"Grand Juries, Policing, and Civil Rights"

Friday, February 13, 2015
1:00PM to 5:15PM
Location: University of Houston Law Center

4.0 Hours of Texas CLE / Ethics 1.5 Hours

Introduction to Grand Juries, Policing, and Civil Rights
1:00PM to 1:05PM
(Associate Dean Burke, Russ Gibbs, and Robert B. Johnson)

Understanding the Grand Jury Process
1:05PM to 1:50PM
(Assistant District Attorney Belinda Hill)
(0.75 HR)

Use of Force  
1:50PM to 2:35PM
(Chuck Joyner)
(0.75 HR)

Civil Rights - Perception v. Reality
2:35PM to 3:20PM 
(Anthony Haughton & Sarah Guidry)
(0.75 HR / 0.5 Ethics)

3:20PM to 3:30PM

3:30PM to 4:15PM
(Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland)
(0.75 HR)

Moving Forward - Procedures, Ethics, & Civil Rights
4:15PM to 5:15PM
(Facilitator - Dean Leonard Baynes)
(Panel: Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson, Cassandra Jeu, Alex Bunin, and Chuck Joyner)
(1.0 HR / 1.0 Ethics)

Registration is closed.

Event Details

The event will start promptly at 1PM in Room 144 BLB. Accordingly, please plan to arrive by 12:30PM to complete registration and sign in for CLE credit.

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Parking will be available for free in 19B and 18 (pictured below). Please be careful to only park in one of those two lots.


For questions about programs, contact the Director of Continuing Legal Education, Allison Regan, at ahregan@central.uh.edu.


Belinda Hill

Belinda Joy Hill received a B.A. degree in Speech Communications from the University of Virginia in 1979.  She received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 1982.  She was invited to join the Texas Southern Law Review because of her academic achievements and served as its Articles Editor.  During her law school career Belinda was also recognized for her advocacy skills and was awarded the Barrows’s Award for Oral Argument.  During the summer of 1981, Belinda worked as an intern at the Department of Justice in
Washington, D.C.

After graduating from law school Belinda worked briefly for the Law Office of Batchan and Windham as a law clerk before starting her career as an assistant district attorney with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office until 1997.  While serving at the District Attorney’s Office Belinda achieved the position of division chief.  As an assistant district attorney Belinda tried over 100 first chair felony cases, including four capital murder cases.  During her time at the District Attorney’s Office Belinda served on both the training and hiring committees.  She became a frequent speaker for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office training courses, the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, the Texas District and County Attorney Association’s Criminal Law Update, and the Houston Bar Association’s Criminal Practice Seminars.

Belinda also served as a faculty member and speaker at criminal prosecution courses sponsored by the National College of District Attorneys throughout the country.  From 1993 until 1997 she was an instructor at the Houston Police Academy responsible for teaching police cadets “Case Preparation and Courtroom Demeanor”.  Also from 1993 through the present, Belinda teaches Basic Criminal Trial Advocacy at the University of Houston Law Center.

In February 1997 Belinda was appointed by then Governor George W. Bush as Judge of the 230th District Court of Harris County, Texas and was confirmed by the Texas Senate in March 1997.  She took the bench on March 17, 1997 and served as the presiding Judge of the 230th District Court until January 9, 2013.  In December 2010, Belinda was elected by her fellow judges to serve as Administrative Judge for the District Court Judges trying criminal cases and served in that capacity until she retired from the bench in January 2013.

Belinda has served on two State Bar of Texas grievance committees.  She is also a member of the Houston Lawyer’s Association and the Houston Bar Association.  Belinda has served as vice-chair of the criminal law and procedure section of the Houston Bar Association.

Belinda served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Council on Offenders with Mental Impairments.  She has also contributed her time and talents to abused children through the Youth Victim Witness Program, an Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston program.  Additionally, Belinda continues to devote time to speaking to students at area schools.

Belinda has served on several boards, including the Harris County Juvenile Board, the Arthritis Foundation Board, South Central YMCA Board, and the Ensemble Theatre Board.

Belinda was recently appointed by Congressman Ted Poe to serve as a member of the U.S. Service Academy Nomination Board for the Second Congressional District.

After retiring from the bench Belinda accepted a position at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.  She presently serves as the First Assistant District Attorney for Harris County, Texas.

Belinda was selected as one of Houston’s 1997 Women on the Move and a 1999 Houston Newspages Woman of Distinction.

