Contributors

Dick DeGuerin

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Dick DeGuerin is a proud 1965 graduate of the University of Texas Law School, where he now serves as an Adjunct Professor. He has an active Criminal Defense practice in Houston with the firm DeGuerin, Dickson, Hennessy, and Ward, which he and Lewis Dickson founded in 1982. He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County, but has fully recovered from that affliction, assisted in part by his 12-year partnership with the legendary Percy Foreman. He lives in Houston, Marfa, and Galveston, and raises Longhorns and fire ants at his ranch near Burton.

Dorian Thomas

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Dorian Thomas is a summer legal intern for the Travis County MHPD Office. Dorian has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently pursuing a Law Degree at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans.

Doug Murphy

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Doug Murphy is a partner with Trichter & Murphy, PC, based in Houston, Texas. Doug is a nationally recognized legal seminar lecturer and author of numerous published legal articles. Doug is a Regent with the National College for DUI Defense. He has served as a co-chair of the DWI program with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) and a member of the Board of Directors. Doug is board certified in DUI/DWI Defense by the National College for DUI Defense, and is also board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Dr. Kelly Goodness

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Kelly Goodness, PhD, began her career as a clinical psychologist at the maximum security forensic hospital in Vernon, Texas. She entered private practice after learning lessons that could never be taught in a book and achieving recognition for her ability to identify and treat the factors that led individuals to be labeled the most dangerous and violent psychiatric patients in Texas. Dr.

Dr. M. K. Hamza

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Dr. M. K. Hamza is a professor of Clinical Mental Health in the Counseling and Special Population Department at Lamar University–Member The Texas State System. He is an educator, researcher, cognitive scientist, and a consulting Forensic Neuropsychologist. He is currently chairman of the SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society) Mental Health Committee which includes mental health professionals from the U.S.

Dr. Matthew L. Ferrara

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Dr. Matthew Ferrara obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1982. He began his career in forensic psychology in 1985 as the Chief Psychologist for the Texas Youth Commission and later served as the Chief Psychologist for the Texas Department of Corrections. Since entering private practice around 1991, Matthew has worked exclusively with clients involved in the court system. He has provided testimony before the state legislature as well as testifying as an expert witness in approximately 200 court cases.

Dr. Shelley Harris

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Dr. Shelley Harris is an Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction in the Department of Educator and Leadership Preparation. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in learning theory, instructional strategies, and methodology. As a professional in the education community, her teaching experience includes working as an elementary, middle, and secondary education teacher. In addition to teaching and research, she offers a Jaguar Camp each summer for graduate students hosted at American Sunrise Learning Center. Dr.

Dr. Tim Jon Semmerling

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Tim Jon Semmerling holds a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from Indiana University, an MA in Middle East Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a JD from DePaul University’s College of Law. He has trained at the Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College Mitigation Program (Chicago, Illinois), the Trial Lawyers College Death Penalty Seminar (DuBois, Wyoming), and the National Psychodrama Training Center (Rapid City, South Dakota), and he holds BAR membership in the State of Illinois.

Drew Willey

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Drew Willey, originally from Arlington, passed through Austin and is now based in Houston. A new attorney starting his own practice, he is a member of the FACT (Future Appointed Counsel Training) program through the Harris County Public Defender’s Office and Gideon’s Promise. His practice focuses on criminal law through a passion for public defense. Outside of the criminal world, Drew’s background enables him to practice in tax controversy and energy mediations. Please visit his website at http://www.Law-DW.com .

Ed McClees

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Ed McClees is an attorney with the law firm Trichter & Murphy, PC. Ed is the former Chief of the Organized Crime Section of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he routinely provided advice to federal and state law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, IRS, Joint Counterterrorism Task Force, United States Secret Service, Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and many others. He currently represents individuals charged with various DWI related crimes, Murder, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Assault, and other crimes.