Criminal Justice

Criminal Defense Trial Skills & Trial Law Program

A Program For The Defense


Plano, Texas, USA (Tentative)

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MCLE Credit will be available

Registration will open soon. Email CAIL Staff directly with questions.

The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

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Staff Assistant: +1.972.244.3415
Registrar: +1.972.244.3404

Fax: +1.972.244.3401


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Described by participants as “the best seminar I have attended”, this non-capital course is designed for defense lawyers who already have some trial experience or are looking 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 trial law (evidence, protecting the record, ethics and the court's charge).

This course will feature lectures, demonstrations, and small group workshops – a faculty of experienced Texas trial attorneys, and attendees will have the opportunity to practice voir dire, conduct direct & cross, and give opening and closing statements. Attendees of all experience levels will find something concrete to take to their next trial.

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

Tentative times for the program’s start/recess:

Monday, August 2, 2021
8:00 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. Registrant Sign-in, followed by Lectures
5:30 p.m. Recess

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
8:00 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. Lectures
5:30 p.m. Recess

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
8:00 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. Lectures
5:30 p.m. Recess

Thursday, August 5, 2021
8:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. Lectures
1:00 p.m. Adjourn

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

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