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Session 1: M&A Trends in Renewable Energy - Most development projects are bought and sold at least two times prior to beginning operations, and many more are sold once they have operated for a period of time. Listen to a discussion about current trends in the industry and key issues that tend to arise. The effect of PTC expiration and tax reform on deals will be addressed in addition to the sale of single projects. Also, explore portfolio and company sales as well as the acquisition of repowered projects.
Session 2: Due Diligence and M&A for Clean Energy Projects - Learn how to utilize due diligence to identify and allocate risks in transaction documents and determine overall viability of the target.
Session 3: Ethics in Negotiation: The True Cost of Representation - When a client discloses a terrible truth or reveals an unspeakable purpose, what obligations do the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Conduct place on an attorney? What happens when it’s time for an attorney to move on? Explore the unexpected answers given by the Rules using both recent and historical real world cases.
Session 4: Greed...for Lack of a Better Word...is[n't] Good - Using a series of case studies, explore the ethical obligations and fiduciary duties owed by lawyers to clients and how the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure are implicated in each.
Session 5: Border Searches of Cell Phones and Computers - As unsettling as they are, digital border searches are legal. Delete your client files from your devices if you want to avoid delays occasioned by a search. more »
Session 1: Case Law Update: Part I - Examine significant administrative law cases issued during the last year.
Session 2: Case Law Update: Part II - Examine significant administrative law cases issued during the last year.
Session 3: Ultra Vires Update - Survey recent decisions addressing ultra vires claims. more »
Session 1: Legislative Update - A focus on the bills enacted by the 86th Texas Legislature that impact administrative law practitioners.
Session 2: Death, Taxes, and Alcohol: Or Just Another Day at Sunset - Hear an overview of the Sunset process, recently passed legislation, and a preview of upcoming reviews. more »
Session 1: Texas Citizens Participation Act Update: Implications in Administrative Law Cases - Review the TCPA’s application to administrative law cases and ramifications of the 2019 TCPA amendments.
Session 2: Pleas to the Jurisdiction - Examine the procedure and standards for determining pleas to the jurisdiction from multiple perspectives, and explore related procedural issues.
Session 2: Admission of Internet Evidence - Explore the use of social media by companies, employees, and attorneys in employment disputes, including the legal and ethical boundaries being recognized by some and ignored by others, as well as the nuts and bolts of admitting social media data into evidence. more »
Rulemaking lies at the heart of the administrative process, but in a rapidly changing landscape it is easy to lose sight of the fundamentals. Make sure your foundations are strong, and review the basics from procedural requirements to opportunities for substantive challenge. more »
Session 1: Trends in Open Government - Hear about the latest developments in open government, including changes from the 2019 legislative session, opportunities and challenges that arise from recent technological advances, along with best practices every open government practitioner should know.
Session 2: Conviction Letters and Related Issues - A roundtable discussion on navigating professional licensing complications related to criminal law matters.
Session 3: Agency Spotlight: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Explore next and best practices for occupational licensing and regulation. more »
Session 1: Administrative Law Challenges and Appeals - A look at common issues raised in challenging administrative orders (Texas and federal), focusing on finality, sovereign immunity, standards of review, deference, and appealing your appeal.
Session 2: Changing Perspectives on Judicial Deference - Judicial deference to administrative agency interpretations has recently been the subject to much discussion and debate – including at the highest levels. Explore the changing perspective on judicial deference, and where those changes may take us. more »
Session 1: Role of the Guardian - Examine the duties and responsibilities of a guardian under Texas law and guardianship administration, from initiation to closing, including the code requirements of selling and leasing property, ethical issues, and more.
Session 2: Role of the Ad Litem - An overview of the responsibilities of the attorney ad litem and guardian ad litem in guardianship proceedings with an emphasis on practical application of the statutes, conduct in uncontested and contested proceedings, and pointers on applications for fees. The materials include numerous checklists, comprehensive references, and forms.
