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51st A.A. Semaan Criminal Law Institute


April 11-12, 2014


SABA’s highly acclaimed Criminal Law Institute is just around the corner on April 11-12, 2014. This Institute represents the 51st anniversary of this CLE program, designed to provide judges and counsel with thorough, scholarly presentations on crucial criminal law issues of the day. Pre-register by April 4 to get a $50 discount!


Co-sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association and the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, this year’s Institute continues its long tradition of providing valuable information on topics of interest to both new and experienced lawyers and judges. Dedicated to the “prime mover” who organized the first several seminars, the Institute was renamed the A.A. Semaan Criminal Law Institute in 1970, in honor of the late A.A. Semaan — lawyer, judge and legal scholar extraordinaire. This year’s seminar will be moderated by the Institute’s current prime movers, John Convery, Mark Stevens and Robert Price.

This year, the Criminal Law Institute will take place at the lovely San Antonio Marriott Northwest (3233 NW Loop 410, 78213). Centrally located, the Marriott is nearby the San Antonio Medical Center and offers FREE parking.


The pre-registration deadline is April 7 at 5 p.m., at a cost of $225. Registration after April 7 through the day of the event is $275. The fee includes seminar materials and Friday lunch. New attorneys licensed after January 1, 2012 will receive a $50 discount off tuition. Federal, Appellate, State and County Court judges are entitled to attend this institute on a complimentary basis and will be provided with written materials “at cost” for $125. This privilege is not transferable.

Onsite registration for the Institute will begin on April 11, at 8 a.m., and the Institute program will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. 11.0 hours of MCLE credit, including 2.0 hours of ethics credit have been requested. These hours will also apply towards felony appointment status in Bexar County for 2014. Credit for attendance at the San Antonio Criminal Law Institute may be utilized toward the total continuing legal education requirements for the certification and re-certification of attorneys in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This year’s topics include:

  • Supreme Court Review
  • Legislative Update
  • Recent State Decisions
  • Lessons from My Life in the Courtroom
  • Federal Decisions
  • Cross Examination
  • Juvenile Law
  • Cell Phone Surveillance & Searches
  • Ethics
  • DWI Blood - Defense Points
  • DWI - Blood Test Voir Dire
  • DWI - Exposing Forensic Nonsense

For out-of-towners, the San Antonio Marriott Northwest has agreed to offer rooms to Criminal Law Institute attendees at a special rate of $99/night. You must book by March 3, 2014 in order to receive the special rate. Reservations may be made through the hotel’s reservation office at or 800.706.9963. If calling in your reservation, be sure to identify yourself with the San Antonio Bar Association Criminal Law Institute.

You will not want to miss this 51st anniversary of the Criminal Law Institute!  Be on the lookout for seminar brochures to be mailed in early March. For further information please visit or call 210.227.8822.

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