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2019 Robert O. Dawson eConference on Criminal Appeals

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UT Law's 2019 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 discussions on current issues facing the criminal justice system.
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Total Credit Hours:
12.50 | 1.50 ethics     Credit Info
Specialization: Criminal Appellate Law | Criminal Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 4/30/2020

Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$425  

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1. SCOTUS Update (May 2019)

Jennifer E. Laurin

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Audio (mp3) 50 mins
Paper (pdf) 14 pgs
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 1 — 50 mins, credit 0.75

Session 1:

SCOTUS Update (May 2019)

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 2018 term, and get a preview of hot cases in the pipeline for the 2019 term.

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

2. Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (May 2019)

Hon. David C. Newell

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Audio (mp3) 48 mins
Paper (pdf) 47 pgs
Slides (pdf) 31 pgs

SESSION 2 — 48 mins, credit 0.75

Session 2:

Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (May 2019)

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

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

3. Double Jeopardy & Collateral Estoppel: A Thing Derided (May 2019)

John Robertson Messinger

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Audio (mp3) 30 mins
Paper (pdf) 30 pgs
Slides (pdf) 25 pgs

SESSION 3 — 30 mins, credit 0.50

Session 3:

Double Jeopardy & Collateral Estoppel: A Thing Derided (May 2019)

Review the two doctrines and get an update on jeopardy law, including predictions and potential pitfalls for practitioners.

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

4. Effective and Persuasive Briefing – Point and Counter-Point (May 2019)

Mandy Goldman Miller, Melissa Stryker

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Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Paper (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 4 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 4:

Effective and Persuasive Briefing – Point and Counter-Point (May 2019)

Get perspectives from the State and the defense on how to concisely, but effectively, craft an appellate brief.

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Mandy Goldman Miller, Attorney at Law - Katy, TX
Melissa Stryker, Harris County District Attorney's Office - Houston, TX

5. Working with Conviction Integrity Units (May 2019)

Cynthia Rodriguez Garza, Gary Alan Udashen

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Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Slides (pdf) 24 pgs

SESSION 5 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 5:

Working with Conviction Integrity Units (May 2019)

Explore how to work collaboratively to investigate and rectify wrongful convictions.

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

6. Supremacy Clause Immunity (May 2019)

Rosa Theofanis

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Audio (mp3) 33 mins
Slides (pdf) 21 pgs

SESSION 6 — 33 mins, credit 0.50

Session 6:

Supremacy Clause Immunity (May 2019)

Learn about a “seldom-litigated corner” of constitutional law—Supremacy Clause immunity—through the lens of a State prosecution of a local police officer for manslaughter, in a case that was removed to federal court and resulted in a petition to the United States Supreme Court.

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

7. Standards of Review (May 2019)

Hon. Bonnie Sudderth

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Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 97 pgs
Slides (pdf) 16 pgs

SESSION 7 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 7:

Standards of Review (May 2019)

Survey the standards of review applicable in criminal appeals, with emphasis on the standard of review in the context of sufficiency challenges.

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Hon. Bonnie Sudderth, 2nd Court of Appeals - Fort Worth, TX

8. Court of Appeals Judicial Panel (May 2019)

Jay R. Brandon, Hon. J. Brett Busby, Hon. Jeffrey L. Rose

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Audio (mp3) 41 mins

SESSION 8 — 41 mins, credit 0.75

Session 8:

Court of Appeals Judicial Panel (May 2019)

Learn from the people who grade our work what they want to see and hear in briefs and oral arguments, and better ways for practitioners to represent parties before the Court. You have questions; they have answers.

(session previously scheduled for 4:00 p.m.)

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Jay R. Brandon, Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section - San Antonio, TX
Hon. J. Brett Busby, Former Justice, Fourteenth Court of Appeals - Houston, TX
Hon. Jeffrey L. Rose, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX

9. Practical Tips for Preparing Oral Argument (May 2019)

Jay R. Brandon

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Audio
Part 1 – 29 mins
Part 2 – 7 mins
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Slides (pdf) 4 pgs

SESSION 9 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 9:

Practical Tips for Preparing Oral Argument (May 2019)

Tips, suggestions and insight into oral argument – from advice for handling both “hot” and “cold” benches to when is argument granted, why, and how do judges view it. 

