Capital & Non-Capital Training

For The Prosecution

- in Plano, Texas, USA

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

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Credits:MCLE and TCOLE Credit will be available

Overview

Join Lee Hon (Polk Co. Criminal District Attorney), Jarvis Parsons (Brazos Co. 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. It will include training on capital and non-capital trial prosecution, 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.

Testimonials

“Excellent conference, such quality speakers”

“Very organized & well-thought out agenda…I enjoyed it very much & learned some new things”

“Highly recommend this course.”

-- from last year’s Participants at this program

Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, August 22

8:00 am


Check-in & Registration

8:30 am


Welcome

8:45 am


Pretrial Preparation & Information Gathering

  • Jen Falk & Dewey L. Mitchell, Dallas Co. District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, TX

9:45 am


Break

9:55 am


Update On PCAST, DNA & The Texas Forensic Science Commission

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

10:55 am


Break

11:00 am


Voir Dire In Non-Death Cases

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

12:00 pm


Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm


Significant Cases Update

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

2:00 pm


Break

2:05 pm


Ethics

  • Jack Roady, Galveston Co. Criminal District Attorney, Galveston, TX

3:05 pm


Break

3:10 pm


Search & Seizure Update

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

4:10 pm


Break

4:15 pm


Intellectual Disability

  • Roe Wilson, Attorney At Law, Houston, TX

5:15 pm


Recess & Reception

Thursday, August 23, 2018

9:00 am


Punishment Evidence in Non-Capital Cases

  • Jennifer A. Tharp, Comal County Criminal District Attorney, New Braunfels, TX

10:00 am


Break

10:10 am


Child Deaths

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

11:10 am


Break

11:15 am


Capital Writs

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

12:15 pm


Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm


The OAG’s Role in Federal Writs

  • Ed Marshall, Texas Office of the Attorney General, Austin, TX

2:15 pm


Break

2:20 pm


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

  • Bill Turner, Texas Office of the Attorney General, Austin, TX

4:25 pm


Break

4:30 pm


Ethics

  • Scott Durfee, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Houston, TX

5:30 pm


Recess

Friday, August 24, 2018

8:30 am


Death Cases In Small Counties: A Case Study

  • Lee Hon, Polk Co. Criminal District Attorney, Livingston, TX

9:15 am


Break

9:25 am


The Capital Case: A Perspective From The Regional Public Defender’s Office For Capital Cases

  • Edward Ray Keith, Jr., Chief Public Defender, RPDO, Lubbock, TX

10:25 am


Break

10:30 am


Mental Health Issues in Capital Cases

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

11:30 am


Lunch (Provided)

12:00 pm


Crossing Experts

  • Brian Baker, Brazos Co. District Attorney’s Office, Bryan, TX

1:00 pm


Break

1:05 pm


Technology & Visual Aids

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

2:05 pm


Break

2:15 pm


Closing Arguments In Capital Cases

  • Lisa Tanner, Texas Office of the Attorney General, Austin, TX

3:15 pm


Co-Chair Panel Discussion

  • Lee Hon, Polk Co. Criminal District Attorney, Livingston, TX
  • Jarvis Parsons, Brazos Co. District Attorney, Bryan, TX
  • Kevin Petroff, Galveston Co. District Attorney’s Office, Galveston, TX
  • Judge Michael Snipes, Dallas Co. District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, TX
  • Sunshine Stanek, Lubbock Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Lubbock, TX
  • Jennifer A. Tharp, Comal Co. Criminal District Attorney, New Braunfels, TX
  • Bill Wirskye, Collin Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, TX

3:45 pm


Adjourn

CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 20.25, including 2.0 hours of ethics. Course ID Number: 174019343.

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.

TCOLE Credit

Law enforcement personnel attending this course will be eligible to receive 22 hours of  Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCOLE) credit.

Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Plano welcomes our guests attending Capital and Non-Capital, For the Prosecution, 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 8/22/2018-8/24/2018.

Please make your reservations by 8/8/2018. 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-CW14
or
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 8/22/2018-8/24/2018
Mention the group name: CAILAW / Capital And Non-Capital

  • 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.

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