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eSupplement to the 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals (Contains material from Dec 2017 to Dec 2018)

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: ​Deep Ethics: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet - The work tools in the modern law office now consist of a networked ecosystem of distractions, and our default method of use may be harmful to us and degrade the value we can bring to clients. Change the way you use these tools to preserve wellness and protect your ability to engage in deep, linear, creative thinking. Session 3: Dealing with Bad Facts - Every case has bad facts, some to a greater degree. The opponent always has points to make. Filing for a motion in limine is the first line of defense, but if that fails or there is no legitimate argument to exclude the bad evidence, what do you do? Investigate whether it is best to deal with bad facts only after the opponent introduces them, or if it is better to “inoculate” the jury against negative effects by introducing them first in a weakened form. more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.25 | 1.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$105  

eSupplement to the 26th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference (Contains material from Oct 2018 to Dec 2018)

Session 1: The Latest in Texas Procedure and How It Affects Your Practice - Examine recent judicial decisions affecting Texas litigation practice, including proposed modifications to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. Review highlights from the accompanying comprehensive review of recent case law – designed to be a handy reference tool for practitioners. 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: Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program -  Session 4: #NoTweetingAfterMidnight: Ethical Risks in Social Media Use - Hear valuable guidance on dealing with the ethical minefield that is social media. Using real world examples and ethics opinions, discuss the areas of practice in which social media use (or misuse) can present ethical and disciplinary concerns, as well as tips for using social media responsibly. more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.25 | 1.75 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$105  

eSupplement to the 31st Annual Health Law Conference (Contains material from May 2018 to Dec 2018)

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: The Gig Economy: An Overview - Explore the effects of the sharing economy on the traditional employment model as companies use technology to connect providers and end-users in novel ways and individual providers increasingly view themselves as entrepreneurs with their own business aspirations. Specific topics include the scope of the limitations of the employee/contractor classification system, the use of arbitration agreements as a response to judicial second-guessing, the scope of an employee’s fiduciary duty, the ownership of employee inventions, and some of the potential consequences associated with replacing the traditional employment model with individually-defined, market-driven, peer-to-peer business relationships. Session 4: Six (or More) Techniques for Readable, Persuasive Sentences - Sentence-level techniques that can help legal writers create readable, persuasive sentences. Learn to recognize, describe, and appropriately use or avoid techniques including length, subordination, dangling elements, nominalizations, correlative conjunctions, compound prepositions, and more. more »

Total Credit Hours:
3.00 | 1.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$135  

eSupplement to the 41st Annual Corporate Counsel Institute (Contains material from Oct 2018 to Feb 2019)

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 »

Total Credit Hours:
4.00 | 1.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$175  

What I Wished I Learned in Law School: Running the Ethical Office in the 21st Century (Contains material from Mar 2019)

This fast-paced survey introduces important interpersonal skills, ethics, and law office budgeting, billing and management skills which need to be mastered to run a successful law office. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$60  

Conflicts of Interest in Renewable Energy (Contains material from Feb 2019)

Using hypotheticals, this interactive presentation will address conflicts of interest that can arise when renewable energy deal participants arrange for a joint representation, enter into a common interest agreement, create a joint venture, or otherwise work together. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$60  

That's All the News for Today. Stay Ethical, Austin! (Contains material from Feb 2019)

In recent years, the news has highlighted ethics issues relating to conflicts of interest, confidentiality, the use of social media, supervision of non‑lawyers, and other topics.  This panel uses factual scenarios to discuss the requirements and lessons of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, including Rules 1.6, 1.7, 5.3, and 7.1 and to consider practical ways to identify and avoid ethical pitfalls. Some scenarios are ripped from current headlines; others are conceptualizations of problems worth avoiding. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$60  

Answer Bar: How to Protect Your Nonprofit (Contains material from Jan 2017 to Feb 2019)

