William Copeland

William Copeland received his undergraduate and law degrees from Texas Tech and has been practicing criminal law, probate, family law, and civil litigation in El Paso since 1978. He would like to do all criminal law, “but you have to pay the rent.” Suggestions from his brother (Judge Weldon Copeland of Collin County) led William to assert effective assistance of counsel as the statutorily required “good reason” to take depositions in cases where State witnesses were unwilling to voluntarily participate in interviews. His experiences led to this article.

William Harris

Bill Harris is a board-certified specialist in criminal law who has handled trials and appeals as a solo practitioner in Fort Worth since 1984. From 1981-84 he practiced with Burleson, Pate & Gibson in Dallas; prior to that he was an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in Tarrant County (1976-1981). A former member of the TCDLA Board, Bill is immediate past president of TCDLA and also formerly served as president of the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

William T. Habern

Bill Habern graduated from the Texas Tech School of Law in 1972. In the early 1970s he was an early member of the public defender’s office at the Texas Prison. He left that program and started his own practice, where he specialized in issues related to state and federal sentencing, parole, prison, and post-conviction matters for the next 40 years. He served as Executive Director for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project in the late 1970s, and thereafter for 10 years served as a member of the TCDLA Board of Directors and chair of the TCDLA Corrections Committee for over 20 years.