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Designed for advanced-level civil appellate practitioners, this conference has earned a reputation as the premier conference on appellate practice and procedure in Texas.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, June 2, 2005
    Presiding Officer:
    Pamela Stanton Baron, Attorney At Law - Austin, TX
  • 9:00 am
    0.42 hr
    What’s New at the Texas Supreme Court Clerk’s Office

    Elana S. Einhorn, Law Offices Of Deborah Hankinson PC - Austin, TX
    Clarence Andrew Weber, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - Austin, TX

    What’s new with the Web site, e-briefs, the Court’s calendar, and more—here’s the inside scoop from the clerk of the Texas Supreme Court.
  • 9:25 am
    0.50 hr
    Texas Supreme Court Update

    Nathan L. Hecht, Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX

    A justice of the Supreme Court of Texas reviews recent decisions and rule changes from that court.
  • 9:55 am
    0.82 hr
    Texas Supreme Court Panel

    Sharon E. Callaway, Crofts & Callaway - San Antonio, TX
    Paul W. Green, Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX
    Wallace B. Jefferson, The Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX
    David M. Medina, Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX
    Harriet O'Neill, Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX

    A panel of Texas Supreme Court justices will answer frequently asked questions about practice before the court.
  • 11:00 am
    0.75 hr
    Presenting the Facts: Making the Law Look Inevitable

    Timothy P. Terrell, Emory University School of Law - Atlanta, GA

    Most lawyers treat facts as grubby material to overcome to get to “the law.” This mistake can be overcome by a principled approach to storytelling.
  • 11:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Court of Appeals Panel

    Sarah B. Duncan, Fourth Court Of Appeals - San Antonio, TX
    Amos L. Mazzant, 5th Dist. Court Of Appeals - Dallas, TX
    Hon. Bea Ann Smith, 3rd Court Of Appeals - Austin, TX
    Sue Walker, Fort Worth, TX
    Jane M. N. Webre, Scott Douglass Luton Et Al - Austin, TX

    Discussion of various issues with four court of appeals justices.
  • Thursday Afternoon, June 2, 2005
    Presiding Officer:
    Pamela Stanton Baron, Attorney At Law - Austin, TX
  • 1:45 pm
    0.42 hr
    What’s Clear about Clear and Convincing Evidence

    Michael A. Hatchell, Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP - Austin, TX

    A discussion of the historical development of “clear and convincing” evidence and current guidelines for applying the standard.
  • 2:10 pm
    0.67 hr
    What’s Hot, What’s Not

    James A. Baker, Hughes & Luce - Dallas, TX
    Craig T. Enoch, Winstead Sechrest Minich - Austin, TX
    David M. Gunn, Beck, Redden & Secrest LLP - Houston, TX
    Deborah G. Hankinson, Law Offices Of Deborah Hankinson PC - Dallas, TX

    An unscripted panel discussion of the latest trends in the Supreme Court: decisions, grants, and other recent developments.
  • 2:50 pm
    0.32 hr
    Jury Charge Update

    Karen S. Precella, Haynes And Boone LLP - Fort Worth, TX

    An update of the latest issues related to the court’s charge, including issues of form and content.
  • 3:25 pm
    0.67 hr
    Mock Jury Charge Conference

    Tracy Christopher, 295th District Court - Houston, TX
    Daryl L. Moore, Daryl L. Moore, P.C. - Houston, TX
    Gwendolyn J. Samora, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Houston, TX

    Following an update on charge law in Texas, watch experienced practitioners argue the charge and make objections/preserve error in a mock charge conference.
  • 4:05 pm
    1.00 hr
    Professional Responsibility: Innocence Project; Equal Access to Justice; Mediation Issues

    David R. Dow, University Of Houston Law Ctr - Houston, TX
    Charles W. McGarry, Law Office Of Charles McGarry - Dallas, TX
    Harriet O'Neill, Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX

    Discussion will include how the Texas Innocence Network, which is based at the University of Houston Law Center and which has connections with six other Texas universities, pursues claims based on actual innocence on behalf of death-row as well as non-capital inmates. Strategies for seeking relief in state court, federal court, and the clemency process will be covered.
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, June 3, 2005
    Presiding Officer:
    Pamela Stanton Baron, Attorney At Law - Austin, TX
  • 8:30 am
    0.42 hr
    Preservation of Harm

    Russell S. Post, Beck Redden & Secrest - Houston, TX

    Harmful error analysis is generally viewed as the exclusive province of the appellate courts, and it is often an exercise in speculation—but why shouldn’t lawyers make a record about harm in the trial courts? This presentation offers a different perspective on traditional ideas about preservation, examining the strategy of preservation with a view to improving your odds of reversal on appeal.
  • 8:55 am
    0.32 hr
    Summary Judgments: Recent Developments and Unsettled Areas

    Tim Patton, San Antonio, TX

    Unsettled, confusing and developing aspects of summary judgment practice and procedure.
  • 9:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Appellate Procedure Update

    Elaine Carlson, South Texas College Of Law - Houston, TX

    A summary of recent developments and trends affecting appellate procedure.
  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Everything I Needed to Know about Ethics I Learned in Kindergarten

    Kendall M. Gray, Andrews & Kurth LLP - Houston, TX

    Why do we have the ethical rules we have and why does the law of lawyering work the way it does? Returning to the etiquette of the kindergarten playground will not only keep you out of trouble, it will show you why the law is what it is.
  • 10:30 am
    0.92 hr
    Panel on Attorney Fees and Damages

    Philip Durst, Deats, Durst,Owen,& Levy, P.L.L.C. - Austin, TX
    Jeffrey S. Levinger, Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal L - Dallas, TX
    Brent M. Rosenthal, Dallas, TX

