University of Texas School of Law
27th Annual
Labor and Employment Law Conference
Live Webcast May 7-8, 2020
$645 Individual
$325 Government Attorney
$580 Group (5-9 ppl)
$515 Group (10 or more ppl)
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In response to current events, UT Law CLE has suspended the live, in-person 27th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference. We are working on providing an alternative format for the program that will enable currently registered attendees to meet their MCLE requirements. We will notify all participants via email and will post regular updates on our website regarding this conference. Please contact our Customer Service Team at service@utcle.org if you have specific questions or need additional information.
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UT Law CLE

2020 Labor and Employment Law Conference

Program Features
UT Law CLE's Labor and Employment Law Conference is the premier program on employment law practice in Texas. By bringing together leading members of the bar, personnel experts, and in-house counsel, the conference offers the timely updates, emerging trends, and the variety of perspectives practitioners need.

2020 highlights include:
  • Updates on the latest federal and state employment case law and legislative developments, including disability issues under the ADA, changes under the NLRA, wage and hour enforcement, religion in the workplace, and more.
  • Workplace issues facing employees and employers on whistleblower cases, navigating the TWC/EEOC process, diversity initiatives, sick leave ordinances, mental health, pay equity, and political activism.
  • Focused presentation series on workforce solutions (featuring discussion of the best hiring practices and internal investigations) and litigation strategies (featuring discussion of effective arbitrations and preparing witnesses).
  • 3.25 hours of ethics, including presentations on The Ethics of Civility, Ethics in Age of Digital Transactions, and Ethics for Employment Lawyers.
Following the conference, attendees will receive a bonus eSupplement containing an additional 0.75 hour of MCLE to ensure practitioners can earn their required 15.00/3.00 Texas MCLE hours for the year.

UT Law CLE

2020 Labor and Employment Law Conference

3/31/20
Schedule

Thursday Morning, May 7, 2020

Presiding Officer:
Malinda A. Gaul, Gaul and Dumont - San Antonio, TX

8:20 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:30 am

0.75 hr

State Employment Law Update: Texas and Beyond

Examine employment-related developments under Texas state law, including a discussion of significant new Texas cases. Also explore important trends developing in other states, and what they might mean for Texas.

Clara "C. B." Burns, Kemp Smith LLP - El Paso, TX

9:15 am
5-Minute Break

9:20 am

0.75 hr

Federal Employment Law Update

Analyze recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, significant federal case law, and federal legislative developments.

Danielle K. Herring, Littler Mendelson P.C. - Houston, TX

10:05 am
5-Minute Break

10:10 am

0.75 hr

NRLB Update

A detailed discussion of the dramatic changes that affect unionized and non-unionized workers and employers that have occurred in the last 12 months under the National Labor Relations Act.

Robert E. Sheeder, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Dallas, TX
Rod Tanner, Tanner and Associates, PC - Fort Worth, TX

10:55 am
5-Minute Break

11:00 am

0.75 hr

Wage and Hour Update

Review developments in wage and hour enforcement and law over the past year.

John V. Jansonius, Jackson Walker LLP - Dallas, TX
Aaron Johnson, Equal Justice Center - Austin, TX

11:45 am
5-Minute Break

11:50 am

0.50 hr

Religion at Work

The American workplace is becoming an epicenter for the escalating clash between employees and employers over religious beliefs and practices. Trace the core legal rights and duties, and highlight emerging developments.

Sheila B. Gladstone, Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C - Austin, TX

12:20 pm
Break for Lunch—Presentation Resumes at 12:45 p.m.

Thursday Afternoon, May 7, 2020

Presiding Officer:
Rod Tanner, Tanner and Associates, PC - Fort Worth, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:45 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Consulting a Consultant: How to Choose One and Perhaps Become One

Learn when to retain an outside consultant and a template for ensuring you've found the right one. In addition, hear what it's like to be a consultant in today's complicated employment world—in case you are ready to jump ship!

DeDe Church, DeDe Church & Associates, LLC - Austin, TX

 
1:30 pm
5-Minute Break

1:35 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Whistleblowers

A plaintiff-side and defense-side lawyer discuss protections and pitfalls for individuals and employers under state and federal whistleblower statutes.

