University of Texas School of Law
2017 Robert O. Dawson
Conference on Criminal Appeals
Austin May 10-12, 2017 Austin Marriott South
Conference Concluded
PLEASE NOTE: Venue has been changed to the Austin Marriott South.

UT Law CLE

2017 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.

2017 program highlights include:
  • Significant decisions and updates from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court in the last year
  • Emerging Issues in PDRs with Stacey Soule, Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney, and Gary Hart, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
  • An exploration of legal issues in actual innocence claims, with particular focus on false evidence leading to wrongful convictions and wrongful convictions based on invalid scientific testimony
  • Techniques on writing effective briefs in Legal Writing: Clearly Using Intensifiers is Literally a Crime
  • Investigating, developing, and prosecuting ineffective assistance of counsel claims in post-conviction litigation
  • How to raise and defend disclosure issues in a post-Michael Morton Act world with Patricia Cummings, The Law Offices of Patricia Cummings, and Bill Wirskye, Collin County District Attorney's Office
  • An examination of the ethical considerations facing attorneys in post-conviction representation with Hon. Michael Keasler, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

UT Law CLE

2017 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

9/25/17
Schedule

Wednesday Afternoon, May 10, 2017

Presiding Officer:
Hon. Barbara P. Hervey, 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

Hear an update on relevant criminal law and criminal procedure cases decided by the United States Supreme Court in the 2016 term, review decisions yet to be handed down, and preview hot cases in the pipeline for the 2017 term.

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

3:30 pm
Break

3:45 pm

0.50 hr

Legal Writing: Clearly, Using Intensifiers is Literally a Crime

Intensifiers (clearly, obviously, blatantly) show up in briefs from time to time. But are they persuasive, and if not, what can you do instead?

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

4:15 pm

1.00 hr

Mandamus

Discuss Texas mandamus law in criminal cases, and explore how the cases are litigated at the appellate level.

Michael Staats Falkenberg, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

5:15 pm
Adjourn

Thursday Morning, May 11, 2017

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

8:00 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

9:00 am

0.50 hr

Appeals You Never Thought You Would See

Review the basics for CPS and Juvenile Delinquency Appeals.

April E. Smith, Attorney at Law - Mesquite, TX

9:30 am

1.00 hr

Nuts and Bolts—Emerging Issues in PDRs

Gain a working knowledge of the procedural rules, optimal structure, and strategies needed to successfully pursue discretionary review, and familiarize yourself with emerging legal issues and trends in the Court of Criminal Appeals.   

Gary Hart, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
Stacey Soule, Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney - Austin, TX

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

1.00 hr
0.25 hr ethics

False Evidence, Actual Innocence, and 11.073 Writs

Analyze legal issues in actual innocence claims, with particular focus on false evidence leading to wrongful convictions and wrongful convictions based on invalid scientific testimony.

Jay R. Brandon, Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section - San Antonio, TX
Gary Alan Udashen, Sorrels, Udashen & Anton - Dallas, TX

11:45 am

0.50 hr

The Court’s Charge: Was it Right? Did it Hurt?

Examine jury charge issues that commonly cause error on appeal, including lesser-included offense instructions. 

Lauren Alicia Scott, Bexar County District Attorney's Office - San Antonio, TX

12:15 pm
Pick Up Lunch

Thursday Afternoon, May 11, 2017

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

Luncheon Presentation

12:35 pm

1.00 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Michael Morton Act and Brady on Appeal

Explore how to raise and defend disclosure issues in a post-Michael Morton Act world.

Patricia J. Cummings, Law Office of Patricia J. Cummings - Round Rock, TX
Bill Wirskye, Collin County District Attorney's Office - McKinney, TX

 
1:35 pm
Break

1:50 pm

0.50 hr

Motions For New Trial

Examine motions for new trial and the rare opportunity they provide to change the course of a conviction or sentence, or alternatively, to develop a better record on appeal.

Carmen M. Roe, Carmen Roe Law Firm - Houston, TX

2:20 pm

0.50 hr

Pretrial Writs: Tips from Both Sides of the Aisle

Learn how to raise, litigate, and defend pretrial writs from both the prosecution and defense perspectives.

