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

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Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
Fax: +1.972.244.3401


This annual program will be a forum to consider wrongful convictions and answer the questions: Why do wrongful convictions occur? What can be done to reduce the likelihood of wrongful convictions?


  • 2019 Caselaw Update
  • Interrogations: The Law and Best Practices
  • Texas Actual Innocence Clinics: An Inside Look
  • Hemp: What are the issues?
  • Implicit Bias and Race: A Prosecution Perspective
  • Forensics
  • And more!

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

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For more details, download the online brochure.

Who Should Attend?

Judges, Prosecutors and their staff, Criminal Defense Attorneys and their staff, Law Enforcement Officers, and law students. Thanks to the grant, the seminar is offered tuition-free to most participants.

Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, August 28

8:00 am

Check-In & Registration

9:00 am

Welcome & Introductions

9:15 am

2019 Case Law Update

  • Gary Udashen, Udashen Anton, Dallas, TX

10:15 am

Race and the Criminal Justice System (includes a 15-minute break)

  • Chelsea Whitaker, Dallas Police Department, Dallas, TX

12:30 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm

Implicit Bias & Race: A Prosecution Perspective

  • Bill Wirskye, Collin Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, TX

2:15 pm

Hemp: What are the Issues & the Law?

  • Vincent Giardino, Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, Fort Worth, TX

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Interrogations: The Law & Best Practices (via Skype)

  • David Sonenshein, Temple University Law School, Philadelphia, PA

4:30 pm


5:30 pm


Thursday, August 29

9:00 am

Reforming Forensic Science: Research Insights on Vision & Memory

  • Tom Albright, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA

10:00 am

CIUs & You: Growing Trends and Best Practices

  • Gerald Doyle, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Houston, TX

11:00 am


11:15 am

Discovery in Criminal Cases: Ethical and Practical Considerations for Police and Attorneys

  • Bill Wirskye (Moderator), Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, TX
  • Tommy Ashworth, Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, TX
  • Cynthia Garza, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, TX
  • Curtis Howard, Plano Police Department, Plano, TX

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm

Lunch Presentation: Policing & Mental Health: Primer on CIT Teams

  • Sergeant A.D. Paul (ret.), Plano PD, Plano, TX

1:15 pm

Texas Actual Innocence Clinics: An Inside Look

  • Cassandra Jeu, Texas Innocence Network, Houston, TX
  • Gary Udashen, Udashen Anton, Dallas, TX

2:30 pm

Police Use of Force – A Different Perspective on Actual Innocence (Includes a 15-minute Break)

  • Chuck Joyner, Survival Sciences, LLC, Los Angeles, CA

4:30 pm


CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 12.25 hours, including 1 hours of ethics. Course ID Number: 174059618.

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 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 are eligible for 14 hours of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) credit.


Hyatt Place Plano welcomes our guests attending Annual Innocence, at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $103/night, plus applicable fees/taxes for 8/27/2019-8/29/2019.

Please make your reservations by 8/12/2019. 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-C108
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 8/27/2019-8/29/2019

Mention the group name: CAILAW / Annual Innocence

  • 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: Registrants must attend the program to receive the course materials, unless tuition was paid.

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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