Drew L. Harris, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
Austin Kaplan, Kaplan Law Firm - Austin, TX

2:20 pm
5-Minute Break

2:25 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Navigating the TWC/EEOC

Get practical tips to ethically navigate through the TWC and EEOC administrative process from the perspective of the employee, employer, and TWC/EEOC. Stories from the front line identify best practices when involved in TWC hearings and EEOC litigation.

Suzanne M. Anderson, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Dallas, TX
Ross Brennan, Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division - Austin, TX
Malinda A. Gaul, Gaul and Dumont - San Antonio, TX
Gilbert L. Sanchez, Kemp Smith LLP - El Paso, TX

3:10 pm
Break—Presentations Resume at 3:20 p.m.

Track A: Workforce Solutions

Presiding Officer:
John V. Jansonius, Jackson Walker LLP - Dallas, TX
3:20 pm

0.75 hr

Hire Power: Best Hiring Practices

From identifying the needed skills to on-boarding the best hire, a lot can go wrong in the hiring process. Identify the legal requirements and gain practical tips that will help you source, evaluate, and select talent like a pro.

Audrey E. Mross, Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP - Dallas, TX

4:05 pm
5-Minute Break

4:10 pm

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Internal Investigations

Artful Inquisitions—how to master internal investigations to uncover the truth. Employee interviews are critical to conducting an effective and thorough workplace investigation. Get informative tips on preparing investigation interviews, applying effective questioning techniques, and using emotional intelligence to elicit key information.

Tara M. Kumpf, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. - Austin, TX

4:40 pm
5-Minute Break

4:45 pm

0.50 hr

Challenges and Parameters of Diversity Initiatives

Explore important legal principles to be aware of in crafting inclusion and diversity initiatives, as well as how federal contractor status impacts legal obligations.

Shafeeqa W. Giarratani, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. - Austin, TX

5:15 pm
5-Minute Break

5:20 pm

0.50 hr

Riding the Paid Sick Leave Wave:  An Update on Texas Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

In 2019, Texas was swept-up in the nationwide trend of municipal ordinances, mandating that employers provide employees with protected, paid time away from work for health and wellness reasons. Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas have all passed ordinances of this kind, and each is being challenged in court. Hear a general overview of these ordinances, the state of the surrounding litigation, and a preview of where we may end up from here.

Luke MacDowall, Littler Mendelson P.C. - Houston, TX

5:50 pm
Adjourn

Track B: Litigation Strategies

Presiding Officer:
Rod Tanner, Tanner and Associates, PC - Fort Worth, TX
3:20 pm

0.75 hr

Austin - CANCELLED Only

Arbitration Intersects With Employment Law

Experienced arbitrators discuss the advantages and pitfalls of arbitration as an alternative to litigation, trends in arbitrating employment cases, interpretation of arbitration clauses, and what both sides can do to reduce costs and make effective presentations.

Moderator:
David Schlottman, Jackson Walker LLP - Dallas, TX
Panelists:
David T. Lopez, Attorney-Arbitrator-Mediator - Houston, TX
Hon. Alvin L. Zimmerman, Spencer Fane LLP - Houston, TX

4:05 pm

Austin - CANCELLED Only

5-Minute Break

4:10 pm

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Austin - CANCELLED Only

Preparing Witnesses; Practical and Ethical Considerations

Witness preparation involves both practical and ethical challenges. How do you ensure your witnesses are well prepared and comfortable with the process? And how do you navigate between zealous advocacy and the duty of candor to the tribunal? Gain useful tips from both the plaintiff and defense perspective.

Vianei Lopez Braun, Decker Jones, P.C. - Fort Worth, TX
Joseph Gillespie, Gillespie Sanford LLP - Dallas, TX

4:40 pm

Austin - CANCELLED Only

5-Minute Break

4:45 pm

0.50 hr

Austin - CANCELLED Only

Texas Citizen’s Participation Act: Recent Statutory and Decisional Developments

How have recent amendments and decisions affected the scope and viability of the TCPA? What strategies are effective for TCPA movants and respondents?

David C. Holmes, Law Offices of David C. Holmes - Houston, TX

5:15 pm

Austin - CANCELLED Only

5-Minute Break

5:20 pm

0.50 hr

Austin - CANCELLED Only

Appellate Judge's View of Employment Law Cases

A mid-level update of employment law opinions from our intermediate courts of appeal.

