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Session 1: Conspiracy Theory? The Ethical Paradox of “Big is Bad” - There was a time when “big business,” and the “big professions” that support it, were revered for their contributions to society. Those contributions continue today, yet “big” is often vilified in the public eye. Explore some recurring themes in this area, from the dark clouds of conspiracy theories to media and political portrayals, and highlight ways in which ethics and professionalism might lead everyone “big” out of the storm.
Session 2: Me? Biased? The Psychology and Biology of Decision-Making - So much of the practice of law, and anyone’s professional duties, involves decision-making, and convincing others to make better decisions based upon fact rather than emotion. Focus on how people involuntarily make decisions and how to recognize and prevent bias as well as how to effectively communicate with persons whose bias affects others. more »
Starting up any venture requires careful attention to business and legal considerations. Watch Jessica Vittorio and Bryon Boyer in this multi-part "essentials" course designed to walk you through key issues and considerations for startups, from entity formation and governance to tax consequences, internal operations and contracts, IP concerns, and financing. more »
Session 1: Supreme Court of Texas Update - Explore recent opinions issued by the Court in the current term.
Session 2: Looking Back at the 86th Texas Legislature - Survey selected bills that passed and those that didn't – but you should know about anyway.
Session 3: The View from the Court of Appeals - Last fall brought a number of changes to the Court of Appeals. Get to know the new Justices.
Session 4: Supreme Court of Texas Panel - Hear a candid conversation among the Justices about what is new at the Court, the state of the docket, and ways in which practitioners can improve their chances of obtaining favorable relief for their clients.
Session 5: Governmental Immunity Under State Law - Fighting “city hall” remains quite a challenge in Texas in light of well-settled Supreme Court authority that declares a “high presumption” of governmental immunity from suit. Still, there are many waivers of immunity and this presentation discusses the status of immunity and waivers in the context of tort, contract, and statutory claims against the State and its political subdivisions. more »
Hear real-world, concrete insights into how pro bono matters can enrich your professional satisfaction, stretching you as both a person and a practitioner, and may even end up transforming an avocation into a new vocation. more »
Ethically proper social media presence, maintaining client confidentiality, and compliance with attorney advertising rules are three important cornerstones of any successful and ethical law practice. Update your knowledge and avoid pitfalls in all three areas as a result of this fast-paced and informative one-hour roundtable discussion. more »
Session 1: Update on the Supreme Court of the United States - Review of the 2018 term and a look ahead to the 2019 term commencing in October.
Session 2: Getting Cert Granted - The Supreme Court of the United States receives thousands of petitions every year and grants review in a tiny fraction of those cases. Explore the art and science of earning a spot on the Court’s docket, highlighting recent examples of cases that did (and didn’t) make the cut.
Session 3: The Evolving Law of Federal Official Immunity - Over the past few years, the Supreme Court has continued to expand the scope of various official immunity doctrines, even as a growing array of judges and academic commentators have called for revisiting the circumstances in which individual government officers can be held personally liable for unlawful conduct. Hear an update both on the key cases in the field and the prospects for potentially dramatic reforms thereto.
Session 4: State of the Fifth Circuit - Review Fifth Circuit operations and case-load challenges during the last year.
Session 5: U.S. Fifth Circuit Update - Examine recent opinions and trends from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. more »
Session 1: A Deep Dive Into Selected Issues Under the Texas Citizens Participation Act - Since its passage in 2011, the Texas Citizens Participation Act has given rise to a perhaps surprising array of interpretive issues and controversies. Explore several recurring and/or open issues under the TCPA, as well as any legislative efforts to amend this statute.
Session 2: Jury Charge Update - Examine the significant jury charge cases over the past year and the most common recurring problems.
Session 3: Legal Malpractice Update - Get the latest on recent developments in Texas legal malpractice law, as well as notable ethics opinions that are applicable to appellate practitioners.
Session 4: The Dicta Plague - Take a look at language that is not necessary to the decision. Are we seeing more of this? What could that mean for you and your clients? more »
Tom Brady, Yo-Yo Ma, Atul Gawande, and all master performers have one ingredient in common, but it is an ingredient that the business of law does not pay for and often does not value. Learn to identify this ingredient and actively fight against stagnation, automaticity, and mediocrity. more »
Session 1: Findings of Fact - Learn more than you ever thought you could know about Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.
Session 2: Compensatory Damages on Appeal - Examine recent appeals involving compensatory and “soft damages” to help you maximize or minimize those damages on appeal.
