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THIS MONTH: Social Media: Employee Ideology vs. Company Values • To C or not to C? Entity Selection in the New Tax Age • Form Contracts that Don't Mean What They Say • Dealing with Bad Facts • A Checklist for Commercial Loans • Ethical Issues and Self Care in Immigration Law more »
Session 1: Traffic Jam: The Intersection of Community Property, Probate, and Bankruptcy - Explore how community property law, probate law, and bankruptcy law interact.
Session 2: Recent Developments in Home Equity Litigation - Listen to a discussion about the 2017 Constitutional Amendments and the highlights of what has changed. Also, take a look at Wood, Garofolo, and Alexander, whether there is a statute of limitations for equity loan violations, and if so, when does it start. more »
Session 1: A Checklist for Commercial Loans - Examine lender requirements for closing a commercial real estate loan transaction, highlighting issues and pitfalls that can surface and derail almost any closing.
Session 2: Construction Loans and Contractor Documents - Hear a contractor’s perspective on lender’s consent and assignment forms.
Session 3: Land Use Law in the Loan Process: Issue Spotting and Resolution - Explore land use due diligence for a loan and alternatives to keep the loan proceeding to closing, with insight into both public land use (zoning, platting, permitting, and development agreements) and private land use (deed restrictions, easements, and reciprocal agreements).
Session 4: Local Counsel Real Estate Opinion Report - Learn current best practices and market customs for the issuance of local counsel opinions in Texas mortgage lending transactions.
Session 5: Responding to the Title Commitment and Survey - An outline and discussion of the analysis of a title commitment, types of responses for buyer's and lender’s counsel, and integrating the survey into the title commitment.
Session 6: Title Insurance: Closing Protection Letters - Take a closer look at closing protection letters—what they do, what they don’t do, and why you need them in real estate transactions—and gain timely insight into trends in closing protection letters and liability in the real estate settlement process.
Session 7: Title Policy Key Provisions, The Duty to Defend, and Claims - Focus on key provisions of the title insurance policy including determination and timing of loss, duty of defense, and exclusions from coverage. Listen to a discussion about recent cases and how Texas courts have construed these provisions.
Session 8: Foreclosure Refresher: The Updated Basics - Get a step-by-step refresher on the foreclosure process, with a focus on practical concerns, and an update regarding recent statutory changes and case law impacting the process.
Session 9: How to Foreclose Personal Property - Gain practical guidance on how to foreclose on personal property under Article 9 of the UCC and the Texas Business and Commerce Code. Discuss the issues that may arise, including how to give proper notice, conduct a private or public sale, and repossess and dispose of collateral. more »
Session 1: Avoiding Potential Discipline Situations - Examine the application of Circular 230 and various state ethics rules to common situations encountered by tax professionals in planning, audits and compliance. In connection with each situation, hear ways practitioners can avoid or remedy problems that may arise so that practitioners can stay out of disciplinary trouble.
Session 2: Protecting, Overcoming and Distinguishing the Work Product Privilege in Texas - 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 »
THIS MONTH: The GDPR: Insights from Years of Preparation and Two Months of Enforcement • Outsourcing Legal Work • Craft Breweries and Downtown Revitalization • Legal Issues in the Onboarding Process • Developing Your Trial Cross Through Adverse Deposition • To Tell the Truth more »
Session 1: Property Tax Exemption: Challenging Times for Your University – Cash-strapped local governments and frustrated taxpayers are looking to universities that enjoy broad exemptions from property tax as an untapped source for tax revenues, payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs), and voluntary contributions. At least one result is increased attention—and the concomitant challenges—to the property tax exemption enjoyed by your university or college. Explore these issues from the perspectives of a public and private university, with particular focus on the recent experiences of The University of Texas System and Princeton University.
Session 1: Negotiation of Development Agreements from the Developer and Municipal Perspectives - Assess key issues and options for negotiating development agreements, including a brief examination of the Shavano case.
