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Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Austin – Sep 1-2, 2016 – AT&T Conference Center
Live Webcast – Sep 1-2, 2016

The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar brings together members of the judiciary, as well as regulatory and academic communities, to engage with practitioners to discuss the latest legislative and case law updates, rule changes and other timely topics.   2016 program highlights include: Discussion of significant administrative law cases issued during the last year, plus updates on open government legislation, motions for rehearing, governmental immunity, and developments at the State Office of Administrative Hearings Exploration of hot topics, including the Use or Abuse of Social Media by Texas Administrative Agencies, Data Breaches, and Contracting after the 2015 Legislative Session Agency Spotlight: Employees Retirement System of Texas with Porter Wilson, Executive Director Top Ten Tips for Drafting Legislation with Erin Smith of the Texas Legislative Counsel A deep dive into the rules and rulemaking, including a panel discussion on Rules and Rulemaking: The Need and Prospects for Clarification of Procedural Requirements and the Opportunities for Substantive Challenges Hon. Suzanne Formby Marshall moderates the annual unscripted round-robin discussion among members of the judiciary, featuring Hon. Jeffrey S. Boyd, Hon. Jeffrey L. Rose and Hon. Amy Clark-Meachum Multiple opportunities to network and connect, including a Thursday Evening Networking Reception! more »

Total Credit Hours:
14.50 | 2.50 ethics    Credit Info
Specialization:
Administrative Law

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Gas and Power Institute

Houston – Sep 8-9, 2016 – Hotel Derek

The 15th Annual Gas and Power Institute features timely topics relevant to the gas and power industry in light of the changing landscape of rules, regulation, legislation, and environmental requirements. It, offers essential information on the latest industry and market climate and provides a must-have set of materials and resources.   2016 Institute highlights: Chris Reeder, Husch Blackwell LLP, Austin, TX, provides Texas Case Law and Regulatory Updates that significantly affect the Texas gas and power industries. Hear a Federal Energy Policy update with James Hoecker, Hausch Blackwell LLP. Nicolas Borda, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Mexico City, provides a primer on the Mexican Energy Market and leads a panel of Mexican energy experts on Opportunities and Challenges of Implementing Gas and Power Projects in Mexico. Learn how new market dynamics are creating opportunities and challenges for both buyers and sellers as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) continues toward commoditization. An overview of the state of global cybersecurity, power industry cybersecurity, and what your company and legal teams can do to help. Craig R. Enochs, Reed Smith LLP, explores issues attorneys should be aware of when negotiating contracts with governmental entities and the ethical issues that can arise when doing so. Rebecca Rentz, Winstead PC, provides an update on methane regulations and air quality developments, including how 2016 ozone levels to date may impact EPA’s final ozone nonattainment designations. Hear a brief CFTC regulatory update, and peek into the future as we contemplate the potential impacts of this year’s presidential election, with Phil Lookadoo, Haynes and Boone, LLP. Gain insight into how bankruptcy is impacting the gas and power industry with A Bankruptcy Primer for Creditors and Contract Counterparties in the Gas and Power Industry and a panel presentation Bankruptcy In the Gas and Power Industry Enjoy earning two hours of ethics credit with our two unique and entertaining ethics presentations. Interact and network with program faculty and attendees during Thursday evening’s  reception The Institute is presented with the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and The Energy Bar Association. more »

Total Credit Hours:
12.00 | 2.50 ethics    Credit Info
Specializations:
Administrative Law
Oil, Gas and Mineral Law
Real Estate Law

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Dallas – Sep 8, 2016 – Cityplace Conference Center
Austin – Sep 29, 2016 – Norris Conference Center
Houston – Oct 6, 2016 – Norris Conference Center - CityCentre

Essential Employment Law is a one-day HR program led by employment law experts Connie Cornell and Michael W. Fox, designed to provide overviews and updates on issues related to Texas employment laws. Content is extensive and exhaustive with topics ranging from employment-at-will to discrimination issues, wage and hour violations, retaliation, FMLA, changes in employment law impacting compliance efforts, and more.  This practical course provides detailed written materials and is ideal for HR professionals and beginning employment lawyers. Stay on for Friday's follow-up program: Essential Non-Competes and Non-Disclosures INSTRUCTORS Connie L. Cornell, PHR is a founding partner of Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP, an Austin labor and employment law firm. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources by the national Society for Human Resource Management.   Michael W. Fox is a shareholder in the Austin office of Ogletree Deakins, a national labor and employment law firm. He has represented employers in employment law matters for more than 35 years, is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. more »

