Southern District of Texas
CJA Panel Training
Wednesday June 23, 2021


The Federal Public Defender presents this CLE Presentation.   In the federal system, years and years of prison time often hang on the character of a person’s prior convictions. But how do we know which convictions are in or out? The two-worded answer is well known to judges, their law clerks, and federal practitioners alike, and it tends to make them all shudder: the “Categorical Approach.” In this one-hour presentation, AFPD Evan Howze aims to demystify the much-maligned test. He will explain why we have the categorical approach, give you tips for navigating its modified variant, and update you on the latest Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit decisions exploring it.




Evan G. Howze, Asst. Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas

(1.0) CLE Hrs.


The State Bar of Texas MCLE Department has approved this seminar for 1.0 hours of CLE credit (Course No. 174124984). There is no cost for participants or for those attorneys wishing to apply for the CLE credit. If you have any questions, contact Dora Madrigal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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