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2018 Page Keeton Civil Litigation eConference (Nov 2018)

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Join leading litigators, judges, and law professors at the 42nd Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference in Houston for updates and analysis of important developments in civil litigation practice, insight into developing areas of civil litigation, and substantive coverage of practice tips and advocacy strategies.

2018 highlights include:
  • Procedural Updates: Writing an order that sticks, early dismissal trends, legislative preview, and Prof. Carlson's annual Texas Civil Procedure update.
  • Litigation Opportunities: Car crashes as product liability cases, hidden fiduciary duty claims, business tort opportunities, new insurance law litigation, and autonomous vehicles and drones.
  • Practice and Trial Skills: Winning at pretrial, eDiscovery for every case, the limit on experts' expertise, early case selection, and economically appropriate litigation planning.
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Total Credit Hours:
13.00 | 2.00 ethics     Credit Info

TX MCLE credit expires: 11/30/2019

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$495  

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1. Responsible Third Parties: Not Responsible, and Not Parties (Nov 2018)

Karen C. Burgess

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Paper (pdf) 16 pgs
Slides (pdf) 30 pgs

SESSION 1 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 1:

Responsible Third Parties: Not Responsible, and Not Parties (Nov 2018)

Third party practice can be a game changer. Be prepared to use it or defend against it.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Karen C. Burgess, Richardson + Burgess LLP - Austin, TX

2. Legislative Preview from Both Sides of the Bar (Nov 2018)

David E. Chamberlain, Jay Harvey

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Paper (pdf) 10 pgs
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 2 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 2:

Legislative Preview from Both Sides of the Bar (Nov 2018)

Capitol veterans forecast potential legislation impacting the civil justice system from both the plaintiff and defense perspective.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

David E. Chamberlain, Chamberlain & McHaney - Austin, TX
Jay Harvey, Winckler & Harvey LLP - Austin, TX

3. The Latest in Texas Procedure and How It Affects Your Practice (Nov 2018)

Elaine Grafton Carlson, Courtney Taylor Carlson

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Video (mp4) 33 mins
Audio (mp3) 33 mins
Paper (pdf) 330 pgs

SESSION 3 — 33 mins, credit 0.50

Session 3:

The Latest in Texas Procedure and How It Affects Your Practice (Nov 2018)

Examine recent judicial decisions affecting Texas litigation practice, including proposed modifications to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. Review highlights from the accompanying comprehensive review of recent case law – designed to be a handy reference tool for practitioners. 

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Elaine Grafton Carlson, South Texas College of Law Houston - Houston, TX
Courtney Taylor Carlson, Jackson Walker LLP - Houston, TX

4. Early Dismissal Trends: 91a Dismissals and Anti-SLAPP (Nov 2018)

Gregory Philip Sapire, Mark C. Walker

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 103 pgs
Paper (pdf) 26 pgs
Slides (pdf) 15 pgs
Slides (pdf) 23 pgs

SESSION 4 — 45 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.50 ethics

Session 4:

Early Dismissal Trends: 91a Dismissals and Anti-SLAPP (Nov 2018)

Early dismissal motions under the TCPA and Rule 91a are hot and getting hotter! How do you use those tools or survive them?

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Gregory Philip Sapire, Cleveland Terrazas PLLC - Austin, TX
Mark C. Walker, Dickinson Wright PLLC - El Paso, TX

5. Protecting Trial Court Orders on Appeal: How to Craft an Order that Sticks (Nov 2018)

Lisa Bowlin Hobbs

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Video (mp4) 30 mins
Audio
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Part 2 – 6 mins
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Paper (pdf) 9 pgs
Slides (pdf) 9 pgs

SESSION 5 — 30 mins, credit 0.50

Session 5:

Protecting Trial Court Orders on Appeal: How to Craft an Order that Sticks (Nov 2018)

Texas lawbooks are replete with examples of appeals that turn on the language included or excluded from judgments and orders. Get the tools you need to draft orders and judgments, in a variety of contexts, that can withstand both early review and an appeal upon a final judgment. 

