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2021 eConference on State and Federal Appeals

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2021 eConference on State and Federal Appeals
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Very well run and helpful, as usual.

Excellent as always. Well done.

As usual, an excellent seminar with a great variety of topics and speakers. Thanks for the new topics, especially the former clerks of RBG. Fascinating talk.

Always great materials, but some of the speakers were a bit weak this year.

Very enjoyable. Not the biggest fan of the Supreme Court panel, but I never am and it appears they are always going to be present.

Great course. Every year, this is always the most solid course on appeals.

Great course.

Very good appellate conference. I hope I get to attend in-person some day.

Great course; very informative

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UT Law CLE's 31st Annual 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 a must-attend event for Texas civil appellate practitioners.

2021 highlights include:
  • Candid discussion among Texas Supreme Court Justices about what’s new at the Court, the state of the docket, and tips for practitioners.
  • Review recent opinions from the Texas Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. Fifth Circuit on stays, supersedeas judgments, and preserving appellate complaints.
  • Tips and considerations for conducting your practice virtually in Pandemic Preservation: Practice Tips for Preserving Error Before, During, and After COVID-19.
  • Looking back at Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s work, life, family, and the pursuit of justice in Law Clerk Reminiscences of Working with RBG.
  • 2.75 hours of ethics, including presentations on Meet the PressWhat Should Be in Your Appellate Representation AgreementRecovering Appellate Attorney’s Fees, and the return of Ethics Jeopardy.

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides No Materials

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 12.50 | 2.75 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • TX, CA
  • Specialization: Civil Appellate Law | Criminal Law | Criminal Appellate Law | Construction Law | Civil Trial Law | Labor and Employment Law | Personal Injury Trial Law
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 6/30/2023

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1. Looking Back at the 87th Texas Legislature (Jun 2021)

Jerry D. Bullard, Senator Nathan Johnson

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Looking Back at the 87th Texas Legislature (Jun 2021)

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

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

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

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2. Texas Supreme Court by the Numbers (Jun 2021)

Don Cruse

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Texas Supreme Court by the Numbers (Jun 2021)

A new look at what has been happening with petitions and what that suggests about your client's odds.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Don Cruse, Law Office of Don Cruse - Austin, TX

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3. “What’d I Miss?”—An Update on the Texas Pattern Jury Charges (Jun 2021)

Hon. Dan Hinde

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“What’d I Miss?”—An Update on the Texas Pattern Jury Charges (Jun 2021)

It’s an odd-numbered year, which means that four of the Texas Pattern Jury Charge volumes have published new editions. Former Judge Dan Hinde, who chairs the Pattern Jury Charge Oversight Committee, runs through the highlights of the latest changes in the General Negligence, Business, Malpractice, and Oil & Gas volumes of the Pattern Jury Charges.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Hon. Dan Hinde, Schiffer Hicks Johnson PLLC - Houston, TX

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4. Texas Supreme Court Update (Jun 2021)

Hon. Jeff Boyd, Kurt Kuhn

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Texas Supreme Court Update (Jun 2021)

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

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

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

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5. Meet the Press: Working Effectively with the Media (Jun 2021)

Connie H. Pfeiffer, Natalie Posgate

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Meet the Press: Working Effectively with the Media (Jun 2021)

Tips, Tricks, Do’s, and Don’ts. Practical and ethical considerations for lawyers speaking with reporters.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Connie H. Pfeiffer, Yetter Coleman LLP - Houston, TX
Natalie Posgate, The Texas Lawbook - Dallas, TX

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6. Three Pack Update on TRAP Amendments, the TCPA, and Sufficiency Standards of Review (Jun 2021)

Matthew Scott Compton, Hon. Erin A. Nowell, Amanda G. Taylor

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Three Pack Update on TRAP Amendments, the TCPA, and Sufficiency Standards of Review (Jun 2021)

This presentation covers recent changes, noteworthy holdings, and open questions on these three topics to arm practitioners with helpful and current information. 

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Matthew Scott Compton, Fourth Court of Appeals - San Antonio, TX
Hon. Erin A. Nowell, 5th District Court of Appeals - Dallas, TX
Amanda G. Taylor, Butler Snow LLP - Austin, TX

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7. What Should (and Should Not) Be in Your Appellate Representation Agreement (Jun 2021)

Scott Rothenberg

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What Should (and Should Not) Be in Your Appellate Representation Agreement (Jun 2021)

A well-drafted Appellate Representation Agreement can protect you and your law firm against grievances, and legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits. In this day and age, you cannot afford to be without one.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Scott Rothenberg, Law Office of Scott Rothenberg - Bellaire, TX

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8. Pandemic Preservation: Practice Tips for Preserving Error Before, During, and After COVID-19 (Jun 2021)

Kirsten Castañeda, Hon. Latosha Lewis Payne, Hon. Daryl L. Moore

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Pandemic Preservation: Practice Tips for Preserving Error Before, During, and After COVID-19 (Jun 2021)

Preserving error was difficult enough before COVID-19. Now, virtual hearings and trials require extra steps. This presentation addresses considerations for presenting witnesses, handling exhibits, using demonstratives, and making a record that helps the trial judge, the appellate courts, and you while practicing in a virtual setting.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Kirsten Castañeda, Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP - Dallas, TX
Hon. Latosha Lewis Payne, 55th Civil District Court - Houston, TX
Hon. Daryl L. Moore, Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos Alavi Mensing, PC - Houston, TX

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9. Recovering Appellate Attorney’s Fees (Jun 2021)

Leslie Sara Hyman, Matthew J. McGowan

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Recovering Appellate Attorney’s Fees (Jun 2021)

The Texas Supreme Court’s recent guidance on proving up attorneys’ fees applies to appellate fees as well and federal courts apply their own rules about appellate fees. This update addresses best practices for recovering appellate fees. 

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Leslie Sara Hyman, Pulman, Cappuccio & Pullen, LLP - San Antonio, TX
Matthew J. McGowan, Santoyo Wehmeyer P.. - San Antonio, TX

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10. Ethics Jeopardy (Jun 2021)

Douglas W. Alexander, Elizabeth G. (Heidi) Bloch, William J. Chriss, Kevin Dubose, Mia Lorick

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Ethics Jeopardy (Jun 2021)

Watch ambitious appellate practitioners compete against one another, as they struggle to answer ethics questions that savvy practitioners ought to know.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Douglas W. Alexander, Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP - Austin, TX
Elizabeth G. (Heidi) Bloch, Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Austin, TX
William J. Chriss, The Snapka Law Firm - Corpus Christi, TX
Kevin Dubose, Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP - Houston, TX
Mia Lorick, Locke Lord LLP - Houston, TX

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11. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (Jun 2021)

Laurie Ratliff

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Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (Jun 2021)

How to draft effective findings of fact and conclusions of law, strategies for additional findings and conclusions, and handling the unusual scenarios that arise with requests for findings of fact.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Laurie Ratliff, Laurie Ratliff LLC - Austin, TX

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12. Mooting Your Case for Oral Argument (Jun 2021)

Pamela Stanton Baron, Hon. Scott A. Brister, Natalie Thompson

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Mooting Your Case for Oral Argument (Jun 2021)

Practicing your oral argument in front of others unfamiliar with the case is invaluable in preparing for questions from the court and in streamlining your key points. It can be a formal moot or an informal roundtable discussion, live or over Zoom, and the judges can be colleagues, retained appellate experts, or even relatives. The panel members provide tips for an effective moot, whatever the format.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Pamela Stanton Baron, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX
Hon. Scott A. Brister, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP - Austin, TX
Natalie Thompson, Office of the Texas Attorney General - Austin, TX

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13. Amicus Briefs in Texas Appellate Courts (Jun 2021)

Anne M. Johnson, Carl Cecere, Hon. Peter M. Kelly, Ryan Paulsen

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Amicus Briefs in Texas Appellate Courts (Jun 2021)

Discuss the increasing role of amici in Texas appellate courts, consider how amicus briefs may have influenced recent decisions, and share views on the “do's and don’ts” of effective advocacy in amicus briefs.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Anne M. Johnson, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Dallas, TX
Carl Cecere, Cecere PC - Dallas, TX
Hon. Peter M. Kelly, First Court of Appeals - Houston, TX
Ryan Paulsen, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Dallas, TX

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14. Texas Supreme Court Panel (Jun 2021)

Jane M. N. Webre, Hon. Debra H. Lehrmann, Hon. Jane N. Bland, Hon. Rebeca Huddle

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Texas Supreme Court Panel (Jun 2021)

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 securing discretionary review for their clients.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Jane M. N. Webre, Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP - Austin, TX
Hon. Debra H. Lehrmann, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
Hon. Jane N. Bland, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
Hon. Rebeca Huddle, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

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15. Law Clerk Reminiscences of Working with RBG (Jun 2021)

Dori Bernstein, Kelsi Brown Corkran, Devi Rao

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Law Clerk Reminiscences of Working with RBG (Jun 2021)

Hear a conversation between three former law clerks of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as they share memories of what it was like to work for the Justice, and what they learned from her about work, life, family, and the pursuit of justice.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Dori Bernstein, The Appellate Project - Washington, DC
Kelsi Brown Corkran, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy & Protection - Washington, DC
Devi Rao, MacArthur Justice Center - Washington, DC

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16. Fun with the Charge: Storming the Casteel (Jun 2021)

David M. Gunn, Russell S. Post, Hon. Thomas R. Phillips

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Fun with the Charge: Storming the Casteel (Jun 2021)

The panel discusses the latest on the “rotten apple” problem in jury charge practice, including issues to consider in drafting charge material, making a record, and arguing the points on appeal.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

David M. Gunn, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX
Russell S. Post, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX
Hon. Thomas R. Phillips, Baker Botts L.L.P. - Austin, TX

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17. Supersedeas and Stays in State and Federal Court (Jun 2021)

Hon. Dustin M. Howell

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Supersedeas and Stays in State and Federal Court (Jun 2021)

Review the basics on how to obtain stays and supersede judgments in state and federal court, as well as look at the latest case law in this ever-changing area of the law.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Hon. Dustin M. Howell, 200th District Court - Austin, TX

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18. Preserving Appellate Complaints in Federal Courts (Jun 2021)

Reagan W. Simpson

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Preserving Appellate Complaints in Federal Courts (Jun 2021)

Explore the basics of federal preservation, focus on a few of the more troublesome issues and unsettled issues in preserving appellate complaints in federal court, and discuss practical approaches to preventing claims of waiver on appeal.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Reagan W. Simpson, Yetter Coleman LLP - Houston, TX

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19. U.S. Fifth Circuit Update (Jun 2021)

Raffi Melkonian

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U.S. Fifth Circuit Update (Jun 2021)

A close look at the most interesting and important cases from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the past year.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Raffi Melkonian, Wright Close & Barger, LLP - Houston, TX

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20. U.S. Supreme Court Update (Jun 2021)

Jeremy C. Marwell

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U.S. Supreme Court Update (Jun 2021)

An overview of major decisions and trends from the Supreme Court’s 2020-2021 term.

Originally presented: Jun 2021 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

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