University of Texas School of Law
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TX Credit Info:
13.00 hrs
3.00 hrs Ethics
TX Specialization:
Civil Appellate Law
Civil Trial Law
Criminal Appellate Law
Criminal Law
Family Law
Personal Injury Trial Law
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27th Annual

Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Austin Jun 1-2, 2017 – Four Seasons Hotel
$645 Individual  |  $695 after May 24
$375 Government Attorney  |  $425 after May 24

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UT Law CLE

2017 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Program Features
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 David Lat, Above the Law, Justice Don R. Willett, Supreme Court of Texas, and John G. Browning, Passman & Jones
  • 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.

UT Law CLE

2017 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

3/28/17
Schedule

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

Explore recent opinions issued by the Court in the current term.

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

9:15 am

0.50 hr

​Texas Civil Procedure Update: A Look at Recent Decisions and Legislative Mandates

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.

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

9:45 am

0.50 hr

Appellate Advocacy

Get an experienced perspective on what makes for great appellate advocacy.

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

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

0.50 hr ethics

The Ethics of Social Media

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.

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

11:00 am

0.50 hr

Top Ten New Issues in the Jury Charge

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. 

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

11:30 am

0.50 hr

Legislative Update

Review what the 85th Texas Legislature has wrought.

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

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

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.

Cameron Vann, Texas Lawyers Assistance Program - Austin, TX

 
1:05 pm
Break

1:20 pm

0.50 hr ethics

Ethics Emergency Survival Kit

Ethics emergencies come up when you least expect them. Get the tools you need when your next ethics emergency arises.

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

1:50 pm

0.50 hr

The Common Law Is Not Dead

Explore the resurgence of the common law and its impact on appellate practice.

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

2:20 pm

0.50 hr

Family Law Appeals

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.

Richel Rivers, Rivers McNamara PLLC - Austin, TX

2:50 pm
Break

3:00 pm

0.50 hr

Pulling Back the Curtain (a Bit)

Get practical tips from current staff attorneys on appellate court practices and procedures, including motions, original proceedings, and oral arguments.

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

3:30 pm

0.75 hr

Statutory Interpretation

Many recent appellate decisions involve questions of statutory interpretation. Highlight what is out there, and what you need to know.

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

4:15 pm

0.75 hr ethics

The Ethics Apprentice

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.

Hon. Daryl L. Moore, 333rd District Court - Houston, TX

5:00 pm
Adjourn

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

You make the call: test your knowledge of evidence by ruling on a series of objections.

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

9:00 am

0.50 hr ethics

Legal Malpractice and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Update

Explore the intersection of these claims and how that intersection may affect your practice.

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

9:30 am

0.75 hr

Breakfast Buffet: Interlocutory Appeals, Summary Judgments, and the Impact of Early Dismissals on Appellate Dockets

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.

Michael A. Heidler, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Austin, TX
Lisa D. Kinzer, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX
Amanda G. Taylor, Beck Redden LLP - Austin, TX

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

0.75 hr

Texas Supreme Court Panel

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.

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

11:15 am

0.50 hr

Attorneys' Fees Update

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.

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

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

Examine recent cases and trends governing how the courts look to, find, and define harmful error.

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

1:40 pm

0.50 hr

U.S. Fifth Circuit Update

Review recent opinions and trends from the U.S. Fifth Circuit.

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

2:10 pm

0.50 hr

​Federal Jury Charge Practice

Navigate jury questions, instructions, and the charge conference in federal court.

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

2:40 pm

0.50 hr

Rehearing En Banc Strategies

Explore the dynamics of seeking and obtaining en banc review, and look at the efficacy of various strategies.

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

3:10 pm

0.50 hr

U.S. Supreme Court Update

Review the 2016 Term, get an update on the filling the vacancy, and look ahead to OT 2017.

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

3:40 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2017 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Faculty

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. Eva M. Guzman
The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, 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
Anne M. Johnson
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX
David Keltner
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Fort Worth, TX
Lisa D. Kinzer
Attorney at Law
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
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

UT Law CLE

2017 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.00 hrs  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Criminal Appellate Law, Criminal Law, Family 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  |  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.  
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

2017 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: May 24, 2017
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Government Attorney early registration: May 24, 2017
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 26, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 29, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2017 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Hotel / Venue

Austin

Four Seasons Hotel

98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701-4082
512.685.8100 (reservations)
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Accommodations

$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. 

UT Law CLE

2017 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

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