Session 3: Alternatives to Guardianship Including Supports and Services - An examination of the twin concepts of the doctrine of ‘less restrictive alternatives’ to guardianship and the concept of ‘supports and services’ and how the two interact to limit or obviate the need to create a guardianship.
Session 4: Guardianship and Divorce - Learn when divorce is appropriate in a guardianship context, when a guardian is required for a divorce of an incapacitated person, and the appropriate court to hear a divorce action involving a guardianship.
Session 5: Ask the Experts - Hear a panel of seasoned practitioners respond to your frequently—and sometimes infrequently—asked questions including practice, professional and ethical issues in estate planning, probate, guardianship, and elder law. more »
Session 1: A Window into a Financial Institution’s World of Elder Financial Exploitation - There is not one industry worldwide that is prepared for the “Tsunami” coming down the pike when it comes to the millions of people who have already or are getting ready to roll into the senior category. Many services, including geriatric doctors, senior living and dementia/Alzheimer's’ facilities, and education resources to prepare seniors for changes coming in their life, are in short supply. Financial institutions are considered “first responders"—they have eyes and ears on senior customers most times long before anyone else. Learn about the red flags, the many variations of fraudsters that financial institutions see, the avenues that can be taken to help mitigate the exploitation, and the various ways of reporting exploitation to local, state, or federal agencies. Being PROACTIVE is everything in slowing down the tide!
Session 2: When Exploitation Allegations Make Their Way to Adult Protective Services - The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services – Adult Protective Services (APS) is responsible for investigating allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation in Texas. In 2018, APS received 16,490 allegations of exploitation of the elderly and disabled in Texas. APS validated a small percentage of these allegations. Identify and explore the reasons for APS exploitation investigations, the investigation process, and ultimate resolution of and ramifications resulting from exploitation allegations. more »
Session 1: Basic Joint Operating Agreements in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law - Discuss the purposes for a Joint Operating Agreement, its basic structure and issues that arise in its interpretation.
Session 2: Drilling Contracts and Master Services Agreements - Drilling contracts and service contracts are the most common agreements involved in oilfield operations and risk allocation issues. Focus on getting the right indemnity and insurance provisions for your company and avoiding potential pitfalls involving enforceability and indemnity structure. Learn about specific concerns relating to use of the IADC Onshore Drilling Contract form.
Session 3: Update on Surface Use Agreements and Disputes - With the continuing expansion of the traditional and alternative energy sectors in Texas, surface use agreements must be carefully drafted in order to balance conflicting surface uses of the same property. Hear practical guidance for negotiating agreements and navigating disputes over shared use, including an update on recent cases affecting surface disputes.
Session 4: LNG Commercial Models and Challenges Update - Hear an overview of various LNG commercial models offered by first and second wave U.S. LNG export projects. Cover how the choice of project structure may affect the commercial model and marketing efforts.
Session 5: Hedging Oil and Gas Production - An introduction to managing risks associated with the sale of oil and gas production. Examine the benefits and mechanics of hedging, commonly used hedging contracts, and practical considerations impacting hedging transactions.
Session 6: LIBOR and Letters of Intent - Market trends and issues regarding the replacement of LIBOR in transactional documentation and ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ or ‘best practices’ for the drafting of the document that typically is the precursor to any significant transaction – the letter of intent.
Session 7: The Digital Fin-Tech Revolution Continues - Listen to a discussion about how gas and power companies, and their lenders, compete and comply with cyber-security concerns. Review concerns including blockchain applications, smart contracts, virtual currency, new data privacy standards (e.g., EU’s GDPR), and fin-tech architects collaborating with regulators to provide “regulatory nodes” to give the government windows of real-time transparency into smart contracts, blockchains and commodity trading. “Isn’t that like inviting a vampire into your house?”
Session 8: Ethics in Contracting Issues - Using hypotheticals, this presentation focuses on a number of ethics issues that might arise in contracting situations. Can lawyers take advantage of privileged communications the adversary inadvertently sends them? Can lawyers receiving electronic documents look for hidden metadata the other side has not scrubbed? What duties do lawyers have in representing contracting parties, with regards to disclosing client confidences to prevent the adversary from being deceived about the clients' intent, or to correct the adversary's misunderstanding about the law, the contract's terms, or the adversary's scriveners error?
