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After 26 years, UT Law's Labor and Employment Law Conference is more relevant than ever. With two days of timely updates and emerging trends in employment law from leading members of the bar and personnel experts, the conference has earned the reputation as the premier program on employment law practice in Texas. more »
Session 1: Land Use Case Law Update - A quick survey of recent state and federal decisions affecting land use regulation in Texas, including zoning, platting, “takings,” “vested rights” and more.
Session 2: Legislative Update - Review pending legislation related to land use issues and other matters important to city and county government. more »
Session 1: Redevelopment Challenges - Texas cities face numerous planning, legal, political and development challenges in redevelopment. As Texas cities continue to expand and age, these challenges will increase. Causes include the need to revitalize deteriorating and neglected communities, gentrification, and the desire to attract business. Listen to a discussion about these challenges and how the City of Plano, which has been characterized as both a ring suburb and an urban area unto itself, has addressed them.
Session 2: Repurposing Golf Courses: Regulatory and Common Law Challenges - As more and more golf courses fail and are proposed for redevelopment into alternative uses, nearby landowners and municipalities seek to affect the redevelopment process. This can involve input into the regulatory approval process and/or exercising common law or restrictive covenant rights to maintain the golf course even after the course closes.
Session 3: Planning and Development Challenges in Small Towns - Facilitating development in accordance with local and state laws in small towns is uniquely challenging. Hear how applicants and the town’s planner work in less-structured environments with government officials who often do not possess a shared vision of accommodating growth.
Session 4: Authority of Texas Counties Over Land Use - Learn how, and to what extent, Texas counties control land use. more »
Session 1: Transacting Municipal Public-Private Partnerships in Texas - The public-private partnership (P3) has emerged as an effective model in Texas as a means of developing infrastructure, and local governments are no exception. Convention centers, hotels, and courthouses are just a few examples of the projects getting done in Texas using the P3 model. Listen to a discussion about the latest trends in the municipal P3 industry in Texas, and a few of the unique constitutional, statutory and practical challenges that local governments face today.
Session 2: Financing Analysis and Requirements for Economic Development Projects - Learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly on financing tools and required financial analysis for strategic partnership agreements with Municipal Utility Districts, Public Improvement Districts, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, and Green Bond.
Session 3: TX-PACE Stimulates $Millions in Building Retrofits at No Cost to Local Governments - Learn how businesses are using Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) economic development programs to update offices, factories, hotels, malls, mixed use properties, and more. Hear details about the uniform plug and play Texas model program called "PACE in a Box,” the wide range of economic and environmental benefits, the importance of quality underwriting and technical best practices, and successful PACE projects for hotels, factories, office buildings, malls, and mixed use properties in rural and urban Texas. more »
Session 1: Design Discretion in Entitlements: The Hays St. Bridge Problem - Property adjacent to the Hays St. Bridge, in downtown San Antonio, would seem to have zoning and other entitlements allowing construction of a multi-family complex. However, San Antonio has implemented design guidelines for downtown projects, which injects a large amount of discretion into the development process, via the Historic and Design Review Commission. This discretion calls into question the nature of zoning entitlements.
Session 2: Nonconformities - Hear a comprehensive discussion of nonconforming uses and structures, and how nonconforming rights may be established, regulated and terminated. Plus a bonus tip: Stop using the term “legal nonconforming”!
Session 3: Takings: A Case Study in Current Issues - Explore topical issues in inverse condemnation, with an emphasis on pragmatic suggestions to resolving takings disputes.
Session 4: Annexations - Learn about dealing with annexations post SB 6 including public/private cooperation and annexation strategies for Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities. more »
Session 1: Affordable Housing - The major funding tool for affordable housing today is the Housing Tax Credit program. Learn about the Housing Tax Credit program and how it is utilized by developer’s to provide affordable and mixed-income housing for working families and seniors on fixed incomes.
Session 2: Qualified Opportunity Zones: The “Dirt” on Tax-Driven Real Estate Development - QOZs allow gain rollover and tax-free exit in real estate deals in designated “zones.” Investment in a QOZ increases after-tax rates of return easily by 50% and may drive the real estate economy for years to come. QOZ rules are still developing, but already the dirt is flying. more »
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 »
Session 1: We Can’t Regulate That? - Listen to a discussion about the areas of land use law where the federal government or the state has either prohibited or significantly limited municipal regulation, from pawn shops to gun ranges to cell towers to churches, and lots of things in between.
