Published by Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Duration: 360 minutes
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Research shows that capital defendants are made, not born. They are made by the circumstances in which they are raised, by the culture they learn, by the mental capacities they inherit, by the drugs that they are exposed to and the coping skills they develop as they mature.
Carlos M. Garcia Carlos M. Garcia’s practice focuses primarily on immigration and criminal matters. Generally, the criminal matters relate to immigration consequences. Carlos tries to find creative ways to reach agreements with prosecutors that don’t have negative...MoreCarlos M. Garcia’s practice focuses primarily on immigration and criminal matters. Generally, the criminal matters relate to immigration consequences. Carlos tries to find creative ways to reach agreements with prosecutors that don’t have negative immigration consequences for his clients. Carlos has successfully argued Padilla writs before the courts in Hidalgo County. In addition, he represents clients before the Immigration Courts who have criminal histories. Carlos has had success arguing cases such as: Cancellation of Removal, Asylum, Withholding, Adjustment of Status, Bond hearings, and more.
Carlos has spoken at CLE’s regarding immigration consequences of criminal convictions. He is admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of the State of Texas, the Southern District of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, he regularly submits briefs before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. Carlos graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1999. He graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2008. Before becoming an attorney, Carlos did a number of things including working as a television reporter. Collapse
Matthew J. Hefti Matthew J. Hefti is a college dropout who served twelve years in the military as a support troop in the enlisted ranks. His degrees include an Associate of Arts in Technical Studies, an Associate of Applied Science in Explosive Ordnance Disposal...MoreMatthew J. Hefti is a college dropout who served twelve years in the military as a support troop in the enlisted ranks. His degrees include an Associate of Arts in Technical Studies, an Associate of Applied Science in Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology, a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and Juris Doctor. He is an alumni of the TCDLA Trial Lawyers College and a member of the Texas Bar College.
He spent his entire military enlistment doing the same skilled-trade job, and never advanced beyond a rank that didn’t include sweeping floors and stirring human waste as it burned. He is a decorated combat team leader, with twelve-years of service and four lengthy overseas tours, all in the explosive ordnance disposal career field. He has personally disarmed and destroyed hundreds of improvised explosive devices and hundreds of thousands of other explosive hazards. He conducted the initial response and sensitive site exploitation for the post-blast investigations of hundreds of hostile bombings. He has led EOD teams supporting the United States Secret Service and Department of State at the White House and across the globe, protecting the President, Vice President, Secretary of State, foreign heads of state, and other dignitaries.
He spent the final three and a half years of his service facing homicide charges for killing a fellow service-member and seriously wounding another, and he could not afford his own attorney. He is now a Texas Future Indigent Defense Leader Scholarship recipient.
Matthew J. Hefti did not participate in law review. The student relations dean was sent to see if Matthew was suicidal or otherwise mentally ill after he quit the law review right after he started so he could focus on what mattered. He was allowed to quit the law review so he could go perform poorly on the mock trial team. Matthew J. Hefti is a critically-acclaimed author, who has published scholarship, essays, poetry, and fiction in print and across the web. Among other awards, his novel, A Hard and Heavy Thing (Gallery / Simon & Schuster 2016), was selected by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Read, named a Booklist Top Ten First Novel, and listed as one of the Military Times Top Ten Books of the Year. Matthew J. Hefti is a founding co-owner and contributing editor of The Wrath-Bearing Tree, a long-running online monthly literary journal that publishes competitively-selected work centered on military, economic, and social violence written by those who have experienced military, economic, and / or social violence. Writing published by The Wrath-Bearing Tree includes high-quality work by many true debut authors with no prior publication history, in addition to work by respected scholars, critically-acclaimed poets, national literary award winners, and prestigious grant recipients.
