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Worried about whether you’ll take heat for that tweet? Examine the ethical pitfalls awaiting unwary attorneys in the age of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Using real world examples from cases and disciplinary proceedings around the country, this presentation will educate lawyers about how to ethically use – and avoid misusing – social media platforms. 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 »
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 »
Best practices for crisis preparation, planning, and how to disclose and communicate after a crisis event. Learn strategies for dealing with the media, investors, and the public then hear about the legal requirements and the strategic considerations in making disclosures in company filings. more »
Session 1: M&A Trends in Renewable Energy - Most development projects are bought and sold at least two times prior to beginning operations, and many more are sold once they have operated for a period of time. Listen to a discussion about current trends in the industry and key issues that tend to arise. The effect of PTC expiration and tax reform on deals will be addressed in addition to the sale of single projects. Also, explore portfolio and company sales as well as the acquisition of repowered projects.
Session 2: Due Diligence and M&A for Clean Energy Projects - Learn how to utilize due diligence to identify and allocate risks in transaction documents and determine overall viability of the target.
Session 3: Ethics in Negotiation: The True Cost of Representation - When a client discloses a terrible truth or reveals an unspeakable purpose, what obligations do the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Conduct place on an attorney? What happens when it’s time for an attorney to move on? Explore the unexpected answers given by the Rules using both recent and historical real world cases.
Session 4: 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 5: 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. more »
Session 1: Trends in Open Government - Hear about the latest developments in open government, including changes from the 2019 legislative session, opportunities and challenges that arise from recent technological advances, along with best practices every open government practitioner should know.
Session 2: Conviction Letters and Related Issues - A roundtable discussion on navigating professional licensing complications related to criminal law matters.
Session 3: Agency Spotlight: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Explore next and best practices for occupational licensing and regulation. more »
Session 1: Role of the Guardian - Examine the duties and responsibilities of a guardian under Texas law and guardianship administration, from initiation to closing, including the code requirements of selling and leasing property, ethical issues, and more.
Session 2: Role of the Ad Litem - An overview of the responsibilities of the attorney ad litem and guardian ad litem in guardianship proceedings with an emphasis on practical application of the statutes, conduct in uncontested and contested proceedings, and pointers on applications for fees. The materials include numerous checklists, comprehensive references, and forms.
Session 3: Alternatives to Guardianship Including Supports and Services - An examination of the twin concepts of the doctrine of ‘less restrictive alternatives’ to guardianship and the concept of ‘supports and services’ and how the two interact to limit or obviate the need to create a guardianship.
Session 4: Guardianship and Divorce - Learn when divorce is appropriate in a guardianship context, when a guardian is required for a divorce of an incapacitated person, and the appropriate court to hear a divorce action involving a guardianship.
Session 5: Ask the Experts - Hear a panel of seasoned practitioners respond to your frequently—and sometimes infrequently—asked questions including practice, professional and ethical issues in estate planning, probate, guardianship, and elder law. more »
Session 1: Basic Joint Operating Agreements in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law - Discuss the purposes for a Joint Operating Agreement, its basic structure and issues that arise in its interpretation.
Session 2: Drilling Contracts and Master Services Agreements - Drilling contracts and service contracts are the most common agreements involved in oilfield operations and risk allocation issues. Focus on getting the right indemnity and insurance provisions for your company and avoiding potential pitfalls involving enforceability and indemnity structure. Learn about specific concerns relating to use of the IADC Onshore Drilling Contract form.
Session 3: Update on Surface Use Agreements and Disputes - With the continuing expansion of the traditional and alternative energy sectors in Texas, surface use agreements must be carefully drafted in order to balance conflicting surface uses of the same property. Hear practical guidance for negotiating agreements and navigating disputes over shared use, including an update on recent cases affecting surface disputes.
Session 4: LNG Commercial Models and Challenges Update - Hear an overview of various LNG commercial models offered by first and second wave U.S. LNG export projects. Cover how the choice of project structure may affect the commercial model and marketing efforts.
Session 5: Hedging Oil and Gas Production - An introduction to managing risks associated with the sale of oil and gas production. Examine the benefits and mechanics of hedging, commonly used hedging contracts, and practical considerations impacting hedging transactions.
Session 6: LIBOR and Letters of Intent - Market trends and issues regarding the replacement of LIBOR in transactional documentation and ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ or ‘best practices’ for the drafting of the document that typically is the precursor to any significant transaction – the letter of intent.
Session 7: 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?”
Session 8: Ethics in Contracting Issues - Using hypotheticals, this presentation focuses on a number of ethics issues that might arise in contracting situations. Can lawyers take advantage of privileged communications the adversary inadvertently sends them? Can lawyers receiving electronic documents look for hidden metadata the other side has not scrubbed? What duties do lawyers have in representing contracting parties, with regards to disclosing client confidences to prevent the adversary from being deceived about the clients' intent, or to correct the adversary's misunderstanding about the law, the contract's terms, or the adversary's scriveners error?
Session 9: Nuts and Bolts Ethics for the Business and Transactional Lawyer - A practical discussion of current ethics topics related to business and transactional law, including conflicts issues, and attorney migration between firms. more »
Session 1: Chapter 18.001 Affidavits, Post-HB 1693: What Changed, and What Remains the Same - The Texas Legislature just made important amendments to Chapter 18.001. Find out how the amendments will change your practice.
Session 2: From Deposition to Cross-Examination: Finding It, Organizing It, and Using It - Cover the nuts and bolts of deposition and cross-examination techniques, including using a deposition to gather the information necessary to prepare a cross-examination strategy in order to control the witness at trial.
Session 3: Defense Perspective on Medical Records - Hear from defense attorneys in the purpose, analysis, and use of medical records.
Session 4: Turning Weaknesses into Strengths at Trial - Hear lessons in overcoming common damages defenses (i.e. pre-existing conditions, low property damage, “gaps” in treatment, criminal records, etc.) and how to embrace your client’s story.
Session 5: Trying the Car Wreck Case from the Defense Perspective - A defense lawyer's opinion about why cases are lost.
Session 6: 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. more »
Session 1: Texas Auto Policies - Explore how to get the most from your coverage.
Session 2: 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. more »
Cover various categories of ethical issues facing elder law attorneys, using the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, where the answers are in the form of questions. Get ready to volunteer to play Elder Law Ethics Jeopardy! more »
THIS MONTH: Firearms in the Workplace • Lawyer Blogging: Ethical Issues and Practical Tips • View from the Bench: Trial Basics • In the Hot-Seat: In-House Counsel as Witnesses • Effective Client Communication Across Generational and Other Divides • Ephemeral Data and Other Emerging Technology more »
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 »
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. more »