Contributors

Jani Jo Wood (Maselli)

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Jani Jo Wood is in the Appellate Section of the Harris County Public Defender’s Office. She has been an adjunct professor at UH Law School since 1999. Jani was named the Charles Butts Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year at this year’s Rusty Duncan seminar. Additionally, her 700-plus peers in the Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association recently honored her as their 2013 Lawyer of the Year. Jani serves as a board member of the Innocence Project of Texas and as a director of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Jason D. Cassel

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Jason Cassel, a member of the TCDLA Board of Directors 2008–present (and the Associate Board 2006–2008), received his BA in History from Texas A&M in 1995 and his JD from the South Texas College of Law in 1998. A member of the State Bar of Texas, District 2 Grievance Committee, Jason also belongs to the National College for DUI Defense. A frequent speaker at TCDLA seminars, he was named a Rising Star by Texas Monthly magazine for 2011 and 2012. Jason is a partner with the Albritton Law Firm.

Jay Freeman

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Jay Freeman is a licensed Texas insurance agent with over 30 years experience, specializing in the issuance and placement of the Texas SR-22. He is the owner of ConceptSR22.com and Accurate Concept Insurance in Dallas, Texas. In addition to his insurance career, he is also an accredited State Bar Sponsor and regularly presents CLE courses for Criminal Defense Groups and Bar Associations around the state. Jay is a proud member of TCDLA and DCDLA.

Jeanette Kinard

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Jeanette Kinard is Director of the Travis County Mental Health Public Defender Office in Austin, Texas. Jeanette has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Law Degree from the University of Houston in Houston.

Jeff D. Nicholson

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Jeff Nicholson graduated from the Texas Tech School of Law in 1990. A solo practitioner in Lubbock, Jeff works mostly in the area of violent crime. He has written and published three novels: The End of the Innocence, The Fireman, and The Old Detective. Writing and playing music are his hobbies.

Jeffrey D. Weatherford

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Jeffrey D. Weatherford graduated magna cum laude from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2012. He currently practices state, federal, and military criminal law as an associate attorney for Gross & Esparza, PLLC, in San Antonio, Texas.

Jeremy Rosenthal

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Jeremy Rosenthal is the managing partner at Rosenthal & Wadas, PLLC, a criminal defense law firm in McKinney, Texas. He has tried over 100 cases to a jury and has won acquittals ranging from first-degree felonies through Class C misdemeanors. Jeremy is currently rated as a 10.0 on AVVO and serves as a junior member of the TCDLA Board of Directors.

Jessica Johnson

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Jessica Johnson is a Virginia native who received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She made her way to Texas through her enrollment in the University of Texas School of Law. She expects to graduate in May 2015 and will tackle the Texas Bar in July 2015. She hopes to remain in Texas and provide legal services to underserved populations, specifically in the realm of civil rights, family law, or criminal law. In her spare time, she plays roller derby with the Texas Rollergirls.

Jim Bethke

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Jim Bethke serves as the Executive Director of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. The Commission is charged with implementing a statewide system of standards, financing, and other resources for criminal defendants unable to hire attorneys. He is also an ex-officio member Governor Perry’s Criminal Justice Advisory Council and a member of the Texas Criminal Justice Integrity Unit.

Jim Darnell

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Jim Darnell has been practicing criminal defense for 34 years in El Paso. Perhaps because of clean living and lithium in the water, he has never felt compelled to prosecute. He has watched and learned from Sib Abraham most of those 34 years. He doesn’t have fire ants or Longhorns but has a nice herd of registered Hereford cattle split between Freedom, Oklahoma, and El Paso County, Texas/Dona Ana County, New Mexico.