The Mind & Criminal Defense

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 program will focus on the uses of psychological science in the courtroom that impact capital & non-capital defense litigation, with an emphasis on brain function, the effects of a client’s history on brain development and its relevancy to both guilt and mitigation in punishment. The program is co-chaired by attorney John Wright (RPDO), and Dr. Cecil R. Reynolds (Professor Emeritus, Forensic Neuroscience), and will mostly feature faculty from outside of Texas.

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. Please read before registering: You may not register for this program if you are, or are working for, affiliated, clerking or interning with: a full-time law enforcement officer, a full or part-time state or federal prosecutor, or a full or part-time criminal defense attorney who is currently acting as a prosecutor or special prosecutor in a capital case (unfortunately, no exceptions).

Schedule and Faculty

Agenda as of 2/17/2020:

Thursday, May 7

8:00 am

Check-In & Registration

9:00 am

Welcome & Introductions

9:15 am

Evaluating & Litigating the Competency to Stand Trial Continuum

  • Dr. John M. Fabian, Forensic & Clinical Neuropsychologist, Austin, TX

10:45 am


11:00 am

FASD in Mens Rea & Mitigation

  • Dr. Natalie Novick Brown, Northwest Forensic Associates, LLC, Federal Way, WA

12:00 pm

Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm

Presentation on Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Heather M. Griffith, Brams & Associates, Columbus, OH

1:45 pm

Psychological Self-Defense (Threat & Mitigation)

  • Katherine Reed, Udashen Anton, Dallas, TX

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Primer on Psychological Testing

  • Dr. Cecil Reynolds, Texas A&M University, Austin, TX

4:30 pm


5:30 pm


Friday, May 8

9:00 am

Best Practices: Mental Health Exam Assessments of Malingering & How to Cross the Diagnosis

  • Dr. Robert McCaffrey, Albany Neuropsychological Associates, Albany, NY

10:30 am


11:00 am

Developing Mental Health Mitigation (Capital & Non-Capital Cases)

  • Dr. Jolie S. Brams, Brams & Associates, Columbus, OH

12:00 pm

Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm

So The State Wants a Mental Health Examination of Your Client

  • John Wright, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Wichita Falls, TX

2:15 pm


2:30 pm

Understanding ASPD & The Hare Psychopathy Checklist

3:30 pm

Crossing the Expert & Challenging an ASPD Diagnosis

  • Gretchen Sween, Attorney At Law, Austin, TX

4:30 pm


CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 12.0 hours, no ethics. Course ID Number: 174078783.

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: 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.

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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