University of Texas School of Law
41st Annual
Corporate Counsel Institute
Houston May 16-17, 2019 The Whitehall Hotel
$495 Individual  |  $545 after May 8
Live Webcast May 16-17, 2019
$495 Individual
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PRESENTED BY
The University of Texas School of Law
The Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas

SPONSORS
Bracewell LLP
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Masergy Communications, Inc. 
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Thompson Knight LLP

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2019 Corporate Counsel Institute

Program Features
The 41st Annual Corporate Counsel Institute offers in-depth, practical discussions on legal issues for in-house counsel and outside counsel who represent companies of all sizes. This year’s Institute features focus on the areas that matter most to corporate counsel:
  • Crafting and Drafting The Win-Win Deal
  • New Litigation Landmines
  • GDPR & Cybersecurity Impacts on Texas Business 
  • Alternative Working Arrangements for All 
  • Attorney Marketing in the 21st Century 
  • Employment Issues for Corporate Counsel
  • Topical Updates and Surprises In the Coming Year
Registrants also have the opportunity to obtain an eSupplement to complete their full 15.00/3.00 MCLE hours requirement – free for members of the Corporate Counsel Section!

The Institute is presented by the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas and The University of Texas School of Law.  

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4/21/19
Schedule

Thursday Morning, May 16, 2019

Presiding Officer:
Jeffrey J. Walker, Masergy Communications, Inc. - Plano, TX

7:30 am

Houston Only

Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast. 

8:20 am
Welcoming Remarks

Employment Issues for Corporate Counsel

8:30 am

0.50 hr

Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law

Get the latest updates in labor and employment law, including developments under the current administration.

Gary D. Eisenstat, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. - Dallas, TX

9:00 am

0.75 hr

C-Suite Investigations: An Experience To (or Not To) Forget

Explore an actual investigation of claims of harassment and discrimination against the company CEO and how the General Counsel should handle the role of ‘monkey in the middle’ without sacrificing integrity while preserving his/her relationship with the Board of Directors and the CEO.   

Marla A. Moore, Marla Moore, PLLC - Houston, TX
Mark L. Weintrub, Authentix - Addison, TX

9:45 am

0.75 hr

The Use of Data Analytics In Employment Decision-Making

Explore the growing role of data analytics in traditional employment decision-making, the use of wearable and implantable technology to capture employee data, and the legal risks associated with same. The effects of real-time performance metrics and hyper-transparency on employee feedback models will also be discussed. 

Jason Boulette, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX
Michael D. Marin, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX

 
10:30 am
Break

GDPR & Cybersecurity Impacts on Texas Business

10:45 am

0.50 hr

What Small and Mid-Size Businesses Need to Know About GDPR

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been a game-changer for companies of all sizes. Learn the important details of GDPR including who it applies to, recent guidance from European Data Protection Authorities, and how to gauge and mitigate the risk to your organization.

Tom Matzen, Matzen Consulting Group - Austin, TX

11:15 am

0.50 hr

Cybersecurity: Lessons Learned from Recent Breaches

Get an overview of recent data breaches and the consequences in terms of litigation, government regulation and enforcement, policy and practice changes at the affected entities, and lessons for other companies going forward.

Stephen E. Stein, Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX

11:45 am

0.50 hr

Indemnification and Insurance: Contractual Risk Transfer Provisions

Contract terms designed to allocate risk and mandate the procurement of insurance are a critical component of any corporate risk management program. Avoid surprises by understanding what risk transfer provisions can (and cannot) accomplish and how they interface with the company’s own insurance programs.

Amy Elizabeth Stewart, Amy Stewart PC - Dallas, TX

 
12:15 pm

Houston Only

Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration. 

Thursday Afternoon, May 16, 2019

Presiding Officer:
Stephen E. Stein, Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

Thank You to Our Luncheon Sponsor
Bracewell LLP

12:35 pm

0.50 hr

Effective Client Communication Across Generational and Other Divides

Effective communication is a key predictor of career and professional success for in-house lawyers. As the corporate world becomes more diverse, client communication becomes even more challenging. Learn how to effectively communicate in this fast changing corporate environment. 

Jane Mallor McBride, Optimus Legal Management & Consulting - Plano, TX

 
1:05 pm
Break

1:20 pm

1.00 hr

Crafting and Drafting The Win-Win Deal

Negotiation Tricks and Traps (approx. 20 min.)
We all know the right number at the wrong time is the wrong number. So what insights can we glean from recent scientific advances to increase the odds of a favorable deal ethically?

Boilerplate Clauses ... Aren't They a Drag (approx. 20 min.)
Remind yourself why you should read all of the clauses and provide edits, especially when most people do not!

Strange But True: Unusual Contracts (approx. 20 min.)
Discuss unusual agreements and clauses in agreements, which might make you stop to wonder “can they do that?”

