Southern District of Texas
Criminal Justice Act Panel Training


United States Federal Courthouse
Jury Assembly Room
1701 W. Business Highway 83
McAllen, Texas
April 17, 2015



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 7.25 hours of CLE credit (including 1.0 hour of legal ethics) (Course No. 901313291). 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. To download the form, please visit our website at www.fpdsdot.org. If you have any questions, contact Claudia Cruz at 956-630-2995 or Dora Madrigal at 713-718-4600.


7:30 - 8:15 Registration  
8:15 - 8:30 Welcoming Remarks
The Honorable Micaela Alvarez, United States District Judge, McAllen, TX
8:30 - 9:00 Derivative Citizenship
Miguel A.A. Nogueras, Assistant Federal Public Defender, McAllen, TX
9:00 - 9:45

The Fourth Amendment in South Texas
Richard Gould, Assistant Federal Public Defender, McAllen, TX
Highways, Moats and Castles
A Primer on Terry Stops

9:45 - 10:15 Defending Drug Cases
Nadia Medrano, Assistant Federal Public Defender, McAllen, TX
10:15 - 10:30 Break  
10:30 - 11:30 Sentencing Update
Marjorie A. Meyers, Federal Public Defender, S.D. TX
Presentation Slides
Formulating a Correctional Treatment Plan
11:30 - 12:00 Where Will I do My Time?
Primary and Concurrent Jurisdiction
Lindsay Bellinger, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Houston, TX
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch  
1:00 - 1:30 CJA Panel Issues
David Adler, Criminal Justice Act Panel Representative, Houston, TX
1:30 - 2:15 Descamps and the Categorical Approach
Kyle Welch, Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender, McAllen, TX
2:15 - 3:00 Waivers Rancheros
Francisco Morales, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Corpus Christi, TX
3:00 - 3:15 Break  
3:15 - 4:15 Recent Cases
Timothy Crooks, Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender, Houston, TX
4:15 - 5:15 Ethics
H. Michael Sokolow, First Assistant Federal Public Defender, Houston, TX

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


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