Baylor Law Hosts 10th Successful Criminal Law Boot Camp

December 6, 2021

Baylor Law Hosts 10th Successful Criminal Law Boot Camp

Group photo of Criminal Law Boot Camp Participants
Baylor Law students with the volunteer prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers at the Criminal Law Boot Camp, December 2021


The tenth Criminal Law Boot Camp, and third of 2021, offered an intense introduction to Texas state criminal practice taught by highly experienced prosecutors and defense lawyers. Over a period of three days students were exposed to real-world criminal case theories and preparation skills that are essential for successful criminal prosecution and defense. The final Boot Camp of 2021 began on Friday, December 3, and ran through Sunday, December 5.

Unique to Baylor Law, the Criminal Law Boot Camp is led by award-winning prosecutor and author Richard Alpert. Alpert has trained thousands of lawyers, judges, expert witnesses, and others on the intricacies of successfully litigating criminal cases.

In addition to deep dives into jury selection, punishment evidence, and how to construct and deliver an effective guilt/innocence and punishment closing arguments, students also learn about ethical issues related to criminal practice from both the state and the defense perspectives.

In the fictitious case used during this past weekend’s Boot Camp, In the fictitious case used during the Boot Camp, State of Texas v. Glen Alex Cobb, the Defendant is charged with 1st Degree Murder. He is accused of shooting a homeless man who confronted him in, and outside of, a convenience store. The Defense is claiming self-defense. Competing media narratives complicate this emotionally fraught case.

Students learned from the combined experience of a dozen current and retired prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers, including:


  • Richard Alpert, Retired Tarrant County Assistant Criminal District Attorney and Adjunct Professor at Baylor Law
  • Ryan Calvert, Brazos County Assistant District Attorney and Adjunct Professor at Baylor Law
  • Gabby Massey, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, Criminal Prosecutions Division
  • Kevin Petroff, Assistant District Attorney at Galveston County Criminal District Attorney's Office
  • Beth Toben, Limestone County Assistant Criminal District Attorney

Defense Attorneys

  • Elizabeth Berry, Elizabeth Berry Law Firm, Fort Worth, TX
  • David Deaconson, Pakis, Giotes, Page & Burleson, P. C. and Adjunct Professor at Baylor Law
  • Keith Harris, Harris & Harris Law Group, PLLC, Dallas, TX
  • Christy Jack, Vargehese Summersett PLLC, Fort Worth, TX
  • JoAnn Linzer, Linzer and Gaines Attorneys at Law, Conroe, TX
  • Patrick Short, Law Firm of Patrick Short, Rockwall, TX
  • Greg Westfall, Westfall Sellers, Fort Worth, TX

Due to increased student demand for the Criminal Law Boot Camp, Prof. Alpert now plans to offer one per quarter beginning in 2022. The Spring Boot Camp will be held April 1-3, 2022, the Summer Boot Camp will be held June 24-26.

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