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2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law eConference (Sep 2018)

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At the Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar members of the judiciary and regulatory and academic communities discuss the latest legislative and case law updates, rule changes, and other timely topics.

Highlights include: 
  • Updates on significant administrative law cases issued during the last year, Open Government decisions, ultra vires, and developments at SOAH
  • Discussion of the 2018 Amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules, including what changes are being implemented and how they affect State Bar disciplinary matters
  • An exploration of hot topics, including Regulation Through GuidanceGovernment Accountability, and Administrative Law Judge Hiring and Constitutional Challenges
  • Disentangling the Standards of Review with a framework for identifying, defining, and effectively applying the correct standard to uphold or challenge agency decisions
  • Insight into the Regulatory and Ethical Considerations for Handling Sensitive Electronic Information
  • A review of the procedures for asking for an Attorney General opinions and for providing input on a pending opinion request
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Total Credit Hours:
13.25 | 1.50 ethics     Credit Info
Specialization: Administrative Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2019

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$445  

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1. Case Law Update - Part I (Sep 2018)

Jennifer L. Hopgood

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Paper (pdf) 64 pgs

SESSION 1 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 1:

Case Law Update - Part I (Sep 2018)

Examine significant administrative law cases issued during the last year.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Jennifer L. Hopgood, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

2. Open Government Update and Practice Tips (Sep 2018)

Kimberly L. Fuchs, Lori Fixley Winland

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Slides (pdf) 14 pgs

SESSION 2 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 2:

Open Government Update and Practice Tips (Sep 2018)

Review recent judicial decisions related to the Texas Public Information Act and the Texas Open Meetings Act and open government practice tips.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Kimberly L. Fuchs, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
Lori Fixley Winland, Ogletree Deakins - Oklahoma, OK

3. The Attorney General Opinion Process & Recent Opinions (Sep 2018)

Jennie Hoelscher

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 30 mins
Slides (pdf) 12 pgs

SESSION 3 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 3:

The Attorney General Opinion Process & Recent Opinions (Sep 2018)

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.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Jennie Hoelscher, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

4. News from the Front: Restructuring, Sunsetting, and More (Sep 2018)

Priscilla M. Hubenak, Karen L. Watkins

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Video (mp4) 27 mins
Audio (mp3) 27 mins
Paper (pdf) 35 pgs
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 4 — 27 mins, credit 0.50

Session 4:

News from the Front: Restructuring, Sunsetting, and More (Sep 2018)

​Discuss 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.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Priscilla M. Hubenak, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
Karen L. Watkins, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

5. Rulemaking Update (Sep 2018)

Dudley D. McCalla

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Paper (pdf) 16 pgs

SESSION 5 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 5:

Rulemaking Update (Sep 2018)

Hear updates from the legislature and the courts on the interesting issues concerning proposed rules and rule validity.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Dudley D. McCalla, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX

6. Ultra Vires Update (Sep 2018)

Mark L. Walters

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Video (mp4) 33 mins
Audio (mp3) 33 mins
Paper (pdf) 10 pgs
Slides (pdf) 5 pgs

SESSION 6 — 33 mins, credit 0.50

Session 6:

Ultra Vires Update (Sep 2018)

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.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Mark L. Walters, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX

7. Pleas to the Jurisdiction (Sep 2018)

Amanda Cochran-McCall, Hon. Jeffrey L. Rose

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Video (mp4) 27 mins
Audio (mp3) 27 mins
Slides (pdf) 4 pgs

SESSION 7 — 27 mins, credit 0.50

Session 7:

Pleas to the Jurisdiction (Sep 2018)

Explore the procedure and standards for determining pleas to the jurisdiction, along with related procedural issues.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Amanda Cochran-McCall, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
Hon. Jeffrey L. Rose, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX

8. Judicial Philosophy and Experience (Sep 2018)

Hon. James "Jimmy" Blacklock

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Video (mp4) 17 mins
Audio (mp3) 17 mins

SESSION 8 — 17 mins, credit 0.25

Session 8:

Judicial Philosophy and Experience (Sep 2018)

Hear from the latest addition to the Court about his path to the bench and his philosophy about what his position there means.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Hon. James "Jimmy" Blacklock, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

9. Perspectives on Title IX: Responding to Complaints of Sexual Harassment (Sep 2018)

Chad Wilson Dunn, Carl Myers

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Video (mp4) 44 mins
Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Paper (pdf) 14 pgs
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 9 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 9:

Perspectives on Title IX: Responding to Complaints of Sexual Harassment (Sep 2018)

Lessons from an emerging area of law, discussed between an attorney for plaintiffs and an attorney for state University defendants.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Chad Wilson Dunn, Brazil & Dunn - Houston, TX
Carl Myers, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

10. Regulatory and Ethical Considerations for Handling Sensitive Electronic Information (Sep 2018)

Adrian Senyszyn, Shawn E. Tuma

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Video (mp4) 30 mins
Audio (mp3) 30 mins
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 10 — 30 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.50 ethics

Session 10:

Regulatory and Ethical Considerations for Handling Sensitive Electronic Information (Sep 2018)

Explore the regulatory framework when handling sensitive electronic information. Also, understand the ethical considerations when handling the information and if a breach occurs.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Adrian Senyszyn, Brin & Brin P.C. - San Antonio, TX
Shawn E. Tuma, Spencer Fane, LLP - Plano, TX

11. Hear Me Now or Hear Me Later: A Review of Standing Before the Agency and Courts (Sep 2018)

Steve Kosub

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Video (mp4) 26 mins
Audio (mp3) 25 mins
Paper (pdf) 27 pgs

SESSION 11 — 26 mins, credit 0.50

Session 11:

Hear Me Now or Hear Me Later: A Review of Standing Before the Agency and Courts (Sep 2018)

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?

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Steve Kosub, San Antonio Water System - San Antonio, TX

12. Regulating Through Guidance (Sep 2018)

Donald N. Walker

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Video (mp4) 27 mins
Audio (mp3) 27 mins
Paper (pdf) 24 pgs
Slides (pdf) 7 pgs

SESSION 12 — 27 mins, credit 0.50

Session 12:

Regulating Through Guidance (Sep 2018)

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.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Donald N. Walker, Stone Loughlin & Swanson, LLP - Austin, TX

13. Evidentiary Issues at Contested Proceedings (Sep 2018)

Hon. Elizabeth Drews

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Slides (pdf) 27 pgs

SESSION 13 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 13:

Evidentiary Issues at Contested Proceedings (Sep 2018)

Examine evidentiary issues that can arise in contested case proceedings before SOAH. 

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Hon. Elizabeth Drews, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX

14. SOAH Update (Sep 2018)

Hon. Gary Elkins, Hon. Lesli Ginn

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Slides (pdf) 9 pgs

SESSION 14 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 14:

SOAH Update (Sep 2018)

Hear a discussion of recent developments at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Hon. Gary Elkins, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
Hon. Lesli Ginn, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX

15. Case Law Update - Part II (Sep 2018)

Jennifer L. Hopgood

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 30 mins

SESSION 15 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 15:

Case Law Update - Part II (Sep 2018)

Examine significant administrative law cases issued during the last year.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Jennifer L. Hopgood, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX

16. Judicial Deference to Agency Interpretation of Statutes In Texas (Sep 2018)

Hon. Thomas R. Phillips

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Video (mp4) 28 mins
Audio (mp3) 27 mins
Paper (pdf) 27 pgs
Slides (pdf) 14 pgs

SESSION 16 — 28 mins, credit 0.50

Session 16:

Judicial Deference to Agency Interpretation of Statutes In Texas (Sep 2018)

Discuss 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.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Hon. Thomas R. Phillips, Baker Botts L.L.P. - Austin, TX

17. Agency Spotlight: Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (Sep 2018)

Mary A. Keeney, Clark E. Smith, C. Andrew Weber

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Video (mp4) 44 mins
Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Paper (pdf) 22 pgs
Slides (pdf) 3 pgs
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs
Slides (pdf) 15 pgs

SESSION 17 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 17:

Agency Spotlight: Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (Sep 2018)

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?

