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2018 Robert O. Dawson eConference on Criminal Appeals

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UT Law's 2018 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.
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Total Credit Hours:
12.75 | 2.00 ethics     Credit Info
Specialization: Criminal Appellate Law | Criminal Law | Juvenile Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2020

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

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1. Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (May 2018)

Hon. David C. Newell

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Video (mp4) 51 mins
Audio (mp3) 50 mins
Paper (pdf) 57 pgs
Slides (pdf) 28 pgs

SESSION 1 — 51 mins, credit 0.75

Session 1:

Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (May 2018)

Analyze significant decisions in the last year and what they mean for criminal law practitioners.

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

2. Supreme Court Update (May 2018)

Jennifer E. Laurin

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Video (mp4) 55 mins
Audio (mp3) 54 mins
Paper (pdf) 12 pgs
Slides (pdf) 4 pgs

SESSION 2 — 55 mins, credit 1.00

Session 2:

Supreme Court Update (May 2018)

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 2017 term, and get a preview of hot cases in the pipeline for the 2018 term.

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

3. A Guide To Art. 11.07 Writs of Habeas Corpus and Other State Writs (May 2018)

Michael F. Stauffacher

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Video (mp4) 43 mins
Audio (mp3) 43 mins
Paper (pdf) 78 pgs
Slides (pdf) 25 pgs

SESSION 3 — 43 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 3:

A Guide To Art. 11.07 Writs of Habeas Corpus and Other State Writs (May 2018)

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

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

4. How to Improve Your Brief Writing (May 2018)

Kamela Bridges

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Paper (pdf) 16 pgs
Slides (pdf) 25 pgs

SESSION 4 — 31 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.25 ethics

Session 4:

How to Improve Your Brief Writing (May 2018)

Explore techniques for sharpening your persuasive focus while complying with your ethical obligations when writing briefs.

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

5. Preservation of Error and Standards of Review (May 2018)

Patrick F. McCann

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 27 mins
Paper (pdf) 4 pgs
Slides (pdf) 7 pgs

SESSION 5 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 5:

Preservation of Error and Standards of Review (May 2018)

Understanding how the Court evaluates the preservation of error on appeal is essential for any practitioner. Explore how the Court approaches different rights, and how this approach impacts your appeal.

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Patrick F. McCann, Law Offices of Patrick McCann - Houston, TX

6. Emerging Issues in PDRs (May 2018)

Kathleen Mary Schneider, Stacey Soule

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Slides (pdf) 22 pgs

SESSION 6 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 6:

Emerging Issues in PDRs (May 2018)

Discuss significant and emerging issues pending in the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

7. Avoiding the Dreaded Non-Compliant “White Card” (May 2018)

Alison Fox Dahlberg

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Video (mp4) 36 mins
Audio (mp3) 36 mins
Slides (pdf) 21 pgs

SESSION 7 — 36 mins, credit 0.50

Session 7:

Avoiding the Dreaded Non-Compliant “White Card” (May 2018)

A step-by-step walk through of TRAP Rule 73 and 11.07 habeas application compliance. Plus insight into other reasons for habeas dismissals, including ​discharged sentences, non-final convictions, misdemeanors, juvenile matters, and subsequent applications. 

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Alison Fox Dahlberg, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

8. Actual Innocence Claims and 11.073 Writs (May 2018)

Gary Alan Udashen

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Video (mp4) 56 mins
Audio (mp3) 56 mins
Slides (pdf) 38 pgs

SESSION 8 — 56 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.25 ethics

Session 8:

Actual Innocence Claims and 11.073 Writs (May 2018)

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 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Gary Alan Udashen, Sorrels, Udashen & Anton - Dallas, TX

9. Jury Charges (May 2018)

Angie Creasy, Sarah Beth Landau

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Video (mp4) 47 mins
Audio (mp3) 47 mins
Slides (pdf) 19 pgs

SESSION 9 — 47 mins, credit 0.75

Session 9:

Jury Charges (May 2018)

Explore sua sponte instructions and appellate hot topics, and gain practical tips for crafting jury instructions.

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Angie Creasy, Travis County District Attorney's Office - Austin, TX
Sarah Beth Landau, Harris County Public Defender's Office - Houston, TX

10. Maintaining Your Credibility in Court (May 2018)

Mandy Goldman Miller

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Video (mp4) 20 mins
Audio (mp3) 18 mins
Paper (pdf) 8 pgs
Slides (pdf) 10 pgs

SESSION 10 — 20 mins, credit 0.25 | 0.25 ethics

Session 10:

Maintaining Your Credibility in Court (May 2018)

Discuss creativity versus credibility and how to zealously advocate for your client without falling on your face.