Total Credit Hours:
7.50    Credit Info
Specializations:
Civil Appellate Law
Civil Trial Law
Labor and Employment Law

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Essential Non-Compete and Trade Secret Law: A Practical Guide to Talent Management

Dallas – Sep 9, 2016 – Cityplace Conference Center
Austin – Sep 30, 2016 – Norris Conference Center
Houston – Oct 7, 2016 – Norris Conference Center - CityCentre

Essential Non-Compete and Trade Secret Law: A Practical Guide to Talent Management is a one-day program led by experts in drafting and litigating of non-compete and non-disclosure agreements.The program is extensive, providing attendees with a comprehensive overview and offering practical tips on how to avoid disputes where you can, and how to effectively resolve them when you cannot. The program also offers local insight into unique practice quirks in each city, ensuring attendees know what to expect from their local adjudicators. This practical course provides detailed written materials and is ideal for HR professionals and beginning employment lawyers, and anyone in need of a refresher on this ever-changing area of law. Attendees are also encouraged to come a day early for Thursday's Essential Employment program for a comprehensive overview of employment law. more »

Total Credit Hours:
6.50    Credit Info
Specializations:
Civil Appellate Law
Civil Trial Law
Labor and Employment Law

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Mortgage Lending Institute

Austin – Sep 29-30, 2016 – AT&T Conference Center
Dallas – Oct 20-21, 2016 – Cityplace Conference Center

The 50th Annual William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute—the definitive real estate finance course of the year—presents current developments and industry trends, offers practical information on real estate lending, financing and title issues, and provides a must-have set of materials and resources.   This year’s program features: David Weatherbie's annual Case Law Update; plus significant Federal Regulatory developments, including new rules and regulations for CMBS loans and HVCRE loans A Title Insurance Update: Implications and Interpretations of Key Cases Commercial Lending Track addressing issues and hot topics including the impact of the ESIGN Act; using auctions to sell and market real estate; and the assumption of CMBS loans Residential Lending Track addressing issues and hot topics including TRID and residential disclosures; the current CFPB loss mitigation rules; residential bankruptcy issues and forms; and eviction issues.   A look at trends in bankruptcies and restructurings in the real estate sector. Essential technology tips for keeping and enhancing your practice—including Thirty Tech Tips for Your CREF Practice and Managing Cyber Liability Luncheon Presentation on The Future of the Legal Profession with Hon. Lora J. Livingston Plus a special 50th Anniversary Recognition and Retrospective, 2.25 hours of ethics and more! more »

Total Credit Hours:
14.00 | 2.50 ethics    Credit Info
Specializations:
Bankruptcy Law
Consumer and Commercial Law
Real Estate Law

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Government Enforcement Institute

Houston – Sep 29-30, 2016 – Hotel Derek

Don’t miss The University of Texas School of Law’s 3rd Annual Government Enforcement Institute (UTGEI)—quickly becoming one of the premier enforcement programs in the country.   The Institute brings together a nationally recognized faculty to discuss key issues and strategies for protecting companies and executives in government investigations. It provides a unique collegial forum for in-house counsel and practitioners to engage with high-level current and former government officials from the SEC, DOJ, and other authorities with an enforcement mandate. Hear the latest enforcement trends, risk areas and judicial and legislative developments, as well as indispensable insight and practical advice in handling a government investigation.  Just a few of this year's UTGEI highlights include: Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, Chief of the SEC’s FCPA Unit, opens with this year’s Keynote Presentation In-House Counsel’s Effective Management of Investigations, moderated by Lynn A. Neils, Partner with Baker Botts and former AUSA for the Southern District of NY and the District of NJ, provides key considerations for conducting and managing internal investigations and collaborating with external counsel SEC Priorities: The Year Past, The Year Ahead featuring Scott Friestad, Associate Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, and Shamoil T. Shipchandler, Director of the SEC’s Fort Worth Regional Office Punishing Corporations Isn’t Enough: The Government’s Push to Prosecute Individuals, moderated by Jim Letten, Senior Counsel with Butler Snow LLP, and former U.S. Attorney, looks at the implications of the Yates Memo and increased efforts to prosecute individuals in corporate fraud cases Surviving Internal Investigation and Prosecution with former GC of a major technology firm, Kent Roberts, discusses the dynamics of an internal investigation including Roberts’ own experience being indicted by the SEC during the options backdating scandal Cybersecurity for Business Infrastructure with information security and cyber risk leads from Chevron and Calpine Corporation When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies: Managing Catastrophic Environmental Risks, features EPA Regional Counsel, James O’Rourke Payne, and LyondellBasell Lead Counsel, Steve Cook, and discusses essential preparations and post-incident strategies for managing an environmental crisis. Whistleblowers: The Challenges for In-House Counsel provides key strategies and considerations for successfully navigating the challenges posed to companies by whistleblowers. Corporate Families, Board Committees and the Ethical Issues They Present with Randall M. Ebner, Assistant General Counsel with Exxon Mobil Corporations, and John K. Villa of Williams & Connolly LLP uses a hypothetical scenario to highlight the ethical problems and professional conflicts for corporate lawyers who advise companies and boards.   Plus invaluable networking opportunities to interact with speakers and attendees, including the Thursday Networking Luncheon and Evening Reception     more »

