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Explore how evidence of previous conduct and crimes by a witness can be outcome-determinative in a jury trial. Join Quentin Brogdon in this one-hour presentation as he answers questions on what and when evidence is admissible. And how does a party preserve error for an appeal when seeking to admit or to exclude this evidence. more »
In recent years, the number of devices and applications capturing data about every aspect of our business and personal lives has exploded, creating a storm of potentially relevant data. Practitioners who know how to collect this digital evidence and use it effectively will gain an edge on their opponents. This presentation covers novel sources of digital evidence and the available court and forensic tools that can be used to gather evidence from them. more »
Parallel criminal and civil cases arising out of the same event occur with some frequency. Join Quentin Brogdon as he explores several issues: whether the civil case must be abated, until the criminal case is resolved, or if the cases may proceed simultaneously. Potential consequences of the assertion of the fifth amendment privilege against self-incrimination, and potential effects of differences in the scope of discovery in the civil case and the scope of discovery in the parallel criminal case. more »
Join Sol Bobst as he explores background information, regulatory issues, and case studies concerning marijuana. He will provide an understanding of the critical factors when reviewing criminal cases and liability claims involving marijuana, cannabis, and THC product. more »
Session 1: Write Your Brief Like a Country Song: The Universal Rules of Effective Communication - A great country song tells a compelling story in a way that makes you want listen to whole thing. A brief should do the same. Richard Hunt, an attorney with 37 years of experience writing briefs, shares the new perspective on brief writing he gained when he started writing country music.
Session 2: Dos and Don'ts of Discovery in Texas Civil Proceedings - Join Robert K. Wise and Kennon L. Wooten as they cover tips and traps relating to seeking and resisting discovery in litigation pending in Texas state courts. They will focus on the Texas discovery rules and will cover both written discovery and depositions.
Session 3: How to Be an Ethical Ally (When You Work with a Bunch of Attorneys) - Are you a person who notices inequities around you? Do you want to respond when you see or hear another person being slighted? Do you work with a bunch of attorneys? If you said "yes" to any of these questions, then this is the ethics presentation is for you. Join DeDe Church as she dives into some common biases sometimes seen in law firms and legal departments and discuss how you can effectively interrupt these biases by being an ally to your peers and to your profession. more »
Explore issues like non-competes, trade secrets, and other items that typically come up when employees leave a company. Zach Wolfe and Paloma Z. Ahmadi will focus on how these issues apply to employees laid off because of COVID-19. more »
The coronavirus pandemic closes businesses and forces quarantines, at the same time spawning lawsuits of all kinds. Join Quentin Brogdon as he goes over questions: what types of coronavirus suits are being filed, how will the new coronavirus suits be resolved, and how is our system of justice adapting to this new era of social distancing? more »
Join Quentin Brogdon as he explains the differences and goals between opening and closing arguments in Jury trials. Explore how much latitude the rules give the trial lawyer when making opening statements and closing arguments. more »
THIS MONTH: Ethics of Freelance Legal Services- Hiring and Being Hired as a Contract Attorney • School Safety from the School and Parent Point of View • Quality of Life Tools: Bloom Where You Are Planted • Outlook for Energy: A Perspective to 2040 • Opening Statements: How to Use A Proven Marketing Formula to Clarify Your Story to the Jury more »
Session 1: Arbitration Intersects With Employment Law - Experienced arbitrators discuss the advantages and pitfalls of arbitration as an alternative to litigation, trends in arbitrating employment cases, interpretation of arbitration clauses, and what both sides can do to reduce costs and make effective presentations.
Session 2: Texas Citizen’s Participation Act: Recent Statutory and Decisional Developments - How have recent amendments and decisions affected the scope and viability of the TCPA? What strategies are effective for TCPA movants and respondents?
Session 3: Appellate Judge's View of Employment Law Cases - A mid-level update of employment law opinions from our intermediate courts of appeal.
