University of Texas School of Law
24th Annual Conference on
State and Federal Appeals
Austin Jun 5-6, 2014 Four Seasons Hotel
Conference Concluded
Related products: eConferences, Materials

LUNCHEON WITH THE JUDICIARY SPONSORS
Baker Botts
Thompson & Knight LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP

UT Law CLE

2014 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Program Features
UT Law's 24th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals—designed for advanced-level civil appellate practitioners—has earned a reputation as the premier program on appellate practice and procedure in Texas, and is the annual gathering of state and federal appellate judges. Enjoy networking opportunities with fellow colleagues during the conference and with appellate judges at Friday's traditional Luncheon with the Judiciary—now included with registration.
This conference is a must-attend event for every Texas civil appellate practitioner.
2014 highlights include:
  • Interview with Former Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson
  • Lyle Cayce provides an Update for Appellate Attorneys from the Fifth Circuit Clerk of Court
  • Texas Supreme Court Update presented by Justice Jeff Brown, and the annual Texas Supreme Court Panel with Justices Nathan L. Hecht, Jeffrey S. Boyd and Phil W. Johnson
  • Two Luncheon Presentations included with registration—Can You Make Your Audience Smarter? with Jim M. Perdue Jr. on Thursday, and Luncheon with the Judiciary on Friday
  • Earn 2.75 hours ethics including What Judges Know about What Other Judges Know about Ethics with First Court of Appeals Justices Jane Bland and Harvey G. Brown Jr., and Fourteenth Court of Appeals Justices Tracy Christopher and Kenneth P. Wise

UT Law CLE

2014 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

12/15/19
Schedule

Thursday Morning, June 5, 2014

Presiding Officer:
Pamela Stanton Baron, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

7:30 am
Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:40 am

0.33 hr

State Mandamus Update

A look at the past year’s key mandamus decisions and what they portend for the future.

Scott P. Stolley, Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX

9:00 am

0.50 hr

Procedural Update

Coverage of the most recent Texas cases and amended rules of procedure affecting civil trial and appellate practices.

Elaine Grafton Carlson, South Texas College of Law - Houston, TX
Materials By:
Courtney Taylor Carlson, Jackson Walker L.L.P. - Houston, TX

9:30 am

0.50 hr ethics

Briefing Waiver Update

Look into recent cases and trends on briefing waiver, review the briefing standards in Texas appellate courts, and learn practical suggestions for avoiding briefing waiver.

Thomas S. Leatherbury, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Dallas, TX

10:00 am

0.50 hr ethics

Prevailing in the Face of "White Horse Authority"

A client hires you on appeal in a "must win" case, but your research reveals authority that is directly against your client's position. Explore techniques and strategies that you can, and sometimes must, use when confronted with "white horse authority" that is adverse to your client's position.

Scott Rothenberg, Law Offices of Scott Rothenberg - Houston, TX

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.50 hr ethics

Can I Cite Wikipedia?

Is it ethical and advisable to cite Internet authority? How reliable are online sources compared to published sources? When do cites to the Internet constitute prohibited extra-record materials? If it's on the Internet, it's not always the truth!

Robert B. Dubose, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP - Houston, TX

11:15 am

0.50 hr

Extreme Brief Makeover

Writing and persuading in the 21st Century.

Hon. Scott A. Brister, Andrews Kurth LLP - Austin, TX
Kendall M. Gray, Andrews Kurth LLP - Houston, TX

11:45 am
Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Thursday Afternoon, June 5, 2014

Presiding Officer:
Richard B. Phillips Jr., Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX

Luncheon Presentation

12:05 pm

0.75 hr

Can You Make Your Audience Smarter?

Lawyers often say, “They just couldn't get it.” But what if it was you and not them? Persuasive legal writing and argument requires smart thinking. This presentation offers ideas of how to frame choices, present questions, and tailor language that appeal to brain pathways and decision schemas designed to compel your desired result.

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

 
12:50 pm
Break

1:05 pm

0.50 hr ethics

Sneaky Ethics

Some ethical issues are "in your face," while others sneak up on you, disguised as everyday tasks. Whether they are woven into the rules, created by emerging case law, or generated by case management issues, these sneaky ethical issues are a lot easier to handle properly when you know how to spot them.

Kirsten Castañeda, Locke Lord LLP - Dallas, TX

1:35 pm

0.50 hr

Compensatory Damages

Recent developments on how to minimize or maximize your damage award on appeal.

