Session 1: Ethics for Post-Conviction Lawyers - Examine the ethical considerations facing attorneys in post-conviction representation.
Session 2: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel - 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.
Session 3: 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 4: Improve Your Legal Writing - Learn techniques for improving your legal writing in the short, medium, and long run.
Session 5: Error Preservation Ambushes: Infliction and Prevention - We can raise many complaints for the first time on appeal ... or when it is too late for the non-complaining party to do anything about it. These complaints involve jurisdiction, standing, summary judgment practice, experts, damages, the charge, and attorney's fees, just to name a few areas. Identify these areas, get suggestions about how to pre-empt your opponent from ambushing you with such complaints, and hear ideas about ambushing your opponent, while taking care to avoid a self-inflicted wound.
Session 6: Demonstrative Evidence: Pursuasion and the Use of Technology - Do you understand the differences between demonstrative evidence, and demonstrative aids? Join Claude Ducloux in this one hour presentation as he explores the following: Use of Summaries, Statistics, Trial Demonstrations, and Simulations/Videos. He will discuss: appropriate planning, themes, learning styles, and the ethic boundaries and duties when evidence is incorrect, wrong, or just plain false.
Session 7: Conviction Letters and Related Issues - Observe a roundtable discussion on navigating professional licensing complications related to criminal law matters.
Session 8: Advocacy Practice and Theory for the New Millennium - No one can deny the practice of law has changed dramatically in recent years, but many still advocate like it's 1999. Learn new tricks and tips on how to advocate effectively in today's courtrooms.
Session 9: Legal Malpractice Update - Get the latest on recent developments in Texas legal malpractice law, as well as notable ethics opinions that are applicable to appellate practitioners.
Session 10: Ethical Issues Presented by Changing Technology - Increasingly technology is integrated into the practice of law. Examine lawyers' current ethical responsibility in relation to the use of technology and how such responsibility may change as technological advances, like artificial intelligence, become more commonplace in the practice of law.
Session 11: Expanding Your Firm: How to Hire Contract and Associate Lawyers - What are the basics that you need to know? How do you manage your staff and attorneys? Get practical tips on how to answer these questions so that your firm can continue to flourish.
Session 12: Stress Kills Success: Mindfulness and the Small Firm Practitioner - Learn about the science behind stress and wellness, along with how mindfulness can help with peak performance.
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