Donald R. Philbin Jr., Donald R. Philbin, Jr., P.C. - San Antonio, TX
Marc J. Krasney, PS Lightwave, Inc. - Houston, TX
Mark R. Zeidman, Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC - Houston, TX

Alternative Arrangements for All

2:20 pm

0.50 hr

Alternative Fee Arrangements: One Model That Works

A simple, risk-reward, engagement model which benefits both the company and the law firm.

Mark D. Wolf, U.S. Well Services, Inc. - Houston, TX

2:50 pm

0.50 hr ethics

Pro Bono Collaborations with Outside Counsel: The New Networking

With both in-house counsel and outside firms wanting to give back to their communities and to develop their relationships with each other, pro bono truly is the new networking. Learn how in-house counsel and outside firms can collaborate, including best practices and overcoming fears of lack of subject-matter knowledge, on pro bono projects from legal advice clinics to direct representation, and how these collaborations help bridge the “justice gap.”

Wafa Abdin, Houston Volunteer Lawyers - Houston, TX

 
3:20 pm
Networking Break

Catch up with your colleagues and make some new friends as you get the most of your live conference registration. Of course, the chance to make your own ice cream sandwich only adds to the fun.

3:50 pm

0.50 hr

Cases You Should Know

Refresh your knowledge and learn about some recent decisions on a variety of corporate, compliance, and litigation issues.  Topics include the enforcement and interpretation of commonly used contract provisions; discovery limitations and obligations, including privileges and spoliation; developing case law on the False Claims Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; and more. 

Hon. Tracy Christopher, Fourteenth Court of Appeals - Houston, TX
Yvonne Y. Ho, Bracewell LLP - Houston, TX

4:20 pm

1.00 hr

Lessons Learned from Trial

This panel of experienced trial lawyers will discuss what they have seen from trials that every in-house lawyer should know.

Moderator:
Alistair B. Dawson, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Jeffrey S. Davis, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP - Houston, TX
Aaron Mark Pool, Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool, P.C. - Houston, TX
Hon. Randall W. Wilson, 157th District Court - Houston, TX

5:20 pm
Adjourn

Friday Morning, May 17, 2019

Presiding Officer:
C. E. Rhodes, Houston, TX

7:30 am

Houston Only

Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast. 

8:30 am

1.00 hr

New Litigation Landmines

Avoiding (or Using) Anti‑SLAPP Motions to Dismiss (approx. 20 min.)
Originally intended as an early dismissal mechanism for a small, specialized subset of media cases, the Texas Citizens Participation Act (a/k/a the Anti-SLAPP statute) has morphed into a constantly-expanding behemoth that has been applied to almost every kind of civil suit filed in Texas today. Get a brief overview of how the statute works, an update on the types of cases that Texas courts have found to be subject to the TCPA, and business decisions that can and should be taken into account when filing and defending cases in Texas.

Revisiting Non-Compete Protections in Texas: The Use of Non-Competition Covenants to Protect Confidential Information in the Digital Age (approx. 20 min.)
As work environments become increasingly interconnected through technology, companies must continue to re-evaluate all available options to protect their confidential and proprietary information and trade secrets. Get highlights of the current state of non-compete protections in Texas, with a focus on the use of such covenants to protect a company’s sensitive business information.

Corporate Representative Depositions: Risks and Rewards (approx. 20 min.)
Corporate representative depositions can be powerful tools in litigation–posing significant risk for corporate litigants who are ill prepared. Learn key considerations to help identify the appropriate witness to testify and formulate a strategic response strategy.
 

Allison Standish Miller, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX
Jason M. Storck, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. - West Lake Hills, TX
Cynthia L. Saiter, Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP - Austin, TX

9:30 am

1.00 hr

Topical Updates and Surprises In the Coming Year

IP Law Update (approx. 20 min.)
Get the latest updates you need on developments in intellectual property law.

Immigration Law Update (approx. 20 min.)
Address the immigration fundamentals necessary to business success in the current political environment. Understand the major changes to business immigration law and how your company can strategically navigate them.

Environmental Law Update (approx. 20 min.)
In the midst of deregulation at the federal level and constantly evolving state requirements, get an update on the latest developments in environmental law and examine how these changes could impact your practice and your clients.

Edward A. Cavazos, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Austin, TX
Leigh Ganchan, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. - Houston, TX
Heather M. Palmer, Sidley Austin LLP - Houston, TX

10:30 am
Break

Attorney Marketing in the 21st Century

10:45 am

0.50 hr

The Law of Marketing

Examine the legal implications of marketing and advertising on social media platforms, including regulatory oversight by the FTC and other agencies, as well as the status of social media posts as corporate speech.

John G. Browning, Passman & Jones - Dallas, TX

11:15 am

1.00 hr ethics

Ethical Hazards That Confront Corporate Counsel

Corporate counsel are the primary counsel for the organization. If the actions of senior management threaten to substantially injure the corporation, what must counsel do? When is counsel required to become a whistleblower? Under what circumstances are counsel required to disclose their own errors? During this final hour of the institute, we will discuss the most challenging ethical obligations of in-house counsel.

