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WAL CLE - Criminal Trials in a Post-Pandemic Reality
The pandemic caused courts to pivot their business model to keep courts open and provide access to justice. This presentation will focus on those efforts specifically regarding the jail population, bond considerations and jury trials. Judge Moorehead and Judge Salas Mendoza will share the unique circumstances in their jurisdictions and how the courts are using effective remote proceeding practices as the criminal courts return to in-person proceedings.

May 25, 2022 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Judge Audrey Moorehead
Dallas County, Criminal Court 3
The Honorable Audrey F. Moorehead, is the first woman to to be elected Judge of Dallas County Criminal Court #3. She just completed her term serving as the only African American female on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas 2015-2018. Based in Dallas, for fourteen years, Moorehead had her own practice specializing in Criminal Defense, Domestic Relations, Wills, and Trusts. Moorehead holds a Masters of Business Administration and is a graduate of Texas A&M School of Law, (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law). Moorehead began her professional career in executive management with the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas in Long Term Care. She was a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Judge Jay Patterson, 101st District Court and Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge Sam A. Lindsay, Northern District. Moorehead is the former Secretary/Treasurer for the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors and was just reelected to serve on this same board.
Judge Maria Salas Mendoza
District Judge, 120th Judicial District
The Honorable Maria Salas Mendoza is a judge for the 120th District Court in El Paso County, Texas. She first joined the bench in 2007 and was re-elected in 2010, 2014, and 2018. Salas Mendoza earned an A.B. in history and literature from Harvard University in 1990. Then in 1994, she completed a J.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. She has served as president of the El Paso Bar Association. She is a recipient of the Texas Woman Lawyers Pathfinder Award (2014), and was named a Border Hero by the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center. When not presiding over the bench, Salas Mendoza supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation, mentors young women at the Job Corps, and volunteers with the Lions Club.