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Answer Bar: How to Survive a Criminal Appeal (May 2018)

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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 Listen to a discussion about 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: Actual Innocence Claims 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 Examine procedures, issues, and do’s and don’ts pertaining to Article 11.07 and other State writs.

Session 6: Emerging Issues in PDRs - Listen to a discussion about significant and emerging issues pending in the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Session 7: â€‹Preservation of Error and Standards of Review - 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.

Session 8: 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 9: Morton Case Law Update - Analyze significant decisions handed down since the Michael Morton Act was enacted and discuss what they mean for the prosecution and defense.

Session 10: Brady” Case Law Update - 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.

Session 11: 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 12: Prosecuting and Defending Motions for New Trial - 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.

Session 13: Ethics for Post-Conviction Lawyers - Examine the ethical considerations facing attorneys in post-conviction representation.
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Total Credit Hours:
9.50 | 2.00 ethics     Credit Info

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2020

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1. Appellate Tips from the Experts (May 2018)

Dayna LeAnn Jones, Enrico Baltazar Valdez

0.75 0.00 0.00 0.75  

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

SESSION 1 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 1:

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

2. Mandamus (Jun 2017)

Michael Staats Falkenberg

1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00  

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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

0.50 0.00 0.00 0.50  

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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. Actual Innocence Claims and 11.073 Writs (May 2018)

Gary Alan Udashen

1.00 0.25 0.00 1.00 | 0.25 ethics  

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

SESSION 4 — 56 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.25 ethics

Session 4:

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

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

Michael F. Stauffacher

0.75 0.25 0.00 0.75 | 0.25 ethics  

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

SESSION 5 — 43 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 5:

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

6. Emerging Issues in PDRs (May 2018)

Kathleen Mary Schneider, Stacey Soule

0.75 0.00 0.00 0.75  

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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. 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 7 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 7:

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

8. 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 8 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 8:

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. 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 9 — 35 mins, credit 0.50

Session 9:

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

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

Inger H. Chandler, Lisa Dotin Stewart

1.00 0.50 0.00 1.00 | 0.50 ethics  

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

SESSION 10 — 55 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.50 ethics

Session 10:

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

11. 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 11 — 33 mins, credit 0.50

Session 11:

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

12. 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) 20 pgs
Paper (pdf) 5 pgs
Slides (pdf) 23 pgs
Slides (pdf) 4 pgs

SESSION 12 — 43 mins, credit 0.75

Session 12:

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

13. 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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Slides (pdf) 27 pgs

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SESSION 13 — 58 mins, credit 1.00 | 1.00 ethics

Session 13:

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