About

Now in its 22nd year, the Conference on State and Federal Appeals remains the premier conference on appellate practice and procedure in Texas. The program is designed for advanced-level civil appellate practitioners with opportunities to interact with state and federal appellate judges.

Join the Hons. Wallace B. Jefferson, Nathan L. Hecht, and Debra Lehrmann for the Texas Supreme Court Panel; and the Hons. Fortunato P. Benavides, Emilio M. Garza, and Joseph B. Morris as they share lessons learned over a lifetime of service on the appellate bench.

The 2012 conference features in-depth coverage of Texas procedural updates including voir dire, ebriefing, damages and waivers, and offers 12.50 hours of CLE credit including your entire annual 3.00 hours of ethics credit.

The traditional Friday luncheon with the appellate judiciary continues in 2012 (separate fee).

This conference is a must-attend event for every Texas civil appellate practitioner.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, May 31, 2012
    Presiding Officer:
    Pamela Stanton Baron, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX
  • 8:00 am
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:30 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:45 am
    0.58 hr
    Procedural Update

    Elaine Grafton Carlson, South Texas College of Law - Houston, TX

    Coverage of the most recent cases affecting civil trial and appellate practice, with a paper that should be on every practitioner's desk.
  • 9:20 am
    0.50 hr
    Voir Dire Update: When to Challenge for Cause and How to Preserve Error

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

    A look at recent cases addressing challenges for cause and how to apply them to your practice to preserve error.
  • 9:50 am
    0.42 hr
    What's New in Early Review: Recent Developments in Mandamus and Interlocutory Appeal

    Lisa Bowlin Hobbs, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC - Austin, TX

    A look at the most recent cases in the ever-expanding area of early appellate review.
  • 10:15 am
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Ten Things the Texas Courts of Appeals Could Do Better (According to the Appellate Bar)

    Hon. William J. Boyce, Fourteenth Court of Appeals - Houston, TX
    Stacy R. Obenhaus, Gardere Wynne Sewell - Dallas, TX

    There is always room for improvement—even by appellate courts. An appellate practitioner and Court of Appeals' Justice engage in a frank and direct discussion of the results of a survey of practitioners' suggestions for improved decision-making by the appellate courts.
  • 11:00 am
    0.67 hr
    Three Veteran Judges Tell It Like It Is

    Moderator:
    Nina Cortell, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Fortunato P. Benavides, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Emilio Miller Garza, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - San Antonio, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Joseph B. Morris, Fifth District Court of Appeals - Dallas, TX

    A candid conversation about lessons learned over a lifetime of service on the appellate bench.
  • 11:40 am
    Lunch on your Own

  • Thursday Afternoon, May 31, 2012
    Presiding Officer:
    Richard B. Phillips Jr., Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX
  • 12:55 pm
    0.50 hr
    Statutory Interpretation 2012

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

    All conflicts in statutory interpretation have been resolved—not! Phil Durst talks about statutory interpretation—need we say more? In case we do, this topic discusses recent cases and trends in appeals involving the interpretation of statutes in the Texas courts.
  • 1:25 pm
    0.50 hr
    eBriefing Update

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

    Mandatory electronic filing is here in some appellate courts and imminent in others. Find out what's happening with electronic filing, electronic records, and how to make your electronic briefs more effective.
  • 1:55 pm
    0.50 hr
    Procedural Rules Update

    Hon. Tracy Christopher, Fourteenth Court of Appeals - Houston, TX

    This has been a busy year for new rules thanks to the 2011 legislative session that enacted statutes requiring rules addressing loser pays and expedited proceedings. Find out what the new rules are and what they aren't.
  • 2:25 pm
    Break

  • 2:40 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    Appellate Ethics Roundtable

    Moderator:
    Scott Rothenberg, Law Offices of Scott Rothenberg - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    William J. Chriss, Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C., of counsel to Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Cynthia Canfield Hamilton, State Bar of Texas - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    James M. McCormack, The Law Office of James M. McCormack - Austin, TX

    A no-holds-barred discussion of ethical challenges appellate practitioners face, from the engagement letter to conflicts, withdrawal, the new barratry statute that creates private causes of action for damages, and even grievances.
  • 3:40 pm
    0.58 hr
    The Art of Persuasion

    Jim M. Perdue Jr., Perdue Kidd & Vickery - Houston, TX

    Studies into the functionality of the human brain provide a different perspective on the concepts of persuasion. The presentation takes scientific, marketing and sociology concepts and translates them into considerations for use in presentations for all types of cases.
  • 4:15 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    Who Wants to Be an Ethics Millionaire?