David M. Gonzalez, Sumpter & Gonzalez - Austin, TX

2:50 pm
Break

3:00 pm

0.50 hr

Rules of Appellate Procedures

From motions for new trial to motions for rehearing, an attorney’s grasp of the Rules of Appellate Procedure can make or break a case. Explore some of the most important appellate rules for criminal practitioners and highlight recent changes to the rules.

Holly E. Taylor, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

3:30 pm

0.50 hr

Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Review how to investigate, develop, and prosecute the most important type of claim in post-conviction litigation, and explore some of the fundamental legal principles associated with it.

Josh Schaffer, Schaffer Law Offices - Houston, TX

4:00 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

A Guide To Art. 11.07 Writs of Habeas Corpus and Other State Writs

Hear procedures, issues, and do’s and don’ts pertaining to Article 11.07 and other State writs.

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

4:45 pm
Adjourn

Friday Morning, May 12, 2017

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

1.00 hr ethics

Ethics for Post-Conviction Lawyers

Examine the ethical considerations facing attorneys in post-conviction representation.

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

10:00 am
Break

10:15 am

1.00 hr

Appellate Tips from the Experts

Get 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.

Enrico Baltazar Valdez, Bexar County District Attorney's Office - San Antonio, TX
Mike Ware, Attorney at Law - Fort Worth, TX

11:15 am

0.75 hr

Court of Appeals Judicial Panel

Hear Court of Appeals judges discuss what they do, Court dockets, and better ways for practitioners to represent parties before the Court. You have questions; they have answers.

Moderator:
Jay R. Brandon, Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section - San Antonio, TX
Hon. Melissa Young Goodwin, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX
Hon. Sue Walker, Second Court of Appeals - Fort Worth, TX

12:00 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2017 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Jay R. Brandon
Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section
San Antonio, TX
Patricia J. Cummings
Law Office of Patricia J. Cummings
Round Rock, TX
Michael Staats Falkenberg
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
David M. Gonzalez
Sumpter & Gonzalez
Austin, TX
Hon. Melissa Young Goodwin
Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX
Gary Hart
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Hon. Michael Keasler
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Jennifer E. Laurin
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Hon. David C. Newell
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Carmen M. Roe
Carmen Roe Law Firm
Houston, TX
Josh Schaffer
Schaffer Law Offices
Houston, TX
Wayne Schiess
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Lauren Alicia Scott
Bexar County District Attorney's Office
San Antonio, TX
April E. Smith
Attorney at Law
Mesquite, TX
Stacey Soule
Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney
Austin, TX
Michael F. Stauffacher
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Holly E. Taylor
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Gary Alan Udashen
Sorrels, Udashen & Anton
Dallas, TX
Enrico Baltazar Valdez
Bexar County District Attorney's Office
San Antonio, TX
Hon. Sue Walker
Second Court of Appeals
Fort Worth, TX
Mike Ware
Attorney at Law
Fort Worth, TX
Bill Wirskye
Collin County District Attorney's Office
McKinney, TX

Planning Committee

Hon. Barbara P. Hervey—Co-Chair
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Hon. David C. Newell—Co-Chair
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Jay R. Brandon
Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section
San Antonio, TX
Patricia J. Cummings
Law Office of Patricia J. Cummings
Round Rock, TX
Alison Fox Dahlberg
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Michael Staats Falkenberg
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Andrea Keilen
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Austin, TX
Susan Riva Klein
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Deborah Salzberg
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Frank Sellers
Westfall Sellers
Fort Worth, TX
Stephanie L. Stevens
Saint Mary's School of Law
San Antonio, TX
Michael Scott Taliaferro
Travis County District Attorney's Office
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2017 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.00 hrs  |  2.00 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
13.00 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
15.50 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. 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

2017 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: May 3, 2017
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for State Employee early registration: May 3, 2017
    Add $0 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 5, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 8, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2017 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Hotel / Venue

Austin

Austin Marriott South

4415 South IH-35
Austin, TX 78744
512-441-7900
844-473-3959 (reservations)

Accommodations

$165 room rate good through April 19, 2017 (subject to availability). Please refer to The University of Texas School of Law and 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals when you call the hotel directly at 844-473-3959.

You may also book your room online here

Parking Information

Complimentary garage and ground level self parking.