University of Texas School of Law
41st Annual Page Keeton
Civil Litigation Conference
Austin Nov 2-3, 2017 Renaissance Hotel
$575 Individual  |  $625 after Oct 25
SUPPORTING ORGANIZATION
State Bar of Texas Appellate Section

UT Law CLE

2017 Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

Program Features
Join leading litigators, judges, and law professors at the 41st Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin. 
  • Updates and Opportunities: civil procedure, 85th Texas Legislature, unlawful animus, Anti-SLAPP and business torts and damages
  • Litigations Skills: opening and closing arguments, demonstrative evidence, difficult witnesses, and voir dire
  • Litigation in the Real World: advocacy in a post-truth world, bad facts, arbitration, monitored conversations
  • Litigation in a Digital World: e-discovery, social media, and data security
  • Earn up to 12.00 hours including 3.00 hours of ethics with this and much more
And join us, during lunch on Friday, for the inaugural presentation of Page Keeton Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education to Justice Jeffrey S. Boyd, The Supreme Court of Texas.  

UT Law CLE

2017 Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

9/25/17
Schedule

Thursday Morning, Nov. 2, 2017

Presiding Officer:
Michael K. Oldham, Reynolds Frizzell LLP - Houston, TX

7:30 am
Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:20 am
Welcoming Remarks

UPDATES AND OPPORTUNITIES

8:30 am

0.50 hr

Texas Civil Procedure Update

Examine recent judicial decisions affecting Texas litigation practice, including proposed modifications to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. Review highlights from the accompanying comprehensive review of recent case law—designed to be a handy reference tool for practitioners. 

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

9:00 am

0.50 hr

Texas Legislative Update

Get an update on what happened in the 85th Legislative Session, including bills that passed and those that didn’t, and how that may impact your practice.

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

9:30 am

0.50 hr

From Parties to Presidents: Dealing With Decision-Maker Commentary

Explore the use of off-the-job social media statements by decision-makers to demonstrate unlawful animus. Hear an in-depth examination of the legal standards for direct evidence and the stray remark doctrine along with potential strategies for rehabilitating compromised decision-makers.

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

10:00 am
Break

10:15 am

0.50 hr

Texas Anti-SLAPP Law and Early Dismissals Updated

Hear the latest updates on the statute that is changing Texas defamation law and turning motion practice into a contest of artful pleading and legal bullying.

Mark C. Walker, Dickinson Wright PLLC - El Paso, TX

10:45 am

0.50 hr

Business Torts and Damages

Get beyond tortious interference and consider the range of claims available to a business litigant—along with the range of remedies—by examining the latest court opinions covering the role and scope of tort claims in commercial litigation. 

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

11:15 am

0.75 hr

Recent Condemnation Issues

Compensation in power line and pipeline cases-new thoughts on an old subject, and U.S./Mexico border wall, the past, the present and what may come.

Michael M. Barron, Barron Adler Clough & Oddo, LLP - Austin, TX
Christopher J. Oddo, Barron Adler Clough & Oddo, LLP - Austin, TX
Materials By:
Nicholas P. Laurent, Barron Adler Clough & Oddo, LLP - Austin, TX

 
12:00 pm
Lunch on Your Own

Thursday Afternoon, Nov. 2, 2017

Presiding Officer:
Michael C. Smith, Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP - Marshall, TX

LITIGATION SKILLS

1:30 pm

0.50 hr

Opening Statements and Closing Arguments—How Far Can You Go?

In today’s desensitized society, lawyers need to do more to convince juries to identify with their client and deliver a verdict in the client’s favor. Explore how lawyers can teach to all five of the jurors’ senses when using demonstrative evidence, and discuss effective strategies for opening statements and closing arguments—such as violating the Golden Rule and maximizing the use of the laws of primacy and recency—that practitioners can use to maximize the probability of winning the trial.

Francisco Guerra IV, Watts Guerra - San Antonio, TX

2:00 pm

0.75 hr

Demonstrative Evidence: How to Get It Into Evidence, As Well As Into the Jury’s Mind

Demonstrative evidence is powerful because it’s the evidence over which you have the most control. It can, however, be tricky to use. Learn how to get it admitted, how to effectively present it to the jury without blowing your budget, and best practices for using it.

