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Session 1: Greed...for Lack of a Better Word...is[n't] Good - Using a series of case studies, explore the ethical obligations and fiduciary duties owed by lawyers to clients and how the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure are implicated in each.
Session 2: Everyday Strategies for Avoiding Professional Misconduct - Explore easy, common sense techniques that you can employ in your law practice to steer clear of legal malpractice, breaches of fiduciary duty, and findings of professional misconduct. A timely and important ethics tune-up that you won’t want to miss.
Session 3: Mediation Maximus: Do's and Don'ts for a Positive Mediated Outcome - Do’s and don’ts to maximize the potential for a positive mediated outcome and avoid wasting time and money.
Session 4: Border Searches of Cell Phones and Computers - As unsettling as they are, digital border searches are legal. Delete your client files from your devices if you want to avoid delays occasioned by a search.
Session 5: Should You Take that Non-Hourly Case? - Effective case analysis is crucial to coming out ahead on contingency and fixed fee cases. Learn what you need to think about to create a sustainable alternative fee practice.
Session 6: Effective, Efficient, and Economically Appropriate Litigation - Lawyers should communicate early and often with their clients about case planning, proportionate discovery, strategy, and litigation objectives, and should negotiate appropriate dispute resolution agreements with opposing counsel. more »
Session 1: Top Privacy Issues for Nonprofits - Just a few years ago, companies considered information security and privacy issues to be a matter left solely for the IT department. But today, for-profit and nonprofit Boards and Executive Directors are realizing that the responsibility to protect consumer and donor data is shared across the enterprise. Learn about the trending privacy laws that all nonprofits should know about and best practices for how to comply.
Session 2: Demystifying Blockchain, Bitcoin, and Cryptocurrencies - Blockchain and Bitcoin are “buzzwords” of the day. Understand the essential ins and outs of blockchain technology and what it could mean to your organization. more »
Listen to a discussion about how the Texas sales tax rules apply in the confusing high tech world, which addresses the prominent issues in software: writing code, modifying existing software, licensing to multi-state users, live and remote technical support, and troubleshooting. more »
THIS MONTH: Gone to Texas: Migration Vital to Growth in the Lone Star State • #NoTweetingAfterMidnight: Ethical Risks in Social Media Use • Should You Take that Non-Hourly Case? • Six (or More) Techniques for Readable, Persuasive Sentences • Eight Things that Matter in a Lease • The Impact of Corporate Structure Change on Intellectual Property more »
Dan Minutillo explains the concept of "deemed exports" that affects every company in the U.S. that employs a foreign national. Learn what a deemed export is an how your clients can avoid the steep penalties for violating deemed export regulations. more »
THIS MONTH: Startups - Deal Killers and Near-Death Experiences • First Judges in Texas • Misbehavior in the C-Suite • Website Accessibility Lawsuits • Virtual Law Firms: Is It an Option for You? • Everyday Strategies for Avoiding Professional Misconduct more »
Session 1: Blockchain 101 - A primer on understanding how blockchains, distributed ledger technology, and smart contracts work and the potential application of these digital technologies in the energy industry.
Session 2: The Digital Fin-Tech Revolution Continues - Listen to a discussion about how gas and power companies, and their lenders, compete and comply with cyber-security concerns. Review concerns including blockchain applications, smart contracts, virtual currency, new data privacy standards (e.g., EU’s GDPR), and fin-tech architects collaborating with regulators to provide “regulatory nodes” to give the government windows of real-time transparency into smart contracts, blockchains and commodity trading. “Isn’t that like inviting a vampire into your house?” more »
How does the growth in wind and solar in Texas impact energy storage investment versus traditional generation investment. How do the Texas market dynamics impact short versus long-duration energy storage? more »
The ADA requires that websites be accessible to those with disabilities. Richard M. Hunt explains what “accessibility” means for websites and the legal theories behind such suits, and provides effective strategies for dealing with a claim against your client. more »
Session 1: GDPR is Effective Today! - May 25, 2018 is the effective date for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, the world’s most comprehensive privacy law. On this day for which so many have prepared, we will share in-house and outside counsel perspectives on what the GDPR means for international companies that do business in the EU, which aspects of compliance efforts have been most challenging, and what lies ahead in maintaining GDPR “accountability” and in connection with the forthcoming, related ePrivacy Regulation.
Session 2: Do You Know Where Your Data is?: Data Sharing and the State of the Law - Modern companies are awash in data. Employees generate it and are usually looking for the most efficient way to share it internally and externally. Review the myriad of problems that can occur even with the most well-meaning of employees. From the possible export control risks of emailing technical information to an overseas colleague, to using Dropbox and other file sharing sites to exchange information, to providing data to contract employees, and more, explore the state of the law as it relates to data and what can happen if you lose control of it.
Session 3: Data Breaches, Big Data, and FTC Oversight - Learn how and why the FTC polices data breaches and the collection and exploitation of big data.
