About

UT Law's 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. Now in its 27th year, this conference is a must-attend event for Texas civil appellate practitioners.
 
2017 highlights include:

  • The Ethics of Social Media, with John G. Browning, Passman & Jones, David Lat, Above the Law, and Justice Don R. Willett, Supreme Court of Texas
  • Experienced perspective on what makes for great Appellate Advocacy, with David M. Gunn, Beck Redden LLP, and Justice Stephen A. Higginson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Practical tips on appellate court practices from current staff attorneys in Pulling Back the Curtain (a Bit)
  • Candid discussion among Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. HechtJustice Eva Guzman, and Justice Jeff Brown about what’s new at the Court, the state of the docket, and tips for practitioners
  • The Ethics Apprentice, hosted by Judge Daryl L. Moore, 333rd District Court, during which ambitious appellate practitioners compete against one another as they struggle to answer ethics questions that savvy practitioners ought to know
  • Updates on essential topics such as interlocutory appeals, harmful error, attorney fees, and rehearing en banc strategies

Attendees also enjoy networking opportunities with judges and fellow colleagues during the conference, including Friday’s traditional Luncheon with the Judiciary.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, June 1, 2017
    Presiding Officer:
    Jane M. N. Webre, Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Texas Supreme Court Update

    Hon. Jeffrey S. Boyd, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Constance H. Pfeiffer, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX

    Explore recent opinions issued by the Court in the current term.
  • 9:15 am
    0.50 hr
    ​Texas Civil Procedure Update: A Look at Recent Decisions and Legislative Mandates

    Courtney Taylor Carlson, Jackson Walker LLP - Houston, TX
    Co-Author:
    Elaine Grafton Carlson, South Texas College of Law Houston - Houston, TX

    Examine recent judicial decisions and legislative mandates affecting Texas litigation practice, including proposed modifications to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. Review highlights from the accompanying comprehensive review of recent case law—designed to be a handy reference tool for practitioners.
  • 9:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Appellate Advocacy

    David M. Gunn, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX
    Hon. Stephen A. Higginson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - New Orleans, LA

    Get an experienced perspective on what makes for great appellate advocacy.
  • 10:15 am
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    0.50 hr ethics
    The Ethics of Social Media

    John G. Browning, Passman & Jones - Dallas, TX
    David Lat, Above the Law - New York, NY
    Hon. Don R. Willett, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

    The world of social media presents a multitude of pitfalls for practitioners and judges alike. Hear from pioneers in the field on how to make the most of social media's advantages without running afoul of applicable disciplinary rules.
  • 11:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Top Ten New Issues in the Jury Charge

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

    Learn the latest issues discussed in case law and in the Pattern Jury Charge Committees, as well as new ideas for clarity in the jury charge. 
  • 11:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Legislative Update

    C. Andrew Weber, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - Austin, TX

    Review what the 85th Texas Legislature has wrought.
  • 12:00 pm
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration.
  • Thursday Afternoon, June 1, 2017
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. William J. Boyce, Fourteenth Court of Appeals - Houston, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:20 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    Lawyer Wellness: It Is All About You

    Cameron Vann, Texas Lawyers Assistance Program - Austin, TX

    A recent study indicates 40 percent of our 100,000 Texas lawyers may be suffering from depression, anxiety, and alcohol or drug dependency. Hear more about the current research on lawyer wellness, and learn simple strategies to ensure self-care and peak professional performance. Learn how confidential user-friendly 24/7 access to TLAP can help your colleagues that need help and can help yourself, too.
  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:20 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Ethics Emergency Survival Kit

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

    Ethics emergencies come up when you least expect them. Get the tools you need when your next ethics emergency arises.
  • 1:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    The Common Law Is Not Dead

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

    Explore the resurgence of the common law and its impact on appellate practice.
  • 2:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    Family Law Appeals

    Richel Rivers, Rivers McNamara PLLC - Austin, TX

    Appellate review of family law cases present issues uncommon to other appeals. Explore highlights of some unusual issues the appellate practitioner might encounter in a family law appeal.
  • 2:50 pm
    Break

