Criminal Defense Trial Skills & Trial Law Program

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 non-capital course is designed for those who already have some trial experience and gives defense lawyers the opportunity to develop and hone their trial skills. The program focuses on trial skills (voir dire, opening statements, direct examination, cross examination and closing arguments) and law (evidence, protecting the record, and the court's charge).

This course features lectures, demonstrations, and small group workshops, which will require students to participate in voir dire, conduct direct & cross, and give opening and closing statements. Participants will receive a mock case two weeks before the course, which they will use during the course to develop and hone their trial skills.

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

Who Should Attend?

With the exception of invited faculty, attendance is limited to 60 Texas criminal defense attorneys. Courtroom attire is required.

Schedule and Faculty

More information coming soon! Anticipated times for the program’s start/recess:

Monday, August 3, 2020

8:00 a.m. Check-in & Registration, followed by Lectures
5:45 p.m. Recess, followed by a Reception

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Recess

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Recess

Thursday, August 6, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Lunch will be provided on Days 1, 2 & 3.

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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