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Listen to a discussion about recent developments of importance for representing government employees, including First Amendment, due process, privacy, political patronage, and state law developments in the public workplace. more »
Session 1: Government Investigations, Part I: Investigative Triggers– An examination of the early and perhaps most critical stages of the investigative process, including considerations, strategies and ethical issues related to responding to a whistleblower, the government’s request for voluntary assistance, the investigatory subpoena, document preservation, early settlement and cooperation agreements, advising the board, and public reporting and public relations.
Session 2: Government Investigations, Part II: Best Practices for Internal Investigations – A look at the factors and circumstances that inform the decision to conduct an internal investigation—when is an independent investigation advisable and what are the best practices for conducting those inquiries. The panel also discusses strategies in selecting outside counsel, scoping the appropriate inquiry, pitfalls in document preservation and production, the "horrors" of email and ESI, self-reporting to the government, and considerations in advising the board.
Session 3: Government Investigations, Part III: Moving Forward– What happens when the internal investigation uncovers evidence of possible wrongdoing? How might you handle bad facts, difficult investigation witnesses, and the dreaded "smoking gun" document? This panel explores the considerations and best practices in proceeding, including the possibility of continued voluntary cooperation, what to do when the government’s case is ill-founded, understanding the government’s focus, isolating critical documents and key witnesses, dealing with an Achilles heel, and considerations for early settlement.
Session 4: Government Investigations, Part IV: The Litigation Process – Fight or flee? This panel focuses on the key issues and ethical considerations presented as the government’s investigation moves into its most active phase. It explores issues in representing the company, representing individuals, and possible conflicts of interest in multiple representation, strategies in preparing for testimony, 5th Amendment considerations, dealing with parallel proceedings, and taking proactive measures.
Session 5: Government Investigations, Part V: The End Game– This panel addresses the issues surrounding the resolution of a government investigation, plus looks at future risk assessment and proactive measures that can help prevent or at least prepare for possible investigations. It looks at strategic settlement considerations, the cost of defense vs. the cost of settlement, discussing settlement with the government, strategies in crafting an agreement, collateral consequences of settlement, seeking a high-level review of a charging decision, SOX clawbacks, and PR, IR and SEC disclosures.
Best practices for crisis communication, including strategies for dealing with the media, investors and the public, plus a discussion of both the legal requirements and strategic considerations pertaining to required disclosures in company filings. more »
Session 1: Avoiding Open Government Pitfalls: A Land Use Perspective - Explore five pitfalls in open government under the Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act from the land use perspective. Awareness of these issues is a step towards managing the government client’s legal risks, providing effective case management and ensuring good government.
Session 2: The Devil in the Details: An Ethical Journey toward Governmental Approvals - Ethics issues related to approving projects and financing (special districts, especially), including voting and recusal (or not), speaking to public officials and board members, advocacy on both sides, financing and its role in deals, and what to do when everybody knows everybody. more »
Examine the work product privilege under state and federal law, including differences in application and important considerations for practitioners when working with experts, consultants and other third parties. more »
Session 1: Commissioner Decisions Update - Hear an update on Commissioner of Education decisions from the past year.
Session 2: Recent Opinions Issued by the Attorney General - Review recent opinions issued by the Texas Attorney General that may affect public schools and school law. more »
Session 1: Technology and Ethics - Hear an overview of lawyers’ ethical obligations—and tips on avoiding potential ethical pitfalls—with respect to the technology we all use.
Session 2: The Lobbying Line - What are the legal and ethical lines to watch when you are lobbying at the Texas Capitol? How do you know if you have crossed them?
Session 3: Artificial Intelligence and its Effect on the Legal Industry - AI is getting a lot of attention, creating fears and in many cases unrealistic expectations. Explore the reality of AI, how it practically can impact legal work flows, and how it can be a positive force that enables lawyers to do their jobs faster, cheaper and better for their clients.
Session 4: Dealing with Combative and Unscrupulous Lawyers - How to avoid intimidation and manage the disruptive, disreputable, and overly zealous lawyer in an ethical, civil, and professional manner.
In the midst of a quickly changing legal environment, it can be a challenge to keep track of what's happening and what CLE can mean for your practice. Hear the latest in this special 4-hour bundle of our best programming.
Data breach trends in 2017 show an increased sophistication of malware, increased targeting of corporate human resources information (W-2 and other personnel information), unique combinations of social engineering and technical subterfuge to acquire sensitive data for criminal monetization, and malicious damage caused by encryption attacks. It is increasingly difficult for businesses to protect their digital environment, and it is more important than ever before to plan for the inevitable. Hear some lessons learned from years of experience in this area, with an emphasis on proactive approaches to data security, including thorough preparation and a rapid response. more »
Session 1: Financial Fraud Enforcement: Public Companies, the SEC and the DOJ - An update on the SEC's and DOJ's recent enforcement efforts involving accounting fraud investigations and related litigation.
Session 2: False Claims Act: Key Considerations for the General Counsel - The Justice Department describes the False Claims Act as “the government’s primary civil remedy to redress false claims for government funds and property under government programs and contracts” and recent changes in legislation, case law and government’s enforcement priorities all point towards increased prosecution utilizing the False Claims Act. Understanding the heightened risks is imperative to keeping an organization out of harm’s way or mitigating the damage when facing potential liability under the False Claims Act. more »
Environmental laws and regulations range from the deeply technical to more prosaic record-keeping requirements. Many companies have substantial teams of environmental compliance specialists that combine deep legal and technical understanding without being lawyers. Hear where the General Counsel and outside counsel fit into this compliance and enforcement world. more »
Session 1: The General Counsel and the Independent Auditor: A Critical Relationship - Hear tips for legal departments in interacting with independent auditors during an investigation—when do you disclose information, how do you speak with "one voice" with an auditor, and more.
Session 2: Internal Investigations: The Complexities and Challenges of Multi-National Business Operations - In the wake of the recent federal investigations of Volkswagen/Audi, Petrobras and GSK it is more than obvious that the ramifications of a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice are far reaching, consequential and unpredictable. Being prepared to conduct an internal investigation that mitigates and/or defuses the potential fallout from such an investigation is an essential element of every corporate internal investigation practice. Hear practical advice and lessons learned from both in-house and outside counsel who have handled a multitude of these multi-national internal investigations. more »
The transition to a new administration has predictably yielded priority shifts—some as expected, some not. Examine the changing enforcement landscape, focusing on those aspects affecting corporations from the Yates memo to health care and corporate immigration exposure. more »
Session 1: Use or Abuse of Social Media by Texas Administrative Agencies - On December 14, 2015, the U.S. General Accounting Office issued Ruling B-326944 regarding application of federal publicity or propaganda and anti-lobbying provisions to certain social media activities of the Environmental Protection Agency. Is this a uniquely federal issue, or a new concern for agency counsel in Texas? What law or policies restrict use of social media by Texas agencies?
Session 2: Contracting after the 2015 Legislative Session: New Reporting and Oversight Requirements - A discussion of the significant legislation relating to contracting with governmental bodies enacted by the 84th Texas Legislature, including new requirements for monitoring and disclosures.
Session 3: Data Breaches - Best practices for avoiding breaches and addressing them when they occur.
Session 4: The Civility Oath - Recent changes to the Texas Lawyer's Oath put the state’s citizens firmly behind the idea that Texas lawyers and judges should conduct themselves with the highest standards of civility and professionalism. Hear one legislator's take on the new oath and on the current state of the practice.
Session 5: Texas v. United States: Procedural Lessons Learned - Explore the important procedural differences between state and federal administrative law practice.
Session 6: The Meaning of Inaction - Explore the concept of legislative acquiescence in Texas law.
Session 7: Agency Deference at the Texas Supreme Court - An overview of the Court’s view of agency deference and the interplay between how the Court construes statutes and when it defers to agencies.
Session 8: Top Ten Tips for Drafting Legislation - In anticipation of the upcoming legislative session, get the expert's advice on some best practices for preparing and analyzing bills and amendments.
Session 9: Agency Spotlight: Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) - Hear an overview of current activity at ERS, whose mission is to provide competitive benefits in support of the State of Texas workforce. The ever-changing benefits and budget landscape offers continual challenges in meeting this mission, with real impacts to employees and their families. more »
Session 1: Pro Bono Opportunities - Learn about the advocacy and volunteer opportunities at Disability Rights Texas (DRTx), the federally-designated protection and advocacy organization for the State of Texas. Hear about the services available to Texans living with disabilities and the pro bono volunteer lawyer opportunities to work on DRTx cases.
Session 2: Impaired Attorneys and the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program - Learn about the lifesaving services of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, and the Sheeran Crowley Memorial Trust, which assist lawyers, judges and law students who are dealing with substance abuse and/or mental health disorders. These disorders can impact a law practice—hear about services available to restore the lawyer’s life and practice to one of the highest ethical standards.
Session 3: Who is Your Client? - A discussion of the role of the Attorney General in the attorney-client relationship. more »
Session 1: Case Law Update, Part I - Listen to a discussion about significant administrative law cases issued during the last year.
Session 2: Case Law Update, Part II - Continuation of the discussion of significant administrative law cases issued during the last year. more »
Session 1: Administrative Regulation and Sunset Review - The 85th Legislative Session opened with a theme of refocusing priority areas and improving efficiencies among regulatory agencies. Review whether these themes came to fruition and the possible effects on administrative regulation.
Session 2: Legislative Update - Review and focus on the bills enacted by the 85th Texas Legislature that impact administrative law practitioners. more »