Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr served as president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers from 2009 to 2010 and remains involved in the organization till this day. The NACDL awarded her with its highest honor, the Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award, in 2014.
As a criminal defense attorney at Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley in San Antonio, Texas, Cynthia Orr has actively advocated for criminal justice reforms. She obtained the first confession of error by the State of Texas for a death penalty case in Miguel Angel Martinez vs. Gary Johnson. In 2011, she also was instrumental in gaining the release of an innocent man, Michael Morton, who was convicted in 1987 for the murder of his wife.
Cynthia Orr has maintained a reputation for staunch defense in complex matters of criminal law and is an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform. She has given lectures across the country on topics related to asset forfeiture, The Patriot Act and search and seizure.
Cynthia Orr has served as president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 2003 and served previously as the first president of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 1999. She is Board Certified in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence: A Trial Practice Handbook for Criminal Defense Attorneys
This Guide to Federal Evidence is the only federal evidence handbook written exclusively for criminal defense lawyers. The Guide analyzes each Federal Rule of Evidence and outlines the main evidentiary issues that confront criminal defense lawyers. It also summarizes countless defense favorable cases and provides tips on how to avoid common evidentiary pitfalls. The Guide contains multiple user-friendly flowcharts aimed at helping the criminal defense lawyer tackle evidence problems. A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence is an indispensable tool in preparing a case for trial.
Modern Digital Evidence & Technologies in Criminal Cases
Modern cases need modern defenses, and modern lawyers can't practice with an outdated playbook. This program is a contemporary training that identifies emerging technologies and digital evidence encountered in today's criminal cases and arms you with the tools necessary to combat expert witnesses, prosecutorial overreach, and an uneducated judge and jury. This comprehensive CLE program covers both general aspects of new technologies as well as practical courtroom application and legal challenges to the use of these new technologies.
Top Shelf DUI Defenses: The Law, The Science, The Techniques (2021)
If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you’re considering adding DUI defenses to your portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your success at trial. Learn from the best-of-the-best in the field in this unique CLE Program, updated for 2021.
Defending Modern Drug Cases (2021)
From challenging the arrest and seizure to picking a jury and cross-examining police officers, defense attorneys handling drug cases must be able to construct a defense that will increase the chances of the client getting a positive result for your client.
Effective motion practice, juror selection, and storytelling have never been more important. This seminar will introduce defense counsel to techniques that have been used at recent drug trials to rebut specific claims and overcome the emotion created in today’s criminal legal system.