Session 4: Preparing Witnesses; Practical and Ethical Considerations - Witness preparation involves both practical and ethical challenges. How do you ensure your witnesses are well prepared and comfortable with the process? And how do you navigate between zealous advocacy and the duty of candor to the tribunal? Gain useful tips from both the plaintiff and defense perspective. more »
Session 1: Ethics for Post-Conviction Lawyers - Examine the ethical considerations facing attorneys in post-conviction representation.
Session 2: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel - Review the essentials of filing an ineffective assistance of counsel claim as defense counsel and responding as a prosecutor, with focus on essentials, pitfalls and necessity of claim.
Session 3: Appellate Tips from the Experts - Get a view from both sides of the criminal bar with practical tips on how appellate advocates and appellate courts can make their briefs and opinions interesting, easier to understand, and less likely to inflame the opposing side or losing party.
Session 4: Improve Your Legal Writing - Learn techniques for improving your legal writing in the short, medium, and long run.
Session 5: Error Preservation Ambushes: Infliction and Prevention - 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.
Session 6: Demonstrative Evidence: Pursuasion and the Use of Technology - Do you understand the differences between demonstrative evidence, and demonstrative aids? Join Claude Ducloux in this one hour presentation as he explores the following: Use of Summaries, Statistics, Trial Demonstrations, and Simulations/Videos. He will discuss: appropriate planning, themes, learning styles, and the ethic boundaries and duties when evidence is incorrect, wrong, or just plain false.
Session 7: Conviction Letters and Related Issues - Observe a roundtable discussion on navigating professional licensing complications related to criminal law matters.
Session 8: Advocacy Practice and Theory for the New Millennium - 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.
Session 9: Legal Malpractice Update - Get the latest on recent developments in Texas legal malpractice law, as well as notable ethics opinions that are applicable to appellate practitioners.
Session 10: Ethical Issues Presented by Changing Technology - Increasingly technology is integrated into the practice of law. Examine lawyers' current ethical responsibility in relation to the use of technology and how such responsibility may change as technological advances, like artificial intelligence, become more commonplace in the practice of law.
Session 11: Expanding Your Firm: How to Hire Contract and Associate Lawyers - What are the basics that you need to know? How do you manage your staff and attorneys? Get practical tips on how to answer these questions so that your firm can continue to flourish.
Session 12: Stress Kills Success: Mindfulness and the Small Firm Practitioner - Learn about the science behind stress and wellness, along with how mindfulness can help with peak performance. more »
Do you understand the differences between demonstrative evidence and demonstrative aids? Join Claude Ducloux in this one-hour presentation as he explores the use of summaries, statistics, trial demonstrations, and simulations/videos as demonstrative tools. Hear more about appropriate planning, themes, learning styles, and the ethical boundaries and duties when evidence is incorrect, wrong, or just plain false. more »
THIS MONTH: #Blessed: Using Social Media in Trial • What I Learned About Writing Briefs From Writing Country Songs • The Law of Loan Sharks • Legal Malpractice Update • Cybersecurity Insurance • C-Suite Investigations: An Experience To (or Not To) Forget
Session 1: Investigating Sensitive Employment Complaints - The investigation of an employee's complaint may be critical to an employer's only means of avoiding liability. The investigator may be a witness, and the notes may be evidence. Learn how to investigate and document the process.
Session 2: Depositions in Business Litigation - Learn strategies for securing the testimony you need in complex business cases.
Session 3: Taking the Deposition of a Corporate Representative - Explore using the organization representative deposition, one of the more effective discovery tools to use when seeking discovery from an organization. Learn the ins and outs of using FRCP 30b(6) and TRCP 199.2(b) to depose the organization (a party or non-party) through the organization-selected representative(s) on topics you delineate relevant to the claims and defenses in the lawsuit.
Session 4: Nuts and Bolts When Deposing on Behalf of the Plaintiff - When representing the Plaintiff: essential steps for a successful deposition of defendant’s expert, a witness or the defendant.
Session 5: Beating the Expert - Find out how to take an expert’s deposition—how to avoid being intimidated and how to set realistic, attainable goals when you depose the "expert."
Session 6: Developing Your Trial Cross Through the Adverse Deposition - Learn to take admission-seeking depositions of adverse witnesses so that they are effectively limited in their testimony at trial.
Session 7: Preparing Your Witness for Deposition - Witnesses win cases—and lose them. Learn how to keep your witness from giving it all up in a deposition and how to use the deposition to help prepare your witness to be a winner at trial.
Session 8: Corroborating Evidence: It’s Not Just a Swearing Match - Workplace disputes dismissed as “he-said, she-said” very often are in reality “he-said, she-said” plus some other evidence says. What is corroborating evidence to courts and juries in workplace discrimination and harassment cases?
Session 9: Anti-SLAPP for Everyone! - More and more states are adopting Anti-SLAPP legislation, and the broad approach taken by Texas under the TCPA suggests that even a tangential relationship between the communication and a matter of public concern is sufficient. So what is an attorney to do? Review the elements and limits of Anti-SLAPP litigation, and make sure you are prepared the next time a slap is on the horizon.
Session 10: Communication with Adverse Parties - How can communicating with adverse parties minimize or maximize your effectiveness as an advocate, affect client service, and impact staff morale? It is not uncommon for the lofty ideals of legal professionalism to fade alongside the more instinctive goal of winning for our clients by using words or actions to crush our opponents. But using words to unnecessarily embarrass or demean can change how others perceive you, affect the willingness of your opponent to cooperate, and most importantly, may violate the rules of professionalism. Review the rules that speak to how we communicate with adverse parties, and the practical consequences of ignoring those rules.
Session 11: Class Action Employment Litigation: What's Left and What's New - Dukes, Epic Systems, and many other cases in the past decade have made class litigation extremely difficult in employment cases. Nonetheless, government agencies and private litigants are still filing a variety of class action discrimination cases and the prevalence of wage‑hour collective actions remain strong. Discuss the status of class and collective action employment litigation with a focus on recent developments impacting both the plaintiffs’ and defense bars.
Session 12: Settlement Documents: Lessons to Learn - Optimizing separation agreement and settlement language to protect client assets, compliance with restrictions on confidentiality provisions, and avoiding hidden “gotcha” mistakes.
Session 13: Ethics for Employment Lawyers: 2019 - Get updated on on cutting-edge ethics issues, including attorney-client privilege and waiver issues, ex parte communications, access to social media and computer information, inadvertent disclosure and improper acquisition of confidential information, litigation holds and spoliation issues, and settlement negotiations. more »
Session 1: A Day in the Life of a Car Wreck Defense Lawyer - Discussion about the laundry list of issues that the car wreck defense lawyer can expect to address in a typical day.
Session 2: First Contact, Case Evaluation, and Client Expectations - Learn how to assess who has a claim, potential conflicts, how to evaluate the potential liability, damages, and costs of the case, and how to manage your client's expectations about their case.
Session 3: Investigation and Insurance - Examine critical aspects of the crash investigation, including the identification of potential parties and the myriad of potentially applicable insurance coverages.
Session 4: Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims: The Ultimate Traffic Jam - A review of recent cases impacting UM/UIM cases and the strategies for prosecuting and defending uninsured and underinsured motorist claims.
Session 5: Injury Causation in Low Property Damage Cases - Hear from plaintiff and defense attorneys on best practices for assessing injuries in low property damage cases, including a review of the rationale behind these assessments.
Session 6: Medical Issues - Survey issues relating to medical treatment, including the timing of treatment, prognosis, and future treatment needs.
Session 7: Notice to Potential Defendants and Pre-Suit Demands - Review what to include in your pre-suit demand, as well as how to provide notice to potential defendants and their insurers.
Session 8: Pre-Suit Settlement - Discuss considerations such as IOLTA requirements, liens and subrogation, and the potential net to your client.
Session 9: Subrogation and Liens - Examine the ever-changing rules regarding Medicare, Medicaid, ERISA, workers' comp, hospital liens, state employees, local employees, and disability plans. Explore safeguards created by a state law which protects first party and portions of third-party recoveries from many insured plans.
Session 10: Moving the Insurance Adjuster Needle - Hear tips for plaintiff and defense counsel to bring the insurance adjuster to a realistic evaluation of the case, for the benefit of not just the plaintiff and counsel, but also the defendant insured and counsel.
