Contributors

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.

Joel Caldwell

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Joel Caldwell, Psy.D., and Christina Caldwell, Psy.D., are the founders of Crisis Recovery Specialists. With their 30 years of experience working with people hoping to survive the most difficult times of their lives, they assist individuals and families across the country with the personal, professional, and social fallout of the legal process. The Caldwells have been published in the Miami Herald, Boston Globe, Charlotte Observer, Dallas Morning News, About.com, and Ask.com, among others.

John A. Convery

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John A. Convery, a partner in the San Antonio firm Hasdorff & Convery, PC, was an associate lawyer with Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley in San Antonio, and with Alter & Cohen in Frankfurt, Germany, defending active duty military personnel as civilian counsel in courts-martial and administrative hearings throughout Europe. John received his undergraduate degree at the Catholic University of America and his JD at Saint Mary’s University School of Law.

John Bennett

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John Bennett practices post-conviction criminal defense in Amarillo. He has been board certified in criminal appellate law since 2012. His JD is from Texas Tech University; he also holds a PhD in church history from the University of Birmingham (in the UK) as well as five assorted bachelor’s and master’s degrees.