University of Texas School of Law
2013 Robert O. Dawson
Conference on Criminal Appeals
Austin May 8-10, 2013 Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
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PRESENTED BY
The University of Texas School of Law
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA)
Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA)
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*TDCAA does not reimburse for this program

UT Law CLE

2013 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Program Features
This biennial 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:

• Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, United States Supreme Court Update, plus Court of Appeals and CCA Judicial Panels

• Appellate Tips from the Experts including a follow-on moderated question and answer session

Daubert: The Scientific Method and Expert Testimony in Criminal Cases, and Innocence as a Gateway to Post-Conviction Writs

• Practical tips and tricks from the experts on eFiling, creating appellate briefs, pattern jury charges, differences in juvenile appeal cases, pre-trial appeals, writs, trial objections and preservation of error, rehearings, and PDRs

• Earn up to 2 hours of ethics

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Schedule

Wednesday Afternoon, May 8, 2013

Presiding Officer:
Hon. Cheryl Johnson, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

2:45 pm
Registration Opens

Your questions are answered at the Thursday afternoon Q&A with the Appellate Experts. Submit your questions in advance to service@utcle.org, or conference registration desk.

3:45 pm
Welcoming Remarks

4:00 pm

1.00 hr ethics

Reel Legal Ethics

A discussion of the ethical rules that apply to legal dilemmas using clips from various movies.

Ivan Martinez, 34th Judicial District Attorney's Office - El Paso, TX

5:00 pm

1.00 hr

Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

An analysis of significant decisions in the last year, and what they mean for criminal law practitioners on both sides of the bar.

E. G. (Gerry) Morris, Law Office of E.G. Morris - Austin, TX

6:00 pm
Break

6:15 pm

0.50 hr

Legal Writing for the Screen Reader

More and more legal documents are filed electronically and read on a computer. Screen reading changes the way we perceive and process information. Learn ways to craft legal documents to be more useful for screen reading.

Wayne Schiess, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

6:45 pm

0.50 hr

Electronic Filing Exposed

Electronic filing (eFiling) is taking the civil side by storm, but has yet to catch on fully on the criminal side. Learn some of the known barriers to criminal eFiling and find out how TexFile, Texas' new eFiling system, resolves some of these issues and is enabling greater adoption.

Casey Kennedy, Office of Court Administration - Austin, TX

7:15 pm
Adjourn

Thursday Morning, May 9, 2013

Presiding Officer:
Hon. Cheryl Johnson, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

8:00 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

Submit your questions for Q&A with the Appellate Experts to service@utcle.org, or at the conference registration desk.

9:00 am

1.00 hr

Daubert: The Scientific Method and Expert Testimony in Criminal Cases

Samuel E. Bassett, Minton, Burton, Bassett & Collins - Austin, TX

10:00 am

0.50 hr

Innocence as a Gateway to Post-Conviction Writs

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

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

1.25 hrs

Appellate Tips from the Experts

A view from the bench and both sides of the criminal bar with practical tips on how appellate advocates and appellate courts can make their briefs and opinions interesting, easier to understand, and less likely to inflame the opposing side or losing party.

David L. Botsford, Botsford & Roark - Austin, TX
Edward L. Wilkinson, Tarrant County District Attorney's Office - Fort Worth, TX
Hon. Cathy Cochran, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

12:00 pm
Networking Lunch

Included in conference registration.

Thursday Afternoon, May 9, 2013

Presiding Officer:
Hon. Barbara P. Hervey, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

1:15 pm

0.50 hr

Q&A with the Appellate Experts

Your questions are answered at this moderated Q&A.

Please submit your questions in advance to service@utcle.org or at the conference registration.

Panelists:
David L. Botsford, Botsford & Roark - Austin, TX
Edward L. Wilkinson, Tarrant County District Attorney's Office - Fort Worth, TX
Hon. Cathy Cochran, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

1:45 pm

0.50 hr

Pattern Jury Charges

A discussion of the new—and hopefully improved—approach to jury charges reflected in the "model" charges produced by the State Bar's Committee on Pattern Jury Charges-Criminal.

George Dix, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

2:15 pm

0.50 hr

Juvenile Appeals

Juvenile law is a mix of Criminal, Civil and Family Code rules. Explore the important differences in juvenile appeal cases that result from the amalgamation that is juvenile law.

Andrea Westerfeld, Collin County Criminal District Attorney's Office - McKinney, TX

2:45 pm
Break

3:00 pm

0.50 hr

Pre-Trial Appeals: A Limited Bag of Tools

Coverage of the limited scenarios in which defendants may appeal pre-trial, including constitutional writs regarding bond, jeopardy, limitations and statutory challenges. Also addressed are matters that the state may appeal pre-trial.

Josh Barrett Schaffer, The Schaffer Firm - Houston, TX

3:30 pm

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Court of Appeals Judicial Panel

A panel of Courts of Appeals judges discuss what they do, the Courts' dockets, and better ways for practitioners to represent parties before the Court.

