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2017 Robert O. Dawson eConference on Criminal Appeals

Contains material from Jun 2017 to Jul 2017

2017 Robert O. Dawson eConference on Criminal Appeals
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UT Law's biennial Robert O. Dawson eConference 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

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 12.75 | 2.00 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • Specialization: Criminal Appellate Law | Criminal Law | Juvenile Law | Criminal Appellate Law | Criminal Law | Juvenile Law
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2019

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1. Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (Jun 2017)

Hon. David C. Newell

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Session 1 — 47 mins, credit 0.75
Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (Jun 2017)

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

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

2. Supreme Court Update (Jun 2017)

Jennifer E. Laurin

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Session 2 — 56 mins, credit 1.00
Supreme Court Update (Jun 2017)

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.

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

3. Legal Writing: Clearly, Using Intensifiers is Literally a Crime (Jun 2017)

Wayne Schiess

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Session 3 — 30 mins, credit 0.50
Legal Writing: Clearly, Using Intensifiers is Literally a Crime (Jun 2017)

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

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

4. Mandamus (Jun 2017)

Michael Staats Falkenberg

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Session 4 — 55 mins, credit 1.00
Mandamus (Jun 2017)

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

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

5. Appeals You Never Thought You Would See (Jul 2017)

April E. Smith

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Part 2 – 8 pgs
Session 5 — 33 mins, credit 0.50
Appeals You Never Thought You Would See (Jul 2017)

Review the basics for CPS and Juvenile Delinquency Appeals.

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

6. Nuts and Bolts—Emerging Issues in PDRs (Jun 2017)

Gary Hart, Stacey Soule

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Session 6 — 63 mins, credit 1.00
Nuts and Bolts—Emerging Issues in PDRs (Jun 2017)

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.   

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

7. False Evidence, Actual Innocence, and 11.073 Writs (Jul 2017)

Jay R. Brandon, Gary Alan Udashen

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57 mins
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Session 7 — 57 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.25 ethics
False Evidence, Actual Innocence, and 11.073 Writs (Jul 2017)

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.

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

8. The Court’s Charge: Was it Right? Did it Hurt? (Jul 2017)

Lauren Alicia Scott

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Session 8 — 29 mins, credit 0.50
The Court’s Charge: Was it Right? Did it Hurt? (Jul 2017)

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

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

9. Michael Morton Act and Brady on Appeal (Jun 2017)

Patricia J. Cummings, Bill Wirskye

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60 mins
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Session 9 — 60 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.50 ethics
Michael Morton Act and Brady on Appeal (Jun 2017)

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

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

10. Motions For New Trial (Jun 2017)

Carmen M. Roe

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Session 10 — 29 mins, credit 0.50
Motions For New Trial (Jun 2017)

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.

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

11. Pretrial Writs: Tips from Both Sides of the Aisle (Jun 2017)

David M. Gonzalez

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Session 11 — 28 mins, credit 0.50
Pretrial Writs: Tips from Both Sides of the Aisle (Jun 2017)

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

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

12. Rules of Appellate Procedures (Jul 2017)

Holly E. Taylor

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Session 12 — 31 mins, credit 0.50
Rules of Appellate Procedures (Jul 2017)

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.

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

13. Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (Jun 2017)

Josh Schaffer

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Session 13 — 33 mins, credit 0.50
Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (Jun 2017)

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.

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Josh Schaffer, Schaffer Law Offices - Houston, TX

14. A Guide To Art. 11.07 Writs of Habeas Corpus and Other State Writs (Jun 2017)

Michael F. Stauffacher

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Session 14 — 41 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics
A Guide To Art. 11.07 Writs of Habeas Corpus and Other State Writs (Jun 2017)

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

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

15. Ethics for Post-Conviction Lawyers (Jun 2017)

Hon. Michael Keasler

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Session 15 — 58 mins, credit 1.00 | 1.00 ethics
Ethics for Post-Conviction Lawyers (Jun 2017)

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

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

16. Appellate Tips from the Experts (Jun 2017)

Enrico Baltazar Valdez, Mike Ware

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Session 16 — 59 mins, credit 1.00
Appellate Tips from the Experts (Jun 2017)

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.

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

17. Court of Appeals Judicial Panel (Jun 2017)

Jay R. Brandon, Hon. Melissa Young Goodwin, Hon. Sue Walker

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Session 17 — 42 mins, credit 0.75
Court of Appeals Judicial Panel (Jun 2017)

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.

Originally presented at: May 2017 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

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