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The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar brings together practitioners with members of the judiciary, regulatory and academic communities for the latest legislative and case law updates, and Attorney General opinions.

Don’t miss exceptional speakers, timely topics and relevant take-away materials.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Aug. 25, 2011
    Presiding Officer:
    James W. Checkley, Jr., Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell - Austin, TX
  • 8:00 am
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:45 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 9:00 am
    1.00 hr
    Case Law Update

    Hon. J. Woodfin "Woodie" Jones, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX
    Linda B. Secord, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

    A summary of key cases involving administrative law over the past year.
  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Open Government Update

    Amanda Crawford, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
    Jennie Hoelscher, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

    A look at significant issues involving the Texas Public Information Act and Open Meetings Act over the last year, including Attorney General opinions, legislation, and court decisions.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Governmental Immunity: Attack and Defend

    Robin A. Melvin, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody - Austin, TX

    This presentation includes a case law update and discussion of practical issues that should be considered when suing or defending a governmental entity.
  • 11:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Rulemaking: Interpretive Rules, Agency Interpretations and Reasoned Justifications

    Dudley D. McCalla, Of Counsel, Jackson Walker L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    A discussion of recent cases and articles on these topics.
  • 12:00 pm
    Break to Pick Up Box Lunch

    Included in conference registration fee.
  • Thursday Afternoon, Aug. 25, 2011
    Presiding Officer:
    Mary A. Keeney, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody - Austin, TX
  • THE 82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

  • 12:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Overview of the 82nd Legislative Session

    Kirk Watson, Texas State Senate, District 14 - Austin, TX

  • 12:45 pm
    Break

  • 1:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Legislative Update

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

    With the budget deficit, redistricting, Sunset legislation impacting several large agencies, and a number of other items, the 2011 session of the Texas Legislature involved many thorny issues.  This session focuses on the bills enacted by the 82nd Texas Legislature that will impact administrative law practitioners, followed by a series of updates on the impacts of Sunset and other legislation on the Public Utility Commission, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the Railroad Commission, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Water Development Board and the Texas Department of Insurance.
  • 1:30 pm
    0.42 hr
    Update: Texas Department of Insurance

    Alex Gonzales, Winstead PC - Austin, TX

  • 1:55 pm
    0.42 hr
    Update: Railroad Commission

    James E. Mann, Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, LLP - Austin, TX

  • 2:20 pm
    0.42 hr
    Update: TCEQ and the Texas Water Development Board

    Emily Rogers, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP - Austin, TX

  • 2:45 pm
    0.33 hr
    Update: PUC

    John F. Williams, Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, LLP - Austin, TX

  • 3:05 pm
    0.42 hr
    ERCOT from an Administrative Law Perspective

    Steven Baron, Consulting and Legal Services - Austin, TX
    Nathan Bigbee, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) - Austin, TX

  • 3:30 pm
    Break

  • 3:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Selected Jurisdictional Issues

    J. Bruce Bennett, Cardwell, Hart & Bennett, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    A discussion of recent cases concerning the district court's jurisdiction to review administrative agency determinations and to entertain claims arising from or based in part on agency determinations.
  • 4:15 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Access to Justice for All Texans

    Hannah Silk Kapasi, Texas Access to Justice Commission - Austin, TX

    A representative from the Texas Access to Justice Commission highlights the many ways attorneys can get involved in increasing access to legal services for poor and low-income Texans.
  • 4:45 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Aug. 26, 2011
    Presiding Officer:
    Ann Bright, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
  • 8:30 am
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Streamlining Enforcement Processes while Maintaining Due Process

    William H. Kuntz, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Austin, TX

    A look at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation's (TDLR) increasing enforcement workloads and efforts to adjust to budget cuts, and the State Office of Administrative Hearings' (SOAH) efforts to streamline default hearings.
  • 9:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Issues Out of CREZ

    Moderator:
    J. Kay Trostle, Smith Trostle LLP - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Zach Brady, ZS Brady & Co. - Lubbock, TX
    Panelists:
    Todd George, Texas Parks And Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    E. Allen Nye Jr., Oncor Electric Delivery Company - Dallas, TX

    Pursuant to legislation enacted in 2005, the Public Utility Commission identified five areas in Texas where large wind generators committed to construct wind farms, and designated them as Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ). It then identified more than 100 transmission line projects needed to support the CREZ, and designated eight transmission service providers to implement those projects at an estimated cost of $5 billion (ultimately to be paid by electric consumers).  The exact routes for these transmission lines, primarily through private property, were determined through 30 contested case proceedings conducted by SOAH, many with dozens and some with hundreds of landowners as well as other state agencies intervening as parties.  This session focuses on the variety of procedural and substantive issues that arose from this complex administrative litigation.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    1.00 hr ethics
    Standing in the Light: Transparency in Government

