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This year’s Administrative Law Conference blends presentations by renowned academics, practitioners, and members of the judiciary.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Day 1 Morning
  • 9:00 am
    Austin Only
    1.00 hr
    The Constitutional and Statutory Basis for Agency Authority

    Richard J. Pierce Jr., George Washington Univ. Law School - Washington, DC

    Foundational concepts of federal constitutional law guide both the structure and content of administrative law. This session will outline the concepts pertaining to the major themes of this conference.
  • 10:00 am
    Austin Only
    0.75 hr
    Rulemaking: Before Filing a Challenge

    Anthony C. Grigsby, Office Of The Attorney General - Austin, TX

    Is it a rule, a guideline, or an ad hoc adjudication? What’s the applicability of a rule?
  • 11:00 am
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr
    Judicial Challenges to Agency Rules

    Susan G. Conway, Graves Dougherty & Hearon Moody - Austin, TX

    A discussion of litigation over the validity and applicability of Texas agency rules: how rule challenges are brought and how courts decide them.
  • 11:45 am
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr
    Legislative, Judicial, and Interagency Impact on Rulemaking and Interpretation

    Jack R. Drews, Texas Legislative Council - Austin, TX
    Hon. Robert Pemberton, 3rd Court of Appeals - Austin, TX

    This unit will examine the effect on the administrative rulemaking process and interpretation of rules of legislative oversight, judicial authority, and interagency opinions.
  • Day 1 Afternoon
  • 1:30 pm
    Austin Only
    0.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    The Complex Contested Case

    Lino Mendiola III, Andrews & Kurth LLP - Austin, TX

    How to try a complex matter before Agency Commissioners and Administrative Law Judges.
  • 2:15 pm
    Austin Only
    0.75 hr
    Judicial Deference to Agency Action

    Gerald J. Pels, Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP - Houston, TX

    This presentation will focus on the parameters of Chevron deference including its effect on delegated action. In addition, doctrines of state deference will be examined. The presentation will conclude with an analysis concerning whether greater judicial oversight is warranted in light of Chevron’s broad parameters.
  • 3:15 pm
    Austin Only
    1.00 hr
    The Definitive Guide to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

    Thomas M. Susman, Ropes and Gray - Washington, DC

    The FOIA has become a model for open government laws from Buenos Aires to Shanghai. Noted FOIA expert and author Tom Susman provides an in-depth exploration of how the Act works, what it has accomplished, and what the future holds.
  • 4:15 pm
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr
    Understanding and Working with the Texas Public Information Act

    Larry Farish York, York, Keller & Field, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    The Texas Public Information Act functions as the Texas equivalent of FOIA, and enables access to information generated by and submitted to governmental bodies, including state agencies, local school boards, municipal boards and commissions, law enforcement agencies -- indeed virtually all governmental entities. Larry York, a leading practitioner and expert, explains how to seek and protect information under the Act.
  • 4:45 pm
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr
    Current Issues and Strategies for Obtaining and Protecting Information under the Texas Public Information Act and the FOIA

    Thomas M. Susman, Ropes and Gray - Washington, DC
    Larry Farish York, York, Keller & Field, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    Open government laws allow media, the public, academics, advocacy organizations, and businesses to obtain from the computers and file cabinets of government not only information about what agencies are doing, but also information submitted by others. This presentation by two experienced users of these statutes will explore practical aspects of how requesters can most effectively use the federal and Texas laws, what submitters of information must do to protect sensitive data, the role of the Attorney General, and litigating Public Information Act and FOIA cases.
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Day 2 Morning
  • 8:30 am
    Austin Only
    0.75 hr
    Special Problems under the Open Meetings Act

    David Mendez, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP - Austin, TX

    This presentation will focus on issues faced by political subdivisions taking their meetings "on the road" as well as other emerging issues. In addition, and just in time for the 2005 Legislative Session. This presentation will include a discussion of legislative meeting notice rules of the legislature and its committees.
  • 9:15 am
    Austin Only
    0.00 hr
    0.75 hr ethics
    Ethical Issues in Communications with Agency Decisionmakers

