About

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

  • Updates on significant administrative law cases issued during the last year, Open Government decisions, ultra vires, and developments at SOAH.
  • Discussion of the 2018 Amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules, including what changes are being implemented and how they affect State Bar disciplinary matters.
  • An exploration of hot topics, including Government Accountability, Administrative Law Judge Hiring and Constitutional Challenges, and Regulation Through Guidance. 
  • Disentangling the Standards of Review with a framework for identifying, defining, and effectively applying the correct standard to uphold or challenge agency decisions.
  • Insight into the Regulatory and Ethical Considerations for Handling Sensitive Electronic Information.
  • A review of the procedures for seeking an Attorney General opinion and for providing input on a pending opinion request.
  • Multiple opportunities to network and connect, including a Happy Hour on Thursday evening!
At the conclusion of the seminar, attendees will receive a bonus eCourse containing an additional hour of ethics to ensure attendees can earn their required 15.0/3.0 MCLE hours for the year.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Aug. 16, 2018
    Presiding Officer:
    April G. Griffin, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Austin Only
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

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

    Jennifer L. Hopgood, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

    Examine significant administrative law cases issued during the last year.
  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Open Government Update and Practice Tips

    Kimberly L. Fuchs, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
    Lori Fixley Winland, Ogletree Deakins - Oklahoma, OK

    Review recent judicial decisions related to the Texas Public Information Act and the Texas Open Meetings Act and open government practice tips.
  • 9:30 am
    0.50 hr
    The Attorney General Opinion Process & Recent Opinions

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

    Examine the procedures for asking for an Attorney General Opinion and providing input on a pending opinion request. Also survey recent Attorney General opinions relevant to state agencies.
  • 10:00 am
    Break

  • 10:15 am
    0.50 hr
    News from the Front: Restructuring, Sunsetting, and More

    Priscilla M. Hubenak, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
    Karen L. Watkins, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

    ​Discuss the new authority that some agencies were granted during the last legislative session, as well as shifts (and potential shifts) of programs from one agency to another. Identify agencies currently engaged in the Sunset process, while highlighting possible changes, and hear interesting news items from yet other agencies.
  • 10:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Rulemaking Update

    Dudley D. McCalla, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX

    Hear updates from the legislature and the courts on the interesting issues concerning proposed rules and rule validity.
  • 11:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Ultra Vires Update
    This session was originally scheduled on Friday, August 17 at 11:15 a.m.

    Mark L. Walters, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX

    Review recent decisions addressing ultra vires claims, including ministerial versus discretionary acts, action beyond the scope of authority, retrospective versus prospective relief, and statutory construction.

  • 11:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Pleas to the Jurisdiction

    Amanda Cochran-McCall, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
    Hon. Jeffrey L. Rose, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX

    Explore the procedure and standards for determining pleas to the jurisdiction, along with related procedural issues.
  • 12:15 pm
    Austin Only
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration. 
  • Thursday Afternoon, Aug. 16, 2018
    Presiding Officer:
    James W. Checkley Jr., Cross Texas Transmission, LLC - West Lake Hills, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation to Former Chief Justice Bob Shannon

    Dudley D. McCalla, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX

    Presented by the Administrative and Public Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
  • 12:35 pm
    0.50 hr
    Judicial Philosophy and Experience

    Hon. James "Jimmy" Blacklock, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

    Hear from the latest addition to the Court about his path to the bench and his philosophy about what his position there means.
  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    Perspectives on Title IX: Responding to Complaints of Sexual Harassment

    Chad Wilson Dunn, Brazil & Dunn - Houston, TX
    Carl Myers, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

    Lessons from an emerging area of law, discussed between an attorney for plaintiffs and an attorney for state University defendants.
  • 2:05 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Regulatory and Ethical Considerations for Handling Sensitive Electronic Information

    Adrian Senyszyn, Brin & Brin P.C. - San Antonio, TX
    Shawn E. Tuma, Spencer Fane, LLP - Plano, TX

    Explore the regulatory framework when handling sensitive electronic information. Also, understand the ethical considerations when handling the information and if a breach occurs.
  • 2:35 pm
    0.50 hr
    Hear Me Now or Hear Me Later: A Review of Standing Before the Agency and Courts

    Steve Kosub, San Antonio Water System - San Antonio, TX

    What is the current state of the law regarding the rights of interested persons to participate in a contested administrative case and related judicial proceedings? What are the consequences of opposing such participation?
  • 3:05 pm
    Break

  • 3:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Regulating Through Guidance

    Donald N. Walker, Stone Loughlin & Swanson, LLP - Austin, TX

    Discussion of ways that agencies act informally, such as with guidance, advisories, interpretations, etc., with analysis of the legal status of such action and suggestions of how to use it or fight it.
  • 3:45 pm
    0.75 hr
    Evidentiary Issues at Contested Proceedings

    Hon. Elizabeth Drews, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX

    Examine evidentiary issues that can arise in contested case proceedings before SOAH. 
  • 4:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    SOAH Update

    Hon. Gary Elkins, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
    Hon. Lesli Ginn, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX

    Hear a discussion of recent developments at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
  • 5:15 pm
    Austin Only
    Adjourn to Reception

    Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres with program faculty and attendees.
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Aug. 17, 2018
    Presiding Officer:
    Kimberly A. Frost, Martin Frost & Hill - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Austin Only
    Conference Room Opens

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

    Jennifer L. Hopgood, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

    Examine significant administrative law cases issued during the last year.
  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Judicial Deference to Agency Interpretation of Statutes In Texas

    Hon. Thomas R. Phillips, Baker Botts L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    Discuss in what circumstances and to what extent Texas courts defer to state agency interpretations of ambiguous statutes. Contrast and compare Texas deference to that given by federal courts to federal agency interpretations.
  • 9:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Agency Spotlight: Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

    Mary A. Keeney, Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody - Austin, TX
    Clark E. Smith, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission - Austin, TX
    C. Andrew Weber, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - Austin, TX

    The TABC faces significant challenges regulating a rapidly growing 21st century industry using a 20th century legal code. How can the Sunset Commission review process maximize the agency’s ability to regulate and partner with industry?
  • 10:15 am
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Disentangling the Standards of Review

    Susan A. Kidwell, Locke Lord LLP - Austin, TX

    The APA authorizes judicial review of contested-case decisions under the “substantial evidence rule,” but the various standards of review (de novo, substantial evidence, arbitrary and capricious, and abuse of discretion) are frequently confused and conflated. Learn to disentangle those standards with a framework for identifying, defining, and effectively applying the correct standard to uphold or challenge agency decisions.
  • 11:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Exclusive/Primary Jurisdiction
    This session was originally scheduled on Thursday, August 16 at 11:15 a.m.

    Andres S. Medrano, Foley Gardere, Foley & Lardner LLP - Austin, TX

    The contours of an administrative agency’s authority on subjects over which it has exclusive or primary jurisdiction have significant legal and practical impacts. Examine these impacts and what they mean for your practice.
  • 11:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Administrative Law Judge Hiring and Constitutional Challenges

    Thomas K. Anson, Clark Hill Strasburger - Austin, TX

    The constitutionality of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s use of administrative law judges is being challenged in the federal courts. Examine the challenges, which could affect certain other federal regulatory agencies, and might even have possible implications for Texas regulatory agencies.
  • 12:15 pm
    Austin Only
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration. 
  • Friday Afternoon, Aug. 17, 2018
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Lesli Ginn, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:35 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Ethical Implications When Representing Impaired Professionals

    Louis D. Leichter, Leichter Law Firm PC - Austin, TX
    Dan Lype, Leichter Law Firm PC - Austin, TX

    The representation of licensed professionals impaired by a substance abuse disorder and/or mental illness presents unique challenges and regulatory pitfalls for the unwary. Explore the attorney's ethical obligation when representing impaired clients, and how you can benefit your client to restore and improve their social and occupational functioning.
  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    Data: Liability or Asset? 

    Martin H. Zelinsky, Texas Department of Information Resources - Austin, TX

    Explore the opportunities and challenges of managing data in Texas, and review recent developments regarding data sharing, open data, and data security and privacy.
  • 1:50 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    2018 Amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules

    Rita Alister, State Bar of Texas - Austin, TX

    In order to comply with new legislative requirements, the Supreme Court of Texas amended certain disciplinary rules. What changes have been implemented and how will they affect State Bar of Texas disciplinary matters?
  • 2:20 pm
    1.00 hr
    Judicial Panel

    Moderator:
    Hon. Wendy K. L. Harvel, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Debra Lehrmann, Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Hon. Amy Clark-Meachum, 201st Judicial District Civil Court - Austin, TX
    Hon. Bob Pemberton, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX

    Engage in an unscripted round-robin discussion, with time for questions from the audience. Discussion will include thoughts on how technology can improve the process for both the parties and the bench.

    Please submit your questions in advance to ConferenceQA@utcle.org or on-site at the registration desk to ensure a lively discussion.
  • 3:20 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Rita Alister

State Bar of Texas
Austin, TX

Thomas K. Anson

Clark Hill Strasburger
Austin, TX

Hon. James "Jimmy" Blacklock

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Hon. Amy Clark-Meachum

201st Judicial District Civil Court
Austin, TX

Amanda Cochran-McCall

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Hon. Elizabeth Drews

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Chad Wilson Dunn

Brazil & Dunn
Houston, TX

Hon. Gary Elkins

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Kimberly L. Fuchs

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Hon. Lesli Ginn

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Hon. Wendy K. L. Harvel

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Jennie Hoelscher

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Jennifer L. Hopgood

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Priscilla M. Hubenak

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Mary A. Keeney

Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
Austin, TX

Susan A. Kidwell

Locke Lord LLP
Austin, TX

Steve Kosub

San Antonio Water System
San Antonio, TX

Hon. Debra Lehrmann

Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Louis D. Leichter

Leichter Law Firm PC
Austin, TX

Dan Lype

Leichter Law Firm PC
Austin, TX

Dudley D. McCalla

Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX

Andres S. Medrano

Foley Gardere, Foley & Lardner LLP
Austin, TX

Carl Myers

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Hon. Bob Pemberton

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Hon. Thomas R. Phillips

Baker Botts L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Hon. Jeffrey L. Rose

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Adrian Senyszyn

Brin & Brin P.C.
San Antonio, TX

Clark E. Smith

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Austin, TX

Shawn E. Tuma

Spencer Fane, LLP
Plano, TX

Donald N. Walker

Stone Loughlin & Swanson, LLP
Austin, TX

Mark L. Walters

Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX

Karen L. Watkins

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

C. Andrew Weber

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Austin, TX

Lori Fixley Winland

Ogletree Deakins
Oklahoma, OK

Martin H. Zelinsky

Texas Department of Information Resources
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Linda B. Secord—Chair

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Deborah Salzberg—Director

The University of Texas School of Law
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

James W. Checkley Jr.

Cross Texas Transmission, LLC
West Lake Hills, TX

Hon. Amy Clark-Meachum

201st Judicial District Civil Court
Austin, TX

James E. Davis

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

William D. Dugat III

Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
Austin, TX

Kimberly A. Frost

Martin Frost & Hill
Austin, TX

Jon L. Gillum

Locke Lord LLP
Austin, TX

Leah Gillum

Texas Department of Insurance
Austin, TX

Hon. Lesli Ginn

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

April G. Griffin

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Austin, TX

Robert G. Hargrove

Osborn, Griffith & Hargrove
Austin, TX

Susan Henricks

Board of Law Examiners
Austin, TX

Franklin Hopkins

Germer Beaman & Brown PLLC
Austin, TX

Hon. J. Woodfin "Woodie" Jones

Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

Kimberly L. Kiplin

Law Office of Kimberly L. Kiplin
Austin, TX

Steve Kosub

San Antonio Water System
San Antonio, TX

Ana Maria Marsland-Griffith

Osborn, Marsland & Hargrove
Austin, TX

Natasha J. Martin

Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
Austin, TX

Dudley D. McCalla

Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX

Andres S. Medrano

Foley Gardere, Foley & Lardner LLP
Austin, TX

Janet I. Monteros

Texas Health and Human Services Commission
El Paso, TX

Rodney Montes

Montes Law Practice
Austin, TX

Hon. Jeffrey L. Rose

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Adrian Senyszyn

Brin & Brin P.C.
San Antonio, TX

Hon. Sarah E. Starnes

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Andrea Moore Stover

Baker Botts, LLP
Austin, TX

Colleen M. Sullivan

Third Court of Appeals
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.
MCLE Credit
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
f 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 to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and 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.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

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

Key Dates

Austin – Aug 16-17, 2018 – AT&T Conference Center
Conference Concluded
Live Webcast – Aug 16-17, 2018
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Austin
Last day for Individual early registration: Aug 8, 2018

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Last day for Administrative Public Law Section Member - Individual early registration: Aug 8, 2018

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Last day for Administrative Public Law Section Member - Government Attorney early registration: Aug 8, 2018

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Last day for Government Attorney early registration: Aug 8, 2018

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Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Aug 8, 2018

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Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Aug 8, 2018

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Aug 10, 2018
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Aug 13, 2018

$50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast
Last day for Individual early registration: Aug 8, 2018

Add $0 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Government Attorney early registration: Aug 8, 2018

Add $0 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Aug 8, 2018

Add $0 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Aug 8, 2018

Add $0 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Aug 10, 2018
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Aug 13, 2018

$50 processing fee applied

Venue

speaker

The University of Texas at Austin
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX
877.744.8822 (reservations)
Map

Parking Information

Extremely limited self-parking is available for free at the AT&T Conference Center Garage. Additional free parking is available at surrounding UT Garages. Note parking cannot be validated for the Dobie Garage. Separate fees apply for valet and overnight parking.

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