    James E. Cousar, Thompson & Knight LLP - Austin, TX
    Kimberly A. Frost, Jack Martin & Associates - West Lake Hills, TX

    We all agree that open government is a good thing yet understand that certain matters should be kept confidential. How are we to trace the boundary between these two commands and what principles and considerations should guide us? Are the Open Meetings and Public Information Acts the sum of our obligations or are we called further in the project of making state and local government accessible and open to all? Pack up your experiences, observations and opinions and join your colleagues and our two experienced moderators for a lively and illuminating discussion in the third annual Town Hall Meeting.
  • 11:45 am
    Break for Lunch Buffet

    Included in conference registration fee.
  • Friday Afternoon, Aug. 26, 2011
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Howard S. Seitzman, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

  • 12:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    SOAH Update

    Hon. Kerry D. Sullivan, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX

    A look at current events at SOAH, including a legislative update.
  • 1:00 pm
    Break

  • 1:15 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    Best Practices in the Absence of New Disciplinary Rules

    Claude E. Ducloux, Hill, Ducloux, Carnes & de la Garza - Austin, TX

    This session addresses best practices for attorneys facing ethics questions in light of the recent defeat of the proposed revisions to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • 2:00 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    Clarifying Ex Parte Communications: Ethics Opinion No. 604

    Evan D. Johnson, Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, LLP - Austin, TX
    Patrick Keel, Mediator-Arbitrator - Austin, TX

    In May 2009, Ethics Opinion No. 587 generated much controversy.  In January 2011, the Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar issued Opinion No. 604, which purported to "clarify and amplify" the committee’s earlier opinion.  Did it?  What are the current parameters for ex parte communications with administrative agencies?
  • 2:45 pm
    1.00 hr
    Judges Panel

    Moderator:
    Hon. Pratibha J. Shenoy, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Debra Lehrmann, Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Bob Pemberton, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Stephen Yelenosky, 345th Judicial Civil District Court - Austin, TX

    Panelists engage in a round-robin discussion and respond to participants in a short structured Q&A. 
  • 3:45 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Steven Baron

Consulting and Legal Services
Austin, TX

J. Bruce Bennett

Cardwell, Hart & Bennett, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Nathan Bigbee

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Austin, TX

Zach Brady

ZS Brady & Co.
Lubbock, TX

James E. Cousar

Thompson & Knight LLP
Austin, TX

Amanda Crawford

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Claude E. Ducloux

Hill, Ducloux, Carnes & de la Garza
Austin, TX

Kimberly A. Frost

Jack Martin & Associates
West Lake Hills, TX

Todd George

Texas Parks And Wildlife Department
Austin, TX

Alex Gonzales

Winstead PC
Austin, TX

Jennie Hoelscher

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Evan D. Johnson

Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, LLP
Austin, TX

Hon. J. Woodfin "Woodie" Jones

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Hannah Silk Kapasi

Texas Access to Justice Commission
Austin, TX

Patrick Keel

Mediator-Arbitrator
Austin, TX

William H. Kuntz

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Austin, TX

Hon. Debra Lehrmann

Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

James E. Mann

Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, LLP
Austin, TX

Dudley D. McCalla

Of Counsel, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Robin A. Melvin

Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody
Austin, TX

E. Allen Nye Jr.

Oncor Electric Delivery Company
Dallas, TX

Hon. Bob Pemberton

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Thomas M. Pollan

Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
Austin, TX

Emily Rogers

Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
Austin, TX

Linda B. Secord

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Hon. Pratibha J. Shenoy

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Hon. Kerry D. Sullivan

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

J. Kay Trostle

Smith Trostle LLP
Austin, TX

Kirk Watson

Texas State Senate, District 14
Austin, TX

John F. Williams

Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, LLP
Austin, TX

Hon. Stephen Yelenosky

345th Judicial Civil District Court
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Ann Bright—Chair

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Austin, TX

Steven Baron

Consulting and Legal Services
Austin, TX

J. Bruce Bennett

Cardwell, Hart & Bennett, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Lou Bright

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

James W. Checkley, Jr.

Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell
Austin, TX

David C. Duggins

Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, LLP
Austin, TX

Kimberly A. Frost

Jack Martin & Associates
West Lake Hills, TX

Susan Henricks

Hull Henricks LLP
Austin, TX

Mary A. Keeney

Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody
Austin, TX

Kimberly L. Kiplin

Texas Lottery Commission
Austin, TX

Hollis L. Levy

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Dudley D. McCalla

Of Counsel, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Janet I. Monteros

El Paso County Attorney's Office
El Paso, TX

Thomas M. Pollan

Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
Austin, TX

Linda B. Secord

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Hon. Howard S. Seitzman

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

J. Kay Trostle

Smith Trostle LLP
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.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
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 25-26, 2011 – AT&T Conference Center
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$7 self-parking per day; $14 self-parking overnight; $10 per day valet parking

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