Criminal Justice

Criminal Defense Trial Skills & Trial Law Program

A Program For The Defense

August 1, 2022 - August 3, 2022 (New Dates)

Plano, Texas, USA

Past Event

TX MCLE Credit will be available.

Conference attendees should prepare to be masked. Attendees may be requested to wear a mask at the conference except when presenting or actively eating or drinking.

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

Email CAIL Staff directly with questions.

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Staff Assistant: +1.972.244.3415
Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
Fax: +1.972.244.3401


Registration is required to attend. Details, including the agenda, presenters and approved CLE credit, will be posted here once confirmed.

REGISTER EARLY! Attendance is limited to 60 Texas Criminal Defense attorneys.  

Early bird pricing is available this year for qualifying registrants thanks to our grant (register before July 15 - extended).

COVID Warning and Protocols (Updated 1/31/2022): In an effort to ensure the safety of faculty, participants and staff, program participants will be required to follow certain procedures that comply with CAIL-mandated safety protocols for our building: CAIL’s Criminal Justice Programs COVID Protocols

Additionally, bear in mind that individuals are at different comfort levels with social interaction, even when fully vaccinated. Please respect the boundaries set by each individual, including closeness during conversations and physical contact, such as hand shaking, and be mindful of CDC recommendations on matters such as hand washing.

This course is funded by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Conference Co-Chairs

Bob Jarvis
Jarvis & Hamilton Law Firm
Sherman, TX

Russell Wilson
The Law Office of Russell Wilson, II
Dallas, TX

Frank Sellers
Westfall Sellers
Fort Worth, TX

Erin Hendricks
Erin Hendricks Law
Dallas, TX

A Note from Our Chairs:

“This is a seminar where we will all work together as a team to learn how to do our jobs better. The ‘heart and soul’ of this program are the group breakouts, where you will perform different trial skills in small groups.

This program will be a lot of work – for you and for the faculty. However, the faculty is committed to making sure that every attendee leaves a much better lawyer after they complete this program. This happens when attendees come prepared to make the same commitment to excellence.

We believe if you put the effort in, it can be a program that changes your practice forever.”

Topics and Presenters

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.

View The Agenda

Who Should Attend?

With the exception of invited faculty, attendance is limited to 60 Texas criminal defense attorneys. Courtroom attire is requested each day.

Need funds to attend this program? Limited Travel Scholarships are available to reimburse travel expenses. Email CAIL Staff to apply (requests are reviewed first come, first served). Applicants must be a licensed Texas criminal defense attorney who regularly represents indigent defendants in criminal matters in Texas State courts.

Hotel Information

Due to challenges related to COVID-19, we could not secure a contract with a local hotel this programming year. Please find below recommendations of nearby options: We encourage you to book directly with the hotel.

COURTYARD by Marriott (near N. Dallas Tollway)
6840 N. Dallas Parkway, Plano, TX 75024
Distance from CAIL:  0.9 miles
Main & Shuttle: (972) 403-0802 

Cambria Hotel Plano Frisco
7500 Parkwood Blvd, Plano, TX 75024
Distance from CAIL:  1.5 miles
Main: (972) 473-9010 

HYATT PLACE Plano (near N. Dallas Tollway)
3100 Dallas Parkway, Plano, TX 75093
Distance from CAIL:  2.6 miles
Main & Shuttle: (972) 378-3997
Amenities: Shuttle available to CAIL.

Aloft Plano
6853 N. Dallas Parkway, Plano, Texas 75024
Distance from CAIL:  1.2 miles
Main: (214) 474-2520

MCLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 19.0 hours, of which 1.0 credit hours 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

Photo/Audio/Video Release

Registration for or attendance at this event acknowledges consent to be recorded or photographed. We reserve the right to use any photograph/video taken at our events, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. We may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, annual reports, newsletters, etc. To ensure the privacy of individuals, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject.

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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