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2020 Robert O. Dawson eConference on Criminal Appeals

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UT Law CLE's 2020 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 balanced discussions and insights into current issues facing the criminal justice system.

2020 highlights include:
  • In-depth reviews of significant decisions from both the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court from the past year.
  • Explore real world tips, suggestions and insights for litigating writ claims at every step in the process, from preliminary investigation, to trial court, to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, with Practical Tips from Litigators.
  • Insight into the digital revolution with Appellate Practice in the Digital Age.
  • Legal writing tips and tricks with How to Write Plainly, with Professor Wayne Schiess and Improve Your Legal Writing, with Professor Kamela Bridges.
  • A deep dive into the ethical dimensions of ineffective assistance of counsel and prosecutorial misconduct claims, as well as best practices on how to handle these claims.

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides No Materials

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 7.50 | 0.50 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • TX, CA
  • Specialization: Criminal Appellate Law | Criminal Law
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2021

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1. Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (May 2020)

Hon. David C. Newell

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Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (May 2020)

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

Originally presented at: May 2020 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

2. 11.07 Writs (May 2020)

Michael Staats Falkenberg

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Session 2 — 49 mins, credit 0.75
11.07 Writs (May 2020)

Discuss the law of 11.07 habeas corpus with tips for writ practice at the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Originally presented at: May 2020 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

3. Legal Writing: How to Write Plainly (May 2020)

Wayne Schiess

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Session 3 — 57 mins, credit 1.00
Legal Writing: How to Write Plainly (May 2020)

Do criminal-law appellate briefs need to be written in plain English? And what does “plain English,” mean? This presentation defines plain-English legal writing and offers guidance on plain English-principles related to words, sentences, and organization.

Originally presented at: May 2020 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

4. Emerging Issues in PDRs (May 2020)

Kathleen Mary Schneider, Stacey M. Soule

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Emerging Issues in PDRs (May 2020)

Gain insight on significant and emerging issues pending in the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Originally presented at: May 2020 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

5. Chapter 64 Motions and Hearings (May 2020)

Matthew Bryant Howard

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Session 5 — 24 mins, credit 0.50
Chapter 64 Motions and Hearings (May 2020)

A brief overview of motions for forensic testing, collaborative and contested, and common missteps on the road to 11.073. 

Originally presented at: May 2020 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Matthew Bryant Howard, Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office - San Antonio, TX

6. Practical Tips from Writ Litigators (May 2020)

Catherine G. Burnett

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Session 6 — 31 mins, credit 0.50
Practical Tips from Writ Litigators (May 2020)

Explore real world tips, suggestions and insights for litigating writ claims at every step in the process -- from preliminary investigation, to trial court, to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. 

Originally presented at: May 2020 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Catherine G. Burnett, South Texas College of Law Houston - Houston, TX

7. The Jury Charge (May 2020)

David M. Gonzalez

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Session 7 — 30 mins, credit 0.50
The Jury Charge (May 2020)

It's tedious to draft, dreadful to listen to, and probably ignored by jurors. Learn why the least exciting part of trial is the most important. 

Originally presented at: May 2020 Conference on Criminal Appeals

David M. Gonzalez, Sumpter & Gonzalez L.L.P. - Austin, TX

8. Appellate Practice in the Digital Age (May 2020)

Rosa Theofanis

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Session 8 — 32 mins, credit 0.50
Appellate Practice in the Digital Age (May 2020)

Explore how the digital revolution and the consequent move from paper to electronic filing of legal documents has changed the way that legal texts are written and read, and learn effective strategies for appellate lawyers to communicate within this new digital reality. 

Originally presented at: May 2020 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

9. Conviction Integrity Units (May 2020)

Alison Fox Dahlberg, John Lopez

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Conviction Integrity Units (May 2020)

Discuss the concept of conviction integrity as an extension of the prosecutor’s duty to see that justice is done. Hear practical issues in evaluating, investigating, and responding to actual innocence claims and considerations for offices that do not have a dedicated CIU.

Originally presented at: May 2020 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Alison Fox Dahlberg, Bexar County District Attorney's Office - San Antonio, TX
John Lopez, Travis County District Attorney's Office - Austin, TX

10. Standards of Review (May 2020)

Lisa Dotin Stewart

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Session 10 — 30 mins, credit 0.50
Standards of Review (May 2020)

Identifying the appropriate standard and utilizing it as a roadmap to a persuasive legal argument on appeal. 

Originally presented at: May 2020 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Lisa Dotin Stewart, Travis County District Attorney's Office - Austin, TX

11. Judicial Panel + Current Practices in the Era of COVID-19 (May 2020)

Jay R. Brandon, Hon. Lana Myers, Hon. Beth Watkins

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Session 11 — 60 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.25 ethics
Judicial Panel + Current Practices in the Era of COVID-19 (May 2020)

Practical advice from the people whose opinions matter about what they like to see in briefs and appeals and what they do not. Gain insight on their personal experiences with COVID-19, what they see on the horizon, and (potentially) answer questions from viewers. 

Originally presented at: May 2020 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Jay R. Brandon, Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section - San Antonio, TX
Hon. Lana Myers, Fifth District Court of Appeals - Dallas, TX
Hon. Beth Watkins, Fourth Court of Appeals - San Antonio, TX

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