Total Credit Hours:
10.75 | 2.00 ethics    Credit Info
Specializations:
Administrative Law
Civil Appellate Law
Civil Trial Law
Criminal Appellate Law
Criminal Law

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Mergers and Acquisitions Institute

Dallas – Oct 20-21, 2016 – The Ritz-Carlton

UT Law’s Mergers and Acquisitions Institute has gained a reputation among deal lawyers, corporate development officers, investment bankers, private equity investors, hedge fund managers and other legal and financial practitioners as the leading private M&A conference of its kind in the United States. Now in its 12th year, this program examines the latest deal trends, structures, pitfalls and opportunities in M&A, includes nationally and internationally recognized speakers, and provides invaluable networking opportunities to network with leading M&A lawyers and corporate development officers in Texas and the Southwest. Key reasons to attend: Learn about developments in drag-alongs and other minority shareholder squeeze-out techniques Gain insight from experienced practitioners in Texas Twists: An Essential Guide to Key Texas Law M&A Issues Explore the challenges in structuring and executing growth equity deals Rethink the common wisdom and revisit encrusted boilerplate language in M&A agreements Learn how to structure energy deals amidst today’s price volatility Explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of concepts and developments from public target deals that bleed into private target M&A Hear the latest updates on Trending Issues in Negotiation of Indemnification Agreements The combination of an excellent program with nationally recognized speakers, prestigious U.S. and international sponsors, Fletcher’s Texas State Fair famous corny dogs, the 6th annual whiskey tasting, invaluable networking opportunities, and much more, makes this a celebration you won't want to miss! more »

Total Credit Hours:
10.50 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law

Austin – Oct 26, 2016 – Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown
Live Webcast – Oct 26, 2016

UT Law’s Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law—ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners—provides an overview of U.S. immigration laws, agencies and key terms. This year’s program also features a panel utilizing a common fact pattern to illustrate fundamental concepts in immigration law, including employment, family, inadmissibility/criminality and removals. Plus, interact with faculty and fellow practitioners at the Welcome Reception. Continue on at the Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law for two full days of coverage on more advanced issues. more »

Total Credit Hours:
4.25 | 0.50 ethics    Credit Info
Specialization:
Immigration and Nationality Law

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Civil Litigation Conference

Austin – Oct 27-28, 2016 – Four Seasons Hotel

Join leading litigators, judges, and law professors at the 40th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin. The program provides updates and analysis of important developments in civil litigation practice, with substantive coverage of practice tips, advocacy strategies, and important trends. 2016 Conference highlights:  Get the latest updates on Texas civil procedure, changes in FRCP, and insurance law developments Hear premier Texas litigators discuss challenges and opportunities in the arenas of damages, contorts, and alternative dispute resolution in 21st century litigation Get a Texas Supreme Court Justice's point of view on significant decisions from the past term Learn tips for handling common issues that arise in litigation in the bankruptcy court and in civil litigation affected by bankruptcy Learn what lawyers and law firms need to know about data security to avoid losing clients and getting sued Look at important hearsay issues, with an emphasis on hearsay appearing in social and other electronic media Hear about the practicalities lawyers and courts face as jurors increasingly live online and have new expectations for access to the facts, and lawyers have new access into jurors’ lives.  Explore new opportunities in employment law for civil litigators Earn up to 3.50 hours of ethics credit   more »

Total Credit Hours:
12.75 | 3.50 ethics    Credit Info
Specializations:
Civil Appellate Law
Civil Trial Law
Personal Injury Trial Law

