Defending a Federal Criminal Case: CJA Panel Training

Presented by the Federal Pubilc Defender, Southern District of Texas


United States Courthouse, Brownsville Texas

Friday March 1, 2013




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. This seminar has been approved for 7 hours of CLE credit (including 1.25 hours of legal ethics) (Course No. 901261120) by the State Bar of Texas MCLE Department. 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 register online please click here.  If you would rather register by fax, download this registration form.  Please fill it out and fax it to Mary Baron at 956-548-2674. If you have any questions, contact Mary Baron at 956-548-2573 or Rosa Brennan at 713-718-4600.



 7:30 a.m.


 8:15 a.m.

Introductory Remarks

Marjorie A. Meyers, Federal Public Defender, S.D. Tex.
Jeff Wilde, Supervisory Asst. Federal Public Defender, Brownsville 

 8:30 a.m. Issues Before the Magistrates: Appointments, Bail/Detention 

The Honorable Ronald G. Morgan, U.S. Magistrate Judge

David Adler, CJA Panel Representative

 9:00 a.m. Highways, Moats, and Castles: A Guide to the Fourth Amendment 

Reynaldo S. Cantú, AFPD, Brownsville

 9:45a.m. Social Media and Criminal Defense 

Rudy X. Rodriguez, AFPD, Brownsville

 10:15a.m. Break  
 10:30a.m. Ya Pagué - Recidivist Enhancements 

Kyle Welch, Sr. Litigation Counsel, McAllen


(.25 ethics hrs.)

 11:15a.m. Federal Sentencing Updates and Strategies 
Marjorie A. Meyers, FPD
Hector A. Casas, AFPD, Brownsville
Hector F. Garza, AFPD, Brownsville
 12:15p.m.  Lunch Break (on your own)  
 1:15 p.m.

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

 2:15 p.m.

H. Michael Sokolow, First Assistant Federal Public Defender


(1.0 Ethics Hours)

 3:15 p.m. Fifteen-minute break  
3:30 PM

Advising Immigrant Clients 

Ms. Lisa Brodyaga, Attorney at Law 

 4:15 p.m.

Waivers Rancheros 
Francisco Morales, AFPD, Corpus Christi

 5:00 p.m. Adjourn  


*** This seminar (course no. 901261120) has been approved for 7.0 hours of CLE credit by the State Bar of Texas MCLE Department and State Bar College, including 1.25 hours of legal ethics. ***

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