Contributors

Jose A. Santana

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Jose A. Santana, JD, spent more than 29 years in the correctional field in increasingly responsible positions—beginning as a Discipline Hearing Officer in Puerto Rico. Jose worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Puerto Rico and Tallahassee, FL, then as a Unit Manger in Beaumont, TX, and a regional administrator in Dallas. Beginning in 2007 he served as an Associate Warden, then promoted to the Bureau’s Chief of the Designation and Sentence Computation Center in Grand Prairie before retiring last year.

Joseph A. Martinez

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Joseph A. Martinez is the current Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Joseph Hoelscher II

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Joe Hoelscher is a criminal defense attorney located in San Antonio, Texas, who practices throughout Central Texas. A former award-winning teacher, he has two Master’s Degrees, in addition to his J.D. Joe has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyer, by San Antonio Scene magazine as both a Top 30 Criminal Lawyer and Top 30 DWI Lawyer, and by his wife, Melissa, as “hard to argue with.”

Josh D. Lee

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Josh D. Lee is a criminal defense attorney (and former police officer) based in Vinita, Oklahoma, who focuses on DUI defense. He is a nationally recognized lecturer on DUI/DWI forensic science–related topics. He has been invited to speak at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting on three occasions. Josh was recently elected as Forensic Science Co-Chairman for the Chemistry and the Law Division of the ACS. The American Chemical Society has also named Josh an Assistant Chromatography Instructor.

Judge Frank Maloney

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Judge Frank Maloney was the founding president of TCDLA in 1971 and later became president of NACDL in 1988. After graduating from the University of Texas Law School, he was an assistant DA in Travis County and then chief of the law enforcement division of the Attorney General’s office. He practiced defense law in state and federal courts for 30 years and was an adjunct professor at UT from 1962 to 1989, when he was elected to the Texas CCA. He sat as a visiting trial and appellate judge before retiring in 2016.

Judge Kevin Fine

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Judge Kevin Fine is the presiding judge of the 177th Criminal District Court.  He took the bench on January 1, 2009.  Prior to taking the bench, he was a member of the law firm Schneider & McKinney, P.C.  He is a past member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) where he served on the Death Penalty Committee and later served as the Liaison between TCDLA and the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP) State Bar organization.  Judge Fine is also a past member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) as well as the Houston Bar Association (HBA) a

Judge Wayne Patrick Priest

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Judge Wayne Patrick “Pat” Priest was a founding director of TCDLA. He received his JD from St. Mary’s University, where he served as an adjunct professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Trial Advocacy at its School of Law from 1979 through 1999. He has been on the bench since November 1980. As the senior District Judge of Bexar County in semi-retired status, he is called upon to preside over some big cases—including the Tom DeLay campaign finance trial, among others.

Justin Kiechler

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Justin Kiechler graduated from Texas Tech with a BA in Marketing, MBA, and JD. He is licensed to practice law in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. Justin is the current President of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association. He is the Vice Chairman of the Lubbock County Dispute Resolution Advisory Board, Chapter Advisor for the Delta Tau Delta fraternity at Texas Tech, and appointed member of the Texas Tech Greek Life Advisory Council. He loves scuba diving, hiking, and traveling, and he is a ski bum at heart.

Justin McShane

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Justin McShane is a litigating attorney for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. He has earned Board Certification both in DUI Defense Law by the National College for DUI Defense (the youngest person in the United States ever to be so certified) and as a Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approved Agency. Justin has also earned certification in Forensic Sobriety Assessment, the first attorney to do so in the nation.

Kate Morris

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Kate Morris worked as a Research Fellow on Reprieve’s EC Project from 2011–2012. Based in New Orleans, she identified and assisted people with foreign ties facing death sentences across the US. Prior to her Fellowship position, Kate worked at a litigation firm in Toronto as a Harold Fox Scholar, an award she was granted by Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court in the UK. Kate graduated from Oxford University with a First Class degree in History, and subsequently completed her legal studies at BPP Law School in London.