Overview

Join leading litigators, judges, and law professors at the 40th 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.

2016 Conference highlights: 

  • Get the latest updates on Texas civil procedure, changes in FRCP, and insurance law developments
  • Hear premier Texas litigators discuss challenges and opportunities in the arenas of damages, contorts, and alternative dispute resolution in 21st century litigation
  • Get a Texas Supreme Court Justice's point of view on significant decisions from the past term
  • Learn tips for handling common issues that arise in litigation in the bankruptcy court and in civil litigation affected by bankruptcy
  • Learn what lawyers and law firms need to know about data security to avoid losing clients and getting sued
  • Look at important hearsay issues, with an emphasis on hearsay appearing in social and other electronic media
  • Hear about the practicalities lawyers and courts face as jurors increasingly live online and have new expectations for access to the facts, and lawyers have new access into jurors’ lives. 
  • Explore new opportunities in employment law for civil litigators
  • Earn up to 3.50 hours of ethics credit  

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Oct. 27, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Erica W. Harris, Susman Godfrey LLP - Houston, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast. 
  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Texas Civil Procedure Update

    Elaine Grafton Carlson, Houston College of Law - Houston, TX
    Materials By:
    Courtney Taylor Carlson, Jackson Walker LLP - Houston, TX

    Review 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.
  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Texas Supreme Court Update

    Hon. Jeffrey S. Boyd, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
    Lisa Bowlin Hobbs, 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.
  • 9:30 am
    0.50 hr
    What Every Civil Litigator Needs to Know About Bankruptcy

    Melanie Gray, Winston & Strawn LLP - Houston, TX

    Learn what every civil litigator should know about bankruptcy and get tips for handling common issues that arise in bankruptcy and civil litigation.
  • 10:00 am
    Break

  • 10:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Extraordinary Remedies
    This session has moved to Friday, October 28 at 1:50 p.m. 

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

    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.
  • 10:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Using Demonstratives to Make Your Case
    This session has moved to Friday, October 28 at 10:15 a.m. 

    Britta Stanton, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP - Dallas, TX

    Demonstrative evidence is evidence you can create! Don’t miss the opportunity to make the most of it.
  • 11:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act and the New Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016:  What’s all the Hubbub About?

    Michael K. Oldham, Reynolds Frizzell LLP - Houston, TX

    These state and federal statutes have displaced the old common law enforcement of trade secrets in Texas. What is the difference? In what ways do practitioners need to adapt to the new statutes?   
  • 11:45 am
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration. 
  • Thursday Afternoon, Oct. 27, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Michael K. Oldham, Reynolds Frizzell LLP - Houston, TX
  • Luncheon Presentation
  • 12:05 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Panel Discussion: Texas Greats on Business Litigation 

    Moderators:
    Sofia Adrogué, Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C. - Houston, TX
    Hon. Caroline Elizabeth Baker, 295th Civil District Court - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Lamont A. Jefferson, Jefferson Cano - San Antonio, TX
    Owen McGovern, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX
    Alice Oliver-Parrott, Alice Oliver-Parrott, P.C. - Houston, TX

    Modern complex business litigation presents risks to both sides. With success requiring creativity and advocacy skills, these premier litigators discuss challenges and opportunities in the arenas of damages, contorts, and alternative dispute resolution in 21st Century litigation.
  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    Current Issues in Oil and Gas Law
    This session has moved to Thursday, October 27 at 3:15 p.m.

    John F. Sullivan III, K&L Gates LLP - Houston, TX
    Max Edwin Wright, Kelly Hart & Hillman LLP - Midland, TX

    Explore recent case developments in different areas of oil and gas law in Texas, identify trends, and make predictions for where most litigation will be focused in coming years.   
  • 2:05 pm
    0.50 hr
    Recent Developments Regarding the Discovery Rule and Fraudulent Concealment Doctrine

    Robert D. Woods, Yetter Coleman - Houston, TX

    In recent years, the Texas Supreme Court has offered significant guidance on how lower courts should apply the discovery rule and the fraudulent concealment doctrine. Review the cases and learn how they could impact plaintiffs’ and defendants’ approaches to these tolling doctrines going forward.  
  • 2:35 pm
    0.50 hr
    Anti SLAAP: What is Left of Reputational Torts So Long As This Statute is on the Books? 

