This annual program will be a forum to consider wrongful convictions and answer the questions: Why do wrongful convictions occur? What can be done to reduce the likelihood of wrongful convictions?
This course is funded by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
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Who Should Attend?
Judges, Prosecutors and their staff, Criminal Defense Attorneys and their staff, Law Enforcement Officers, and law students. Thanks to the grant, the seminar is offered tuition-free to most participants.
Schedule and Faculty
Tentative Agenda as of 8/9/2018
Wednesday, August 29
Check-In & Registration
Welcome & Introductions
Actual Innocence 101 & The Post-Brady World
- Bill Wirskye, Collin County District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, TX
Interrogation Techniques & The Impact on Vulnerable Population: Does The System Promote Wrongful Convictions?
- Laura Nirider, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL
Interrogation Techniques & The Impact on Vulnerable Population, continued
- Ms. Nirider
Case Law & Legislative Update
- Gary Udashen, Udashen & Anton, Dallas, TX
Moving to Transparency
- Alice Amilhat, Texas Dept. of Public Safety Crime Laboratory, Austin,TX
Conviction Integrity Unit Roundtable
Moderated by: Bill Wirskye, Collin County District Attorney’s Office, McKinney, TX
- Cynthia Garza, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, TX
- Dawn Boswell, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Fort Worth, TX
- Patrick Ballantyne, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, San Antonio, TX
Thursday, August 30
Discussions on Non-disclosure- Who has Responsibility for What?
(Includes a 15 Minute Break)
- Inadvertent Non-disclosures - Patrick Ballantyne, County District Attorney’s Office, San Antonio, TX
- Forensics and the Problem of the Shared Brain - Dawn Boswell, Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, Fort Worth, TX
- Complying with Brady and the Michael Morton Act with An Emphasis on Law Enforcement - Jacob Mitchell, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Fort Worth, TX
- Legal Ethics and Complying Under 3914 - Laura Popps, State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX
- A Law Enforcement Perspective – Richard Smith, Kansas City Police Department, Kansas City, MO
Current Trends in Forensic Science
- Lynn Garcia, Texas Forensic Science Commission, Dallas, TX
Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
- Gary Udashen, Udashen & Anton, Dallas, TX
Why Investigations Fail
- Gregg O. McCrary, Behavioral Criminology International, Fredericksburg, VA
The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 13 hours, no ethics. Course ID Number: 174024955.
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 Annual Program Establishing Innocence or Guilt, at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $100 plus applicable fees/taxes for 8/28/2018 - 8/30/2018.
Please make your reservations by 8/14/2018. 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.
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Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997
Dates available: 8/28/2018 - 8/30/2018
Mention the group name: CAILAW / Annual Innocence Program
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- Tax Exemption Certificates and Credit Card Authorization Forms may be faxed to the hotel directly at 972.608.4427 prior to your arrival.
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