Habeas Issues

in Plano, Texas, USA

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

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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 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.

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

Agenda as of 8/20/2018

8:00 am

Check-In & Registration

9:00 am

Welcome & Introduction

9:15 am

Nuts, Bolts & Best Practices

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

10:00 am

Habeas Case Screening

  • Dean Catherine G. Burnett, South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas

10:45 am


11:00 am

Proposed Findings of Fact & Conclusions of Law in Habeas Proceedings: Benefits to the Courts, the State, & the Defense

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

12:00 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

Reopening State Writ Proceedings: Cautionary Tales & Success Stories

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

2:00 pm

False Evidence & Actual Innocence

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

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

State Appeals

  • Jani Maselli Wood, Harris County Public Defender's Office, Houston, Texas

3:45 pm

Habeas Issues from a Prosecutor’s Perspective

  • Baldwin Chin, Galveston County District Attorney's Office, Galveston, Texas

4:30 pm


CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 5.75 hours, no ethics. Course ID Number: 174025587.

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.

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 $100 plus applicable fees/taxes for 8/30/2018 - 8/31/2018.

Please make your reservations by 8/16/2018. 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-CL84
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 8/30/2018 - 8/31/2018
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: 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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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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