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The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar brings together practitioners and members of the judiciary, regulatory, and academic communities. Topics include state contracts and Chapter 2260 traps; privatization and limits on governmental outsourcing; legislative updates; rulemaking procedures; occupational licensing and criminal convictions; electronic discovery; executive order and powers of the Texas governor; new open government issues; practicing at SOAH; and much more. Earn up to 13.25 hours of credit, including 3.5 hours of ethics!

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Aug. 30, 2007
    Presiding Officer:
    Jason Ray, Riggs, Aleshire & Ray, P.C. - Austin, TX
  • 7:45 am
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:15 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Case Law Update

    Alessandra Ziek Beavers, 3rd Court of Appeals - Austin, TX
    David D. Dubose, 3rd Court of Appeals - Austin, TX
    Claire Dinsmoor East, Austin, TX

    A summary of key issues involving administrative law over the past year.
  • 9:15 am
    0.00 hr ethics
    State Contracting Block (9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

  • 9:15 am
    0.50 hr
    State Procurement: Basic Requirements and Remedies

    Susan Ann Underwood Maldonado, Texas Facilities Commission - Austin, TX

    This session will provide a general overview of the procurement options available to a state agency and remedies for the purchasing agency and the vendor community.
  • 9:45 am
    0.75 hr
    State Contracts and Chapter 2260 Tricks and Traps

    Elizabeth G. Bloch, Brown McCarroll LLP - Austin, TX
    Hon. Catherine Clapsaddle Egan, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
    John M. Hohengarten, Attorney General's Office - Austin, TX

    Has Chapter 2260 been an effective answer for sovereign immunity in the break of contract context?
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Policies Related to Privatization and Limits on Governmental Outsourcing

    Billy Hamilton, Billy Hamilton Consulting - Austin, TX

    Governments are using outsourcing more and more frequently, sometimes with good results, sometimes with disastrous results. What are the keys to making the outsourcing decision and being successful?
  • 11:15 am
    0.25 hr
    Risks and Liability of Outsourcing Governmental Functions

    Steve Aragón III, Tx Health & Human Services Com - Austin, TX

    Drawing from recent experience implementing complex outsourcing projects, this session will identify the legal and practical risks inherent in the contracting out of core governmental functions and offer advice on steps a public agency may take to mitigate such risks.
  • 11:30 am
    0.50 hr ethics
    Texas Ethics Commission and Lobbyist Registration

    Andrew Steven Brown, Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP - Austin, TX

    Hey, fat cat! Your communications with the government might require you to register as a lobbyist with the Texas Ethics Commission.
  • Thursday Afternoon, Aug. 30, 2007
    Presiding Officer:
    Kay Trostle, Casey & Gentz LLP - Austin, TX
  • 12:00 pm
    Pick up Box Lunch

  • 12:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    SOAH ALJs -- Litigating at SOAH

    Hon. Craig R. Bennett, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
    Commentator:
    Dylan Owen Drummond, Law Offices of Dylan Drummond - Austin, TX
    Hon. Wendy Kay Luersen Harvel, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
    Hon. Ami L. Larson, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
    Moderator:
    Hon. Howard S. Seitzman, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX

    Recurring evidentiary issues in administrative hearings at SOAH.

    Q&A (15 min) Written questions may be submitted with registration.

    Paper by: Dylan Owen Drummond

  • 1:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Legislative Update

    Thomas M. Pollan, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP - Austin, TX

    A summary of selected legislation from the 80th Texas Legislature of interest to administrative law practitioners.
  • 2:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Rulemaking Procedures: Voidable Rules and the Power of a Court to Remand Pursuant to § 2001.040

    Ron Lynn Beal, Baylor Law School - Waco, TX

    This session will analyze the meaning and legal effect of a "voidable" rule versus a "void" rule. Under what circumstances an agency has the right to cure procedural deficiencies by requesting the court to remand such a "voidable" rule to the agency will be analyzed and discussed.
  • 2:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Occupational Licensing and Criminal Convictions

    Susan Henricks, Hull Henricks & MacRae - Austin, TX
    Marc Aron Levin, Potts & Reilly, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    This session will address barriers to obtaining occupational licenses faced by two million Texans with prior convictions and results of legislation on this subject that was considered during the 80th session.
  • 3:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Electronic Discovery in Administrative Proceedings

    Nanette K. Beaird, Gardere, Wynne, Sewell LLP - Austin, TX
    Edward D. Burbach, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Austin, TX