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Lisa Bowlin Hobbs, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC - Austin, TX

6. Recovery or Denial? The Latest on Attorneys' Fees (Nov 2018)

Carlos R. Soltero

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Paper (pdf) 31 pgs
Slides (pdf) 9 pgs

SESSION 6 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 6:

Recovery or Denial? The Latest on Attorneys' Fees (Nov 2018)

Analysis of recent developments in the law of recovering and defending against attempts to recover attorney’s fees in Texas as well as a refresher on fundamentals of the procedures associated with Texas attorney’s fees jurisprudence.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Carlos R. Soltero, Cleveland Terrazas PLLC - Austin, TX

7. Is Your Car Crash Case a Products Liability Case? (Nov 2018)

David Bright

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Paper (pdf) 65 pgs
Slides (pdf) 39 pgs

SESSION 7 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 7:

Is Your Car Crash Case a Products Liability Case? (Nov 2018)

Learn step-by-step how to investigate and screen an auto accident case to determine whether there is a potential product liability case lurking in there. Get an exhaustive list with descriptions of specific automotive and tire defects, including new, emerging, and often overlooked product defects.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

David Bright, Sico, Hoelscher, Harris & Braugh LLP - Corpus Christi, TX

8. Fiduciary Duty Claims: They’re Everywhere! (Nov 2018)

David M. Sheeren

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Video (mp4) 30 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Paper (pdf) 38 pgs
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 8 — 30 mins, credit 0.50

Session 8:

Fiduciary Duty Claims: They’re Everywhere! (Nov 2018)

Knowing when fiduciary duties arise and how they are applied is essential to trying commercial cases, yet fiduciary duties arise in numerous and sometimes unexpected circumstances and may be overlooked in the development of trial strategy. Their presence can have profound implications for the legal standards governing a party’s actions, the legal and equitable remedies available, and even the assignment of burdens of proof and other procedural aspects of trial. Learn how to spot these claims and what they mean for your next case.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

David M. Sheeren, Gibbs & Bruns LLP - Houston, TX

9. Unfair Debt Collection Cases: The Cases That Keep Giving (Nov 2018)

Curt M. Langley

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Paper (pdf) 40 pgs
Slides (pdf) 19 pgs

SESSION 9 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 9:

Unfair Debt Collection Cases: The Cases That Keep Giving (Nov 2018)

Explore new ways to think about debt collection cases, and the opportunities they can bring to your practice

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Curt M. Langley, Crinion Davis & Richardson LLP - Houston, TX

10. Autonomous Vehicles and Drones (Nov 2018)

Quentin Brogdon

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Paper (pdf) 18 pgs
Slides (pdf) 39 pgs

SESSION 10 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 10:

Autonomous Vehicles and Drones (Nov 2018)

Autonomous vehicles and drones no longer exist only in science fiction.  How will their arrival change the legal landscape?

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Quentin Brogdon, Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP - Dallas, TX

11. Practical Considerations in Commercial Litigation and Business Torts (Nov 2018)

Sofia Adrogué, Hon. Caroline Elizabeth Baker

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Video (mp4) 43 mins
Audio (mp3) 43 mins
Paper (pdf) 241 pgs

SESSION 11 — 43 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 11:

Practical Considerations in Commercial Litigation and Business Torts (Nov 2018)

Discuss opportunities in business litigation, including cutting edge issues such as third party finance, jury innovations, and business divorce. Consider potential ethical questions that may arise in each of these arenas.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Sofia Adrogué, Diamond McCarthy LLP - Houston, TX
Hon. Caroline Elizabeth Baker, 295th Civil District Court - Houston, TX

12. The Storm Has Not Subsided: Insurance Law Update (Nov 2018)

William J. Chriss

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 28 mins
Paper (pdf) 32 pgs
Slides (pdf) 9 pgs

SESSION 12 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 12:

The Storm Has Not Subsided: Insurance Law Update (Nov 2018)

Keep up with the latest in Hurricane Harvey claims, Stowers cases, and insurance opinions from the the Texas Supreme Court.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

William J. Chriss, The Snapka Law Firm - Corpus Christi, TX

13. Should You Take that Non-Hourly Case? (Nov 2018)

Erica W. Harris

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Paper (pdf) 17 pgs
Slides (pdf) 9 pgs

SESSION 13 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 13:

Should You Take that Non-Hourly Case? (Nov 2018)

Effective case analysis is crucial to coming out ahead on contingency and fixed fee cases. Learn what you need to think about to create a sustainable alternative fee practice.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Erica W. Harris, Susman Godfrey LLP - Houston, TX

14. Effective, Efficient, and Economically Appropriate Litigation (Nov 2018)

Geoffrey L. Harrison

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Video (mp4) 30 mins
Audio (mp3) 30 mins
Paper (pdf) 5 pgs
Slides (pdf) 17 pgs

SESSION 14 — 30 mins, credit 0.50

Session 14:

Effective, Efficient, and Economically Appropriate Litigation (Nov 2018)

Lawyers should communicate early and often with their clients about case planning, proportionate discovery, strategy, and litigation objectives, and should negotiate appropriate dispute resolution agreements with opposing counsel.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Geoffrey L. Harrison, Susman Godfrey L.L.P. - Houston, TX

