Jury Selection & Communicating with Jurors

A Program For The Defense

April 3, 2020 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 focuses on changes in the world of jury selection that affect Texas criminal defense lawyers. Jennifer Lapinski of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates, Inc. returns as course director for this program, and will be joined by faculty to discuss how to make jury selection as effective and efficient as possible.  Presentations during this non-capital course will include case law updates, ethical issues, and jury selection from a Judge’s perspective. 

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 defense attorneys and those who directly assist them in Criminal Defense Litigation.

Schedule and Faculty

Tentative Agenda as of 2/4/20

8:00 am

Check-In & Registration

9:00 am

Welcome & Program Outline

9:15 am

Jury Selection from a Judge’s Perspective

  • The Hon. Brandon Birmingham, 292nd District Court, Dallas, Texas

10:00 am

DWI Jury Selection

  • Frank Sellers, Westfall Sellers, Fort Worth, Texas

10:45 am


11:00 am

Ethics: Attorney Wellness & Related Ethical Considerations

  • Terry Bentley Hill, Law Office of Terry Bentley Hill, Dallas, Texas

12:00 pm

Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm

Legal Overview

1:30 pm

Voir Dire in Assault Offenses Involving the Family & Others

  • John Hunter Smith, Wynne & Smith Law, LLP, Sherman, Texas

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

Voir Dire in a Sexual Assault Case

  • Jeff Kearney, Kearney | Wynn, Fort Worth, Texas

3:45 pm

10 Tips for a Meaningful & Effective Voir Dire in a Criminal Case

  • Jennifer Lapinski, Cathy E. Bennett & Associates, Inc., Lewisville, Texas

4:30 pm


CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 6.0 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 174078781.

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.

Other Information

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation must be received 5 business days prior to a program to receive a refund (Email: lgaspar@cailaw.org). 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.

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