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.
Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!