Overview

UT Law's outstanding 35th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference is one of the premier bankruptcy programs in the nation. The conference attracts a stellar national faculty of prominent judges, academics, and practitioners and provides an in-depth focus on current issues and topics in business and consumer bankruptcy. Program highlights include:

  • Professor Jay L. Westbrook leads a panel of distinguished practitioners to discuss this year’s cases in the perennial favorite, Recent Developments
  • Thursday afternoon concurrent tracks
    • Business Track includes a discussion on the Sabine Bankruptcy decision, with Professor Owen Anderson and Judge David R. Jones, a look at the “impossibility” of third party releases in the Fifth Circuit, recent developments in Chapter 9, with Judge Christopher Klein and Sonia Colón, and Judge Craig Gargotta and Ashley Gargour present on Bankruptcy Remoteness;
    • Consumer Track includes discussions on The Early Innings: Vesting and Surrendering Real Property, with Judge Eugene Wedoff and Tara Twomey, Ethical Issues for Debtor’s Counsel, Chapter 13 Pitfalls and Traps—Things to Watch Out For, with Ch. 13 Trustee, Pamela Bassel and Ravi Ratnala, and Judge Eduardo V. Rodriguez and Michael Baumer speak about Losing Your Exemption.
  • Judge Keith Lundin, delivers the Friday luncheon presentation, Trustee Duties and Liability
  • Learn about bankruptcy in the Oil and Gas field, with presentations on Wildcatter 101—Oil and Gas Basics for Bankruptcy Professionals, Oil and Gas Environmental Concerns and Issues and Six Numbers to Remember—7, 11, 18, 22, 29, and 363: Oil and Gas Bankruptcy Exit Strategies and Realities
  • Judge Jeff Bohm, Judge Tony M. Davis and Patricia Baron Tomasco, explore the re-characterization and subordination of equity jurisprudence and its limits present in Where Have all The Equities Gone?
  • Interact and network with judges, trustees, and practitioners at Thursday Evening’s Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Reception
The John C. Akard Distinguished Lectureship on Wednesday evening will be delivered by Dr. Janis Sarra, Presidential Distinguished Professor, University of British Columbia and Professor of Law, Peter Allard School of Law. Dr. Sarra is a globally recognized expert in insolvency and bankruptcy law, corporate finance, corporate governance, and securities law. Dr. Sarra speaks on The Horatio Alger Narrative and the Bankruptcy of Entrepreneurs.
 

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.
All times are Central Time Zone.

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  • Wednesday Evening, Nov. 16, 2016
  • 6:00 pm
    John C. Akard Lecture Delivered by Dr. Janis Sarra
    Dr. Janis Sarra is Presidential Distinguished Professor, University of British Columbia and Professor of Law, Peter Allard School of Law. Dr. Sarra is a globally recognized expert in insolvency and bankruptcy law, corporate finance, corporate governance, and securities law. Dr. Sarra was previously Director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, served as Associate Dean of the UBC Faculty of Law, and was founding Director of the National Centre for Business Law.  She has been cited with approval in more than 70 superior and appellate court insolvency judgments, including by the Supreme Court of Canada; and has published numerous books and articles on bankruptcy law.  Her roles include:  Expert Advisor to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Corporate Groups and Cross-Border Insolvency Law, member of the Canadian delegation UNCITRAL Working Group V, INSOL Global Scholar, and Expert Witness to the Canadian Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. 

    Dr. Sarra's Akard Lecture is entitled The Horatio Alger Narrative and the Bankruptcy of Entrepreneurs. The “Horatio Alger story” is well-known: “hard work, honesty and determination, and one will succeed in business.” Entrepreneurship has underpinned most economic advances in the past century; entrepreneurs bring new business propositions to the market and deliver a range of products and services to local economies. The businesses they create are key engines of growth and provide the majority of private sector jobs. Yet, arguably, when businesses that entrepreneurs create start to fail financially, be they small or medium enterprises, the bankruptcy system is not particularly responsive. How do we extricate honest but unfortunate entrepreneurs from the ruins of a failed business, liberate them from obligations that can no longer reasonably be met, and allow them to return to economic productivity, while meeting the realistic expectations of creditors and ensuring the integrity of the bankruptcy system?  Dr. Sarra will discuss challenges facing entrepreneurs under US and international bankruptcy law, offering some proposals for change.