    The new federal electronic discovery rules should impact the way state agencies retain and produce information. This will affect your practice.
  • 3:30 pm
    Break

    Break
  • 3:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Executive Orders and the Powers of the Texas Governor

    F. Scott McCown, Austin, TX

    A discussion of the constitutional role and power of the governor of Texas and analysis of the meaning of executive orders.
  • 4:15 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    Pro Bono Opportunities in CPS Cases

    Hon. Darlene Byrne, Austin, TX
    Mary A. Keeney, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody PC - Austin, TX
    Khai Parker, Austin, TX
    Don E. Walden, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

    Imagine being the subject of a lawsuit, being removed from your home, your school, your family, and your doctors. You may need an attorney to help you or at least a guardian to advocate for your best interest. The catch is you are a minor, with no money, no job, no legal authority to contract for your own services and you are a foster child. This presentation will let you hear first hand how a volunteer attorney's legal expertise can help.
  • 5:00 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Aug. 31, 2007
    Presiding Officer:
    Jason Ray, Riggs, Aleshire & Ray, P.C. - Austin, TX
  • 7:45 am
    Breakfast Tacos

    Breakfast Tacos
  • 8:00 am
    Announcements

    Announcements
  • Ethics Block (8:15a.m. - 9:00a.m.)

    Ethics Block (8:15a.m. - 9:00a.m.)
  • 8:15 am
    0.25 hr
    Representing Candidates and Public Officials Before the Texas Ethics Commission

    Donna Garcia Davidson, Potts & Reilly LLP - Austin, TX

    From late filing penalties to sworn complaints, how to prepare and present your client's position is key to minimizing fines.
  • 8:30 am
    0.25 hr ethics
    Political Advertising

    David Mendez, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta - Austin, TX

    This presentation will review regulations by the Texas Ethics Commission of governmental activities involving the use of public funds in political advertising and lobbying.
  • 8:45 am
    0.25 hr ethics
    Conflict Rules and Statutes Applicable to Lobbyists

    Patrick F. Thompson, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody PC - Austin, TX

    Many lawyers practicing administrative law fail to recognize that their actions are triggering lobbyist registration requirements. Even among those who recognize the need to register, another pitfall awaits: the conflicts of interest rules are different.
  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Current Issues in Administrative Law

    Steven Baron, Consulting and Legal Services - Austin, TX

  • 9:30 am
    Break

    Break
  • 9:45 am
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    New Open Government Issues and Open Government Changes

    Jennifer Scott Riggs, Riggs, Aleshire & Ray P.C. - Austin, TX

    The Spirit or the Letter of the Law? Both the public and governmental bodies have developed strategies to deal with some of the more difficult issues in open government, i.e. smaller PIA requests to avoid costs and "meetings" between aides to board members. This topic will explore whether these strategies comply with the letter, if not the spirit, of the law.
  • 10:30 am
    0.50 hr
    15 Year Perspective on SOAH

    Hon. Cathleen Parsley, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX

    In 15 years, SOAH has become a prominent feature of the administrative law landscape.  This presentation will look back at the agency's beginning and trace its path to the present.
  • 11:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Hot Administrative Law Issues Pending on Appeal

    Linda Booth Secord, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

    This session will examine the cases now making their way through the courts that are most likely to address important issues in administrative law.
  • 11:30 am
    Pick up Box Lunch

  • 11:45 am
    0.75 hr ethics
    Texas Lawyer's Assistance Program and Justice Mack Kidd Fund

    Hon. J. Woodfin (Woodie) Jones, 3rd Court of Appeals - Austin, TX
    Greg Miller, Austin, TX

    This session features a new video Practicing from the Shadows: Depression and the Legal Profession and information about the role and services of the Justice Mack Kidd Fund and the Texas Lawyer's Assistance Program.
  • Friday Afternoon, Aug. 31, 2007
    Presiding Officer:
    Kay Trostle, Casey & Gentz LLP - Austin, TX
  • 12:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Collateral Estoppel, Administrative Adjudication, and Civil/Criminal Actions

    Jason Ray, Riggs, Aleshire & Ray, P.C. - Austin, TX

    Ever worry how that agreed order in a SOAH hearing might affect a later civil or criminal action, or vice versa?
  • 1:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    UDJA and Administrative Law

    Pete Schenkkan, Graves Doughery Hearon & Moody, P.C. - Austin, TX

    When is a UDJA statute or contract declaratory judgment better than an APA rule declaratory judgment?
  • 1:45 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Ethical Obligations of Lawyers After Sarbanes Oxley

