Upcoming Events

**Please allow two weeks for CLE credit to be reported to the State Bar**

CLE | Closing The Courthouse Doors To Misleading Forensic Evidence

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 8:10 am - 4:55 pm

The Harris County Public Defender’s Office has partnered with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association to offer our third annual forensic seminar, Closing the Courthouse Doors to Misleading Forensic Evidence. This low cost ($35-$35) seminar focuses on the mechanics of legal challenges to forensic evidence, the changing legal landscape, and human factors, weak points, and critical studies that render different forensic disciplines vulnerable to challenge. We have invited some of the leading speakers, local experts, and most experience lawyers in the nation to speak on these important topics. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Itiel Dror, an internationally renowned and revered expert on cognitive factors in forensic science.

CLE | Chapter 46B: Intellectual Disability as a Defense

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Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Christopher Washington was convicted of capital murder in 2014. He was sentenced to life without parole. Washington suffered from an intellectual disability which clouded his ability to understand the nature of the proceedings or assist in his own defense. Using Chapter 46B, Washington’s conviction was eventually overturned in November of 2019. This presentation uses the Washington case to inform attorneys how to use Chapter 46B as a defensive tool in both the trial and appellate courts. Notably, we will break down Chapter 46B and guide practitioners on procedural obstacles, experts, and relevant trial and appellate strategies.

CLE | Dealing with Implicit Bias

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Denise Ereka Peterson, a professional trainer in implicit bias, will be presenting how implicit bias can impact the representation of the accused. This free training will help lawyers better understand the sources of implicit bias, the relationship between implicit bias and the law, and how to better identify and address implicit bias in casework.

CLE | The Impact of Storytelling & Participatory Defense

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Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The first part of this training will focus on the story of one man’s wrongful conviction and the impact his shared story has had throughout the criminal justice system. The story follows Anthony Graves from arrest through trial, conviction, reversal, and eventually exoneration. The second part of this training explores how participatory defense works and changes the game for families of incarcerated loved ones.  Participatory defense provides families support, understanding of the criminal justice system, and representation as they attempt navigate the system along with their loved ones. This training will emphasize how empowering and encouraging family members can lead to better courtroom outcomes for their loved ones.


CLE | Policing Trauma: Litigating Race, Stereotype Threat, and Trauma

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Professor Kristin Henning, a leading practitioner and scholar in the field of race, adolescence, and policing, is presenting on Policing Trauma: Litigating Race, Stereotype Threat, and Trauma. This talk explains how the issues of police trauma, racial bias, and stereotype threat deeply impact every stage of a criminal proceeding, both inside and outside of a courtroom, and how lawyers can use a better understanding of these factors to advocate for better outcomes for their clients.

CLE | Civil Asset Forfeiture

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Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Civil forfeiture is a practice that allows law enforcement to take, keep, and profit from individuals’ property without even charging them with a crime—much less convicting them of one. A lack of transparency and low standard of review make it easy and lucrative for the government to take and keep property, regardless of whether the owner was guilty or innocent. As a public defender or criminal defense attorney, you are uniquely situated to identify victims of this unconstitutional practice.

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