Session 2: Economic Development Agreements - The use of economic incentives by cities and developers has become an integral part of major development projects in Texas. It is imperative for attorneys representing both cities and developers to understand the tools in the economic development tool box as well as common issues that surface during incentive negotiations. Discover the statutory basis, procedure, and negotiation issues regarding economic development agreements for development projects located in Texas.
Session 3: The Role of EB-5 Financing in Development - Review the basics of EB-5 lending in the development context, including the statutory basis for the program, the job creation requirement, the expected timeline from beginning to funding, the need for local government support, and a look at common compliance issues. more »
Session 1: PID/TIRZ in the City - Using real-life examples, explore the advantages and disadvantages of cities funding public improvements and development using Public Improvement Districts (PIDs)/Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZs).
Session 2: The Intersection of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Municipal Zoning - Persons suffering from drug, alcohol, and other addictive behaviors are often members of a protected class under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. Hear recent developments among the courts regarding the application of federal disability law, and learn how municipal zoning is being affected.
Session 3: Sharing Economy: Short-Term Rentals - Short-term rentals have challenged traditional zoning codes and pitted neighbors against visitors. Analyze the issues and hear practical pointers when passing new land use regulations to address short-term rentals in your community.
Session 4: Regulation of Historic Preservation - Explore the legal challenges and constitutional principles related to historic preservation regulation, including discussions of regulatory takings, RLUIPA, federal standards, and drafting tips for local ordinances. more »
THIS MONTH: Emerging Trends in Healthcare • Immigration Removal Defenses: A View from the Trenches • Authentication of Electronic Evidence • Addressing Lease Defaults in Bankruptcy • The Noble Lawyer and the Ethics of Client Management more »
Session 1: In the Path of Growth: Small Town Growing Pains and Conflicts with Urban Areas - Using case studies to provide insights and illuminate the topic, a seasoned planning and design professional provides perspectives on the issues based on a decade of experience helping shape the development and overall growth characteristics in Dripping Springs.
Session 2: Managing the Fixer Upper Effect - Examine the impact of HGTV’s show Fixer Upper on land use in Waco, including short term rentals, redevelopment, and permitting processes.
Session 3: Challenges to Infill Residential Development - Growth in Texas cities has led to a higher demand for and a shorter supply of housing and commercial space. This has led to higher housing prices, while urban planners see the increase of density within cities as a development strategy. Listen to a discussion about some of the legal, political, and technical challenges of infill development and how cities might consider approaching them in the future.
Session 4: Creative Economic Development - Examine how innovative zoning and development tools, as well as pocket homes and affordable housing, encourage successful communities, tax base, and job creation.
Session 5: Rough Proportionality - Review the concept and significance of rough proportionality in land-use and development matters, with an emphasis on practical approaches and solutions to rough proportionality concerns, as viewed by land-use practitioners from both government and developer perspectives. more »
Session 1: Buying and Leasing Government Owned Property - Learn how to overcome the limitations state law places on the ability of cities to sell real property, and examine the roles of RFIs, RFPs, RFQs, deed restrictions, and independent foundations in private and government sectors.
Session 2: Innovative Districts and Creative Spaces - Explore public and private sector perspectives on the uses, costs, and special requirements of innovative districts and creative spaces.
Session 3: Prior Non-Conformities - Hear a review and update on the law relating to nonconformities, including recent major cases. Discuss how and why an increasing number of communities in Texas, and around the country, are beginning to allow nonconforming uses to continue and, in some cases, expand.
Session 4: Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Urban Transportation Planning - Hear an overview of the process for state and federal transportation funding with a focus on the role and authority of MPO’s transportation policy boards. more »
Session 1: Ethics of Negotiation - Listen to a discussion about the ethical duties and obligations of both city and private attorneys. Distinguish when are you dealing with law and when are you dealing with fairness.