    Mark C. Walker, Dykema Cox Smith - El Paso, TX

    Motions to dismiss reputational torts and other suits under the Texas anti-SLAPP law (Chapter 27 of the TCPRC) are creating a fast-growing motions practice that often catches practitioners flat-footed. How do we deal with this law and maintain access to courts for reputational torts?
  • 3:05 pm
    Break

  • 3:15 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    Ethics Jeopardy
    This session has moved to Thursday, October 27 at 1:20 p.m.

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

    Have fun while you earn ethics credit with a friendly game of Ethics Jeopardy! Participants will refresh their ethics knowledge with a series of multiple-choice questions and explanations.
  • 4:00 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Ethical Challenges in Prepping and Presenting Witnesses

    Stephen E. McConnico, Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP - Austin, TX

    Review ethical rules for preparing and presenting witnesses, and learn how to square those rules with good advocacy.
  • 4:30 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Oct. 28, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Amy Snell, Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP - Houston, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:15 am
    0.75 hr ethics
    Cybersecurity for Law Firms

    Michael C. Smith, Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP - Marshall, TX
    Robert L. King, Silicon Labs - Austin, TX

    Hear what lawyers and law firms need to know about data security to avoid losing clients and getting sued.
  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Recent Developments in Exposure Actions and the Uncertain Future of Stigma Damages

    William R. Keffer, Texas Tech University School of Law - Lubbock, TX
    Materials By:
    Christopher O. Dachniwsky, Thompson & Knight, LLP - Dallas, TX

    Explore recent developments in Texas law that may have a significant impact on the recovery of damages in actions based on exposure of land to toxic substances. The discussion includes 2014 Texas Supreme Court decisions impacting damages calculations and a recent opinion from the San Antonio Court of Appeals that threatens to dramatically reshape the way nuisance damages are litigated.
  • 9:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Hearsay in a Wireless World

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

    Review important hearsay issues, with an emphasis on hearsay appearing in social media, texts, and other new media.
  • 10:00 am
    Break

  • 10:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Recent Developments and Hot Topics in Patent Litigation
    This session has moved to Thursday, October 27 at 10:45 a.m.

    Jennifer Doan, Haltom & Doan - Texarkana, TX

    What does intellectual property have to do with my practice? Learn how the recent patent, copyright and trademark rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court and Circuit Courts are pervading every area of practice, including yours. A take home primer geared towards everyone’s practice.
  • 10:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Tips for an Effective Voir Dire

    Quentin Brogdon, Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP - Dallas, TX
    Hon. Bonnie Lee Goldstein, 44th District Court - Dallas, TX

    Learn what the cases allow and what techniques are most effective in voir dire.
  • 11:30 am
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration.
  • Friday Afternoon, Oct. 28, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Karen C. Burgess, Richardson + Burgess LLP - Austin, TX
  • Luncheon Presentation
  • 11:50 am
    0.75 hr ethics
    Lawyer Disqualification: Recent Developments & Practical Tips

    Charles Herring Jr., Herring & Panzer, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
    Gaines F. West II, West Webb Allbritton & Gentry P C - College Station, TX

    Motions to disqualify counsel continue to proliferate. Consequences can be severe for lawyers and clients. The client can lose counsel of choice, and the lawyer can lose the client and potentially face liability claims and disciplinary problems. Review recent disqualification decisions and discuss practical tips for litigating disqualification motions. 
  • 12:35 pm
    Break

  • 12:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    What’s New in Insurance?

    William J. Chriss, Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C. - Corpus Christi, TX

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

     
  • 1:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    New Opportunities in Employment Law for Civil Litigators

    Jason Boulette, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    Explore the effects of the sharing economy on the traditional employment model as companies use technology to connect providers and end-users in novel ways, and employees increasingly view themselves as individual entrepreneurs with their own business aspirations. Understand more about the scope and limitations of the employee–vs.–contractor classification system, the use of arbitration agreements as a response to judicial second-guessing, the scope of an employee’s fiduciary duty, the ownership of employee inventions, and some of the potential consequences associated with replacing the traditional employment model with individually-defined, market-driven, peer-to-peer business relationships.
  • 1:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    Current Issues Facing Juries in State and Federal Courts
    This session has moved to Thursday, October 27 at 10:15 a.m.

