Criminal Justice

Race-Based Litigation

A Program For The Defense


Plano, Texas, USA

Registration Open

TX MCLE Credit available

Due to COVID concerns, attendance at our in-person programs will be capped (under 50 participants).

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


PRE-REGISTRATION is REQUIRED. No walk-in or same day registration is available at this time.

Due to COVID concerns, attendance at our in-person programs will be capped to allow for physical distancing. CAIL requires that everyone entering the building wear face masks covering the mouth and nose at all times and follow our organization’s safety protocols. See CAIL’s Criminal Justice Programs COVID Protocols.

Course directors Kathryn Kase (Attorney At Law), Keri Mallon (Deputy Chief Public Defender, RPDO), & Jamie M. Zapata, MSW (Mitigation Specialist, RPDO), are joined by a faculty from diverse disciplines. The 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.

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.

Need funds to attend this program? Limited Travel Scholarships are available to reimburse travel expenses. Applicants must be licensed Texas criminal defense attorneys who regularly represent indigent defendants in criminal matters in Texas State courts, or a paralegal, investigator or mitigation expert for such an attorney. Email CAIL Staff for an application (requests are reviewed first come, first served).

Schedule and Faculty

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TX MCLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 12.25 hours, of which 1.0 credit hour will apply to ethics/professional responsibility credit.

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. 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.

Privacy Policy

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