About

This bi-annual conference features members of the Court of Criminal Appeals and judges from the intermediate courts around Texas joining prosecutors and defense attorneys for discussions on current issues facing the criminal system.

Program highlights include:

• Updates on CCA and Supreme Court decisions, pending legislation before the Texas Legislature, and the new Rules of Appellate Procedure

• In-depth coverage of the Fourth Amendment and its application to digital evidence, plus proposed changes before Congress

• A panel discussion of the pitfalls of sex cases involving minors

• Practical advice from experts on writs, motions for a new trial, filing petitions for discretionary review, oral arguments, preservation of error, and writing persuasive briefs

• Ethics for the Appellate Practitioner

• Numerous networking opportunities including Thursday’s lunch

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Wednesday Afternoon, May 18, 2011
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Cheryl Johnson, Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
  • 12:30 pm
    Registration Opens

    Includes complimentary refreshments.
  • 1:20 pm
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 1:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    Court of Criminal Appeals Update

    Janet Burnett, El Paso County Public Defender - El Paso, TX

    An update on the latest Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decisions in criminal cases or that are relevant to a criminal practice.
  • 2:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    New and Pending Legislation

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

    An overview of legislation pending and under consideration by the Texas Legislature relating to criminal appeals and post-continuation matters.
  • 3:30 pm
    Break

  • 3:45 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    A Guide to Article 1107 Writs of Habeas Corpus and Other State Writs

    Michael F. Stauffacher, Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

  • 4:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    New Appellate Rules

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

    A look at new Rules of Appellate Procedure that have been adopted, and a look ahead to newer issues that are arising.
  • 5:15 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, May 19, 2011
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Cheryl Johnson, Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
  • 8:30 am
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 9:00 am
    1.00 hr
    Motions for A New Trial

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

    When should counsel request a "do-over" via motion for new trial? When must counsel do so? When and how is this best accomplished, and what traps exist for the unwary?
  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    PDRs: Procedures and Pitfalls

    Kathleen Mary Schneider, Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

    A focus on filing petitions for discretionary review in compliance with the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure as applied by the Court of Criminal Appeals.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    1.00 hr
    Oral Arguments

    Hon. Kerry P. FitzGerald, Fifth Court of Appeals - Dallas, TX

    A focus on the responsibilities of the appellate court and counsel, the appellate rules of engagement, and the eight-step legal analysis common to all appellate cases.
  • 11:45 am
    Networking Lunch

    Lunch included in conference registration fee.
  • Thursday Afternoon, May 19, 2011
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Cheryl Johnson, Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
  • 1:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    Fourth Amendment: The Basics

    Tim Evans, Evans, Daniel, Moore, Evans & Lazarus - Fort Worth, TX

    A look at how the Fourth Amendment might be changed in light of proposals before Congress.
  • 1:45 pm
    1.25 hrs
    Fourth Amendment: Digital

    Thomas A. Sadaka, NeJame Lafay Jancha Ahmend Barker Joshi, PA - Orlando, FL

    An overview of Fourth Amendment application to digital evidence and computer forensics.

    Session to include 15 minutes of Q&A.
  • 3:00 pm
    Break

  • 3:15 pm
    1.25 hrs
    Writing Persuasiveness

    Learn what makes a brief persuasive or not, according to judges. And how not to get a PDR granted.
  • 4:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Preservation of Error

    John Robertson Messinger, Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney - Austin, TX

    A brief review of preservation requirements, exceptions and alternatives.
  • 5:00 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, May 20, 2011
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Barbara P. Hervey, Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
  • 8:00 am
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:30 am
    1.25 hrs
    The Nightmares of Sex Cases: Point/Counterpoint

    Co-Authors:
    Jeffrey S. Garon, Brazos County District Attorney's Office - Bryan, TX
    Leon J. Grizzard, Criminal District Courts - Austin, TX
    Curtis T. Howard, Collin County Criminal District Attorney's Office - McKinney, TX
    Co-Authors:
    Emily Johnson-Liu, Collin County Criminal District Attorney's Office - McKinney, TX

    Sex crimes against children are tough cases, with a number of evidentiary, procedural and constitutional issues all their own. This session highlights some of the specialized laws particular to these kinds of cases and how strategic choices of both parties can sometimes open the door to other evidence and new issues.
  • 9:45 am
    1.00 hr ethics
    Ethics for Appellate Practitioners

    Hon. Michael Keasler, Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

    Most professional ethical principals are based on common sense. This session explores some of the ethical obligations of appellate advocates and discusses some of the obvious—and not so obvious—attendant pitfalls.
  • 10:45 am
    1.00 hr
    Supreme Court Update

    Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Irvine School of Law - Irvine, CA

    A review of recent and forthcoming Supreme Court decisions concerning criminal law and procedure.
  • 11:45 am
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Catherine G. Burnett

South Texas College of Law
Houston, TX

Janet Burnett

El Paso County Public Defender
El Paso, TX

Erwin Chemerinsky

University of California, Irvine School of Law
Irvine, CA

Tim Evans

Evans, Daniel, Moore, Evans & Lazarus
Fort Worth, TX

Hon. Kerry P. FitzGerald

Fifth Court of Appeals
Dallas, TX

Jeffrey S. Garon

Brazos County District Attorney's Office
Bryan, TX

Leon J. Grizzard

Criminal District Courts
Austin, TX

Curtis T. Howard

Collin County Criminal District Attorney's Office
McKinney, TX

Emily Johnson-Liu

Collin County Criminal District Attorney's Office
McKinney, TX

Hon. Michael Keasler

Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

John Robertson Messinger

Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney
Austin, TX

Thomas A. Sadaka

NeJame Lafay Jancha Ahmend Barker Joshi, PA
Orlando, FL

Kathleen Mary Schneider

Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

Michael F. Stauffacher

Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

Gary Alan Udashen

Sorrels, Udashen & Anton
Dallas, TX

Hon. Paul Womack

Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Hon. Barbara P. Hervey—Co-Chair

Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

Hon. Cheryl Johnson—Co-Chair

Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

William P. Allison

University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Hon. Cathy Cochran

Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

Hon. Kerry P. FitzGerald

Fifth Court of Appeals
Dallas, TX

Jeffrey S. Garon

Brazos County District Attorney's Office
Bryan, TX

M. Clara Hernandez

El Paso County Public Defender
El Paso, TX

Hon. Michael Keasler

Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

Hollis L. Levy

The University of Texas School of Law
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.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
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 18-20, 2011 – Radisson Hotel and Suites on Town Lake
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Last day for Standard Registration early registration: May 11, 2011

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 13, 2011
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 16, 2011

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Venue

speaker

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

Accommodations

$115.00 good through Apr 17, 2011

Parking Information

$6 self-parking per day; $8 self-parking overnight; $22 per overnight valet

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