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The 15th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute at the United States Patent and Trademark Office offers a unique opportunity to join USPTO senior staff, leading practitioners, academics, and members of the federal judiciary for two days of presentations on the latest developments in patent law. This year’s highlights include:
An Update from the USPTO from Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Current Global Enforcement Trends including the influence of countries like Germany, China and others on the U.S. patent system and patent enforcement.
An in-depth discussion on Section 101, comparing/contrasting its application across different technologies and life sciences.
Hot design patent issues and practical implications of recent decisions.
Recent developments and practices before the PTAB, including an update from Chief Judge Scott Boalick.
Coverage of current issues and best practices for patent practitioners: Section 102 “nuts and bolts”, double patenting issues, after final rejection practice, and more.
A review of the year’s key patent decisions in the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court, and their impact on patent practice.
Insight from members of the federal judiciary as part of the popular Judicial Panel.
UT Law’s 35th Annual School Law Conference is the definitive program for school administrators, school board members, education professionals, and the legal counsel who represent them. Presentations offer in-depth, practical discussion of the legal and regulatory issues affecting schools and school districts, and provide a must-have set of materials and resources. This year’s conference offers attendees the opportunity to:
Hear updates on Commissioner of Education decisions from the past year, recent developments from the Office of the Attorney General, and Fifth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court decisions on special education.
Examine the competing demands facing school districts on school safety issues, individual rights relating to political speech, and school dress codes.
Explore school personnel issues regarding secure records compliance, the newly created “Do Not Hire” registry, rules for accepting gifts or benefits, and the risks social media poses for teachers and other educators.
Learn how to navigate the grievance/disciplinary process, best practices when served with a lawsuit, and how to present a case referred to the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings.
Multiple networking opportunities with program faculty and fellow school law practitioners, including the Thursday Evening Reception.
The 16th Annual Changes and Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts brings together nationally recognized professionals in the SNT field, features the latest updates and hot topics, and offers a great set of materials including sample forms, drafting tips, sample language, and resources. This year’s program includes:
An overview of special needs trusts essentials, including SNT Basics, Pooled SNTs: Guidelines for Best Practices, Maximizing Public Benefits (Basics), and Emerging Trends in SNTs.
Learn about the New POMs Clarification on the Fee Approval Requirements.
The SSA’s Regional Trust Leads discuss the regional centralization of the SSI trust review business process, including 2019 POMS updates.
Learn tools and specific recommendations of large and small distributions for evaluating requests in part through quality of life considerations.
An overview of support issues in divorce cases involving children and spouses with disabilities and the use of SNTs to protect benefits.
Interplay of Guardians and Trustees In and Out of Court + Administering SNTs Established in Other States and Other SSA Regions.
A variety of other SNT topics, including Protecting and Maximizing Public Benefits (Advanced), Public Benefits for Children, IRA and SNTs, social security fee petitions, and more.
Join leading attorneys and industry experts in wind, solar, and storage for two days of the latest developments affecting renewable energy in Texas and nationwide. The 15th Annual Renewable Energy Law Conference blends law, economics, technology, finance, tax, and regulatory policy. The conference aims to inform industry participants, legal and financial advisers, as well as key legislative and regulatory policymakers and staff.
2020 highlights include:
Renewable Energy Essentials, first thing Monday morning, offers a great introduction or refresher on Off Take, Financing, and Development for renewable energy professionals.
Keith Martin returns with a stellar collection of Washington Energy experts, including Joseph Kelliher, Abigail Ross Hopper, Tom Kiernan, Jonathan Weisgall and Gregory Wetstone, for a round-table discussion on current federal energy policy that impacts renewable energy.
Review and update of important state legislative and regulatory changes impacting the renewable energy markets.
Get the latest updates and developments from ERCOT and PUC.
Explore some of the considerations and strategies regarding developing utility-scale solar projects in areas with current coal activity.
Valuable information on compliance and reporting requirements for Chapter 313, PSAs, PPAs, ITC and PTC qualifying, and much more.
2.00 hours of ethics credit.
Don’t miss the 37th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute featuring nationally recognized experts from private foundations, public charities, law, finance, and government discussing the latest tax, legislative and governance issues affecting nonprofit organizations.
The Institute offers in-depth discussion on the issues most relevant to your organization or practice, with two days of presentations, targeted tracks, and opportunities to attend small-group "master classes" for a deeper dive on key topics, including:
A View of the Sector with an overview of the latest legislative and regulatory developments
A panel of state Attorneys General on the current state of enforcement, top priorities and other oversight considerations.
Election year issues for public charities
Private foundation compliance and taxable expenditures
Disqualified persons and qualifying distributions
Donor advised funds and UBIT
Effective grantmaking processes and corporate foundations
Impact investing and issues in charitability
Ethical Issues for the Nonprofit Organizations Advisor with 1.00 hour of Ethics.
Five small-group “Master Classes” for a deeper dive on key topics: Dissecting the Grant Agreement; Charitable Giving and Endowments; Entrepreneurship and Commerciality; Understanding Your Web Presence; and Investment Policies and Portfolios.
Plus, hear the Year in Review with Bruce R. Hopkins on current developments in federal legislation, IRS rulings, and court opinions.
