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Answer Bar: How to Survive a Criminal Appeal

Contains material from Jun 2017 to Jul 2017

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Session 1: 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.

Session 2: Mandamus Discuss Texas mandamus law in criminal cases, and explore how the cases are litigated at the appellate level.

Session 3: 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.

Session 4: 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.

Session 5: 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.

Session 6: 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.

Session 7: 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.

Session 8: Michael Morton Act and Brady on Appeal Explore how to raise and defend disclosure issues in a post-Michael Morton Act world.

Session 9: 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.

Session 10: 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.

Session 11: Ethics for Post-Conviction Lawyers Examine the ethical considerations facing attorneys in post-conviction representation.
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Total Credit Hours:
8.75 | 2.00 ethics     Credit Info

Course expired: 1/31/2019

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1. Appellate Tips from the Experts (Jun 2017)

Enrico Baltazar Valdez, Mike Ware

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Video (mp4) 59 mins
Audio (mp3) 58 mins
Paper (pdf) 12 pgs
Slides (pdf) 28 pgs

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SESSION 1 — 59 mins, credit 1.00

Session 1:

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

2. Mandamus (Jun 2017)

Michael Staats Falkenberg

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Video (mp4) 55 mins
Audio (mp3) 54 mins
Paper (pdf) 28 pgs
Slides (pdf) 32 pgs

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SESSION 2 — 55 mins, credit 1.00

Session 2:

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

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

David M. Gonzalez

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Video (mp4) 28 mins
Audio (mp3) 27 mins
Paper (pdf) 105 pgs
Paper (pdf) 60 pgs
Slides (pdf) 44 pgs

SESSION 3 — 28 mins, credit 0.50

Session 3:

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

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

Jay R. Brandon, Gary Alan Udashen

1.00 0.25 0.00 1.00 | 0.25 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 57 mins
Audio (mp3) 57 mins
Slides (pdf) 34 pgs

SESSION 4 — 57 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.25 ethics

Session 4:

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

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

Michael F. Stauffacher

0.75 0.25 0.00 0.75 | 0.25 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 41 mins
Audio (mp3) 41 mins
Paper (pdf) 72 pgs
Slides (pdf) 20 pgs

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SESSION 5 — 41 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 5:

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

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

Gary Hart, Stacey Soule

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Video (mp4) 63 mins
Audio (mp3) 63 mins
Paper (pdf) 28 pgs
Slides (pdf) 25 pgs

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SESSION 6 — 63 mins, credit 1.00

Session 6:

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

Lauren Alicia Scott

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 28 mins
Paper (pdf) 12 pgs
Slides (pdf) 9 pgs

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SESSION 7 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 7:

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

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

Patricia J. Cummings, Bill Wirskye

1.00 0.50 0.00 1.00 | 0.50 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 60 mins
Audio (mp3) 60 mins
Paper (pdf) 12 pgs
Slides (pdf) 22 pgs

SESSION 8 — 60 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.50 ethics

Session 8:

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

9. Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (Jun 2017)

Josh Schaffer

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Video (mp4) 33 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Paper (pdf) 50 pgs

SESSION 9 — 33 mins, credit 0.50

Session 9:

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

10. Motions For New Trial (Jun 2017)

Carmen M. Roe

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Paper (pdf) 20 pgs
Slides (pdf) 19 pgs

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SESSION 10 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 10:

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. Ethics for Post-Conviction Lawyers (Jun 2017)

Hon. Michael Keasler

1.00 1.00 0.00 1.00 | 1.00 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 58 mins
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SESSION 11 — 58 mins, credit 1.00 | 1.00 ethics

Session 11:

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