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Founded in 1947, The Center for American and International Law (“CAIL”) is a 501c3 nonprofit educational institution based in Plano, Texas. CAIL is dedicated to advocating for the rule of law and improving the quality of justice by providing continuing education to lawyers and law enforcement officials in the United States and throughout the world.
Since its founding, CAIL’s educational institutes have established internationally recognized forums and educational programming addressing law enforcement administration, energy law, international and comparative law, transnational arbitration, law and technology, criminal justice, and other relevant topics. Our focus on advancing the rule of law includes criminal justice programming like our Actual Innocence programs focus on systemic problems in the justice system, and the audience typically includes judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers and law enforcement officials. CAIL and its Institutes are nonpartisan and do not take a stance on policies. Some of our programs address the unique challenges surrounding capital murder cases and ensure that prosecutors and defense counsel are adequately prepared.
In its 75-year history, CAIL has served tens of thousands of lawyers and law enforcement officers from all 50 states and 130 countries.
Name: The Center for American and International Law (Previous Name: Southwestern Legal Foundation)
Founding Date: April 12, 1947
Founder: Dean Robert G. Storey
Leadership: Chairman: Randall Ebner and President: T.L. Cubbage
Legal status: The Center for American and International Law is a Texas nonprofit corporation; it is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
Mission statement: CAIL advances the administration of justice by educating and inspiring communities of legal and law-enforcement professionals throughout the world.
Vision statement: Fair and just legal systems reflecting the rule of law, at home and abroad.
Strategic Objectives: During CAIL’s 75th year of service to legal and law-enforcement professionals throughout the world, its strategic plan focuses on building an even more dynamic, diverse, and cohesive organization, positioned for its centennial and beyond.
Unique selling proposition: For 75 years, CAIL has promoted the administration of justice through the activities of its five Institutes: the Institute for Energy Law (IEL); the Institute for Law and Technology (ILT); the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA); the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA); and the Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law (SWIICL). CAIL also sponsors and hosts a limited number of events, including an occasional high-profile lecture, an annual awards luncheon, training for lawyers in death-penalty cases, CLE programs on subjects not covered by the Institutes, and a series of programs on actual innocence. All seek to enhance the understanding of and a commitment to the rule of law.
About CAIL’s Institutes: The Institutes are member organizations that present regular in-person programs such as symposia, conferences, and workshops designed for both members and broader audiences. The activities of ILEA focus on law-enforcement professionals. The other four Institutes target mainly lawyers. The Institutes and CAIL rely on an extensive network of volunteers to design, promote, and participate in these programs. Two Institutes—ITA and IEL—have an engaged community of practitioners, in-house counsel, and academics. They host regular events and produce publications that are recognized for their timely analysis of legal issues. SWIICL holds an annual symposium and for more than five decades has hosted the annual Academy of American and International Law—a five-week intensive course for foreign lawyers on U.S. law, international law, and comparative law. It also hosts events outside the U.S., featuring members of the extensive global network of Academy alumni. ILT offers periodic courses in areas associated with the intersection of law and innovation, including intellectual-property law and cybersecurity law. ILEA provides expert leadership education and training to members of the law-enforcement community.
Annual budget: See Financial Information
Ways to help: Gifts of cash can be made directly to CAIL and sent to 5201 Democracy Drive, Plano, Texas, 75024. Online donations can be made at cailaw.org/donate. For questions regarding donations, please contact Rebecca Trejo, CAIL’s Director of Donor Engagement by email at email@example.com.
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