About

Join leading litigators, judges and law professors at the 39th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin. The program provides updates and analysis of important developments in civil litigation practice, with substantive coverage of practice tips, advocacy strategies and important trends. 

  • Hear from Rabia Chaudry of the New America Foundation and the popular podcast Serial as she discusses the danger of biases in the legal system
  • Get the latest updates on the 84th Legislative Session, Texas civil procedure, and insurance law developments
  • Hear first-hand from in-house counsel at Dell Inc., Seton Healthcare Family, Texas Mutual Insurance and AMD about substantive and practical challenges they face in today’s legal landscape
  • Get a Texas Supreme Court Justice's point of view on significant decisions from the past term
  • Learn what's new in early review with an update on Interlocutory Appeals and Mandamus Proceedings
  • Explore the challenges and strategies for persuading Generation X and Millennial Jurors
  • Interact with program faculty and attendees during Thursday afternoon's extended networking break
  • Earn up to 3.25 hours of ethics credit  

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Lisa Bowlin Hobbs, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC - Austin, TX
  • 8:00 am
    Austin Only
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:50 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Texas Civil Procedure Update
    This presentation has moved to Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

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

    Coverage of recent judicial decisions and rules affecting Texas civil practice, including a written comprehensive review of recent case law to use as a handy reference tool for practitioners.
  • 9:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Legislative Update
    This presentation has moved to Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

    David E. Chamberlain, Chamberlain & McHaney - Austin, TX
    Jay Harvey, Winckler & Harvey LLP - Austin, TX

    Review of the best and worst of the 84th Texas Legislative Session—and what to expect next.
  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Persuading Visually in Motions and Briefs: How and Why to Use Photos, Charts, and Graphs to Persuade Judges in Written Filings

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

    A discussion of when and why a picture can persuade judges better than words. Learn tips for how – and how not – to use visual information in motions and briefs.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Lessons from Big Cases for Small Cases and Vice Versa
    This presentation has moved to Thursday at 1:45 p.m.

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

    There are lessons learned in every case. Gain insights from complex litigation matters that you can apply to even your most straightforward case and focus on the lessons from the uncomplicated matters that should not be forgotten in those multi-party, multi-million dollar matters. 
  • 11:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Winning Before Trial

    Robert H. Ford, Fogler, Brar, Ford, O'Neil & Gray LLP - Houston, TX

    Tips and strategies for getting your client results without the expense of a trial.
  • 11:45 pm
    Austin Only
    Lunch on Your Own

  • Thursday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Erica W. Harris, Susman Godfrey LLP - Houston, TX
  • 1:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    FRCP 26 and New Discovery Trends

    David S. Coale, Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, LLP - Dallas, TX
    Hon. Xavier Rodriguez, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
    Michael C. Smith, Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP - Marshall, TX

    Review of new amendments to the Federal Rules.
  • 1:45 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Conflicts of Interest
    This presentation has moved to Thursday at 10:45 a.m.

    Randy Johnston, Johnston Tobey, P.C. - Dallas, TX

    Have you ever had your shield turned into a sword, and then used against you? Explore what most lawyers think is the shield that protects them from discipline because of a conflict of interest: the client’s consent to waive the conflict.
  • 2:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    What Civil Litigators Need to Know About Parallel Criminal Cases

    Quentin Brogdon, Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP - Dallas, TX

    Parallel criminal and civil cases arising out of the same event occur with some frequency. Find out how your civil case may be affected by the pendency of a parallel criminal case.
  • 2:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Supreme Court Update

    Hon. Jeffrey S. Boyd, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Kurt Kuhn, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC - Austin, TX

    Hear a Texas Supreme Court Justice and an appellate litigator provide different points of view on significant decisions from the past term.
  • 3:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Big Data in Litigation

    Mary Lou Flynn-Dupart, Jackson Walker L.L.P. - Houston, TX

    A look at how the law industry is mining data to improve services and predict outcomes.
  • 3:45 pm
    Austin Only
    Networking Break

    Join program faculty and attendees for drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
  • 4:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    Challenges for In-House Counsel 

    Moderator:
    Hon. Harriet O'Neill, Law Office of Harriet O'Neill, PC - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Teresa Burroff, Seton Healthcare Family - Austin, TX
    Mary Barrow Nichols, Texas Mutual Insurance Company - Austin, TX
    Elizabeth Collum Ozmun, AMD - Austin, TX
    Marc E. Vockell, Dell Inc. - Round Rock, TX

    Explore some of the substantive and practical challenges that in-house counsel face in today’s legal landscape with a former Texas Supreme Court justice and four in-house lawyers.
  • 5:00 pm
    Adjourn 

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Erica W. Harris, Susman Godfrey LLP - Houston, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Austin Only
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Insurance Update
    This presentation has moved to Friday at 12:50 p.m.