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Mandy Goldman Miller, Attorney at Law - Katy, TX

11. Prosecuting and Defending Motions for New Trial (May 2018)

Jay R. Brandon, Carmen Roe

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Video (mp4) 43 mins
Audio (mp3) 43 mins
Paper (pdf) 5 pgs
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Slides (pdf) 4 pgs
Slides (pdf) 23 pgs

SESSION 11 — 43 mins, credit 0.75

Session 11:

Prosecuting and Defending Motions for New Trial (May 2018)

Review the various uses for a motion for new trial including the procedures for filing a motion after trial and on appeal with perspectives from both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. 

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Jay R. Brandon, Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section - San Antonio, TX
Carmen Roe, Carmen Roe Law Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX

12. Procedures for Bail—Appeals and Writs of Habeas Corpus  (May 2018)

Jennifer Rossmeier Brown

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Video (mp4) 28 mins
Audio (mp3) 28 mins
Paper (pdf) 12 pgs
Slides (pdf) 19 pgs

SESSION 12 — 28 mins, credit 0.50

Session 12:

Procedures for Bail—Appeals and Writs of Habeas Corpus  (May 2018)

Discuss the procedures for seeking an appellate or writ bond during post-conviction litigation, with insight from the defense and prosecutorial perspectives.

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Jennifer Rossmeier Brown, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office - San Antonio, TX

13. Six (or More) Techniques for Readable, Persuasive Sentences (May 2018)

Wayne Schiess

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Paper (pdf) 8 pgs
Slides (pdf) 16 pgs

SESSION 13 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 13:

Six (or More) Techniques for Readable, Persuasive Sentences (May 2018)

Address sentence-level techniques that can help legal writers create readable, persuasive sentences. Learn to recognize, describe, and appropriately use or avoid techniques including length, subordination, dangling elements, nominalizations, correlative conjunctions, compound prepositions, and more. 

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

14. Morton Case Law Update (May 2018)

Patricia J. Cummings

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Video (mp4) 35 mins
Audio (mp3) 35 mins
Paper (pdf) 17 pgs
Slides (pdf) 8 pgs

SESSION 14 — 35 mins, credit 0.50

Session 14:

Morton Case Law Update (May 2018)

Analyze significant decisions handed down since the Michael Morton Act was enacted and discuss what they mean for the prosecution and defense.

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Patricia J. Cummings, Law Office of Patricia J. Cummings - Round Rock, TX

15. “Brady” Case Law Update (May 2018)

Inger H. Chandler, Lisa Dotin Stewart

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Video (mp4) 55 mins
Audio (mp3) 55 mins
Paper (pdf) 24 pgs
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 15 — 55 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.50 ethics

Session 15:

Brady” Case Law Update (May 2018)

Explore the practical application of Brady v. Maryland, Article 39.14, and Disciplinary Rule 3.09(d), recent case law, and emerging issues under those ethical provisions.

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Inger H. Chandler, Criminal Defense Attorney - Conroe, TX
Lisa Dotin Stewart, Travis County District Attorney's Office - Austin, TX

16. Recent Legislative and Rule Changes for Criminal Appellate Practitioners (May 2018)

Holly E. Taylor

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Video (mp4) 47 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Paper (pdf) 24 pgs
Slides (pdf) 28 pgs

SESSION 16 — 47 mins, credit 0.75

Session 16:

Recent Legislative and Rule Changes for Criminal Appellate Practitioners (May 2018)

The Legislature focused on wrongful convictions last session and passed significant legislation impacting criminal appellate practitioners. Examine some of the most important legislative changes and notable rule changes.

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

17. Federal Writs and SCOTUS Certs (May 2018)

Michael C. Gross

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Video (mp4) 44 mins
Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Paper (pdf) 77 pgs
Slides (pdf) 22 pgs

SESSION 17 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 17:

Federal Writs and SCOTUS Certs (May 2018)

Review the deadlines and requirements for federal writs and SCOTUS certs, and discuss strategy decisions for each of these filings.
 

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Michael C. Gross, Gross & Esparza, P.L.L.C. - San Antonio, TX

18. Appellate Tips from the Experts (May 2018)

Dayna LeAnn Jones, Enrico Baltazar Valdez

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 11 pgs
Slides (pdf) 27 pgs

SESSION 18 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 18:

Appellate Tips from the Experts (May 2018)

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 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Dayna LeAnn Jones, The Law Office of Dayna L. Jones - San Antonio, TX
Enrico Baltazar Valdez, Bexar County District Attorney's Office - San Antonio, TX

19. Ethics for Post-Conviction Lawyers (May 2018)

Hon. Michael Keasler

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Video (mp4) 34 mins
Audio (mp3) 34 mins
Slides (pdf) 26 pgs

SESSION 19 — 34 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.50 ethics

Session 19:

Ethics for Post-Conviction Lawyers (May 2018)

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

Originally presented at: May 2018 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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