U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry J. Bemporad

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  • Judicial Service:
    2012 to present
  • Education:
    Stanford University, J.D., 1988 (with distinction)
    University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Plan II Honors Program, 1985 (with highest honors)
  • Legal Practice:
    Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas (2007- 2012)
    Deputy Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas (1998 – 2007)
    Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas (1993 – 1998)
    Assistant Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas (1990 – 1993)
    Law Clerk, Honorable Edward C. Prado, former United States District Judge, Western District of Texas (1988 – 1990)
  • Teaching Experience:
    Practicing Faculty, St. Mary’s Law School (courses include Advanced Legal Writing, Federal Criminal Law, and the Law of Electronic Surveillance)
    Regular Faculty, Federal Judicial Center, Appellate Writing Workshop, Washington, D.C.
  • Court Admissions:
    State Bar of Texas
    United States District Court, Western District of Texas
    United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    United States Supreme Court
  • Memberships:
    State Bar of Texas
    San Antonio Bar Association
    San Antonio Bar Foundation
    Federal Bar Association, San Antonio Chapter
    Federal Magistrate Judges Association
  • Current Committee Service:
    Fifth Circuit District Judges Association, Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions (Criminal)
    San Antonio Divisional Criminal Justice Act Panel Committee (Chair)
    San Antonio Bar Association, Federal Courts Committee
  • Past Committee Service:
    Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts:
    – Judicial Conference Criminal Law Committee (Defender liaison)
    – Defender Supreme Court Resource & Assistance Panel (Co-chair)
    – Office of Defender Services Training Expert Panel
    National Association of Federal Defenders Amicus Committee (Co-chair)
    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Amicus Committee (Fifth Circuit Vice-chair)
    Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, Executive Committee)
  • Publications: 
    An Introduction to Federal Sentencing (through 13th ed. 2011)
    Novel Issues, Futile Issues, and Appellate Advocacy: The Troubling Lessons of Bousley v. United States, 35 ST. MARYS’S L.J. 93 (2003) (with Sarah Kelly)
  • Awards:
    National Association of Federal Defenders, Outstanding Defender of the Year
    Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President’s Award (twice)
    St. Mary’s Law School, Rosewood Gavel Award
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