Session 2: Zoning 101 - Review zoning legal requirements and procedures, how to make a zoning decision, and how zoning interacts with the comprehensive plan. more »
Session 1: Financial and Regulatory Constraints on Commercial Development - Hear from a private sector non-bank construction lender and investor on public-private development transactions (ground leases), about the construction of new multi-family homes, offices, hotels, and how the structure may impact underwriting and loan proceeds.
Session 2: ABCs of Development Financing - Review the vocabulary and tools used by large and small cities when negotiating today’s public-private partnerships, as well as tools used for projects inside and outside city limits.
Session 3: Tax Credits - For the past 30 years, the low-income housing tax credit has been a driving force to finance affordable housing. Learn how tax credit financing works and gain insight as to how changes in Washington, D.C. may impact the program. more »
Session 1: HB 40/245 Between a Gas Rock and a Hard Place - Listen to a discussion about the effect of HB 40 on the enforcement of setbacks, noise, and other gas drilling and fire code regulations as it relates to Chapter 245 and residential subdivision development.
Session 2: Regulations of Really Nimby (Dangerous) Land Uses - Analyze the recent Texas Supreme Court decision regarding nuisance (Crosstex North Texas Pipeline v. Gardiner) and its effect on prosecuting future nuisance cases.
Session 3: Fair Housing and Inclusive Communities - Explore controversies, hot topics, and recent developments in Fair Housing litigation, regulation, and initiatives.
Session 4: Navigating the Muddied Waters of Environmental Investigations in Land Use - Learn tips, tricks, and strategies for identifying and evaluating environmental concerns in property development. more »
Session 1: Legislative Update - Review pending legislation related to land use issues and other matters important to city and county government.
Session 2: New Land Use Decisions - Review recent decisions shaping Texas land use law and practice, including an update on the takings explosion.
Session 3: Sovereignty Immunity Update - Sovereign immunity is the first defense raised by cities in land use litigation. Identify the judicial trends.
Session 4: Reasonable Accommodations in Land Use - Hear a discussion and update of federal laws and related cases on accessibility requirements and reasonable accommodations—from sidewalks, to recreation, to housing, to information. more »
Session 1: Moving On or Staying Put? The Law of Non-Conformity & Vested Rights - Examine the differences and similarities between nonconforming uses and vested development rights, and survey significant legal issues that arise in applying the two concepts to typical development scenarios.
Session 2: Plan Unit Development (or the Basics of Development Agreements) - Economic development agreements have become a significant part of major real estate development projects in Texas, and attorneys representing both cities and developers need to understand the tools in the economic development tool box. Explore the basics of development agreements from municipal and development attorney perspectives and examine the statutory basis, procedure, and negotiation issues regarding these agreements for land development projects in Texas. more »
Session 1: Zoning Alphabet Soup: ZBA/BOA v. P&Z/ZPC - Listen to a discussion about the differences between two critical zoning bodies: the Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning and the Zoning Commission. Review the statutory basis, legal authority, procedural aspects, location in the zoning structure, and available options if you disagree with their decisions. Learn how to prevent clients from confusing these bodies.
Session 2: Land Use Appeals - Now that the city board and the city council have decided your land use issue, someone is still dissatisfied. Discover what happens next when the unhappy party takes the city to court. more »
Session 1: Introduction - Identify the different forms of municipal government in Texas and their land use powers.
Session 2: Zoning 101 - Review zoning legal requirements and procedures, how to make a zoning decision, and how zoning interacts with the comprehensive plan.
Session 3: Subdivision and Platting 101 - Explore the basic building blocks for land use regulation and how they contrast with zoning. Get practical pointers to help practitioners on both sides of the aisle understand the platting process and avoid legal pitfalls. more »
Learn about municipal codes of ethics—including their rationale and pitfalls, relationship to statutory Texas law, and suggested procedural safeguards—and see how these relationships play out through a case study on an ethics investigation. more »