Race-Based Litigation

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 capital program includes lectures designed to give defense attorneys & staff training on implicit bias, and race-based litigation post Batson and Buck v. Davis. The program is co-chaired by Kathryn Kase (Attorney At Law), Keri Mallon (RPDO), & Jamie M. Zapata, MSW (RPDO), and will feature faculty from outside of Texas.

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).

Schedule and Faculty

Revised Agenda as of July 20

Thursday, July 26

8:00 am

Check-In & Registration

9:00 am

Welcome & Introductions

9:15 am

Lynching & Its Legacy in Capital Cases

  • Kathryn Kase, Attorney At Law, Houston, TX

10:15 am

A History of Racial Disparity & How It Impacts Society Today

  • Jeremy Collins, Equity Project, Durham, NC

11:15 am


11:30 am

The Law of Race-Based Litigation

  • Paul Blocker, Dallas Co. Public Defender’s Office, Dallas, TX

12:30 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm

How to Talk to Jurors About Race, Ethnicity & Religion in Jury Selection

  • Marlo Cadeddu, Attorney at Law, Dallas TX

2:00 pm

Understanding Race & Intergenerational Trauma for Criminal Defense

  • Dr. Renelinda Arana-Bressler, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX
  • Anna Jimenez, Regional Public Defender’s Office for Capital Cases, San Antonio, TX

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Issues of Race & Ethnicity in Juvenile Defense Representation

  • Dr. Michael L. Lindsey, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

4:15 pm

Transcending Race & Culture on Defense Teams

  • Jamie Zapata,  Regional Public Defender’s Office for Capital Cases, Austin, TX

5:15 pm


6:15 pm


Friday, July 27, 2018

9:00 am

Implicit Bias & Systemic Racism

  • Michael Harris, National Center of Youth Law, Oakland, CA

10:00 am

How Race & Culture Affect Jurors In Mitigation

  • Brad Lollar, Dallas Co. Public Defender’s Office, Dallas, TX
  • Scottie Allen, The Allen Law Firm, Dallas, TX

11:00 am


11:15 am

Culturally Competent Mitigation Investigations

  • Adrián de la Rosa, Office of Capital and Forensic Writs, Austin, TX

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

Race & Cultural Effects In Capital Litigation & Mitigation

  • Dr. Walter C. Farrell, Jr., National Education Policy Center, Chapel Hill, NC

2:00 pm


2:15 pm

Jury Pools: How Minorities Are Systemically Excluded From Jury Service

  • Rachael Etheridge, Regional Public Defender’s Office for Capital Cases, Terrell, TX
  • Daniella Garza, Regional Public Defender’s Office for Capital Cases, Lubbock, TX

3:00 pm

Becoming Empowered: Advocating on Behalf of A Minority Community

  • Ricardo Jimenez, Regional Public Defender’s Office for Capital Cases, San Antonio, TX

3:45 pm


CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 12.25, no ethics. Course ID Number: 174022063.

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 Race Based Litigation, 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 7/25/2018-7/27/2018.

Please make your reservations by 7/11/2018. 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-CW12
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 7/25/2018-7/27/2018
Mention the group name: CAILAW / Race Based Litigation

  • 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. 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.

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