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

2:05 pm

0.50 hr

TCPA: Slapping Around Anti-SLAPP

A case study in statutory construction.

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

2:35 pm

0.33 hr

Harmless Error

How to determine when error is harmless and when it is not.

Hon. Rebeca Huddle, First Court of Appeals - Houston, TX

2:55 pm
Break

3:05 pm

0.42 hr

A Prayer and A Hope

Do appellate courts answer prayers? Effective prayers to get the relief you really want.

Lisa Bowlin Hobbs, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC - Austin, TX

3:30 pm

0.50 hr

Oral Argument: Organization and Preparation

A look at argument preparation, mooting the argument, and effectively answering questions from the bench. One of the state’s leading oral advocates explains the secrets of his success.

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

4:00 pm

0.42 hr

Post-Submission Briefs

Thoughts on the strategies and procedures for filing post-submission briefs.

Amy J. Schumacher, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

4:25 pm

0.75 hr ethics

What Judges Know about What Other Judges Know about Ethics

In a game-show format, Judges from the First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals are asked how their fellow colleague panelists would answer a series of ethics questions. This friendly competition is designed to find out what these judges know (or possibly don't know) about ethics and each other.

Moderator:
Daryl L. Moore, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Hon. Jane Bland, First Court of Appeals - Houston, TX
Hon. Harvey G. Brown Jr., First Court of Appeals - Houston, TX
Hon. Tracy Christopher, Fourteenth Court of Appeals - Houston, TX
Hon. Kenneth P. Wise, Fourteenth Court of Appeals - Houston, TX
Commentator:
Sharon E. Callaway, Crofts & Callaway, P.C. - San Antonio, TX

5:10 pm
Adjourn

Friday Morning, June 6, 2014

Presiding Officer:
Elana S. Einhorn, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

7:30 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am

0.42 hr

Federal Mandamus Update

From Volkswagen to Crystal Power to Radmax and beyond—what you need to know about the changing landscape of mandamus review in the Fifth Circuit.

Dana Livingston, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP - Austin, TX

8:55 am

0.33 hr

Go Directly to the Texas Supreme Court

A look at the various paths to the Supreme Court that bypass the State Courts of Appeals.

Rance Craft, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

9:15 am

0.50 hr

Electronic Trail through the Clerk's Office

A video-enhanced journey following a case from filing all the way to opinion/decision.

Michael A. Cruz, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

9:45 am

0.50 hr

Questions for the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Texas

The Clerk of the Supreme Court of Texas answers your questions about practice before the Court including eFiling and eBriefing.

Please submit your questions in advance to service@utcle.org or onsite at the conference registration desk.

Steven K. Hayes, Attorney at Law - Fort Worth, TX
Blake A. Hawthorne, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

10:15 am

0.50 hr

Interview with Former Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson

The former Chief Justice offers insights and tips for practitioners before the court.

Pamela Stanton Baron, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX
Hon. Wallace B. Jefferson, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP - Austin, TX

10:45 am
Break

11:00 am

0.50 hr

Texas Supreme Court Update

A look at recent opinions issued by the Court in the current term.

Hon. Jeff Brown, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
Materials By:
Heather Jones Holmes, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

11:30 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, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
Hon. Paul W. Green, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
Hon. Jeffrey S. Boyd, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

12:15 pm
Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.
Please select "RSVP: Luncheon with the Judiciary" on the registration form to attend. 

Friday Afternoon, June 6, 2014

Presiding Officer:
Hon. Gregory T. Perkes, Thirteenth Court of Appeals - Corpus Christi, TX

Luncheon with the Judiciary

12:35 pm
Luncheon with the Judiciary

A unique opportunity to meet and discuss issues with members of the judiciary. Please select "RSVP: Luncheon with the Judiciary" on the registration form to attend. 

THANK YOU TO OUR LUNCHEON SPONSORS

Baker Botts
Thompson & Knight LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP

1:25 pm
Break

1:35 pm

0.50 hr

2014 Update for Appellate Attorneys from the Fifth Circuit Clerk of Court

The Clerk of the Fifth Circuit discusses recent rule changes and technological advances.

Lyle Cayce, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - New Orleans, LA

2:05 pm

0.50 hr

Fifth Circuit Update

Recent opinions and trends in civil litigation.

David S. Coale, Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, L.L.P. - Dallas, TX

2:35 pm

0.50 hr

U.S. Supreme Court Update

A survey of the U.S. Supreme Court rulings for this term.