    The John C. Akard Distinguished Lectureship Program was endowed by the generous gifts of many members of the Texas bankruptcy bar in honor of Judge John C. Akard (retired), a 1957 UT Law graduate who served with great distinction for 14 years as the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in the Northern District of Texas, sitting in Lubbock and throughout much of West Texas. The first Akard Lecture was delivered in 2001 by Professor Elizabeth Warren of Harvard Law School, and formerly of The University of Texas School of Law.

    Dr. Janis Sarra, University of British Columbia, Peter Allard School of Law - Vancouver, BC

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  • Thursday Morning, Nov. 17, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Vickie L. Driver, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP - Dallas, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:30 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:40 am
    Duberstein and Elliott Cup Championship Teams
    Professor Jay L. Westbrook introduces the Duberstein and Elliott Cup Championship Teams.

    Duberstein National Championship Team:
    Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
    Team:
    Mrs. Angela Oliver
    Mrs. Allison Stewart
    Ms. Luciana Milano
    Coaches:
    Mr. Omar Alaniz
    Ms. Elizabeth Boydston
    Mr. Tim Springer 

    Duberstein National 3rd Place Team:
    University of Texas School of Law
    Team:
    Mr. Daniel Hatoum
    Mrs. Hannah Roblyer
    Coaches:
    Mrs. Debbie Langehennig
    Mr. Jay Ong
    Mr. Brian Cumings
    Mr. David Shank

    Duberstein Best Oral Advocate:
    Mrs. Hannah Roblyer, UT
     
    Duberstein Outstanding Advocates
    Mr. Barret Armbruster, SMU
    Mr. Daniel Hatoum, UT
    Mrs. Angela Oliver, SMU

    Elliott Cup Regional/Fifth Circuit First Place Team:
    University of Texas School of Law
    Team:
    Mr. Daniel Hatoum
    Mrs. Hannah Roblyer

    Elliott Cup Regional/Fifth Circuit Second Place Team:
    Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
    Team:
    Ms. Audrey Leeder
    Ms. Meredith Borschow
    Mr. Barret Armbruster
     
    Elliott Cup Regional/Fifth Circuit Best Oral Advocate 
    Mr. Barret Armbruster, SMU
     
    Elliott Cup Regional/Fifth Circuit Outstanding Advocates             
    Mrs. Hannah Roblyer, UT
    Mr. Daniel Hatoum, UT
    Ms. Audrey Leeder, SMU
     

  • 8:50 am
    1.25 hrs
    0.50 hr ethics
    Recent Developments
    A tradition like none other! Explore the year's most important consumer and business cases.  

    Moderator:
    Jay L. Westbrook, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    R. Byrn "Byrnie" Bass Jr., Attorney at Law - Lubbock, TX
    Aaron Michael Kaufman, Dykema Cox Smith - Dallas, TX
    Deborah B. Langehennig, Chapter 13 Trustee - Austin, TX
    Bill Rochelle, American Bankruptcy Institute - New York, NY

  • 10:05 am
    0.50 hr
    Bar's Reaction to BAPCPA
    Learn how the consumer bankruptcy bar adapted to BAPCPA and the challenges that remain a decade later.

    Angela Littwin, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

  • 10:35 am
    Break

  • 10:50 am
    0.50 hr ethics
    Rule 9019 Compromises: The Heart of the Bankruptcy Practice
    It is often said that compromise is the heart of bankruptcy practice. Review the principles and procedures for approval of settlements in bankruptcy, including the strategic and ethical considerations that must inform both the negotiation and the presentation of the deal.

    Brian T. Cumings, Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody - Austin, TX
    Josiah M. Daniel III, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 11:20 am
    0.75 hr
    Cramdown or in Hipster-speak "Cram"
    "Cram" is a Plan weapon of choice and necessity for many debtors. Investigate secured creditor cram, with an emphasis on cram interest rates in the current environment, lien retention terms, indubitable equivalent issues, and secured class voting.