Joshua M. Sandler, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP - Dallas, TX
Britta Stanton, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP - Dallas, TX

2:45 pm
Break

3:00 pm

0.50 hr

Preparing Difficult Witnesses for Trial

How do you prepare a witness who cannot stop talking, thinks they know everything, is annoyed by every question, or gets easily confused? Learn how to tame the beast for trial.

Barry C. Barnett, Susman Godfrey LLP - Dallas, TX

3:30 pm

0.50 hr

Voir Dire: Striking the Perfect Balance

Voir dire is often a complex balance of trying to convince your potential jurors to believe the theory of your case and like you personally, while simultaneously exposing undesirable jurors. How much time should you devote to the issues that are favorable to you and unfavorable to you? How much should you share about yourself? Review time management strategies and hear practical examples of how to get members of the jury pool to commit to answers, personalize yourself, and more.

Chari L. Kelly, Travis County District Attorney's Office - Austin, TX

4:00 pm

0.75 hr ethics

Ethics Jeopardy

Have fun while you earn ethics credit with a friendly game of Ethics Jeopardy! Refresh your ethics knowledge with a series of multiple-choice questions and explanations.

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

 
4:45 pm
Adjourn

Friday Morning, Nov. 3, 2017

Presiding Officer:
Amy Snell, Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP - Houston, TX

7:30 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

LITIGATION IN THE REAL WORLD

8:30 am

0.75 hr

Trial Advocacy in a Post-Truth World

How do jurors search for the truth in a world that accepts “alternative facts” and dismisses that which is disagreeable as “fake news?” Discuss strategies for trial lawyers from jury selection to decision heuristics in relevance to modern communication norms.

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

9:15 am

0.75 hr

Dealing with Bad Facts

Every case has bad facts, some to a greater degree. The opponent always has points to make. Filing for a motion in limine is the first line of defense, but if that fails or there is no legitimate argument to exclude the bad evidence, what do you do? Investigate whether it is best to deal with bad facts only after the opponent introduces them, or if it is better to “inoculate” the jury against negative effects by introducing them first in a weakened form.

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

10:00 am
Break

10:15 am

0.50 hr

Arbitration: What You Can and Can't Do

Cover the creative use of the arbitral process and its limits, including procedural flexibility and fairness, the arbitrator’s discretion in receiving evidence and shaping remedies, and confirming and vacating awards.

R. Doak Bishop, King & Spalding - Houston, TX

10:45 am

0.75 hr ethics

Monitoring and Monitored Conversations

Examine what counsel can and can’t do to monitor opponents’ communications, and review what counsel needs to do to protect their clients’ communications.

Steven Goode, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX
Charles Herring Jr., Herring & Panzer, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

11:30 am
Pick up lunch

Included in conference registration.

 

Friday Afternoon, Nov. 3, 2017

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

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

Page Keeton Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education

Presented to the Honorable Jeffrey S. Boyd

11:50 am

0.75 hr

View From the Bench

Hear Justice Boyd's perspective and insight as a Texas Supreme Court Justice.

Hon. Jeffrey S. Boyd, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
Commentator:
Lisa Bowlin Hobbs, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC - Austin, TX

 
12:35 pm
Break

LITIGATION IN A DIGITAL WORLD

12:50 pm

0.75 hr

Strategic Use of E-Discovery

Fewer than one out of a hundred cases are tried. Accordingly, discovery strategy is often more vital than trial strategy. Yet, strategic use of e-discovery garners little attention, perhaps because the fundamentals demand so much focus that there is little room for flourishes. If you only know one way of doing things, how do you act strategically? Review methods to deploy e-discovery strategically, mindful of our opponent’s fears, goals, and pain points … as well as our own.

Craig Ball, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

1:35 pm

0.75 hr ethics

The Ethics of Social Media

The world of social media presents a multitude of pitfalls for practitioners and judges alike. Hear from pioneers in the field on how to make the most of social media's advantages without running afoul of applicable disciplinary rules. Discuss cutting edge issues not yet addressed under Texas law and proposed disciplinary rules currently under consideration by the Texas Supreme Court.

