Capital & Non-Capital Training

For The Prosecution

- in Plano, Texas, USA

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

Registration Open

Credits:MCLE Credit will be available


Join Lee Hon (Polk Co. Criminal District Attorney), Kevin Petroff (Galveston Co. District Attorney’s Office), Judge Michael Snipes (Dallas Co. District Attorney’s Office), Sunshine Stanek (Lubbock Co. District Attorney’s Office), Jennifer Tharp (Comal Co. District Attorney), and Bill Wirskye (Collin Co. District Attorney’s Office) for this three-day program, which will include training on topics pertaining to capital and non-capital trial prosecution. Some topics will include emerging trends in capital trial prosecution, mental health issues, and a CCA update.

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 prosecuting attorneys and their personnel.

Schedule and Faculty

Agenda as of June 23

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

8:00 am

Check-in & Registration

8:30 am


8:45 am

Child Deaths

  • Sunni Mitchell, Williamson Co. District Attorney’s Office, Georgetown, Texas

9:45 am


9:55 am

Capital Writs

  • Josh Reis, Harris Co. District Attorney's Office, Houston, Texas

10:55 am


11:00 am

Voir Dire in Non-Capital Cases

  • Joshua Somers, Bexar Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, San Antonio, Texas

12:00 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

Significant Cases Update

2:00 pm


2:05 pm

Co-Chair Panel Discussion: Discovery Issues 39.14

3:05 pm


3:10 pm

Search Warrants

4:10 pm


4:15 pm

Pre-Trial Preparation & Information Gathering

5:15 pm

Recess & Reception

Thursday, August 24, 2017

9:00 am

Intellectual Disability

10:00 am


10:10 am

Capital Punishment

  • Lisa Tanner, Texas Office of the Attorney General, Austin, Texas (Invited)

11:10 am


11:15 am

Update on The Texas Forensic Science Commission & PCAST

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)

2:15 pm


2:20 pm

Lecture & Demonstration: Voir Dire in Capital Cases (includes a 5 min. break)

4:25 pm


4:30 pm


5:30 pm


Friday, August 25, 2017

8:30 am

Panel Discussion: Death Cases in Small Counties

9:15 am


9:25 am

Visual Aids

10:25 am


10:30 am

Brain Scans

11:30 am

Lunch (Provided)

12:00 pm

Daubert & Crossing Expert Witnesses

1:00 pm


1:05 pm

Panel Discussion: Conviction Integrity Units

  • Patrick Ballantyne, Bexar Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, San Antonio, Texas
  • Dawn Boswell, Tarrant Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Gerald Doyle, Harris Co. District Attorney’s Office, Houston, Texas (Invited)
  • Cynthia Garza, Dallas Co. District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas
  • John F. Lopez, Travis Co. District Attorney’s Office, Austin, Texas

2:05 pm


2:15 pm


3:15 pm


CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 19.75 hours, including 2 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 928007562.

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 And Non-Capital Training For the Prosecution, 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 8/22/2017 - 8/25/2017.

Please make your reservations by 8/7/2017. 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-CL77
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 8/22/2017 - 8/25/2017
Mention the group name: CAILAW / Capital And Non-Capital For the Prosecution

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

Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
Fax: +1.972.244.3401