    Hon. H. Christopher Mott, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
    William L. Wallander, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Dallas, TX
    Bettina M. Whyte, Bettina Whyte Consultants, LLC - Jackson, WY

  • 12:05 pm
    Lunch on Your Own

  • Thursday Afternoon, Nov. 17, 2016
  • Business Track
    Presiding Officer:
    Rebecca A. Roof, AlixPartners LLP - Houston, TX
  • 1:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    The Sabine Bankruptcy Decision: Do Midstream Gathering and Processing Agreements Run With the Land in Texas (and elsewhere)?
    The Sabine bankruptcy decision allowed the Bankruptcy Trustee to avoid a gas gathering and processing agreement that the parties expressly agreed was a covenant running with the land. The case has influenced other bankruptcies. Was Sabine correctly decided, what are the immediate consequences of the decision, and what are its long-term consequences?

    Owen L. Anderson, Professor and Distinguished Oil and Gas Scholar and Kuntz Chair Emeritus & Cross Research Professor Emeritus The University of Oklahoma College of Law, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX
    Hon. David R. Jones, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

  • 2:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    A Second Look at a Fifth Circuit Take on Third Party Releases
    Take another look at the “impossibility” of third party releases in the Fifth Circuit.  

    Michael P. Cooley, Bryan Cave LLP - Dallas, TX
    Christopher Manuel Lopez, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Houston, TX

  • 2:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Bankruptcy Remoteness
    Analyze whether or not debtors may abrogate their fiduciary duty to seek bankruptcy relief either through contract or granting a "golden share." If so, does it violate public policy by restraining the right to file bankruptcy? 

    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
    Ashley L. Gargour, Andrews Kurth - Houston, TX

  • 3:20 pm
    Break

  • 3:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Restructuring Public Finances—Chapter 9 and Alternatives

    Zack A. Clement, Houston, TX

  • 4:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    Drilling Deeper into the Significance of Louisiana Oil Well Liens in Energy-Related Bankruptcies
    Review the process for protecting the rights afforded to parties under the Louisiana Oil Well Lien Act, La. R.S. 9:4861, et seq., prior to and during the pendency of an energy-related bankruptcy. Discuss the scope of the statutory lien, the relevant perfection procedures, and the interplay in bankruptcy of statutory liens and liens granted pursuant to mortgages and security agreements.

    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Benjamin W. Kadden, Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard - New Orleans, LA

  • 4:50 pm
    Adjourn

  • Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference Reception
     

    Join program faculty and attendees for drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

    Thank You to Our Reception Sponsor
    AlixPartners LLP

  • Consumer Track
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. John C. Akard, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Retired - Houston, TX
  • 1:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Frost and Its Progeny: The Proceeds Saga Continues
    Review important tips and information on how to make sure to keep those important exemptions in place.

    Michael V. Baumer, Law Office of Michael Baumer - Austin, TX
    Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - McAllen, TX

  • 2:20 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Ethical Issues for Debtor's Counsel
    How can you avoid ethical “bankruptcy?” Hear a lively discussion on how to avoid becoming part of the grievance system, including when closing down a practice and representing joint debtors during a post-petition divorce.

    Mark B. French, Law Office of Mark B. French - Bedford, TX
    Thomas H. Watkins, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX

  • 2:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    The Student Loan Crisis and Bankruptcy Relief for Student Loan Debtors Under the Bankruptcy Code's "Undue Hardship" Standard: Are the Courts Ruling More Compassionately Toward Distressed College Loan Debtors?
    More than 40 million Americans have outstanding college loans, totaling $1.3 trillion. Millions of people are struggling to repay these student loans, and more than 7 million borrowers are in default. Until recently, student loan debtors found it very difficult to discharge their college loan debt in bankruptcy. Learn how, several recent court decisions may be an indication that bankruptcy courts are ruling more sympathetically toward distressed student loan debtors.

