University of Texas School of Law

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Tips and Techniques for Legal Writing (May 2018)

Session 1: How to Improve Your Brief Writing - Explore techniques for sharpening your persuasive focus while complying with your ethical obligations when writing briefs. Session 2: Six (or More) Techniques for Readable, Persuasive Sentences - Master 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:
1.00 | 0.25 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2019

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$55  

Hooked on CLE: June 2018 (Apr 2018)

In the midst of a quickly changing legal environment, it can be a challenge to keep track of what's happening and what CLE can mean for your practice. Hear the latest in this special 4-hour bundle of our best programming. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2019

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$99  

In-House Legal Spend and Budget Strategy in Ten Points (May 2015)

Straightforward advice to help you build, manage, and explain your in-house legal spend to your board. more »

Total Credit Hours:
0.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2019

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$45  

Legal Writing: Pleasing the Court and Citing Authority (May 2016)

Session 1: Pleasing the Court - Judges have opinions about legal writing too.  Hear the best advice collected from a variety of judicial sources about what judges do and don’t like in legal writing. Session 2: Why Good Writing Matters: A View from the Bench - Good legal writing helps the court understand what you're asking for, and why you're asking for it. Hear straight from the bench about what happens when papers are well written, and what can happen when they are not. Session 3: Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right - You found some relevant cases and you plan to rely on them, so shouldn’t you tell the reader about them? Or not, since no one wants to read a series of lengthy case summaries? Learn techniques for presenting legal authority concisely and efficiently, including selective use and placement of explanatory parentheticals. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.25    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2019

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$65  

Legal Writing: Structure, Persuasion, and Editing (May 2016)

Session 1: Organization: Giving the Reader a Roadmap - Sensibly ordering your writing is important, but not as important as ensuring that your reader knows the order you’ve chosen. Convey that order by using up-front conclusions and summaries, headings (both topical and explanatory), bullets, transitions, and connectors. Session 2: Point/Counterpoint - Enjoy an enthusiastic and informative debate on three writing topics: Practical: How detailed should your pleading be—general or specific? Persnickety: Can we and should we avoid the default male pronoun (he, him, his) in legal writing? Are we sexist if we don’t? And can we use the singular they? Passionate: Legal citations for practitioner documents—in footnotes or in text? Session 3: Lawyers are Editors - Bad writing becomes good and good writing becomes great only through editing. Get advice for improving your editing techniques, creating and using an effective editing checklist, implementing a thorough editing process, and editing in a time crunch. Session 4: Looks Matter - Learn to: layout a legal document so it welcomes readers—even those who read it on a screen; use Microsoft Word to enhance outlining and document navigation; generate a Table of Contents in 5 seconds; and make Microsoft Word’s grammar checker useful instead of laughable. Session 5: Beyond Commas - Legal writing is professional writing. Legal writers should master not only basic writing mechanics but also advanced skills. Learn the fine points of grammar that will add credibility and precision to everything you write. In addition, get to know the most reliable sources to consult when you need to answer a question that goes beyond commas—and when you need advice on commas, too. Session 6: You've Got Questions - Attendees anonymously submit a question related to writing, and the presenters answer them. more »

Total Credit Hours:
3.00    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2019

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$135  

Name that Legal Writing Penalty (May 2016)

Session 1: Name That Penalty (Part I) - Guess the consequences for lawyers who misquote, exceed the page limit, attack the judge, and just plain write poorly in this entertaining and informative multiple-choice quiz. Session 2: Name that Penalty (Part II) - More consequences for lawyers who fail to cite, omit binding law, blather on for pages, and just plain write poorly in this entertaining and informative multiple-choice quiz. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2019

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$55  

Social Media in Litigation: How to Understand It and How to Use It (Oct 2016)

Session 1: 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 2: Hearsay in a Wireless World - Review important hearsay issues, with an emphasis on hearsay appearing in social media, texts, and other new media.   Session 3: 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 4: 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. more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.25 | 0.25 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2019

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$105  

The Fundamentals of Non-Competes and Trade Secrets (May 2018)

Review the ever-changing law regarding the enforcement of non-competition agreements, and the protection of trade secrets. Also hear issues to consider when drafting non-competes, what to do when hiring someone purportedly bound by a non-compete, and litigating non-compete and trade secret claims. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2019