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

    Latest insurance law developments for the general litigator—Stowers claims, deals and turnovers; pleading into coverage and more.
  • 8:45 am
    0.50 hr
    The Fraudulent Transfer Act and Your Business Tort Case 

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

    Put the Texas Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act to work for the business litigant to follow the money, or freeze funds and, hopefully, get paid.
  • 9:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Can You Keep a Secret? Confidentiality Agreements and Trade Secrets in Texas 

    Amy Snell, Shipley Snell Montgomery, LLP - Houston, TX

    Explore different mechanisms for protecting trade secrets and confidential information, both before and during litigation. 
  • 9:45 am
    Break

  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Medium Claims Court: Strategies and Tactics to Win with the Texas Expedited Action Rules

    Eric Porterfield, UNT Dallas College of Law - Dallas, TX

    Learn strategies and tactics to use the recent amendments to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure governing monetary claims that do not exceed $100,000 to your client's advantage. These new rules change the entire process from pleading through discovery, trial setting, presentation of witnesses and evidence, and the maximum judgment that may be entered following a verdict.
  • 10:30 am
    0.50 hr
    The Texas Motion to Dismiss: Standards and Strategies

    Dustin Benham, Texas Tech University School of Law - Lubbock , TX

    A relatively new rule of civil procedure created a procedure to dismiss “baseless” causes of action in Texas state court. Hear a Rule 91a case law update, tactics to pursue dismissal under the new rule, and pertinent comparisons with federal pleading and dismissal practice.
  • 11:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Evidence Everywhere: Chances and Challenges of Mobile, Cloud and the Internet of Things

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

    Mobile devices and cloud sources are rich sources of revealing evidence, but pose unprecedented challenges in electronic discovery. Learn more about the identification and preservation of this crucial electronically stored information (ESI).
  • 11:30 am
    Austin Only
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration.
  • Friday Afternoon
  • Luncheon Presentation
  • 11:50 am
    0.75 hr ethics
    The Law is Not Blind: The Danger of Biases in the Legal System

    Rabia Chaudry, International Security Fellow, New America Foundation - Washington, DC

    From the case of Adnan Syed, made popular in the podcast Serial, to DNA testing, to national security law, to civil litigation, cognitive and implicit biases impact and influence every aspect of the judicial system. What can officers of the law, from police to attorneys to judges, do to protect equal application of the law, to ensure that Lady Justice is truly blind?
  • 12:35 pm
    Break

  • 12:50 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    The Dog Ate My Evidence: Spoliation Under the New Texas Framework 
    This presentation has moved to Friday at 8:15 a.m.

    Hon. Rebecca Simmons, Acelity - San Antonio, TX

    How and when to raise spoliation issues, and what results can you expect under the new Texas paradigm.
  • 1:20 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Advertising and Social Media

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

    Examine the practical and ethical concerns with marketing your practice via social media, including the applicable advertising rules. Also, discuss when statements in a Tweet, Facebook post, or LinkedIn profile go beyond merely providing information and instead are soliciting employment.
  • 1:50 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Third-Party Financing of Litigation

    Joseph D. Cheavens, Retired Trial Partner Baker Botts L.L.P, Senior Advisor, Burford Capital - Houston, TX

    Advantages for lawyers and their clients and ethical considerations.
  • 2:20 pm
    Break

  • 2:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Texas Oil and Gas Litigation Update

    John F. Sullivan III, K&L Gates LLP - Houston, TX

    Make note of recent important case decisions and legislation in the oil & gas industry in Texas, including fracking bans and bills, alleged earthquakes from injection wells, deductions from royalty payments, subsurface trespass and more. Learn about possible opportunities for litigation precipitated by recent case decisions and legislation.    
  • 3:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    What's New in Early Review: An Update on Interlocutory Appeals and Mandamus Proceedings