    W. Richard Fossey, University of Louisiana at Lafayette - Baton Rouge, LA

  • 3:20 pm
    Break

  • 3:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Chapter 13 Pitfalls and Traps—Things to Watch Out For
    There are traps for the unwary. Discuss protecting the discharge, what to do with mortgage lenders that will not foreclose on surrendered property, disclosure and judicial estoppel, the 6-month homestead rule, and more.

    Pamela A. Bassel, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee - North Richland Hills, TX
    Ravi Patrick Ratnala, The Ratnala Law Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX

  • 4:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    The Early Innings: Vesting and Surrendering Real Property
    Hear updates on the score of cases considering whether debtors may vest title to real property in a secured lender or other third party. Also, discuss the meaning of “surrender” and the “dirt-for-debt” option in chapter 13.

    Tara Twomey, National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center - CA
    Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois - Chicago, IL

  • 4:50 pm
    Adjourn

  • Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference Reception
    Join program faculty and attendees for drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

    Thank You to Our Reception Sponsor
    AlixPartners LLP

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  • Friday Morning, Nov. 18, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Robin Russell, Andrews Kurth - Houston, TX
  • 7:50 am
    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • Oil and Gas
  • 8:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Wildcatter 101—Oil and Gas Basics for Bankruptcy Professionals 
    Listen to an introduction to and overview of key concepts, issues, and topics that arise in insolvency proceedings involving companies in the oil and gas industry. This presentation “drills down” on the issues that insolvency professionals should be aware of when exploring for work in the oil patch.  

    Eli O. Columbus, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 9:00 am
    0.75 hr
    Oil and Gas Restructuring 101

    J.P. Hanson, Houlihan Lokey - New York, NY and Houston TX
    Shad E. Sumrow, Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 9:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Oil and Gas Environmental Concerns and Issues
    Hear an overview of the treatment of environmental obligations in recent oil and gas bankruptcy cases, including the treatment of obligations such as plugging and abandonment and decommissioning costs and other regulatory compliance obligations. This presentation addresses the recent cases testing the limits of abandonment of assets, rejection of contracts, federal and state law compliance, bonding obligations for the oil and gas debtor, and how joint interest owners and predecessors-in-interest may be left holding the bag.   

    Paul J. Goodwine, Looper Goodwine P.C. - New Orleans, LA
    Mark W. Wege, Dentons US LLP - Houston, TX

  • 10:15 am
    0.75 hr
    Six Numbers to Remember—7, 11, 18, 22, 29, and 363: Oil and Gas Bankruptcy Exit Strategies and Realities

    Charles A. Beckham Jr., Haynes and Boone, LLP - Houston, TX
    Todd Perry, FTI Consulting - Dallas, TX
    Hon. Tony M. Davis, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX

  • 11:00 am
    Break

  • 11:15 am
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Fraudulent Transfer Update: Important Developments on Many Fronts
    Review the recent issues bankruptcy counsel may encounter in prosecuting or defending fraudulent transfer disputes. Analyze the interplay between section 546(e) and fraudulent transfer actions brought under state law. Make note of the common issues in cross border litigation, including serving foreign parties and enforcing bankruptcy court judgments in jurisdictions outside the United States and its territories.

    M. Jermaine Watson, M.J. Watson & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Joseph J. Wielebinski Jr., Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. - Dallas, TX

  • 12:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Class Warfare—Class Litigation Proceedings and Structures in Bankruptcy
    Two distinct worlds of coordinated claims resolution proceedings collide through this discussion of the use, treatment and relevance of class litigation structures and proceedings in and to Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, and the issues that can arise under this dynamic.

    Katharine Clark, Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX
    Jay H. Ong, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. - Austin, TX

  • 12:30 pm
    Pick Up Lunch
    Included in registration

  • Friday Afternoon, Nov. 18, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Aaron Michael Kaufman, Dykema Cox Smith - Dallas, TX
  • Luncheon Presentation
  • Thank You to Our Luncheon Sponsor
    SierraConstellation Partners, LLC

  • 12:50 pm
    0.75 hr
    Trustee Duties and Liability
    Being a trustee is a scary business, especially in Texas!

