University of Texas School of Law
2015 Robert O. Dawson
Conference on Criminal Appeals
Austin May 27-29, 2015 Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown
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UT Law CLE

2015 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Program Features
UT Law's biennial Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals 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.

2015 program highlights include:
  • Significant decisions and updates from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court in the last year
  • An overview of the law and procedures regarding Texas state writs from the perspective of the practitioner and the court
  • Techniques on writing effective briefs due to the change in reading habits, workload and legal sophistication of the appellate judicial audience in the 21st century
  • An appellate specialist with experience from both sides of the bench provides effective tips for oral argument
  • Court of Appeals Judicial Panel
  • Experts provide appellate tips from both sides of the criminal bar with tips on how to make briefs interesting and easier to understand without offending the opposing side
  • Earn up to 2.50 hours of ethics including lessons learned from the Michael Morton case, scientific evidence and the popular Reel Legal Ethics, featuring ethical legal dilemmas depicted in various movie scenes

UT Law CLE

2015 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

12/16/19
Schedule

Wednesday Afternoon, May 27, 2015

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

12:30 pm
Registration Opens

Includes light refreshments.

1:20 pm
Welcoming Remarks

1:30 pm

1.00 hr

Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

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

Hon. David C. Newell, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

2:30 pm

1.00 hr

Supreme Court Update

An update on relevant criminal procedure and criminal law cases decided by the United States Supreme Court in the 2014 term, a review of decisions yet to be handed down, and a preview of cases in the pipeline for the 2015 term.

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

3:30 pm
Break

3:45 pm

1.50 hrs

Writs: Effective Writing, Process, Management, and Related Issues

A general overview of the law and procedures regarding Texas state writs from the perspectives of the practitioner and the court. Topics range from the nuts and bolts of investigating and preparing a writ application to the dos and don’ts from the perspective of the reviewing court. Recent cases and pending issues are also addressed.

John G. Jasuta, Law Office of John G. Jasuta - Austin, TX
Michael F. Stauffacher, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

5:15 pm
Adjourn

Thursday Morning, May 28, 2015

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

8:30 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

9:00 am

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

9:30 am

1.00 hr

Evolving Brief-Writing Techniques for the 21st Century: Rethinking What You May Have Been Taught in Law School about Effective Written Advocacy

Changes in reading habits, workload, and legal sophistication of the appellate judicial audience should change the way we write briefs. Hear tips for more effective written advocacy in today’s appellate courts.

Kevin Dubose, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP - Houston, TX

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.50 hr

Clash of Courts: Avenging a Bad Court of Appeals Decision by Petition for Discretionary Review (PDR)

Mechanics and practical strategies for convincing the Court of Criminal Appeals to exercise its discretion. 

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

11:15 am

0.75 hr

Effective Oral Argument

What do you do when you’re being bullied by a judge? When the judges argue among themselves and ignore you? When a judge asks a “dumb” question? An appellate specialist with experience on both sides of the bench answers these and other questions to help you put your best foot forward in oral argument.

Hon. J. Brett Busby, Fourteenth Court of Appeals - Houston, TX

12:00 pm
Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Thursday Afternoon, May 28, 2015

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

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:20 pm

1.00 hr ethics

Reel Legal Ethics, Part Deux

A discussion of the ethical rules that offer guidance to legal dilemmas depicted in various movie scenes.

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

 
1:20 pm
Break

1:35 pm

0.50 hr

Error in Jury Charges

Finding arguable errors in jury charges, both objected-to and not, including jury unanimity, lesser included offenses, and defenses. Strategies for defending against such claims are also addressed.

Jay R. Brandon, Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section - San Antonio, TX

2:05 pm

0.75 hr

Solving the Dilemma of Wrongful Convictions

While we have recognized the most common causes of wrongful convictions and have diligently pursued methods to prevent punishing the “actually innocent,” more work must be done.

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

2:50 pm
Break

3:00 pm

1.00 hr

Appellate Tips from the Experts

A view from 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.