Session 3: Error Preservation Ambushes: Infliction and Prevention - We can raise many complaints for the first time on appeal ... or when it is too late for the non-complaining party to do anything about it. These complaints involve jurisdiction, standing, summary judgment practice, experts, damages, the charge, and attorney's fees, just to name a few areas. Identify these areas, get suggestions about how to pre-empt your opponent from ambushing you with such complaints, and hear ideas about ambushing your opponent, while taking care to avoid a self-inflicted wound.
Session 4: Advocacy Practice and Theory for the New Millennium - No one can deny the practice of law has changed dramatically in recent years, but many still advocate like it's 1999. Learn new tricks and tips on how to advocate effectively in today's courtrooms.
Session 5: Appellate Lawyers in Trial Court - Examine the most effective and ineffective use of appellate lawyers during and immediately after trial. more »
Session 1: Spinal Complications of Car Crashes: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and The Confusing - Review common injuries of the spine caused by motor vehicle collisions, including current and appropriate acute assessment and treatment, as well as rehabilitation strategies and long-term considerations and challenges.
Session 2: Getting from Internet to Evidence - Social media can be a goldmine in certain cases, if you can discover relevant data and get it into evidence. Learn ethical methods of eDiscovery related to social media, the nuts and bolts of admitting social media data into evidence, and strategies for using that evidence on both liability and damages claims.
Session 3: eDiscovery for Every Case – Even the Small Ones! - From the largest class actions to small individual claims, almost all litigation matters touch on some form of electronic discovery. Learn about key issues related to preservation, collection, processing, and review of electronically stored evidence, along with some of the latest tools and technology that can help you make the most of your time and resources regardless of case size.
Session 4: Authentication of Electronic Evidence - Learn how to authenticate electronic evidence without having to rely on an expert.
Session 5: How Can We Persuade in Polarized Times? - As Americans increasingly rely on information only from sources with which they agree, and the internet increasingly becomes the answer for any question, lawyers need to re-think how they view their jury and how it receives information. Hear global thoughts from several modern sources on creating a tribe in your jury for any case.
Session 6: Virtual Law Firms: Is It An Option For You? - What is a virtual law firm? What does it mean? Why does this law firm business model make a lot of sense for lawyers and clients in today’s legal environment? more »
Explore the criteria and opportunities for adjustment of status, including family based visas and proceedings, priority dates, grandfathering, and presentation of the case in immigration court. Learn about establishing eligibility for Cancellation of Removal for permanent residents and non-permanent residents, waivers of inadmissibility, and other forms of relief. Get an outline and overview of the basic rules for filing appeals and motions to reopen. more »
Session 1: Bond Proceedings, Challenging NTAs, Motions to Suppress, and Contesting Deportability - Examine bond eligibility, evidentiary requirements, and presentation of a bond determination hearing. Learn how to launch procedural challenges to the Notice to Appear (NTA) and the timing, process, and substance of a Motion to Suppress. Listen to a discussion on how to challenge individual allegations in the NTA, including burdens of proof, evidentiary challenges, and assessing citizenship claims.
Session 2: Challenging Crime-Based Grounds of Deportability - Listen to a discussion on the categorical approach, plus a review of crime-based removability grounds, proof of conviction, doctrine of divisibility, and recent case law. more »
In the changing world of asylum policy, learn how to present defense claims for asylum, withholding of removal, and deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture, including basic eligibility, crafting social group claims, issues with derivatives, and preserving issues for appeal. more »
Conducting Risk Assessments Following the DOJ’s 2019 Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs: What’s Changed? How Do You Ensure Your Process is Effective? What are the Key Steps of an Effective Risk Assessment Process? What are Best Practices? more »
Over the past two years, significant effort has been made to change the Endangered Species Act, relevant regulations, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service policies implementing the same. Some of these efforts have fizzled, while others continue to have legs. During this hour, the discussion will focus on what the regulated can look forward to in the coming year. more »
Listen to an overview of the Endangered Species Act, its current implementing regulations, and important policies and guidance documents, all of which have real effects on project proponents across all industries. more »
Session 1: Drafting Contract Clauses That Actually Help if Litigation Arises - "Tried and true clauses" and boilerplate language can create a false sense of comfort and lead to adverse results in litigation if not periodically updated or checked against recent case law. Investigate how to successfully negotiate changes and terms while avoiding common pitfalls that are ordinarily overlooked.
Session 2: Top 10 Myths About Cybersecurity - Cybersecurity is a realm that often conflates myth with reality, thereby obscuring certain threats and causing overreaction to others. A key to developing a sophisticated approach to cybersecurity is to dispel these fundamental myths that often cause organizations to incorrectly assess threats or misallocate resources. more »