    Hon. Keith Lundin, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Retired - Nashville, TN

  • 1:35 pm
    Break

  • 1:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Considerations When Choosing and Determining Venue
    Address criteria for selecting an appropriate venue for a bankruptcy filing. Discuss the ethical, economic, and equitable factors that courts and parties must consider when determining venue in general, and particularly in situations involving simultaneous filings in different venues by domestic and affiliated debtors.

    Sean B. Davis, Winstead PC - Houston, TX
    John P. Melko, Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP - Houston, TX

  • 2:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    Where Have all the Equities Gone?
    Section 105: hackneyed or under-used? Explore the re-characterization and subordination of equity jurisprudence and its limits. 

    Hon. Jeff Bohm, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Hon. Tony M. Davis, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
    Patricia Baron Tomasco, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX

  • 3:05 pm
    0.50 hr
    Constraints and Opportunities Offered by the Involvement of Hedge Funds and Private Equity
    Hedge funds and banks operate by different rules, respond to different incentives, and recoil from different threats. Hear the panelists discuss their differing financial underpinnings and goals, the forces that can destabilize them, and their treatment by the Bankruptcy Court. 

    Moderator:
    Michael R. "Buzz" Rochelle, Rochelle McCullough, L.L.P. - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Stephen T. Crosson, Capright - Dallas, TX
    Dr. Gerald Olson, GN Olson & Company, LLC - Dallas, TX

  • 3:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Pre-Bankruptcy Planning: Pigs, Hogs and Great Ideas That Weren’t  
    My Grandmother’s rule—"Say it out loud first and if you want to slap yourself, it ain’t a great idea"—as lawyers we should know when to slap ourselves. Discuss the strange tales and law applicable to the prickly field of pre-bankruptcy planning, including a lawyer's duties and how to keep your head.   
     

    Louis M. Phillips, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - Baton Rouge, LA

  • 4:20 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Owen L. Anderson

Professor and Distinguished Oil and Gas Scholar and Kuntz Chair Emeritus & Cross Research Professor Emeritus The University of Oklahoma College of Law, The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

R. Byrn "Byrnie" Bass Jr.

Attorney at Law
Lubbock, TX

Pamela A. Bassel

Standing Chapter 13 Trustee
North Richland Hills, TX

Michael V. Baumer

Law Office of Michael Baumer
Austin, TX

Charles A. Beckham Jr.

