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 of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates, Inc. returns as course director for this program, and will be joined by faculty to 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.

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

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

As of 3/27/2019

7:30 am

Check-In & Registration

8:30 am

Welcome & Introductions

8:35 am

Jury Selection From A Judge’s Perspective

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

9:20 am

Program Outline

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

9:30 am

Voir Dire For A DWI Blood Test Case

  • David Burrows, Attorney At Law, Richardson, Texas

10:15 am


10:30 am

Communicating With The 21st Century Jury

  • Frank Sellers, Westfall Sellers, Fort Worth, Texas

11:15 am

Voir Dire In A Murder Offense Case

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

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm

Legal Overview

  • Katherine L. Reed, Udashen Anton, Dallas, Texas

1:30 pm

Voir Dire In A Child Sexual Assault Case

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

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

Ethics: Attorney Wellness & Related Ethical Considerations

  • Terry Bentley Hill, Law Office of Terry Bentley Hill, Dallas, Texas

3:45 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


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: 174045813.

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.

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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