Contributors

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.

Scott Pawgan

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Scott Pawgan is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Scott has successfully represented criminal defendants in courts around the State. He has tried numerous first-degree and habitual felonies and received numerous acquittals in jury trials, ranging from the most serious offenses such as murder, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, and drug cases to offenses such as escape, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft, and assault on a public servant.

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.

Shea Place

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Shea Place graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Psychology from St. Edward’s University, interning as a research assistant for State Representative Jessica Farrar in 2009. She received her JD from Baylor University, where she was a technical editor on the Baylor Law Review. In 2016 Shea joined the Place Law Office in Austin, practicing criminal defense with a focus on parole issues. She is a member of the Austin Bar Association and the Austin Young Lawyers Association. Shea joined the TCDLA team in January 2017 as a lobbyist for the legislative session.

Stan Brown

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Stan Brown is a 1969 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, licensed by the State Bar of Texas for 45 years. He has been a solo practitioner in Abilene since 1972, a member of TCDLA since 1974 (having served on the Board of Directors from approximately the mid-’80s to the mid-’90s), TCDLA Super Fellow, Board Certified in Criminal Law since 1979, Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law since the inception of that specialty, and was the first recipient of the State Bar Warren Burnett Award for Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters in 2011.

Stanley G. Schneider

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Stanley G. Schneider is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He graduated from St. Mary's University Law School in 1974 and was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in October 1974. A member of the Staff Counsel for Inmates Texas Department of Corrections from August 1974 to October 31, 1977, he attended Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College in October 2000. His private practice was established in Houston in 1977.

Stephen Doggett

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Stephen Doggett received a BA in political science from the University of Texas and his JD from the University of Texas Law School in 1975. He has been president of the Fort Bend County Bar Association and the Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyer Association, as well as being president of his Rotary and Jaycees clubs. The Fort Bend County Criminal Bar gave Stephen their Atticus Finch Award “in recognition of professional excellence in pursuing justice and protecting the rights of individuals.” Stephen is a solo practitioner in Richmond, Texas, with his oldest son.

Stephen Gustitis

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Stephen Gustitis is a criminal defense lawyer in Bryan-College Station. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is also a husband, father, and retired amateur bicycle racer.

Steve Jumes

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Steve Jumes, Senior Counsel with Brown, PC, is a former criminal prosecutor in Tarrant and Dallas counties as well as an Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the Asset Forfeiture Section of the Criminal Division of the Northern District of Texas. His work with the federal government included handling complex civil and criminal forfeiture litigation pertaining to narcotics, money laundering, wire fraud, healthcare fraud, and firearms cases.