    Moderator:
    Douglas W. Alexander, Alexander Dubose & Townsend LLP - Austin, TX
    Co-Authors:
    Richard Russell Hollenbeck, Wright Brown & Close - Houston, TX
    Co-Authors:
    Alene Ross Levy, Haynes & Boone - Houston, TX
    Co-Authors:
    Daryl L. Moore, Daryl L. Moore, P.C. - Houston, TX
    Co-Authors:
    Jo Ann Storey, Jo Ann Storey, P.C. - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Phil Durst, Deats, Durst, Owen & Levy, P.L.L.C. - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Jane M. N. Webre, Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    Contestants answer ethics questions - with help from the audience and phone-a-friend - for a chance at fame and fortune.
  • 5:15 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, June 1, 2012
    Presiding Officer:
    Elizabeth V. Rodd, Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
  • 7:45 am
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:30 am
    0.33 hr
    Damages Update

    Elizabeth G. (Heidi) Bloch, Brown McCarroll L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    An analysis of recent cases affecting the award of actual and exemplary damages and how they impact trial and appellate practice.
  • 8:50 am
    0.42 hr ethics
    Waiver Update: You Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello

    Kurt Kuhn, Kurt Kuhn, PLLC - Austin, TX

    A look at the vastly different ways the Courts of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court decide questions of waiver.
  • 9:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Appellate Court Studies

    Frank B. Cross, The University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX
    Stefanie Lindquist, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

    A statistical analysis of decision-making by the appellate courts can reveal important information on how to structure an appeal.
  • 9:45 am
    0.33 hr
    Appellate Tech Tools and Tips

    Don Cruse, Law Office of Don Cruse - Austin, TX

    Set your gadgets to mute and get ready for a quick look at the best tech tools, tips and apps for appellate practitioners.
  • 10:05 am
    Break

  • 10:20 am
    0.42 hr
    Ten Things Your Client Needs to Know About Taking a Case to the Texas Supreme Court

    Pamela Stanton Baron, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

    Clients need to understand the process, the odds, and the time and expense of taking an appeal to the Texas Supreme Court so that they can make informed decisions about settlement and whether and how to proceed. Educating clients also helps manage expectations so that there are no surprises.
  • 10:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Texas Supreme Court Update

    Jane M. N. Webre, Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    A look at the most important cases of the last year and their impact on trial and appellate practice.
  • 11:15 am
    0.75 hr
    Texas Supreme Court Panel

    Moderator:
    Jeffrey S. Levinger, Levinger PC - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Nathan L. Hecht, Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Wallace B. Jefferson, Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Dale Wainwright, Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

    A candid conversation with the Justices about what's new at the court, the state of the docket, and ways practitioners can improve their chances of obtaining favorable relief for their clients.
  • Friday Afternoon, June 1, 2012
    Presiding Officer:
    Elana S. Einhorn, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX
  • Luncheon Presentation

  • 12:00 pm
    0.00 hr ethics
    Lunch 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 (there is an additional fee of $10).

     

    SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR LUNCHEON SPONSOR
    Brown McCarroll, L.L.P.
  • 1:00 pm
    Return to General Session

  • 1:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    Fifth Circuit Panel

    Moderator:
    Samara L. Kline, Baker Botts L.L.P. - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Priscilla R. Owen, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - Austin, TX

    A panel of Fifth Circuit judges discuss what they do, the court's docket, and better ways for us to represent parties before the Fifth Circuit.
  • 2:00 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Ethics in the Courtroom

    Hon. Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX

    A Federal District Court judge discusses the highs and lows of ethical practices in the federal courts.
  • 2:30 pm
    0.42 hr
    Fifth Circuit Update