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Houston, TX

Hon. Jeff Bohm

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX

Katharine Clark

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

Zack A. Clement

Houston, TX

Eli O. Columbus

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Michael P. Cooley

Bryan Cave LLP
Dallas, TX

Stephen T. Crosson

Capright
Dallas, TX

Brian T. Cumings

Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
Austin, TX

Josiah M. Daniel III

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Dallas, TX

Sean B. Davis

Winstead PC
Houston, TX

Hon. Tony M. Davis

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

W. Richard Fossey

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Baton Rouge, LA

Mark B. French

Law Office of Mark B. French
Bedford, TX

Hon. Craig A. Gargotta

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

Ashley L. Gargour

Andrews Kurth
Houston, TX

Paul J. Goodwine

Looper Goodwine P.C.
New Orleans, LA

J.P. Hanson

Houlihan Lokey
New York, NY and Houston TX

Hon. Marvin Isgur

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX

Hon. David R. Jones

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX

Benjamin W. Kadden

Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard
New Orleans, LA

Aaron Michael Kaufman

Dykema Cox Smith
Dallas, TX

Deborah B. Langehennig

Chapter 13 Trustee
Austin, TX

Angela Littwin

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Christopher Manuel Lopez

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Houston, TX

Hon. Keith Lundin

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Retired
Nashville, TN

John P. Melko

Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP
Houston, TX

Hon. H. Christopher Mott

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

Dr. Gerald Olson

GN Olson & Company, LLC
Dallas, TX

Jay H. Ong

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Austin, TX

Todd Perry

FTI Consulting
Dallas, TX

Louis M. Phillips

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Baton Rouge, LA

Ravi Patrick Ratnala

The Ratnala Law Firm, PLLC
Houston, TX

Bill Rochelle

American Bankruptcy Institute
New York, NY

Michael R. "Buzz" Rochelle

Rochelle McCullough, L.L.P.
Dallas, TX

Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
McAllen, TX

Dr. Janis Sarra

University of British Columbia, Peter Allard School of Law
Vancouver, BC

Shad E. Sumrow

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

Patricia Baron Tomasco

Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX

Tara Twomey

National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center
CA

William L. Wallander

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Dallas, TX

Thomas H. Watkins

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

M. Jermaine Watson

M.J. Watson & Associates, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois
Chicago, IL

Mark W. Wege

Dentons US LLP
Houston, TX

Jay L. Westbrook

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Bettina M. Whyte

Bettina Whyte Consultants, LLC
Jackson, WY

Joseph J. Wielebinski Jr.

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Planning Committee

Demetra L. Liggins—Chair

Thompson & Knight LLP
Houston, TX

Hon. John C. Akard

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Retired
Houston, TX

Omar J. Alaniz

Baker Botts
Dallas, TX

R. Byrn "Byrnie" Bass Jr.

Attorney at Law
Lubbock, TX

Michael V. Baumer

Law Office of Michael Baumer
Austin, TX

Charles A. Beckham Jr.

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Houston, TX

Allison D. Byman

Hughes Watters Askanase, LLP
Houston, TX

Hon. Leif M. Clark

Mediator/Arbitrator/Consultant
San Antonio, TX

Michael P. Cooley

Bryan Cave LLP
Dallas, TX

Josiah M. Daniel III

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Dallas, TX

Sean B. Davis

Winstead PC
Houston, TX

Hon. Tony M. Davis

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

Vickie L. Driver

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP
Dallas, TX

Miguel A. Flores

Tanzy & Borrego
El Paso, TX

Hon. Craig A. Gargotta

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

Hon. Marvin Isgur

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX

Hon. Stacey G. C. Jernigan

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas
Dallas, TX

Aaron Michael Kaufman

Dykema Cox Smith
Dallas, TX

Lisa L. Lambert

Office of the U.S. Trustee
Dallas, TX

Deborah B. Langehennig

Chapter 13 Trustee
Austin, TX

Angela Littwin

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Christopher Manuel Lopez

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Houston, TX

Jay H. Ong

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Austin, TX

Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas
Plano, TX

Louis E. Robichaux IV

Deloitte
Dallas, TX

Michael R. "Buzz" Rochelle

Rochelle McCullough, L.L.P.
Dallas, TX

April Rogers

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Vicki M. Skaggs

Atlas Hall & Rodriguez LLP
McAllen, TX

Berry D. Spears

Locke Lord LLP
Austin, TX

Patricia Baron Tomasco

Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX

M. Jermaine Watson

M.J. Watson & Associates, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Mark W. Wege

Dentons US LLP
Houston, TX

Jay L. Westbrook

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Deborah D. Williamson

Dykema Cox Smith
San Antonio, 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. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance 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. 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.
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The University of Texas School of Law is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

Delivery Method: Group-Live

To comply with NASBA Standards, attendees claiming CPE credit must sign in to verify attendance for each segment. Attendance sign-in sheets will be available at the registration desk. You will need your CPA license number to sign in. A CPE Certificate of Completion will be provided at the conclusion of the conference.

Reporting: CPAs are responsible for reporting CPE credits earned to their state's accountancy board, and must retain appropriate documentation of their participation in learning activities. Visit your state’s reporting website for more information or www.nasba.org.

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Austin – Nov 16*, 17-18, 2016 – Four Seasons Hotel
*Wednesday Evening John C. Akard Lecture
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98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701-4082
512.685.8100 (reservations)
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Accommodations

$260 room rate good through October 17, 2016 (subject to availability). 

Parking Information

$12 daily self-parking; $16 valet
$32.50 overnight self or valet
(subject to change) 

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