Contributors

Robert Fickman

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For the past 28 years Robb Fickman has defended people accused of serious State and Federal crimes. A frequent speaker on topics including “Cross Examination of Snitches” and “Trial Preparation,” Robb served as President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA) (2006-2007). As President, he led the demand for the City of Houston to fully fund the investigation into the HPD Crime Lab Scandal.

Robert Pelton

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Robert Pelton is the former President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA), Associate Director for TCDLA, and Feature Articles Editor of the Voice, as well as serving as editor and assistant editor of Docket Call. Among his many honors, Robert

Sam Adamo Jr.

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In legal training since he was two years old, Sam Adamo Jr. was learning how to preserve error while others learned their ABCs. At his middle school mock trial, he was rushed to the emergency room after stabbing himself seven times in the hand recreating the crime scene. He now writes left-handed. Sam obtained a degree in Business at the University of San Diego, where he captained the men’s basketball team, leading the conference in both three-point percentage and technical fouls.

Samuel E. Bassett

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Sam Bassett, the 2015–16 TCDLA president, is a partner at Minton, Burton, Bassett & Collins in Austin, Texas. He received his law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas. Sam has been board certified in criminal law since 1994. He practices criminal defense and family law. Sam is listed in Best Lawyers in America, is AV Rated by Martindale Hubbel, and is a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer.

Sara Stapleton

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Sara Stapleton studied music at University of North Texas, graduating with a degree in voice performance from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She taught music at Incarnate Word Academy in Brownsville before attending law school at Thurgood Marshall in Houston. While in college, she served an internship assisting in the voir dire of a capital murder case in Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked for one of the top federal death penalty lawyers in the country, Rick Kammen.

Sarah Duncan

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Sarah Duncan was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Webster University in 2001 and her Juris Doctor from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2010. She focuses on state and federal criminal defense and juvenile law.

Sarah Gunter

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Sarah Gunter is a 2001 graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Law. A former prosecutor, she traded her white hat for the constitution in January of 2007. She has been an active member of TCDLA since March of 2007. Sarah is a past president of LCDLA. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Lubbock Area Bar Association since 2010, and she served on the Board of Directors for the Lubbock Private Defenders Office from 2012 to 2014. She has been a course director for four Prairie Dog Seminars and a speaker at five TCDLA seminars.

Sarah Roland

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Sarah Roland grew up always wanting to be a criminal defense lawyer like her late dad, George Roland. Sarah has a criminal trial and appellate practice. She has been a member of TCDLA since 2001 and serves on the board of directors. She has served as chairperson of CDLP and is a course director for Rusty Duncan this year. She’s a past president of the Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and has been selected as a Rising Star in 2012–2014 and a Super Lawyer in 2014.

Senior District Judge Larry Gist

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Senior District Judge Larry Gist of Beaumont, a Presiding Judge at the Drug Impact Court, is also a member of the Judicial Advisory Council (JAC), which advises the director of the Community Justice Assistance Division and the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on matters of interest to the judiciary. He received his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame and graduated from the University of Texas Law School, serving initially as an assistant state’s attorney before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Sharon Valenti

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Born and raised in Dallas, Sharon Valenti received her BA from the University of Texas and a Master’s from Southern Methodist. She worked at the Dallas County Juvenile Department and before joining the U.S. Probation Office, Northern District of Texas, in 1983. There she supervised drug and mental health cases, as a Sentencing Guidelines Specialist and a Special Offender Specialist, focusing on high-profile and sophisticated white-collar offenders. Sharon also served a faculty member for the FDIC on financial crimes and investigations.