Contributors

John Niland

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A 1971 UT Law School graduate, John Niland initially practiced in El Paso, where he was President of the El Paso Young Lawyers Association and chosen Outstanding Young Lawyer. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Young Lawyers and past Director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. From 1992 until February of 2000, John practiced law in Kentucky, during which time he was contract manager for Kentucky’s Department of Public Advocacy (DPA).

Johnathan Ball

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Johnathan Ball received a degree in political science from Texas A&M University with a minor in philosophy and his JD from St. Mary’s University Law School. Johnathan lives in McAllen, Texas, where he practices primarily criminal defense. In addition to TCDLA, Johnathan is a member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Hidalgo County Bar Association-Criminal Defense. Married with two children, he has been in private practice since 2004.

Jonathan Hyatt

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Jonathan Hyatt practices in and around Longview, Texas, with the law firm Hyatt & Hyatt, PLLC. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and handles both trial and post-conviction cases. He can be contacted by phone at (903) 234-9544, ex. 2, or by email at jonhyatt1984@gmail.com

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.