Hon. Amanda L. Reichek, Fifth Court of Appeals - Dallas, TX

5:50 pm

Austin - CANCELLED Only

Adjourn

Friday Morning, May 8, 2020

Presiding Officer:
Kathryn Youker, Texas Riogrande Legal Aid - Brownsville, TX

8:30 am

0.75 hr

Public Sector Update

Get the latest on representing government employees, including developments in the First Amendment, due process, privacy, political patronage, and state law protections in the public workplace.

B. Craig Deats, Deats, Durst & Owen, P.L.L.C. - Austin, TX
Natalie G. DeLuca, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas - Houston, TX

9:15 am
5-Minute Break

9:20 am

0.75 hr

Developments in Disability Discrimination Law

Review significant regulatory and court developments under the Americans with Disabilities Act and gain insights into emerging disability issues.

Amber K. Dodds, Bracewell LLP - San Antonio, TX
James H. Kizziar Jr., Bracewell LLP - San Antonio, TX and Washington, DC

10:05 am
5-Minute Break

10:10 am

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Beyond Accommodation: Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

Employers are confronted with mental health issues in a variety of ways. Whether it is an employee suicide or a psychotic break, dealing with increased stress and anxiety, handling threats of workplace violence, or trying to promote wellness in the workplace, this session covers the issues that mental health issues raise for employers beyond reasonable accommodation under the ADA. 

Jennifer M. Trulock, Baker Botts - Dallas, TX

10:55 am
5-Minute Break

11:00 am

0.50 hr

Pay Equity

Margaret A. Harris, Butler & Harris - Houston, TX

11:30 am
5-Minute Break

11:35 am

0.50 hr ethics

The Ethics of Civility

Our revered colleague Phil Durst passed away in 2019. Two lawyers who were frequently his opposing counsel—one an in-house attorney and the other litigation counsel—reflect on Phil’s civility and humor as key to his effectiveness as a lawyer and fealty to the lawyers’ professional duties of courtesy, candor, and cooperation with opposing counsel.

Christopher H. Hahn, Dell - Round Rock, TX
Tom Nesbitt, DeShazo & Nesbitt LLP - Austin, TX

12:05 pm
Break for Lunch—Presentation Resumes at 12:30 p.m.

Friday Afternoon, May 8, 2020

Presiding Officer:
Audrey E. Mross, Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP - Dallas, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:30 pm

0.75 hr

Leadership: Winning the Employee Engagement War

Over 63% of the American workforce is disengaged costing companies a whopping $500 billion in lost productivity annually. Moreover, winning the war seems almost impossible for most organizations. Jeff unpacks the idea that leadership—in terms of leading self and others, applying the right things, the right way toward the right goal—is the greatest organizational defense against the costly enemy of employee disengagement and voluntary turnover.

Jeff Smith, FiveSeven Solutions - Dallas, TX

 
1:15 pm
5-Minute Break

1:20 pm

0.75 hr

Employee Activism and Workplace Political Speech

Analyze legal and practical implications of employee activism and political speech including best practices for employee training, policy development, and navigating related day-to-day workplace realities.

Laura M. Merritt, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX

2:05 pm
5-Minute Break

2:10 pm

0.75 hr ethics

Ethics in Age of Digital Transactions

Examine how long established ethics rules and practices measure up with technology in the Digital age.

Trang Tran, Tran Law Firm - Houston, TX
Ashley Tremain, Tremain Artaza, PLLC - Dallas, TX

2:55 pm
5-Minute Break

3:00 pm

0.75 hr ethics

Ethics for Employment Attorneys – 2020

Get updated on cutting-edge ethics issues, including attorney-client privilege and waiver issues, ex parte communications, access to social media and computer information, inadvertent disclosure and improper acquisition of confidential information, litigation holds and spoliation issues, and settlement negotiations.

Dennis P. Duffy, Baker & Hostetler LLP - Houston, TX

3:45 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2020 Labor and Employment Law Conference

