About

This conference is designed for attorneys who handle appeals of criminal cases, from both the prosecution and defense perspectives. Members of the Court of Criminal Appeals and judges from the intermediate courts around Texas will join leading prosecutors and defense attorneys for lively discussions addressing: effective brief writing, changes to TRAPs, juvenile appeals, creative research techniques, the process of decision-making in the intermediate courts, the Writ application process, attacking and defending eyewitness testimony, actual innocence claims, and much more. This year’s conference also features separate prosecution and defense tracks.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Wednesday Afternoon, May 9, 2007
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Barbara P. Hervey, Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
  • 12:30 pm
    Registration opens

    Includes complimentary refreshments
  • 1:20 pm
    Welcoming Remarks

    Welcoming Remarks
  • 1:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Effective Brief Writing

    Jay Robert Brandon, Law Office of Jay Brandon - San Antonio, TX

    Practical advice on writing briefs that will be read and appreciated, including practice tips from the audience that matters: judges.
  • 2:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Changes to TRAPs

    Hon. Paul Womack, Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

    This presentation will include comments upon recent appellate rule changes affecting motions for new trial and the defendant's notice of appeal.
  • 2:45 pm
    0.25 hr
    Report from Governors Criminal Justice Advisory Committee

    Hon. Barbara P. Hervey, Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

  • 3:00 pm
    Break

    Break
  • 3:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    What's Happening in the CCA?

    Jeffrey L. Van Horn, State Prosecuting Attorney - Austin, TX

    What the CCA has been saying that criminal lawyers need to hear.
  • 4:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Juvenile Appeals: Special Issues and Considerations

    Stephanie L. Stevens, Saint Mary's School Of Law - San Antonio, TX

    This topic is designed to distinguish between adult criminal appeals and juvenile appeals, which are civil in nature. Relevant case law and statutes governing post adjudication in a juvenile case will be presented.
  • 4:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    Supreme Court Update

    Gary Alan Udashen, Sorrels, Udashen & Anton - Dallas, TX

    A summary of the Supreme Court cases in the area of criminal law and procedure for the last year.
  • 5:15 pm
    Adjourn

    Adjourn
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, May 10, 2007
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Cheryl Johnson, TX Court Of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
  • 8:30 am

    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.


    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Creative Research Techniques

    Hon. Cathy Cochran, Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

    How to find and present innovative or unusual legal sources and secondary material effectively in appellate briefs.
  • 9:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Process, Practice, and Decision-Making in the Intermediate Courts

    Moderator:
    Hon. John T. Boyd, 7th Court Of Appeals, Retired - Amarillo, TX
    Hon. David W. Chew, El Paso, TX
    Hon. W. Kenneth Law, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX
    Hon. Tim Taft, Houston, TX
    Hon. Linda Reyna Yanez, Edinburg, TX

    Practical insights info the operations of the intermediate courts in criminal cases throughout the state.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

    Break
  • 10:45 am
    1.00 hr
    Writs Applications

    Stacey Meredith Goldstein, Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
    Sian R. Schilhab, Austin, TX

    A brief overview of the Writ application process and accompanying substantive law.
  • 11:45 am
    Pick up Box Lunch

    Please choose Prosecution or Defense Luncheon on Registration Form -- $5.00 fee.
  • Thursday Afternoon, May 10, 2007
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Cheryl Johnson, TX Court Of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
  • 12:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    Best Practices Networking and Discussion Luncheon for Prosecutors

  • 12:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    How to Get Started in a Criminal Defense Practice

    Richard J. Segura Jr., Austin, TX

  • 12:45 pm
    Break

    Break
  • Track description: Prosecution Track
  • 1:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Presenting Effective Writs: The Defense Perspective

    Randy Schaffer Jr., The Schaffer Firm - Houston, TX

    How to determine the issues for a habeas corpus proceeding; investigate the claims; prepare the application, brief exhibits, and proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law; and presenting the case in the trial court and court of criminal appeals.
  • 1:30 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    Advising Clients of Their Appellate Rights

    Catherine G. Burnett, South Texas College of Law - Houston, TX

    Recent changes to the appellate rules clarify counsel’s duty to advise clients of their right to pursue discretionary review from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.  This presentation provides tips and context for fulfilling that obligation.
  • 2:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    Defense Perspective on PDRs

    Keith Stewart Hampton, Keith S. Hampton, Attorney At Law - Austin, TX

    A discussion of key issues of practice tips and traps on PDRs from the defense perspective.
  • Track description: Defense Track
  • 1:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Effective Prosecution Responses to Writs

    Roe Meredith Wilson, Houston, TX

    Strategies for responding to common and uncommon claims.
  • 1:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    State Appeals

    Enrico Valdez, Bexar County DA's Office - San Antonio, TX

    Tips, trial-level pointers, and procedural issues on state appeals.
  • 2:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    State Perspective on PDRs

    Lisa C. McMinn, State Prosecuting Attorney's Office - Austin, TX

    Tips for improving the chances of getting your PDR granted.
  • 3:00 pm
    Break

    Break
  • 3:15 pm
    1.25 hrs ethics
    Ethical Issues for Prosecutors and Defense Counsel

    Ronald Leroy Goranson, Dallas, TX

    A reminder and refresher on ethical issues for prosecutors and defense counsel including latest cases.
  • 4:30 pm
    Adjourn

    Adjourn
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, May 11, 2007
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Barbara P. Hervey, Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
  • 8:00 am

    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.


