Capital Defense College

A Program For The Defense

- in Plano, Texas, USA

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

Online registration is closed. Please bring your completed registration form to door.

Online Registration Closed

Credits:MCLE Credit available

Overview

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).

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Schedule and Faculty

Agenda as of 4/20/2017

Monday, April 24

12:00 pm


Sign-in & Registration

12:45 pm


Welcome & Introductions

1:00 pm


Why We Take These Cases & These Clients

  • Edward J. Ungvarsky, Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, Northern Capital Defender Office, Tysons, Virginia

2:15 pm


Getting The Resources & Building A Team

  • Jessica Brand, Fair Punishment Project, Austin, Texas
  • Richard Wardroup, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Lubbock, Texas

3:30 pm


Break

3:45 pm


Breakouts: Mitigation Investigators & Lawyers

5:15 pm


Recess & Reception

Tuesday, April 25

8:30 am


Team Talk: Rights, Responsibilities & Civility

  • Kathryn Kase, Texas Defender Service, Houston, Texas

9:30 am


Interviewing Our Storytellers

  • Katy Dyer, Capital Area Private Defender Service, Austin, Texas

10:30 am


Break

10:45 am


Negotiations: Getting Authority From Our Client & Convincing The State

  • Celia L. Ouellette, 8th Amendment Project, San Francisco, California

12:00 pm


Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm


Discovering The Narrative

  • Jill Patterson, Ph.D., Department of English, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

2:00 pm


Responding To The State’s Case In Aggravation

  • Anthony S. Haughton, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas

3:00 pm


Break

3:15 pm


Getting the Records

  • Laura Ferry, Kuykendall & Associates, Tucson, Arizona

4:30 pm


Recess

Wednesday, April 26

8:30 am


Culture In The Case: Investigation & Client Involvement

  • Chris Chang, 255 Research and Investigation, Ltd., London, England

9:30 am


Client-Centered Advocacy

  • Keri Mallon, Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases, Terrell, Texas

10:30 am


Break

10:45 am


Trauma As A Mitigator

  • Elizabeth “Liz” Vartkessian, Ph.D., Advancing Real Change, Inc. (ARC, Inc.), Baltimore, Maryland

12:00 pm


Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm


Intellectual Disability

  • James “Jim” R. Patton, Department of Special Education, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

2:00 pm


Applying Moore v. Texas In The Investigation & Litigation Of Intellectual Disability: The Re-Emergence Of Science In Determining Eligibility For Death

  • Danalynn Recer, Gulf Region Advocacy Center, Houston, Texas

3:00 pm


Break

3:15 pm


Ethics: Secondary Trauma – Protecting Yourself

  • Lynn Jennings, Ph.D., LPC-S, LSOTP, Jennings and Associates Counseling Services, Amarillo, Texas

4:30 pm


Recess

Thursday, April 27

8:30 am


Why Omnibus Personality Tests Are Inappropriate In Capital Cases & Why Their Results Should Not Be Admitted

  • Cecil R. Reynolds, Ph.D., ABPN, Emeritus Professor, Texas A&M University, Bastrop, Texas

9:30 am


Reconciliation Of Lawyers & Mitigators

  • Jessica Brand, Fair Punishment Project, Austin, Texas
  • Juandalynn Taylor, Ph.D., J.D., Taylor Advocacy Group, San Antonio, Texas
  • Richard Wardroup, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Lubbock, Texas

10:30 am


Break

10:45 am


Update On The Law & Motions Practice

  • Angela Moore, Law Office of Angela Moore, San Antonio, Texas

12:00 pm


Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm


Delivering The Narrative

  • Raoul D. Schonemann, The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas

2:00 pm


Ethics: Working With Post-Conviction Counsel

  • Gretchen Sween, Office of Capital and Forensic Writs, Austin, Texas

3:00 pm


Adjourn

CLE Credit

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.

Overnight Accommodations

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.

Booking Instructions

Book online

Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-CL75
or
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.

Other Information

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation must be received 5 business days prior to a program to receive a refund (Email: lgaspar@cailaw.org). 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.

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 or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
Fax: +1.972.244.3401
E-Mail: cail@cailaw.org