In 2002 Belinda received Judge of the Year awards from the Texas Gang Investigators Association and the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Leonard M. Baynes

As ninth dean of the University of Houston Law Center, Leonard M. Baynes brings a national reputation as a communications law scholar with specializations in business, media, and diversity issues. He received his B.S. from New York University, and J.D. and M.B.A. from Columbia University. Mr. Baynes was awarded the Earl Warren Scholarship and the COGME Fellowship at Columbia, where he also served as associate editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. After law school, Mr. Baynes served as a Law Clerk to Federal District Court Judge Clifford Scott Green in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Baynes was previously the inaugural director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John’s University School of Law. He also has served as chair of three committees for the Association of American Law Schools, as scholar-in-residence at the Federal Communications Commission, as in-house counsel at NYNEX Corp, and as an associate at the Wall Street office of Gaston and Snow LLP. He has written more than 25 law review articles on corporate law, communications law, and diversity, and is in the final stages of co-authoring the case book “Telecommunications Law: Convergence and Competition” to be published by Wolters Kluwer. Mr. Baynes is admitted to practice in both New York State and Massachusetts. Mr. Baynes has also been an expert witness at the FCC Federal Advisory Committee for Diversity in broadcast ownership. He was inducted into the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council Hall of Fame, where former FCC Commissioner and MMTC Chair Henry Rivera described Baynes as "a champion for diversity."  In 2010, Mr. Baynes received the Diversity Trailblazer Award from the New York Bar Association, and in 2011, he accepted the American Bar Association Alexander Award on behalf of the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program for College Students, which is a premier program that Mr. Baynes designed to increase socio-economic diversity in the legal profession.

Alex Bunin

Alex Bunin is the Chief Public Defender for Harris County, Texas. Previously, he was the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of New York. In 1999, he was appointed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to establish Federal Public Defender offices in the Districts of Northern New York and Vermont. He was twice reappointed to additional four-year terms. In 1995, before relocating to New York, he established and managed the federal defender organization in the Southern District of Alabama in Mobile. From 1993 to 1995, he was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Eastern District of Texas in Beaumont. From 1986 to 1993, he was in private practice in Houston, Texas. He earned Board Certification in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In 27 years as a criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Bunin has tried many cases, including federal capital murder and complex white collar fraud. He received the Thurgood Marshall Award for capital litigation from the New York City Bar Association and the 2012 Torch of Liberty Award from the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. He was an Adjunct Professor at Albany Law School of Union University from 2003-10. He sits on the Advisory Board of THE CHAMPION magazine. He serves on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board of Directors and committees on Federal Rules, Electronic Case Filing, and Fourth Amendment Advocacy. As well as having written law review articles on federal sentencing and the death penalty, he is co-author of O’CONNOR’S FEDERAL CRIMINAL RULES & CODES  (Jones McClure 2012).

Sarah R. Guidry

Ms. Guidry, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, currently serves as the Earl Carl Institute Interim Director and the ECI Associate Director of the Center for Civil Advocacy. She was previously the East Texas Regional Managing Attorney for Advocacy, Inc. where she represented disabled persons in various discrimination matters.  In her position with Advocacy, Inc., she also provided representation to persons denied health care in the Harris County Jail, TYC facilities, and other facilities housing persons with mental disabilities.  Ms. Guidry previously held positions with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).  At DFPS, Ms. Guidry was the supervising attorney of the statewide Special Litigation Unit which handled the most complex case in the agency, both in jury trials and on appeal.  She was also a Special Projects Attorney and in that role created statewide standardized training and best practice materials for social workers, prosecutors and judges, as well as providing legislative analysis to bills that would potentially impact agency litigation.  Ms. Guidry has worked in the public interest arena most of her career, beginning as a legal aid staff attorney and subsequently Supervising Attorney at Coastal Bend Legal Services. She has authored numerous CLE articles as well as authored several chapters for SBOT Family Law Section Expert Witness Manual.

Anthony Haughton

Mr. Haughton graduated from the University of Houston, with honors, before going to Northwestern Law School for his J.D.   During his career he has spent six years (in two stints) at the Public Defender Service of Washington D.C.  In his first stint, starting in 1988, Mr. Haughton spent three years as a staff attorney; working in the juvenile division, the appellate division, and the trial division.  Mr. Haughton was recruited to work at the Texas Resource Center while at the Public Defender Service, and spent the next four years either directly representing or acting as a consulting attorney for other counsel representing condemned Texas Inmates in state and federal post-conviction proceedings.  During that time Mr. Haughton was the lead attorney on the Gary Graham case, and was directly responsible for investigating and obtaining the evidence of Mr. Graham’s innocence.  After the Resource Center was disbanded Mr. Haughton continued to work on capital post-conviction cases, and his notable cases during that time include obtaining the first re-testing of DNA in federal post-conviction proceedings and uncovering the practice of using race as an aggravating factor that led to the retrial of almost a dozen capital cases and the enactment of state law barring the use of race as an aggravating factor in capital punishment hearings.  In 1998 Mr. Haughton returned to the Public Defender Service for a second three year stint, where he was initially a Felony One Trial Supervisor before becoming the Chief of the Trial Department.     In 2009 he joined the Thurgood Marshall School of Law as an adjunct professor and in 2011 he joined the school’s Earl Carl Institute as the Associate Director for the Institute’s Center for Criminal Justice.  His duties at the Institute include administrative, teaching, and clinical oversight of the Innocence Project.  He is also an ordained minister.

