FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER
Southern District of Texas
Criminal Justice Act Panel Training

 

United States Federal Courthouse
1133 North Shoreline Blvd
Corpus Christi, Texas
May 15 - 16, 2014

 

Announcement

 

The Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Texas is presenting a seminar designed to assist Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) panel attorneys appointed in federal criminal cases. The State Bar of Texas MCLE Department has approved this seminar for 13.75 hours of CLE credit (including 1.0 hours of legal ethics) (Course No. 901287452). There is no cost for participants or for those attorneys wishing to apply for the CLE credit. Registration will be available the morning of the seminar, but preregistration is preferred. If you have any questions, contact Mary Montoya at 361-888-3532 or Dora Madrigal at 713-718-4600.

 

AGENDA

 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

 

Day 1: Fundamentals of Federal Cases

7:30 - 8:15 Registration (CLE hrs.)
8:15 - 8:30

Welcome and Introductory Remarks
The Hon. Nelva Gonzalez Ramos, United States District Judge, Corpus Christi, TX

 
8:30 - 9:15

Pretrial Motions and Discovery 
Lila Garza, Assistant Federal Pubic Defender, Corpus Christi, TX
Federal Criminal Discovery
Pretrial Proceedings and Motions

(0.75)
9:15 - 9:45

Preliminary Hearings and Bail Hearings 
Francisco Morales, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Corpus Christi, TX

(0.50)
9:45 - 10:30

Differences Between Federal and State Court Practice 
Stephen Byrne, Attorney at Law, Corpus Christi, TX

(0.75)
10:30 - 10:45 Break  
10:45 - 12:00

Primer on Federal Criminal Cases 
Jose Gonzalez-Falla, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Austin, TX

(1.25)
12:00 - 1:15 Lunch (on your own)  
1:15 - 1:45

CJA Administrative Basics 
David Adler, Criminal Justice Act Panel Representative, Houston, TX

(0.50)
1:45 - 2:15

Plea Agreements, Cooperation, Proffers 
Kristen Langford, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Corpus Christi, TX
"Making Your Deal with the Devil" - paper at FD.org

(0.50)
2:15 - 2:45

Federal Rules of Evidence 
Marjorie A. Meyers, Federal Public Defender, S.D. TX

(0.50)
2:45 - 3:00 Break
 
3:00 - 5:00

Introduction to Federal Sentencing (2.0)
Marjorie A. Meyers, Federal Public Defender, S.D. TX

(2.0)

 

 


Friday, May 16, 2014

 

Day 2: Advanced Topics

7:30 - 8:15 Registration (CLE hrs.)
8:15 - 8:30

Introduction and Opening Remarks
The Hon. Jason Libby, United States Magistrate Judge, Corpus Christi, TX

 
8:30 - 9:30

Common Suppression Issues in South Texas 
Francisco Morales, Assistant Federal Pubic Defender, Corpus Christi, TX 

(1.0)
9:30 - 10:00

Primer on Deportation/Removal 
William Henry Humble III, Attorney at Law, Corpus Christi, TX 
8 USC 1326 Illegal Re-entry

(0.50)
10:00 - 10:15

Break

 
10:15 - 11:15

Federal Sentencing Updates 
Marjorie A. Meyers, Federal Public Defender, S.D. TX

(1.0) 
11:15 - 12:00

Social Media 
Marissa Perez-Garcia, Supervisory Asst. Federal Public Defender, Laredo, TX 
Appendix A | Appendix B | Appendix C

(0.75)
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (on your own)  
1:00 - 1:45

Recidivist Enhancements
Christopher Jenkins, Supervisory Asst. Federal Public Defender, Corpus Christi, TX 
Predicate Offenses Presentation

(0.75)
1:45 - 2:45

Recent Cases
Timothy Crooks, Supervisory Asst. Federal Public Defender, Houston, TX 

(1.0)
2:45 - 3:00

Break

 
3:00 - 3:30

Material Witness Representation 
Debra Rodriguez, Attorney at Law, Corpus Christi, TX

(0.50)
3:30 - 4:30

Ethics and Professional Responsibility
H. Michael Sokolow, First Assistant Federal Public Defender, Houston, TX 

(1.0)
4:30 - 5:00

Primary Jurisdiction and Concurrent/Consecutive Sentences 
Elizabeth O'Connell, Asst. Federal Public Defender, Corpus Christi, TX

(0.50)

 

*This seminar is for attorneys eligible or seeking to become eligible to take CJA appointments.

 

This Course, No. 901287452 has been accredited by the State Bar of Texas MCLE Department for 13.75 hours (including 1.0 hours of ethics).