Criminal Justice

Habeas Issues

Plano, Texas, USA

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

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

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


  • What's New in Habeas & Legal Updates
  • The Basics and Best Practices
  • A Defense Perspective
  • A Prosecution Perspective
  • Tips for Better Legal Writing
  • And more!

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

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Who Should Attend?

Judges, Prosecutors and their staff, Criminal Defense Attorneys and their staff. Thanks to the grant, the seminar is offered tuition-free to most participants.

Schedule and Faculty

8:00 am

Check-In & Registration

9:00 am

Welcome & Introductions

9:15 am

Habeas: Legal Updates, What’s New & Best Practices

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

11:30 am

The Applicants’ Perspective on Preparing Writs

  • Gretchen Sween, Attorney at Law, Austin, TX

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

Persuasive Legal Writing in the Habeas Context & Beyond

  • Gretchen Sween, Attorney at Law, Austin, TX

2:15 pm


2:30 pm

Memoirs of a Duck Hunter: A Prosecutor’s Perspective on Answering Writs

  • Andréa Jacobs, Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, Fort Worth, TX

3:30 pm

Habeas Writs Bonds

  • Jennifer Rossmeier Brown, Bexar County District Attorney's Office, San Antonio, TX

4:15 pm

Faculty Q&A: Tips for Practitioners

4:30 pm


CLE Credit

As of 9/25/19: Please be aware regarding available CLE for this program: As our actual program ended half an hour earlier than originally reported to the State Bar of Texas for CLE credit, the maximum credit we can report for attendees will be 5.5 hours. This correction will be made to any GREEN CLE forms turned in to us requesting 6.0 hours of credit.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 5.5 hours, no ethics. Course ID Number: 174059620.

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 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

Law enforcement personnel attending this course are eligible for 7 hours of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) credit.


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 $103/night, plus applicable fees/taxes for 8/29/2019-8/30/2019.

Please make your reservations by 8/14/2019. 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-C109
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 8/29/2019-8/30/2019

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.

Other Information

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation must be received 5 business days prior to a program to receive a refund (Email: 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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The Center for American and International Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

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