George McCall “Mac” Secrest Jr., Bennett & Secrest, PLLC - Houston, TX
Edward L. "Chip" Wilkinson, Tarrant County District Attorney's Office - Fort Worth, TX

4:00 pm

1.00 hr ethics

Disclosure, Ethics, and the Michael Morton Case: Lessons Learned 

Examine ethical issues that confront prosecutors and defense counsel with respect to evidentiary disclosure in the context of the prosecution and subsequent exoneration of Michael Morton. Review disclosure-based causes of Morton's wrongful conviction, legislative reforms intended to address those discovery failures, and the adaptation of prosecutors and defense attorneys to those changes—especially in the appellate context.

Patricia J. Cummings, General Counsel, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Law Office of Patricia J. Cummings - Austin, TX

5:00 pm
Adjourn

Friday Morning, May 29, 2015

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

8:30 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

9:00 am

0.50 hr

Juvenile Appeals: What Law Applies?

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.

Dal R Ruggles, Law Office of Dal R Ruggles - Austin, TX

9:30 am

0.50 hr

Creative Research Techniques: Digging Deep without Deep Pockets

Learn how to find secondary material and other legal sources cost-effectively and present those sources in appellate briefs so as to inspire the court’s confidence.

Gretchen Sims Sween, Of Counsel, Beck Redden LLP, and Adjunct Faculty, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

10:00 am
Break

10:15 am

1.00 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Scientific Evidence: When to Open and Close the Door as Gatekeeper

How to determine the qualifications of the witness as a scientist or expert and insure the integrity of the criminal process.

This session has moved to 11:15 AM.

Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr, Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley - San Antonio, TX

11:15 am

0.75 hr

Court of Appeals Judicial Panel

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

This session has moved to 10:15 AM.

Moderator:
Jay R. Brandon, Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section - San Antonio, TX
Panelists:
Hon. Terry Jennings, First Court of Appeals - Houston, TX
Hon. Sandee Bryan Marion, Fourth Court of Appeals - San Antonio, TX

12:00 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2015 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Jay R. Brandon
Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section
San Antonio, TX
Hon. J. Brett Busby
Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Houston, TX
Patricia J. Cummings
General Counsel, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Law Office of Patricia J. Cummings
Austin, TX
Kevin Dubose
Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Houston, TX
Stacey Meredith Goldstein
Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney
Austin, TX
Hon. Barbara P. Hervey
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
John G. Jasuta
Law Office of John G. Jasuta
Austin, TX
Hon. Terry Jennings
First Court of Appeals
Houston, TX
Jennifer E. Laurin
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Hon. Sandee Bryan Marion
Fourth Court of Appeals
San Antonio, TX
V. Ivan Martinez
34th Judicial District Attorney's Office
El Paso, TX
Hon. David C. Newell
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley
San Antonio, TX
Dal R Ruggles
Law Office of Dal R Ruggles
Austin, TX
Wayne Schiess
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
George McCall “Mac” Secrest Jr.
Bennett & Secrest, PLLC
Houston, TX
Michael F. Stauffacher
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Gretchen Sims Sween
Of Counsel, Beck Redden LLP, and Adjunct Faculty, The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Edward L. "Chip" Wilkinson
Tarrant County District Attorney's Office
Fort Worth, 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
Jay R. Brandon
Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section
San Antonio, TX
Patricia J. Cummings
General Counsel, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Law Office of Patricia J. Cummings
Austin, TX
Hon. Michael Keasler
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Jennifer E. Laurin
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Gregory J. Smith
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2015 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.25 hrs  |  2.50 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Criminal 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.  
California
13.25 hrs  |  2.50 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.  
Oklahoma
16.00 hrs  |  3.00 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
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

2015 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: May 20, 2015
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group (5-9 ppl) early registration: May 20, 2015
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group (10 or more ppl) early registration: May 20, 2015
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 22, 2015
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 25, 2015
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2015 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Hotel / Venue

Austin

Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown

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

Accommodations

$169 room rate good through April 26, 2015 (subject to availability). 

Parking Information

Daily Self-Parking:  $4
Overnight Self-Parking: $10 
Daily Valet Parking:  $25

Nearby Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Austin

500 E. 4th Street
Austin, TX
512-482-8000 (reservations)


Hampton Inn & Suites Austin-Downtown/Convention Center

200 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701-4028
1-512-472-1500