Capital Trial Voir Dire

A Program For The Defense

- in Plano, Texas, USA

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

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Credits:MCLE Credit will be available


This capital program will help participants master one of the most important skills for a capital trial – death penalty voir dire. Participants will get to practice these skills in break-out sessions. This course is co-chaired by Ray Keith (Chief Public Defender, RPDO) & Keri Mallon (Deputy Public Defender, RPDO), and will include faculty from and outside of Texas.

Defense mitigation experts and investigators are encouraged to attend.

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

Tentative Agenda as of 1/28/19

Tuesday, February 5

8:00 am

Check-In & Registration

9:00 am

Welcome & Introductions

9:10 am

The Constitutional Method of Voir Dire: An Overview of The Method

  • Doug Wilson, Douglas Wilson Law, LLC, Denver, Colorado

10:10 am


10:15 am

Stripping: Why? How? Where It Fits In The Big Picture

  • Ray Keith, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Lubbock, Texas

11:00 am


11:05 am

Small Group Breakout: Stripping

12:05 am

Lunch (Provided)

12:35 pm

Social Media & Ethics

  • John Browning, Passman & Jones, Dallas Texas

1:35 pm

Identifying & Rating

  • Bob Hill, Marion Co. Public Defender Agency, Indianapolis, Indiana

2:35 pm


2:45 pm

Small Group Breakout: Identifying & Rating

4:00 pm


5:00 pm


Wednesday, February 6

9:00 am

Constitutional Law For Voir Dire

  • Ray Keith, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Lubbock, Texas

10:00 am

Challenges For Cause: Making & Meeting Objections

  • Rick Wardroup, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Lubbock, Texas

11:00 am


11:15 am

Isolating & Insulating v. Isolating & Teaching Respect

  • Anna Maria Jimenez, Regional Public Defender’s Office, San Antonio, Texas

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm

Small Group Breakout: Isolating & Insulating

2:00 pm


2:05 pm

Small Group Breakout: Isolating & Teaching Respect

3:20 pm


3:30 pm

Shopping Mitigation In Voir Dire

  • John Niland, Attorney At Law (Retired), Covington, Kentucky

4:30 pm


Thursday, February 7

9:00 am

Individual Strategies: Preparing & Planning Individual Voir Dire and Practical Tips For Jury Selection

  • Keri Mallon, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Lubbock, Texas

10:00 am

Team Approach To Colorado Method

  • Patricia Rist, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Terrell, Texas
  • Seth Starkey, Regional Public Defender’s Office, San Antonio, Texas

10:45 am


11:00 am

Demonstration: Putting It All Together

  • Will Boyles, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Lubbock, Texas
  • Rob Cowie, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Lubbock, Texas

12:15 pm


CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 15.5 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 174041087.

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.

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.

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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