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