About

Designed for advanced-level civil appellate practitioners, this conference has earned a reputation as the premier conference on appellate practice and procedure in Texas. Several hundred practitioners, briefing attorneys, and members of the judiciary will gather to hear presentations by many of the most respected appellate practitioners and jurists. Rounded out by the very popular "lunch with the judiciary," this conference is a must for every Texas civil appellate practitioner.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Pamela Stanton Baron, Austin, TX
  • 8:45 am
    Austin Only
    0.33 hr
    Legislative Update

    Hon. Kirk Watson, K&L Gates LLP - Austin, TX

    The regular session has just ended, do you know what the law is? A state senator examines actions taken by the 80th Legislature that may affect your practice.
  • 9:05 am
    Austin Only
    0.42 hr
    Rules Update

    Hon. Nathan L. Hecht, Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

    The latest news on changes--past, pending, and proposed--to the rules of procedure and evidence.
  • 9:30 am
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr
    Texas Supreme Court Update

    Philip W. Johnson, Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX
    Jane M. N. Webre, Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    Two perspectives on recent decisions from the Texas Supreme Court: a Supreme Court justice reviews the cases and an appellate practitioner explores their impact on Texas law.
  • 10:00 am
    Break

    Break
  • 10:20 am
    Austin Only
    0.33 hr
    Building a Summary Judgment Record

    Michael A. Shaunessy, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP - Austin, TX

    Tired of dancing around the record on appeal? A look at how to make sure you have everything in the summary judment record you need to reverse or affirm the trial court's decision.
  • 10:40 am
    Austin Only
    0.33 hr
    Standard and Scope of Review Spotlight: "No Evidence" Summary Judgment

    Timothy Patton, Attorney at Law - San Antonio, TX

    The evolving nature of appellate review of "no evidence" summary judgments in the aftermath of City of Keller v. Wilson.
  • 11:00 am
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr
    Preservation of Error Spotlight: Jury Selection

    David E. Keltner, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - Fort Worth, TX

    Preserving error early and often-it's more difficult than you think. A discussion of recent cases from the Texas Supreme Court and the courts of appeals addressing error and preservation of error in selecting the jury.
  • 11:30 am
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr
    Crafting the Court's Charge

    Robert B. Gilbreath, Hawkins Parnell & Thackston LLP - Dallas, TX
    Brandy Wingate, Thirteenth Court Of Appeals - Edinburg, TX

    Get the charge you want while preserving the error you need. A focus on strategies for each phase of the charge process: the pre-trial proposed charge, the informal charge conference, and the formal charge conference.
  • Thursday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Dana Livingston Cobb, Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend LLP - Austin, TX
  • 1:30 pm
    Austin Only
    0.33 hr
    State of the Judiciary

    Hon. Wallace B. Jefferson, Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX

    The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas reports on the state of the court system and the future of appellate practice.
  • 1:50 pm
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr
    What Are They Thinking? The Court Revealed Through Oral Argument

    Michael W. Huddleston, Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller LLP - Dallas, TX

    The questions asked by the justices at oral argument do not speak only to the case being argued, but offer significant insights into the process of deciding all cases. This presentation analyzes what oral argument in a series of recent insurance cases reveals about the court's thinking on pending and related legal issues.
  • 2:20 pm
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr
    Judicial Tort Reform in Texas

    David A. Anderson, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

    Not all tort reform is legislative. A look at how court decisions interpreting the common law and new statutes, as well as applying standards of review and procedural and evidentiary rules, have further restricted tort recovery in Texas.

  • 2:50 pm
    Break

    Break
  • 3:10 pm
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr ethics
    Maintaining Credibility with the Court

    Hon. Jim Moseley, Fifth Court Of Appeals - Dallas, TX

    A court of appeals' justice offers advice on how to preserve, protect, and defend your most important asset.
  • 3:40 pm
    Austin Only
    1.00 hr
    Practice Before the Courts of Appeals: Short Topics

    Hon. Terry Jennings, First Court of Appeals - Houston, TX
    Hon. Catherine M. Stone, Fourth Court of Appeals - San Antonio, TX
    Hon. Sue Walker, 2nd Court of Appeals - Fort Worth, TX
    Hon. James T. Worthen, 12th Court of Appeals - Tyler, TX

    Four justices from four courts of appeals focus on aspects of practice before their courts.

