In our world of the Criminal Justice System, we are constantly dealing with people running for things. People run for Judge. They run for District Attorney. They run for HCCLA Board positions (NOTE: that would be me). We all have our reasons.
My friend, Dorian Cotlar, has put his name in the hat to run for a position on the Harris County Bond Surety Board. The position he seeks is one that is to be filled by a criminal defense attorney who helps oversee the practices of the bonding companies that work in Harris County. His intentions are unquestionably altruistic:
"My interest in this position began when I had a client’s mother pay a $540 NON-REFUNDABLE "premium” (fee) for a $500 bond. For you non-criminal practitioners, the client’s mother could have simply gone to the Harris County Jail, posted $500 in cash, and then received a full refund (minus a small service charge) when her daughter’s criminal case was resolved. A reputable bonding company would have charged a reasonable fee. While this practice is technically legal, dishonest bonding companies mislead the most vulnerable people in our society in order to extract outrageous bonding fees." -- Dorian Cotlar
I've known Dorian since we worked together at the District Attorney's Office. He has an impressively successful law practice. His foray into working with the Bond Surety Board won't benefit him -- it will benefit everyone else. He is volunteering to take on an extreme amount of work to make our system better. He wants to clean up the bonding practices in Harris County.
To vote for Dorian, please click on this link: https://hccla.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/BBB-ballot2013A.pdf
As you will see on the ballot, you must be eligible to practice in Texas and your primary area of practice must be in Harris County. You also have to be legally eligible to represent criminal defendants.
Loosely translated: My friends in the District Attorney's Office have to sit this one out.
However, that doesn't mean that prosecutors can't forward this link on to their non-prosecutorial friends in Harris County. Civil attorneys, Family Law attorneys, and Corporate Law attorneys are all eligible to vote.
Dorian is the right guy for this job and he is running for all the right reasons.
He's one of the good guys and he's doing what he can to make a difference.
Please take time out of your day and vote for a good man who will make a major difference in the way things are done in Harris County.