Contributors

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.

Katherine Devlin

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Katherine Devlin is an associate attorney at the Barbieri Law Firm, PC, in Plano, Texas. She moved to the DFW area from Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2013 to attend law school, graduating cum laude from the SMU Dedman School of Law in 2016. She can be reached at kdevlin@barbierilawfirm.com.

Kathryn M. Kase

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Kathryn Kase is executive director of the Texas Defender Service, whose goal is to make the Texas criminal justice system more fair and more just by reducing unfair use of the death penalty, and by implementing an indigent defense system that works. She has represented capital defendants at all phases, and has done so in federal court, New York, and Texas.

Keith S. Hampton

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Keith S. Hampton is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary’s University School of Law. Keith served as a briefing attorney for the Honorable Sam Houston Clinton, and in 1990, began his private law practice in Austin. Named a “super-lawyer” every year since 2003 in Texas Monthly and Law and Politics magazine, Keith has served as a director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and for more than ten years served as TCLDA lobbyist and legislative chair. He is a charter member and former director of the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Kelly Pace

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Kelly Pace started his practice in 1975 in civil rights work and after five years concentrated in criminal and family law. Since 1984, he has exclusively practiced criminal law. Kelly is a member of TCDLA, NACDL, DCCDLA, and SCCDLA. He is past president of SCCDLA, past president of DCCDLA, and has been on the board of TCDLA. Kelly is chair of the Lawyers Assistance Committee and is a member of TCDLA’s CDLP Committee, as well as the State Bar TLAP Committee. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law. You can contact Kelly at pacekelly@hotmail.com.

Ken Mahaffey

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Ken Mahaffey received his JD at St. Mary’s School of Law in 1986. He served as a briefing attorney for the Third Court of Appeals from 1986 to 1987, then in the Wise County District Attorney’s Office from 1988 to 1989. Ken is currently a sole practitioner in Austin, Texas, concentrating on appellate advocacy. Part 2 of his article will appear in the April issue.