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Suzanne M. Anderson
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Dallas, TX
Vianei Lopez Braun
Decker Jones, P.C.
Fort Worth, TX
Ross Brennan
Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division
Austin, TX
Clara "C. B." Burns
Kemp Smith LLP
El Paso, TX
DeDe Church
DeDe Church & Associates, LLC
Austin, TX
B. Craig Deats
Deats, Durst & Owen, P.L.L.C.
Austin, TX
Natalie G. DeLuca
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas
Houston, TX
Amber K. Dodds
Bracewell LLP
San Antonio, TX
Dennis P. Duffy
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX
Malinda A. Gaul
Gaul and Dumont
San Antonio, TX
Shafeeqa W. Giarratani
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Austin, TX
Joseph Gillespie
Gillespie Sanford LLP
Dallas, TX
Sheila B. Gladstone
Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C
Austin, TX
Christopher H. Hahn
Dell
Round Rock, TX
Drew L. Harris
Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX
Margaret A. Harris
Butler & Harris
Houston, TX
Danielle K. Herring
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Houston, TX
David C. Holmes
Law Offices of David C. Holmes
Houston, TX
John V. Jansonius
Jackson Walker LLP
Dallas, TX
Aaron Johnson
Equal Justice Center
Austin, TX
Austin Kaplan
Kaplan Law Firm
Austin, TX
James H. Kizziar Jr.
Bracewell LLP
San Antonio, TX and Washington, DC
Tara M. Kumpf
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Austin, TX
David T. Lopez
Attorney-Arbitrator-Mediator
Houston, TX
Luke MacDowall
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Houston, TX
Laura M. Merritt
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Audrey E. Mross
Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP
Dallas, TX
Tom Nesbitt
DeShazo & Nesbitt LLP
Austin, TX
Hon. Amanda L. Reichek
Fifth Court of Appeals
Dallas, TX
Gilbert L. Sanchez
Kemp Smith LLP
El Paso, TX
David Schlottman
Jackson Walker LLP
Dallas, TX
Robert E. Sheeder
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Dallas, TX
Jeff Smith
FiveSeven Solutions
Dallas, TX
Rod Tanner
Tanner and Associates, PC
Fort Worth, TX
Trang Tran
Tran Law Firm
Houston, TX
Ashley Tremain
Tremain Artaza, PLLC
Dallas, TX
Jennifer M. Trulock
Baker Botts
Dallas, TX
Hon. Alvin L. Zimmerman
Spencer Fane LLP
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

Rod Tanner—Chair
Tanner and Associates, PC
Fort Worth, TX
Sean M. Becker
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX
Jason Boulette
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Vianei Lopez Braun
Decker Jones, P.C.
Fort Worth, TX
Clara "C. B." Burns
Kemp Smith LLP
El Paso, TX
B. Lee Crawford Jr.
City of Austin Law Department
Austin, TX
Michael W. Fox
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Austin, TX
Malinda A. Gaul
Gaul and Dumont
San Antonio, TX
Shafeeqa W. Giarratani
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Austin, TX
Jamie Gilmore
Tanner and Associates, PC
Fort Worth, TX
Christopher H. Hahn
Dell
Round Rock, TX
Danielle K. Herring
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Houston, TX
Charles C. High Jr.
Kemp Smith LLP
El Paso, TX
Kenneth D. Hughes
Hughes PLLC
Houston, TX
John V. Jansonius
Jackson Walker LLP
Dallas, TX
Austin Kaplan
Kaplan Law Firm
Austin, TX
James H. Kizziar Jr.
Bracewell LLP
San Antonio, TX and Washington, DC
David T. Lopez
Attorney-Arbitrator-Mediator
Houston, TX
Laura M. Merritt
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Audrey E. Mross
Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP
Dallas, TX
Tom Nesbitt
DeShazo & Nesbitt LLP
Austin, TX
Robert E. Sheeder
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Dallas, TX
Jennifer M. Trulock
Baker Botts
Dallas, TX
Kathryn Youker
Texas Riogrande Legal Aid
Brownsville, TX

UT Law CLE

2020 Labor and Employment Law Conference

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
14.25 hrs  |  3.25 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment 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
14.25 hrs  |  3.25 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
17.00 hrs  |  4.00 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

Human Resources PHR/SPHR/GPHR – Expected
14.25 hrs
Additional Information
This activity has been approved for recertification credit hours toward California, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. A HRCI Certificate with the activity ID number will be included as part of the course materials provided at the conference. This type of accreditation (HRCI) is only available for live conferences, and does not apply to live webcasts.

For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org
Human Resources SHRM-CPSM / SHRM-SCPSM
14.25 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
TX Accounting CPE
17.00 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
14.25 hrs  |  3.25 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
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
14.25 hrs  |  3.25 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.
Oklahoma
17.00 hrs  |  4.00 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
14.25 hrs  |  3.25 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

Human Resources SHRM-CPSM / SHRM-SCPSM
14.25 hrs
TX Accounting CPE
17.00 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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