Virtual CDI-August 2020 Programs


Thinking Outside the Box-(Ethics Credit)

MCLE: 1 Hour Ethic

Speaker: Randy Shaffer, The Shaffer Firm, Houston TX

Randy graduated from St. John’s School in Houston in 1967. He attended the University of Pennsylvania from 1967 to 1969 and received a BA with high honors from the University of Texas in 1970, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received a JD with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1973, where he was a member of the Chancellors (top eight students in his graduating class) and Order of the Coif (top ten per cent of law school graduates in the nation).Randy has written articles that were published in the Champion (NACDL), Voice For The Defense (TCDLA), and the Texas Bar Journal. He has written numerous papers for and spoken at seminars sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, NACDL, TCDLA, Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA), and the Criminal Defense Lawyers Project.Randy represented Randall Dale Adams, whose case was featured in the movie The Thin Blue Line and the book Adams v. Texas.

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Jury Trials During The Corona Virus Pandemic

MCLE: 2 Hours


Speaker: Betty Dunkum Chief Executive Officer @Victory Trial Consulting, LLC

Victory Trial Consulting, LLC, is a full-service national trial consulting firm providing assistance to attorneys in case evaluation, trial strategy, thematic development, jury selection, trial communication, and witness evaluation. Among its services, Victory Trial Consulting provides consultation for trial and jury selection, and conducts case analysis, witness preparation, focus groups, and mock trials. Ms. Dunkum advises litigants on major lawsuits around the country. She received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Williams College.

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Implicit Bias & Racial Anxiety

MCLE: 1 Hours

Speaker: Williams Snowden, The Juror Project , New Orleans, LA

As a felony trial attorney, William witnesses the discriminatory practices removing jurors from the jury panel. In response to these practices, William created The Juror Project—an initiative aiming to increase the diversity of jury panels while changing and challenging people’s perspective of jury duty. The Juror Project engages the community through informative meetings and group discussions. William presents at high schools, colleges, churches, neighborhood associations and any other community gatherings to discuss the importance of jury service, the discriminatory practices of some prosecutors, as well as what members can do to actually get on a jury.

William is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Seton Hall Law School where he served as president of the Black Law Students Association. Additionally, William was a Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice Scholar, taught constitutional law at a local Newark, New Jersey, charter school, and was awarded the Elizabeth Ann Seton Student Servant Leader award. Additionally, William works as a staff attorney at the Orleans Public Defenders and has been there since 2013.

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