The 2020 Nonprofit Organizations Fundamentals Workshop is the perfect overview for new entrants and seasoned practitioners in the field, with focused attention on core issues for both private foundations and charitable organizations—the Forms 990, financial statements, fiduciary duties and conflicts of interest, and ex-regulators’ perspectives on charitable oversight.
Plus, this year's Lobbying and Political Campaign Workshops, as well as the IRS Audit Workshops, provide opportunities to walk through practical tips and advice, and to get answers from experts and colleagues.
UT Law CLE’s 2019 Taxation Conference presents the expertise and in-depth analysis essential to understanding where tax law is, where it came from, and where it is going. With a renowned slate of regional and national speakers, the conference is a must attend event for those looking to keep current amidst a dramatically changing tax landscape.
The 15th Biennial Parker C. Fielder Oil and Gas Tax Conference is a unique collaboration between The University of Texas School of Law and the Chief Counsel’s Office of the IRS, and provides an exchange of views and perspectives between the private sector and the Service.
Join UT Law Continuing Legal Education for the 28th Annual David W. Robertson Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference – the leading annual Texas CLE event that focuses on legal developments in the specialized areas of admiralty and maritime law. The conference opens with the always popular overview of recent developments at the national level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits and offers a unique opportunity for practitioners to stay abreast of global and national developments affecting case law, contracts, and civil procedure.
Join leading litigators, judges, and law professors at the 43rd Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference in Austin for updates and analysis of important developments in civil litigation practice, insight into developing areas of civil litigation, and substantive coverage of practice tips and advocacy strategies.
UT Law's 38th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference is one of the premier bankruptcy programs in the nation. The conference attracts a stellar national faculty of prominent judges, academics, and practitioners. It also provides an in-depth focus on current topics in business and consumer bankruptcy.
This year, the perennial favorite Recent Developments will have two sessions: Professor Jay L. Westbrook will lead the opening session to discuss the year’s most important cases, and then Friday afternoon, Debbie Langehennig leads a panel for an in-depth look at the best and worst of the cases.
Select from Thursday afternoon concurrent tracks:
Business Track includes discussions on recidivist debtors; modifying labor and retirement obligations in bankruptcy; utilizing and interpreting make whole provisions; rights offerings; and the drivers of the recent turmoil in the retail industry.
Consumer Track includes discussions on the ABI Consumer Commission Report; litigation in consumer cases; discharging IRS debt; and practical considerations for consumer attorneys, including creating a debtor’s saving plan, increasing the disbursement from the trustee for attorney fees and ethical considerations.
Explore contemporary discovery techniques that lawyers utilize to keep pace with constantly changing communications in modern society.
Gain insight on the use of arbitration in bankruptcy; health care bankruptcies; unique aspects of chapter 11 cases triggered by sexual abuse tort claims; the contours of ethical negotiations, illegal extortion, and bankruptcy bribery; and much more.
UT Law's 24th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute in Austin covers the latest developments in patent law and features a sophisticated array of prosecution and litigation topics. Hear from nationally recognized faculty including senior IP counsel of major corporations, patent prosecution and litigation experts from around the nation, U.S. District Court Judges, and leading academics.
In a constantly changing political climate, navigating new policies, guidance and interpretations of the law are more important than ever. UT Law’s 43rd Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for practitioners of all experience levels and provides an opportunity to meet with and learn from nationally recognized experts and interact with your fellow practitioners.
The 2-day program offers in-depth discussion on issues at the forefront of immigration practice, and provides tools, forms, tips and guidance on key decision points, including the increasing importance of removal and relief from removal. Gain strategies to provide the best advocacy for your clients while protecting yourself and your practice.
Hear the latest federal court and BIA updates.
Gain practical insight on When Worksite Enforcement Turns Criminal, including identifying your client, collecting evidence, negotiation with the U.S Attorney, and more.
What Can You Do on a B-Visa?, and The World’s Got Talent! The U.S Might Have a Golden Buzzer for You provide valuable information on multiple visa types and their practical uses.
The Basics of Asylum and Beyond: What You Need to Know When Preparing Affirmative and Defensive Asylum Cases
Learn how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of NTAs, and get tips on challenging removability in the current legal climate.
Insight on how to develop an efficient, ethically compliant, and profitable law practice, especially during a time of fluctuating policies and increasing processing times.
UT Law CLE's Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners. It provides an overview of U.S. immigration laws, agencies and jargon, outlines the basics of immigration law.
The 18th Annual Gas and Power Institute features timely topics relevant to the gas and power industry in light of the changing landscape of rules, regulation, legislation, and environmental requirements. The Institute also provides essential information and resources on the latest industry and market climate.
UT Law CLE's 53rd Annual William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending and Servicing Institute presents current developments and industry trends, offers practical information on real estate lending, financing and title issues, and provides a must-have set of materials and resources.
Don’t miss The University of Texas School of Law’s 6th Annual Government Enforcement Institute (UTGEI) – one of the premier enforcement programs in the country.
Hear from some of the nation’s most prominent authorities on key issues and strategies for protecting companies and executives in government investigations in a collegial forum for in-house counsel, practitioners, and high-level current and former government officials.