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The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar brings together members of the judiciary, regulatory and academic communities to engage with practitioners to discuss the latest legislative and case law updates, rule changes and other timely topics.

2015 program highlights:

  • A discussion of significant administrative law cases issued during the last year
  • Ann Bright and April Glass Griffin discuss the bills enacted by the 84th Texas Legislature that impact administrative law practitioners
  • A look at the new Texas administration, including Governor Greg Abbott and the new Attorney General
  • Director of the Sunset Advisory Commission, Ken Levine, explores major changes in Sunset legislation from the past year
  • John D. Moore of the Texas Ethics Commission provides the dos and don’ts of communicating with Texas branches of government
  • Multiple SOAH Judges discuss legislation from the 84th Texas Legislature
  • Hon. Darlene Byrne highlights opportunities for attorneys to provide pro bono legal services to individuals who cannot afford them
  • Hon. Craig R. Bennett moderates the always popular Judicial Panel round-robin discussion with Q&A for attendees
  • Earn up to 3.25 hours of ethics credit
  • Interact and network with program faculty and attendees during the Monday Evening Networking Reception
Registration includes course materials, luncheon presentations on both days, networking reception and free Wi-Fi.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Monday Morning, Aug. 31, 2015
    Presiding Officer:
    Kimberly L. Kiplin, Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, LLP - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Case Law Update: Part I

    Laurie Ratliff, Ikard Golden Jones P.C. - Austin, TX
    Elizabeth R. B. Sterling, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
    Mark L. Walters, Jackson Walker L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    A discussion of significant administrative law cases issued during the last year.
  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Open Government Update

    Kimberly L. Fuchs, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
    Lori Anne Fixley Winland, Locke Lord LLP - Austin, TX

    An overview of recent legislation and judicial decisions concerning the Texas Public Information Act and the Texas Open Meetings Act.
  • 9:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Legislative Update

    Ann Bright, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
    April Glass Griffin, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services - Austin, TX

    A focus on the bills enacted by the 84th Texas Legislature that impact administrative law practitioners.
  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    New Texas Administration: The New Governor

    DeAnn Thomason Walker, Office of the Governor - Austin, TX

    A discussion of the main policies for Governor Greg Abbott.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.50 hr
    New Texas Administration: The New Attorney General

    James E. Davis, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
    David A. Talbot Jr., Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

    Analyze the transition in the Office of the Attorney General.
  • 11:15 am
    0.75 hr ethics
    Too Many Entities at the State and on the Private Side

    Thomas H. Watkins, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX

    Agency attorneys have too many bites at the apple, while private attorneys face too many entities. 
  • 12:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Doing Business with the State

    Lesli Ginn, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
    Rob Schneider Jr., Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

    A highlight of key issues that are unique to contracting with the government, including the role of sovereign immunity and the Chapter 2260 process as well as the governing law and practice.
  • 12:30 pm
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration.
  • Monday Afternoon, Aug. 31, 2015
    Presiding Officer:
    Lesli Ginn, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:50 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    Zen and the Art of Advocacy

    Hon. John K. Dietz, Retired, 250th District Court - Austin, TX

    When you do something, you should do it with your whole body and mind, you should be concentrated on what you do. You should do it completely, like a good bonfire.
  • 1:35 pm
    Break

  • 1:50 pm
    0.75 hr
    Sunset Overview

    Ken Levine, Sunset Advisory Commission - Austin, TX

    Explore the major changes in Sunset legislation from the 84th Texas Legislature, with a look to the upcoming Sunset agency reviews.
  • 2:35 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Issues You Ought to Know at the Ethics Commission

    John D. Moore, Texas Ethics Commission - Austin, TX

    What is lobbying? The dos and don'ts of directly communicating with members of the legislative and executive branches of government in Texas.
  • 3:05 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Revolving Door Issues

    Edward M. Shack, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

    Review the revolving door provisions applicable to Texas state officers and employees.
  • 3:35 pm
    Break

  • 3:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Commercial Regulation and the First Amendment
    This session has moved to 11:30 AM Tuesday.

    Andres S. Medrano, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Austin, TX

    Examine the state of First Amendment law as it applies to commercial speech and the issues that administrative practitioners may encounter when challenging or defending regulations that may impede free speech.
  • 4:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    SOAH Judicial Panel

    Hon. Cathleen Parsley, Chief Administrative Law Judge, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
    Hon. Thomas H. Walston, General Counsel, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
    Hon. William G. Newchurch, Natural Resources, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
    Hon. Pratibha J. Shenoy, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX

    SOAH, Sunset Legislation, and selected other legislation from the 84th Texas Legislature.
  • 5:00 pm
    Adjourn

  • NETWORKING RECEPTION (5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

    THANK YOU TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND PUBLIC LAW SECTION

    Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres with program faculty and attendees.
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Tuesday Morning, Sep. 1, 2015
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Howard S. Seitzman, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Case Law Update: Part II

    Laurie Ratliff, Ikard Golden Jones P.C. - Austin, TX
    Elizabeth R. B. Sterling, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
    Mark L. Walters, Jackson Walker L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    A continuation of the discussion of significant administrative law cases issued during the last year.
  • 9:00 am
    0.75 hr
    Navigating the Waters of Multi-Agency Regulation: Pointers and Pitfalls for Practitioners

    James E. Davis, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
    Jon L. Gillum, Locke Lord LLP - Austin, TX
    Leah Gillum, Texas Department of Insurance - Austin, TX
    Catherine Reyer, Texas Department of Banking - Austin, TX
    Michael Rigby, Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner - Austin, TX

    A discussion concerning the challenges that arise from cross-agency regulation and suggested practices for addressing them.
  • 9:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Changing Discovery Rules in Complex Administrative Contested-Case Proceedings

    Robert G. Hargrove, Osborn, Griffith & Hargrove - Austin, TX
    J. Kay Trostle, Smith Trostle & Huerta LLP - Austin, TX

    Do complex administrative cases warrant restricted discovery across the board? A look at the Railroad Commission’s new discovery rules in its gas utility cases and the potential for similar restrictions in other types of cases.
  • 10:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Fitness Determinations and Mental Health Diagnoses under the ADA

    Susan Henricks, Texas Board of Law Examiners - Austin, TX

    The Louisiana Supreme Court and the U.S. Department of Justice made a settlement agreement in 2014 requiring the state to revise its inquiries and licensing procedures for applicants with certain mental health diagnoses, shifting the focus from diagnosis to history of related misconduct.
  • 10:45 am
    Break

  • 11:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Statutory Interpretation

    Ron Beal, Baylor Law School - Waco, TX

    The fundamentals of statutory construction.
  • 11:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Ultra Vires and Governmental Entities and Officials: How to Plead It and Can You Prove It?
    This session has moved to 3:45 PM Monday.

    Ted A. Ross, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
    Co-Author:
    Nichole Bunker-Henderson, Texas Education Agency - Austin, TX

    Issues and cases addressing the doctrine of ultra vires, including ministerial vs. discretionary acts, acting beyond the scope of authority, retrospective vs. prospective relief, and statutory construction.
  • 12:00 pm
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration.
  • Tuesday Afternoon, Sep. 1, 2015
    Presiding Officer:
    Linda B. Secord, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:20 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    A Law License = $30,000 to $250,000 + Opportunities to Give Back through Pro Bono Service = Priceless

    Hon. Darlene Byrne, 126th District Court - Austin, TX

    Judge Byrne highlights legal challenges faced by ordinary citizens and their struggles in attempting to affordably access the justice system with a focus on the Bar’s obligation to keep the doors to the courthouse open and opportunities for attorneys to help provide pro bono legal services to individuals who cannot afford legal services.
  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    Primary vs. Exclusive Jurisdiction and Pleas to the Jurisdiction Analysis

    J. Bruce Bennett, Cardwell, Hart & Bennett, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
    Hon. J. Woodfin "Woodie" Jones, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP - Austin, TX
    Colleen M. Regester, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX

    A focus on recent cases involving issues of primary and exclusive jurisdiction and the process for analyzing pleas to the jurisdiction filed in district court.
  • 1:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    Licensing-Related Issues and Updates on Chapter 53, Occupations Code

    Franklin Hopkins, Germer Gertz Beaman & Brown PLLC - Austin, TX
    Della M. Lindquist, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Austin, TX
    Jennifer S. Riggs, Riggs & Ray, P.C. - Austin, TX

    Learn the nuances of past or pending criminal actions on licensing, including updates on Chapter 53, Occupations Code, such as what constitutes a criminal conviction, how old can a conviction be, when an individual’s conviction can be applied to an entity who is the license holder, how can agency determinations be challenged, and what law governs.
  • 2:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    Historical Perspective