    Dana Livingston, Alexander Dubose & Townsend LLP - Austin, TX
    Benjamin Lee Mesches, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Dallas, TX

    A practitioner focuses on cases from the past year that appellate practitioners need to know about.
  • 2:55 pm
    0.33 hr
    Federal Rehearing Motions: Practice and Persuasion

    Meredith B. Parenti, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Houston, TX

    Rehearing in the federal courts may not be quite so hopeless as you think. A look at ways to get there from here.
  • 3:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    United States Supreme Court Update

    Kathryn Elizabeth Boatman, Andrews Kurth LLP - Houston, TX
    Kendall M. Gray, Andrews Kurth LLP - Houston, TX

    An insightful and witty look at the most important cases of the current term.
  • 3:40 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Douglas W. Alexander

Alexander Dubose & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

Pamela Stanton Baron

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Hon. Fortunato P. Benavides

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Austin, TX

Elizabeth G. (Heidi) Bloch

Brown McCarroll L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Kathryn Elizabeth Boatman

Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX

Hon. William J. Boyce

Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Houston, TX

Elaine Grafton Carlson

South Texas College of Law
Houston, TX

William J. Chriss

Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C., of counsel to Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Hon. Tracy Christopher

Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Houston, TX

Nina Cortell

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Frank B. Cross

The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Don Cruse

Law Office of Don Cruse
Austin, TX

Phil Durst

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

Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Houston, TX

Hon. Emilio Miller Garza

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

Kendall M. Gray

Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX

Cynthia Canfield Hamilton

State Bar of Texas
Austin, TX

Blake A. Hawthorne

Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Hon. Nathan L. Hecht

Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Lisa Bowlin Hobbs

Kuhn Hobbs PLLC
Austin, TX

Richard Russell Hollenbeck

Wright Brown & Close
Houston, TX

Hon. Wallace B. Jefferson

Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

David E. Keltner

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Fort Worth, TX

Samara L. Kline

Baker Botts L.L.P.
Dallas, TX

Kurt Kuhn

Kurt Kuhn, PLLC
Austin, TX

Jeffrey S. Levinger

Levinger PC
Dallas, TX

Alene Ross Levy

Haynes & Boone
Houston, TX

Stefanie Lindquist

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Dana Livingston

Alexander Dubose & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

James M. McCormack

The Law Office of James M. McCormack
Austin, TX

Benjamin Lee Mesches

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Daryl L. Moore

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

Hon. Joseph B. Morris

Fifth District Court of Appeals
Dallas, TX

Stacy R. Obenhaus

Gardere Wynne Sewell
Dallas, TX

Hon. Priscilla R. Owen

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Austin, TX

Meredith B. Parenti

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Houston, TX

Jim M. Perdue Jr.

Perdue Kidd & Vickery
Houston, TX

Scott Rothenberg

Law Offices of Scott Rothenberg
Houston, TX

Jo Ann Storey

Jo Ann Storey, P.C.
Houston, TX

Hon. Dale Wainwright

Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Jane M. N. Webre

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

Hon. Lee Yeakel

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Pamela Stanton Baron—Chair

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Douglas W. Alexander

Alexander Dubose & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

Hon. William J. Boyce

Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Houston, TX

Nina Cortell

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Phil Durst

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

Elana S. Einhorn

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

David M. Gunn

Beck, Redden & Secrest, L.L.P.
Houston, TX

Blake A. Hawthorne

Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Samara L. Kline

Baker Botts L.L.P.
Dallas, TX

Kurt Kuhn

Kurt Kuhn, PLLC
Austin, TX

Dana Livingston

Alexander Dubose & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

Daryl L. Moore

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

Richard B. Phillips Jr.

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

Elizabeth V. Rodd

Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Scott Rothenberg

Law Offices of Scott Rothenberg
Houston, TX

Michelle M. Turner

The University of Texas School of Law
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.

Key Dates

Austin – May 31 - Jun 1, 2012 – Four Seasons Hotel
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$235.00 good through Apr 30, 2012

Parking Information

The Four Seasons offers valet parking for $14 during the day of the event and $32.50 for overnight use. Limited self-parking is available for $12 during the day of the event.

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