Matthew J. Hefti is a new attorney with his own law office. He is not qualified to do anything on his own. Since 2010, Matthew has been working on criminal defense teams in complex litigation with the goal of giving the accused something far better than the mere effective assistance of counsel. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was a clinical student in the Wisconsin Innocence Project, Criminal Appeals Project, Public Defender Project, and Juvenile Life Without Parole Project. He has four years of experience working on capital cases in Texas. He focuses his practice on improving teams working for justice. He has been an expert witness and consultant for defense teams with clients facing charges involving bombings or explosions in both state and federal court. He has consulted with numerous teams as a defense-victim outreach expert. He has also been an expert consultant on narrative issues and veterans issues. He has helped in other ways. He helps how he can.
The motto of the explosive ordnance disposal career field is "Initial Success or Total Failure." Matthew Hefti is an expert in repeated total failure. Collapse
Richard Jimenez Chief Mitigation Specialist Regional Public Defender Office for Capital Cases 2011 – Present
Worked on over 20 Capital Cases since being with the RPDO. Instrumental in implementing mitigation that resulted in a Life...MoreChief Mitigation Specialist Regional Public Defender Office for Capital Cases 2011 – Present
Worked on over 20 Capital Cases since being with the RPDO. Instrumental in implementing mitigation that resulted in a Life Without the Possibility of Parole trial in 2018. Specialize in interviewing witnesses and developing narrative in criminal cases. Collapse
Patrick F. McCann Patrick F. McCann has been licensed since 1995. He is in solo practice in Houston, Texas. He is a retired Navy officer with active service overseas, in Bosnia, and Guantanamo. He is a former President of both the Harris County Criminal Lawyers...MorePatrick F. McCann has been licensed since 1995. He is in solo practice in Houston, Texas. He is a retired Navy officer with active service overseas, in Bosnia, and Guantanamo. He is a former President of both the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Associationand the Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has been the legislative liaison for both organizations. He is a former member of the Governor's Specialty Courts Advisory Council, and the former Chair of the Fort Bend County Defenders Advisory Board. He has served on the Delphi Committee that set appellate representation standards for Texas. He helped found both the Harris and Fort Bend County Veterans' courts. He is certified to handle death penalty cases on trial, on appeal, and on habeas in both federal and state court. He has handled over fifty death penalty cases, including cases in the military and in Alabama. Collapse
David Michael Ryan David Michael Ryan was born in Germany and has practiced law since 1993. David Michael Ryan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Texas, and a Juris Doctor from the South...MoreDavid Michael Ryan was born in Germany and has practiced law since 1993. David Michael Ryan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Texas, and a Juris Doctor from the South Texas College of Law, where he attended law school on a full scholarship. David Michael Ryan is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and the United States federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and has appeared in courts throughout the country.
David Michael Ryan has been involved in numerous cases reported widely in the mainstream media, as well as media serving non-English speaking communities in the United States. This includes a number of newspapers, Texas Monthly, Fox News, and ABC’s 20/20. In 2004, David Michael Ryan was named special prosecutor in East Texas, which led to several indictments of the sitting District Attorney, police officers, and other government officials. In 2006, David Michael Ryan successfully secured an acquittal for Billy Ray Hill, charged with the capital murder of a child in Polk County, Texas. In 2013, David Michael Ryan was able to secure a 5 year minimum sentence for Abigail Catt, who committed a string of bank robberies with her father and brother. Several current cases are also receiving national and international media attention.
David Michael Ryan is a member of several bar associations. David Michael Ryan is on the Board of Directors of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) and the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA). In 2013 and 2014, David Michael Ryan was recognized as Mentor of the Year by HCCLA for his work with young lawyers, the first time the award has been given in consecutive years. David Michael Ryan has taught law and continuing legal education (CLE) at various times over the past fifteen years. Collapse
February 20, 2020
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
Breaking Down a Forensics Report and Finding the Right Experts - Video
Breaking Down a Forensics Report and Finding the Right Experts - Handout
Jury Selection - Video
Jury Selection - Handout
A Case Study of Borderline IDD - Video
Junk Science - Video
Junk Science - Handout
Responding to the Race-Based Challenge - Video
Responding to the Race-Based Challenge - Handout
Managing the State’s Data Dump - Video
Managing the State’s Data Dump - Handout
The New Model Mitigation Investigation and Presentation - Video
The New Model Mitigation Investigation and Presentation - Handout
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