Capital & Non-Capital Training

For The Prosecution

- in Plano, Texas, USA

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

Online registration is closed.  Walk-in registrations will be accepted.

Online Registration Closed

Credits:MCLE and TCOLE Credit will be available

Overview

Join Lee Hon (Polk Co. Criminal District Attorney), Kevin Petroff (Galveston Co. District Attorney’s Office), Judge Michael Snipes (Dallas Co. District Attorney’s Office), Sunshine Stanek (Lubbock Co. District Attorney’s Office), Jennifer Tharp (Comal Co. District Attorney), and Bill Wirskye (Collin Co. District Attorney’s Office) for this three-day program, which will include training on topics pertaining to capital and non-capital trial prosecution. Some topics will include emerging trends in capital trial prosecution, mental health issues, and a CCA update.

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

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Who Should Attend?

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

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Schedule and Faculty

Agenda as of August 18

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

8:00 am


Check-in & Registration

8:30 am


Welcome

8:45 am


Closing Arguments In Capital Cases

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

9:45 am


Break

9:55 am


Update on the Texas Forensic Science Commission & PCAST

  • Jack Roady, Galveston Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Galveston, Texas

10:55 am


Break

11:00 am


Voir Dire in Non-Capital Cases

  • Joshua Somers, Bexar Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, San Antonio, Texas

12:00 pm


Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm


Significant Cases Update

  • John Rolater, Collin Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, Texas

2:00 pm


Break

2:05 pm


Co-Chair Panel Discussion: Discovery Issues 39.14

  • William Lee Hon, Polk Co. Criminal District Attorney, Livingston, Texas
  • Judge Michael Snipes, Dallas Co. District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas
  • Sunshine Stanek, Lubbock Co. District Attorney’s Office, Lubbock, Texas
  • Bill Wirskye, Collin Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, Texas

3:05 pm


Break

3:10 pm


Search Warrants

  • L. E. "Ted" Wilson, III, Attorney At Law, Houston, Texas

4:10 pm


Break

4:15 pm


Pre-Trial Preparation & Information Gathering

  • Sunshine Stanek, Lubbock Co. District Attorney’s Office, Lubbock, Texas
  • Kim Elliott, Lubbock Co. District Attorney’s Office, Lubbock, Texas

5:15 pm


Recess & Reception

Thursday, August 24, 2017

9:00 am


Intellectual Disability

  • Lisa Smith, Collin Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, Texas

10:00 am


Break

10:10 am


Child Deaths

  • Sunni Mitchell, Williamson Co. District Attorney’s Office, Georgetown, Texas

11:10 am


Break

11:15 am


Capital Writs

  • Josh Reiss, Harris Co. District Attorney's Office, Houston, Texas

12:15 pm


Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm


Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)

  • Jack Choate, Special Prosecution Unit, Huntsville, Texas

2:15 pm


Break

2:20 pm


Lecture & Demonstration: Voir Dire in Capital Cases (includes a 5 min. break)

  • Lance Long, Jefferson Co. District Attorney’s Office, Beaumont, Texas

4:25 pm


Break

4:30 pm


Ethics

  • William Lee Hon, Polk Co. Criminal District Attorney, Livingston, Texas

5:30 pm


Recess

Friday, August 25, 2017

8:30 am


Panel Discussion: Death Cases in Small Counties

  • Laurie K. English, Upton Co. District Attorney, Ozona, Texas
  • Lee Hon, Polk Co. Criminal District Attorney, Livingston, Texas
  • Micheal E. Jimerson, Rusk Co. County & District Attorney, Henderson, Texas

9:15 am


Break

9:25 am


Visual Aids

  • Matt Powell, Lubbock Co. District Attorney’s Office, Lubbock, Texas
  • Todd Smith, Lubbock Co. District Attorney’s Office, Lubbock, Texas

10:25 am


Break

10:30 am


Brain Scans

  • J. Randall Price, Ph.D., ABPP, FACPN, Price, Proctor & Associates, LLP, Dallas, Texas

11:30 am


Lunch (Provided)

12:00 pm


Crossing Experts

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

1:00 pm


Break

1:05 pm


Panel Discussion: Conviction Integrity Units

  • Patrick Ballantyne, Bexar Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, San Antonio, Texas
  • Dawn Boswell, Tarrant Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Gerald Doyle, Harris Co. District Attorney’s Office, Houston, Texas (Invited)
  • Cynthia Garza, Dallas Co. District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas
  • John F. Lopez, Travis Co. District Attorney’s Office, Austin, Texas

2:05 pm


Break

2:15 pm


Ethics

  • Judge Michael Snipes, Dallas Co. District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas

3:15 pm


Adjourn

CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 19.75 hours, including 2 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 928007562.

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.

This course has been approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for certification and recertification continuing legal education requirements for attorneys and legal assistants in the following specialty fields: Criminal Appellate, Criminal Law, Juvenile Law

TCOLE Credit

Assuming successful completion of this program, CAIL can report 22 hours of training credit to Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Plano welcomes our guests attending Capital And Non-Capital Training For the Prosecution, 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 8/22/2017 - 8/25/2017.

Please make your reservations by 8/7/2017. 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-CL77
or
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 8/22/2017 - 8/25/2017
Mention the group name: CAILAW / Capital And Non-Capital For the Prosecution

  • 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. 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.

Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
Fax: +1.972.244.3401
E-Mail: cail@cailaw.org