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Session 1: Medicaid for Kids - An overview of Medicaid programs for minors in Texas, including challenges, strategies, and planning opportunities.
Session 2: Attorney Website Do's and Don'ts - Learn about key issues to consider when designing and maintaining your legal services website as to not run afoul of rules outlined by the State Bar. more »
Social media is a great new tool—we are bombarded with messages about the benefits for us as lawyers in credentialing and marketing ourselves, and educating the public with our blogs on legal issues. Many lawyers and judges use it successfully. Of course, it’s so easy to use these tools that we sometimes don’t remember that we can also make missteps. Also, our clients use (misuse) their accounts to talk about us. And when we or others do, social media is also there to show the resulting gaffe to (potentially) thousands if not millions of people. more »
Is there an ethical or legal obligation upon attorneys and/or judges to report tax misconduct such as fraud, false verification, etc. of the parties? Explore the obligations imposed upon the courts and the attorneys when there is evidence of tax-related misconduct and developing trends in that area. more »
Though the ABA Model Rules are intended to serve as a template for states to follow, the Model Rules are neither mandatory nor enforceable. Model Rules provisions on the unauthorized practice of law have developed in response to social change but the language suggested is rarely followed in its exact form. The disparity between the Model Rules and what states actually require can cause significant confusion leading to the unintentional unauthorized practice of law. This presentation highlights some of those differences to help attorneys avoid jurisdictional traps and gotchas. more »
A discussion of selected ethical issues that arise for in-house and private practitioners, as well as for government personnel in the tax field, including privilege and confidentiality, conflicts of interests, specific provisions of Circular 230 and the AICPA standards, and related subjects. 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 »
Session 1: Year in Review: Federal Circuit and SCOTUS Update - A whirlwind summary of the most important developments in Supreme Court and Federal Circuit case law over the last year.
Session 2: Recent Developments in Claims Construction - The baseline of patent application preparation/prosecution, district court trials, Federal Circuit appeals, and AIA post-grant review proceedings, is claim construction. Review of important 2018/2019 claim construction cases and issues at the Federal Circuit and trial court levels, as well as at the PTAB. And examine the PTAB’s procedural and substantive claim construction “rules, practices, and etc.," including the PTAB’s adoption of Phillips construction under all circumstances, and rule and practice changes to mandate PTAB consideration of claim constructions from other proceedings.
Session 3: Judicial Panel - Hear distinguished judges from the District Courts discuss their experiences hearing and trying patent more »
Session 1: Recidivist Debtors: Chapter 22s of Oil and Gas Business Debtors. Why Is it Happening Now? - A discussion about the recent influx of repeat chapter 11 debtors, factors causing distress in the oil and gas industry, and best practices in chapter 22 cases.
Session 2: Modifying Labor and Retirement Obligations in Bankruptcy - Hear how companies may use sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code to modify labor, retiree and other employee “legacy” obligations in chapter 11. The panelists, who have represented companies and other creditors in bankruptcy cases involving these topics as counsel and investment banker, share lessons learned from recent transactions.
Session 3: Rights Offerings - Use and Impact - Rights offerings are often consummated in complex chapter 11 cases to raise equity upon exiting bankruptcy. While rights offerings are beneficial to the debtor and often non-controversial, issues can emerge in terms of opportunity to participate, fees charged, and impact on non-participating parties.
Session 4: Beyond E-Commerce: Root Causes of the Retail Crisis - Examine the drivers of the recent turmoil in the retail industry. How much worse can it get and how long will it continue?
Session 5: Utilizing and Interpreting Make Whole Provisions, including Practical Lessons for Deal Structure - A discussion of make whole provisions including a primer on what they are and their intended purpose, an overview of their interpretation under various states’ laws, and consideration of how to successfully utilize them in the event of a bankruptcy. more »
In the aftermath of recent news of lawyers being indicted for extortion in the negotiation process and recent bankruptcy court decisions referring lawyers to the authorities, explore the contours of ethical negotiations, illegal extortion, and bankruptcy bribery. more »
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. more »
THIS MONTH: Do's and Don'ts of Discovery in Texas Civil Proceedings • What’s Going on at the Southern Border: Immigrants’ Rights Issues in Texas • Indeliberate Practice: How the Business of Law Will Make You Mediocre (If You Let It) • Employee Mental Health Accommodations: Tips for Success in Managing Stigma and Stress • Financial Powers of Attorney: Do You Want Fries With That Will? • Pro Bono Collaborations with Outside Counsel: The New Networking more »
Session 1: General Session ABI Report Review - A high octane speedy review of the suggestions made by the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy that could affect your practice.
Session 2: ABI Consumer Commission Report - Focus on the Commission’s specific recommendations on: reserve funds in chapter 13 cases, student loans, racial justice, “dirt for debt” plans, repeat filers, the notice of final cure process, attorney competency and compensation, and chapter 13 debt limits.
Session 3: Litigation In Consumer Cases - Explore litigation considerations before, during and after bankruptcy, including forms, tips and tactics.
Session 4: Primer on Discharging IRS Debt in Bankruptcy - Your client may be broke now, but made money at one time. The IRS is knocking at the door and (not-so-shockingly) wants to get paid. Learn the four basic "rules" and other "fun" facts about discharging taxes.
Session 5: Practical Considerations for Consumer Attorneys - Increase the chances of the debtor successfully completing their case. Listen to a discussion on how to create a debtor’s savings plan, increase the disbursements from the trustee for attorney fees, structure the best plan for the debtor, bankruptcy planning, ethical considerations and more. more »
Companies are investing heavily in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies with vast arrays of applications of Neural Networks to perform complex tasks with great speed with the advent of 5G wireless technologies and stronger processing capabilities. This panel explores the components of AI/ML technologies, its applications, and how intellectual rights in these technologies can be protected including patent prosecution and data administration strategies. In addition, ethical concerns are raised as to the extent such technologies test the bounds of privacy and supplant human activities and we also explore these concerns. more »
Addressing arbitration in bankruptcy including (a) a review of recent decisions regarding the enforceability of mandatory arbitration provisions and their potential application in the bankruptcy world, and (b) an overview of the mechanics of arbitration and creative utilization of arbitration in bankruptcy. more »