  • 3:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Pulling Back the Curtain (a Bit)

    Julie K. Buchanan, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Karlene D. Poll, First Court of Appeals - Houston, TX
    Colleen M. Sullivan, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX

    Get practical tips from current staff attorneys on appellate court practices and procedures, including motions, original proceedings, and oral arguments.
  • 3:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    Statutory Interpretation

    Hon. Scott A. Brister, Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP - Austin, TX
    Philip Durst, Deats, Durst & Owen, P.L.L.C. - Austin, TX

    Many recent appellate decisions involve questions of statutory interpretation. Highlight what is out there, and what you need to know.
  • 4:15 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    The Ethics Apprentice

    Moderator:
    Hon. Daryl L. Moore, 333rd District Court - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Robert B. Dubose, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP - Houston, TX
    Philip Durst, Deats, Durst & Owen, P.L.L.C. - Austin, TX
    R. Russell Hollenbeck, Wright & Close, LLP - Houston, TX
    Jane M. N. Webre, Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP - Austin, TX

    Watch ambitious appellate practitioners compete against one another for the title of “The Ethics Apprentice,” as they struggle to answer ethics questions that savvy practitioners ought to know.
  • 5:00 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, June 2, 2017
    Presiding Officer:
    Marisa S. Secco, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Evidence/Procedure Quiz

    Steven Goode, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

    You make the call: test your knowledge of evidence by ruling on a series of objections.
  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr ethics
    Legal Malpractice and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Update

    Michael W. Eady, Thompson Coe - Austin, TX
    Jeffrey S. Levinger, Levinger PC - Dallas, TX

    Explore the intersection of these claims and how that intersection may affect your practice.
  • 9:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Breakfast Buffet: Interlocutory Appeals, Summary Judgments, and the Impact of Early Dismissals on Appellate Dockets

    Michael A. Heidler, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Austin, TX
    Lisa D. Kinzer, The Office of Court Administration - Austin, TX
    Amanda G. Taylor, Beck Redden LLP - Austin, TX

    Discuss procedures, practice tips, and recent developments regarding interlocutory appeals (both express and permissive) and summary judgments. Hear a statistical analysis about how these and other forms of early dismissals (such as those under Rule 91a) have impacted appellate dockets over the last decade.
  • 10:15 am
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Texas Supreme Court Panel

    Moderator:
    Robert B. Dubose, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Nathan L. Hecht, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Hon. Phil Johnson, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Hon. Jeff Brown, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

    Hear a candid conversation among the Justices about what is new at the Court, the state of the docket, and ways practitioners can improve their chances of obtaining favorable relief for their clients.
  • 11:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Attorneys' Fees Update

    Polly Fohn, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Houston, TX
    Anne M. Johnson, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Dallas, TX

    Although attorneys’ fees can easily exceed damages, they are too often an afterthought. Explore the latest developments in state and federal court on proving up fees at trial and keeping them on appeal.
  • 11:45 am
    Break

  • Friday Afternoon, June 2, 2017
    Presiding Officer:
    Melissa Lorber, Enoch Kever PLLC - Austin, TX
  • OPTIONAL LUNCHEON WITH THE JUDICIARY
  • 12:05 pm
    Optional Luncheon with the Judiciary

    Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet and discuss issues with members of the judiciary. Please select "Luncheon with the Judiciary" on the registration form to attend ($35 additional charge).
  • 12:55 pm
    Return to General Session

  • 1:10 pm
    0.50 hr
    When Error is Harmful in the Eye of the Beholder

    Sharon McCally, McCally Law, P.C. - Houston, TX

    Examine recent cases and trends governing how the courts look to, find, and define harmful error.
  • 1:40 pm
    0.50 hr
    U.S. Fifth Circuit Update
    This session has moved to 2:40 PM on Friday

    David S. Coale, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP - Dallas, TX

    Review recent opinions and trends from the U.S. Fifth Circuit.
  • 2:10 pm
    0.50 hr
    ​Federal Jury Charge Practice

    Hon. Henry J. Bemporad, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
    Ben L. Mesches, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Dallas, TX

