University of Texas School of Law
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TX Credit Info:
13.50 hrs
3.25 hrs Ethics
TX Specialization:
Civil Appellate Law
Civil Trial Law
Personal Injury Trial Law
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38th Annual Page Keeton

Civil Litigation Conference

Austin Oct 23-24, 2014 – Four Seasons Hotel
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Program Features
Join leading litigators, judges and law professors at the 38th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin. 
  • Get the latest updates on Texas Civil Procedure and insurance law developments involving Stowers claims 
  • Enhance your practice skills: protecting intellectual property with today's technology, ethical concerns about cybersecurity, test your knowledge on evidence problems, learn how to interact professionally to become the complete professional, and more
  • Hear a Supreme Court Justice's point of view on significant decisions from the past year
  • Take part in fast-paced lightning rounds—15-minute sessions focused on mandatory eFiling, an update on state and federal decisions, following the money, extraordinary remedies, litigation hold letters, and spoliation
  • Hear the aftermath of the parameters of shareholder oppression including what's left after Ritchie v. Rupe
  • Interact and network with program faculty and attendees during Thursday Evening's Reception
  • Earn up to 3.25 hours of ethics credit  
Schedule

Thursday Morning, Oct. 23, 2014

Presiding Officer:
Karen C. Burgess, Richardson & Burgess LLP - Austin, TX

8:00 am
Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:35 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:45 am

.50 hr

Texas Civil Procedure Update

Coverage of recent judicial decisions and amended and proposed rules, including a written comprehensive review of recent case law to use as a handy reference tool for practitioners.

Prof. Elaine Grafton Carlson, South Texas College of Law - Houston, TX
Co-Author:
Courtney Taylor Carlson, Jackson Walker L.L.P. - Houston, TX

9:15 am

.75 hr

Supreme Court Update

Hear different points of view from a Texas Supreme Court Justice and a litigator on significant decisions over the past year.

Jane M. N. Webre, Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
Hon. Don R. Willett, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

10:00 am
Break

10:15 am

.50 hr ethics

Bad Lawyering Caught on Tape

An entertaining and educational review of some of the best deposition misconduct tapes found online. As you watch video clips documenting attorneys who mistreat others, discredit themselves and mock their licenses, explore better ways to maintain decorum and ethical conduct. Armed with the Texas Disciplinary Rules and Lawyer's Creed, sort through what happened, what it means and how you can be different.

Adam T. Schramek, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX

10:45 am

.50 hr

How to Use (and Love) the Law Nerd

The best time to involve appellate counsel in litigation is while the case is still in the trial court. Every litigator should learn how to effectively and efficiently team with appellate counsel to avoid error at trial and win the appeal before it happens.

Kurt Kuhn, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC - Austin, TX

11:15 am

.50 hr

Requests and Forms as Modern as the Evidence You Seek

Are your requests for production still geared to a world of telegrams and carbon paper? Learn ways to revamp discovery to target electronic evidence and secure its production in utile and complete forms. Don't ask for documents when what you really need is data; instead, use requests and production protocols as modern as the evidence.

Craig Ball, Attorney and Forensic Technologist, Certified Computer Forensic Examiner - Austin, TX

11:45 am
Lunch on Your Own

Thursday Afternoon, Oct. 23, 2014

Presiding Officer:
William J. Chriss, Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C., Of Counsel to Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P. - Corpus Christi, TX

1:00 pm

.50 hr

Multidistrict Litigation in Texas State Courts

Multidistrict litigation (MDL) cases are showing an increasing presence in Texas courts. What exactly is MDL? What are the pitfalls and conflicts? Can you avoid them?

Hon. Mark D. Davidson, 11th District Court - Houston, TX

1:30 pm

.75 hr

Protecting Intellectual Property

From patents, to copyrights, to trade secrets, to what is in your most valuable employees' heads, protecting intellectual property is becoming more and more difficult in this age of cloud computing, smart phones, social media and a fluid work force. Leaders in the tech community address trends in intellectual property from the general counsel perspective.

Moderators:
Karen C. Burgess, Richardson & Burgess LLP - Austin, TX
Adam T. Schramek, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Nestor Ho, Silicon Labs - Austin, TX
Catherine Q. Morse, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC - Austin, TX
Jennifer B. Wuamett, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. - Austin, TX

2:15 pm
Break

2:30 pm

.50 hr ethics

Ethical Concerns about Cybersecurity for Lawyers 

Lawyers must be aware of ethical risks in using internet resources in protecting attorney-client privilege and communicating with opposing lawyers. Reports of cybersecurity breaches are in the news daily. Learn the ethical risks that affect clients, the courts and your everyday law practice whether solo, small or mega-firm.

Peter S. Vogel, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Dallas, TX

3:00 pm

.50 hr

Shareholder Oppression: What’s Left after Ritchie v. Rupe?

This summer, The Texas Supreme Court for the first time addressed the parameters of shareholder oppression. In doing so, the Court curbed substantially the common law cause of action. Find out what’s left after Ritchie v. Rupe.