    Derek S. Hollingsworth, Rusty Hardin & Associates LLP - Houston, TX
    Jim M. Perdue Jr., Perdue & Kidd - Houston, TX

    Courts are confronting new challenges presented by social media and the Internet, while at the same time dealing with a declining percentage of cases tried to a jury verdict. What are the practicalities facing lawyers and courts when jurors live online, lawyers have new access into their lives, and jurors have new expectations of access to the facts? Ideas from the perspective of practitioners in both state and federal and civil and criminal courts.
  • 2:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    Changes in FRCP and Discovery Update

    Amy Snell, Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP - Houston, TX

    A review of the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and a discussion of recent cases.
  • 2:50 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Sofia Adrogué

Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Houston, TX

Hon. Caroline Elizabeth Baker

295th Civil District Court
Houston, TX

Jason Boulette

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Hon. Jeffrey S. Boyd

The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Quentin Brogdon

Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP
Dallas, TX

Karen C. Burgess

Richardson + Burgess LLP
Austin, TX

Courtney Taylor Carlson

Jackson Walker LLP
Houston, TX

Elaine Grafton Carlson

Houston College of Law
Houston, TX

William J. Chriss

Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C.
Corpus Christi, TX

Christopher O. Dachniwsky

Thompson & Knight, LLP
Dallas, TX

Jennifer Doan

Haltom & Doan
Texarkana, TX

Hon. Bonnie Lee Goldstein

44th District Court
Dallas, TX

Steven Goode

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Melanie Gray

Winston & Strawn LLP
Houston, TX

Charles Herring Jr.

Herring & Panzer, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Lisa Bowlin Hobbs

Kuhn Hobbs PLLC
Austin, TX

Derek S. Hollingsworth

Rusty Hardin & Associates LLP
Houston, TX

Lamont A. Jefferson

Jefferson Cano
San Antonio, TX

William R. Keffer

Texas Tech University School of Law
Lubbock, TX

Robert L. King

Silicon Labs
Austin, TX

Stephen E. McConnico

Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP
Austin, TX

Owen McGovern

Beck Redden LLP
Houston, TX

Michael K. Oldham

Reynolds Frizzell LLP
Houston, TX

Alice Oliver-Parrott

Alice Oliver-Parrott, P.C.
Houston, TX

Jim M. Perdue Jr.

Perdue & Kidd
Houston, TX

Adam T. Schramek

Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX

Michael C. Smith

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

Amy Snell

Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP
Houston, TX

Britta Stanton

Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP
Dallas, TX

John F. Sullivan III

K&L Gates LLP
Houston, TX

Mark C. Walker

Dykema Cox Smith
El Paso, TX

Gaines F. West II

West Webb Allbritton & Gentry P C
College Station, TX

Robert D. Woods

Yetter Coleman
Houston, TX

Max Edwin Wright

Kelly Hart & Hillman LLP
Midland, TX

Planning Committee

Erica W. Harris—Co-Chair

Susman Godfrey LLP
Houston, TX

Amy Snell—Co-Chair

Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP
Houston, TX

Sofia Adrogué

Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Houston, 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

Houston College of Law
Houston, TX

William J. Chriss

Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C.
Corpus Christi, TX

Thomas H. Cook Jr.

Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP
Dallas, TX

Jennifer Doan

Haltom & Doan
Texarkana, TX

Steven Goode

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Lisa Bowlin Hobbs

Kuhn Hobbs PLLC
Austin, TX

Philip K. Maxwell

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Michael K. Oldham

Reynolds Frizzell LLP
Houston, TX

Carol Collins Payne

Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC
Dallas, TX

Jim M. Perdue Jr.

Perdue & Kidd
Houston, 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

Dykema Cox Smith
El Paso, 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.

Key Dates

Austin – Oct 27-28, 2016 – Four Seasons Hotel
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98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701-4082
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Accommodations

$269 room rate good through September 26, 2016 (subject to availability). 

Parking Information

$12 daily self-parking; $16 valet
$32.50 overnight self or valet
(subject to change)

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