    • Getting What You Want: Emergency Relief in the Court of Appeals

    Hon. Sue Walker, Fort Worth, TX

    • Oral Argument: How to Get It and How to Use It

    Hon. Catherine M. Stone, San Antonio, TX

    • Making the Court Rethink: Motions for Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc

    Hon. Terry Jennings, Houston, TX

    • Helping the Courts Help You: Legislative Issues Facing the Courts

    Hon. James T. Worthen, Dallas, TX

  • 4:40 pm
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr ethics
    Preserving the Balance: An Attorney's Ethical Duty to Defend the Courts

    Kurt Kuhn, Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in public attacks on attorneys and the judiciary as well as attempts to curtail the role of the courts in our constitutional system. Do attorneys have a duty to defend against these attacks and what role can and should attorneys play in this ongoing debate?
  • 5:10 pm
    Adjourn

    Adjourn
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Pamela Stanton Baron, Austin, TX
  • 8:30 am
    Austin Only
    0.33 hr
    Handling the Monster Record on Appeal (Including Records in Administrative Appeals)

    Leane Capps Medford, ELROD, PLLC - Dallas, TX

    New software can greatly simplify the process of reviewing and annotating a large record. A look at the available software options and how they can be used to organize the record, write briefs, and prepare for argument.
  • 8:50 am
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr
    Post-Trial Motion Update

    Allyson N. Ho, Baker Botts L.L.P. - Dallas, TX

    A look at recent cases affecting post-trial motions in state and federal court with special focus on avoiding traps for the unwary.
  • 9:20 am
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr
    Recent Developments in Supersedeas Practice

    Elaine A. Carlson, South Texas College of Law - Houston, TX

    A look at important and rapidly changing aspects of supersedeas practice: the net worth contest, alter ego application, and looming unresolved issues.

  • 9:50 am
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr ethics
    Attorney's Fees and Ethics

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

    A discussion of recent cases on the ethical duties of lawyers with a special focus on the ethical extraction of attorney's fees from both the client and the other side (and the corresonding duties that go with that).
  • 10:40 am
    Austin Only
    0.42 hr ethics
    Stable, Predictable, and Faithful to Precedent: Why Stare Decisis Matters

    Hon. Deborah G. Hankinson, Hankinson Levinger LLP - Dallas, TX
    Materials By:
    Cassandra Burke Robertson, The Supreme Court of Texas - Cleveland, OH

    A former Texas Supreme Court Justice explores the ethical implications of the doctrine of stare decisis.
  • 11:05 am
    Austin Only
    0.33 hr
    What's New in the Texas Supreme Court Clerk's Office

    Blake A. Hawthorne, Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

    The Clerk of the Supreme Court of Texas discusses webcasting of oral arguments, the future of e-filing in Texas appellate courts, and other changes in the Clerk's office.
  • 11:25 am
    Austin Only
    0.67 hr
    Texas Supreme Court Panel

    Hon. Scott A. Brister, Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX
    Hon. Paul W. Green, Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX
    Hon. David M. Medina, Supreme Court Of Texas - Austin, TX
    Moderator:
    Hon. Thomas R. Phillips, Baker Botts L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    Justices of the state's highest court will answer questions from a former chief justice and the audience regarding the court's procedures and administrative activities.
  • Friday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Jeffrey S. Levinger, Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal L - Dallas, TX
  • 12:05 pm
    Austin Only
    1.00 hr
    Luncheon with the Judiciary

    A unique opportunity to meet and discuss issues with members of the judiciary. Please select "Sponsored Lunch with the Judiciary" on the registration form if you plan to attend (additional fee).
  • 1:30 pm
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr ethics
    Ethical Considerations When Practicing Before the United States Courts of Appeals

    Hon. Edward C. Prado, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - San Antonio, TX

    A Fifth Circuit judge discusses the ethics of practice before the federal circuit courts.
  • 2:00 pm
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr ethics
    Fifth Circuit Update

    Kendall M. Gray, Andrews Kurth LLP - Houston, TX
    Priscilla R. Owen, Austin, TX

    Get the latest procedural and substantive developments for the civil practitioner from your friendly neighborhood United States Court of Appeals, from both a Fifth Circuit judge and an appellate practitioner.
  • 2:30 pm
    Austin Only
    1.00 hr
    Federal Practice: Short Topics

    Nina Cortell, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Dallas, TX
    Richard B. Phillips Jr, Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX
    Hon. Lee Hyman Rosenthal, Houston, TX

    The New Federal Electronic Discovery Rules. A federal judge who helped write the rules explains concepts like metadata, clawback and quick peek agreements, and accessible and inaccessible information.

    Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal, Houston, TX

    Discretionary Rules: A look at recent developments in permissive appeals and tips on procuring review.

    Nina Cortell, Dallas, TX

    Co-Author: Ben L. Mesches, Dallas, TX

    Certfied Questions: Maybe the best way to get into the Texas Supreme Court is to file your suit in federal district court. A look at the expanding use of certified questions and how to get a question certified.

    Richard B. Philips, Jr., Dallas, TX

  • 3:30 pm
    Austin Only
    0.50 hr
    U.S. Supreme Court Update

    David Frederick, Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Fi - Washington, DC

    Do you know your highest court? A look at key cases from the current term, with a view to defining the "new" Roberts court, together with suggestions on effective adovcacy in the United States Supreme Court.

Conference Faculty

David A. Anderson

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Hon. Scott A. Brister

Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

Elaine A. Carlson

South Texas College of Law
Houston, TX

Nina Cortell

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Philip Durst

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

David Frederick

Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Fi
Washington, DC

Robert B. Gilbreath

Hawkins Parnell & Thackston LLP
Dallas, TX

Kendall M. Gray

Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX

Hon. Paul W. Green

Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

Hon. Deborah G. Hankinson

Hankinson Levinger LLP
Dallas, TX

Blake A. Hawthorne

Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Hon. Nathan L. Hecht

Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Allyson N. Ho

Baker Botts L.L.P.
Dallas, TX

Michael W. Huddleston

Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller LLP
Dallas, TX

Hon. Wallace B. Jefferson

Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

Hon. Terry Jennings

First Court of Appeals
Houston, TX

Philip W. Johnson

Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

David E. Keltner

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Fort Worth, TX

Kurt Kuhn

Brown McCarroll, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Leane Capps Medford

ELROD, PLLC
Dallas, TX

Hon. David M. Medina

Supreme Court Of Texas
Austin, TX

Hon. Jim Moseley

Fifth Court Of Appeals
Dallas, TX

Priscilla R. Owen

Austin, TX

Timothy Patton

Attorney at Law
San Antonio, TX

Richard B. Phillips Jr

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

Hon. Thomas R. Phillips

Baker Botts L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Hon. Edward C. Prado

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
San Antonio, TX

Cassandra Burke Robertson

The Supreme Court of Texas
Cleveland, OH

Hon. Lee Hyman Rosenthal

Houston, TX

Michael A. Shaunessy

Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP
Austin, TX

Hon. Catherine M. Stone

Fourth Court of Appeals
San Antonio, TX

Hon. Sue Walker

2nd Court of Appeals
Fort Worth, TX

Hon. Kirk Watson

K&L Gates LLP
Austin, TX

Jane M. N. Webre

Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Brandy Wingate

Thirteenth Court Of Appeals
Edinburg, TX

Hon. James T. Worthen

12th Court of Appeals
Tyler, TX

Planning Committee

Pamela Stanton Baron—Chair

Austin, TX

Douglas W. Alexander

Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

William J. Boyce

Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP
Houston, TX

Sharon E Callaway

Crofts & Callaway
San Antonio, TX

Nina Cortell

Haynes and 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

Michael J Esposito

Austin, TX

Kendall M. Gray

Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX

David Michael Gunn

Beck, Redden & Secrest LLP
Houston, TX

Michael W. Huddleston

Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller LLP
Dallas, TX

Samara Lackman Kline

Baker & Botts
Dallas, TX

Kurt Kuhn

Brown McCarroll, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Jeffrey S. Levinger

Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal L
Dallas, TX

Daryl L. Moore

Houston, TX

Timothy Patton

Attorney at Law
San Antonio, TX

Richard B. Phillips Jr

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

Brent Marcus Rosenthal

Dallas, TX

Scott Rothenberg

Law Offices Of Scott Rothenberg
Bellaire, 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.  
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.  
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
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.  
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 – May 31 - Jun 1, 2007 – Four Seasons Hotel
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$209.00 good through May 4, 2007

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$7 self-parking; $12 valet

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