Contributors

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.

Jason Edward Niehaus

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A graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, Jason Niehaus chairs the appellate and criminal defense practice groups at Bodkin Niehaus & Dickson, PLLC. His appellate experience dates back to Moot Court Honor Society while in law school. He is admitted to practice law in Texas and in the Federal Courts of the Eastern District of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

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.

Jeff Wax

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Jeff Wax is Principal Investigator at Atlantic International Association, offering criminal and civil investigations throughout the state of Texas from his office based in Houston, Texas. He can be reached via email at texaslegalinvestigations@gmail.com or by phone at (207) 838-7260.

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 Canter

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Jessica Canter received her JD from the University of New Hampshire in 2014 and has a BA in Political Science from UT at San Antonio. She is First Assistant Public Defender at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Rural Defender Service in Beeville, TX, where she represents clients in Bee, Live Oak, and McMullen counties. She is an avid Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan and has a cantankerous cat named Romeow who hates coming to work with her. Jessica can be reached at jcanter@trla.org

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.