    Lisa Bowlin Hobbs, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC - Austin, TX

    A look at the most recent cases in the ever-expanding area of early appellate review.
  • 3:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Challenges and Strategies for Persuading Gen X and Millennial Jurors

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

    The rapid changes of technology and communication norms for younger jurors require different thinking on how to persuade the younger generation. Crafting language and messages to meet these generational expectations can help how you try your next case.
  • 4:00 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Attorney-Client Privilege vs. Work Product vs. Duty of Confidentiality

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

    Disentangling three related, and often-confused, doctrines. 
  • 4:30 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Craig Ball

Attorney and Forensic Technologist, Certified Computer Forensic Examiner
Austin, TX

Dustin Benham

Texas Tech University School of Law
Lubbock , TX

Hon. Jeffrey S. Boyd

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Quentin Brogdon

Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP
Dallas, TX

John G. Browning

Passman & Jones
Dallas, TX

Karen C. Burgess

Richardson + Burgess LLP
Austin, TX

Teresa Burroff

Seton Healthcare Family
Austin, TX

Courtney Taylor Carlson

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Houston, TX

Elaine Grafton Carlson

South Texas College of Law
Houston, TX

David E. Chamberlain

Chamberlain & McHaney
Austin, TX

Rabia Chaudry

International Security Fellow, New America Foundation
Washington, DC

Joseph D. Cheavens

Retired Trial Partner Baker Botts L.L.P, Senior Advisor, Burford Capital
Houston, TX

William J. Chriss

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

David S. Coale

Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, LLP
Dallas, TX

Robert B. Dubose

Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Houston, TX

Mary Lou Flynn-Dupart

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Houston, TX

Robert H. Ford

Fogler, Brar, Ford, O'Neil & Gray LLP
Houston, TX

Steven Goode

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Erica W. Harris

Susman Godfrey LLP
Houston, TX

Jay Harvey

Winckler & Harvey LLP
Austin, TX

Lisa Bowlin Hobbs

Kuhn Hobbs PLLC
Austin, TX

Randy Johnston

Johnston Tobey, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Kurt Kuhn

Kuhn Hobbs PLLC
Austin, TX

Mary Barrow Nichols

Texas Mutual Insurance Company
Austin, TX

Hon. Harriet O'Neill

Law Office of Harriet O'Neill, PC
Austin, TX

Elizabeth Collum Ozmun

AMD
Austin, TX

Jim M. Perdue Jr.

Perdue & Kidd
Houston, TX

Eric Porterfield

UNT Dallas College of Law
Dallas, TX

Hon. Xavier Rodriguez

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

Hon. Rebecca Simmons

Acelity
San Antonio, TX

Michael C. Smith

Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP
Marshall, TX

Amy Snell

Shipley Snell Montgomery, LLP
Houston, TX

John F. Sullivan III

K&L Gates LLP
Houston, TX

Marc E. Vockell

Dell Inc.
Round Rock, TX

Planning Committee

Erica W. Harris—Co-Chair

Susman Godfrey LLP
Houston, 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

Karl Bayer

Dispute Resolution Expert
Austin, TX

Dustin Benham

Texas Tech University School of Law
Lubbock , TX

Quentin Brogdon

Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP
Dallas, TX

Karen C. Burgess

Richardson + Burgess LLP
Austin, TX

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

Steven Goode

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Julie Hardin

Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX

Michael P. Maslanka

FisherBroyles, LLP
Dallas, TX

Philip K. Maxwell

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Jim M. Perdue Jr.

Perdue & Kidd
Houston, TX

Hon. Rose Guerra Reyna

206th District Court
Edinburg, TX

Adam T. Schramek

Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX

Gregory J. Smith

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Michael C. Smith

Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP
Marshall, TX

Amy Snell

Shipley Snell Montgomery, LLP
Houston, TX

John F. Sullivan III

K&L Gates LLP
Houston, 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. 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.
Other Credit
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.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
MCLE Credit
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.
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.
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 Credit
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.

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Austin – Oct 29-30, 2015 – Four Seasons Hotel
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Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 26, 2015

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Venue

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98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701-4082
512.685.8100 (reservations)
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Accommodations

$255.00 room rate good through September 28, 2015 (subject to availability).

Parking Information

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

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