Session 11: The Noble Lawyer and the Ethics of Client Management - Analyze the ethical quandaries of client intake, case selection, and client communications. Learn how to manage healthy and unhealthy client relationships, setting expectations for clients, and withdrawing from bad relationships. more »
Session 1: Filing Suit and Common Issues in Litigation - Explore common concerns when filing suit, including venue, jurisdiction, and statute of limitations.
Session 2: View from the Bench: Trial Basics - Hear observations and guidance from a trial judge.
Session 3: Accident Reconstruction Deconstructed - Technology and resources available today can allow post-accident physical evidence to resolve many fact disputes about how an incident happened, who was at fault, and reveal potential gross negligence facts. Learn what top experts can do for the right case, what the law allows you to do with this information, and what reconstruction resources are available for more modest value cases.
Session 4: Case Study: $30K Car Crash to $1 Million Verdict - Examine methods and strategies for maximizing value on routine car crash cases.
Session 5: Telling the Story of Your Case - There are fundamentals of story that apply to almost every aspect of trial. Jurors create narratives, and they are not in the form of “the evidence will show…” Implementing storytelling techniques can help any advocate, in any type of case, present the evidence closer to the form in which jurors comprehend and remember.
Session 6: Trying the Car Wreck Case from the Defense Perspective - A defense lawyer's opinion about why cases are lost.
Session 7: Developing a Winning Deposition Strategy - Hear a discussion about the fail-safe tricks to ensure you have a winning strategy at depositions.
Session 8: Overcoming the Problem Witness - Acquire the techniques to use against problem witnesses, including those who feign ignorance, are evasive, and are combative.
Session 9: Beating the Expert - Find out how to take an expert’s deposition—how to avoid being intimidated and how to set realistic, attainable goals when you depose the "expert."
Session 10: Developing Your Trial Cross Through the Adverse Deposition - Discover effective techniques for getting the answers you need from an adverse witness.
Session 11: Preparing Your Witness for Deposition - Witnesses win cases—and lose them. Learn how to keep your witness from giving it all up in a deposition and how to use the deposition to help prepare your witness to be a winner at trial.
Session 12: 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.
Session 13: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Car Crash Cases - Two trial judges with a combined 25 years of judicial experience discuss what they’ve seen that works and doesn’t work in car crash cases. more »
Session 1: Life and the Law: Ethical Issues Facing the Young Lawyer - Explore the potholes and sharp curves that await the beginning trial lawyer on the road to a successful litigation practice, through the characters and plot of a recently published novel about a young personal injury lawyer practicing in Houston.
Session 2: Nuts and Bolts Ethics for the Business and Transactional Lawyer - Listen to a practical discussion of current ethics topics related to business and transactional law, including conflicts issues, and attorney migration between firms.
Session 3: Ethical Issues Presented by Changing Technology - Increasingly technology is integrated into the practice of law. Examine lawyers' current ethical responsibility in relation to the use of technology and how such responsibility may change as technological advances, like artificial intelligence, become more commonplace in the practice of law.
Session 4: Ethics of Social Media - The world of social media has engulfed us all. Not only has it transformed our society, but it has worked its way into every legal field as well. Discover the ethical issues facing you as attorneys—and that of your clients—in this social media age.
Session 5: Resilience: How to Survive and Thrive in a High Stress Practice - Why do some people handle stress and rebound from failure better than others? We will discuss the skills and practices developed by the US Army to combat depression, fight off PTSD, and handle high stress engagements and jobs, … like being a lawyer.
Session 6: Lawyer Wellness - Get evidence-based strategies to help navigate the stress of our extremely demanding profession. Learn how small changes in our daily approach to the practice of law can greatly improve work-life balance. more »
THIS MONTH: Litigating in a Divided Nation: Handling Strong Political Views During Trial • Video, Table Top and Card Gaming Law • Alternative Fee Arrangements: One Model that Works • Trustee/Guardian Resignation: How to Jump Ship • Tips for Avoiding Legal Malpractice and Surviving Grievances more »