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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 (cont.). more »
In order to comply with new legislative requirements, the Supreme Court of Texas amended certain disciplinary rules. What changes have been implemented and how will they affect State Bar of Texas disciplinary matters? more »
Session 1: News from the Front: Restructuring, Sunsetting, and More - Listen to a discussion about the new authority that some agencies were granted during the last legislative session, as well as shifts (and potential shifts) of programs from one agency to another. Identify agencies currently engaged in the Sunset process, while highlighting possible changes, and hear interesting news items from yet other agencies.
Session 2: Agency Spotlight: Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission - The TABC faces significant challenges regulating a rapidly growing 21st century industry using a 20th century legal code. How can the Sunset Commission review process maximize the agency’s ability to regulate and partner with industry? more »
The representation of licensed professionals impaired by a substance abuse disorder and/or mental illness presents unique challenges and regulatory pitfalls for the unwary. Explore the attorney's ethical obligation when representing impaired clients, and how you can benefit your client to restore and improve their social and occupational functioning. more »
Session 1: Open Government Update and Practice Tips - Review recent judicial decisions related to the Texas Public Information Act and the Texas Open Meetings Act and open government practice tips.
Session 2: Ultra Vires Update - Review recent decisions addressing ultra vires claims, including ministerial versus discretionary acts, action beyond the scope of authority, retrospective versus prospective relief, and statutory construction.
Session 3: Judicial Panel - Engage in an unscripted round-robin discussion, with time for questions from the audience. Discussion will include thoughts on how technology can improve the process for both the parties and the bench. more »
Session 1: Pleas to the Jurisdiction - Explore the procedure and standards for determining pleas to the jurisdiction, along with related procedural issues.
Session 2: Exclusive/Primary Jurisdiction - The contours of an administrative agency’s authority on subjects over which it has exclusive or primary jurisdiction have significant legal and practical impacts. Examine these impacts and what they mean for your practice. more »
Session 1: Regulatory and Ethical Considerations for Handling Sensitive Electronic Information - Explore the regulatory framework when handling sensitive electronic information. Also, understand the ethical considerations when handling the information and if a breach occurs.
Session 2: Data: Liability or Asset? - Explore the opportunities and challenges of managing data in Texas, and review recent developments regarding data sharing, open data, and data security and privacy. more »
Session 1: Rulemaking Update - Hear updates from the legislature and the courts on the interesting issues concerning proposed rules and rule validity.
Session 2: Regulating Through Guidance - Discussion of ways that agencies act informally, such as with guidance, advisories, interpretations, etc., with analysis of the legal status of such action and suggestions of how to use it or fight it.
Session 3: The Attorney General Opinion Process & Recent Opinions - Examine the procedures for asking for an Attorney General Opinion and providing input on a pending opinion request. Also survey recent Attorney General opinions relevant to state agencies. more »
Session : Disentangling the Standards of Review - The APA authorizes judicial review of contested-case decisions under the “substantial evidence rule,” but the various standards of review (de novo, substantial evidence, arbitrary and capricious, and abuse of discretion) are frequently confused and conflated. Learn to disentangle those standards with a framework for identifying, defining, and effectively applying the correct standard to uphold or challenge agency decisions.
Session 2: Judicial Deference to Agency Interpretation of Statutes In Texas - Listen to a discussion about in what circumstances and to what extent Texas courts defer to state agency interpretations of ambiguous statutes. Contrast and compare Texas deference to that given by federal courts to federal agency interpretations. more »
Session 1: Hear Me Now or Hear Me Later: A Review of Standing Before the Agency and Courts - What is the current state of the law regarding the rights of interested persons to participate in a contested administrative case and related judicial proceedings? What are the consequences of opposing such participation?
Session 2: Evidentiary Issues at Contested Proceedings - Examine evidentiary issues that can arise in contested case proceedings before SOAH. more »
Session 1: Advising Clients Nearing 65 - Turning 65 can be a watershed event in our client's lives. They face many decisions about retirement, concerning Medicare, Social Security, and estate planning. Get tips to help you prepare to advise your clients about some of these important decisions.
Session 2: After 65: Second Chances for Inheritance and Long-Term Care Planning - Address planning options that become unavailable or difficult after age 65 and some of the valuable options for planning that remain available. Key planning options include planning by parents and other family, as well as the modification of wills and trusts to improve beneficial interests. more »
Session 1: GDPR is Effective Today! - May 25, 2018 is the effective date for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, the world’s most comprehensive privacy law. On this day for which so many have prepared, we will share in-house and outside counsel perspectives on what the GDPR means for international companies that do business in the EU, which aspects of compliance efforts have been most challenging, and what lies ahead in maintaining GDPR “accountability” and in connection with the forthcoming, related ePrivacy Regulation.
Session 2: Do You Know Where Your Data is?: Data Sharing and the State of the Law - Modern companies are awash in data. Employees generate it and are usually looking for the most efficient way to share it internally and externally. Review the myriad of problems that can occur even with the most well-meaning of employees. From the possible export control risks of emailing technical information to an overseas colleague, to using Dropbox and other file sharing sites to exchange information, to providing data to contract employees, and more, explore the state of the law as it relates to data and what can happen if you lose control of it.
Session 3: Data Breaches, Big Data, and FTC Oversight - Learn how and why the FTC polices data breaches and the collection and exploitation of big data.
Session 4: Protecting Client Information-Cyber Protection Duties as an Attorney - Explore the ethical and legal obligations of attorneys and law firms to protect client data and communications from the latest cybersecurity threats.
Session 5: Ethics and Professionalism in a Global Environment - Ethics and professionalism are being influenced by many factors in today’s global environment. Consider some of these factors, along with areas of commonality amongst the legal ethics rules from a sampling of jurisdictions.
Session 6: Law Firm Data Security and the Ethical Duty of Technology Competence - As clients demand attorneys deliver legal services more efficiently by using technology it increases pressure to have technical knowledge and proficiency. Further, the American Bar Association and 28 states have created a model rule for the ethical duty of technology competence. Hear an overview of the significant material risks and impact on a law firm following a breach and the potential consequences from an ethics and disciplinary perspective. 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: Analysis of Royalty Clauses and Issues: Past, Present and Future - Analyze the evolution of royalty clauses—up to and including current issues—by reviewing recent decisions and pending cases, post-production costs, Heritage, the impact of implied covenant law on royalty obligations, royalties on gas plant products, definitions of marketing and gathering, and other topics pertinent to royalty payments today.
Session 3: LNG Update - According to the IEA, LNG could be the “second revolution” in natural gas markets. Global LNG trade reached another record year in 2016 as new supply from Australia and the United States came online and found its way to markets in a diverse array of countries. The world’s traditional buyers are becoming sellers as potentially huge LNG demand markets open up in China and India. Hear an update of the key developments impacting global LNG markets.
Session 4: 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 5: A Primer on Marketing Oil and Gas - Discussion of the basic concepts associated with a producer’s marketing of its oil and gas production, including overviews of (a) the applicable provisions of UCC Article 2, (b) the basic provisions of the Conoco general terms and conditions applicable to sales of crude oil as well as the standardized LEAP “master” form agreement for crude oil and refined petroleum products, (c) the provisions commonly found in contracts for the purchase of natural gas by gatherers and processors, as well as by gas marketers utilizing the standardized NAESB “master” form agreement for natural gas, and (d) applicable regulatory principles.”
Session 6: 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 7: Nuts and Bolts Ethics for the Business and Transactional Lawyer - Engage in a practical discussion of current ethics topics related to business and transactional law, including conflicts issues, and attorney migration between firms. more »
Session 1: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Car Crash Cases - Two trial judges with a combined 25 years of judicial experience discuss what they’ve seen that works and doesn’t work in car crash cases.
Session 2: 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? more »
Session 1: Accident Reconstruction Deconstructed - Technology and resources available today can allow post-accident physical evidence to resolve many fact disputes about how an incident happened, who was at fault, and reveal potential gross negligence facts. Learn what top experts can do for the right case, what the law allows you to do with this information, and what reconstruction resources are available for more modest value cases.
Session 2: Red Flag Injuries/Auto Product Liability - Learn how to spot product liability issues in catastrophic injury car crashes and evidence collection and preservation.
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: Telling the Story of Your Case - There are fundamentals of story that apply to almost every aspect of trial. Jurors create narratives, and they are not in the form of “the evidence will show…” Implementing storytelling techniques can help any advocate, in any type of case, present the evidence closer to the form in which jurors comprehend and remember.
Session 2: Case Study: $30K Car Crash to $1 Million Verdict - Examine methods and strategies for maximizing value on routine car crash cases.
Session 3: Affidavits and Controverting Affidavits: Uses and Abuses - Review best practices for using and defending against controverting affidavits in the recovery of accident-related medical expenses.
Session 4: Conflicts in Car Crash Cases - Explore how to understand and address conflicts that exist or arise in car crash cases, whether you are plaintiff or defendant. more »
Session 1: The Ethics of Redacting Medical Records from Plaintiff’s and Defendant’s Perspective - Do HIPAA, TRE 509, and TRE 510, and other rules allow (or mandate) that attorneys shield medical records from discovery? If so, by what process?
Session 2: 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 3: Presenting and Crossing Doctors - Hear tips for deposing the treating doctors and the testifiers.
Session 4: Subrogation and Liens - Examine the ever-changing rules regarding Medicare, Medicaid, ERISA, workers' comp, hospital liens, state employees, local employees, and disability plans. Focus on safeguards created by a state law which protects first party and portions of third-party recoveries from many insured plans. more »