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

Past Event

Credits:MCLE Credit available

Overview

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 Carlos Garcia (Attorney At Law), Keri Mallon (RPDO), Robbie McClung (McClung & Franklin), and John Wright (RPDO).

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

As of 4/2/2019

Tuesday, April 9

11:45 am


Check-In & Registration (Lunch Provided)

12:45 pm


Welcome & Introductions

12:50 pm


Overview of Capital Litigation

  • Doug Wilson, Douglas Wilson Law, LLC, Denver, Colorado

1:35 pm


Ethics: ABA & Texas Guidelines

  • Patrick Metze, Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas

2:35 pm


Break

2:45 pm


Team Building

  • Patricia Rist, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Terrell, Texas
  • Seth Starkey, Regional Public Defender’s Office, San Antonio, Texas

3:30 pm


Fact Investigation for The Capital Case

  • Andra Whittingslow, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Lubbock, Texas
  • Mike Johnson, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Terrell, Texas

4:15 pm


Case Law Update

  • Janet Burnett, Attorney at Law, Georgetown, Texas

5:15 pm


Reception

6:15 pm


Recess

Wednesday, April 10

8:30 am


Intro to the Colorado Method & Stripping Question

  • Will Boyles, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Lubbock, Texas

9:30 am


Insulating, Isolating & Teaching Respect

  • Rob Cowie, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Lubbock, Texas

10:30 am


Break

10:45 am


Demonstration: The Colorado Method

  • Will Boyles, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Lubbock, Texas
  • Rob Cowie, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Lubbock, Texas
  • Frank Blazek, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Lubbock, Texas

11:45 am


Admission of Extraneous Offenses in the State’s Case in Chief

  • Gary Taylor, Regional Public Defender’s Office, Wichita Falls, Texas

12:30 pm


Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm


The Law of Voir Dire

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

2:00 pm


Getting the Plea Done

  • Bob Hill, Marion County Public Defender Agency, Indianapolis, Indiana

2:45 pm


Break

3:00 pm


Admission of Extraneous Offenses in the State’s Case in Chief

  • Brad Lollar, Dallas County Public Defender’s Office, Dallas, Texas

3:45 pm


Development of the “Reasoned Moral Response” Requirement

  • Brad Lollar, Dallas County Public Defender’s Office, Dallas, Texas

4:30 pm


Recess

Thursday, April 11

8:30 am


Communication with the Client: Client Centered Representation

  • Dr. Steve Simring, M.D., MPH, Forensic Psychiatrist, Tenafly, New Jersey

9:30 am


The Effect of Moore v. Texas on Capital Litigation in Texas

  • Robbie McClung, McClung & Franklin, McKinney, Texas

10:15 am


Break

10:30 am


Identifying & Arguing Evidence of Mental Illness

  • Juandalynn Taylor, Taylor Advocacy Group, San Antonio, Texas

11:15 am


How to Use the Results of Your ID Investigation

  • William Boggs, Texas Defender Service, Austin, Texas

12:00 pm


Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm


Ethics: Understanding The Grievance Procedure

  • Kristin Brady, State Bar of Texas, Dallas, Texas
  • Bob Hinton, Robert Hinton & Associates, P.C., Dallas, Texas

1:45 pm


Investigation of Mitigation

  • Danalyn Recer, Gulf Region Advocacy Center, Houston, Texas

2:30 pm


Break

2:45 pm


Impact of Trauma on the Trajectory to Offense Behavior

  • Heather Griffith, Brams & Associates, Columbus, Ohio

3:30 pm


School Records: Mining for Mitigation Gems

  • Angela Reid, Paris Independent School District, Paris, Texas

4:30 pm


Recess

Friday, April 12

8:30 am


Issue Preservation & Pre-Trial Litigation: Making it Worthwhile

  • John Wright, Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases, Wichita Falls, Texas

9:30 am


Appeal of the Capital Case: Briefing & Argument

10:15 am


Break

10:30 am


Fundamental Differences in Mindset & Strategy: Capital Defense v. Other Criminal Defense

  • Gretchen Sween, Attorney at Law, Austin, Texas

11:30 am


Funding The Defense

12:15 pm


Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm


Preservation of Error & Preparing for Appeal

  • Jani Maselli Wood, Harris County Public Defender’s Office, Houston, Texas

2:00 pm


Why We Do What We Do (Capital Defense)

  • Danalynn Recer, Gulf Region Advocacy Center, Houston, Texas

3:00 pm


Adjourn

CLE CREDIT

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 23.25 hours, including 2 hours of ethics. Course ID Number: 174046166.

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 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.

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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