Jury Selection & Communicating with Jurors

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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Past Event

Credits:MCLE Credit will be available


This program focuses on changes in the world of jury selection that affect Texas criminal defense lawyers. Jennifer Lapinski & Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates, Inc. return as course directors for this program, and the faculty will discuss how to make jury selection as effective and efficient as possible.  Presentations during this non-capital course will include case law updates, ethical issues, and jury selection from a Judge’s perspective.

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.

Schedule and Faculty

8:00 am

& Registration

8:30 am

Welcome & Introduction

8:35 am

Program Outline

  • Jennifer Lapinski, Cathy E. Bennett & Associates, Inc., Lewisville, Texas  

8:45 am

Voir Dire In A Sexual Assault Case 

  • Jeff Kearney, Kearney | Wynn, Fort Worth, Texas

9:45 am

Communicating With The 21st Century Jury 

  • Frank Sellers, Westfall Sellers, Fort Worth, Texas

10:30 am


10:45 am

Voir Dire For A DWI Blood Test Case

  • David Burrows, Attorney At Law, Dallas, Texas 

11:30 am

Ethics: Dealing With The Stress Of Trial

  • John Hunter Smith, Wynne & Smith, Sherman, Texas 

12:30 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

Jury Selection From A Judge’s Perspective

  • The Hon. Brandon Birmingham, 292nd District Court, Dallas, Texas

1:45 pm

Case Updates

  • Robert Udashen, Udashen Anton, Dallas, Texas

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

Voir Dire In A Murder/Assaultive Offense Case

  • Scott Brown, Law Office Of Scott Brown, Fort Worth, Texas

3:30 pm

10 Tips For A Meaningful & Effective Voir Dire In A Criminal Case 

  • Jennifer Lapinski, Cathy E. Bennett & Associates, Inc., Lewisville, Texas

4:30 pm



“This was an excellent program because of the quality and experience of the presenters.”

“Very helpful & speakers gave good materials that will help later when needed for trial prep.”

“[Liked best] The topic specific presentations for various crimes”

-- from past Participants at this program

CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 7.0 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 174012766.

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 Jury Selection, 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 4/5/2018-4/6/2018.

Please make your reservations by 3/22/2018. 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-CL94
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 4/5/2018-4/6/2018
Mention the group name: CAILAW / Jury Selection

  • 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.

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