Criminal Appeals – An excerpt from our Exam Prep Course (45 Min Session)

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This is a short, 45 min session, taught at our 2015 Exam Prep Course in Criminal Law. It is a brief overview of critical criminal appeals law and practice, which criminal law attorneys will find helpful when studying for the CA Bar Legal Specialist Exam in Criminal Law, since that topic is one of many on your exam.

Appellate Attorneys taking the Exam in the Criminal Appellate Law category, may find it a helpful overview and supplement to your current study program, but it is not an in-depth study tool for the entire criminal appellate exam.

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This program was recorded in 2015.


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What You Will Learn

  • Preserving appellate issues and perfecting the right to appeal
  • Misdemeanor appeals
  • Felony appeals
  • Federal and State Habeas Corpus


This session was extracted from our 2-Day Criminal Exam Prep Course in 2015. The following testimonials are from the full program:

“I passed the last criminal specialist exam thanks to your course. It was very helpful.” David Sandhaus, Esq.

“Speakers were knowledgeable and effective.” Vijan Dinakar, Esq.

“Topics were very concise.” Tai Bogan, Esq.

“Satisfied.” Harry Damkar, Esq.

“Great speakers. Thank you.”

“Interesting and fun seminar. Good idea having state bar presenters, very helpful.” David Sanhaus, Esq.


Leslie Prince, Esq.
Russo & Prince

Leslie Prince is a highly experienced and skilled attorney handling criminal defense and appellate cases. Ms. Prince graduated from Hastings Law School in San Francisco in 1981. While in law school, Ms. Prince was a writer and editor for Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. In addition, she worked as a judicial extern for the late California Court of Appeals Justice Sidney Feinberg, and as a research assistant for the late Hastings Law Professor Leo Kanowitz.

Ms. Prince has been an attorney in private practice for over 25 years, and was a sole practitioner in Alameda County for over 10 years before coming to Solano County in 1994 to become a principal in the Law Offices of Russo and Prince, LLP. Ms. Prince practices in the area of criminal defense at both the trial and appellate levels. She represents both adults and juveniles in all types of criminal matters, including homicides, drug offenses (possession, possession for sale, transportation, manufacturing, being under the influence or DUI, etc.), assault and battery, domestic violence, driving under the influence, theft crimes (robbery, burglary, receiving stolen property, grand theft, shoplifting, embezzlement, petty theft, identity theft, etc.), fraud, and sex crimes. Ms. Prince has extensive trial experience, and extremely familiar with the judges and criminal law practitioners in this area. She also understands the complicated and rapidly changing world of criminal procedure well, keeping abreast of all important legal developments. Ms. Prince takes pride in pushing for the best possible outcomes for her clients – whether in a pre-trial settlement or by taking her client’s case to trial.

Ms. Prince takes the time to discuss each stage of the proceedings with her clients, so that they are informed participants in their own cases.

In addition to criminal trial work, Ms. Prince also has extensive experience handling criminal appellate cases (fighting to overturn convictions or reduce sentences for her clients), and has represented adult and juvenile criminal defendants in numerous direct appeals, and on petitions for writ of habeas corpus, mandate and/or review, in the California Appellate Courts, the California Supreme Court, and the Federal Courts. This is a highly specialized area of law in which many criminal defense practitioners have little experience. Ms. Prince routinely handles complicated criminal appeals, at the state and federal levels, achieving favorable outcomes for many of her clients.

Ms. Prince handles private appeals, and is also a panel attorney for the First District Appellate Project in San Francisco, the organization that works with the California Court of Appeal regarding the appointment of private attorneys to represent indigent criminal defendants on appeal.

Ms. Prince was selected to author a chapter of the book Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes, which was published by Thomson Reuters/Aspatore in 2010. Ms. Prince wrote the chapter of the book entitled "Defending Drug Crimes", and also provided several sample briefs which are included as appendices in the book. These briefs were written in relation to actual drug cases she has handled in the trial courts in her many years of experience in the area of defending those accused of serious drug crimes.

Ms. Prince earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California in 1981.



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CLE Credit

CA General:  This program is approved for .75 units of general CLE in California.

CA Certified Legal Specialist:  This program is approved for .75 units of Certified Legal Specialist CLE in California in Appellate Law.

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above.


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Recorded in 2015.

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