Habeas Issues

in Plano, Texas, USA

The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

Online registration is closed. Walk-in registration will be accepted for this conference.

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Credits:MCLE Credit will be available


This program will focus attention on habeas issues, an area of criminal law practice that is too often not well understood, by providing a view into habeas law and practice from both the prosecution and defense perspectives. It will be useful both for habeas practitioners and their staff, and for trial lawyers and their staff who want to steer clear of post-trial problems.

This course is funded by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

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Who Should Attend?

This program will be useful both for defense lawyers and prosecutors. It is designed for habeas practitioners and for trial lawyers who want to steer clear of post-trial problems.

Schedule and Faculty

Course learning objective(s): To improve the ability of members of the justice system to handle habeas issues.

8:30 am

Check-in and Registration (Refreshments Provided)

9:00 am

Nuts & Bolts In Actual Innocence

  • Michael Falkenberg, Court of Criminal Appeals, Austin, Texas

10:00 am


10:15 am

Don’t Put All Your Eggs In The Actual Innocence Basket

  • Joanne Heisey, Office of Capital & Forensic Writs, Austin, Texas

11:15 am


11:30 am

Update From The Court: Case Law & Other Developments

  • Michael Falkenberg, Court of Criminal Appeals, Austin, Texas

This lecture will feature an example 11.07 form to provide guidance for form compliance and pleading.

12:30 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:30 pm

Ethics: Trial Counsel’s Ongoing Duty In Post-Conviction Matters

  • Gretchen Sween, Office of Capital & Forensic Writs, Austin, Texas

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Best Practices In Habeas Matters & Investigations

  • Michael Falkenberg, Court of Criminal Appeals, Austin, Texas
  • Cynthia Garza, Dallas Co. District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas
  • Andrea Jacobs, Tarrant Co. District Attorney’s Office, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Gary Udashen, Sorrels, Udashen & Anton, Dallas, Texas

4:45 pm


CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 6 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 928009437.

In addition to Texas, after the program (if requested) CAIL will directly apply for course accreditation in the following states, as long as course materials and evaluations are not required: California, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through attorney self-submission in other states, as long as course materials and evaluations are not required to be submitted.

TCOLE Credit

Assuming successful completion of this program, CAIL can report 7 hours of training credit to Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Plano welcomes our guests attending Habeas Issues, at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $97 plus applicable fees/taxes for 8/30/2017 - 8/31/2017.

Please make your reservations by 8/15/2017. As long as the reservation is made by this date, and the group block has availability, you will receive the group rate. Any reservations not received on or before this cut-off date are subject to hotel availability at the best available prevailing rate.

Booking Instructions

Book online

Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-CL79
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 8/30/2017 - 8/31/2017
Mention the group name: CAILAW / Habeas Issues

  • A valid credit card is required to make reservations
  • Tax Exemption Certificates and Credit Card Authorization Forms may be faxed to the hotel directly at 972.608.4427 prior to your arrival.

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Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation must be received 5 business days prior to a program to receive a refund (Email: lgaspar@cailaw.org). After this date, no refunds, but substitution of attendees for this program will be permitted with prior approval. Registrants not entitled to a refund will receive the course materials. Note: Registrants must attend the program to receive the course materials, unless tuition was paid.

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