University of Texas School of Law
2004
Labor and Employment Law Conference
Austin May 6-7, 2004 Hyatt Regency Austin
Conference Concluded
Austin Aug 10, 2004
Conference Concluded
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UT Law CLE

2004 Labor and Employment Law Conference

Program Features
Offered in Austin, this conference is intended to provide balanced coverage for attorneys who represent either employers or employees, as well as for relatively sophisticated human resource professionals.

UT Law CLE

2004 Labor and Employment Law Conference

11/17/19
Schedule

Day 1 Morning

9:00 am

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Federal Update

This presentation will address hot topics under federal law, including the impact of Desert Palace v. Costa on employment discrimination litigation.

Melissa Essary, Baylor School Of Law - Waco, TX

9:30 am

0.75 hr

Austin Only

State Law Update

A review of recent cases involving tort claims commonly seen in employment cases and cases under the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act.

Charles C. High Jr., Kemp Smith LLP - El Paso, TX

10:30 am

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Labor Update

The National Labor Relations Act and you. An update on labor law issues for labor and employment lawyers.

Curtis A. Wells, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) - Fort Worth, TX

11:00 am

0.50 hr

Austin Only

The New FLSA Regulations

The U.S. Senate has cleared the way for the Department of Labor’s issuance of rules revising substantially several aspects of the FLSA’s white-collar exemptions.

Christopher A. Knepp, Austin, TX

11:30 am

0.50 hr

Austin Only

From Maternity to Military Leave: Avoiding the Legal Land Mines

Key information regarding a variety of leaves of absence facing every employer.

Shannon Brown Schmoyer, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - San Antonio, TX

Day 1 Afternoon

12:00 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Practice in the Federal Courts: Musings by a New Federal Judge

Xavier Rodriguez, US District Court - San Antonio, TX

1:30 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Texas Tort Reform & Offers of Judgment

What should every employment lawyer know about the Texas Omnibus Civil Justice Reform Bill? While the focus of media attention on the new tort reform legislation has been its impact on medical malpractice claims, this topic considers those provisions of the new law that will impact employment lawyers and their clients.

Karen Elizabeth Griffin, Baker & Botts LLP - Dallas, TX

1:30 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Employee Dispute Resolution Programs

How employers are boosting morale and saving more money with internal programs that resolve conflicts on-the-job which otherwise can take up to one-half of a supervisor’s time.

David T. Lopez, David T. Lopez & Assoc. - Houston, TX

2:00 pm

0.00 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Austin Only

Ethical Traps in Employment Litigation

Ethical issues that frequently arise in employment litigation will be discussed, including representation agreements, confidentiality, document retention, in-house attorney claims and investigations.

Kenneth David Hughes, Glickman & Hughes - Houston, TX

2:00 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Medical Issues

The impact of HIPAA privacy rules, and how to get the information you need regarding work-related medical restrictions.

Vianei Lopez Robinson, Robinson Law Firm - Abilene, TX

2:30 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Rule 23 Update

Review of recent and proposed amendments to federal class action rules and recent class action cases.

Patrick J. Maher, Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff,Et Al - Fort Worth, TX

2:30 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Defensive Drafting: The Handbook to Enhance Defenses

The handbook is the first document requested by plaintiff’s counsel. Make sure it doesn’t come back to bite you...The latest concepts in drafting handbook provisions that help in the workplace as well as in the courtroom.

Connie Cornell, Cornell Smith & Mierl, LLP - Austin, TX

3:15 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Constructive Discharge

This presentation will review the law of constructive discharge with an emphasis on whether a constructive discharge constitutes an adverse action under federal and state employment discrimination statutes.

James Roddy Tanner, Tanner & Troutt, P.C. - Fort Worth, TX

3:15 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Workplace Investigations

A review of the major legal issues arising from workplace investigations coupled with some practical "do’s" and "don’ts" for conducting effective investigations.

Kevin Marshall Sadler, Baker & Botts, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

3:45 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Analysis of the Jury Charge in Employment Cases

This article will analyze the court’s charge and the importance it plays in employment trials, summarize the state of the law in Texas and the Fifth Circuit, and offer suggestions for crafting jury charges in employment cases.

Hon. Jeff Kaplan, US Magistrate Judge-N Dist - Dallas, TX

3:45 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Contingent Work Force

This presentation will address the potential joint employment risks of alternate staffing arrangements under various employment-related laws and will offer practical guidance on how to reduce and avoid these risks.

Candace L. Tidmore, Huntsman LLC - The Woodlands, TX

4:15 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Technology in the Courtroom

This presentation will cover the latest use of technology in trial including a demonstration showing the use of software to present evidence.

David Butler, Lex Solutio, Inc. - Houston, TX

4:15 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Texas Workforce Commission: Advanced Unemployment and Payday Law Claim and Appeal Strategies

A former agency counsel presents strategies for both claimants and employers when dealing with unemployment and payday law claims before the Texas Workforce Commission.

William T. Simmons, Round Rock, TX

Day 2 Morning

Presiding Officer:
Linda Ottinger Headley, Littler Mendelson PC - Houston, TX

8:30 am

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Whistleblowers and Retaliation

A logical pairing, which is why retaliation actions continue to not only grow, but to be one of the most successful of all employment related claims. An update on the ever-expanding cause of action.

Michael W. Fox, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart - Austin, TX

9:00 am

0.75 hr

Austin Only

Mediator War Stories

Examples of mediation tactics that do and do not work to achieve effective results. Question and answer interaction.

