Anyone who is new to a prosecutor’s office (less than six months on the job) should plan to attend TDCAA’s Prosecutor Trial Skills Course. It’s a full week of intensive training that prepares newly hired prosecutors for their work both in the courtroom and out. Seasoned faculty advisors are assigned to small groups of attendees to answer questions and direct discussions at each table, and two aspects of trial—jury selection and opening statement—are demonstrated by veteran prosecutors. Other elements of trial are covered, from opening statements to closing arguments, as are DWI and domestic violence prosecution (two of the most common offenses new prosecutors handle), plea bargains, probation revocation hearings, and motions to suppress. There’s even an optional forum on Class C misdemeanors for those prosecutors who practice in JP or municipal courts. New prosecutors won’t want to miss this intensive, high-quality training customized especially for them!
Currently, TDCAA anticipates that there will not be covid-related restrictions in place, so we do not plan to limit attendance. Should pandemic or other safety concerns dictate that limited capacity is necessary, we will cancel registrations in reverse date order. All attendees are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines. Due to room size and unknown attendee count, TDCAA cannot guarantee spaced seating. Updates, if necessary, will be made here.
The Prosecutor Trial Skills Course will be held at the Sheraton Austin. To make reservations at the $139 group rate, call (888) 627-8349. You must mention TDCAA in order to get the discounted rate. Rates are available until December 20 or until the block is sold out, whichever comes first. Overnight self-parking is $5.00 per night.
The conference will begin at 4:00pm on Sunday, July 9 and will adjourn around noon on Friday, July 14.
A password will be sent to registered attendees one week prior to the event to download materials.
A QR code will be provided at the conference to evaluate each talk and its presenter.
Standard Reimbursement Policy: TDCAA will reimburse only eligible prosecutors and prosecutor office employees up to the GSA rate per night for five nights’ stay at a hotel; this amount will be updated October 1st. Due to the increase in hotel reimbursement, TDCAA will no longer reimburse for meals. Additionally, TDCAA will not reimburse for travel, registration fees, hotel tax, parking, taxi costs, or other extraordinary expenses. All other expenses are your own.