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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 1, 2006
    Presiding Officer:
    Dana Livingston Cobb, Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend LLP - Austin, TX
  • 8:45 am
    0.50 hr
    The Role of Judge and Jury

    Scott A. Brister, Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX

    What the appellate courts are saying reasonable jurors can and cannot believe.
  • 9:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Evolving Standards of Evidentiary Review: A Guide to City of Keller v. Wilson

    William V. Dorsaneo III, SMU School Of Law - Dallas, TX

    The focus of this presentation is the modification of the traditional scope of no-evidence review in preponderance cases, before and after the City of Keller decision, together with a critical analysis and simplification of the review process.
  • 9:45 am
    0.50 hr
    The Vanishing Jury Trial

    Hon. William Royal Furgeson Jr., United States District Judge - San Antonio, TX

    The civil jury is under attack as never before, yet it is the very best way to resolve civil disputes. Why then are we trying to skirt the jury system with other forms of dispute resolution and with tort reform? Isn’t it time to remember why the Seventh Amendment is a part of the Constitution?
  • 10:35 am
    1.00 hr
    Jury Charge Perils and Dilemmas

    Tracy Kee Christopher, 295th District Court - Houston, TX
    Tim Patton, Attorney at Law - San Antonio, TX
    Daniel V. Pozza, San Antonio, TX
    Charles R. Watson Jr., Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP - Austin, TX

    As a practical matter, does broad-form submission still even exist? How do you submit an error-free charge in the aftermath of Romero, Harris County, and Casteel? A panel of leading experts discusses the practical and substantive difficulties posed by Supreme Court decisions on jury charge issues.
  • 11:35 am
    0.42 hr
    Strategic Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law

    Russell Hugh McMains, Law Ofc Of Russell H McMains - Corpus Christi, TX

    When findings are permitted or required, and how to procure them. Tactics regarding findings and conclusions: general v. specific; few v. many; appellate effects of a particular strategy.
  • Thursday Afternoon, June 1, 2006
    Presiding Officer:
    Brent M. Rosenthal, Baron & Budd PC - Dallas, TX
  • 1:30 pm
    0.42 hr
    Top 10 Preservation Issues: Nuts and Bolts

    David E. Keltner, The Keltner Law Firm - Fort Worth, TX

    Preservation of error in the trial court—a tale of woe?
  • 1:55 pm
    0.32 hr
    For the Record

    Dana Livingston Cobb, Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend LLP - Austin, TX
    Elana S. Einhorn, Law Offices Of Deborah Hankinson PC - Austin, TX
    William R. (Rick) Thompson II, Law Offices Of Deborah Hankinson - Dallas, TX

    Explore the fine line on what an appellate court can take judicial notice of and what it can’t. Can the court look to web sites? Other courts’ records? Scientific studies not in the record? An overview of what is and is not fair game.
  • 2:15 pm
    0.82 hr
    Short Topics with Courts of Appeals Justices—A User-Friendly Guide to Practicing in Different Courts of Appeals in Texas

    Hon. Jane Nenninger Bland, Justice 1st Court Of Appeals - Houston, TX
    Thomas W. Gray, Tenth Court Of Appeals - Waco, TX
    Daryl L. Moore, Moore & Kelly PC - Houston, TX
    James T. Worthen, 12th Court Of Appeals - Tyler, TX
    Linda Reyna Yanez, Thirteenth Court Of Appeals - Edinburg, TX

    Four justices from four different courts of appeals discuss what the courts of appeals have in common, what they don’t, and why their way is the best.
  • 3:25 pm
    0.42 hr
    Recent Developments in Sovereign Immunity and Government Liability

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

    This topic will look at recent appellate case law governing the hot topics of sovereign immunity, government liability, and the special defenses and issues applicable in appeals by or against government entities or officials.
  • 3:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    Effective Legal Writing: Think Hemingway, Not Faulkner

