Establishing Innocence or Guilt:

The Reliability of Convictions

- 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 program will highlight topical issues related to actual innocence, focusing on causes of and solutions to wrongful convictions.  It will focus on best practices for defense lawyers, prosecutors and law enforcement officials, discussing forensic evidence and other issues. This course should be relevant to prosecutors and their staff, defense lawyers and their staff, law enforcement officers and judges.

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

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 registrants.

Schedule and Faculty

As of 2/6/2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

8:00 am

Check-In & Registration

9:00 am

Welcome & Introductions

9:15 am

2019 Case Law Update

10:15 am

Supporting Crime Victims in Exoneration Cases

11:15 am


11:30 am

The Steven Chaney Case: A Session with Steven Mark Chaney

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

The Steven Chaney Case: the Defense Perspective

2:00 pm

The Steven Chaney Case: The CIU Perspective

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

The Steven Chaney Case: The Role of Junk Science

4:15 pm

The Steven Chaney Case: Q & A Panel Discussion

4:30 pm


5:30 pm


Thursday, February 27, 2020

9:00 am

Best Practices in Law Enforcement Investigations

10:00 am

Protection and Evaluation of Eyewitness Evidence: Best Practices

11:00 am


11:15 am

Protection and Evaluation of Eyewitness Evidence: Science Update with Q&A

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

The 3rd Circuit Task Force Report on Eyewitness Identifications

2:15 pm

A Conversation with Judges from the 3rd Circuit (via Skype)

3:15 pm


3:30 pm


4:30 pm


CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 12.25 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 174077621.

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.

TCOLE Credit

Law enforcement personnel attending this course are eligible for 14 hours of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) credit.

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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