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

    Where we’ve been and where we’re going, the APA from 1975 until now and beyond.
  • 2:50 pm
    1.00 hr
    Judicial Panel

    Moderator:
    Hon. Craig R. Bennett, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Jeffrey S. Boyd, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Hon. Lora J. Livingston, 261st District Court - Austin, TX
    Hon. Jeffrey L. Rose, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX

    An unscripted round-robin discussion allowing time for questions at the end.
  • 3:50 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Ron Beal

Baylor Law School
Waco, TX

Hon. Craig R. Bennett

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

J. Bruce Bennett

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

Hon. Jeffrey S. Boyd

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Ann Bright

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Austin, TX

Nichole Bunker-Henderson

Texas Education Agency
Austin, TX

Hon. Darlene Byrne

126th District Court
Austin, TX

James E. Davis

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Hon. John K. Dietz

Retired, 250th District Court
Austin, TX

Kimberly L. Fuchs

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Jon L. Gillum

Locke Lord LLP
Austin, TX

Leah Gillum

Texas Department of Insurance
Austin, TX

Lesli Ginn

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

April Glass Griffin

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Austin, TX

Robert G. Hargrove

Osborn, Griffith & Hargrove
Austin, TX

Susan Henricks

Texas Board of Law Examiners
Austin, TX

Franklin Hopkins

Germer Gertz Beaman & Brown PLLC
Austin, TX

Hon. J. Woodfin "Woodie" Jones

Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

Ken Levine

Sunset Advisory Commission
Austin, TX

Della M. Lindquist

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Austin, TX

Hon. Lora J. Livingston

261st District Court
Austin, TX

Dudley D. McCalla

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Andres S. Medrano

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Austin, TX

John D. Moore

Texas Ethics Commission
Austin, TX

Hon. William G. Newchurch

Natural Resources, State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Hon. Cathleen Parsley

Chief Administrative Law Judge, State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Laurie Ratliff

Ikard Golden Jones P.C.
Austin, TX

Colleen M. Regester

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Catherine Reyer

Texas Department of Banking
Austin, TX

Michael Rigby

Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner
Austin, TX

Jennifer S. Riggs

Riggs & Ray, P.C.
Austin, TX

Hon. Jeffrey L. Rose

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Ted A. Ross

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Rob Schneider Jr.

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Edward M. Shack

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Hon. Pratibha J. Shenoy

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Elizabeth R. B. Sterling

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

David A. Talbot Jr.

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

J. Kay Trostle

Smith Trostle & Huerta LLP
Austin, TX

DeAnn Thomason Walker

Office of the Governor
Austin, TX

Hon. Thomas H. Walston

General Counsel, State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Mark L. Walters

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Thomas H. Watkins

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

Lori Anne Fixley Winland

Locke Lord LLP
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Kimberly L. Kiplin—Chair

Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, LLP
Austin, TX

Steven Baron

Baron Consulting and Legal Services
Austin, TX

J. Bruce Bennett

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

Ann Bright

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Austin, TX

Lou Bright

Martin Frost & Hill
West Lake Hills, TX

Derek L. Burkhalter

Texas Department of Public Safety
Austin, TX

James W. Checkley Jr.

Cross Texas Transmission, LLC
Austin, TX

James E. Davis

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

David C. Duggins

Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, LLP
Austin, TX

Kimberly A. Frost

Martin Frost & Hill
West Lake Hills, TX

Jon L. Gillum

Locke Lord LLP
Austin, TX

Lesli Ginn

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Robert G. Hargrove

Osborn, Griffith & Hargrove
Austin, TX

Susan Henricks

Texas Board of Law Examiners
Austin, TX

Hon. J. Woodfin "Woodie" Jones

Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

Steve Kosub

San Antonio Water System
San Antonio, TX

Dudley D. McCalla

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Janet I. Monteros

Texas Health and Human Services
El Paso, TX

Thomas M. Pollan

Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
Austin, TX

Ted A. Ross

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Hon. Howard S. Seitzman

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

J. Kay Trostle

Smith Trostle & Huerta LLP
Austin, TX

Donald N. Walker

Stone Loughlin & Swanson, 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.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
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 31 - Sep 1, 2015 – AT&T Conference Center
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