Sara Stapleton

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Sara Stapleton studied music at University of North Texas, graduating with a degree in voice performance from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She taught music at Incarnate Word Academy in Brownsville before attending law school at Thurgood Marshall in Houston. While in college, she served an internship assisting in the voir dire of a capital murder case in Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked for one of the top federal death penalty lawyers in the country, Rick Kammen. Sara, who serves as a director for the Cameron County Bar Association, was the first intern at Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer College near Dubois, Wyoming.

Stories from Sara Stapleton

Learning the Rules of Evidence the Hard, Slow Way
Thursday, May 21st, 2015

In earlier articles, we offered 25 rules of evidence in our order of importance. That leads to the question of how best to learn them? Memory is a big subject and important beyond learning what needs to be known about evidence.

Literature as a Portal into Human Nature for the Defender
Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Lawyers seem to agree that a knowledge of human nature helps in the defense of a criminal case. For example, Leonard E. Davies in his book, Anatomy of Cross- Examination: A History and the Techniques of an Ancient Art, emphasizes “a keen understanding of human nature” as the basis for effective cross-examination. Davies at 285.

The Rules of Evidence: The Rest of Our Top 25
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

In our first article, we offered a summary of our top 12 rules of evidence for defending criminal cases. These rules are: 1) Rule 602, 2) Rule 402, 3) Rule 802, 4) Rule 403, 5) Rule 614, 6) Rule 615, 7) CCP Chapter 38, 8) Crawford, 9) Rule 404(b), 10) Rule 701, 11) Rule 702, and 12) Rule 104. These next 13 rules will also be important in most every criminal defense.

Texas and Federal Rules of Evidence: Our Top 12
Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Certain rules of evidence are needed in most every trial. These may be committed to memory, not necessarily so the rule can be recited verbatim, but at least so we may get to our feet and give a rule number and general description of the rule in making an objection. Being able to recite the rule word for word has advantages also.

First Blood
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Navy blue suit. Close-toed heels. Hair neatly coiffed. I look the part, but will this facade prove to provide me with the skills to convince these jurors that I am a competent lawyer? Even more importantly, will this material persona help to relay the truth about my client and the fact that he has been wrongly accused?