Establishing Innocence or Guilt

Causes of and Solutions to Wrongful Convictions

- in Plano, Texas, USA

The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

Online registration is closed.  Please bring your completed registration form to the door.

Past Event

Credits:MCLE Credit will be available

Overview

This program permits us to highlight topical issues related to actual innocence, focusing on causes of and solutions to wrongful convictions.  We will discuss such subjects as eye witness id, forensic evidence, tunnel vision, bias, Brady issues, and the competency of counsel.  We will likely feature an exoneree, asking that person to tell his story as a way of personalizing the issue.  Our intent is to be relevant to prosecutors, defense lawyers, law enforcement officers and judges.

This program is funded by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

8:00 am


Registration

9:00 am


McCollum & Brown – A Case Study - From Crime Through Conviction

  • Christine Mumma, Executive Director, North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, Durham, North Carolina

10:15 am


Breakout Groups (Time includes a 15 minute break)

11:15 am


Reports from the Breakout Groups

11:30 am


McCollum & Brown – What Happened Post-Conviction

  • Christine Mumma, Executive Director, North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, Durham, North Carolina

12:15 pm


Lunch (provided)

12:30 pm


Lunch Speaker

  • Exoneree – Johnny Pinchback, Dallas, Texas

1:15 pm


Break

1:30 pm


Breakout Groups

2:15 pm


Reports from the Breakout Groups

2:45 pm


Break

3:00 pm


Eyewitness Experience

  • Mike Corley, Chief of Police, Brownwood, Texas

3:30 pm


Ethics

  • Jonathan Smaby, Executive Director, Texas Center for Legal Ethics, Austin, Texas

4:30 pm


What Lawyers Would Like to Get From Scientists

  • Patricia Cummings, Law Office of Patricia J. Cummings, Round Rock, Texas
  • Dan Garner, Chief Executive Officer/President, Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston, Texas

5:00 pm


Recess

Thursday, February 19, 2015

9:00 am


Scientific Evidence

  • Jules Epstein, Professor, Widener University Law School

10:00 am


Interrogations & False Confessions with a focus on the Reid Technique (includes a 15 minute break)

  • Moderated by Jules Epstein, Professor, Widener University Law School
  • Joseph Buckley, President, John E. Reid & Associates, Chicago, Illinois
  • Deborah Davis, Professor, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada

12:00 pm


Lunch (provided)

12:15 pm


Lunch Presentation: Structuring the Innocence Process – Conviction Integrity Units, Innocence Projects, etc.

  • The Honorable Barbara Hervey, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Austin, Texas
  • Inger Chandler, Assistant District Attorney, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Houston, Texas

1:00 pm


Break

1:15 pm


Cognitive Bias and Criminal Law

  • Craig Stark, Professor, University of California, Irvine, California

2:45 pm


Break

3:00 pm


Tunnel Vision

  • Keith Findley, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Inger Chandler, Assistant District Attorney, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Houston, Texas
  • Stephen Morrison, Sergeant, Houston Police Department, Houston, Texas

5:00 pm


Recess

Friday, February 20, 2015

9:00 am


Post-Conviction Issues and Legislative Developments

  • Gary Udashen, Sorrels, Udashen & Anton, Dallas, Texas
  • Christine Womble, Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas

10:30 am


The New Crime Lab Model

  • Dan Garner, Chief Executive Officer/President, Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston, Texas

11:15 am


Break

11:30 am


Forensic Science Commission

  • The Honorable Barbara Hervey, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

11:45 am


National Institute for Standards & Technology; Organization of Scientific Area Committees

  • The Honorable Ron Reinstein, Superior Court of Arizona (Retired), Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Consultant

12:00 pm


Brady Issues and the Crime Lab Expert

  • Tom Allen, General Counsel, Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston, Texas
  • Scott Durfee, Assistant General Counsel, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Houston, Texas
  • Dan Garner, Chief Executive Officer/President, Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston, Texas

12:30 pm


Lunch (provided)

12:45 pm


Lunch Breakout Group Discussions – What lessons have we learned and what can we do better in Texas

1:45 pm


Break

2:00 pm


Report back from the Breakout Groups

2:15 pm


Preventing Wrongful Convictions

  • Moderated by Gary Udashen, Sorrels, Udashen & Anton, Dallas, Texas
  • The Honorable John Creuzot, Dallas, Texas
  • The Honorable Gracie Lewis, Criminal District Court No. 3, Dallas, Texas
  • Bill Wirskye, Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas

3:15 pm


Break

3:30 pm


The Importance of Experts and How to Use Them to Understand Scientific Evidence

  • Jack Stoffregen, Chief Public Defender, Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases, Lubbock, Texas

4:15 pm


Adjourn

CLE Credit

MCLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 20.25 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 901310541.

In addition to Texas, after the program (if requested) CAIL will directly apply for course accreditation in the following states, as long as course materials and evaluations are not required: California, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through attorney self-submission in other states, as long as course materials and evaluations are not required to be submitted.

Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Plano welcomes our guests attending Establishing Innocence or Guilt at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $92 plus applicable fees/taxes for 2/16/2015-2/21/2015.

Please make your reservations by 2/3/2015. As long as the reservation is made by this date, and the group block has availability, you will receive the group rate. Any reservations not received on or before this cut-off date are subject to hotel availability at the best available prevailing rate.

Booking Instructions

Book online at dallasplano.place.hyatt.com
Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-CL36
or
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 2/16/2015-2/21/2015
Mention the group name: CAILAW Establishing Innocence or Guilt

  • A valid credit card is required to make reservations
  • Tax Exemption Certificates and Credit Card Authorization Forms may be faxed to the hotel directly at 972.608.4427 prior to your arrival.

Other Information

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation must be received 5 business days prior to a program to receive a refund (Email: lgaspar@cailaw.org). After this date, no refunds, but substitution of attendees for this program will be permitted with prior approval. Registrants not entitled to a refund will receive the course materials.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

The Center for American and International Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

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