chronicle / April 28, 2013

We Must Change Harris County’s Shameful Appointment System Now 
Published: Fickmanlaw Blog / January 24, 2013

Stop the Prosecutorial Misconduct 
Published: The Houston Chronicle / December 31, 2011

Clogging the Courts 
Published: The Houston Chronicle / December 13, 2011

Prosecutors and liberty 
Published: Houston Chronicle / October 21, 2011

Reading the Declaration of Independence 
Published: Voice for the Defense / July/August 2011

The Blame Game 
Published: Houston Chronicle / July 14, 2011

Clearly disguised 
Published: Houston Chronicle / June 10, 2011

Police act caught on video: Linked to past 
Published: Houston Chronicle / February 10, 2011

The death penalty-debate: Looking Forward 
Published: Houston Chronicle / January 9, 2011

Robb Fickman’s Judicial Christmas Wish List 
Published: The Defender / Winter 2010

Attacks on Fine are unfair 
Published: Houston Chronicle / December 25, 2010

Judges Must Act to End Jail Overflow 
Published: Houston Chronicle Outlook / August 9, 2009

Pretrial Release Bonds: One Way to Put the Harris County Plea Mill Out of Business 
Published: The Defender / Spring 2009

Robb Fickman’s Judicial Christmas Wish List
Sent to all Harris County Judges on November 29, 2008

Thoughtless Justice 
Published: Houston Chronicle / September 19, 2008

Using an Expert in an Accident Case
Published: The Defender / Fall 2007

Vital public access channel 
Published: Houston Chronicle / April 30, 2007

In Defense of Atticus Finch 
Published: Houston Chronicle / April 10, 2007

Message from the President regarding Dedication of the United States Constitution 
Published: The Defender / Spring 2007

Message from the President regarding Jail Overcrowding 
Published: The Defender / Winter 2006

Message from President regarding the War on the Constitution 
Published: The Defender / Fall 2006

Message from the President regarding Problems with Criminal Justice System in Harris County
Published: The Defender / Summer 2006