15. Winning at Pretrial (Nov 2018)

Douglas W. Alexander, R. Paul Yetter

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Video (mp4) 58 mins
Audio (mp3) 58 mins
Paper (pdf) 16 pgs
Slides (pdf) 29 pgs

SESSION 15 — 58 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.25 ethics

Session 15:

Winning at Pretrial (Nov 2018)

While some regard appellate lawyering as something that happens after verdict, a better way to think about appellate lawyers is as strategists of an entire litigation process. Consider how early tactical and strategic decisions and maneuvers can determine ultimate outcomes or even result in summary dispositions.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Douglas W. Alexander, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP - Austin, TX
R. Paul Yetter, Yetter Coleman LLP - Houston, TX

16. How to Take a Better Deposition (Nov 2018)

Dustin Benham

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Video (mp4) 42 mins
Audio (mp3) 42 mins
Paper (pdf) 11 pgs
Slides (pdf) 14 pgs

SESSION 16 — 42 mins, credit 0.75

Session 16:

How to Take a Better Deposition (Nov 2018)

Depositions are one of the most powerful discovery devices but are also one of the most challenging to execute well. Get practical, actionable guidance on taking better depositions, including better preparation, openings, handling opposing counsel and preserving error, and macro and micro examination structures.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Dustin Benham, Texas Tech University School of Law - Lubbock , TX

17. Lawyering 2.0: Lessons from the Next Generation (Dec 2018)

Francisco Guerra IV, Raymond J. Baeza, Aaron J. Burke, Nicole Soussan Caplan, Donald Delgado

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Video (mp4) 63 mins
Audio (mp3) 63 mins
Paper (pdf) 4 pgs
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 17 — 63 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.25 ethics

Session 17:

Lawyering 2.0: Lessons from the Next Generation (Dec 2018)

Can old dogs learn new tricks? As we develop new and innovative ways to try cases, millennial lawyers have a frank discussion of the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to the old way of doing things, and provide valuable insight about how the next generation is trying to do it better.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Francisco Guerra IV, Watts Guerra - San Antonio, TX
Raymond J. Baeza, Farmers Insurance Exchange - El Paso, TX
Aaron J. Burke, Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo LLP - Dallas, TX
Nicole Soussan Caplan, Reed Smith LLP - Houston, TX
Donald Delgado, West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C. - College Station, TX

18. How Can We Persuade in Polarized Times? (Dec 2018)

Jim M. Perdue Jr.

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Video (mp4) 47 mins
Audio (mp3) 47 mins
Slides (pdf) 29 pgs

SESSION 18 — 47 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.75 ethics

Session 18:

How Can We Persuade in Polarized Times? (Dec 2018)

As Americans increasingly rely on information only from sources with which they agree, and the internet increasingly becomes the answer for any question, lawyers need to re-think how they view their jury and how it receives information. Hear global thoughts from several modern sources on creating a tribe in your jury for any case.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Jim M. Perdue Jr., Perdue & Kidd - Houston, TX

19. Experts Are Rarely As Expert As You (Dec 2018)

Fields Alexander

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 30 mins
Paper (pdf) 9 pgs
Slides (pdf) 3 pgs

SESSION 19 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 19:

Experts Are Rarely As Expert As You (Dec 2018)

Get tips on how best to select, prepare, and effectively present an expert for trial, with one eye on surviving Daubert and the other on jury persuasion.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Fields Alexander, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX

20. eDiscovery for Every Case – Even the Small Ones! (Dec 2018)

Rachel Ratcliff

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

SESSION 20 — 43 mins, credit 0.75

Session 20:

eDiscovery for Every Case – Even the Small Ones! (Dec 2018)

From the largest class actions to small individual claims, almost all litigation matters touch on some form of electronic discovery. Learn about key issues related to preservation, collection, processing, and review of electronically stored evidence, along with some of the latest tools and technology that can help you make the most of your time and resources regardless of case size. 

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Rachel Ratcliff, Stroz Friedberg - Dallas, TX

21. How to Charm a Snake (and Maybe a Few Reptiles) (Dec 2018)

Derek T. Gilliland, Britta Stanton

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Video (mp4) 41 mins
Audio (mp3) 41 mins
Slides (pdf) 22 pgs

SESSION 21 — 41 mins, credit 0.75

Session 21:

How to Charm a Snake (and Maybe a Few Reptiles) (Dec 2018)

How can you recognize a popular plaintiff’s trial theory and combat it? How can you spot it, take advantage of it, attack it pretrial, and at trial? Get expert focus on trial themes and how they help you win your case.

Originally presented at: Nov 2018 Civil Litigation Conference

Derek T. Gilliland, Nix, Patterson & Roach, L.L.P. - Daingerfield, TX
Britta Stanton, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP - Dallas, TX