NATIONAL DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION
Scott Burns Executive Director
Scott Burns was selected by the NDAA Board of Directors on March 21, 2009, to serve as executive director of the association. While a number of challenges face America’s 39,000 prosecutors, Mr. Burns’s priority is making certain that prosecutors’ voices are heard on every issue involving the criminal justice system. In addition, Mr. Burns oversees NDAA’s internal programs (Child Abuse, Violence Against Women, Gangs and Guns, Traffic Safety, Homicide, Elder Abuse), which are federally funded to provide prosecutors with current state-of-the-art training.
Mr. Burns was nominated twice by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed both times by the United States Senate. Mr. Burns served from 2002 to 2009 first as the deputy director for State, Local and Tribal Affairs, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and later as the deputy director of the entire agency.
As the deputy director of National Drug Control Policy, Mr. Burns was responsible for coordination and implementation of the President’s National Drug Control Strategy. This comprehensive and balanced strategy included policies and programs directed toward prevention and education, treatment and law enforcement. Mr. Burns led the federal government’s efforts to reduce methamphetamine and prescription drug abuse, enhance drug courts and student drug testing programs, expand drug treatment capabilities, eradicate marijuana on public lands, and reduce drug abuse in Indian Country. In addition, Mr. Burns was on the front lines of the Administration’s efforts in Colombia, Mexico, Afghanistan and around the world.
Mr. Burns was also appointed by the White House to serve as the United States’ representative to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), an international organization charged with eliminating doping and drug use in sport. In his role as the U.S. sports minister, Mr. Burns was subsequently chosen to represent the 40-nation Americas region on WADA’s Executive Committee and further honored by his selection to chair the 180-nations’ Ministers of Sport Conference in Athens, Greece. He was selected to chair the Independent Observers Team at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Prior to his confirmation, Mr. Burns served for 16 years as the elected county attorney and chief prosecutor in Iron County, Utah. He also routinely provided pro bono legal service to the indigent. As an adjunct professor, Mr. Burns taught constitutional law, search and seizure, race relations, and the civil liability of peace officers.
Mr. Burns attended college in Cedar City, Utah where he was inducted into the Southern Utah University Sports Hall of Fame (football), and law school in San Diego, California.
Henry Garza President
NDAA President 2013–2014
Henry Garza, a native Texan, became the 62nd president of the National District Attorneys Association in July 2013. He is currently in his 30th year as a prosecutor and is the district attorney of Bell County, Texas, a community of over 300,000 in population located in central Texas. Bell County is home to Ft. Hood and with the capacity of 50,000 troops, it is the largest military installation in the free world.
Henry was elected to the honor of serving as district attorney for Bell County, Texas, taking office in January 2001 and is currently serving his fourth term. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas.
Henry is the proud son of Retired Command Sergeant Major Louis and Bertha Garza. As a military dependent, he traveled to Germany, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and in 1968 came to Ft. Hood, Texas. He remained in Bell County while his father served two tours in Vietnam. During this time he graduated from Killeen High School and went on to complete his college education. He returned to Bell County in 1983 and began working as an assistant county attorney. In 1986 he was hired as an assistant district attorney by Arthur “Cappy” Eads, a former president of NDAA. Henry worked in this capacity until Cappy retired. Henry then ran for ddistrict attorney and was elected in 2001.
Henry is currently serving as district attorney at large on the Board of Directors for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA). Over the last 20 plus years he has served as a trainer and speaker and has generally done whatever he could to assist his Texas colleagues.
In 2001, Henry was named by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association as the winner of the C. Chris Marshall Award. This award is given to distinguished faculty members in recognition for the training and speaking provided to Texas prosecutors.
In 2008, the Bell County Bar Association awarded Henry the honor of being chosen as the Public Sector Lawyer of the year for his efforts and service as district attorney.
In 2012, Henry received the Killeen Independent School District Distinguished Alumni Award.
Henry has been married to his wife Cheryl for 34 years. They have two children and three granddaughters. Henry enjoys long distance running, and has completed multiple marathons. In 2012 he succeeded in a one-day double crossing of the Grand Canyon (45.1 miles).
Rick Hanes Chief of Staff
Richard T. (Rick) Hanes joined NDAA as executive office administrator on February 23, 2009.
A native Hoosier, he was born in Evansville, Indiana, in 1954. Hanes received his B.A. in psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1976 and a paralegal certificate from The George Washington University in 1977. He worked as a paralegal for firms in Washington, DC, Silver Spring, MD, and Phoenix, Arizona, for three years.
Hanes worked as a legal administrator for private law firms in Vienna, Virginia, Phoenix and Washington, DC for 20 years. He was responsible for managing budgets, accounting, human resources, information technology, facilities, and the law libraries.
In 2000, he started working as an administrative executive for non-profit organizations funded by government grants and contracts. He has seven years experience supervising grant portfolios ranging in size from $2-$45 million per year and has experience in reviewing and bringing organizations into compliance with grant regulations.
Hanes is a former president of the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators and has served 14 years as a Scout leader and volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America. Hanes has been married for 32 years to Catherine Elizabeth Hanes, who is a legislative aide to Catherine Hudgins, county supervisor for the Hunter Mill District of Fairfax County, Virginia. The Hanes have two sons and one daughter.