Session 1: Back to Basics: Exemption Fundamentals - An overview of exemption under 501(c), and primarily 501(c)(3), examining what it means to be nonprofit and charitable, the organizational and operational tests, private benefit and private inurement, private foundations and public charities, unrelated business income, lobbying and political campaign activities, procedural matters, and more. Session 2: Back to Basics: Revenue Generating Activities and Tax Compliance - An overview of revenue-generating activities, including how to distinguish between related and unrelated activities, taxable and nontaxable unrelated activities, and how to structure activities for the result that the organization wants. Also a (quick) look at whether and when unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) is a “bad thing” and what to do about it if it is becoming a problem. Session 3: Governance Literacy - Governance at nonprofit organizations is often not a priority until something goes wrong. Gain practical tips to help board and staff members avoid problems, and review governance topics including fiduciary duties, governing documents, policies, procedures, and the roles of the board, officers, committees, and staff members. Session 4: Violations of Chapter 42: How to Identify, Correct, and Report While Minimizing Audit Risks - Focus on the Chapter 42 excise tax regime applicable to private foundations and the strategic and compliance issues and considerations relating to identifying, managing, reporting, and correcting such transactions. Session 5: Navigating Self-Dealing and Conflicts of Interest in an Increasingly Interconnected Environment - Gain tools and ideas to avoid self-dealing penalties for private foundations. The code provision has some flexibility and exceptions for compensation, co-investing, and family offices, but once an impermissible deal occurs, the cash or property involved must be returned and the penalty cannot be abated. Reasonable cause concepts don’t apply! Session 6: The Sky is Not Falling: Tools for Managing Risk - A discussion on understanding, planning for, managing, and funding risk by focusing on practical tools public charities can use. Session 7: Anatomy of an Attorney General Investigation - Explore the various aspects of an investigation of a charitable organization by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Learn how and why an investigation may be initiated, what to anticipate as part of the investigative process, the potential consequences of an investigation, and best practices for dealing with an investigation. Session 8: Funding Advocacy: A Roadmap for Private Foundations - Take that “no lobbying” language out of your private foundation grant agreements! Or at least some of them. Explore various ways in which 501(c)(3) private foundations may make grants that support lobbying and other types of advocacy. Session 9: 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 10: Investigations in Today's Woke Workplace - A veteran workplace investigator shares critical tips for ensuring that every complaint investigation is thorough, in good faith, and reliable in the midst of the #MeToo movement, instant social media postings, and polarizing employee relations issues. more »

Total Credit Hours:
9.75 | 1.25 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$355  

eSupplement to the 34th Annual School Law Conference (Contains material from May 2018 to Dec 2018)

Session 1: 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 2: Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program -  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: The Latest in Texas Procedure and How It Affects Your Practice - Examine recent judicial decisions affecting Texas litigation practice, including proposed modifications to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. Review highlights from the accompanying comprehensive review of recent case law – designed to be a handy reference tool for practitioners. Session 5: Six (or More) Techniques for Readable, Persuasive Sentences - Sentence-level techniques that can help legal writers create readable, persuasive sentences. Learn to recognize, describe, and appropriately use or avoid techniques including length, subordination, dangling elements, nominalizations, correlative conjunctions, compound prepositions, and more. more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.75 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$125  

Hooked on CLE: March 2019 (Contains material from Mar 2018 to Dec 2018)

THIS MONTH: Greed...for Lack of a Better Word...is[n't] Good • Marijuana and Bankruptcy: Just Say No! • eDiscovery for Every Case - Even the Small Ones! • The Boundaries of Employee Free Speech • The Likeability Offensive: Making Your Practice More Effective Through Personal Attention more »

Total Credit Hours:
4.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$99  


“Trying” Situations for Trial Attorneys: Top Issues and Everyday Practices to Avoid Malpractice
(Contains material from Feb 2019)

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 »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2020

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$60  

Answer Bar: Taking on the Car Crash Client (Contains material from Sep 2017 to Aug 2018)

Session 1: A Day in the Life of a Car Wreck Defense Lawyer - Discussion about the laundry list of issues that the car wreck defense lawyer can expect to address in a typical day. Session 2: Case Selection-Rejection and How to Manage Client Expectations - Listen to a discussion about what factors go into deciding to accept or reject a case, how to make a case rejection a win/win, and how to manage your practice in terms of client expectations. Session 3: Investigation and Insurance - Examine critical aspects of the crash investigation, including the identification of potential parties and the myriad of potentially applicable insurance coverages. Session 4: Uninsured and Under-Insured Motorist - Learn strategies to present and defend uninsured and underinsured motorist claims. Session 5: Notice to Potential Defendants and Pre-Suit Demands - Review what to include in your pre-suit demand, as well as how to provide notice to potential defendants and their insurers. Session 6: Pre-Suit Settlement - Discuss considerations such as IOLTA requirements, liens and subrogation, and the potential net to your client. Session 7: Subrogation and Liens - Examine the ever-changing rules regarding Medicare, Medicaid, ERISA, workers' comp, hospital liens, state employees, local employees, and disability plans. Focus on safeguards created by a state law which protects first party and portions of third-party recoveries from many insured plans. Session 8: Medical Records - Who is looking for what and why? Learn to analyze, understand, and use medical records to increase pre‑litigation settlement values. Session 9: Negotiating with the Insurance Adjuster - Learn how to maximize case value through preparation and presentation of the demand package. Session 10: The Noble Lawyer and the Ethics of Client Management - Analyze the ethical quandaries of client intake, case selection, and client communications. Learn how to manage healthy and unhealthy client relationships, setting expectations for clients, and withdrawing from bad relationships. more »

Total Credit Hours:
5.25 | 1.75 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2020

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$175  

Hooked on CLE: February 2019 (Contains material from May 2018 to Dec 2018)

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 »

Total Credit Hours:
4.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2020

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Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$99  

Greed...for Lack of a Better Word...is[n't] Good (Contains material from Dec 2018)

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. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 12/31/2019

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$60  

Current Issues in Business Bankruptcy: In-House Counsel as Witnesses, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Adequate Protections, and more (Contains material from Dec 2018)