    Richard Barrett Phillips Jr, Thompson & Knight - Dallas, TX

    The focus of this session will be on developing an effective writing style for appellate briefs. Topics to be discussed are writing forceful beginnings and endings, referring to parties understandably, preferring familiar and concrete words, striving for linguistic rhythm, varying sentence length and structure, using footnotes to avoid clutter, creating argumentative headings, using bullets for lists, achieving a relaxed and conversational tone, avoiding jargon, and ending overparticularization.
  • 4:20 pm
    0.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    I’m All Verklempt

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

    Coffee talk about conflicts of interest: avoiding them, curing them, and paying through the nose if you don’t.
  • 4:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    Technology Tools and Resources for Appellate Advocates

    Eric J. Magnuson, Rider Bennett - Minneapolis, MN

    The discussion will include an examination of court web sites, electronic filing in the appellate courts, electronic briefs, and research and writing tools.
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, June 2, 2006
    Presiding Officer:
    Jeffrey S. Levinger, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal L.L.P. - Dallas, TX
  • 8:30 am
    0.42 hr
    Jury Trials Are Being Outsourced: What Is an Appellate Lawyer to Do?

    Nina Cortell, Haynes & Boone, LLP - Dallas, TX

    A how-to guide for appellate practice in arbitration, bankruptcy, and intellectual property matters.
  • 8:55 am
    0.50 hr
    Supreme Court of Texas Internal Operating Procedures

    Douglas W. Alexander, Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend - Austin, TX
    Blake Alexande Hawthorne, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Elizabeth V. Rodd, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Clarence Andrew Weber, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - Austin, TX

    How petitions for review, mandamus petitions, and other significant filings and submissions are acted on behind the scenes. Important procedures, timelines, and tricks of the trade that you won’t find in the appellate rules.
  • 9:25 am
    0.32 hr
    What Issues Are Important to the Jurisprudence of the State?

    Kurt Kuhn, Brown McCarroll LLP - Austin, TX

    Insight into the “issues presented” in Texas Supreme Court cases. The author conducted a study of cases granted by the Court in recent years and how issues are being presented to the Court, the type of issues being raised, and how they compare to the issues actually resolved by the Court. Included in the written material is an update of the paper, “What is Important to the Jurisprudence of the State?”
  • 9:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Texas Supreme Court Update

    Paul W. Green, Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX

    A review of recent decisions and rule changes from the Texas Supreme Court.
  • 10:35 am
    0.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Free Speech for Judges and Fair Appeals for Litigants: Appellate Recusal in a Post-White World

    Thomas R. Phillips, Baker Botts LLP - Austin, TX

    For almost a century, states have promulgated codes regulating judicial conduct, restricting political, charitable, and business activities by sitting judges. In recent years, many of these restrictions have been successfully challenged in court, particularly when they restrict political speech by elected judges. What are the implications for the bench and bar as judges begin to act like, and be regarded as, ordinary politicians?
  • 11:05 am
    0.82 hr
    Supreme Court Panel

    David Michael Gunn, Beck Redden & Secrest - Houston, TX
    Nathan L. Hecht, Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX
    Wallace B. Jefferson, The Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX
    Philip W. Johnson, 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.
  • Friday Afternoon, June 2, 2006
    Presiding Officer:
    Jeffrey S. Levinger, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal L.L.P. - Dallas, TX
  • 1:25 pm
    0.50 hr
    US Supreme Court Update

    Hon. William J. Boyce, Fourteenth Court of Appeals - Houston, TX

    It’s a new era with a new chief justice. Find out how the first year of the Roberts’ Court shapes up.
  • 1:55 pm
    0.42 hr
    State of the 5th Circuit

    Priscilla R. Owen, Austin, TX

    The Fifth Circuit—a newcomer’s view.
  • 2:20 pm
    0.42 hr
    5th Circuit Update

    Macey Reasoner Stokes, Baker Botts - Houston, TX

    A summary of recent Fifth Circuit civil decisions in the areas of jurisdiction and trial and appellate procedure.
  • 2:45 pm
    0.32 hr
    5th Circuit Statistical Trends—Civil Cases