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Austin – Oct 27-28, 2016 – Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown
Live Webcast – Oct 27-28, 2016

UT Law’s 40th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for practitioners of all experience levels, and provides an opportunity to meet with and learn from nationally recognized experts and to interact with colleagues. Get to know your fellow practitioners from around the state and hear how they are dealing with tough issues. The 2-day program offers tools, forms, tips and guidance on key decision points and strategies in family-based immigration cases and employment-based immigration cases, and the increasing importance of removal and relief from removal.  Hear an opening presentation by Benjamin E. Johnson on Navigating Uncharted Waters: The Impact of the Current Political Debate on Immigration Politics and Policy.   Gain practical insight into key family immigration issues—naturalization, adoptions, preventing marriage fraud filings, documenting and proving family relationships, and current children’s immigration issues. Examine business-based immigration topics including PERM, alternatives to H1-B visas, and immigration consequences of downsizing.  Discuss how to address “crimes of moral turpitude” in the Fifth Circuit, the process of removal proceedings and options for relief from removal, including asylum, withholding of removal and relief under the Convention against Torture.  Hear a special 40th Anniversary Luncheon Presentation on The Past Forty Years: Reflections on the Evolution of Immigration Law Practice with Charles C. Foster, Harry Gee, Jr., Harry J. Joe, Robert A. Shivers and Peter D. Williamson Interact with faculty, fellow practitioners and pro bono organization representatives during Thursday’s Networking Reception and Pro Bono Mixer. Come a day early for Wednesday's Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law—ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners. more »

Total Credit Hours:
14.75 | 2.25 ethics    Credit Info
Specialization:
Immigration and Nationality Law

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Water Law Fundamentals

Austin – Nov 2, 2016 – Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown

The ideal introduction for new entrants to the field or a refresher for seasoned practitioners, as well as non-lawyers, governmental officials, and engineers, Water Law Fundamentals provides an overview of Texas water law statutes, regulations, and cases, including vocabulary and acronyms necessary to understanding Texas water law. INSTRUCTORS: Doug Caroom is a partner with Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP and is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specializations for Administrative Law.  With more than 40 years of experience in Texas, Doug practices in the areas of water and environmental law, administrative law, and public law. He assists municipalities, river authorities, and water districts in all phases of regulation and is an adjunct professor of Water Law at The University of Texas School of Law. Lyn Clancy is a Senior Water Policy Advisor and the Managing Associate General Counsel with the Lower Colorado River Authority and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Environmental Law Journal. With 15 years of experience in water rights and water policy in Texas, Lyn also serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Water Conservation Association. Jim Mathews is a founding partner of Mathews & Freeland, LLP, and has been practicing law in Texas since 1973.  Jim has extensive experience with water rights and water quality matters, and served as an Assistant Attorney General and the Chief of the Environmental Protection Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office prior to entering private practice. Stay on for the 2016 Texas Water Law Institute for in-depth coverage of water law developments. more »

Total Credit Hours:
3.00    Credit Info
Specializations:
Administrative Law
Real Estate Law

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Advanced Patent Law Institute

Austin – Nov 3-4, 2016 – Four Seasons Hotel
Live Webcast – Nov 3-4, 2016

UT Law's 21st Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute in Austin covers the latest developments in patent law and features a sophisticated and rich array of prosecution and litigation topics. Hear from nationally recognized faculty including senior IP counsel of major corporations, patent prosecution and litigation experts from around the nation, U.S. District Court Judges, and leading academics. This year’s program features: A review of recent Section 101 decisions their impact on shaping the Alice analysis; plus practical prosecution tips and strategies under the new USPTO guidelines Tips and strategies for practicing before the PTAB, including new rules, best practices and current trends; plus insight and tips from the perspective of former Administrative Patent Judges; An in-depth exploration of current “tensions” in concurrent proceedings before the PTAB and the District Courts; what litigators and patent owners should know and understand Recent developments in claims construction, with a focus on the latest post-Teva Federal Circuit cases and the PTAB’s claims construction rules. A continued look at the impact of Octane Fitness, including developing trends and common pitfalls A discussion on the impact of the Defend Trade Secrets Act and the America Invents Act on the protection of technology. A panel of In-House Counsel discuss the key issues around patent prosecution, litigation and licensing, the prospect of patent reform, and more. Key patent licensing strategies, with emphasis on drafting and negotiation The impact of Lexmark, Halo and Life Tech on overseas sales and recent developments in the law of patent exhaustion and foreign sales of products patented in the U.S A special luncheon presentation with Hope C. Shimabuki, Regional Director of the U.S. Patent Trademark Office’s Texas Regional Office Presentations by nationally-recognized academics—Mark A. Lemley, Stanford Law School; John M. Golden, The University of Texas School of Law; and David Hricik, Mercer University School of Law Insight from sitting U.S. District Court Judges, including Judge Robert W. Schroeder III (EDTX) and Judge Roy Payne (EDTX) and from former Judge Faith S. Hochberg on the current landscape for damages and remedies and their experiences hearing patent cases Plus, network with program faculty and fellow practitioners at a Thursday Evening Reception more »

