Criminal Justice

Habeas Issues

August 28, 2020

Plano, Texas, USA

Registration Open

MCLE Credit will be available

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

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This program is focused on demystifying writs of habeas corpus, a long-misunderstood area of the law.  By providing a view into both the defense and prosecution perspective, practitioners can enhance their trial skills, evaluate when a habeas action is appropriate, and learn about some of the techniques and resources used by experienced habeas counsel on both sides of the aisle.

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

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

Agenda as of 7/2/20

8:00 am

Check-In & Registration

9:00 am

Welcome & Introductions

9:15 am

This is a Writ: Nuts and Bolts of Post-Conviction Writs

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

10:15 am


10:30 am

Investigating and Litigating Writs of Habeas Corpus

  • Jonathan Landers, Attorney at Law, Houston, Texas

11:30 am

Writ Response 101: Basics for the State

  • John Rolater, Collin Co. District Attorney's Office, McKinney, Texas

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

Identifying Potential Habeas Issues

  • Allison Mathis, Harris Co. Public Defender's Office, Houston, Texas
  • Nick Mensch, Harris Co. Public Defender's Office, Houston, Texas

1:45 pm

From Client to Court: A Walk Through the 11.07 Writ Process

Moderator: Andréa Jacobs, Tarrant Co. Criminal District Attorney's Office, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Brett Ordiway, Udashen Anton, Dallas, Texas
  • The Hon. Charles Reynolds, Office of Judicial Staff Counsel & Special Magistration, Fort Worth, Texas
  • District Attorney's Office TBC

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

From Client to Court: A Walk Through the 11.07 Writ Process, continued

3:30 pm

Questions & Answers Panel

3:45 pm

Are Your Integrity & Credibility Worth It: Ethical Dilemmas in Post-Conviction Practice

  • Cynthia Garza, Dallas Co. District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas

4:15 pm


Other Information

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