Thomas A. Collins, Austin, TX
Walter Earl Parker Jr., Gilbert Mediation Group - Dallas, TX
Susan S. Soussan, Houston, TX

9:45 am

0.75 hr

Austin Only

Disability Discrimination Update

This session will analyze administrative and judicial developments in disability discrimination law under the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, and will also review emerging issues of interest to legal counsel and human resources representatives.

James H. Kizziar Jr., Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP - San Antonio, TX

10:45 am

0.75 hr

Austin Only

Workplace Harassment Update

Update on harassment cases and analysis of the trends and issues in workplace harassment.

Linda Ottinger Headley, Littler Mendelson PC - Houston, TX

11:30 am

0.50 hr

Austin Only

ERISA Litigation

Recent developments in Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation and preventive strategies.

Douglas E. Hamel, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. - Houston, TX

Day 2 Afternoon

Presiding Officer:
Rod Tanner, Tanner & Associates - Fort Worth, TX

1:15 pm

0.75 hr

Austin Only

Blowing the Whistle on Corporate Employers - The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

In-depth look at the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and its impact on Texas employers and employees.

Robert Elwood Sheeder, Jenkens & Gilchrist - Dallas, TX

2:00 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

How to Conduct a Meaningful and Effective Voir Dire

The one aspect of a jury trial that is the most difficult for most trial lawyers is jury selection. This speech will eliminate the fear associated with voir dire.

Robert B. Hirschhorn, Cathy E. Bennett & Associates, Inc. - Lewisville, TX

2:30 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Evaluating Employment Cases from the Plaintiff’s Perspective

How to decide if you should accept a case and how to evaluate it once you decide to take it.

Julius Glickman, Glickman & Hughes - Houston, TX

3:00 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Covenants Not to Compete

An overview of the law on covenants not to compete.

Thomas Andrew Nesbitt, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP - Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2004 Labor and Employment Law Conference

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Leo L. Barnes Jr.
UT System-Gen Counsel Ofc
Austin, TX
David Butler
Lex Solutio, Inc.
Houston, TX
Thomas A. Collins
Austin, TX
Connie Cornell
Cornell Smith & Mierl, LLP
Austin, TX
Philip Durst
Deats Durst Owen & Levy, P.L.L.C.
Austin, TX
Melissa Essary
Baylor School Of Law
Waco, TX
Michael W. Fox
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
Austin, TX
Julius Glickman
Glickman & Hughes
Houston, TX
Karen Elizabeth Griffin
Baker & Botts LLP
Dallas, TX
Douglas E. Hamel
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Linda Ottinger Headley
Littler Mendelson PC
Houston, TX
Charles C. High Jr.
Kemp Smith LLP
El Paso, TX
Robert B. Hirschhorn
Cathy E. Bennett & Associates, Inc.
Lewisville, TX
Kenneth David Hughes
Glickman & Hughes
Houston, TX
Hon. Jeff Kaplan
US Magistrate Judge-N Dist
Dallas, TX
James H. Kizziar Jr.
Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP
San Antonio, TX
Christopher A. Knepp
Austin, TX
David T. Lopez
David T. Lopez & Assoc.
Houston, TX
Patrick J. Maher
Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff,Et Al
Fort Worth, TX
Thomas Andrew Nesbitt
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
Austin, TX
Michael A. Olivas
University of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX
Walter Earl Parker Jr.
Gilbert Mediation Group
Dallas, TX
Vianei Lopez Robinson
Robinson Law Firm
Abilene, TX
Xavier Rodriguez
US District Court
San Antonio, TX
Kevin Marshall Sadler
Baker & Botts, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Shannon Brown Schmoyer
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
San Antonio, TX
Robert Elwood Sheeder
Jenkens & Gilchrist
Dallas, TX
William T. Simmons
Round Rock, TX
Susan S. Soussan
Houston, TX
James Roddy Tanner
Tanner & Troutt, P.C.
Fort Worth, TX
Candace L. Tidmore
Huntsman LLC
The Woodlands, TX
Curtis A. Wells
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
Fort Worth, TX

Planning Committee

B. Lee Crawford Jr.—Chair
Temple-Inland, Inc.
Austin, TX
Richard R. Brann
Baker Botts LLP
Houston, TX
Connie Cornell
Cornell Smith & Mierl, LLP
Austin, TX
Michael J. Esposito
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Michael W. Fox
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
Austin, TX
Brian S. Greig
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Douglas E. Hamel
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Linda Ottinger Headley
Littler Mendelson PC
Houston, TX
Charles C. High Jr.
Kemp Smith LLP
El Paso, TX
Kenneth David Hughes
Glickman & Hughes
Houston, TX
John V. Jansonius
Dallas, TX
James H. Kizziar Jr.
Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP
San Antonio, TX
Christopher A. Knepp
Austin, TX
David T. Lopez
David T. Lopez & Assoc.
Houston, TX
Thomas M. Melo
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart
Houston, TX
Robert Elwood Sheeder
Jenkens & Gilchrist
Dallas, TX
James Roddy Tanner
Tanner & Troutt, P.C.
Fort Worth, TX

UT Law CLE

2004 Labor and Employment Law Conference

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.25 hrs  |  0.50 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.  
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.

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.25 hrs  |  0.50 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.  
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.

UT Law CLE

2004 Labor and Employment Law Conference

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Apr 28, 2004
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Apr 30, 2004
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 3, 2004
    $50 processing fee applied

Austin

  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Aug 10, 2004
    Add $0 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Aug 11, 2004
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Aug 11, 2004
    $0 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2004 Labor and Employment Law Conference

Hotel / Venue

Austin

Hyatt Regency Austin

208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX
512.477.1234 (reservations)


Austin

Accommodations

$0.00 good through Feb 8, 2004

UT Law CLE

2004 Labor and Employment Law Conference

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