Session 2: What’s Up With Your Right of Way? - A summary of how municipal streets, alleys, and other rights-of-way are created, utilized, and regulated, including recent developments, franchising issues, and recommendations.
Session 3: Cell Site Applications in a 5G World: Reconciling State and Federal Rules - Review current state and federal rules regarding municipal approval of cell sites in the public ROW and on private property and discuss how to reconcile the rules when they conflict. In addition, get an update on the status of litigation over Texas Local Government Code Chapter 284. more »
Legal ethics rules provide specific guidance as to what a lawyer can and cannot say about a pending case. Learn how those rules work in the age of social media, retweets, and digital counter-punching. more »
THIS MONTH: Creating Strong and Effective Client Relationships: The Art of Collaboration and Communication • Practicing IP Law Ethically in the Cloud: From the Mundane to the Ethics of AI • Digital Health and Telehealth • How to Take a Better Deposition • Insurance and Indemnification more »
Session 1: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel - Review the essentials of filing an ineffective assistance of counsel claim as defense counsel and responding as a prosecutor, with focus on essentials, pitfalls and necessity of claim.
Session 2: Working with Conviction Integrity Units - Explore how to work collaboratively to investigate and rectify wrongful convictions. more »
Session 1: Mandamus - The unicorn of criminal appeals, mandamus relief is the closest we come to instant gratification in appellate courts. As Joe Tex sang in I Gotcha (1972), “Now gimme what you promised me, give it here, come on!"
Session 2: Writs - Explore Texas habeas corpus law and focus on best practices and procedures for litigating writ claims.
Session 3: Emerging Issues in PDRs - Review of significant and emerging issues pending in the Court of Criminal Appeals. more »
Session 1: Supremacy Clause Immunity - Learn about a “seldom-litigated corner” of constitutional law—Supremacy Clause immunity—through the lens of a State prosecution of a local police officer for manslaughter, in a case that was removed to federal court and resulted in a petition to the United States Supreme Court.
Session 2: Standards of Review - Survey the standards of review applicable in criminal appeals, with emphasis on the standard of review in the context of sufficiency challenges.
Session 3: Double Jeopardy & Collateral Estoppel: A Thing Derided - Review the two doctrines and get an update on jeopardy law, including predictions and potential pitfalls for practitioners. more »
Session 1: Nuts and Bolts of the Michael Morton Act - The Michael Morton Act fundamentally changed the criminal discovery process in Texas, imposing duties on prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys. Hear those changes and the ways in which courts and practitioners have implemented them.
Session 2: Differences in the Duty to Disclose: The Michael Morton Act, Brady, and the Ethics Rules - Delve into how the duty to disclose evidence compares under Brady v. Maryland, Article 39.14, and the Disciplinary Rules as presented in various hypotheticals and case examples. more »
Session 1: 12 Techniques for Sentence-Level Concision - If all you need is brevity, you can simply cut a section, an argument, or a paragraph. But if you need that content, then you want concision. Concision results from many small edits that add up, and this session offers 12 techniques to improve concision.
Session 2: Effective and Persuasive Briefing – Point and Counter-Point - Get perspectives from the State and the defense on how to concisely, but effectively, craft an appellate brief.
Session 3: Practical Tips for Preparing Oral Argument - Tips, suggestions and insight into oral argument – from advice for handling both “hot” and “cold” benches to when is argument granted, why, and how do judges view it.
Session 4: Tips for Everyday Appellate Practice - Get a view from both sides of the criminal bar with practical tips on how appellate advocates and appellate courts can make their briefs and opinions interesting, easier to understand, and less likely to inflame the opposing side or losing party. more »
Session 1: SCOTUS Update - Hear an update on criminal law and criminal procedure cases relevant to Texas criminal appellate practice that were heard and decided by the United States Supreme Court in the 2018 term, and get a preview of hot cases in the pipeline for the 2019 term.
Session 2: Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Analyze significant decisions in the last year and what they mean for criminal law practitioners.
Session 3: Court of Appeals Judicial Panel - Learn from the people who grade our work what they want to see and hear in briefs and oral arguments, and better ways for practitioners to represent parties before the Court. You have questions; they have answers. more »