University of Texas School of Law
2020 Robert O. Dawson
Conference on Criminal Appeals
Austin May 6-8, 2020 AT&T Conference Center
$525 Individual  |  $575 after Apr 29
$475 Group (5-9 ppl)  |  $525 after Apr 29
$420 Group (10 or more ppl)  |  $470 after Apr 29
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RECEPTION SPONSOR
State Bar of Texas Appellate Section

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
State Bar of Texas Appellate Section
The Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA)
Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA)

UT Law CLE

2020 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Program Features
UT Law CLE's 2020 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 balanced discussions and insights into current issues facing the criminal justice system.

UT Law CLE

2020 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

1/22/20
Schedule

Wednesday Afternoon, May 6, 2020

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.

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

2:30 pm

1.00 hr

11.07 Writs

Discuss the law of 11.07 habeas corpus with tips for writ practice at the Court of Criminal Appeals.

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

3:30 pm
Break

3:45 pm

0.75 hr

Emerging Issues in PDRs

Gain insight on significant and emerging issues pending in the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Kathleen Mary Schneider, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
Stacey M. Soule, Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney - Austin, TX

4:30 pm

1.00 hr

Legal Writing, part 1: How to Write Plainly

Do criminal-law appellate briefs need to be written in plain English? And what does “plain English,” mean? This presentation defines plain-English legal writing and offers guidance on plain English-principles related to words, sentences, and organization.

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

5:30 pm
Adjourn to Reception

Pending support from Appellate Section and Criminal Justice Section

NETWORKING RECEPTION (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

Enjoy refreshments and a networking opportunity with colleagues and conference faculty.
 

Thank You to Our Reception Sponsor(s)
State Bar of Texas Appellate Section

Thursday Morning, May 7, 2020

8:00 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

9:00 am

0.75 hr

Supreme Court Update

Hear an update on criminal law and criminal procedure cases relevant to Texas criminal appellate practice that were heard and decided by the United States Supreme Court in the 2019 term, and get a preview of hot cases in the pipeline for the 2020 term.

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

9:45 am

0.50 hr

Chapter 64 Motions and Hearings

A brief overview of motions for forensic testing, collaborative and contested, and common missteps on the road to 11.073. 

Matthew Bryant Howard, Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office - San Antonio, TX

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

0.75 hr

Practical Tips from Litigators

Explore real world tips, suggestions and insights for litigating writ claims at every step in the process -- from preliminary investigation, to trial court, to Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Gain practical suggestions from both sides of the criminal bar.

Catherine G. Burnett, South Texas College of Law Houston - Houston, TX
Baldwin D. Chin, Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office - Richmond, TX

11:15 am

0.50 hr

Jury Charges

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

11:45 am

0.50 hr

Every Fool is Quick to Quarrel: Tips to Avoid Argument at Argument

Make oral argument more productive by helping the court solve a problem...in your favor.

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

12:15 pm
Pick Up Lunch

Thursday Afternoon, May 7, 2020

Luncheon Presentation

12:35 pm

0.50 hr

Appellate Practice in the Digital Age

Explore how the digital revolution and the consequent move from paper to electronic filing of legal documents has changed the way that legal texts are written and read, and learn effective strategies for appellate lawyers to communicate within this new digital reality. 

Rosa Theofanis, Travis County District Attorney's Office - Austin, TX

 
1:05 pm
Break

1:20 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Conviction Integrity Units - Practical and Ethical Considerations

Discuss the concept of conviction integrity as an extension of the prosecutor’s duty to see that justice is done. Hear practical issues in evaluating, investigating, and responding to actual innocence claims and considerations for offices that do not have a dedicated CIU.

Alison Fox Dahlberg, Bexar County District Attorney's Office - San Antonio, TX
John Lopez, Travis County District Attorney's Office - Austin, TX

2:05 pm

0.50 hr

Improve Your Legal Writing

Learn techniques for improving your legal writing in the short, medium, and long run.

Kamela Bridges, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

2:35 pm
Break

2:45 pm

0.75 hr ethics

Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and Prosecutorial Misconduct

Explore the ethical dimensions of ineffective assistance of counsel and prosecutorial misconduct claims, as well as best practices on how to handle these claims.

Cynthia Rodriguez Garza, Dallas County District Attorney's Office - Dallas, TX
Gary Alan Udashen, Udashen Anton - Dallas, TX

3:30 pm

1.00 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Judicial Panel

Practical advice from the people whose opinions matter about what they like to see in briefs and appeals and what they do not. Appellate judges will give tips and take your questions.

Moderator:
Jay R. Brandon, Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section - San Antonio, TX
Panelists:
Hon. Barbara P. Hervey, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
Hon. Lana Myers, Fifth District Court of Appeals - Dallas, TX
Hon. Beth Watkins, Fourth Court of Appeals - San Antonio, TX

4:30 pm
Adjourn

Friday Morning, May 8, 2020

8:30 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

9:00 am

1.00 hr

Appellate Tips from the Experts

Practical tips for effective and persuasive appellate advocacy from the prosecution and defense perspectives.

Aimee Bolletino, The Law Office of Aimee Bolletino - Houston, TX
Melissa Stryker, Harris County District Attorney's Office - Houston, TX

10:00 am

0.50 hr

Statutory Construction

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

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.50 hr

Standards of Review

Identifying the appropriate standard and utilizing it as a roadmap to a persuasive legal argument on appeal. 

Lisa Dotin Stewart, Travis County District Attorney's Office - Austin, TX

11:15 am

1.00 hr ethics

General Ethics – Topic Title TBD

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

12:15 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2020 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Aimee Bolletino
The Law Office of Aimee Bolletino
Houston, TX
Jay R. Brandon
Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section
San Antonio, TX
Kamela Bridges
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Catherine G. Burnett
South Texas College of Law Houston
Houston, TX
Baldwin D. Chin
Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office
Richmond, TX
Alison Fox Dahlberg
Bexar County District Attorney's Office
San Antonio, TX
Michael Staats Falkenberg
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Cynthia Rodriguez Garza
Dallas County District Attorney's Office
Dallas, TX
David M. Gonzalez
Sumpter & Gonzalez L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Hon. Barbara P. Hervey
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Matthew Bryant Howard
Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office
San Antonio, TX
Hon. Michael Keasler
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Jennifer E. Laurin
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
John Lopez
Travis County District Attorney's Office
Austin, TX
John Robertson Messinger
Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney
Austin, TX
Hon. Lana Myers
Fifth District Court of Appeals
Dallas, TX
Hon. David C. Newell
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Wayne Schiess
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Kathleen Mary Schneider
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Stacey M. Soule
Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney
Austin, TX
Lisa Dotin Stewart
Travis County District Attorney's Office
Austin, TX
Melissa Stryker
Harris County District Attorney's Office
Houston, TX
Rosa Theofanis
Travis County District Attorney's Office
Austin, TX
Gary Alan Udashen
Udashen Anton
Dallas, TX
Hon. Beth Watkins
Fourth Court of Appeals
San Antonio, 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
Joanna Jefferson—Director
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Jay R. Brandon
Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section
San Antonio, TX
Alison Fox Dahlberg
Bexar County District Attorney's Office
San Antonio, TX
Michael Staats Falkenberg
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Carson R. Guy
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Hon. Michael Keasler
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Carmen Roe
Carmen Roe Law Firm, PLLC
Houston, TX
Michael Scott Taliaferro
Travis County District Attorney's Office
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2020 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.25 hrs  |  2.25 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Expected for Criminal Appellate Law, Expected for Criminal Law, Expected for 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  |  2.25 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
16.00 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

2020 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Apr 29, 2020
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group (5-9 ppl) early registration: Apr 29, 2020
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group (10 or more ppl) early registration: Apr 29, 2020
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 1, 2020
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 4, 2020
    $50 processing fee applied

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2020 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Hotel / Venue

Austin

AT&T Conference Center

The University of Texas at Austin
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX
877.744.8822 (reservations)
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