A graduate of the University of Texas Law School, Betty Blackwell has been in private practice in Austin for 30 years, limiting her practice to the defense of criminal cases. Betty has served as the chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas and of the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. She is co-author with Judge Mike McCormick of the West Publishing Texas Practice Series Volumes 7 & 8. In 2000 she was elected the first woman President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in conjunction with its 30-year anniversary.
Betty E. Rodriguez is an Austin-based attorney focused on juvenile defense. Betty is a former Assistant Travis County Juvenile Public Defender (22 years), and has been Board Certified in Juvenile Law since 2002. One of her sources for the article was her son, an Army combat medic, who completed 2 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bobby Mims is a criminal defense attorney in Tyler, Texas. He graduated with a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the South Texas College of Law and attended the Harvard Business School. He is 2013–2014 President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He serves on the faculty of the TCDLA Trial College in Huntsville and has served as a faculty member of the Capital Murder Trial Advocacy Program at the Center for American and International law.
Before becoming the Director of the Office of Capital Writs, Brad Levenson was a Deputy Federal Public Defender in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Public Defender’s Los Angeles Office. There, he represented clients in state and federal court capital post-conviction proceedings. Brad graduated from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles and received his undergraduate degree from New York University. He is also a member of the California bar.
Brandon Barnett is a criminal defense attorney with Barnett Howard & Williams, PLLC, in Fort Worth, Texas. He earned his JD from Texas Tech University School of Law and his LLM from George Washington University Law School. He is also a military judge in the Marine Corps Reserve and an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University Law School. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Schmidt is a criminal defense attorney who practices with his law partner Nolan Wickel at the firm of Wickel and Schmidt in Athens, Texas. Brian can be reached at email@example.com.
Bruce S. Fox has been in solo private practice in Austin, Texas, for 25 years. Prior to entering criminal defense, he worked as a Staff Attorney with the then Texas Department of Corrections, a Prosecutor in Travis County, and with the Habeas Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office. He received his J.D. from St. Mary’s University in 1980, and a Master’s Degree in Criminology and Corrections from Sam Houston State University in 1988. Bruce gives an assist to his nephew, colleague, and best man, Mykal J. Fox, for his help on citation form and suggestions.
Bryan Wilson earned a BBA in Finance at Texas A&M University and his JD from Texas Tech University School of Law, graduating summa cum laude. He interned with a United States Attorney’s Office, a state prosecutor’s office, and the Fort Worth Federal Public Defender’s Office. His aggressive advocacy tactics in law school led his peers to nickname him the Law Hawk. After graduating law school, he returned to his hometown of Fort Worth to start his own practice.
Carlos Moctezuma García is co-chair of TCDLA’s International Consequences Committee and a member at García and García Attorneys at Law, PLLC in McAllen. Together, they publish crImmigration.com, a blog about the convergence of criminal law and immigration law.
César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is an assistant professor at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, and of counsel at García and García Attorneys at Law, PLLC in McAllen.