    Gwen J. Samora, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Houston, TX

    A statistical analysis of the 5th Circuit decisions and trends in civil cases during 2005.
  • 3:25 pm
    0.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Confidentiality, Attorney/Client Privilege, and the Electronic Age

    Thomas H. Watkins, Brown McCarroll LLP - Austin, TX

    It can be quick and painful.
  • 3:55 pm
    0.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Ethics of Fee Arrangements and Billings

    Scott Rothenberg, Law Offices Of Scott Rothenberg - Bellaire, TX

    When are attorney’s fees reasonable under Tex. R. Disc. Conduct 1.04 and the common law? A look at recently decided and pending cases.

Conference Faculty

Douglas W. Alexander

Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend
Austin, TX

Hon. Jane Nenninger Bland

Justice 1st Court Of Appeals
Houston, TX

Hon. William J. Boyce

Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Houston, TX

Scott A. Brister

Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

Tracy Kee Christopher

295th District Court
Houston, TX

Dana Livingston Cobb

Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

Nina Cortell

Haynes & Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

William V. Dorsaneo III

SMU School Of Law
Dallas, TX

Philip Durst

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

Elana S. Einhorn

Law Offices Of Deborah Hankinson PC
Austin, TX

Hon. William Royal Furgeson Jr.

United States District Judge
San Antonio, TX

Kendall M. Gray

Andrews & Kurth LLP
Houston, TX

Thomas W. Gray

Tenth Court Of Appeals
Waco, TX

Paul W. Green

Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

David Michael Gunn

Beck Redden & Secrest
Houston, TX

Blake Alexande Hawthorne

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Nathan L. Hecht

Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

Wallace B. Jefferson

The Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

Philip W. Johnson

Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

David E. Keltner

The Keltner Law Firm
Fort Worth, TX

Kurt Kuhn

Brown McCarroll LLP
Austin, TX

Eric J. Magnuson

Rider Bennett
Minneapolis, MN

Russell Hugh McMains

Law Ofc Of Russell H McMains
Corpus Christi, TX

Daryl L. Moore

Moore & Kelly PC
Houston, TX

Harriet O'Neill

Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

Priscilla R. Owen

Austin, TX

Tim Patton

Attorney at Law
San Antonio, TX

Richard Barrett Phillips Jr

Thompson & Knight
Dallas, TX

Thomas R. Phillips

Baker Botts LLP
Austin, TX

Daniel V. Pozza

San Antonio, TX

Elizabeth V. Rodd

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Scott Rothenberg

Law Offices Of Scott Rothenberg
Bellaire, TX

Gwen J. Samora

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

Macey Reasoner Stokes

Baker Botts
Houston, TX

William R. (Rick) Thompson II

Law Offices Of Deborah Hankinson
Dallas, TX

Thomas H. Watkins

Brown McCarroll LLP
Austin, TX

Charles R. Watson Jr.

Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP
Austin, TX

Clarence Andrew Weber

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Austin, TX

James T. Worthen

12th Court Of Appeals
Tyler, TX

Linda Reyna Yanez

Thirteenth Court Of Appeals
Edinburg, TX

Planning Committee

Pamela Stanton Baron—Chair

Attorney At Law
Austin, TX

Douglas W. Alexander

Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend
Austin, TX

Nina Cortell

Haynes & Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Philip Durst

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

Elana S. Einhorn

Law Offices Of Deborah Hankinson PC
Austin, TX

Thomas W. Gray

Tenth Court Of Appeals
Waco, TX

David Michael Gunn

Beck Redden & Secrest
Houston, TX

Daryl L. Moore

Moore & Kelly PC
Houston, TX

Tim Patton

Attorney at Law
San Antonio, TX

Elizabeth V. Rodd

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Brent M. Rosenthal

Baron & Budd PC
Dallas, TX

Gwen J. Samora

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

Macey Reasoner Stokes

Baker Botts
Houston, TX

Jane M. N. Webre

Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P.
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.  
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 1-2, 2006 – Four Seasons Hotel
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98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701-4082
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