University of Texas School of Law
2007
Conference on Criminal Appeals
Austin May 9-11, 2007 Radisson Hotel and Suites on Town Lake
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UT Law CLE

2007 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Program Features
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.

UT Law CLE

2007 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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Schedule

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

Practical advice on writing briefs that will be read and appreciated, including practice tips from the audience that matters: judges.

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

2:15 pm

0.50 hr

Changes to TRAPs

This presentation will include comments upon recent appellate rule changes affecting motions for new trial and the defendant's notice of appeal.

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

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?

What the CCA has been saying that criminal lawyers need to hear.

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

4:00 pm

0.50 hr

Juvenile Appeals: Special Issues and Considerations

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.

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

4:30 pm

0.75 hr

Supreme Court Update

A summary of the Supreme Court cases in the area of criminal law and procedure for the last year.

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

5:15 pm
Adjourn

Adjourn

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

How to find and present innovative or unusual legal sources and secondary material effectively in appellate briefs.

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

9:30 am

1.00 hr

Process, Practice, and Decision-Making in the Intermediate Courts

Practical insights info the operations of the intermediate courts in criminal cases throughout the state.

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

10:30 am
Break

Break

10:45 am

1.00 hr

Writs Applications

A brief overview of the Writ application process and accompanying substantive law.

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

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

Prosecution Track

1:00 pm

0.50 hr

Presenting Effective Writs: The Defense Perspective

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.

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

1:30 pm

0.75 hr ethics

Advising Clients of Their Appellate Rights

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.

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

2:15 pm

0.75 hr

Defense Perspective on PDRs

A discussion of key issues of practice tips and traps on PDRs from the defense perspective.

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

Defense Track

1:00 pm

0.50 hr

Effective Prosecution Responses to Writs

Strategies for responding to common and uncommon claims.

Roe Meredith Wilson, Houston, TX

1:30 pm

0.75 hr

State Appeals

Tips, trial-level pointers, and procedural issues on state appeals.

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

2:15 pm

0.75 hr

State Perspective on PDRs

Tips for improving the chances of getting your PDR granted.

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

3:00 pm
Break

Break

3:15 pm

1.25 hrs ethics

Ethical Issues for Prosecutors and Defense Counsel

A reminder and refresher on ethical issues for prosecutors and defense counsel including latest cases.

Ronald Leroy Goranson, Dallas, TX

4:30 pm
Adjourn

Adjourn

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

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.

Alex Wathen, Kubosh & Associates - Houston, TX

9:00 am

0.75 hr

Attacking and Defending Eyewitness Testimony: Current Law

Overview of case law, motions and success on appeals.

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

9:45 am

1.00 hr

Panel Discussion: Attacking and Defending Eyewitness Testimony

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.

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

10:30 am

1.00 hr

Actual Innocence: Practical Advice and Strategies on Effective Practice

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).

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

11:15 am

1.00 hr

Post Conviction Motions for DNA Testing—Chapter 64 CCP

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

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

Friday Afternoon, May 11, 2007

12:00 pm
Adjourn

Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2007 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Faculty

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

UT Law CLE

2007 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.50 hrs  |  2.25 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Criminal Law, Juvenile Law
Additional Information
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.  
Other States
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

TX Accounting CPE
Additional Information
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.  

UT Law CLE

2007 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: May 2, 2007
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 4, 2007
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 7, 2007
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2007 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Hotel / Venue

Austin

Radisson Hotel and Suites on Town Lake

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

UT Law CLE

2007 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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