We have lost four dear friends and valued colleagues this year. As Thomas Carlyle poignantly said, “History is the essence of innumerable biographies.” The following are four stars in the spotlight, who each leave their own history, who forever remain with us as stars in the universe. We thank them for their lifetime of dedication to the cause of justice.

Star in the Spotlight: Larry Wines

Larry Wines, of St. Charles Missouri, passed on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at the age of 57.

Larry E. Wines earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1987, from the St. Louis University School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, with a minor in Chemistry. Larry authored and co-authored a plethora of publications: Mo Bar DWI CLE Desk book 2007 (authored it for years 2010 and 2013), Missouri DUI Handbook 2011-1012, 2012-2013, Understanding DUI Scientific Evidence- 5 Editions2007 & 2009 through 2012, Missouri Intoxication Evidence- 2 Editions2005 & 2006; DWI Practice Guide-2009; DWI Detection and Standardized Filed Sobriety Testing-2009; DWI Drugs & DRE Handbook-2009; Missouri Traffic Defense Strategies- 6 Editions: 2007- 2012; Officer’s Observations in DWI/DUI Cases in Missouri 2009; and finally he contributed to the U.S. Marine Corp. DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. In addition to the NCDD, he was also a member of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), St. Charles Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar.

In addition to being a stellar defense lawyer, he was also a scientific consultant on cases both criminal and civil. In 1994, He and his mother (a world renowned microbiologist formed Scientific Consulting Services, Inc. On July 18, 2014 MACDL posthumously awarded the first ever Dr. Terry Tyler Martinez DWI Law and Science Award to Larry.

Larry was a true scientist, excellent advocate, articulate expert, supportive mentor, friend to many in the NCDD, and a loving husband to his wife Janelle and a devoted father and grandfather. He will be missed but his legacy lives on.

Star in the Spotlight: Daryl Thompson

Daryl Thompson, of Orange County, California died on April 20, 2014 at the age of 68.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, and graduated from the Western State College of Law. He had his own law practice for more than 37 years. In his 37 year career, he was a recognized Specialist Member of the California DUI Lawyers Association, a longtime member of the National College of DUI Defense, a member of the California Public Defenders Association, and a member of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He served his community as a past temple attorney for the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Shriner) El Bekal Shrine Temple and as a Mason with the Evergreen Lodge of Riverside. Daryl was a gregarious life of the party, skilled advocate, veteran, friend to many in the NCDD, and a loving husband to his wife Shirley and a devoted father. He will be missed but his legacy lives on.

Star in the Spotlight: David Smith

The Honorable David Burnell Smith of Scottsdale, Arizona passed on Friday, October 24, 2014, at the age of 73.

David Burnell Smith earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1972, from the University of Baltimore, his Masters of Judicial Studies at the University of Nevada, and his BA from Morris Harvey College in 1967. He authored a highly acclaimed thesis-book, “Reel Justice” among other publications including Twelve Angry Men Presents an Idealized View of the Jury System. David was licensed to practice in Colorado and Maryland since 1972 and in Arizona from 1983. David was quite the academic with awards in Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities, Nu Beta Epsilon Scholastic Award – 1971, Highest Scholastic Average – University of Baltimore, 1971 Moot Court participant, Officer of Nu Beta Epsilon Legal Fraternity, and Officer in Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. In addition to the NCDD, he was a member of the American Bar Association, Arizona Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, American Judicature Society, National Association of Trial Lawyers, Maricopa County Bar Association, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Scottsdale Bar Association; Board of Directors – President, 2003-2004, licensed to practice in the United States Supreme Court; the District Courts for the State of Maryland, Colorado, and Arizona; the 9th Circuit, 10th Circuit and 11th Circuit, and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. David proudly served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He was a member of the American Legion, Navy League, Marine Corps League, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

David was a private practice attorney with the Smith Law Firm since 1983. He also served as judge for the cities of Peoria, Carefree, and Arizona. He ran for the Arizona Senate in 1998, 2000, and 2002, a delegate for Bush-Cheney in 2004 and elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004 and again in 2010.

David had strong beliefs in our Constitution. As a legislator he helped bring back juries to misdemeanor DWI charges. He was dedicated to his faith in God, family, friends, his law practice, and to his country. David was married to his wife Rita of 38 years and had two Dachshunds dogs named Shotzye and Kaiser. He was a leader, a fighter for justice, a politician who shaped laws, a veteran, a friend to many in the NCDD, and a role model to all. He will be missed but his legacy lives on.

Star in the Spotlight: Charles Alexander

Charles “Chuck” Jackson Alexander II, passed away on November 26th, at the age of 68.

Chuck graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School, Wake Forest University with a degree in Political Science, and Wake Forest Law School. After graduation, Mr. Alexander began a 42-year law career in Winston-Salem, working as a criminal defense attorney and principal partner in several law firms before establishing his current practice, the Law Offices of Charles J. Alexander II.

Mr. Alexander received many professional accolades during his career. His professional recognitions included being listed in the Best Lawyers in America, and an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubble. In addition to being a member of NCDD, he was a member of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Chuck often represented defendants in high-profile cases. Outside the courtroom, Chuck gave back to his community. He focused much of his community leadership serving the needs of young people. He began working in the community as part the Winston-Salem Jaycees, where he received the Outstanding Local President Award, and the award of Senatorship- the highest award given by the Jaycees. In addition, he was a charter member of the Rotary Club in Clemmons, where he served as president and received the Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Outstanding Service and Outstanding Leadership awards. He also served as president and/or on the board of directors of Cancer Services, Clemmons Community Foundation, Saving Little Hearts in Nicaragua, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Forsyth County, YMCA Metro, the American Cancer Society, and the March of Dimes.

Chuck was a true altruist, dedicated advocate, friend to many in the NCDD, and a loving husband to his wife Marion and a devoted father and grandfather. He will be missed but his legacy lives on.

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