Chuck Joyner

Chuck Joyner is the Founder and President of Survival Sciences, LLC.  He worked with the CIA for four years before becoming a FBI Special Agent in 1987.  During his almost twenty-five year tenure with the FBI, he managed multi-agency critical incdnets, planned and coordinated protection details of U.S. government officials, led tactical operations, and coordinated the FBI response to special events.  He worked Violent Crimes/Major Offenders (VCMO) cases and gang investigations, then served on the Los Angeles FBI SWAT team as a SWAT operator (entry team), sniper, and grenadier.  Mr. Joyner was appointed as the Los Angeles SWAT Commander and served in that capacity for three years until promotion to FBI Headquarters.  Upon moving into the supervisory ranks, Mr. Joyner directed crisis management programs to include the regional SWAT team, Evidence Response Team, Special Agent Bomb Technicians, and the Weapons of Mass Destruction response program. Additionally, he created and directed an international initiative targeting child molesters. Mr. Joyner served as the Principal Firearms Instructor and Principal Defensive Tactics Instructor in the FBI Los Angeles field office. As such, he was the lead instructor in providing training to thousands of FBI agents, law enforcement officers, and military personnel in firearms, defensive tactics, chemical agents, and arrest tactics. Mr. Joyner is a leading expert in the fields of Use of Force, crisis resolution and tactical leadership.  He is a certified FBI Master Police Instructor and holds FBI instructor certifications in Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Tactical, Chemical Agents, Physical Fitness, and General Police instruction. He is a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified SWAT, Sniper, and Baton instructor, as well as a certified TASER Instructor and ASP Baton Instructor. Mr. Joyner was inducted into the Masters’ Hall of Fame as Instructor of the Year in 2006.  In addition, he holds black belts in four martial arts and is a certified martial arts master.  Mr. Joyner is the creator of the Dynamic Resistance-Response Model (DRM), a Use of Force model which more accurately depicts the encounter between a resisting subject and an officer.   He is the co-author of “The Dynamic Resistance Response Model – A Modern Approach to the Use of Force” (FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, September 2007) and the author of Author of Advanced Concepts in Defensive Tactics: A Survival Guide for Law Enforcement (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis 2010), a defensive tactics program based on extensive research and street experience, and offering a viable solution to the limited training provided to officers.

Chief Charles McClelland

Charles McClelland is chief of the Houston Police Department. He has more than 32 years of service to HPD, joining the department as a patrol officer in 1977 and rising through the ranks to his current position as chief. His duties include managing an annual budget of more than $660 million and a staff of 5,400 sworn officers and 1,600 civilians. He ranks as his major accomplishments the implementation of Tasers and the 24/7 Real Time Crime Center, which allows for enhanced overall crime tracking and analysis 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.   Chief McClelland holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Houston. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and has received numerous awards and commendations.

Sandra Guerra Thompson

Professor Thompson is the Alumnae College Professor in Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. Professor Thompson is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.  While in law school, she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.  After graduation from law school, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office where she practiced both trial and appellate criminal law from 1988-1990.  She joined the faculty of the University of Houston Law Center in 1990. Professor Thompson teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, wrongful convictions and evidence. She has authored numerous articles on criminal law topics such as eyewitness identification and wrongful conviction, immigration crimes, jury discrimination, police interrogations, federal sentencing, and asset forfeiture. She is the recipient of the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award in 2003 and the Ethel Baker Faculty Award in 2000. In 2012, she was appointed by Houston Mayor Annise Parker as a member of the Board of Directors of the Houston Forensic Science Local Government Corporation, a group charged with creating and overseeing an independent forensic lab and transferring such duties from the Houston Police Department's crime lab. In 2009, she was appointed as the representative of the Texas public law schools on the Timothy Cole Advisory Panel on Wrongful Convictions, a panel created by the legislature to propose statutory reforms to curb wrongful convictions. She co-edited a book entitled American Justice in the Age of Innocence, an anthology about wrongful convictions that includes articles written by her seminar students. Her next book is entitled Cops in Lab Coats: Curbing Wrongful Convictions with Independent Forensic Laboratories (forthcoming Carolina Academic Press 2014). She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and was appointed to the Board of Advisors for the Institute's sentencing reform project. In 2000, she served as Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Association of American Law Schools. She was named one of the top 25 Women of Vision for 2009 by Hispanic Business magazine.

Cassandra Jeu

Cassandra Jeu received her B.A. from Vassar College and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was Head Articles Editor of the Houston Journal of International Law, as well as a member of UHLC’s Interscholastic Moot Court Team. After practicing probate and white collar criminal defense law, she joined the Texas Innocence Network in 2005. In addition to directing the organization’s Non-Capital Division, she was a Staff Attorney at Texas Defender Service before returning to UHLC in 2011 as a Clinical Supervisor. In her work at UHLC, Ms. Jeu supervises all non-death penalty case work, reviewing and investigating post-conviction innocence claims made by Texas inmates. She also is an Adjunct Professor at UHLC, co-teaching Innocence Investigations and Death Penalty Clinic with Professor David R. Dow. Ms. Jeu is the author of ““A Successful, Permanent International Criminal Court … ‘Isn’t It Pretty to Think So?’” and co-author of “Judicial Activism on the Rehnquist Court: An Empirical Analysis” with Professor David R. Dow (Distinguished Professor of Law at UHLC) and Anthony Coveny. Ms. Jeu has been a Moot Court Coach for UHLC’s Blakely Advocacy Institute since 2005.