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2022 eConference on State and Federal Appeals

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2022 eConference on State and Federal Appeals
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UT Law CLE's 32nd 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.

2022 highlights include:
  • Candid discussion among Texas Supreme Court Justices, including Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, about what’s new at the Court, the state of the docket, and tips for practitioners.
  • Review of recent opinions on the most interesting and important cases from the Texas Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. Fifth Circuit.
  • Insight and further analysis in What does the SCOTUS Shadow Docket Mean for Appellate Practitioners (and the country)? from Texas Law Professor Stephen Vladeck.
  • Learn how clinics can enhance and serve an appellate practice in Get Schooled! Practice and Professional-Identity Lessons from Law School Clinics.
  • 3.25 hours of ethics, including presentations on What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Cybersecurity, the always popular Ethics Game ShowEmergency Toolkit for Grievances and Sanctions Orders, and What Landry’s Means for Press Statements.

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 12.00 | 3.25 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • TX, CA
  • Specialization: Civil Appellate Law | Criminal Law | Criminal Appellate Law | Construction Law | Consumer Law | Civil Trial Law | Labor and Employment Law | Personal Injury Trial Law
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 7/31/2023

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1. Texas Supreme Court by the Numbers (Jul 2022)

Don Cruse

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Texas Supreme Court by the Numbers (Jul 2022)

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

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

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

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2. Mandamus: A Look Behind the Curtain (Jul 2022)

Hon. Jane N. Bland, David M. Gunn, Colleen M. Sullivan, Nicholas Bruno

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Mandamus: A Look Behind the Curtain (Jul 2022)

A discussion of the Texas Supreme Court’s decision-making process for mandamus petitions and related motions for emergency temporary relief, including ways practitioners can improve their chances of securing the mandamus relief their clients seek when they need it.

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Hon. Jane N. Bland, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
David M. Gunn, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX
Colleen M. Sullivan, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
Nicholas Bruno, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX

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3. Appellate Review of Prior Restraints on Speech (Jul 2022)

Peter D. Kennedy

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Appellate Review of Prior Restraints on Speech (Jul 2022)

Prior restraints—judicial prohibitions against future speech enforced by contempt—are often considered the quintessential form of unconstitutional government censorship. When can a court grant this extraordinary remedy? Hear a discussion of the legal and evidentiary standards applied by Texas and federal courts when considering applications for prior restraints, with a focus on recent efforts in Texas and elsewhere to use the judicial system to block perceived critical or ‘dangerous’ speech.

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Peter D. Kennedy, Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody - Austin, TX

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4. Remote Court Proceedings: Are They Ever Going Away?  (Jul 2022)

Hon. Emily Miskel

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Remote Court Proceedings: Are They Ever Going Away?  (Jul 2022)

Learn how remote proceedings can continue to be useful, including updates from the Supreme Court's remote proceedings task force.

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Hon. Emily Miskel, 470th District Court - McKinney, TX

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5. How Much is Too Much?: Review of the Excessiveness of Damages (Jul 2022)

Jeffrey S. Levinger, Connie H. Pfeiffer

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How Much is Too Much?: Review of the Excessiveness of Damages (Jul 2022)

When less is more, enough is enough, and you can never have too much. 

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Jeffrey S. Levinger, Levinger PC - Dallas, TX
Connie H. Pfeiffer, Yetter Coleman LLP - Houston, TX

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6. Texas Supreme Court Panel (Jul 2022)

Amy Warr, Hon. Nathan L. Hecht, Hon. Rebeca Huddle, Hon. Evan A. Young

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Texas Supreme Court Panel (Jul 2022)

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 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Amy Warr, Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP - Austin, TX
Hon. Nathan L. Hecht, Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
Hon. Rebeca Huddle, Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX
Hon. Evan A. Young, Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

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7. Get Schooled! Practice and Professional-Identity Lessons from Law School Clinics (Jul 2022)

