Discovery and Brady:

Practical and Ethical Issues For Prosecutors

- in Dallas, Texas, USA

Central Jury Room, B-3, 2nd Floor
Dallas County District Attorney’s Office
133 N. Riverfront Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75207

Co-Sponsored by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office

Past Event

Credits:MCLE Credit will be available


Co-Sponsored by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office

This one-day program will be offered twice (on January 21, 2016 & January 22, 2016) and is open to Texas Prosecutors and their staff.

This seminar will address ethical issues that confront prosecutors in the 21st Century specifically focusing on Brady and evidentiary disclosure, and subsequent exoneration of Michael Morton.  Presentations will discuss disclosure-based causes of Morton's wrongful conviction, legislative reforms intended to address those discovery problems and how prosecutors can adapt to these changes.  Finally, a panel of those affected by wrongful convictions will discuss Brady and other issues in their respective cases.

This program is funded by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Thanks to this grant, the seminar is offered tuition-free to attendees.


  • Brady Issues and the Michael Morton Act
  • Focus on evidentiary disclosures
  • Ethics Panel Discussion from the perspective of Exonerees

Download the Brochure (pdf)

For more details, download the online brochure.

Who Should Attend?

With the exception of invited faculty, attendance is limited to Texas prosecuting attorneys and their personnel.

Agenda and Faculty
(as of 12/16/15)

Thursday, January 21 & Friday, January 22
(attend this program on either day)

12:00 pm


12:30 pm

Ethics & Prosecution in the 21st Century

  • Susan Hawk, District Attorney, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas

12:50 pm

An Interview with Michael Morton (Video)

1:15 pm

Disclosure, Ethics, Brady & the Michael Morton Act : The Ethical Duties of a Prosecutor (Includes a 15-Minute Break)

  • Patricia Cummings, Special Fields Bureau Chief, Conviction Integrity Unit, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas

3:15 pm

Discussion Panel: Ethics from the Perspective of Exonerees

  • Moderated by: Cynthia Garza, DNA Project, Conviction Integrity Unit, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas
  • Panel:
    • Cory Session, Vice President, Innocence Project of Texas
    • Christopher Scott, Exoneree, Dallas Texas
    • Richard Miles, Exoneree, Dallas, Texas

4:15 pm

Questions and Answers

4:30 pm


CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 3.75 hours, including 2 hours of ethics. Course ID Number: 901342584.

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.

Other Information

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation must be received 5 business days prior to a program to receive a refund (Email: 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. Waiver recipients must attend the program to receive the 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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