    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Appeals Originating in Municipal Courts of Record

    Alex Wathen, Kubosh & Associates - Houston, TX

    An overview of the unique jurisdictional traps and other issues arising in appeals from municipal courts of record from the perspectives of the defense, prosecution, and the appellate courts.
  • 9:00 am
    0.75 hr
    Attacking and Defending Eyewitness Testimony: Current Law

    Marjorie I Bachman, Law Office of E.G. Morris - Austin, TX

    Overview of case law, motions and success on appeals.
  • 9:45 am
    1.00 hr
    Panel Discussion: Attacking and Defending Eyewitness Testimony

    Marjorie I Bachman, Law Office of E.G. Morris - Austin, TX
    David B. Frank, Austin, TX
    Kevin Patrick Yeary, Bexar Co Criminal District Attys Office - San Antonio, TX

    An exchange of views by leading defense and prosecuting attorneys on how to best attack and defend eyewitness testimony and use the trial record on appeal.
  • 10:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Actual Innocence: Practical Advice and Strategies on Effective Practice

    Jeff Blackburn, Attorney at Law - Amarillo, TX
    Hon. Cathy Cochran, Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
    Hon. Barbara P. Hervey, Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

    This session discusses pure innocence claims including DNA exonerations, Non DNA (General Proof of Innocence) and recantations. It also covers claims of constitutional violations with underlying claims of innocence (Schlup Claims).
  • 11:15 am
    1.00 hr
    Post Conviction Motions for DNA Testing—Chapter 64 CCP

    Marjorie I Bachman, Law Office of E.G. Morris - Austin, TX
    John Richard Rolater Jr., Collin County Criminal District Attorney - Mckinney, TX

    This session covers the requirements to obtain post conviction DNA testing and the types of testing available.  It also provides insight into how the state processes requests for DNA testing and prosecutors’ duties in responding to DNA motions.
    A.  What the Applicant Needs to Establish 
    B.  How Should the State Respond
  • Friday Afternoon, May 11, 2007
  • 12:00 pm
    Adjourn

    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Marjorie I Bachman

Law Office of E.G. Morris
Austin, TX

Jeff Blackburn

Attorney at Law
Amarillo, TX

Hon. John T. Boyd

7th Court Of Appeals, Retired
Amarillo, TX

Jay Robert Brandon

Law Office of Jay Brandon
San Antonio, TX

Catherine G. Burnett

South Texas College of Law
Houston, TX

Hon. David W. Chew

El Paso, TX

Hon. Cathy Cochran

Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

David B. Frank

Austin, TX

Stacey Meredith Goldstein

Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

Ronald Leroy Goranson

Dallas, TX

Keith Stewart Hampton

Keith S. Hampton, Attorney At Law
Austin, TX

Hon. Barbara P. Hervey

Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

Hon. W. Kenneth Law

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Lisa C. McMinn

State Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Austin, TX

John Richard Rolater Jr.

Collin County Criminal District Attorney
Mckinney, TX

Randy Schaffer Jr.

The Schaffer Firm
Houston, TX

Sian R. Schilhab

Austin, TX

Richard J. Segura Jr.

Austin, TX

Stephanie L. Stevens

Saint Mary's School Of Law
San Antonio, TX

Hon. Tim Taft

Houston, TX

Gary Alan Udashen

Sorrels, Udashen & Anton
Dallas, TX

Enrico Valdez

Bexar County DA's Office
San Antonio, TX

Jeffrey L. Van Horn

State Prosecuting Attorney
Austin, TX

Alex Wathen

Kubosh & Associates
Houston, TX

Roe Meredith Wilson

Houston, TX

Hon. Paul Womack

Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

Hon. Linda Reyna Yanez

Edinburg, TX

Kevin Patrick Yeary

Bexar Co Criminal District Attys Office
San Antonio, TX

Planning Committee

Hon. Barbara P. Hervey—Co-Chair

Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

Hon. Cheryl Johnson—Co-Chair

TX Court Of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

Diane Burch Beckham

Texas District & Co. Attorneys Associati
Austin, TX

Hon. John T. Boyd

7th Court Of Appeals, Retired
Amarillo, TX

Hon. Cathy Cochran

Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

Michael J Esposito

University Of Texas School Of Law
Austin, TX

Hon. Kerry FitzGerald

Fifth Court Of Appeals
Dallas, TX

Jeffrey Stanley Garon

Collin County Criminal DA's Office
McKinney, TX

Cynthia Hampton

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Marcos A. Lizarraga

Office Of District Attorney
El Paso, TX

Erik Anthony Nielsen

Texas District & County Attorneys Assoc
Austin, TX

Scott Edward Segall

County Public Defender
El Paso, TX

David A. Sheppard

Law Offices of David Sheppard
Austin, TX

Stephanie L. Stevens

Saint Mary's School Of Law
San Antonio, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Austin – May 9-11, 2007 – Radisson Hotel and Suites on Town Lake
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Venue

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111 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX
512.478.9611 (reservations)

Accommodations

$129.00 good through Apr 9, 2007

Parking Information

$5 self-parking; $13 overnight

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