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

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Credits:MCLE Credit available


This program features a combination of lectures and demonstrations designed to give capital defense attorneys 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 and mental health and trauma.  Day 1 is designed especially for those new to capital litigation. The program is co-chaired by Rick Wardroup (TCDLA), Carlos Garcia (Attorney At Law), Keri Mallon (RPDO), Kathryn Kase (Attorney At Law), Robbie McClung (McClung & Franklin), and Max Peck (Attorney At Law).

This course is funded by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

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For more details, download the online brochure.

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. Please read before registering: You may not register for this program if you are, or are working for, affiliated, clerking or interning with: a full-time law enforcement officer, a full or part-time state or federal prosecutor, or a full or part-time criminal defense attorney who is currently acting as a prosecutor or special prosecutor in a capital case (unfortunately, no exceptions).


“Very effective at challenging long-held ideas of how mitigation might be undertaken.”

“[Liked best] the range of practice areas covered. Really enjoyed hearing from people I’d never seen present before.”

“I actually appreciate that it wasn't a big war story – those can be entertaining but I also appreciate the nuts & bolts & how tos”

-- from past Participants at this program

Schedule and Faculty

More information coming soon! Anticipated times for the program’s start/recess:

Monday, March 19, 2018

12:45 pm Check-in & Registration – 5:15 pm Recess, followed by a Reception

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

8:30 am Lecture – 4:30 pm Recess

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

8:30 am Lecture – 4:30 pm Recess

Thursday, March 22, 2018

8:30 am Lecture – 3:00 pm Adjourn

Lunch will be provided on Days 2, 3 & 4.

Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Plano welcomes our guests attending Capital Defense College, at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $100/night, plus applicable fees/taxes for 3/19/2018-3/22/2018.

Please make your reservations by 3/5/2018. 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.

Booking Instructions

Book online

Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-CL93
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 3/19/2018-3/22/2018
Mention the group name: CAILAW / Capital Defense College

  • 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.

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