Sean Gorman, Bracewell LLP - Houston, TX
Kristi H. McCarthy, Chevron North America Exploration & Production Company - Houston, TX

 
12:15 pm
Adjourn

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Faculty

Conference Faculty

Wafa Abdin
Houston Volunteer Lawyers
Houston, TX
Jason Boulette
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX
John G. Browning
Passman & Jones
Dallas, TX
Edward A. Cavazos
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Austin, TX
Hon. Tracy Christopher
Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Houston, TX
Jeffrey S. Davis
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Houston, TX
Alistair B. Dawson
Beck Redden LLP
Houston, TX
Gary D. Eisenstat
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Leigh Ganchan
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Houston, TX
Sean Gorman
Bracewell LLP
Houston, TX
Yvonne Y. Ho
Bracewell LLP
Houston, TX
Marc J. Krasney
PS Lightwave, Inc.
Houston, TX
Michael D. Marin
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Tom Matzen
Matzen Consulting Group
Austin, TX
Jane Mallor McBride
Optimus Legal Management & Consulting
Plano, TX
Kristi H. McCarthy
Chevron North America Exploration & Production Company
Houston, TX
Allison Standish Miller
Beck Redden LLP
Houston, TX
Marla A. Moore
Marla Moore, PLLC
Houston, TX
Heather M. Palmer
Sidley Austin LLP
Houston, TX
Donald R. Philbin Jr.
Donald R. Philbin, Jr., P.C.
San Antonio, TX
Aaron Mark Pool
Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool, P.C.
Houston, TX
Cynthia L. Saiter
Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP
Austin, TX
Stephen E. Stein
Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX
Amy Elizabeth Stewart
Amy Stewart PC
Dallas, TX
Jason M. Storck
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
West Lake Hills, TX
Mark L. Weintrub
Authentix
Addison, TX
Hon. Randall W. Wilson
157th District Court
Houston, TX
Mark D. Wolf
U.S. Well Services, Inc.
Houston, TX
Mark R. Zeidman
Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

Stephen E. Stein—Co-Chair
Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX
Jeffrey J. Walker—Co-Chair
Masergy Communications, Inc.
Plano, TX
Deborah Salzberg—Director
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Jeff Barnes
UT Health Science Center at Houston
Houston, TX
Alistair B. Dawson
Beck Redden LLP
Houston, TX
Gary D. Eisenstat
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Sean Gorman
Bracewell LLP
Houston, TX
L. Brad Hancock
Holland & Knight LLP
Houston, TX
Chip Jones
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Dallas, TX
Marc J. Krasney
PS Lightwave, Inc.
Houston, TX
Michael D. Marin
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Jane Mallor McBride
Optimus Legal Management & Consulting
Plano, TX
Jennifer Evans Morris
AT&T
Dallas, TX
Richard W. Rew II
Luminex Corporation
Austin, TX
Alma Reyes
Attorney at Law
Houston, TX
C. E. Rhodes
Houston, TX
Dena DeNooyer Stroh
North Texas Tollway Authority
Plano, TX
Michele B. Thompson
Law Office of Michele B. Thompson
Austin, TX

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2019 Corporate Counsel Institute

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
11.00 hrs  |  1.50 hrs Ethics
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
11.00 hrs  |  1.50 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.  
Kansas – Expected
13.00 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law has applied for CLE approval with the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission (KSCLE). At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. A Notice of Accreditation/Affidavit will be provided at the conclusion of the conference. It is the responsibility of the attorney to complete and mail the Notice to the Kansas CLE Commission within 30 days after the program. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
Louisiana
11.00 hrs  |  1.50 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 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.
Oklahoma
13.00 hrs  |  2.00 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
13.00 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.  

MCLE Credit

Texas
11.00 hrs  |  1.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
California
11.00 hrs  |  1.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Kansas – Expected
13.00 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Louisiana
11.00 hrs  |  1.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
To claim Louisiana MCLE credit, Louisiana credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. 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.
Oklahoma
13.00 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
Other States
11.00 hrs  |  1.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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 to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour. 

Other Credit

TX Accounting CPE
13.00 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and 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.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

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2019 Corporate Counsel Institute

Key Dates

Houston

  • Last day for Individual early registration: May 8, 2019
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 10, 2019
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 13, 2019
    $50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast

  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 10, 2019
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 13, 2019
    $50 processing fee applied

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Hotel / Venue

Houston

The Whitehall Hotel

1700 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77002
713-739-8800
Map

Accommodations

$149 room rate good through April 24, 2019 (subject to availability). Please refer to the "2019 Corporate Counsel Institute" when you call the reservations department. 

Parking Information

Daily or Overnight Valet Parking: $10

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