    Navigate jury questions, instructions, and the charge conference in federal court.
  • 2:40 pm
    0.50 hr
    Rehearing En Banc Strategies
    This session has moved to 1:40 PM on Friday

    Jennifer S. Freel, U.S. Attorney's Office - Austin, TX
    Dana Livingston, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP - Austin, TX

    Explore the dynamics of seeking and obtaining en banc review, and look at the efficacy of various strategies.
  • 3:10 pm
    0.50 hr
    U.S. Supreme Court Update

    Jason P. Steed, Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP - Dallas, TX

    Review the 2016 Term, get an update on the filling the vacancy, and look ahead to OT 2017.
  • 3:40 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Hon. Henry J. Bemporad

Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
San Antonio, TX

Hon. Jeffrey S. Boyd

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Hon. Scott A. Brister

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP
Austin, TX

Hon. Jeff Brown

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

John G. Browning

Passman & Jones
Dallas, TX

Julie K. Buchanan

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Courtney Taylor Carlson

Jackson Walker LLP
Houston, TX

Elaine Grafton Carlson

South Texas College of Law Houston
Houston, TX

Hon. Tracy Christopher

Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Houston, TX

David S. Coale

Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP
Dallas, TX

Robert B. Dubose

Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Houston, TX

Philip Durst

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

Michael W. Eady

Thompson Coe
Austin, TX

Polly Fohn

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Houston, TX

Jennifer S. Freel

U.S. Attorney's Office
Austin, TX

Steven Goode

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

David M. Gunn

Beck Redden LLP
Houston, TX

Hon. Nathan L. Hecht

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Michael A. Heidler

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Austin, TX

Hon. Stephen A. Higginson

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

R. Russell Hollenbeck

Wright & Close, LLP
Houston, TX

Anne M. Johnson

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Hon. Phil Johnson

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

David Keltner

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Fort Worth, TX

Lisa D. Kinzer

The Office of Court Administration
Austin, TX

David Lat

Above the Law
New York, NY

Jeffrey S. Levinger

Levinger PC
Dallas, TX

Dana Livingston

Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

Sharon McCally

McCally Law, P.C.
Houston, TX

Ben L. Mesches

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Hon. Daryl L. Moore

333rd District Court
Houston, TX

Constance H. Pfeiffer

Beck Redden LLP
Houston, TX

Karlene D. Poll

First Court of Appeals
Houston, TX

Richel Rivers

Rivers McNamara PLLC
Austin, TX

Scott Rothenberg

Law Offices of Scott Rothenberg
Houston, TX

Jason P. Steed

Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP
Dallas, TX

Colleen M. Sullivan

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Amanda G. Taylor

Beck Redden LLP
Austin, TX

Cameron Vann

Texas Lawyers Assistance Program
Austin, TX

C. Andrew Weber

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Austin, TX

Jane M. N. Webre

Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP
Austin, TX

Hon. Don R. Willett

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Jane M. N. Webre—Chair

Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP
Austin, TX

Pamela Stanton Baron—Chair Emeritus

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

Philip Durst

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

Elana S. Einhorn

MehaffyWeber, P.C.
Austin, TX

Jennifer S. Freel

U.S. Attorney's Office
Austin, TX

David M. Gunn

Beck Redden LLP
Houston, TX

Blake A. Hawthorne

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Anne M. Johnson

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Kurt Kuhn

Kuhn Hobbs PLLC
Austin, TX

Dana Livingston

Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Austin, TX

Melissa Lorber

Enoch Kever PLLC
Austin, TX

Hon. Daryl L. Moore

333rd District Court
Houston, TX

Hon. Bob Pemberton

Third Court of Appeals
Austin, TX

Constance H. Pfeiffer

Beck Redden LLP
Houston, TX

Richard B. Phillips Jr.

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

Scott Rothenberg

Law Offices of Scott Rothenberg
Houston, TX

Deborah Salzberg

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Marisa S. Secco

Vinson & Elkins LLP
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.  
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.
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.

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Austin, TX 78701-4082
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$255 room rate good through May 1, 2017 (subject to availability).

Parking Information

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

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