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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: Advancing the Common Good in the Texas Legislative Process - Texas nonprofits of all sizes and varieties have become more active in the public forum and in the legislative process to advance their missions and the interests of their constituents. How effective are these activities and how does the “nonprofit sector” rank among the other special interest groups that occupy the policy and political landscape? Do charities, state associations and nonprofit activist groups have a special role—a special voice—in the legislative process different from other interest groups? Do “dark money” organizations reflect negatively on other nonprofit organizations? Are nonprofit entities that perform government functions prepared for the related accountability and transparency in their operations? Learn about these questions in general terms with respect to the realities of the legislative process, with specific references to legislation expected in the 2019 session as well as comments on controversies and legislative challenges to the nonprofit sector in past sessions.
Session 2: Resilience: How to Survive and Thrive in a High Stress Practice - Why do some people handle stress and rebound from failure better than others? Learn about 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 3: Effective Client Communication Across Generational and Other Divides - Effective communication is a key predictor of career and professional success for in-house lawyers. As the corporate world becomes more diverse, client communication becomes even more challenging. Learn how to effectively communicate in this fast changing corporate environment. 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 »
THIS MONTH: Evolving Ethics in the Application of AI • Sex, Drugs, Guns, Cars and Dementia • Trial Themes • Settlement Documents: Lessons to Learn • The Company in Crisis: Talking to Investors, Regulators and the Media • Chapter 11 Cases Driven by Sexual Abuse Tort Claims more »
Best practices for establishing and maintaining a healthy relationship between in-house and outside counsel, including effective communications, working with business leaders and inventors, establishing working procedures, activities beyond the business relationship, creating unique service offerings, and relevant ethical issues. more »
THIS MONTH: Representation of Multiple Parties: Ethics and Practical Considerations • Climate Change Developments--Municipalities and City Regulations • Estate Planner's Toolbox: The Pass-Through Entity • FinTech and the Changing Landscape of Mortgage Lending • The Role of the Financial Professional in Divorce more »
Session 1: New Kids on the Block: State-of-the-Art New(ish) M&A Clauses That You Need to Know - In the always-evolving M&A market, it’s critical that counsel be up-to-speed on the latest deal provisions for buyers and sellers. Hear from seasoned practitioners on the key clauses that savvy dealmakers are including in their agreements to avoid pitfalls and give their clients the edge.
Session 2: Not My First Rodeo: Key Issues, Provisions, and Processes for the Next Buyer’s Market - What goes around comes around? Our panel of dealmakers, who've all experienced a business cycle (or two), will peer into the crystal ball to share their insights into M&A practices and provisions that we could expect if, as, and when we flip from a seller's market to a buyer's market. more »
With both in-house counsel and outside firms wanting to give back to their communities and to develop their relationships with each other, pro bono truly is the new networking. Learn how in-house counsel and outside firms can collaborate, including best practices and overcoming fears of lack of subject-matter knowledge, on pro bono projects from legal advice clinics to direct representation, and how these collaborations help bridge the “justice gap.” more »
The need to understand and appropriately modify “standard” M&A boilerplate to fit your deal cannot be over emphasized. Glenn West builds on last year’s presentation and adds additional examples of the problems that unexamined/encrusted boilerplate can create in potentially undoing the specifically negotiated provisions of your deal. more »
Session 1: Do's and Don'ts of Discovery in Texas Civil Proceedings - Cover tips and traps relating to seeking and resisting discovery in litigation pending in Texas state courts. Focus on the Texas discovery rules and cover both written discovery and depositions.
Session 2: Trial Themes - Every case, large or small, complex or simple, has an overarching trial theme. Discuss various approaches a number of seasoned trial lawyers have taken to developing and delivering trial themes.
Session 3: Temporary Injunction Hearings: What Works, What Doesn’t - You know the buzzwords: likelihood of success, imminent harm, irreparable injury. But what do the legal requirements for a temporary injunction mean in practice, and how do you prove—or disprove—them? A panel of litigators covers both legal principles and practice tips.
Session 4: Insurance Update - The Fifth Circuit and Texas Supreme Court have issued opinions important to understanding changes in the handling of first party insurance claims and liability insurance situations, including Stowers. This update provides details.
Session 5: Commercial Litigation Financing and Structuring: Common Questions and Ethical Issues - The commercial litigation finance market is expanding rapidly, enabling claimants with limited resources to pursue commercial litigation claims that may be otherwise cost prohibitive. And as more funders enter the market, litigation finance deals are growing in complexity. Join Eric Chenoweth as he discusses the mechanics of structuring litigation finance transactions and examines the options available to claimants and their lawyers to finance litigation. Also learn about relevant case law and other ethical issues associated with third-party funding and how the courts have addressed these issues.
Session 6: Construction Defect Cases - New laws passed in the most recent session of the legislature impact how these cases will proceed in the future. This presentation discusses these changes and provides an overview of issues in construction and property damage cases.