Erica W. Harris, Susman Godfrey LLP - Houston, TX

LIGHTNING ROUND 1

3:30 pm

.25 hr

eFiling: The New Reality

What you need to know about mandatory eFiling in Texas state courts.

Velva L. Price, Clark, Price & Trevino - Austin, TX
Michelle Brinkman, Travis County District Clerk's Office - Austin, TX

3:45 pm

.25 hr

Proving Your Attorney Fees in Litigation

An update on significant state and federal decisions.

Tracey R. Keegan, Schick & Copeland - Houston, TX

 
4:00 pm

1.00 hr ethics

Cooperative Lawyering

When do you bring in separate counsel? A discussion on whether, and when, additional counsel should be retained for particular employees, criminal issues and subject-matter expertise (e.g., trial counsel, intellectual property, finance/securities, bankruptcy, appellate, etc.).

David K. Bissinger, Siegmyer Oshman & Bissinger LLP - Houston, TX
Derek S. Hollingsworth, Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP - Houston, TX
Russ Horton, George Brothers Kincaid & Horton, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

5:00 pm
Adjourn to Reception

Page Keeton Civil Litigation Reception (5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Enjoy refreshments and networking with program faculty and colleagues.

Friday Morning, Oct. 24, 2014

Presiding Officer:
Hon. Rose Guerra Reyna, 206th District Court - Edinburg, TX

7:30 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am

.75 hr

Insurance Update

Latest insurance law developments for the general litigator: Stowers claims, deals and turnovers, pleading into coverage and more.

William J. Chriss, Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C., Of Counsel to Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P. - Corpus Christi, TX
Michael W. Huddleston, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. - Dallas, TX

LIGHTNING ROUND 2

9:15 am

.25 hr

Follow the Money

A snapshot of who, what and where in the complicated universe of fraud, prejudgment writs and uniform transfer acts.

Victor D. Vital, Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Dallas, TX

9:30 am

.25 hr

Extraordinary Remedies

All plaintiffs want their relief—and they want it right now.  Learn when courts can tie up assets and control conduct prior to a judgment.

Karen C. Burgess, Richardson & Burgess LLP - Austin, TX

 
9:45 am

.67 hr

Evidence Challenge

Test your knowledge by ruling on a series of evidence problems.

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

10:25 am
Break

10:40 am

.50 hr

Recent Developments and Practical Pointers for Voir Dire

Timely information and practical strategies from both the bench and bar on selecting juries.

Hon. John K. Dietz, 250th District Court - Austin, TX
Alice London, Bishop London & Dodds - Austin, TX

11:10 am

.67 hr

"We’ve Always Done It that Way” Doesn't Make It Right

How much has the world changed in the past ten years? How much has changed in the way you try cases in that time? Trying new things in trial, both big and small, is necessary in modern communication. Hear some ideas to consider throughout trial to break tradition and persuade in novel ways.

Jim M. Perdue Jr., Perdue & Kidd, LLP - Houston, TX

11:50 am

.67 hr

Advocacy in Non-Traditional Settings: What Happens When Non-Traditional Is the Norm?

In a litigation world where ADR is now the norm and jury verdicts are the exception, cases are often prepared with less focus on creating effective trial narratives and persuasion. The crucial question in this new era is addressed: Are adjusters, arbitrators, mediators and risk managers really different from jurors?

Douglas L. Keene, Ph.D., Keene Trial Consulting - Austin, TX

12:30 pm
Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Friday Afternoon, Oct. 24, 2014

Presiding Officer:
Lisa Bowlin Hobbs, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC - Austin, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:50 pm

.75 hr ethics

The Complete Professional: Effective Interactions with Courts, Clients, Counsel and Colleagues

Being a lawyer requires multi-faceted dealings with several groups, each with its own needs. Get a closer look at the constituencies attorneys service and how best to professionally interact with each, with lessons drawing from a variety of resources from the latest in cognitive theory to the works of Shakespeare.

Michael P. Maslanka, Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP - Dallas, TX

 
1:35 pm
Break

1:50 pm

.50 hr

Writing for the iPad Reader

As courts and clients switch from reading on paper to reading on screens and tablets, legal writing must adapt. Gain tools to improve written advocacy for the digital age.

Robert B. Dubose, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP - Houston, TX

2:20 pm

.50 hr

The Texas Anti-SLAPP Law

What commercial speech and reputational torts survive the new Texas Anti-SLAPP statute? What are these new motions to dismiss, and how do you successfully prosecute or defend them? Learn the answers to these questions and more.

Mark C. Walker, Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated - El Paso, TX

LIGHTNING ROUND 3

2:50 pm

.25 hr

Litigation Hold Letters

How to draft them, why we have them, and litigation over them.

Adrienne N. Russell, Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP - Dallas, TX

3:05 pm

.25 hr

Spoliation

Spoliation—a hot topic with a burning new Texas Supreme Court case that clarifies spoliation but creates confusion in the process. Gain insight on the case, what it means and what the practitioner must know to prevent and pursue spoliation claims.