Session 1: In the Hot Seat: In-House Counsel as Witnesses - The use of in-house counsel as a witness has potential benefits and – more importantly – pitfalls for both the client and counsel. Learn what is the best way to navigate those ethical and legal pitfalls.   Session 2: Workout Tactics and Other Strategies to Avoid Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - With the expense of Chapter 11 increasing, what tactics or strategies should a restructuring professional consider if Chapter 11 bankruptcy is not the preferred alternative.   Session 3: Adequate Protections - Evaluate the trends of adequate protection in the use, sale or lease of property of the estate. Focus on a few case studies and review the legal trends and types of adequate protection which courts have either recently approved or which may become more common in the future, especially as interest rates and liquidity tightens.    Session 4: Expert Nightmares - Getting your expert’s opinion into the record and adopted by the Court can be the difference between victory and defeat. Using published opinions as a springboard, key turning points in assisting and persuading the Court with expert opinions are examined. Session 5: (Almost) Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Chapter 11 Plans - Before heading off for cocktail hour, be sure to brush up on chapter 11 plan developments so you can be the life of the party. Listen to a discussion about recent plan-related developments including substantive consolidation, “per plan” versus “per debtor” considerations, third-party releases, artificial impairment, good faith and a number of other issues that will keep your guests thoroughly entertained. more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.75 | 0.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 12/31/2019

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$125  

Hot Topics in Consumer Bankruptcy: Jevic, Automatic Stay/Turnover, Mitigation Loss, and Bankruptcy Exemptions (Contains material from Dec 2018)

Session 1: Jevic in the Consumer Context - Can a Chapter 7 trustee really sell my underwater homestead? Some courts say yes, but probably not in Texas.   Session 2: Automatic Stay/Turnover - Is refusal to turn over property post-petition a violation of the stay? Listen to a discussion about turnover after In Re Cowan, 849 F. 3rd 943 (10th Cir. 2017).   Session 3: Loss Mitigation in Texas - Not just for homestead! A committee of the Bankruptcy Law Section has submitted a loss mitigation program for statewide implementation to our bankruptcy judges. Hear the latest on the loan modification program proposed for Texas.    Session 4: Bankruptcy Exemptions - A Practical Approach - Bankruptcy Exemptions can be a debtor's best friend or worst nightmare if not used correctly. Listen to this breakout session where Judges Gargotta and Rodriguez discuss how to deal and not deal with exemption issues pre-bankruptcy. more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.50 | 0.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 12/31/2019

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$115  

Hot Topics in Ethics: Cryptocurrencies and Social Media Use (Contains material from Dec 2018)

Session 1: Legal Ethics About Cryptocurrencies - Bitcoin and others of the 1,600+ cryptocurrencies are headline news every day, but also possible assets of debtors in bankruptcy. Explore the ethical issues lawyers need to be aware of regarding cryptocurrencies.   Session 2: #NoTweetingAfterMidnight: Ethical Risks in Social Media Use - Hear valuable guidance on dealing with the ethical minefield that is social media. Using real world examples and ethics opinions, listen to a discussion about the areas of practice in which social media use (or misuse) can present ethical and disciplinary concerns, as well as tips for using social media responsibly. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50 | 1.25 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 12/31/2019

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$75  

Recent Developments and Decisions in Bankruptcy (Contains material from Dec 2018)

Session 1: Recent Developments - Professor Westbrook, and his usual supporting cast, discuss the year's most important business and consumer cases.   Session 2: Circuit Splits - Listen to a discussion about key decisions distinguishing the Fifth Circuit from other Circuits in business bankruptcy cases. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.75 | 0.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 12/31/2019

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$85  

Updates and Ethical Considerations in Chapter 11 Cases and Section 363 Sales (Contains material from Dec 2018)

Session 1: Individual Chapter 11’s and the Twists and Turns They Can Present - Explore what an individual Chapter 11 case is, what it isn’t, and how to identify and address some of the challenges you may experience along the way.   Session 2: Ethical Considerations in Section 363 Sales - When (if ever) may insiders and court-approved professionals acquire bankruptcy estate assets? What must be disclosed? What ethical restrictions apply to sale negotiations? What are the consequences of unethical actions when transferring estate assets? more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50 | 0.75 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 12/31/2019

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$75  

Commercial Litigation Opportunities: Fiduciary Duty Claims and Practical Considerations (Contains material from Nov 2018)

Session 1: Fiduciary Duty Claims: They’re Everywhere! - Knowing when fiduciary duties arise and how they are applied is essential to trying commercial cases, yet fiduciary duties arise in numerous and sometimes unexpected circumstances and may be overlooked in the development of trial strategy. Their presence can have profound implications for the legal standards governing a party’s actions, the legal and equitable remedies available, and even the assignment of burdens of proof and other procedural aspects of trial. Learn how to spot these claims and what they mean for your next case.   Session 2: Practical Considerations in Commercial Litigation and Business Torts - Listen to a discussion about opportunities in business litigation, including cutting edge issues such as third party finance, jury innovations, and business divorce. Consider potential ethical questions that may arise in each of these arenas. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.25 | 0.25 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 12/31/2019

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$65  

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