Overview

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. This year's highlights include:

  • Updates on significant administrative law cases and legislative activity in the past year.
  • Tips on improving your writing, learning from the #MeToo movement, practicing before ALJs, and avoiding grievances.
  • Discussion of internet judicial deference, internet evidence, rulemaking, and more.
  • Insight into the latest round of Sunset, including a preview of upcoming reviews.
  • Multiple opportunities to network and connect, including a Happy Hour on Thursday evening!
At the conclusion of the seminar, attendees will receive a bonus eSupplement containing additional programming, ensuring attendees can earn their required 15.00/3.00 Texas MCLE hours for the year.

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Aug. 15, 2019
    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
    Examine significant administrative law cases issued during the last year.

    Laurie Ratliff, Laurie Ratliff LLC - Austin, TX

  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Legislative Update
    A focus on the bills enacted by the 86th Texas Legislature that impact administrative law practitioners.

    Sara J. Ferris, Austin, TX

  • 9:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Ultra Vires Update
    Survey recent decisions addressing ultra vires claims.

    Scott K. Field, Butler Snow LLP - Austin, TX
    Mark L. Walters, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division - Washington, DC

  • 10:15 am
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Pleas to the Jurisdiction
    Examine the procedure and standards for determining pleas to the jurisdiction from multiple perspectives, and explore related procedural issues.

    Shelby L. O'Brien, Enoch Kever PLLC - Austin, TX
    Esteban San Miguel Soto, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
    Hon. Stephen Yelenosky, Senior District Judge - Austin, TX

  • 11:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Death, Taxes, and Alcohol: Or Just Another Day at Sunset
    Hear an overview of the Sunset process, recently passed legislation, and a preview of upcoming reviews.

    Steven M. Ogle, Sunset Advisory Commission - Austin, TX

  • 12:15 pm
    Austin Only
    Pick Up Lunch (in Austin)
    Included in registration.

  • Thursday Afternoon, Aug. 15, 2019
    Presiding Officer:
    James W. Checkley Jr., Cross Texas Transmission, LLC - West Lake Hills, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Agency Spotlight: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
    Explore next and best practices for occupational licensing and regulation.

    Molly Fudell, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Austin, TX
    Della M. Lindquist, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Austin, TX

  • 1:20 pm
    Break

  • 1:35 pm
    1.00 hr
    Back to Basics: The Rules of Rulemaking
    Rulemaking lies at the heart of the administrative process, but in a rapidly changing landscape it is easy to lose sight of the fundamentals. Make sure your foundations are strong, and review the basics from procedural requirements to opportunities for substantive challenge.

    Carrie Collier-Brown, Locke Lord LLP - Austin, TX
    John A. Riley, Holland & Knight LLP - Austin, TX

  • 2:35 pm
    0.50 hr
    ALJ Practice Tips
    Hear a brief overview of the best practices and practical tips to use at the State Office of Administrative Hearings from the perspectives of two Administrative Law Judges.

    Hon. Meaghan M. Bailey, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
    Hon. Kerrie J. Qualtrough, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX

  • 3:05 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Tips for Avoiding Legal Malpractice and Surviving Grievances
    You spent a lot of time, money, and effort earning your law license and building your professional reputation. Now spend 30 minutes learning how to keep both.

    Scott Rothenberg, Law Offices of Scott Rothenberg - Houston, TX

  • 3:35 pm
    Break

  • 3:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Admission of Internet Evidence
    Explore the use of social media by companies, employees, and attorneys in employment disputes, including the legal and ethical boundaries being recognized by some and ignored by others, as well as the nuts and bolts of admitting social media data into evidence.

    Jason Boulette, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX

  • 4:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    Judicial Panel
    Engage in an unscripted round-robin discussion, with time for questions from the audience. Please submit your questions in advance to ConferenceQA@utcle.org or on-site at the conference registration desk.

    Moderator:
    Hon. Holly Vandrovec, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Jeff Boyd, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Hon. Jeff Rose, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX
    Hon. Amy Clark-Meachum, 201st Judicial District Civil Court - Austin, TX

  • 5:15 pm
    Adjourn


  • Austin Only
    Networking Reception (in Austin from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.)
    Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres with program faculty and attendees.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Aug. 16, 2019
    Presiding Officer:
    Linda B. Secord, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Austin Only
    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:00 am
    Board Certification Information Session (Optional Session)
    Not board certified? Would you like to be? Come to this information session in which a lawyer board certified in administrative law for 30 years explains the process, the pitfalls, and the importance of becoming board certified in this important area of Texas law.

    Linda B. Secord, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Case Law Update: Part II
    Examine significant administrative law cases issued during the last year.

    Laurie Ratliff, Laurie Ratliff LLC - Austin, TX

  • 9:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Conviction Letters and Related Issues
    Observe a roundtable discussion on navigating professional licensing complications related to criminal law matters.

    Joseph T. Marcee, Law Office of Joseph T. Marcee - Georgetown, TX
    Matthew L. Rienstra, Dalrymple, Shellhorse, Ellis & Diamond, LLP - Austin, TX
    Timothy E. Weitz, McDonald, Mackay, Porter & Weitz, LLP - Austin, TX

  • 10:15 am
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Texas Citizens Participation Act Update: Implications in Administrative Law Cases
    Review the TCPA’s application to administrative law cases and ramifications of the 2019 TCPA amendments.

    Hon. Bob Pemberton, Third Court of Appeals (Ret.) - Austin, TX
    Amanda G. Taylor, Butler Snow LLP - Austin, TX

  • 11:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Improve Your Legal Writing
    Learn techniques for improving your legal writing in the short, medium, and long run.

    Kamela Bridges, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

  • 11:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Administrative Challenges and Appeals
    A look at common issues raised in challenging administrative orders (Texas and federal), focusing on finality, sovereign immunity, standards of review, deference, and appealing your appeal.
    Previous topic was "An Overview of Rulemaking Under the Administrative Procedures Act"

    Linda B. Secord, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
    Adam Sencenbaugh, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Austin, TX
    Colleen M. Sullivan, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX

  • 12:15 pm
    Austin Only
    Pick Up Lunch (in Austin)
    Included in registration.

  • Friday Afternoon, Aug. 16, 2019
    Presiding Officer:
    Franklin Hopkins, Germer Beaman & Brown PLLC - Austin, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:35 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Investigations in Today's Woke Workplace
    A veteran workplace investigator shares critical tips for ensuring that every complaint investigation is thorough, in good faith, and reliable in the midst of the #MeToo movement, instant social media postings, and polarizing employee relations issues.

    DeDe Church, DeDe Church & Associates, LLC - Austin, TX

  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:20 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Trends in Open Government
    Address the latest developments in open government, including changes from the 2019 legislative session, opportunities and challenges that arise from recent technological advances, along with best practices every open government practitioner should know.

    Justin D. Gordon, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
    Kimberly G. Kelley, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP - Austin, TX

  • 2:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    Changing Perspectives on Judicial Deference
    Judicial deference to administrative agency interpretations has recently been the subject to much discussion and debate – including at the highest levels. Explore the changing perspective on judicial deference, and where those changes may take us. 

    Craig R. Bennett, Enoch Kever PLLC - Austin, TX

  • 2:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    The Role of the Legislative Lawyer
    Explore the unique role (and ethical responsibilities) of the “legislative lawyer” in guiding businesses in solving their high-stakes problems at the State Capitol and state agencies.

    Royce Poinsett, Poinsett PLLC - Austin, TX

  • 3:20 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Hon. Meaghan M. Bailey

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Craig R. Bennett

Enoch Kever PLLC
Austin, TX

Jason Boulette

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Hon. Jeff Boyd

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Kamela Bridges

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

DeDe Church

DeDe Church & Associates, LLC
Austin, TX

Hon. Amy Clark-Meachum

201st Judicial District Civil Court
Austin, TX

Carrie Collier-Brown

Locke Lord LLP
Austin, TX

Sara J. Ferris

Austin, TX

Scott K. Field

Butler Snow LLP
Austin, TX

Molly Fudell

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Austin, TX

Justin D. Gordon

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Kimberly G. Kelley

Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
Austin, TX

Della M. Lindquist

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Austin, TX

Joseph T. Marcee

Law Office of Joseph T. Marcee
Georgetown, TX

Shelby L. O'Brien

Enoch Kever PLLC
Austin, TX

Steven M. Ogle

Sunset Advisory Commission
Austin, TX

Hon. Bob Pemberton

Third Court of Appeals (Ret.)
Austin, TX

Royce Poinsett

Poinsett PLLC
Austin, TX

Hon. Kerrie J. Qualtrough

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Laurie Ratliff

Laurie Ratliff LLC
Austin, TX

Matthew L. Rienstra

Dalrymple, Shellhorse, Ellis & Diamond, LLP
Austin, TX

John A. Riley

Holland & Knight LLP
Austin, TX

Hon. Jeff Rose

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Scott Rothenberg

Law Offices of Scott Rothenberg
Houston, TX

Linda B. Secord

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Adam Sencenbaugh

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Austin, TX

Esteban San Miguel Soto

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Colleen M. Sullivan

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Amanda G. Taylor

Butler Snow LLP
Austin, TX

Hon. Holly Vandrovec

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Mark L. Walters

U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division
Washington, DC

Timothy E. Weitz

McDonald, Mackay, Porter & Weitz, LLP
Austin, TX

Hon. Stephen Yelenosky

Senior District Judge
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

April G. Griffin—Chair

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Austin, TX

Deborah Salzberg—Director

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

J. Bruce Bennett

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

The University of Texas at Austin, Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs
Austin, TX

William D. Dugat III

Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
Austin, TX

Sara J. Ferris

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

Robert G. Hargrove

Osborn, Marsland & Hargrove
Austin, TX

Franklin Hopkins

Germer Beaman & Brown PLLC
Austin, TX

Steve Kosub

San Antonio Water System
San Antonio, 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. Jeff Rose

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Linda B. Secord

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Adrian P. Senyszyn

MehaffyWeber, P.C.
San Antonio, TX

Andrea Moore Stover

Baker Botts, LLP
Austin, TX

Colleen M. Sullivan

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Hon. Holly Vandrovec

State Office of Administrative Hearings
Austin, TX

Donald N. Walker

Stone Loughlin & Swanson, LLP
Austin, TX

Karen L. Watkins

Office of the Attorney General
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
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 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 15-16, 2019 – AT&T Conference Center
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Live Webcast – Aug 15-16, 2019
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Austin
Last day for Individual early registration: Aug 14, 2019

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Last day for Administrative Public Law Section Member - Individual early registration: Aug 14, 2019

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Last day for Administrative Public Law Section Member - Government Attorney early registration: Aug 14, 2019

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Last day for Government Attorney early registration: Aug 14, 2019

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Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Aug 14, 2019

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Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Aug 14, 2019

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Aug 9, 2019

$50 processing fee applied after this date

Last day for cancellation: Aug 12, 2019
Live Webcast
Last day for cancellation (full refund): Aug 9, 2019

$50 processing fee applied after this date

Last day for cancellation: Aug 12, 2019

Venue

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

Daily self-parking will be validated for the AT&T Conference Center garage or surrounding UT garages. Please note Dobie is not a UT garage and parking cannot be validated. Separate fees apply for valet and overnight parking.

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