    This presentation will cover attorney fees on appeal, standards for judicial review of “soft” compensatory damages, and punitive damages.
  • 11:25 am
    0.82 hr
    Lessons Learned the Hard Way

    Douglas W. Alexander, Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend LLP - Austin, TX
    William J. Boyce, Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP - Houston, TX
    Nina Cortell, Haynes & Boone - Dallas, TX
    David E. Keltner, The Keltner Law Firm - Fort Worth, TX

    Practitioners reflect on the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Victory is more fun, but defeat can be more educational.
  • Friday Afternoon, June 3, 2005
    Presiding Officer:
    Dana Livingston, Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend LLP - Austin, TX
  • 1:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Ethics: A View from the Bench

    Edward C. Prado, United States Circuit Judge - San Antonio, TX

  • 2:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    5th Circuit Clerk’s Rules and Procedures You Should Know, but Nobody Ever Told You

    Charles Robert "Fritz" Fulbruge III, New Orleans, LA
    Dana Livingston, Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend LLP - Austin, TX

    How to comply with rules and procedures to get your case to the judges; update on electronic filing with the new appellate CM/ECF system.
  • 2:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    US Supreme Court Update: Cases and Advocacy

    Jeffrey A. Lamken, Baker Botts LLP - Washington, DC

    An update on developments and trends in the United States Supreme Court, with an emphasis on high points—and low points—in appellate advocacy.
  • 3:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Effective Participation as an Amicus in State and Federal Court

    R. Ted Cruz, Office Of The Attorney General - Austin, TX
    Reagan W. Simpson, King & Spalding LLP - Houston, TX
    Roger D. Townsend, Alexander Debose Jones & Townsend - Houston, TX

    Everything you ever wanted to know about amicus curiae briefs—how to obtain them, how to write them, and how to respond to them.
  • 3:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    5th Circuit Update: Significant Civil Decisions since May 2004

    O. Rey Rodriguez, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. - Dallas, TX

    The update reviews selected Fifth Circuit civil decisions in the areas of jurisdiction, procedure and appellate practice.

Conference Faculty

Douglas W. Alexander

Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

James A. Baker

Hughes & Luce
Dallas, TX

William J. Boyce

Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP
Houston, TX

Sharon E. Callaway

Crofts & Callaway
San Antonio, TX

Elaine Carlson

South Texas College Of Law
Houston, TX

Tracy Christopher

295th District Court
Houston, TX

Nina Cortell

Haynes & Boone
Dallas, TX

R. Ted Cruz

Office Of The Attorney General
Austin, TX

David R. Dow

University Of Houston Law Ctr
Houston, TX

Sarah B. Duncan

Fourth Court Of Appeals
San Antonio, TX

Philip Durst

Deats, Durst,Owen,& Levy, P.L.L.C.
Austin, TX

Elana S. Einhorn

Law Offices Of Deborah Hankinson PC
Austin, TX

Craig T. Enoch

Winstead Sechrest Minich
Austin, TX

Charles Robert "Fritz" Fulbruge III

New Orleans, LA

Kendall M. Gray

Andrews & Kurth LLP
Houston, TX

Paul W. Green

Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

David M. Gunn

Beck, Redden & Secrest LLP
Houston, TX

Deborah G. Hankinson

Law Offices Of Deborah Hankinson PC
Dallas, TX

Michael A. Hatchell

Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP
Austin, TX

Nathan L. Hecht

Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

Wallace B. Jefferson

The Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

David E. Keltner

The Keltner Law Firm
Fort Worth, TX

Jeffrey A. Lamken

Baker Botts LLP
Washington, DC

Jeffrey S. Levinger

Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal L
Dallas, TX

Dana Livingston

Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

Amos L. Mazzant

5th Dist. Court Of Appeals
Dallas, TX

Charles W. McGarry

Law Office Of Charles McGarry
Dallas, TX

David M. Medina

Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

Daryl L. Moore

Daryl L. Moore, P.C.
Houston, TX

Harriet O'Neill

Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

Tim Patton

San Antonio, TX

Russell S. Post

Beck Redden & Secrest
Houston, TX

Edward C. Prado

United States Circuit Judge
San Antonio, TX

Karen S. Precella

Haynes And Boone LLP
Fort Worth, TX

O. Rey Rodriguez

Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Dallas, TX

Brent M. Rosenthal

Dallas, TX

Gwendolyn J. Samora

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

Reagan W. Simpson

King & Spalding LLP
Houston, TX

Hon. Bea Ann Smith

3rd Court Of Appeals
Austin, TX

Timothy P. Terrell

Emory University School of Law
Atlanta, GA

Roger D. Townsend

Alexander Debose Jones & Townsend
Houston, TX

Sue Walker

Fort Worth, TX

Clarence Andrew Weber

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Austin, TX

Jane M. N. Webre

Scott Douglass Luton Et Al
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Douglas W. Alexander

Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

Pamela Stanton Baron

Attorney At Law
Austin, TX

Philip Durst

Deats, Durst,Owen,& Levy, P.L.L.C.
Austin, TX

Elana S. Einhorn

Law Offices Of Deborah Hankinson PC
Austin, TX

Michael J. Esposito

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Dana Livingston

Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

Daryl L. Moore

Daryl L. Moore, P.C.
Houston, TX

William C. Powers Jr

University of Texas at Austin
Campus Mail, G3400, TX

Brent M. Rosenthal

Dallas, TX

Gwendolyn J. Samora

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

Macey Reasoner Stokes

Baker Botts
Houston, 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.

Key Dates

Austin – Jun 2-3, 2005 – Four Seasons Hotel
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Last day for Standard Registration early registration: May 25, 2005

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 27, 2005
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 30, 2005

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98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701-4082
512.685.8100 (reservations)
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