David M. Gunn, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX

3:05 pm

0.42 hr

Challenging Arbitration Awards

What’s new in challenging arbitration awards in state and federal courts.

Mark Trachtenberg, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Houston, TX

3:30 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2014 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Pamela Stanton Baron
Attorney at Law
Austin, TX
Hon. Jane Bland
First Court of Appeals
Houston, TX
Hon. William J. Boyce
Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Houston, TX
Hon. Jeffrey S. Boyd
The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX
Hon. Scott A. Brister
Andrews Kurth LLP
Austin, TX
Hon. Harvey G. Brown Jr.
First Court of Appeals
Houston, TX
Hon. Jeff Brown
The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX
Sharon E. Callaway
Crofts & Callaway, P.C.
San Antonio, TX
Courtney Taylor Carlson
Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Elaine Grafton Carlson
South Texas College of Law
Houston, TX
Kirsten Castañeda
Locke Lord LLP
Dallas, TX
Lyle Cayce
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
New Orleans, LA
Hon. Tracy Christopher
Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Houston, TX
David S. Coale
Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, L.L.P.
Dallas, TX
Rance Craft
Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX
Michael A. Cruz
The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX
Robert B. Dubose
Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Houston, TX
Philip Durst
Deats, Durst, Owen & Levy, P.L.L.C.
Austin, TX
Kendall M. Gray
Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX
Hon. Paul W. Green
The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX
David M. Gunn
Beck Redden LLP
Houston, TX
Blake A. Hawthorne
The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX
Steven K. Hayes
Attorney at Law
Fort Worth, TX
Hon. Nathan L. Hecht
The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX
Lisa Bowlin Hobbs
Kuhn Hobbs PLLC
Austin, TX
Heather Jones Holmes
The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX
Hon. Rebeca Huddle
First Court of Appeals
Houston, TX
Hon. Wallace B. Jefferson
Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX
David Keltner
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Fort Worth, TX
Thomas S. Leatherbury
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Dallas, TX
Jeffrey S. Levinger
Levinger PC
Dallas, TX
Dana Livingston
Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX
Daryl L. Moore
Attorney at Law
Houston, TX
Jim M. Perdue Jr.
Perdue & Kidd, LLP
Houston, TX
Scott Rothenberg
Law Offices of Scott Rothenberg
Houston, TX
Amy J. Schumacher
Attorney at Law
Austin, TX
Scott P. Stolley
Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX
Mark Trachtenberg
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Houston, TX
Hon. Kenneth P. Wise
Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

Pamela Stanton Baron—Chair
Attorney at Law
Austin, TX
Douglas W. Alexander
Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX
Hon. Jane Bland
First Court of Appeals
Houston, TX
Hon. William J. Boyce
Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Houston, TX
Sharon E. Callaway
Crofts & Callaway, P.C.
San Antonio, TX
Kirsten Castañeda
Locke Lord LLP
Dallas, TX
Nina Cortell
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX
Rance Craft
Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX
Philip Durst
Deats, Durst, Owen & Levy, P.L.L.C.
Austin, TX
Elana S. Einhorn
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Blake A. Hawthorne
The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX
Kurt Kuhn
Kuhn Hobbs PLLC
Austin, TX
Dana Livingston
Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX
Daryl L. Moore
Attorney at Law
Houston, TX
Richard B. Phillips Jr.
Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX
Scott Rothenberg
Law Offices of Scott Rothenberg
Houston, TX
Jane M. N. Webre
Scott, Douglass, & McConnico, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2014 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.00 hrs  |  2.75 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury 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
13.00 hrs  |  2.75 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.  
Ohio
13.00 hrs  |  2.75 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to The Supreme Court of Ohio within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
Oklahoma
15.50 hrs  |  3.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
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
15.50 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.  

UT Law CLE

2014 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: May 28, 2014
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Government Attorney early registration: May 28, 2014
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group 10% (5-9) early registration: May 28, 2014
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group 20% (10+) early registration: May 28, 2014
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 30, 2014
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Jun 2, 2014
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2014 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Hotel / Venue

Austin

Four Seasons Hotel

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

Accommodations

The hotel is SOLD OUT.

 

Parking Information

$12 Event Daily; $16 Valet Daily; $32.50 Overnight Self-Parking or Valet.

Nearby Hotel Accommodations

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

701 E. 11th Street
Austin, TX
512.478.1111 (reservations)


Hyatt Regency Austin

208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX
512.477.1234 (reservations)


UT Law CLE

2014 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Sponsors