Session 4: Protecting Client Information-Cyber Protection Duties as an Attorney - Explore the ethical and legal obligations of attorneys and law firms to protect client data and communications from the latest cybersecurity threats.
Session 5: Ethics and Professionalism in a Global Environment - Ethics and professionalism are being influenced by many factors in today’s global environment. Consider some of these factors, along with areas of commonality amongst the legal ethics rules from a sampling of jurisdictions.
Session 6: Law Firm Data Security and the Ethical Duty of Technology Competence - As clients demand attorneys deliver legal services more efficiently by using technology it increases pressure to have technical knowledge and proficiency. Further, the American Bar Association and 28 states have created a model rule for the ethical duty of technology competence. Hear an overview of the significant material risks and impact on a law firm following a breach and the potential consequences from an ethics and disciplinary perspective. more »
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: Transportation Network Companies: A Distinction That Makes a Difference - Rideshare businesses are part of our daily lives now. The practical and legal implications of this new industry are important for every car crash case.
Session 2: Autonomous Vehicles - Auto insurance and litigation will be forever changed. more »
Session 1: Technology’s Disruption of the Legal Profession - Explore various technologies and emerging platforms that continue to influence the legal industry, including key considerations in implementing these technologies and related ethical concerns.
Session 2: Cyber Ethics: Ensuring Compliance with Evolving Technology - Lawyers today find that keeping client information safe is more challenging when using today’s technology tools. You don’t have to have a degree in computer science to understand how to avoid ethical missteps related to technology. Lawyer-friendly information on cyber ethics is provided.
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: Data Analytics: The Answer to Your Law Firm's Innovation Effort - Learn how to easily kick-start your firm’s innovation efforts, close the gender pay gap (for you and your clients), and use data to reduce bias, improve inclusion as part of a diversity and inclusion initiative, and simultaneously use proven scientific methods to improve bottom-line profitability!
Session 5: Avoiding Ethical Issues with Lawyers' Use of Social Media - The world of social media presents a multitude of pitfalls for practitioners and judges alike. Hear from pioneers in the field on how to make the most of social media's advantages without running afoul of applicable disciplinary rules. Listen to a discussion about cutting edge issues not yet addressed under Texas law and proposed disciplinary rules currently under consideration by the Texas Supreme Court.
Session 6: 30 Apps in 30 Minutes - A quick survey of useful apps and tech tips for lawyers, trust officers, and caregivers.
Session 7: Law Firm Data Security and the Ethical Duty of Technology Competence - As clients demand attorneys deliver legal services more efficiently by using technology it increases pressure to have technical knowledge and proficiency. Further, the American Bar Association and 28 states have created a model rule for the ethical duty of technology competence. Hear an overview of the significant material risks and impact on a law firm following a breach and the potential consequences from an ethics and disciplinary perspective. more »
Session 1: 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 2: Strategic Use of E-Discovery - Fewer than one out of a hundred cases are tried. Accordingly, discovery strategy is often more vital than trial strategy. Yet, strategic use of e-discovery garners little attention, perhaps because the fundamentals demand so much focus that there is little room for flourishes. If you only know one way of doing things, how do you act strategically? Review methods to deploy e-discovery strategically, mindful of our opponent’s fears, goals, and pain points … as well as our own.
Session 3: The Business of Social Media - How are social media assets created and transferred? How are “visits” and “hits” measured and valued? Investigate the business of social media with profiles of prominent social media companies and get insight into many of the products in the social commerce space that help companies collect and make use of consumer-generated content.
Session 4: Hearsay in a Digital World - Review important hearsay issues, with an emphasis on hearsay appearing in social media, texts, and other new media.
Session 5: Getting from Internet to Evidence - Social media can be a goldmine in certain cases, if you can discover relevant data and get it into evidence. Learn ethical methods of eDiscovery related to social media, the nuts and bolts of admitting social media data into evidence, and strategies for using that evidence on both liability and damages claims.
Session 6: Social Media and Homeowners Insurance: Are Your Facebook Posts Covered? - Litigation stemming from social media activities has exploded in recent years. While the defendants in these cases often look to their homeowners insurance for protection, the typical policy gives insurers multiple ways out.
Session 7: Data Security Breach Litigation - Review what a litigator needs in order to prepare a client for litigation or an investigation by regulators after a data security breach. Takeaways include protocol for preserving the attorney client privilege and evidence before, during and after a breach; cybersecurity liability insurance litigation updates; and creating proof points, including a discussion of cybersecurity best practices and "cybersecurity basics," to effectively minimize damages, fines and penalties.
Session 8: Law Firm Data Security and the Ethical Duty of Technology Competence - As clients demand attorneys deliver legal services more efficiently by using technology it increases pressure to have technical knowledge and proficiency. Further, the American Bar Association and 28 states have created a model rule for the ethical duty of technology competence. Hear an overview of the significant material risks and impact on a law firm following a breach and the potential consequences from an ethics and disciplinary perspective. more »