Cross Examination & Impeachment

A Program For The Defense

- in Plano, Texas, USA

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

Online registration for the conference is now closed. If you would like to still register for this conference, please register onsite at the registration desk.

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Credits:MCLE Credit will be available


Update as of 11/14/2017:  We regret to inform that featured speaker Terence MacCarthy will not be able to join us in person for this program.  We will be featuring him electronically via video and Skype. A revised schedule will soon be posted with more details. Questions? Contact CAIL Staff at 972.244.3415.

This program will be helpful both to defense lawyers experienced in cross examination techniques and those who are not. Keynote speaker Terence F. MacCarthy is one of the country's leading authorities on cross-examination and will focus lectures and discussions on effective cross examination skills and impeachment of a prosecution witness. This non-capital course features lectures, trial practice sessions, three hours of ethics, and is co-chaired by Rick Wardroup (TCDLA), Tony Odiorne (Attorney At Law), & Robbie McClung (McClung & Franklin).

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

Event Highlights

Featured Speaker

Terence MacCarthy
Defender Emeritus, Federal Defender Program
Chicago, Illinois

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Who Should Attend?

With the exception of invited faculty, attendance is limited to defense attorneys and those who directly assist them in Criminal Defense Litigation. Please read before registering: You may not register for this program if you are, or are working for, affiliated, clerking or interning with: a full-time law enforcement officer, a full or part-time state or federal prosecutor, or a full or part-time criminal defense attorney who is currently acting as a prosecutor or special prosecutor in a capital case (unfortunately, no exceptions).

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“Mr. MacCarthy is probably the most interesting speaker I have ever heard”

“Easily the best CLE I have attended in the 42 years of my practice…This seminar has changed my whole perspective on [cross examination].”

“This was a very good program. I think that it was very effective for all participants, regardless of experience level.”

-- from past Participants at this program

Schedule and Faculty (updated 11/30/17)

Monday, December 11, 2017

8:00 am

Check-In & Registration

8:45 am

Welcome & Introduction

9:00 am

Effective Cross Examination Skills

  • Terence MacCarthy (via Skype)

10:30 am


10:45 am

Effective Cross Examination Skills

  • Richard Wardroup

12:00 pm

Lunch Presentation (Lunch Provided): Cross Examination of Experts

  • Marlo Cadeddu

1:30 pm

The Impeachment of a Prosecution Witness (Video)

  • Terence MacCarthy

2:30 pm

The Impeachment of a Prosecution Witness – continued

  • Anthony Odiorne & Robbie McClung

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

The Impeachment of a Prosecution Witness – continued

4:30 pm

Recess & Reception

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

8:30 am

Ethics: Wellness & Law Practice

  • Richard Wardroup

9:30 pm

Ethics: What is Justice?

  • Patrick Metze

10:30 am


10:45 am

Overview for the Break-Out Sessions

  • Richard Wardroup

11:00 am

Break-Out Session*

12:30 p.m.

Lunch (Provided)

1:30 pm

Break-Out Session* (Time Includes 15 Minute Break)

3:15 pm

Ethics & Social Media

  • John Browning

4:15 pm

Concluding Comments

4:30 pm


CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 12.75 hours, including 3 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 928888587.

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 Cross Examination & Impeachment, A Program for the Defense, at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $100 plus applicable fees/taxes for 12/10/2017-12/12/2017.

Please make your reservations by 11/26/2017 . 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


Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-CL91
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 12/10/2017-12/12/2017
Mention the group name: CAILAW / Cross Examination

  • 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: Free registrants must attend the program to receive materials at no cost.

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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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