Session 9: Nuts and Bolts Ethics for the Business and Transactional Lawyer - A practical discussion of current ethics topics related to business and transactional law, including conflicts issues, and attorney migration between firms. more »
Session 1: View From the Mediator - Explore effective mediation strategies. What does the mediator need from you? What does your opponent need from you? What helps and what doesn’t?
Session 2: View from the Bench: Trial Basics - Hear observations and guidance from a trial judge. more »
Session 1: Recognizing Product Liability Claims - Learn how to spot product liability issues in catastrophic injury car crashes and evidence collection and preservation.
Session 2: Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury Cases - Learn about common TBI symptoms and diagnoses, brain imaging technology, expert witnesses used in TBI cases, common defenses, and ethical considerations in settling TBI cases.
Session 3: Injury Causation in Low Property Damage Cases - Hear from plaintiff and defense attorneys on best practices for assessing injuries in low property damage cases, including a review of the rationale behind these assessments. more »
Session 1: Chapter 18.001 Affidavits, Post-HB 1693: What Changed, and What Remains the Same - The Texas Legislature just made important amendments to Chapter 18.001. Find out how the amendments will change your practice.
Session 2: From Deposition to Cross-Examination: Finding It, Organizing It, and Using It - Cover the nuts and bolts of deposition and cross-examination techniques, including using a deposition to gather the information necessary to prepare a cross-examination strategy in order to control the witness at trial.
Session 3: Defense Perspective on Medical Records - Hear from defense attorneys in the purpose, analysis, and use of medical records.
Session 4: Turning Weaknesses into Strengths at Trial - Hear lessons in overcoming common damages defenses (i.e. pre-existing conditions, low property damage, “gaps” in treatment, criminal records, etc.) and how to embrace your client’s story.
Session 5: Trying the Car Wreck Case from the Defense Perspective - A defense lawyer's opinion about why cases are lost.
Session 6: Moving the Insurance Adjuster Needle - Hear tips for plaintiff and defense counsel to bring the insurance adjuster to a realistic evaluation of the case, for the benefit of not just the plaintiff and counsel, but also the defendant insured and counsel. more »
Session 1: Texas Auto Policies - Explore how to get the most from your coverage.
Session 2: Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims: The Ultimate Traffic Jam - A review of recent cases impacting UM/UIM cases and the strategies for prosecuting and defending uninsured and underinsured motorist claims. more »
Recognize the vulnerable points in the employment relationship and learn the best practices in documentation to minimize the problems and maximize the chances of successfully defending the employer’s actions when challenged. Understand the value and risks posed by offer letters, disciplinary documentation, performance evaluations, and termination paperwork. more »
Session 1: Drafting for Incapacity Definition in Trusts and Powers of Attorney - Examine the commonly-used definitions of incapacity, individually-created definitions of incapacity, and the pros and cons of using common definitions versus creative language.
Session 2: Sex, Drugs, Guns, Cars and Dementia - Cover how the unique aspects of sexual consent, firearm possession, drug use, and driving are impacted as cognitive function declines. more »
Cover various categories of ethical issues facing elder law attorneys, using the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, where the answers are in the form of questions. Get ready to volunteer to play Elder Law Ethics Jeopardy! more »
Session 1: Estate Planning 101 - A very practice oriented nuts & bolts overview / how-to / to-do for basic estate planning, from the initial contact, planning conference & terms of engagement, to the signing ceremony, exit letter & beyond, with forms, options and insights for what is and is not appropriate depending on the circumstances.
Session 2: Financial Powers of Attorney: Do You Want Fries With That Will? - Drafting a statutory durable power of attorney used to be simple: You ask a couple questions, zap out the form, and bring it to the will signing ceremony with all the other documents. But these days we have to discuss compensation, co-agents, and hot powers. Even the location of the signing matters now. Can we design a form that works for all clients? more »