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2019 eConference on State and Federal Appeals

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UT Law's Conference on State and Federal Appeals – designed for advanced-level civil appellate practitioners – has earned a reputation as the premier program on appellate practice and procedure in Texas and is the annual gathering of state and federal appellate judges. Now in its 29th year, this conference is a must event for Texas civil appellate practitioners.
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Total Credit Hours:
13.00 | 2.75 ethics     Credit Info

TX MCLE credit expires: 7/31/2020

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$545  

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1. Supreme Court of Texas Update (Jul 2019)

Hon. Jeff Boyd, Kurt Kuhn

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Video (mp4) 50 mins
Audio (mp3) 50 mins
Paper (pdf) 106 pgs
Slides (pdf) 18 pgs

SESSION 1 — 50 mins, credit 0.75

Session 1:

Supreme Court of Texas Update (Jul 2019)

Explore recent opinions issued by the Court in the current term.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Hon. Jeff Boyd, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
Kurt Kuhn, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC - Austin, TX

2. Looking Back at the 86th Texas Legislature (Jul 2019)

Jerry D. Bullard, Nathan Johnson

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Video (mp4) 30 mins
Audio (mp3) 30 mins
Paper (pdf) 48 pgs
Slides (pdf) 15 pgs

SESSION 2 — 30 mins, credit 0.50

Session 2:

Looking Back at the 86th Texas Legislature (Jul 2019)

Survey selected bills that passed and those that didn't – but you should know about anyway.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Jerry D. Bullard, Adams, Lynch & Loftin, P.C. - Grapevine, TX
Nathan Johnson, Texas State Senate, District 16 - Dallas, TX

3. Appellate Lawyers in Trial Court (Jul 2019)

Hon. Barbara M. G. Lynn, Hon. Daryl L. Moore

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Video (mp4) 27 mins
Audio (mp3) 27 mins

SESSION 3 — 27 mins, credit 0.50

Session 3:

Appellate Lawyers in Trial Court (Jul 2019)

Examine the most effective and ineffective use of appellate lawyers during and immediately after trial.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Hon. Barbara M. G. Lynn, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
Hon. Daryl L. Moore, 333rd District Court - Houston, TX

4. The View from the Court of Appeals (Jul 2019)

Sharon McCally, Hon. Richard F. Hightower, Hon. Amanda L. Reichek, Hon. Gisela D. Triana

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Video (mp4) 44 mins
Audio (mp3) 43 mins
Paper (pdf) 9 pgs

SESSION 4 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 4:

The View from the Court of Appeals (Jul 2019)

Last fall brought a number of changes to the Court of Appeals. Get to know the new Justices.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Sharon McCally, McCally Law, P.C. - Houston, TX
Hon. Richard F. Hightower, First Court of Appeals - Houston, TX
Hon. Amanda L. Reichek, Fifth Court of Appeals - Dallas, TX
Hon. Gisela D. Triana, Third Court of Appeals - Austin, TX

5. Findings of Fact (Jul 2019)

Hon. Tracy Christopher

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Paper (pdf) 18 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 5 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 5:

Findings of Fact (Jul 2019)

Learn more than you ever thought you could know about Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Hon. Tracy Christopher, Fourteenth Court of Appeals - Houston, TX

6. The Dicta Plague (Jul 2019)

David M. Gunn

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Video (mp4) 25 mins
Audio (mp3) 25 mins
Paper (pdf) 26 pgs
Slides (pdf) 23 pgs

SESSION 6 — 25 mins, credit 0.50

Session 6:

The Dicta Plague (Jul 2019)

Take a look at language that is not necessary to the decision. Are we seeing more of this? What could that mean for you and your clients?

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

David M. Gunn, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX

7. Entirely Appealing: How Pro Bono Passions Can Be Transformative (Jul 2019)

Michael S. Truesdale, Tim Patton, Gretchen Sims Sween

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Video (mp4) 39 mins
Audio (mp3) 39 mins
Paper (pdf) 21 pgs

SESSION 7 — 39 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.75 ethics

Session 7:

Entirely Appealing: How Pro Bono Passions Can Be Transformative (Jul 2019)

Hear real-world, concrete insights into how pro bono matters can enrich your professional satisfaction, stretching you as both a person and a practitioner, and may even end up transforming an avocation into a new vocation.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Michael S. Truesdale, Enoch Kever PLLC - Austin, TX
Tim Patton, The Appellate Immigration Project - San Antonio, TX
Gretchen Sims Sween, Attorney & Counselor at Law - Austin, TX

8. Indeliberate Practice: How the Business of Law Will Make You Mediocre (If You Let It) (Jul 2019)

Kendall M. Gray

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Video (mp4) 28 mins
Audio (mp3) 27 mins
Paper (pdf) 30 pgs

SESSION 8 — 28 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.50 ethics

Session 8:

Indeliberate Practice: How the Business of Law Will Make You Mediocre (If You Let It) (Jul 2019)

Tom Brady, Yo-Yo Ma, Atul Gawande, and all master performers have one ingredient in common, but it is an ingredient that the business of law does not pay for and often does not value. Learn to identify this ingredient and actively fight against stagnation, automaticity, and mediocrity. 

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Kendall M. Gray, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP - Houston, TX

9. Jury Charge Update (Jul 2019)

David Keltner

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Paper (pdf) 38 pgs
Slides (pdf) 22 pgs

SESSION 9 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 9:

Jury Charge Update (Jul 2019)

Examine the significant jury charge cases over the past year and the most common recurring problems.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

David Keltner, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - Fort Worth, TX

10. Legal Malpractice Update (Jul 2019)

Robyn Bigelow Hargrove

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Video (mp4) 28 mins
Audio (mp3) 28 mins
Paper (pdf) 33 pgs
Slides (pdf) 22 pgs

SESSION 10 — 28 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.50 ethics

Session 10:

Legal Malpractice Update (Jul 2019)

Get the latest on recent developments in Texas legal malpractice law, as well as notable ethics opinions that are applicable to appellate practitioners.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Robyn Bigelow Hargrove, Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP - Austin, TX

11. Governmental Immunity Under State Law (Jul 2019)

William S. Helfand

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Video (mp4) 27 mins
Audio (mp3) 27 mins
Paper (pdf) 18 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 11 — 27 mins, credit 0.50

Session 11:

Governmental Immunity Under State Law (Jul 2019)

Fighting “city hall” remains quite a challenge in Texas in light of well-settled Supreme Court authority that declares a “high presumption” of governmental immunity from suit. Still, there are many waivers of immunity and this presentation discusses the status of immunity and waivers in the context of tort, contract, and statutory claims against the State and its political subdivisions.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

William S. Helfand, Lewis Brisbois - Houston, TX

12. The Evolving Law of Federal Official Immunity (Jul 2019)

Stephen Vladeck

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 30 mins
Slides (pdf) 10 pgs

SESSION 12 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 12:

The Evolving Law of Federal Official Immunity (Jul 2019)

Over the past few years, the Supreme Court has continued to expand the scope of various official immunity doctrines, even as a growing array of judges and academic commentators have called for revisiting the circumstances in which individual government officers can be held personally liable for unlawful conduct. Hear an update both on the key cases in the field and the prospects for potentially dramatic reforms thereto.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Stephen Vladeck, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

13. Update on the Supreme Court of the United States (Jul 2019)

Jeremy C. Marwell

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

SESSION 13 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 13:

Update on the Supreme Court of the United States (Jul 2019)

Review of the 2018 term and a look ahead to the 2019 term commencing in October.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Jeremy C. Marwell, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Washington, DC

14. A Deep Dive Into Selected Issues Under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (Jul 2019)

Thomas S. Leatherbury, Hon. Bob Pemberton, Amanda G. Taylor

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 76 pgs
Slides (pdf) 16 pgs

SESSION 14 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 14:

A Deep Dive Into Selected Issues Under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (Jul 2019)

Since its passage in 2011, the Texas Citizens Participation Act has given rise to a perhaps surprising array of interpretive issues and controversies. Explore several recurring and/or open issues under the TCPA, as well as any legislative efforts to amend this statute.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Thomas S. Leatherbury, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Dallas, TX
Hon. Bob Pemberton, Third Court of Appeals (Ret.) - Austin, TX
Amanda G. Taylor, Butler Snow LLP - Austin, TX

15. ​Compensatory Damages on Appeal (Jul 2019)

Philip Durst

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Paper (pdf) 55 pgs
Slides (pdf) 12 pgs

SESSION 15 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 15:

​Compensatory Damages on Appeal (Jul 2019)

Examine recent appeals involving compensatory and “soft damages” to help you maximize or minimize those damages on appeal.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Philip Durst, Deats, Durst & Owen, P.L.L.C. - Austin, TX

16. Advocacy Practice and Theory for the New Millennium (Jul 2019)

Tracy W. McCormack

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Paper (pdf) 4 pgs
Slides (pdf) 17 pgs

SESSION 16 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 16:

Advocacy Practice and Theory for the New Millennium (Jul 2019)

No one can deny the practice of law has changed dramatically in recent years, but many still advocate like it's 1999. Learn new tricks and tips on how to advocate effectively in today's courtrooms.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Tracy W. McCormack, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

17. Error Preservation Ambushes: Infliction and Prevention (Jul 2019)

Steven K. Hayes

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Paper (pdf) 34 pgs
Slides (pdf) 14 pgs

SESSION 17 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 17:

Error Preservation Ambushes: Infliction and Prevention (Jul 2019)

We can raise many complaints for the first time on appeal ... or when it is too late for the non-complaining party to do anything about it. These complaints involve jurisdiction, standing, summary judgment practice, experts, damages, the charge, and attorney's fees, just to name a few areas. Identify these areas, get suggestions about how to pre-empt your opponent from ambushing you with such complaints, and hear ideas about ambushing your opponent, while taking care to avoid a self-inflicted wound.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Steven K. Hayes, Attorney at Law - Fort Worth, TX

18. Supreme Court of Texas Panel (Jul 2019)

Roger D. Townsend, Hon. Nathan L. Hecht, Hon. Debra H. Lehrmann, Hon. J. Brett Busby

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Video (mp4) 54 mins
Audio (mp3) 54 mins

SESSION 18 — 54 mins, credit 1.00

Session 18:

Supreme Court of Texas Panel (Jul 2019)

Hear a candid conversation among the Justices about what is new at the Court, the state of the docket, and ways practitioners can improve their chances of obtaining favorable relief for their clients.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Roger D. Townsend, Cokinos | Young - Houston, TX
Hon. Nathan L. Hecht, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
Hon. Debra H. Lehrmann, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
Hon. J. Brett Busby, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

19. State of the Fifth Circuit (Jul 2019)

Hon. Priscilla R. Owen

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Video (mp4) 23 mins
Audio (mp3) 23 mins

SESSION 19 — 23 mins, credit 0.50

Session 19:

State of the Fifth Circuit (Jul 2019)

Review Fifth Circuit operations and case-load challenges during the last year.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Hon. Priscilla R. Owen, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - Austin, TX

20. U.S. Fifth Circuit Update (Jul 2019)

David S. Coale

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Video (mp4) 26 mins
Audio (mp3) 26 mins
Paper (pdf) 18 pgs
Slides (pdf) 17 pgs

SESSION 20 — 26 mins, credit 0.50

Session 20:

U.S. Fifth Circuit Update (Jul 2019)

Examine recent opinions and trends from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

David S. Coale, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP - Dallas, TX

21. Getting Cert Granted (Jul 2019)

Carl Cecere, Daniel L. Geyser

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Video (mp4) 35 mins
Audio (mp3) 35 mins
Paper (pdf) 14 pgs
Slides (pdf) 9 pgs

SESSION 21 — 35 mins, credit 0.50

Session 21:

Getting Cert Granted (Jul 2019)

The Supreme Court of the United States receives thousands of petitions every year and grants review in a tiny fraction of those cases. Explore the art and science of earning a spot on the Court’s docket, highlighting recent examples of cases that did (and didn’t) make the cut.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Carl Cecere, Cecere PC - Dallas, TX
Daniel L. Geyser, Geyser P.C. - Dallas, TX

22. Ethics Three-Pack: Client Confidentiality, Advertising, and Social Media (Jul 2019)

Kendyl T. Hanks, Gene Major, Scott Rothenberg

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Video (mp4) 58 mins
Audio (mp3) 58 mins
Paper (pdf) 29 pgs
Slides (pdf) 18 pgs
Slides (pdf) 12 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 22 — 58 mins, credit 1.00 | 1.00 ethics

Session 22:

Ethics Three-Pack: Client Confidentiality, Advertising, and Social Media (Jul 2019)

Ethically proper social media presence, maintaining client confidentiality, and compliance with attorney advertising rules are three important cornerstones of any successful and ethical law practice. Update your knowledge and avoid pitfalls in all three areas as a result of this fast-paced and informative one-hour roundtable discussion.

Originally presented at: Jun 2019 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Kendyl T. Hanks, Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Austin, TX
Gene Major, State Bar of Texas - Austin, TX
Scott Rothenberg, Law Offices of Scott Rothenberg - Houston, TX