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2022 Robert O. Dawson eConference on Criminal Appeals

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2022 Robert O. Dawson eConference on Criminal Appeals
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I think it would be advisable to offer one or perhaps two lectures which focus on in-depth issues surrounding habeas practice and in particular, if one or two judges from the CCA could participate in the discussion, using actual cases in which they have participated. Of interest would be discussion of how the judges convene and discuss the issues and by what process the decision to grant or deny relief is done.

Same people year in and year out. There are some like Michael Faulkenberg who should be there every year, but mostly it is the same presenters.

Excellent! So much practical information for a new appellate attorney.

Great course!

The speakers were excellent and I found the information helpful.

Justice Parker's comments were very helpful to the practitioner.

Excellent course!!

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UT Law CLE's 2022 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, including:
  • A review of significant decisions from both the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court from the past year.
  • Advanced tips on brief writing and appellate practice.
  • Insight from directly judges from both the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and different Courts of Appeals in the state.
  • Practical tips for writ practice, writing findings of fact, statutory analysis, and more. 
  • Speedy trial issues related to the pandemic.

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides No Materials

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 12.00 | 1.75 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • TX, CA
  • Specialization: Criminal Law | Criminal Appellate Law
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 6/30/2023

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1. Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (Jul 2022)

Hon. David C. Newell

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Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (Jul 2022)

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

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

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2. Supreme Court Update (Jul 2022)

Jennifer E. Laurin

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Supreme Court Update (Jul 2022)

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 2021 term, and get a preview of hot cases in the pipeline for the 2022 term.

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

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3. War of the Words: Statutory Construction, Texas Criminal Law, and the Code Construction Act (Jul 2022)

Hon. Ryan Kellus Turner

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War of the Words: Statutory Construction, Texas Criminal Law, and the Code Construction Act (Jul 2022)

Lawyers and judges are unified by words contained in statutes (i.e., statutory law). The “war of the words,” the struggle to determine the meaning of statutory law, entails more than conflicts in courtrooms or disagreements among lawyers or judges. It occurs repeatedly in the mind of every lawyer and judge when interpreting and construing statutes. Gain insight on statutory construction and the pervasive influence of the Code Construction Act on Texas criminal law.

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Hon. Ryan Kellus Turner, Texas Municipal Courts Education Center - Austin, TX

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4. Beyond Brief Writing (Jul 2022)

Emily Johnson-Liu, Stacey M. Soule

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Beyond Brief Writing (Jul 2022)

Go beyond the basics of brief writing in this talk that encourages breaking the mold of tedious, superficial briefing through strategic choices, charts and pictures, better issue-framing, and more.

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Emily Johnson-Liu, Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney - Austin, TX
Stacey M. Soule, Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney - Austin, TX

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5. PreTrial Writ from Texas Jails: Pandemic Justice Delayed and Pandemic Justice Denied  (Jul 2022)

Naomi Howard

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PreTrial Writ from Texas Jails: Pandemic Justice Delayed and Pandemic Justice Denied  (Jul 2022)

As Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote from Birmingham Jail, “Justice too long delayed is justice denied,” but with the Covid-19 pandemic wearing on, Texas courts have to rethink their analysis of the Speedy Trial guarantee under Barker v. Wingo.

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Naomi Howard, Naomi Howard, P.C., Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

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6. Pretrial Writs (Jul 2022)

Jessica Caird

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Pretrial Writs (Jul 2022)

Gain insight into pretrial writs of mandamus, prohibition, and habeas corpus. Focus on when, how, and where to file these writs, as well as the standards that apply to the courts deciding them.  

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Jessica Caird, Harris County District Attorney's Office - Houston, TX

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7. Mandamus (Jul 2022)

Rosa Theofanis

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Mandamus (Jul 2022)

Learn rules governing the form and content of petitions for writ of mandamus, as well as jurisdictional and substantive requirements to obtain mandamus relief, from both a defense and prosecution perspective.

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

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8. Defense and Jury Charges (Jul 2022)

Michael C. Gross

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Defense and Jury Charges (Jul 2022)

Defenses and jury charges from the viewpoint of the trial attorney for the benefit of the appellate attorney.

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Michael C. Gross, Gross & Esparza, P.L.L.C. - San Antonio, TX

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9. Advanced Appellate Tips (Jul 2022)

Carmen Roe

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Advanced Appellate Tips (Jul 2022)

Practical tips and appellate hacks for the busy practitioner in both prosecution and defense of appellate matters. Explore some of the best practices in areas of appellate law with a focus on the most common and important areas with helpful tips for anyone who wants to strengthen their appellate game.

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

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10. Briefing Tips from the Civil Side (Jul 2022)

Robert B. Dubose

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Briefing Tips from the Civil Side (Jul 2022)

Research has demonstrated that readers rely heavily on the visible structure of documents, paragraphs, and even sentences. These insights suggests tools that brief writers can use to make briefs easier to understand and more persuasive.

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Robert B. Dubose, Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP - Houston, TX

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11. Writ Judges' Panel (Jul 2022)

Hon. Mary Lou Keel, Hon. Ana Martinez

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Writ Judges' Panel (Jul 2022)

District Court and CCA judges’ perspectives on 11.07 writs, gain insight into what works and what doesn’t.

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Hon. Mary Lou Keel, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX
Hon. Ana Martinez, 179th Criminal Court - Houston, TX

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12. Drafting Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (Jul 2022)

Catherine G. Burnett

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Drafting Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (Jul 2022)

Practical tips for post-conviction litigators: drafting proposed Findings of Fact; increasing the likelihood they will be adopted; and framing the issues for favorable review.

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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

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13. Reversal Trends in the Appellate Courts (Jul 2022)

James Huggler

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Reversal Trends in the Appellate Courts (Jul 2022)

Analyze issues and trends of every criminal opinion issued by the Texas Courts of Appeal for the 2018-2019 judicial year. This was the year when four appellate courts flipped from Republican to Democratic majorities. Discuss statistical differences between party affiliations of the justices.

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

James Huggler, Law Office Of James Huggler - Tyler, TX

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14. Court of Appeals Judicial Panel (Jul 2022)

Jay Brandon, Hon. Melissa Young Goodwin, Hon. Judy C. Parker

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Court of Appeals Judicial Panel (Jul 2022)

Practical advice from the people whose opinions matter about what they like to see in briefs and appeals and what they do not. Appellate judges will give tips and take your questions.

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Jay Brandon, Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section - San Antonio, TX
Hon. Melissa Young Goodwin, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX
Hon. Judy C. Parker, Seventh Court of Appeals - Amarillo, TX

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15. Writs (Jul 2022)

Michael Staats Falkenberg

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Writs (Jul 2022)

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

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Michael Staats Falkenberg, Harris County Public Defender's Office - Houston, TX

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16. Brady (Jul 2022)

Hon. Jesse McClure

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Brady (Jul 2022)

When it comes to the State’s discovery obligation, what exactly does it mean to say that evidence is “material?” What factors do courts consider? Learn about state and federal case law illustrating why certain evidence is material or immaterial.

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Hon. Jesse McClure, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Austin, TX

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17. Ethics of Criminal Appellate Practice (Jul 2022)

Stephanie L. Stevens

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Ethics of Criminal Appellate Practice (Jul 2022)

Ethical representation is required at the appellate level as well as the trial level. Explore rules of ethics and situations specifically centered on appellate representation.

Originally presented: May 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Stephanie L. Stevens, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX