2022 Case Law and Secretary of State Updates for LLCs, LPs, and Partnerships 

Session 1: Case Law Update - A survey of recent Texas cases addressing significant issues (fiduciary duties, piercing the entity veil, and more) in the context of LLCs and partnerships (including limited partnerships and LLPs). Session 2: Secretary of State Update - Learn about filing tips and resources that will make your transactions with the Secretary of State easier and more predictable; hear updates on notable legislation and our system modernization initiative.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 1.75 hrs
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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2022 Consumer Bankruptcy Case Law Update and Summaries

Session 1: Case Summaries: Supreme Court - Update on cases relevant to bankruptcy practice that were heard and decided by the United States Supreme Court in the 2020 and 2021 terms, and get a preview of hot cases in the pipeline for the 2022 term. Session 2: Every Supreme Court Bankruptcy Discharge Decision - A recap of the Supreme Court's discharge decisions since the bankruptcy code went into effect. Session 3: Case Summaries: Fifth Circuit Only - Hear a discussion of important Fifth Circuit bankruptcy cases from 2020 to 2022. Session 4: Case Summaries: Bankruptcy and District Court Only - Review every consumer bankruptcy case decided by the bankruptcy and district courts in Texas. Always a highlight of the conference.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 3.00 hrs | 0.75 Ethics
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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A Series of Changes: Recent Developments in Texas Series LLCs

A practice-focused review of changes to Texas Series LLC law effective June 1, 2022 and what the new “registered series” might bring to the table for practitioners followed by a discussion of common tax issues associated with series and suggested best practices.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 1.00 hr
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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Answer Bar: Oil, Gas and Energy Agreements and Contracting Essentials

Session 1: Midstream 101: A Primer on Understanding Midstream Contracts and Identifying Key Issues - Explore midstream transactions and the contracts commonly utilized in the industry to gather, transport, and process oil and gas. Work through commercial and regulatory considerations and key issues when drafting midstream contracts. Session 2: Update On Midstream Agreements in Bankruptcy—From Sabine to Southland and Beyond - Many recent E&P bankruptcies have grappled with the characterization of midstream agreements as either contractual rights that can be rejected or real property interests that ride through unaffected. This presentation analyzes the ever-shifting legal landscape, which has seen midstream agreements characterized as both, leading to a widening split in the courts and uncertainty in the industry. Session 3: Emerging and Re-Emerging Issues in the Use of Surface for Oil and Gas Operations - Explore the nature and extent of the implied easement to use the surface, and a framework for analyzing the accommodation doctrine. Also hear a survey of emerging and re-emerging issues involving conflicting uses of the surface estate, including conflicts with renewable projects, saltwater disposal operations, sand mining, and subsurface easements. Session 4: Joint Operating Agreements – Understanding and Application - Understanding the key components of the JOA and a consideration of recurring issues with emphasis on horizontal drilling and allocation wells.  How the JOA works, what doesn’t work, some suggested Article XVI provisions and some new unanswered questions. Session 5:JOA Negotiation: Operator and Non-Operator Perspectives - Review key provisions of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen 610 Model Form Operating Agreement from both the operator’s and non-operator’s perspectives. Session 6: MSA Negotiations - A mock negotiation of a master service agreement with particular attention paid to the insurance and indemnity provisions to ensure an effective risk allocation program. Session 7: A Primer on Oil and Gas Transportation Agreements: Key Issues & Considerations - Explore midstream transactions and the contracts commonly utilized in the energy industry governing the movement of oil and gas from the wellhead to a point downstream for resale or further handling.  Work through commercial and regulatory considerations and key issues when analyzing and negotiating transportation contracts. Session 8: Split Estate Issues (Mineral, Wind, Solar and Water) - Explore competing uses, common conflicts, and potential solutions. Session 9: Make Peace, Not War: Negotiating and Drafting Accommodation Agreements in the Oil and Gas Industry with Wind and Solar Companies - A brief discussion of the basic elements of a comprehensive accommodation agreement, which shall include pitfalls to avoid in drafting such agreements, as well as an overview of typical accommodation issues and how best to resolve them. Session 10: Communication with Opposing Counsel and Landowners - Common law rules, the fields of tort and contract, as well as rules of professional ethics, govern a lawyer’s or landman’s negotiations on behalf of a client.  By remaining mindful of these rules, including how the rules differ depending on whether you are negotiating with opposing counsel or a landowner, you can stay out of trouble and better serve your client. Session 11: 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.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 7.50 hrs | 1.75 Ethics
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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Consumer Bankruptcy “Chicago Fact Pattern”: A Walkthrough from Client Counseling to Trial Proceedings

Session 1: Fact Pattern: Part One - Examine the facts of a case and walk through the full process from counseling the client to the trial proceedings. Session 2: Fact Pattern: Part Two - Examine the facts of a case and walk through the full process from counseling the client to the trial proceedings.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 3.25 hrs | 0.75 Ethics
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations): What Are They and How are They Recognized Under Existing State Law?

Blockchain technology and decentralized ventures built on blockchain technology often pose interesting legal questions. One such question is whether and how a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) can form a legally recognized business entity under existing state law. Review a quick introduction to the technology, explore the existing landscape of DAOs in use in the industry, and investigate whether and how such organizations can form legally recognizable entities under Texas law.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 0.50 hr
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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Distribution of Insurance Proceeds on Secured Collateral

Competing interests often claim the insurance proceeds following damage or destruction of collateral. Analyze the competing claims and how the proceeds should be distributed.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 0.50 hr
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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Diversity and Equity Issues for Small Businesses

Every business should be committed to diversity and equity irrespective of its size. This section will discuss how small businesses can be intentional about doing their part to create a more equitable workplace and community. 

