This intensive program features a combination of lectures and demonstrations designed to give capital defense attorneys, mitigation specialists, and other team members the practical skills necessary to represent their clients every step of the way, from appointment to plea, and if necessary, to trial. Sessions will address motion practice, mental health and trauma, and technology in the courtroom.
This course is funded by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
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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.
New this year: You may not register for this program if you are or work for a full or part-time: prosecutor, special prosecutor, judge, magistrate, municipal judge with magistrate duties, or law enforcement officer (unfortunately, no exceptions).
Schedule and Faculty
Agenda as of 3/8/2017
Monday, April 24
Sign-in & Registration
Welcome & Introductions
Why We Take These Cases & These Clients
Getting The Resources & Building A Team
Breakouts: Mitigation Investigators & Lawyers
Recess & Reception
Tuesday, April 25
Team Talk: Rights, Responsibilities & Civility
Getting the Records
Negotiations: Getting Authority From Our Client & Convincing The State
Interviewing Our Storytellers
Engaging The Consulting Psychologist
Obtaining Experts & Building a Record
Wednesday, April 26
Discovering The Narrative
Trauma As A Mitigator
Client Centered Advocacy
Culture In The Case – Investigation & Client Involvement
Ethics: Secondary Trauma – Protecting Yourself
Thursday, April 27
Responding To The State’s Case In Aggravation
Update On The Law & Motions Practice
Reconciliation Of Lawyers & Mitigators
Delivering The Narrative
Ethics: Working With Post-Conviction Counsel
The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 22.25 hours, including 2.25 hours of ethics. Course ID Number: 901376138.
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.
Hyatt Place Plano welcomes our guests attending Capital Defense College; A Program for the Defense, at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $97 plus applicable fees/taxes for 4/23/2017 - 4/27/2017.
Please make your reservations by 4/8/2017. As long as the reservation is made by this date, and the group block has availability, you will receive the group rate. Any reservations not received on or before this cut-off date are subject to hotel availability at the best available prevailing rate.
Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-CL75
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997
Dates available: 4/23/2017-4/27/2017
Mention the group name: CAILAW / Capital Defense
- A valid credit card is required to make reservations
- Tax Exemption Certificates and Credit Card Authorization Forms may be faxed to the hotel directly at 972.608.4427 prior to your arrival.
Written cancellation must be received 5 business days prior to a program to receive a refund (Email: email@example.com). 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.
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.