Child Injury & Death

A Program For The Defense

- in Plano, Texas, USA

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

Online registration for the conference is now closed. If you would like to still register for this conference, please register onsite at the registration desk.

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Credits:MCLE Credit will be available


This program will be helpful to capital and non-capital defense attorneys, and is co-chaired by Tony Odiorne (RPDO), & Robbie McClung (McClung & Franklin).  It has both capital and non-capital related sessions, and focuses on the science related to defending child injury and death cases, dealing with government witnesses, and more.

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. 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).


“The CAIL C.L.E. programs consistently & convincingly “outshine” other programs with similar topics.”

“…presents very good practical information that I can take back and use immediately” 

-- from past Participants at this program

Schedule and Faculty

Final schedule as of 4/16/2018

Monday, April 23

8:30 am

& Registration

9:00 am

Law on Injury & Child Death

  • Rick Wardroup, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Lubbock, Texas

10:00 am


10:15 am

Investigation of Child Injury & Death

  • Det. Beth Spillman, Plano Police Department, Plano, Texas

11:15 am

Pre-trial Motions & Discovery

  • Craig Jett, Burleson, Pate & Gibson, LLP, Dallas, Texas

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm

Ethics: Mistakes in Child Abuse Cases

  • Eric Davis, Harris Co. Public Defender’s Office, Houston, Texas

1:45 pm


2:00 pm

Understanding Medical Records

  • Elizabeth Wolf, RN, Wolf Legal Nurse Consultants, Rockwall, Texas

3:00 pm

False Confessions: What To Do

  • Carlos Garcia, Carlos Garcia Criminal Defense & Trial Consulting, Austin, Texas

4:00 pm

Cross Examination of Experts

  • Mitch Nolte, Gibbs Nolte Robison Rose PLLC, McKinney, Texas

5:00 pm


6:00 pm


Tuesday, April 24

8:30 am

Lecture on Fractures

  • Dr. Amy C. Gruszecki, American Forensics, LLC, Mesquite, Texas

9:30 am

Thermal Injuries

  • Dr. Amy C. Gruszecki, American Forensics, LLC, Mesquite, Texas

10:30 am


10:45 am

REACH Clinic: Who We Are & What We Do

  • Dr. Suzanne Dakil, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Dallas, Texas

11:45 am

Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm

Sentencing: Mitigation & Punishment In Child Sexual Assault Cases

  • Eric Davis, Harris Co. Public Defender’s Office, Houston, Texas

1:45 pm

Changing The Atmosphere in The Room: The Power of An Opening Statement

  • Tyrone Moncriffe, Tyrone C. Moncriffe & Associates, Houston, Texas

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Experts: Where To Find Them

  • Tony Odiorne, Attorney At Law, Georgetown, Texas

3:45 pm

Mental Health & Mitigation: Insanity, Diminished Capacity & Post-Partum

  • Robbie McClung, McClung & Franklin, McKinney, Texas

4:45 pm


CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 13.75 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 174013093.

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 Child Injury, 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 4/22/2018-4/24/2018.

Please make your reservations by 4/8/2018. 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-CL95
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 4/22/2018-4/24/2018
Mention the group name: CAILAW / Child Injury

  • 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.

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