Criminal Justice

Annual Program

Establishing Innocence or Guilt


Plano, Texas, USA

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

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

Online registration is closed.  Please bring your completed registration form to the door. 

Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
Fax: +1.972.244.3401


The program provides an annual forum to consider topical issues related to wrongful convictions and to answer the questions: Why do wrongful convictions occur? What can be done to make the justice system work better? This program may also look at a case study of actual innocence and will focus on particular forensic issues.

Download the Brochure (pdf)

For more details, download the online brochure.


This program is funded by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Thanks to this grant, the seminar is offered tuition-free to most participants.

Tuition-free registration is available for the following constituents:

  • Texas judge
  • Member of a Texas judge’s staff
  • Texas prosecutor
  • Member of a Texas prosecutor’s staff
  • Texas criminal defense lawyer who regularly represents indigent defendants in criminal matters in Texas State Courts
  • Sworn Texas Law Enforcement Officer
  • Texas law student working with a Texas Innocence program

Tuition for all other constituents is $100 (Annual Actual Innocence Program) or $150 for both the Annual Actual Innocence Program and Habeas Issues.

Agenda and Faculty

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

8:00 am

Registration Begins

9:00 am

Forensics 101 & Eyewitness Identification
- Professor Jules Epstein, Widener University School of Law

10:15 am


10:30 am

Interview & Interrogation: The Mechanics & Dynamics of Obtaining & Evaluating Statement Evidence
- James Trainum, Criminal Case Review and Consulting

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm

Michael Morton, Exoneree

2:00 pm

The Michael Morton Case
- Patricia Cummings, Law Office of Patricia J. Cummings

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Forensic Science, A Tool in Criminal Law
- Pamela King, Assistant State Public Defender, Minnesota Board of Public Defense

5:00 pm


Thursday, July 24, 2014

9:00 am

A Review of Notification & Brady Issues
- The Hon. Barbara Hervey, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

An Update on the Law of Brady
- Carson Guy, Research Attorney, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

11:00 am


11:15 am

Hot Topics in Actual Innocence

  • Bruce Anton, Sorrels, Udashen & Anton
  • Russell Wilson, Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office
  • Aaron White, Assistant District Attorney, Harris County District Attorney’s Office

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm

Ethics & Conviction Integrity
Professor Jules Epstein, Widener University School of Law

2:15 pm

Cognitive Effects on Forensic Science
- Dr. Suzanne Mannes, Widener University

3:45 pm


4:00 pm

Hot Topics - Forensic DNA Analysis
- Steve Renteria, DNA Tech Lead/CODIS Administrator, Los Angeles Co. Sheriff’s Dept.

5:00 pm


CLE Credits

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 13 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 901297520.

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 Annual Program at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $90 for 7/22/14 – 7/24/14.

Please make your reservations by 7/8/14. Any reservations not received on or before this cut-off date are subject to hotel availability at the best available prevailing rate.

Book online at
Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-CL23
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888-492-8847) or 972-378-3997

Dates available: 7/22/14 – 7/24/14
Mention the group name: CAILAW Annual Program

  • A valid credit card is required to make reservations
  • Tax Exemption Certificates and Credit Card Authorization Forms may be faxed to our office 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.

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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