Hon. Rebecca Simmons, Kinetic Concepts, Inc. - San Antonio, TX

 
3:20 pm
Break

3:30 pm

.50 hr

30 Tips and Apps in 30 Minutes

In this fun, fast-paced session, learn fantastic technology tips you can start using immediately to improve the service you provide to your clients, as well as the latest apps litigators are using to be productive and responsive to clients when they are out of the office.

Tom Mighell, Contoural, Inc. - Dallas, TX

4:00 pm

.50 hr ethics

Ethics of Overheard Conversations

Overheard conversations can range from illegal wiretapping of opposing counsel, to unexpectedly hearing opposing counsel discussing your case in an adjacent booth in a public restaurant, to social media “conversation monitoring,” to legal drone surveillance of opposing counsel on a public jogging trail. What are the ethics of “listening?”

Charles Herring Jr., Herring & Irwin, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

4:30 pm
Adjourn

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Craig Ball
Attorney and Forensic Technologist, Certified Computer Forensic Examiner
Austin, TX
David K. Bissinger
Siegmyer Oshman & Bissinger LLP
Houston, TX
Michelle Brinkman
Travis County District Clerk's Office
Austin, TX
Karen C. Burgess
Richardson & Burgess LLP
Austin, TX
Courtney Taylor Carlson
Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Prof. Elaine Grafton Carlson
South Texas College of Law
Houston, TX
William J. Chriss
Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C., Of Counsel to Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P.
Corpus Christi, TX
Hon. Mark D. Davidson
11th District Court
Houston, TX
Hon. John K. Dietz
250th District Court
Austin, TX
Robert B. Dubose
Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Houston, TX
Prof. Steven Goode
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Erica W. Harris
Susman Godfrey LLP
Houston, TX
Charles Herring Jr.
Herring & Irwin, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Nestor Ho
Silicon Labs
Austin, TX
Derek S. Hollingsworth
Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP
Houston, TX
Russ Horton
George Brothers Kincaid & Horton, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Michael W. Huddleston
Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Tracey R. Keegan
Schick & Copeland
Houston, TX
Douglas L. Keene, Ph.D.
Keene Trial Consulting
Austin, TX
Kurt Kuhn
Kuhn Hobbs PLLC
Austin, TX
Alice London
Bishop London & Dodds
Austin, TX
Michael P. Maslanka
Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP
Dallas, TX
Tom Mighell
Contoural, Inc.
Dallas, TX
Catherine Q. Morse
Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC
Austin, TX
Jim M. Perdue Jr.
Perdue & Kidd, LLP
Houston, TX
Velva L. Price
Clark, Price & Trevino
Austin, TX
Adrienne N. Russell
Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP
Dallas, TX
Adam T. Schramek
Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX
Hon. Rebecca Simmons
Kinetic Concepts, Inc.
San Antonio, TX
Victor D. Vital
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Dallas, TX
Peter S. Vogel
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Dallas, TX
Mark C. Walker
Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated
El Paso, TX
Jane M. N. Webre
Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Hon. Don R. Willett
The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX
Jennifer B. Wuamett
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Karen C. Burgess—Co-Chair
Richardson & Burgess LLP
Austin, TX
Lisa Bowlin Hobbs—Co-Chair
Kuhn Hobbs PLLC
Austin, TX
Sofia Adrogué
Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Houston, TX
Craig Ball
Attorney and Forensic Technologist, Certified Computer Forensic Examiner
Austin, TX
Quentin Brogdon
The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Prof. Elaine Grafton Carlson
South Texas College of Law
Houston, TX
William J. Chriss
Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C., Of Counsel to Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P.
Corpus Christi, TX
Thomas H. Cook Jr.
Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP
Dallas, TX
Prof. Steven Goode
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Erica W. Harris
Susman Godfrey LLP
Houston, TX
James Holmes
Schmidt and Holmes LLP
Dallas, TX
Hollis L. Levy
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Michael P. Maslanka
Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP
Dallas, TX
Hon. Rose Guerra Reyna
206th District Court
Edinburg, TX
Adam T. Schramek
Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX
Michael C. Smith
Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP
Marshall, TX
John F. Sullivan III
K&L Gates LLP
Houston, TX
Mark C. Walker
Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated
El Paso, TX
Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.50 hrs  |  3.25 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial 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
13.50 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
16.00 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. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
Other States
Many jurisdictions accept conferences offered by The University of Texas School of Law, and approved by the State Bar of Texas, for CLE credit. Please check with your jurisdiction's regulatory authority. A Certificate of Attendance and credit reporting documentation will be provided at the conference.

Other Credit

TX Accounting CPE
16.00 hrs
Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 17, 2014
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 17, 2014
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 20, 2014
    $50 processing fee applied

Hotel / Venue

Austin

Four Seasons Hotel

98 San Jacinto
Austin, TX
512.685.8100 (reservations)
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Accommodations

$249.00 room rate good through September 22, 2014 (subject to availability).

Reserving your room online?  Please use the following corporate/promo code: UTPK1022.

Please note: online reservations can only be accepted for conference-related room nights (October 22-24, 2014). Please contact the Four Seasons Hotel Reservations Department directly at 512.685.8100 if you’d like to extend your stay.

Parking Information

$12 Event Daily; $16 Valet Daily; $32.50 Overnight Self-Parking or Valet.