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 Hochglaube Nicole DeBorde is an experienced criminal defense attorney and trial lawyer handling state and federal criminal matters at all phases from investigation through trial and post conviction and parole. Recently elected as incoming Secretary for...MoreNicole DeBorde is an experienced criminal defense attorney and trial lawyer handling state and federal criminal matters at all phases from investigation through trial and post conviction and parole. Recently elected as incoming Secretary for 2020-2021he is an active TCDLA member and enjoys her service as TCDLA’s Strike Force Co-Chair. She has also served the criminal law bar nationally in her capacity a board member with NACDL and as an active member of Women in White Collar Criminal Defense. She has also served as Houston Bar Association's Criminal Law and Procedure Section Chair, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association Board Member, Criminal Defense Lawyers Project Board Member, former President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association and through involvement in Inns of Court. She has been honored with a variety of awards and recognition including, TCDLA’s President’s Recognition, HCCLA’s President's Award an in a variety of legal publications. She has been selected by Texas Monthly as a Texas Super Lawyer for over a decade and her firm has the highest rating, AV, given by the legal directory Martindale-Hubbell. She served as a prosecutor at the Harris County District Attorney's Office from 1994 through 2002 and has been in private practice as a criminal defense lawyer since 2002. Her experience and knowledge have earned her the respect of her clients, colleagues and the judiciary.
Her successful handling of cases ranging from the complex and those of national notoriety to the more discrete have earned her a national reputation as a go to lawyer for criminal and legal matters large and small. After several years’ recognition by U.S. News and World Reports for inclusion on the Best Lawyers in America list, she was selected by Best Lawyers as 2017’s Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense for the Houston area. She and her firm have been recognized for several years running by Best Lawyers in America. She proudly assisted as an Associate Producer for the documentary film An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story. As Co-Chair of The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Strike Force, providing assistance and representation to criminal defense lawyers across the state facing persecution in the course of representation of the accused. She strongly believes aggressive advocacy involves integrity and extreme preparation. Her hard work for her clients nets positive outcomes and, for this reason, she is trusted legal advisor to many, including fellow attorneys or public officials facing criminal accusations and legal complications. Her reputation for excellence among her peers, opponents and the judiciary has earned her the ability to serve her clients, from the most high profile to the everyday, hard-working citizen accused, well by helping them achieve the best possible results. DeBorde can often be seen in her role as legal analyst on major national networks, including Fox, CNN and MSNBC as well as in frequent speaking engagements.
Nicole is licensed in Texas and in multiple federal courts including the Southern District of Texas, the Western District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas, the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. 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
Mark Stevens Mark Stevens lives in San Antonio and has practiced criminal law in state and federal courts in Texas since graduating from law school in 1979.
Hon. David Newell Judge - Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge David Newell was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on November 4, 2014.
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...MoreJudge David Newell was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on November 4, 2014.
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. 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 currently serves as chair for the Court of Criminal Appeals Rules Advisory Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee aswell as the Judicial Administration subcommittee. He also helps draft and score the board certification exam in Criminal Appellate law as a member of the Criminal Appellate Law Specialization Subcommittee for the Texas Board of LegalSpecialization. He is Co-Course Director for the Annual Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals put on by the University of Texas School of Law Continuing LegalEducation Department. He has served repeatedly on the planning committee for the Advanced Criminal Law Course for the State Bar of Texas. He is a frequent speaker oncriminal law issues, having spoken on a wide variety of legal and ethics topics for the Texas Center for the Judiciary, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, the TexasDistrict and County Attorney’s Association, the Texas Association of Appellate Court Attorneys, the Texas Border Prosecution Unit, and the Texas Municipal Courts EducationCenter, to name a few.
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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