    Jo Ann Biggs, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Dallas, TX

    This presentation will discuss how a lawyer's ethical obligations have changed since the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and will address the ethical obligations of lawyers in both the public and private sectors.
  • 2:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    Judicial Panel

    Hon. Scott A. Brister, Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Hon. G Alan Waldrop, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX
    Moderator:
    Hon. Penny Wilkov, State Office Of Admin Hearings - Austin, TX
    Hon. Stephen Yelenosky, 345th District Court - Austin, TX

    Appeals of Administrative Proceedings Before Travis County District Court, Third Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
  • 3:00 pm
    Adjourn

    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Steve Aragón III

Tx Health & Human Services Com
Austin, TX

Steven Baron

Consulting and Legal Services
Austin, TX

Nanette K. Beaird

Gardere, Wynne, Sewell LLP
Austin, TX

Ron Lynn Beal

Baylor Law School
Waco, TX

Alessandra Ziek Beavers

3rd Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Hon. Craig R. Bennett

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Jo Ann Biggs

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Dallas, TX

Elizabeth G. Bloch

Brown McCarroll LLP
Austin, TX

Hon. Scott A. Brister

Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Andrew Steven Brown

Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP
Austin, TX

Edward D. Burbach

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Austin, TX

Hon. Darlene Byrne

Austin, TX

Donna Garcia Davidson

Potts & Reilly LLP
Austin, TX

Dylan Owen Drummond

Law Offices of Dylan Drummond
Austin, TX

David D. Dubose

3rd Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Claire Dinsmoor East

Austin, TX

Hon. Catherine Clapsaddle Egan

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton Consulting
Austin, TX

Hon. Wendy Kay Luersen Harvel

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Susan Henricks

Hull Henricks & MacRae
Austin, TX

John M. Hohengarten

Attorney General's Office
Austin, TX

Hon. J. Woodfin (Woodie) Jones

3rd Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Mary A. Keeney

Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody PC
Austin, TX

Hon. Ami L. Larson

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Marc Aron Levin

Potts & Reilly, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Susan Ann Underwood Maldonado

Texas Facilities Commission
Austin, TX

F. Scott McCown

Austin, TX

David Mendez

Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta
Austin, TX

Greg Miller

Austin, TX

Khai Parker

Austin, TX

Hon. Cathleen Parsley

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Thomas M. Pollan

Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
Austin, TX

Jason Ray

Riggs, Aleshire & Ray, P.C.
Austin, TX

Jennifer Scott Riggs

Riggs, Aleshire & Ray P.C.
Austin, TX

Pete Schenkkan

Graves Doughery Hearon & Moody, P.C.
Austin, TX

Linda Booth Secord

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Hon. Howard S. Seitzman

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Patrick F. Thompson

Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody PC
Austin, TX

Don E. Walden

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Hon. G Alan Waldrop

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Hon. Penny Wilkov

State Office Of Admin Hearings
Austin, TX

Hon. Stephen Yelenosky

345th District Court
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Jason Ray—Co-Chair

Riggs, Aleshire & Ray, P.C.
Austin, TX

J. Kay Trostle—Co-Chair

Smith Trostle LLP
Austin, TX

Don Ballard

Texas Workforce Commission
Austin, TX

Ron Lynn Beal

Baylor Law School
Waco, TX

Roger B Borgelt

Potts & Reilly, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Ann Bright

Texas Parks And Wildlife Department
Austin, TX

Hon. Darlene Byrne

Austin, TX

Dylan Owen Drummond

Law Offices of Dylan Drummond
Austin, TX

Kimberly Frost

Jack Martin & Associates
Austin, TX

Susan Henricks

Hull Henricks & MacRae
Austin, TX

John M. Hohengarten

Attorney General's Office
Austin, TX

Mary A. Keeney

Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody PC
Austin, TX

Janet I. Monteros

Attorney at law
Austin, TX

Thomas M. Pollan

Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
Austin, TX

Pete Schenkkan

Graves Doughery Hearon & Moody, P.C.
Austin, TX

Linda Booth Secord

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Hon. Howard S. Seitzman

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Hon. Bea Ann Smith

3rd Court Of Appeals
Austin, TX

Don E. Walden

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Hon. G Alan Waldrop

Third Court of Appeals
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.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Austin – Aug 30-31, 2007 – Hyatt Regency Austin
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