Total Credit Hours:
14.50 | 2.00 ethics    Credit Info

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Texas Water Law Institute

Austin – Nov 3-4, 2016 – Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown

UT Law’s Texas Water Law Institute is the definitive gathering of regulatory agency members, water law practitioners and experts from around the state. Join us for two days of comprehensive discussion on the latest information and developments in Texas water law and planning. Come a day early for Water Law Fundamentals—an essential opener for new attorneys and great refresher for seasoned practitioners. more »

Total Credit Hours:
14.75 | 2.00 ethics    Credit Info
Specializations:
Administrative Law
Real Estate Law

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Insurance Law Institute

Houston – Nov 10-11, 2016 – Hotel Derek

UT Law’s 21st Annual Insurance Law Institute is a unique forum for practitioners of all experience levels to interact with bench, bar, risk managers, adjusters and policyholders to discuss the latest developments in the insurance law industry.  The Institute is jointly presented by The University of Texas School of Law and The Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.  more »

Total Credit Hours:
13.75 | 2.00 ethics    Credit Info
Specializations:
Civil Appellate Law
Civil Trial Law
Consumer and Commercial Law
Personal Injury Trial Law

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Bankruptcy Conference

Austin – Nov 16*, 17-18, 2016 – Four Seasons Hotel
*Wednesday Evening John C. Akard Lecture

UT Law's outstanding 35th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference is one of the premier bankruptcy programs in the nation. The conference attracts a stellar national faculty of prominent judges, academics and practitioners and provides an in-depth focus on current issues and topics in business and consumer bankruptcy. more »

Total Credit Hours:
13.00 | 2.25 ethics    Credit Info
Specialization:
Bankruptcy Law

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Taxation Conference

Austin – Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2016 – Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown

The 64th Annual Taxation Conference features an impressive slate of topics with regionally and nationally renowned speakers covering current trends, updates in tax regulation and policy, and much more.   Continue on Friday with Professor Stanley M. Johanson’s popular one-day Estate Planning Workshop offering lively discussion, practical advice and updates. more »

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Estate Planning Workshop

Austin – Dec 2, 2016 – Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown

The tradition continues—Professor Stanley M. Johanson’s popular one-day Estate Planning Workshop offers timely topics, lively discussion and practical advice.  Come on Wednesday for the 64th Annual Taxation Conference for the latest developments in tax regulations, policy and legislation. more »

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Nonprofit Organizations Compliance and Internal Review Workshop

Austin – Jan 11, 2017 – Four Seasons Hotel

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Nonprofit Organizations Institute

Austin – Jan 12-13, 2017 – Four Seasons Hotel

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Renewable Energy Law

Austin – Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2017 – Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown

Also available as: Materials, In-House CLE

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Special Needs Trusts

Austin – Feb 9-10, 2017 – Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown

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School Law Conference

Austin – Feb 23-24, 2017 – AT&T Conference Center

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Advanced Patent Law Institute

Alexandria – Mar 9-10, 2017 – United States Patent and Trademark Office

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Conference on Criminal Appeals

Austin – May 10-12, 2017 – Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown

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Technology Law Conference

Austin – May 25-26, 2017 – Four Seasons Hotel

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Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Austin – Jun 1-2, 2017 – Four Seasons Hotel

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Higher Education Taxation Institute

Austin – Jun 4-6, 2017 – AT&T Conference Center

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LLCs, LPs and Partnerships

Austin – Jul 13-14, 2017 – Four Seasons Hotel

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The Car Crash Seminar

Austin – Aug 17-18, 2017 – Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown

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Civil Litigation Conference

Austin – Oct 26-27, 2017 – Four Seasons Hotel

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Bankruptcy Conference

Austin – Nov 16-17, 2017 – Four Seasons Hotel