Contributors

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.

Ed Stapleton

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Ed Stapleton received his bachelors from the University of Texas in Plan II and his JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 1975. He has practiced law in Texas since he was licensed in January of 1976 and has accepted appointments to defend indigents since that time. He works with his daughter, Sara, in their firm of Stapleton & Stapleton in Brownsville. Ed served for a time as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Brownsville and Fort Worth.

Edward Mallett

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Ed Mallett is partner at the law firm of MallettSaper Berg, LLP, in Houston. He is a Past President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and on the faculty at the National Criminal Defense College. His State and Federal cases include acquittals in homicide, drug, and white-collar crime cases.

Emily Munoz Detoto

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Emily Detoto, a graduate of St. Mary’s Law School, serves on the Board of Directors for TCDLA. A briefing attorney at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and a former Harris County prosecutor, she’s been honored as H Texas magazine’s best lawyers, 2004 & 2005, and Texas Monthly magazine’s Texas Rising Stars: 2004–2005, 2008–2009, and 2011. Emily has appeared on “Inside Edition,” “Primetime Live,” “Celebrity Justice,” “Anderson Cooper,” “Good Morning America,” and various national news media outlets.