    Pamela M. Giblin, Baker & Botts - Austin, TX

    Discussion of the pitfalls and legal considerations affecting a wide variety of agency communications, including ex parte issues, responsible lobbying and due process concerns.
  • 10:15 am
    Austin Only
    1.00 hr
    Judicial Review

    Steve Baron, Consulting and Legal Services - Austin, TX
    Suzanne Covington, Austin, TX
    Joseph Hill Hart, Austin, TX
    Jan Patterson, 3rd Court Of Appeals - Austin, TX

    A distinguished panel of judges will provide the audience with their perspectives on law and advocacy of administrative law appeals.
  • 11:15 am
    Austin Only
    1.00 hr
    Sovereign Immunity, Legalese for "I Can't Get No Satisfaction"

    Michael A. Shaunessy, Shaunessy & Burnett PC - Austin, TX

    Discussion of the scope of protection afforded by sovereign immunity, how sovereign immunity can be waived and what claims can be maintained against governmental entities/officials without obtaining a waiver of immunity. The presentation will address recent developments in the area of immunity, particularly focusing on contract claims, claims for injunctive relief as well as tort claims.
  • Day 2 Afternoon
  • 1:30 pm
    Austin Only
    0.00 hr
    2.00 hrs ethics
    Ethical, Professional, Fulfilling, and Successful Law Practices in and out of Government

    Charlotte A. Brauchle, Ceasefire - San Antonio, TX
    William John Chriss, Law Offices Of William J. Chriss, P.C. - Corpus Christi, TX
    Mary F. Keller, York Keller & Field - Austin, TX

    What can we do as lawyers to live happy and successful professional lives? We can succeed by doing the right thing and seeking justice. Here’s how.

Conference Faculty

Steve Baron

Consulting and Legal Services
Austin, TX

Charlotte A. Brauchle

Ceasefire
San Antonio, TX

William John Chriss

Law Offices Of William J. Chriss, P.C.
Corpus Christi, TX

Susan G. Conway

Graves Dougherty & Hearon Moody
Austin, TX

Suzanne Covington

Austin, TX

Jack R. Drews

Texas Legislative Council
Austin, TX

Pamela M. Giblin

Baker & Botts
Austin, TX

Anthony C. Grigsby

Office Of The Attorney General
Austin, TX

Joseph Hill Hart

Austin, TX

Mary F. Keller

York Keller & Field
Austin, TX

David Mendez

Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
Austin, TX

Lino Mendiola III

Andrews & Kurth LLP
Austin, TX

Jan Patterson

3rd Court Of Appeals
Austin, TX

Gerald J. Pels

Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP
Houston, TX

Hon. Robert Pemberton

3rd Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Richard J. Pierce Jr.

George Washington Univ. Law School
Washington, DC

Michael A. Shaunessy

Shaunessy & Burnett PC
Austin, TX

Thomas M. Susman

Ropes and Gray
Washington, DC

Larry Farish York

York, Keller & Field, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Edna Ramon Butts—Co-Chair

Office of the Attorney General, State of
Austin, TX

David Mendez—Co-Chair

Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
Austin, TX

Steve Baron

Consulting and Legal Services
Austin, TX

Roger B Borgelt

Potts & Reilly LLP
Austin, TX

Michael J. Esposito

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Anthony F. Haley

Haley Romero Winick & Kroll, Inc.
Austin, TX

Dudley D. McCalla

Heath Davis & McCalla
Austin, TX

Janet I. Monteros

Vista Health Plan, Inc
Austin, TX

Wendy E. Wagner

UT Law School
Austin, TX

Donald N. Walker

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.
MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

Key Dates

Austin – Jul 29-30, 2004 – Eidman Courtroom
Conference Concluded
Video Replay: Austin – Dec 6-7, 2004 – Eidman Courtroom
Conference Concluded
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Austin
Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Jul 21, 2004

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Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Dec 31, 1970

Add $-200 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jul 23, 2004
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Jul 26, 2004

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Austin
Last day for cancellation (full refund): Dec 1, 2004
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Dec 3, 2004

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Venue

Eidman Courtroom

727 E. Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX

Eidman Courtroom

727 E. Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX

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