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Jay R. Brandon, Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section - San Antonio, TX

10. Nuts and Bolts of the Michael Morton Act (May 2019)

Gerald S. Reamey

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Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 38 pgs
Slides (pdf) 15 pgs

SESSION 10 — 45 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 10:

Nuts and Bolts of the Michael Morton Act (May 2019)

The Michael Morton Act fundamentally changed the criminal discovery process in Texas, imposing duties on prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys. Hear those changes and the ways in which courts and practitioners have implemented them. 

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Gerald S. Reamey, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX

11. Differences in the Duty to Disclose: The Michael Morton Act, Brady, and the Ethics Rules (May 2019)

Emily Johnson-Liu, Richard Segura

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Audio (mp3) 42 mins
Slides (pdf) 43 pgs

SESSION 11 — 42 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 11:

Differences in the Duty to Disclose: The Michael Morton Act, Brady, and the Ethics Rules (May 2019)

Delve into how the duty to disclose evidence compares under Brady v. Maryland, Article 39.14, and the Disciplinary Rules as presented in various hypotheticals and case examples.

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Emily Johnson-Liu, Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney - Austin, TX
Richard Segura, Capital Area Private Defender Service - Austin, TX

12. Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (May 2019)

Carmen Roe

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Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Paper (pdf) 17 pgs
Slides (pdf) 24 pgs

SESSION 12 — 32 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.50 ethics

Session 12:

Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (May 2019)

Review the essentials of filing an ineffective assistance of counsel claim as defense counsel and responding as a prosecutor, with focus on essentials, pitfalls and necessity of claim.

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Carmen Roe, Carmen Roe Law Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX

13. Mandamus (May 2019)

Josh Schaffer

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Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Paper (pdf) 29 pgs
Slides (pdf) 5 pgs

SESSION 13 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 13:

Mandamus (May 2019)

The unicorn of criminal appeals, mandamus relief is the closest we come to instant gratification in appellate courts. As Joe Tex sang in I Gotcha (1972), “Now gimme what you promised me, give it here, come on!"

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Josh Schaffer, Schaffer Law Offices - Houston, TX

14. Writs (May 2019)

Michael Staats Falkenberg

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Audio (mp3) 43 mins
Paper (pdf) 63 pgs
Slides (pdf) 45 pgs

SESSION 14 — 43 mins, credit 0.75

Session 14:

Writs (May 2019)

Explore Texas habeas corpus law and focus on best practices and procedures for litigating writ claims.

(session previously scheduled for 11:15 a.m.)

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

15. Tips for Everyday Appellate Practice (May 2019)

Dayna LeAnn Jones, Andrew Nelson Warthen

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Audio (mp3) 60 mins
Paper (pdf) 12 pgs
Slides (pdf) 35 pgs

SESSION 15 — 60 mins, credit 1.00

Session 15:

Tips for Everyday Appellate Practice (May 2019)

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 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Dayna LeAnn Jones, The Law Office of Dayna L. Jones - San Antonio, TX
Andrew Nelson Warthen, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office - San Antonio, TX

16. Emerging Issues in PDRs (May 2019)

Kathleen Mary Schneider, Stacey M. Soule

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Audio (mp3) 43 mins
Slides (pdf) 21 pgs

SESSION 16 — 43 mins, credit 0.75

Session 16:

Emerging Issues in PDRs (May 2019)

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

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

17. 12 Techniques for Sentence-Level Concision (May 2019)

Wayne Schiess

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Audio (mp3) 42 mins
Paper (pdf) 6 pgs
Slides (pdf) 27 pgs

SESSION 17 — 42 mins, credit 0.75

Session 17:

12 Techniques for Sentence-Level Concision (May 2019)

If all you need is brevity, you can simply cut a section, an argument, or a paragraph. But if you need that content, then you want concision. Concision results from many small edits that add up, and this session offers 12 techniques to improve concision.

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

18. Ethics for Post-Conviction Lawyers (May 2019)

Laura Popps

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Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 18 — 31 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.50 ethics

Session 18:

Ethics for Post-Conviction Lawyers (May 2019)

Discuss ethical rules and practical considerations governing post-conviction work by criminal practitioners.

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Laura Popps, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX