Criminal Justice

Capital & Non-Capital Training

For The Prosecution


Plano, Texas, USA

Past Event

MCLE and TCOLE Credit will be available

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

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Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
Fax: +1.972.244.3401


Join Lee Hon (Polk Co. Criminal District Attorney), Kevin Petroff (Galveston Co. District Attorney’s Office), Sunshine Stanek (Lubbock Co. District Attorney), and Bill Wirskye (Collin Co. District Attorney’s Office) for this three-day program.

This program will include a review of significant cases, updates from Texas Forensics Science Commission, and cases pertaining to intellectual disability and the recent Texas Legislature session. The program will also examine prosecution skills related to pre-trial preparation, information gathering, voir dire (capital & non-death capital), punishment, crossing experts and much more!

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.

Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, August 21

7:30 am

Check-In & Registration

8:30 am

Welcome & Introduction

8:45 am               

Pre-Trial Preparation & Information Gathering

  • Jen Falk, Dallas Co. District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas
  • Dewey Mitchell, Collin Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, Texas

9:45 am               

Voir Dire in Non-Death Capital Cases

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

10:45 am            


11:00 am            


  • Jack Roady, Galveston Co. District Attorney, Galveston, Texas

12:00 pm            

Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm            

Search & Seizure Update

  • Ted Wilson, Attorney At Law, Houston, Texas

1:45 pm              

Significant Cases Update

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

2:45 pm              


3:00 pm              

Intellectual Disability & Recent Updates from the Texas Legislature

  • Roe Wilson, Attorney At Law, Houston, Texas

4:00 pm              


5:00 pm              


Thursday, August 22

8:30 am               

Punishment Evidence In Capital Cases

  • Sunshine Stanek, Lubbock Co. District Attorney, Lubbock, Texas

9:30 am               

Capital Writs

  • Josh Reiss, Harris Co. District Attorney, Houston, Texas

10:30 am            


10:45 am            


  • Scott Durfee, Harris Co. District Attorney’s Office, Houston, Texas

11:45 am            

Lunch (Provided)

12:30 pm            

Lecture & Demonstration: Voir Dire In Capital Cases

  • Bill Turner, Texas Attorney General’s Office, Austin, Texas

2:30 pm               


2:45 pm              

Crossing Experts

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

3:45 pm              

Child Homicides

  • Sunni Mitchell, Williamson Co. District Attorney's Office, Georgetown, Texas

4:45 pm              


Friday, August 23

8:30 am              

Closing Arguments In Capital Cases

  • Lisa Tanner, Texas Attorney General’s Office, Austin, Texas

9:15 am               

Updates from the Texas Forensics Science Commission

  • Lynn Garcia, Texas Forensic Science Commission, Austin, Texas
  • Jarvis Parsons, Brazos Co. District Attorney, Bryan, Texas

10:15 am            


10:30 am            

Assessing Intellectual Disability post-Moore

  • Dr. Timothy Proctor, Price, Proctor & Associates, LLP, Dallas, Texas

12:30 pm            

Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm               

Panel: A Case Study of Death Cases In Small Counties

  • Laurie English, 112th District Attorney, Ozona, Texas
  • Lee Hon, Polk Co. Criminal District Attorney, Livingston, Texas

2:15 pm               

Co-Chair Panel Discussion

  • Lee Hon, Polk Co. Criminal District Attorney, Livingston, Texas
  • Kevin Petroff, Galveston Co. District Attorney’s Office, Galveston, Texas
  • Bill Wirskye, Collin Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, Texas

3:00 pm


CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 18.5 hours, including 2 hours of ethics. Course ID Number: 174057093.

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.

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. 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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