Annual Program

Establishing Innocence or Guilt

- in Plano, Texas, USA

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

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Credits:MCLE Credit will be available


This annual program focuses on why wrongful convictions occur and how they can be prevented. Join our faculty members and explore topics ranging from drug cases and snitch testimony to hair analysis. This program will also include a presentation on how prosecutors and defense lawyers can do a better job of getting important information in front of the jury.

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

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Who Should Attend?

Judges, Prosecutors and their staff; Criminal Defense Attorneys and their staff; Law Enforcement Officers; and law students. The program is FREE for most attendees.

Schedule and Faculty
(as of 8/11)

Tuesday, August 29

Day 1: Forensics & the Forensic Lab

8:00 am

Check-in and Registration (Refreshments Provided)

8:45 am


  • Lynn Garcia, Texas Forensic Science Commission, Austin, Texas

9:00 am

Seized Drugs 101 & Issues in Field Drug Testing

  • James Miller, Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston, Texas

10:00 am


10:15 am

Firearms & Tool Marks 101 with Challenges & Responses

  • Darrell Stein, Houston Forensics Science Center, Houston, Texas

11:15 am

Lessons Learned From The Austin Police Department Lab

  • Troy Gay, Assistant Chief, Austin Police Department, Austin, Texas

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

DNA 101 & Emerging Technologies

  • Chase Baumgartner, Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, Texas

2:00 pm


  • Dr. Peter Stout, Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston, Texas

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Overview: The Quality System In The Crime Laboratory

  • Chris Heartsill, Tarrant Co. Medical Examiner’s Office, Fort Worth, Texas

4:00 pm

The Recovery Of Houston: Success & Challenges Of Ongoing Remediation With A Focus On Crime Scene Issues

  • Dr. Peter Stout, Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston, Texas

4:45 pm

Recess & Reception

Wednesday, August 30

9:00 am

Protecting & Evaluating Eyewitness Evidence: Best Practices For Law Enforcement Officials, Prosecutors & Defense Lawyers (includes a 10 minute break)

  • Dr. Nancy Steblay, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota

11:10 am


11:15 am

Legislative & Case Law Update

  • Gary Udashen, Sorrels, Udashen & Anton, Dallas, Texas

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

Brady & The Michael Morton Act: What’s Up Now

  • Bill Wirskye, Collin Co. District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, Texas

2:15 pm


2:25 pm

Actual Innocence & Wrongful Convictions: Fixing & Preventing Mistakes, What’s Happening in Texas’s CIU?

  • Dawn Boswell, Tarrant Co. Criminal District Attorney's Office, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Cynthia Garza, Dallas Co. District Attorney's Office, Dallas, Texas

3:40 pm


3:45 pm


4:45 pm


CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 13.25 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 928010971.

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 Annual Program 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 $97 plus applicable fees/taxes for 8/28/2017 - 8/30/2017.

Please make your reservations by 8/13/2017. 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

Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-CL78
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 8/28/2017 - 8/30/2017
Mention the group name: CAILAW / Annual Innocence Program

  • 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: 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. Note: Registrants must attend the program to receive the course materials, unless tuition was paid.

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.

Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
Fax: +1.972.244.3401