The Five Biggest Problems in Criminal Law Today

Legal Area:        Criminal Business Litigation Trial Appellate
Total Credit Hours:        1.50
Ethics Credit Included:        0.25
Registration Fee:        $35.00
Course Materials:        textaudiovideo
Session END DATE:        10/31/2019

** available any time of day and in time increments convenient to you through end date above **, together with the Houston Bar Association, are pleased to present a special online CLE program designed to provide crucial information about the biggest problems in criminal law today ... problems of which all attorneys should really be aware. From prosecutorial misconduct without recourse to the near death of the 4th Amendment, this presentation will review and analyze the five biggest problems in criminal law today - and some possible solutions. This course features streaming video and audio (as well as downloadable MP3 audio) presentations from a live CLE seminar on this topic that was originally conducted by the Houston Bar Association on November 10, 2016. You can access this presentation on demand at any time during the course of the seminar session.

Some of the subjects for this course include:

    • 5 Big Problems Viewed Through the Lens of One Big Case: the Deepwater Horizon Tragedy

    • The Overcriminalized World We Live In

    • No Voice for "Criminals": a Circular Problem

    • The Growing Criminal Code, Eradicating Mens Rea Requirements, and Stiffening of Penalties

    • Procedurally Unfair Government Investigations

    • Government-Controlled and Government-Friendly Pretrial Procedures

    • Civil Discovery v. Criminal Discovery

    • Civil Pretrial Motions v. Criminal Pretrial Motions

    • Why Expenses Can Be Prohibitive, The Problems of Cooperating Witnesses, and Jurors' Human Nature

    • Win or Lose, Defendants Often Lose in the End

    One of the speakers for this course is Dane Ball, who is an attorney with the firm of Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka L.L.P.  Mr. Ball has successfully represented individuals and companies in their most sensitive legal matters, including some of the highest-profile litigation of the past decade. Though his public victories have drawn acclaim—such as the not guilty verdict for the BP well site leader wrongfully blamed for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the dismissal of all charges against one of the longest-sitting members of the Texas House of Representatives—he is equally proud of the discreet ways he has helped innocent clients avoid charges in an array of government investigations. He earned his B.A. from Pepperdine University and his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, summa cum laude. Over the years, he has appeared on television and radio and been quoted in newspapers across the country, taught at University of Houston Law Center, and written about cutting-edge white collar issues for national publications. An extensive biography for Dane Ball may be found on his firm's website.

    One of the speakers for this course is Alexander Wolf, who is an attorney with the firm of Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka L.L.P.  Mr. Wolf has been a key member of three trial teams that have won major victories in federal court: U.S. v. Roberts (jury acquittal in an insider trading case; M.D. La. 2017), U.S. v. Kaluza et al. (jury acquittal in a Clean Water Act case stemming from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill; E.D. La. 2016), and Quantlab Technologies Ltd. et al. v. Godlevsky et al. (multi-million dollar jury verdict in an intellectual property and theft of trade secrets case; S.D. Tex. 2015). Alex also assisted with the briefing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for Quantlab and Grand Isle Shipyards, a case arising from the Black Elk rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2012; the Fifth Circuit returned unanimous opinions in favor of SKV’s clients in both cases in 2017. He earned his B.A. from Cornell University, magna cum laude, and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.  An extensive biography for Alex Wolf may be found on his firm's website.


    This course is approved for credit by the MCLE Committees of the STATE BAR OF TEXAS and the STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA (MCLE Provider #8648).
    These are not self-study credits, but rather 'participatory' credits as you would receive for attending a traditional, live CLE seminar.

    In addition, regular CLE credits for this seminar may also be available in a number of other states through CLE Reciprocity, such as FLORIDA, or as an "Approved Jurisdiction", such as TENNESSEE. * Please check with the Tennessee State Bar for accreditation information. *

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