Capital Defense College

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 available

Overview

This program features a combination of lectures and demonstrations designed to give capital defense attorneys the practical skills necessary to represent their clients every step of the way, from appointment to plea, and if necessary, to trial.  Sessions will address motion practice and mental health and trauma.  Day 1 is designed especially for those new to capital litigation. The program is co-chaired by Rick Wardroup (TCDLA), Keri Mallon (RPDO), Robbie McClung (McClung & Franklin), and Tony Odiorne (Attorney At Law).

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 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).

Schedule and Faculty

Revised as of 3/8/2018

Monday, March 19

11:45 am


Check-In & Registration

12:45 pm


Welcome & Announcements

  • Robbie McClung, McClung & Franklin, McKinney, Texas
  • Tony Odiorne, Attorney At Law, Georgetown, Texas

1:00 pm


Overview of Capital Litigation

  • Doug Wilson, Chief Public Defender, Colorado State Public Defender, Colorado

1:45 pm


Ethics: ABA & Texas Guidelines

  • Pat Metze, Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas

2:45 pm


Break

3:00 pm


Team Building

  • Robbie McClung

3:45 pm


Fact Investigation of the Capital Case

  • Andra Whittingslow, Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases, Lubbock, Texas
  • Mike Johnson, Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases, Lubbock, Texas

4:30 pm


Funding The Defense

  • Eric Perkins, The Law Office of Eric Perkins, Corpus Christi, Texas

5:15 pm


Reception

6:15 pm


Recess

Tuesday, March 20

8:30 am


Communication With Our Client: Client Centered Representation

  • Steve Simring, M.D., MPH, Forensic Psychiatrist, New Jersey

9:15 am


Getting The Plea Done (Acceptance by the Client & the State)

  • Bob Hill, Marion Co. Public Defender's Office, Indiana

10:00 am


Effective Use of General Voir Dire

  • Russ Hunt, Jr., Law Office of Russ Hunt, Jr., Georgetown, Texas

10:45 am


Break

11:00 am


Drafting & Using Juror Questionnaires

  • Rick Wardroup, TCDLA, Lubbock, Texas

11:45 am


Introduction to The Colorado Method & Stripping Question

  • Ray Keith, Chief Public Defender, Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases, Lubbock, Texas
  • Keri Mallon, Deputy Chief Public Defender, Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases, Lubbock, Texas

12:30 pm


Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm


Insulating, Isolating & Teaching Respect

  • Ray Keith & Keri Mallon

2:00 pm


Demonstration: The Colorado Method

  • Ray Keith & Keri Mallon

2:45 pm


Break

3:00 pm


Drafting & Using Juror Questionnaires

  • Bret Dillingham, Trial & Jury Consulting, Kansas

3:45 pm


Development of the “Reasoned Moral Response” Requirement & Its Use in Jury Selection

  • Brad Lollar, Dallas Co. Public Defender’s Office, Dallas, Texas

4:30 pm


Recess

Wednesday, March 21

8:30 am


Development & Presentation of Adaptive Deficits

  • Jim Patton, Ed.D., The University of Texas, Austin, Texas

9:30 am


Mining Mitigation Gems from School Records

  • Heather Griffith, Ed.S., Brams & Associates Inc., Ohio

10:15 am


Break

10:30 am


Investigation of Mitigation

  • Cyndy Short, CLS Mitigation & Consulting Services, Kansas

11:15 am


Impact of Trauma on the Trajectory to Offense Behavior

  • Heather Griffith, Ed.S.

12:00 pm


Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm


The Effect of Moore v. Texas on Capital Litigation in Texas

  • Danalynn Recer, Gulf Region Advocacy Center, Houston, Texas

1:30 pm


Mitigation with Evidence of Mental Illness

  • Juandalynn Taylor, Ph.D., Taylor Advocacy Group, San Antonio, Texas

2:15 pm


Break

2:30 pm


How to Use the Results of Your ID Investigation

  • William Boggs, Texas Defender Service, Houston, Texas
  • Randi Chavez, Texas Defender Service, Houston, Texas

3:30 pm


Pre-Trial Litigation: Making It Worth The While

  • John Wright, Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases, Wichita Falls, Texas

4:30 pm


Recess

Thursday, March 22

8:30 am


Preservation of Error & Preparing for Appeal

  • Jani Maselli, Harris Co. Public Defender's Office, Houston, Texas

9:15 am


Appeal of The Capital Case: Briefing & Argument

  • Robbie McClung

10:15 am


Break

10:30 am


Working With Habeas Counsel

  • Tony Odiorne

11:15 am


Panel: Developing Themes & Theories and Presenting the Narrative

  • Robbie McClung
  • Keri Mallon
  • Tony Odiorne
  • Rick Wardroup

12:00 pm


Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm


Ethics: Wellbeing

  • Rick Wardroup

2:00 pm


Break

2:15 pm


Why We Do What We Do

  • Tim Cole, UNT Dallas College of Law, Dallas, Texas

3:00 pm


Adjourn

CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 22.5 hours, including 2 hours of ethics. Course ID Number: 174010967.

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.

Testimonials

“Very effective at challenging long-held ideas of how mitigation might be undertaken.”

“[Liked best] the range of practice areas covered. Really enjoyed hearing from people I’d never seen present before.”

“I actually appreciate that it wasn't a big war story – those can be entertaining but I also appreciate the nuts & bolts & how tos”

-- from past Participants at this program

Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Plano welcomes our guests attending Capital Defense College, at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $100/night, plus applicable fees/taxes for 3/19/2018-3/22/2018.

Please make your reservations by 3/5/2018. 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-CL93
or
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 3/19/2018-3/22/2018
Mention the group name: CAILAW / Capital Defense College

  • 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.

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