Session 7: Outsourcing Legal Work - What kinds of legal services can you outsource? How do you go about it and how do you effectively protect client confidences when you do? This presentation explores three areas: core legal services (legal research, deposition summaries, drafting, etc.), support services (bookkeeping, website development, HR, etc.) and ancillary services (tenant representatives, retirement plan implementation, or other professional services for one-off-projects).
Session 8: Race, Truthiness and the New Ethics - What new responsibilities do lawyers have in the era of fewer trials and more ADR? What does any of that have to do with LBJ? What are the “new ethics”. Take a look at the changing landscape of litigation over the last fifty years.
Session 9: “Trying” Situations for Trial Attorneys: Top Issues and Everyday Practices to Avoid Malpractice - Explore some of the top issues or common “missteps” that can get small-firm/solo practitioner trial attorneys into trouble, as well as the critical importance of being “selfish” about your own health and fitness avoid malpractice. more »
Session 1: Establishing EU Operations - An introduction with a high-level overview of some key legal issues for US companies to consider when expanding into Europe for the first time. This session covers:
Key factors to consider when selecting a base for your EU operations
EU market entry and how best to achieve this
Entity choice and formation considerations
Key EU corporate compliance obligations, including account filing requirements and beneficial ownership disclosure obligations
The new EU Regulation on the Screening of Foreign Direct Investments in the EU
Session 2: Employment and Immigration Law Considerations for U.S. Companies Doing Business in the EU - Understand the key features of EU labor law, with a specific focus on recruiting, retaining, and terminating employees. Hear insights and key takeaways from an employment law perspective for U.S. employers interested in employing personnel in the EU, touching on the following:
statutory protective leave
working time requirements
employee discrimination laws
employee rights on termination
employee rights arising in the context of corporate transactions
trade union representation.
This session also explores employee benefits—what's market and what's not—as well as some key differences and similarities between the typical employer/employee relationship in the U.S. versus Europe. In addition, examine key immigration considerations when it comes to employing non-EEA nationals in Europe.
Session 3: E-Commerce and Consumer Protection Regulation in the EU - Hear an introduction to each of the key regulations that businesses will need to comply with when selling online to consumers in the EU, with a focus on:
consumer remedies and enforcement
Session 4: Regulation of Data in the EU - Get a big picture overview of data regulation in the EU covering, in particular, significant legal developments and hot topics including:
Ireland as a data global stage, and the landscape of U.S. and EU data regulation.
international data transfers, recent legal challenges to lawful transfer mechanisms, and the impact of Brexit.
enforcement activity with a look at the fines issued by EU Supervisory Authorities.
civil actions including the rights of individuals to seek compensation for data protection breaches and the potential for class actions.
data breach notifications and the obligation to notify individuals and Supervisory Authorities of a breach.
the one stop shop mechanism providing for the selection of a lead supervisory authority.
Session 5: Intellectual Property Rights and Strategies for Protection in Europe - Hear an introduction to each of the key intellectual property rights that are available to businesses, and strategies for their protection in the EU, including:
Session 6: M&A in the EU: What U.S. Businesses Need to Know - Examine the current public and private M&A market in the EU, with an explanation of common deal structures and what drives them, as well as key terms of typical M&A transactions in the EU. Discuss recent M&A market trends, highlighting some of the key differences in deal-making in the U.S. and the EU. more »
Former government attorneys and private practitioners discuss recent legal and policy developments in the field of criminal justice, specifically relating to corporate and other white-collar crimes. more »
The government takes an active role in enforcement when it comes to cybersecurity issues. Listen to a discussion about the who, what, when, where, and why of government enforcement and in-house counsel navigates this challenging area. more »
Session 1: Whistleblower Issues and Best Practices - An exploration of the myriad challenges posed for companies by whistleblowers, as well as viable strategies for successfully negotiating the difficult obstacles presented.
Session 2: Tailoring Internal Investigations to be More Efficient and Cost Effective - Listen to a discussion about the latest technology and techniques that are being employed for conducting efficient and effective internal investigations.
Session 3: Government Investigations and the External Auditor - Hear tips for legal departments in interacting with external auditors during an investigation. more »
Review recent case law, legislative and policy developments, and the government’s current enforcement priorities under the federal law that continue to be the government’s main tool for combating government program fraud. more »
THIS MONTH: The Gig Economy: Don't Call It a Comeback • Ethical Issues Presented by Changing Technology • Conducting a Risk Assessment • Insurance and Rideshare Litigation • FinTech and the Changing Landscape of Mortgage Lending more »
Examine the advantages and disadvantages of using pool counsel in internal investigations, including the impact of joint representation, whether the various clients' interests are sufficiently aligned, the types of agreements entered with the company, the logistics of the engagement, consequences of one client being charged or cooperating, and managing client information to avoid potential cross-contamination. more »