Moderator:
Hon. Kerry P. FitzGerald, Fifth Court of Appeals - Dallas, TX
Panelists:
Hon. Thomas W. Gray, Tenth Court of Appeals - Waco, TX
Hon. John F. Onion Jr., Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Ret. - Austin, TX
Materials By:
Hon. Dori Contreras Garza, Thirteenth Court of Appeals - Edinburg, TX

4:00 pm

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

A Guide to Article 11.07 Writs of Habeas Corpus and Other State Writs

General overview of the law and procedures regarding Texas state writs including issues of actual innocence and ineffective assistance of counsel.

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

4:30 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Trial Objections and Preservation of Error

This session encompasses trial counsel's ethical duty to preserve potential reversible error for appellate review and covers myriad areas where the need to preserve potential reversible error is paramount.

Brian W. Wice, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX

5:15 pm
Adjourn

Friday Morning, May 10, 2013

Presiding Officer:
Hon. Barbara P. Hervey, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

8:00 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am

0.50 hr

Rehearings in the Appellate Courts

The when and how of pursuing rehearings under Texas Rules of Appellate Procedures 49 and 79.

John A. Stride, Texas District & County Attorneys Association - Austin, TX

9:00 am

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Court of Criminal Appeals Judicial Panel

A candid discussion of what's new at the Court, the state of the docket, and ways practitioners can improve their chances of obtaining favorable relief for their clients.

Moderator:
Hon. Barbara P. Hervey, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Hon. Elsa R. Alcala, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Hon. Michael Keasler, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Hon. Paul Womack, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

9:30 am
Break

9:45 am

0.50 hr

Petitions for Discretionary Review (PDR) Basics: Form, Substance and Trends

A review of recent rule amendments, recommendations for constructing a successful PDR, and a look at current PDR trends.

Stacey Meredith Goldstein, Office of State Prosecuting Attorney - Austin, TX

10:15 am

1.00 hr

United States Supreme Court Update

An update on relevant criminal procedure and criminal law cases decided by the United States Supreme Court in the 2012 Term, a review of decisions yet to be handed down, and a preview of cases in the pipeline for the 2013 Term.

Jennifer E. Laurin, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

11:15 am
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2013 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Hon. Elsa R. Alcala
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Marjorie I. Bachman
Law Office of E.G. Morris
Austin, TX
Samuel E. Bassett
Minton, Burton, Bassett & Collins
Austin, TX
David L. Botsford
Botsford & Roark
Austin, TX
Hon. Cathy Cochran
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
George Dix
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Hon. Kerry P. FitzGerald
Fifth Court of Appeals
Dallas, TX
Hon. Dori Contreras Garza
Thirteenth Court of Appeals
Edinburg, TX
Stacey Meredith Goldstein
Office of State Prosecuting Attorney
Austin, TX
Hon. Thomas W. Gray
Tenth Court of Appeals
Waco, TX
Hon. Barbara P. Hervey
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Hon. Michael Keasler
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Casey Kennedy
Office of Court Administration
Austin, TX
Jennifer E. Laurin
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Ivan Martinez
34th Judicial District Attorney's Office
El Paso, TX
E. G. (Gerry) Morris
Law Office of E.G. Morris
Austin, TX
Hon. John F. Onion Jr.
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Ret.
Austin, TX
Josh Barrett Schaffer
The Schaffer Firm
Houston, TX
Wayne Schiess
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Michael F. Stauffacher
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
John A. Stride
Texas District & County Attorneys Association
Austin, TX
Andrea Westerfeld
Collin County Criminal District Attorney's Office
McKinney, TX
Brian W. Wice
Attorney at Law
Houston, TX
Edward L. Wilkinson
Tarrant County District Attorney's Office
Fort Worth, TX
Hon. Paul Womack
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Hon. Barbara P. Hervey—Co-Chair
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Hon. Cheryl Johnson—Co-Chair
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
William P. Allison
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Hon. Cathy Cochran
Texas 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
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Hollis L. Levy
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
John A. Stride
Texas District & County Attorneys Association
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2013 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
12.00 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Criminal Appellate Law, 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
12.00 hrs  |  2.00 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.  
Oklahoma
14.50 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
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
14.00 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

2013 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: May 1, 2013
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group 10% (5-9) early registration: May 1, 2013
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group 20% (10+) early registration: May 1, 2013
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 3, 2013
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 6, 2013
    $50 processing fee applied

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2013 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Hotel / Venue

Austin

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

701 E. 11th Street
Austin, TX
512.478.1111 (reservations)

Accommodations

$169.00 good through Apr 15, 2013

Reserve your room online.

Government rate: $108 good through April 15, 2013
The government rate is now sold out.

Parking Information

$10 daily self-parking; $10 overnight self-parking

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