Lisa R. Eskow, Thomas S. Leatherbury, Lulú Ortiz, Evan M. Rios

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Get Schooled! Practice and Professional-Identity Lessons from Law School Clinics (Jul 2022)

Law schools are expanding clinical offerings in which students represent clients pro bono on a wide range of issues. A discussion on how clinical courses train soon-to-be lawyers in real-world contexts with real-world clients, offering real-life lessons on professional responsibility and professional identity that can benefit seasoned practitioners as well. Explore ideas on how clinics can enhance your appellate practice at no cost by, for example, serving as co-counsel, writing amicus briefs, or organizing moots in cases that fall within clinics’ missions.

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Lisa R. Eskow, University of Texas School of Law Supreme Court Clinic - Austin, TX
Thomas S. Leatherbury, SMU Dedman School of Law First Amendment Clinic and Vinson & Elkins LLP - Dallas, TX
Lulú Ortiz, Law Clerk for Judge Pitman - Austin, TX
Evan M. Rios, The Supreme Court of Texas - Austin, TX

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8. U.S. Supreme Court Update (Jul 2022)

Daniel L. Geyser

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U.S. Supreme Court Update (Jul 2022)

This year at the Court has been anything but business as usual. Examine a Court in transition as it winds up a blockbuster term.

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Daniel L. Geyser, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Denver, CO

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9. Preparing for Oral Argument (Jul 2022)

Anne M. Johnson

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Preparing for Oral Argument (Jul 2022)

Hear a practical, step-by-step guide to preparing for appellate arguments, drawing on the best practices of some of Texas’s top appellate practitioners.

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Anne M. Johnson, Tillotson Johnson & Patton - Dallas, TX

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10. Error Resurrection (Jul 2022)

Hon. Daryl L. Moore, Kelsi Stayart White

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Error Resurrection (Jul 2022)

Appellate lawyers often get called into the game late. This presentation provides tips on preserving arguments for appeal that might—at first blush—seem lost.

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Hon. Daryl L. Moore, Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos Alavi Mensing, PC - Houston, TX
Kelsi Stayart White, Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. - Houston, TX

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11. What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Cybersecurity (Jul 2022)

Jennifer S. Freel, David Springer

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What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Cybersecurity (Jul 2022)

Review an attorney’s ethical duty to safeguard client information, then explore how that duty intersects with cyber threats, including ransomware and data breaches. The speakers provide a list of best practices for securing your electronic devices at home and while traveling.

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Jennifer S. Freel, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX
David Springer, Dropbox, Inc. - Austin, TX

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12. Ethics “Game Show” (Jul 2022)

Elizabeth G. (Heidi) Bloch, Mia Lorick, Laurie Ratliff, Jane M. N. Webre

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Ethics “Game Show” (Jul 2022)

Watch guest “celebrities” match wits in a fast-paced game of “Wait Wait … Don’t Sue Me!”

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Elizabeth G. (Heidi) Bloch, Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Austin, TX
Mia Lorick, Locke Lord LLP - Houston, TX
Laurie Ratliff, Laurie Ratliff LLC - Austin, TX
Jane M. N. Webre, Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP - Austin, TX

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13. Statutory Stays, Rule 29.3 Orders, and Other Short-Term Fixes (Jul 2022)

David J. Campbell

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Statutory Stays, Rule 29.3 Orders, and Other Short-Term Fixes (Jul 2022)

When certain interlocutory orders are appealed, trial courts may be powerless to enforce injunctive relief and prevent mischief; but appellate courts can come to the rescue. Explore how practitioners can obtain favorable temporary orders from appellate courts during interlocutory appeals.

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

David J. Campbell, O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo, PC - Austin, TX

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14. Remedy: Remand, Render, or Retreat? (Jul 2022)

Hon. Sarah Beth Landau, Amanda G. Taylor

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Remedy: Remand, Render, or Retreat? (Jul 2022)

A win is only as good as the remedy. Explore best practices, limits on requesting and affording relief, and the law of remedy from the perspective of both practitioners and courts.

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Hon. Sarah Beth Landau, First Court of Appeals of Texas - Houston, TX
Amanda G. Taylor, Butler Snow LLP - Austin, TX

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15. Emergency Toolkit for Grievances and Sanctions Orders (Jul 2022)

Scott Rothenberg

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Emergency Toolkit for Grievances and Sanctions Orders (Jul 2022)

No lawyer expects to be the recipient of a grievance or an order to pay sanctions. Consider this program as your emergency toolkit to help you not only survive but thrive while handling these situations both efficiently and effectively.

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

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

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16. What Landry’s Means for Press Statements  (Jul 2022)

Marc Fuller

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What Landry’s Means for Press Statements  (Jul 2022)

Last year, the Texas Supreme Court held that an attorney’s statements to the press are not immune from defamation claims. Now, what’s an attorney to say, and what legal protections remain?

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Marc Fuller, Jackson Walker LLP - Dallas, TX

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17. Permissive Appeals in the Wake of Sabre Travel (Jul 2022)

Richard B. Phillips Jr.

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Permissive Appeals in the Wake of Sabre Travel (Jul 2022)

In 2019, the Texas Supreme Court strongly encouraged courts of appeals to exercise their discretion to accept certified permissive interlocutory appeals when the statutory requirements have been met. How has this guidance affected courts' approaches to petitions for permission to appeal?

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Richard B. Phillips Jr., Holland & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX

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18. Texas Supreme Court Update (Jul 2022)

Kurt Kuhn

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Texas Supreme Court Update (Jul 2022)

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

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Kurt Kuhn, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC - Austin, TX

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19. Arbitration Update (Jul 2022)

Marla Diane Broaddus, Michael S. Truesdale, Zach Horton

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Arbitration Update (Jul 2022)

Overview of recent state and federal appellate court decisions on hot topic issues like arbitrability, mandatory arbitration clauses, grounds for vacatur, and federal question jurisdiction under the FAA.

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Marla Diane Broaddus, Enoch Kever PLLC - Austin, TX
Michael S. Truesdale, Enoch Kever PLLC - Austin, TX
Zach Horton, Enoch Kever PLLC - Austin, TX

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20. U.S. Fifth Circuit Update (Jul 2022)

Raffi Melkonian

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U.S. Fifth Circuit Update (Jul 2022)

This presentation covers the most interesting and important cases from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the past year.

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

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

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21. Doctrine in Crisis: Stare Decisis (Jul 2022)

Jessica Asbridge

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Doctrine in Crisis: Stare Decisis (Jul 2022)

No clear framework exists for determining when the Supreme Court should overturn a case it wrongly decided or when a Fifth Circuit panel can ignore an earlier panel decision. This muddle not only creates challenges for attorneys arguing a prior decision is not controlling, but also poses problems for the rule of law. Explore recent decisions grappling with stare decisis principles and discuss the ethical and practical considerations at play for appellate advocates. 

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Jessica Asbridge, Baylor Law School - Waco, TX

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22. What does the SCOTUS Shadow Docket Mean for Appellate Practitioners (and the country)?  (Jul 2022)

Stephen Vladeck

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What does the SCOTUS Shadow Docket Mean for Appellate Practitioners (and the country)?  (Jul 2022)

Over the past year, we’ve seen increased attention to the Supreme Court’s “shadow docket” not only from practitioners, scholars, and the media, but from the Justices themselves—including growing accusations from a minority of the Justices that the majority is abusing the Court’s procedural orders to effect substantive changes in the law, and growing complaints from the majority about what Justice Kavanaugh called the “worn-out rhetoric” concerning the shadow docket. This session will ask what practitioners ought to make of these developments—and what they mean not only for appellate litigation in state and federal courts, but for the legal system writ large?

Originally presented: Jun 2022 Conference on State and Federal Appeals

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