Criminal Justice

Race-Based Litigation

A Program For The Defense


Plano, Texas, USA

Past Event

MCLE 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


PROGRAM CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. Read Recent Message from CAIL's President.

The program will not be rescheduled this grant year (which ends August 31, 2020). Sign up for notices of upcoming events.


This program is designed to provide defense practitioners with a foundational understanding of how historical racial dynamics can impact a client’s life, and provide strategies to identify and confront issues of racial bias in their cases, by juries, prosecutors, and, even defense teams. The program is co-chaired by Kathryn Kase (Attorney At Law), Keri Mallon (RPDO), & Jamie M. Zapata, MSW (RPDO).

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).


Tentative Agenda as of 2/13/2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

8:00 am

Check-In & Registration

9:00 am

Welcome & Introductions

9:15 am

Understanding Prevailing Racial Stereotypes & Barriers

10:15 am

Moderated Q & A: Prevailing Racial Stereotypes & Barriers

10:45 am


11:00 am

Case Study: State v. Howard Lewis

12:00 pm

Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm

The Legacy of Slavery & Lynching in Texas

2:15 pm


2:30 pm

Presentation on Race & the Criminal Justice System

3:30 pm


4:30 pm

ReceptionAll attendees and faculty are invited to attend.

5:30 pm


Friday, May 22, 2020

9:00 am

Topic TBC

10:00 am

Issues of Race & Ethnicity in Juvenile Defense Representation

11:00 am


11:15 am

Race & Voir Dire

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

Cultural Humility

1:45 pm

Presentation on Cultural Competency

2:15 pm


2:30 pm

Topic TBC

3:30 pm

Putting It All Together

4:30 pm


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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