Published by Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Duration: 360 minutes
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Criminal Defense Appeals and Writs is geared toward effective written defense advocacy throughout the life of a case – from bail writs to petitions for certiorari in the United States Supreme Court. The court offers skill building for all levels of appellate practice, from the first appellate brief to esoteric writs. Attendees will hear from appellate experts in a variety of practice areas, including a Court of Criminal Appeals judge, court staff, academics, and state and federal criminal defense attorneys.
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Nicole DeBorde Nicole DeBorde is an experienced criminal defense attorney and trial lawyer. As a former prosecutor, she knowledge of criminal law from both sides of the fence. Nicole is an active TCDLA and NACDL board member. DeBorde’s practice handles all types of...MoreNicole DeBorde is an experienced criminal defense attorney and trial lawyer. As a former prosecutor, she knowledge of criminal law from both sides of the fence. Nicole is an active TCDLA and NACDL board member. DeBorde’s practice handles all types of criminal cases from the most basic state court case to the most complex federal case. A Texas Super Lawyer for several years running, can often be seen in her role as legal analyst on major national networks, including Fox, CNN and MSNBC. She is past chair for the Houston Bar Association's Criminal Law and Procedure Section and past President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association; 2006 President's Award recipient from HCCLA; and member of American Inns of Court. She was recently selected as one of Texas's Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Her firm has the highest rating, AV, given by the legal directory Martindale-Hubbell. Collapse
Michael S. Falkenberg Staff Attorney - Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas Michael has been a staff attorney at the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas in the Post-Conviction Writs section since August 2008. He assists the Court with its extraordinary writ docket, which includes post-conviction writs of habeas corpus and...MoreMichael has been a staff attorney at the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas in the Post-Conviction Writs section since August 2008. He assists the Court with its extraordinary writ docket, which includes post-conviction writs of habeas corpus and mandamus applications. Before joining the Court, Michael spent almost four years as a lawyer with State Counsel for Offenders, a public defender office in Huntsville representing Texas prisoners across the state. His trial and appellate cases came from the office’s representation of prisoners charged with felonies committed in prison, sued in civil court as sexually violent predators, and targeted for removal in immigration court. He focused his practice on appellate litigation, including direct appeals from criminal and civil jury trials, criminal and civil mandamus petitions in the appellate courts, and time credit litigation.
Michael grew up in Seguin, Texas. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1996 with an A.B. in American Studies. After five years working in an independent record store, he attended St. Mary’s University School of Law and received his J.D. in 2004. During law school, he was a member of the St. Mary’s Law Journal and attended the Institute on World Legal Problems at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 2004. He is Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Collapse
Hon. David Newell Judge - Texas Court of Criminal Appeals The son of Thomas and Linda Newell, David was born at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, though he grew up in Sugar Land, Texas with his much taller, older brother, Robert Newell. David graduated cum laude from William P. Clements High School....MoreThe son of Thomas and Linda Newell, David was born at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, though he grew up in Sugar Land, Texas with his much taller, older brother, Robert Newell. David graduated cum laude from William P. Clements High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing at the University of Houston. He graduated magna cum laude, earning University honors and honors in his major. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1997 before returning home to work in the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office. He served as an appellate prosecutor for 16 years, first in Fort Bend County and later in the Harris County District Attorney's Office from 2007 until his election to the Court.
Judge Newell has twice served as the Chairman of the Editorial Board for the Texas District and County Attorney's bi-monthly journal, The Texas Prosecutor. He also co-authored a regular byline for the journal, "As the Judges Saw It," a column that analyzed and summarized the significant decisions of the Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He served repeatedly on the planning committee for the Advanced Criminal Law Course for the State Bar of Texas. And he has presented the Court of Criminal Appeals Update at the Texas Conference on Criminal Appeals, the TDCAA Criminal and Civil Law Update, and the Texas State Bar's Advanced Criminal Law Course.
Judge Newell is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both criminal law and criminal appellate law. He is also licensed by the State Bar of Texas and admitted to practice before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. In 2013, David received the C. Chris Marshall Award for Distinguished Faculty from the Texas District and County Attorneys' Association. David and his beautiful wife, Shayne, currently live in the Houston area with their two sons. Collapse
Jennifer Laurin Jennifer Laurin joined the faculty of the University Of Texas School Of Law in 2009. Professor Laurin studies and writes about how law and institutional design shape the functioning of criminal justice institutions. Her scholarship has considered,...MoreJennifer Laurin joined the faculty of the University Of Texas School Of Law in 2009. Professor Laurin studies and writes about how law and institutional design shape the functioning of criminal justice institutions. Her scholarship has considered, the role of constitutional litigation in regulating police, the shared roles of courts, police, and lawyers in regulating forensic science, and oversight of indigent defense. Professor Laurin is a co-author (with Michael Avery, David Rudovsky, and Karen Blum) of "Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation," the leading treatise in that area of civil rights litigation. Collapse
February 21, 2020
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
Writing Your Best Brief - Video
Writing Your Best Brief - Handout
Research Tips and Tools - Video
Research Tips and Tools - Handout
Handling Writs - Video
Handling Writs - Slide Handout
Handling Writs - Handout
The Law of Writs – Pretrial and Mandamus - Video
The Law of Writs - Handout
Appellate Issues – How to Spot and Create Them - Video
Appellate Issues – How to Spot and Create Them - Handout
CCA Update - Video
Using Supreme Court Precedent – Ethics - Video
Using Supreme Court Precedent - Handout
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