University of Texas School of Law
2011
Conference on Criminal Appeals
Austin May 18-20, 2011 Radisson Hotel and Suites on Town Lake
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Presented by
The University of Texas School of Law
in cooperation with
Court of Criminal Appeals
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA)
Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA)*

*TDCAA does not reimburse for this program

UT Law CLE

2011 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Program Features
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

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2011 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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Schedule

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

An update on the latest Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decisions in criminal cases or that are relevant to a criminal practice.

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

2:30 pm

1.00 hr

New and Pending Legislation

An overview of legislation pending and under consideration by the Texas Legislature relating to criminal appeals and post-continuation matters.

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

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

A look at new Rules of Appellate Procedure that have been adopted, and a look ahead to newer issues that are arising.

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

5:15 pm
Adjourn

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

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?

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

10:00 am

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

PDRs: Procedures and Pitfalls

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.

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

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

1.00 hr

Oral Arguments

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.

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

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

A look at how the Fourth Amendment might be changed in light of proposals before Congress.

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

1:45 pm

1.25 hrs

Fourth Amendment: Digital

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

Session to include 15 minutes of Q&A.

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

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

A brief review of preservation requirements, exceptions and alternatives.

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

5:00 pm
Adjourn

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

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.

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

9:45 am

1.00 hr ethics

Ethics for Appellate Practitioners

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.

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

10:45 am

1.00 hr

Supreme Court Update

A review of recent and forthcoming Supreme Court decisions concerning criminal law and procedure.

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

11:45 am
Adjourn

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2011 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Faculty

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

UT Law CLE

2011 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.00 hrs  |  1.50 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Criminal 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.  
California
13.00 hrs  |  1.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.  
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
15.50 hrs
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

2011 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Key Dates

Austin

  • 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
    $50 processing fee applied

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2011 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

$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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