University of Texas School of Law
39th Annual Page Keeton
Civil Litigation Conference
Austin Oct 29-30, 2015 Four Seasons Hotel
Conference Concluded
Live Webcast Oct 29-30, 2015
Conference Concluded

UT Law CLE

2015 Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

Program Features
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  

UT Law CLE

2015 Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

11/23/17
Schedule

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

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.

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

9:30 am

0.50 hr

Legislative Update

Review of the best and worst of the 84th Texas Legislative Session—and what to expect next.

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

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

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.

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

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.50 hr

Lessons from Big Cases for Small Cases and Vice Versa

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. 

This presentation has moved to Thursday at 1:45 p.m.

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

11:15 am

0.50 hr

Winning Before Trial

Tips and strategies for getting your client results without the expense of a trial.

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

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

Review of new amendments to the Federal Rules.

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

1:45 pm

0.50 hr ethics

Conflicts of Interest

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.

This presentation has moved to Thursday at 10:45 a.m.

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

2:15 pm

0.50 hr

What Civil Litigators Need to Know About Parallel Criminal Cases

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.

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

2:45 pm

0.50 hr

Supreme Court Update

Hear a Texas Supreme Court Justice and an appellate litigator provide different points of view on significant decisions from the past term.

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

3:15 pm

0.50 hr

Big Data in Litigation

A look at how the law industry is mining data to improve services and predict outcomes.

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

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 

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.

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

5:00 pm
Adjourn 

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

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

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

8:45 am

0.50 hr

The Fraudulent Transfer Act and Your Business Tort Case 

Put the Texas Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act to work for the business litigant to follow the money, or freeze funds and, hopefully, get paid.

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

9:15 am

0.50 hr

Can You Keep a Secret? Confidentiality Agreements and Trade Secrets in Texas 

Explore different mechanisms for protecting trade secrets and confidential information, both before and during litigation. 

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

9:45 am
Break

10:00 am

0.50 hr

Medium Claims Court: Strategies and Tactics to Win with the Texas Expedited Action Rules

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.

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

10:30 am

0.50 hr

The Texas Motion to Dismiss: Standards and Strategies

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.

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

11:00 am

0.50 hr

Evidence Everywhere: Chances and Challenges of Mobile, Cloud and the Internet of Things

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).

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

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

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?

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

 
12:35 pm
Break

12:50 pm

0.50 hr ethics

The Dog Ate My Evidence: Spoliation Under the New Texas Framework 

How and when to raise spoliation issues, and what results can you expect under the new Texas paradigm.

This presentation has moved to Friday at 8:15 a.m.

Hon. Rebecca Simmons, Acelity - San Antonio, TX

1:20 pm

0.50 hr ethics

Advertising and Social Media

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.

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

1:50 pm

0.50 hr ethics

Third-Party Financing of Litigation

Advantages for lawyers and their clients and ethical considerations.

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

2:20 pm
Break

2:30 pm

0.50 hr

Texas Oil and Gas Litigation Update

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.    

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

3:00 pm

0.50 hr

What's New in Early Review: An Update on Interlocutory Appeals and Mandamus Proceedings

A look at the most recent cases in the ever-expanding area of early appellate review.

Lisa Bowlin Hobbs, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC - Austin, TX

3:30 pm

0.50 hr

Challenges and Strategies for Persuading Gen X and Millennial Jurors

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.

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

4:00 pm

0.50 hr ethics

Attorney-Client Privilege vs. Work Product vs. Duty of Confidentiality

Disentangling three related, and often-confused, doctrines. 

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

4:30 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2015 Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

Faculty

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

UT Law CLE

2015 Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.25 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
13.25 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
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. 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
15.75 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
13.25 hrs  |  3.25 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial 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
13.25 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
16.00 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 Credit

TX Accounting CPE
15.75 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.

UT Law CLE

2015 Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 23, 2015
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 23, 2015
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 26, 2015
    $50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast

  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 23, 2015
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 26, 2015
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2015 Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

Hotel / Venue

Austin

Four Seasons Hotel

98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701-4082
512.685.8100 (reservations)
Map

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.