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 0.50 hr | 0.50 Ethics
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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Employee Compensation and Remote Workforce Tax Compliance for Colleges and Universities (2022)

Session 1: 4960 A Closer Look - A brief summary of the basic mechanics of Section 4960 followed by an examination of complexities of administering compliance within an institution, commonly overlooked benefits that must be taken into account when evaluating compensation and remuneration, and discussion of certain challenges when determining an institution’s pool of “covered employees.” Session 2: Hybrid or Remote Workplace Issues that Touch Tax - As institutions learn lessons from the pandemic on remote working arrangements, often times tax consequences aren’t considered. Hear learning lessons and current discussion on issues a tax manager should consider surrounding a remote workforce.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 2.00 hrs
  • Credit Info
  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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Ethics for Bankruptcy Judges and Trustees

Discuss less common ethical issues confronting lawyers, trustees and judges (yes – even judges are subject to ethical constraints).

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 0.75 hr | 0.75 Ethics
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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Hiring Lawyers and Other Professionals for Special Purposes in Bankruptcy Cases

Who retains them? How do you retain them? Can you change the terms? What happens if you forget to get them employed?  

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 0.50 hr
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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Hooked on CLE: October 2022

THIS MONTH: Planning for a Ransomware Attack: Practical Steps for Response Preparedness and Risk Mitigation • The Fundamentals of Early Dispute Resolution • Law in Transition: Recent Developments in Equal-Protection and Anti-Discrimination Law for Transgender People • Beyond Brief Writing • Pro Bono Opportunities for Business Attorneys

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 4.00 hrs | 1.00 Ethics
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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How to Ethically and Legally Represent a Business Organization in Crisis 

The ethical and legal issues confronting an attorney who represents a business organization in crisis are among the most complicated in all of legal ethics. Unpack the primary considerations for both in-house and outside counsel when they try to navigate the turbulent waters of a business organization confronting crisis. At the core of the attorney’s responsibilities is to keep client confidences and maintain the attorney-client privilege, but simultaneously comply with mandatory or discretionary disclosure regimes of Texas and ABA ethical rules, Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and federal securities laws.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 1.00 hr | 1.00 Ethics
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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IRS Audits of Private Equity and Investment Funds

For partnerships, including LLCs taxed as partnerships, the audit rules introduced under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 were a game-changer. Beginning in 2018, the rules have impacted most partnerships, regardless of size. Partnership audits are expected to increase as a result of these rules and the IRS’s increased focus on partnership audits and more funding. Dive into current partnership audit rules with a particular focus on their impact on private equity and other investment funds. Examine provisions in partnership or LLC agreements to address the new audit regime.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 0.75 hr
  • Credit Info
  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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Issues with Representing Family Businesses

Family limited partnerships and family limited liability companies have been used by estate planners for many years. A discussion of the role these entities can play given the current state of the law and current trends in estate planning. Consider ethical issues raised when dealing with multiple family members.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 0.75 hr | 0.25 Ethics
  • Credit Info
  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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Joint Ventures Between Business Entities

Joint ventures are essential to the business environment in Texas. Though courts have generally treated these like general partnerships and applied partnership law, there are two distinct and possibly opposite trends that we will discuss. First, courts are increasingly finding that JV interests are securities (particularly in the oil and gas space in TX and CO) and second, the Delaware Court of Chancery has allowed a JV to disclaim partnership status and fiduciary duties, though the JV is not an entity that statutorily has the power to disclaim fiduciary duties.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 0.75 hr
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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LLC’s and Reverse Veil Piercing

Reverse veil piercing is an equitable remedy that makes an entity liable for claims against an owner of the entity. Examine Texas cases applying the remedy of reverse veil piercing to Texas limited liability companies.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 0.75 hr
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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Navigating the Challenges of the IRS

The past year has continued to present challenges for the IRS, including with resources and administering tax legislative and regulatory provisions. Hear a discussion on the current IRS environment, enforcement initiatives, and practical considerations for effectively interacting with the IRS. Potential IRS audit risks for colleges and universities (including those related to COVID-19) will be addressed, as well as strategies for involving other stakeholders within the institution to promote tax compliance and getting an institution prepared for potential IRS scrutiny.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 0.75 hr
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  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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Nonresident Alien Tax Updates (2022)

Update on recent issues related to payments to foreign nationals and foreign entities, including forms, sourcing, and income tax treaty issues. Gain insight on: What questions to ask; Which forms to collect; How much tax to withhold; What to report; Which information to maintain; and What are your institution’s responsibilities.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 1.00 hr
  • Credit Info
  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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Planning the Sale of a Closely Held Business

Hear important issues to be considered in connection with the sale of a closely held business and why business owners should begin the process of selling a closely-held business with advanced planning. Review process steps including gaining an understanding of the sales process, identifying an appropriate team of advisors, transaction architecture and potential impact to the sellers goals, identifying and addressing potential barriers, advanced due diligence, communications management, and plans for managing the business to maximize its value to the seller.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 0.75 hr
  • Credit Info
  • TX, CA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2023
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