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Mary A. Keeney, Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody - Austin, TX
Clark E. Smith, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission - Austin, TX
C. Andrew Weber, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - Austin, TX

18. Disentangling the Standards of Review (Sep 2018)

Susan A. Kidwell

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Video (mp4) 43 mins
Audio (mp3) 43 mins
Paper (pdf) 36 pgs
Slides (pdf) 22 pgs

SESSION 18 — 43 mins, credit 0.75

Session 18:

Disentangling the Standards of Review (Sep 2018)

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.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Susan A. Kidwell, Locke Lord LLP - Austin, TX

19. Exclusive/Primary Jurisdiction (Sep 2018)

Andres S. Medrano

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Video (mp4) 26 mins
Audio (mp3) 26 mins
Paper (pdf) 29 pgs
Slides (pdf) 15 pgs

SESSION 19 — 26 mins, credit 0.50

Session 19:

Exclusive/Primary Jurisdiction (Sep 2018)

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.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Andres S. Medrano, Foley Gardere, Foley & Lardner LLP - Austin, TX

20. Administrative Law Judge Hiring and Constitutional Challenges (Sep 2018)

Thomas K. Anson

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Video (mp4) 14 mins
Audio (mp3) 13 mins
Paper (pdf) 14 pgs
Slides (pdf) 7 pgs

SESSION 20 — 14 mins, credit 0.25

Session 20:

Administrative Law Judge Hiring and Constitutional Challenges (Sep 2018)

The constitutionality of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s use of administrative law judges is being challenged in the federal courts. Examine the challenges, which could affect certain other federal regulatory agencies, and might even have possible implications for Texas regulatory agencies.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Thomas K. Anson, Clark Hill Strasburger - Austin, TX

21. Ethical Implications When Representing Impaired Professionals (Sep 2018)

Louis D. Leichter, Dan Lype

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Paper (pdf) 11 pgs
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 21 — 31 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.50 ethics

Session 21:

Ethical Implications When Representing Impaired Professionals (Sep 2018)

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.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Louis D. Leichter, Leichter Law Firm PC - Austin, TX
Dan Lype, Leichter Law Firm PC - Austin, TX

22. Data: Liability or Asset?  (Sep 2018)

Martin H. Zelinsky

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Video (mp4) 28 mins
Audio (mp3) 28 mins
Slides (pdf) 16 pgs

SESSION 22 — 28 mins, credit 0.50

Session 22:

Data: Liability or Asset?  (Sep 2018)

Explore the opportunities and challenges of managing data in Texas, and review recent developments regarding data sharing, open data, and data security and privacy.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Martin H. Zelinsky, Texas Department of Information Resources - Austin, TX

23. 2018 Amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules (Sep 2018)

Rita Alister

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Slides (pdf) 9 pgs

SESSION 23 — 29 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.50 ethics

Session 23:

2018 Amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules (Sep 2018)

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?

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Rita Alister, State Bar of Texas - Austin, TX

24. Judicial Panel (Sep 2018)

Hon. Wendy K. L. Harvel, Hon. Debra Lehrmann, Hon. Amy Clark-Meachum, Hon. Bob Pemberton

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Video (mp4) 56 mins
Audio (mp3) 56 mins

SESSION 24 — 56 mins, credit 1.00

Session 24:

Judicial Panel (Sep 2018)

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.

Please submit your questions in advance to ConferenceQA@utcle.org or on-site at the registration desk to ensure a lively discussion.

Originally presented at: Aug 2018 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar

Hon. Wendy K. L. Harvel, State Office of Administrative Hearings - Austin, TX
Hon. Debra Lehrmann, Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
Hon. Amy Clark-Meachum, 201st Judicial District Civil Court - Austin, TX
Hon. Bob Pemberton, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX