For the fifth consecutive year, members of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association will celebrate the Fourth of July by gathering at dozens of courthouses across the state to recite the Declaration of Independence. An annual TCDLA tradition that started in 2010 at the Harris County Courthouse, this year’s event on Thursday, July 2, is expected to take place at more than 100 courthouses.

“Inside courthouses across Texas, criminal defense lawyers fight to protect the liberty of our fellow Americans,” event founder Robert Fickman said in a TCDLA press release. “So it is only right that the criminal defense bar stand shoulder to shoulder across Texas and hold readings of the Declaration of Independence. It is a good reminder to each of us of our oath and duty. It is a reminder to all others that the criminal defense bar has never been more united in our fight against any who would rob our countrymen of their liberty.”

A list of all scheduled readings organized by TCDLA defense lawyers is available at For more information on the TCDLA, go to