Criminal Justice

Criminal Writs & Habeas Training


Houston, 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.

JW Marriott Houston Downtown
806 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002

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

This new two-day program seeks to bring together lawyers from both the defense and the prosecution to discuss and improve their understanding of criminal writs. The program will focus on practical applications and provide hands-on tips for practitioners on both sides of the bar.  It will also be useful to trial lawyers looking to learn more about writs and habeas petitions. Lecture discussions will range from "what is a writ" to habeas petitions for specific case types, and provide tips for attendees on how to engage productively with the “other side”.

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 programs: 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.

Who Should Attend?

With the exception of invited faculty, attendance is limited to defense attorneys and their personnel, prosecuting attorneys and their personnel, and Texas Judges.

Need travel funds to attend this program? Limited Travel Scholarships are available. Email CAIL Staff for an application (requests are reviewed first come, first served). Qualifying registrants for this program must be:

  • Licensed Texas criminal defense attorneys who regularly represent indigent defendants (State courts)
  • Paralegals, investigators or mitigation experts of attorneys meeting the above description.
  • Texas prosecuting attorneys or their personnel
  • Texas Judges

Topics and Presenters

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Overnight Accommodations

JW Marriott Houston Downtown
806 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002

A limited number of rooms are reserved at the special rate of $229. The last day for this group discount is June 8, 2022.  Book Directly Here or call 1-713-237-1111. The room block reference is Center for American and International Law Room Block Jun2022.

Alternative Options

MCLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 11.25 hours, of which 0.75 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.

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