Moderator:
Elaine Grafton Carlson, South Texas College of Law Houston - Houston, TX
Panelists:
John G. Browning, Passman & Jones - Dallas, TX
Hon. Gena N. Slaughter, 191st District Court - Dallas, TX

2:20 pm

0.75 hr ethics

Data Security

Review what that a litigator needs in order to prepare a client for litigation or an investigation by regulators after a data security breach. Takeaways include protocol for preserving the attorney client privilege and evidence before, during and after a breach; cybersecurity liability insurance litigation updates; and creating proof points, including a discussion of cybersecurity best practices and "cybersecurity basics," to effectively minimize damages, fines and penalties.  

Elizabeth C. Rogers, Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Austin, TX
Shawn E. Tuma, Scheef & Stone, L.L.P. - Frisco, TX

 
3:05 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2017 Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Craig Ball
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Barry C. Barnett
Susman Godfrey LLP
Dallas, TX
Michael M. Barron
Barron Adler Clough & Oddo, LLP
Austin, TX
R. Doak Bishop
King & Spalding
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
John G. Browning
Passman & Jones
Dallas, TX
Karen C. Burgess
Richardson + Burgess LLP
Austin, TX
Courtney Taylor Carlson
Jackson Walker LLP
Houston, TX
Elaine Grafton Carlson
South Texas College of Law Houston
Houston, TX
David E. Chamberlain
Chamberlain & McHaney
Austin, TX
Steven Goode
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Francisco Guerra IV
Watts Guerra
San Antonio, TX
Jay Harvey
Winckler & Harvey LLP
Austin, TX
Charles Herring Jr.
Herring & Panzer, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Lisa Bowlin Hobbs
Kuhn Hobbs PLLC
Austin, TX
Chari L. Kelly
Travis County District Attorney's Office
Austin, TX
Nicholas P. Laurent
Barron Adler Clough & Oddo, LLP
Austin, TX
Christopher J. Oddo
Barron Adler Clough & Oddo, LLP
Austin, TX
Jim M. Perdue Jr.
Perdue & Kidd
Houston, TX
Elizabeth C. Rogers
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Austin, TX
Joshua M. Sandler
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP
Dallas, TX
Adam T. Schramek
Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX
Hon. Gena N. Slaughter
191st District Court
Dallas, TX
Britta Stanton
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP
Dallas, TX
Shawn E. Tuma
Scheef & Stone, L.L.P.
Frisco, TX
Mark C. Walker
Dickinson Wright PLLC
El Paso, TX

Planning Committee

Michael K. Oldham—Co-Chair
Reynolds Frizzell LLP
Houston, TX
Amy Snell—Co-Chair
Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP
Houston, TX
Sofia Adrogué
Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Houston, TX
Craig Ball
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, 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
Houston, TX
William J. Chriss
Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C.
Corpus Christi, TX
Steven Goode
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Francisco Guerra IV
Watts Guerra
San Antonio, TX
Erica W. Harris
Susman Godfrey LLP
Houston, TX
Lisa Bowlin Hobbs
Kuhn Hobbs PLLC
Austin, 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
Britta Stanton
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP
Dallas, TX
John F. Sullivan III
K&L Gates LLP
Houston, TX
Mark C. Walker
Dickinson Wright PLLC
El Paso, TX

UT Law CLE

2017 Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
12.00 hrs  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Consumer Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Labor and Employment Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, Workers' Compensation 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
12.00 hrs  |  3.00 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
14.50 hrs  |  3.50 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
14.50 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.  

UT Law CLE

2017 Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 25, 2017
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 27, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 30, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2017 Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

Hotel / Venue

Austin

Renaissance Hotel

9721 Arboretum Boulevard
Austin, TX
512.343.2626 (reservations)

Accommodations

$169 room rate good through October 11, 2017 (subject to availability). Please refer to the "Civil Litigation Conference" to receive this special rate.

Follow the link below to book your room online:

Book your group rate for UT Civil Litigation Conference 

Parking Information

Complimentary daily self-parking. 
Daily valet parking: $18
Overnight self-parking: $10
Overnight valet parking: $25