University of Texas School of Law
22nd Annual
Conference on State and Federal Appeals
Austin May 31 - Jun 1, 2012 Four Seasons Hotel
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UT Law CLE

2012 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Program Features
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.

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Schedule

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

Coverage of the most recent cases affecting civil trial and appellate practice, with a paper that should be on every practitioner's desk.

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

9:20 am

0.50 hr

Voir Dire Update: When to Challenge for Cause and How to Preserve Error

A look at recent cases addressing challenges for cause and how to apply them to your practice to preserve error.

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

9:50 am

0.42 hr

What's New in Early Review: Recent Developments in Mandamus and Interlocutory Appeal

A look at the most recent cases in the ever-expanding area of early appellate review.

Lisa Bowlin Hobbs, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC - Austin, TX

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)

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.

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

11:00 am

0.67 hr

Three Veteran Judges Tell It Like It Is

A candid conversation about lessons learned over a lifetime of service on the appellate bench.

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

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

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.

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

1:25 pm

0.50 hr

eBriefing Update

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.

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

1:55 pm

0.50 hr

Procedural Rules Update

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.

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

2:25 pm
Break

2:40 pm

1.00 hr ethics

Appellate Ethics Roundtable

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.

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

3:40 pm

0.58 hr

The Art of Persuasion

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.

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

4:15 pm

1.00 hr ethics

Who Wants to Be an Ethics Millionaire?

Contestants answer ethics questions - with help from the audience and phone-a-friend - for a chance at fame and fortune.

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

5:15 pm
Adjourn

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

An analysis of recent cases affecting the award of actual and exemplary damages and how they impact trial and appellate practice.

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

8:50 am

0.42 hr ethics

Waiver Update: You Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello

A look at the vastly different ways the Courts of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court decide questions of waiver.

Kurt Kuhn, Kurt Kuhn, PLLC - Austin, TX

9:15 am

0.50 hr

Appellate Court Studies

A statistical analysis of decision-making by the appellate courts can reveal important information on how to structure an appeal.

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

9:45 am

0.33 hr

Appellate Tech Tools and Tips

Set your gadgets to mute and get ready for a quick look at the best tech tools, tips and apps for appellate practitioners.

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

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

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.

Pamela Stanton Baron, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

10:45 am

0.50 hr

Texas Supreme Court Update

A look at the most important cases of the last year and their impact on trial and appellate practice.

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

11:15 am

0.75 hr

Texas Supreme Court Panel

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.

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

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

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.

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

2:00 pm

0.50 hr ethics

Ethics in the Courtroom

A Federal District Court judge discusses the highs and lows of ethical practices in the federal courts.

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

2:30 pm

0.42 hr

Fifth Circuit Update

A practitioner focuses on cases from the past year that appellate practitioners need to know about.

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

2:55 pm

0.33 hr

Federal Rehearing Motions: Practice and Persuasion

Rehearing in the federal courts may not be quite so hopeless as you think. A look at ways to get there from here.

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

3:15 pm

0.50 hr

United States Supreme Court Update

An insightful and witty look at the most important cases of the current term.

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

3:40 pm
Adjourn

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Faculty

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

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2012 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
12.50 hrs  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law
Additional Information
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.  
California
12.50 hrs  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.  
Other States
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

TX Accounting CPE
15.00 hrs
Additional Information
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.  

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Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: May 23, 2012
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 25, 2012
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 28, 2012
    $50 processing fee applied

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Hotel / Venue

Austin

Four Seasons Hotel

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

Accommodations

$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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