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Includes: Video Slides

$55  

Hooked on CLE: May 2018 (Mar 2018)

In the midst of a quickly changing legal environment, it can be a challenge to keep track of what's happening and what CLE can mean for your practice. Hear the latest in this special 4-hour bundle of our best programming. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 4/30/2019

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$99  

Accounting and Finance Basics for Attorneys (Mar 2014)

This session covers revenue and expense recognition, financial statement analysis, financial ratios, and the calculation and forecasting of firm free cash flow. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2019

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$55  

Client Relationships: Selecting, Keeping, and Firing Clients (Mar 2018)

Session 1: Secrets to Improving Client Communication to Cement Client Relationships - The key to effective communication is appreciating that not everyone communicates in the same way. Learn about the essential types of communication styles, and how you can make sure that different styles don't get in the way of communication with your client. Session 2: Client Selection - Explore what factors go into deciding to accept or reject a client, how to make a client rejection a win/win, and how to manage your practice in terms of client expectations. Session 3: Keeping Good Clients - Some practices depend on repeat business or volume—literally. Some simply want to be “top of mind” if and when a particular type of transaction or litigation comes along. Learn how best to maintain a relationship with current and former clients. Session 4: Firing Bad Clients and Recovering When You’re Fired - There may be nothing worse than a bad client, unless it is getting fired by a good one. Get practical tips on how to effectively manage problem clients, and how to recover when the problem is actually a good client walking away. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.75 | 1.25 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2019

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$85  

Cyber Ethics: Ensuring Compliance with Evolving Technology (Mar 2018)

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. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2019

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$55  

Expanding Your Law Firm: Hiring New Lawyers and Virtual Law Firms (Mar 2018)

Session 1: Expanding Your Firm: How to Hire Contract and Associate Lawyers - What are the basics that you need to know? How do you manage your staff and attorneys? Get practical tips on how to answer these questions so that your firm can continue to flourish. Session 2: Virtual Law Firms: Is It An Option For You? - What is a virtual law firm? What does it mean? Why does this law firm business model make a lot of sense for lawyers and clients in today’s legal environment? more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2019

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$55  

Hooked on CLE: April 2018 (Mar 2018)

In the midst of a quickly changing legal environment, it can be a challenge to keep track of what's happening and what CLE can mean for your practice. Hear the latest in this special 4-hour bundle of our best programming. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2019

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Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$99  

Stress Kills Success: Mindfulness and the Small Firm Practitioner (Mar 2018)

Learn about the science behind stress and wellness, along with how mindfulness can help with peak performance. more »

Total Credit Hours:
0.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2019

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$45  

The Likeability Offensive: Making Your Practice More Effective Through Personal Interaction (Mar 2018)

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Total Credit Hours:
0.75    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2019

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$50  

eSupplement to the 40th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute (Oct 2017)

Session 1: Technology and Ethics - Hear an overview of lawyers’ ethical obligations—and tips on avoiding potential ethical pitfalls—with respect to the technology we all use. Session 2: The Lobbying Line - What are the legal and ethical lines to watch when you are lobbying at the Texas Capitol? How do you know if you have crossed them? 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: Dealing with Combative and Unscrupulous Lawyers - How to avoid intimidation and manage the disruptive, disreputable, and overly zealous lawyer in an ethical, civil, and professional manner. more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.00 | 1.25 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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$95  

Hooked on CLE: March 2018 (Oct 2017)

In the midst of a quickly changing legal environment, it can be a challenge to keep track of what's happening and what CLE can mean for your practice. Hear the latest in this special 4-hour bundle of our best programming. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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$99  

eSupplement to the 33rd Annual School Law Conference (Aug 2017)

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: 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 3: Dealing with Combative and Unscrupulous Lawyers - How to avoid intimidation and manage the disruptive, disreputable, and overly zealous lawyer in an ethical, civil, and professional manner. Session 4: Bankruptcy’s Role in Alleviating Student Debt Burdens - Discuss bankruptcy’s potential role in alleviating student debt burdens by exploring existing case law and practice experience surrounding the “undue hardship” determination. more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.50 | 1.25 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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$115  

Answer Bar: Going to Trial on an Employment Law Case (Oct 2017)

Session 1: Investigating Sensitive Employment Complaints - The investigation of an employee's complaint may be critical to an employer's only means of avoiding liability. The investigator may be a witness, and the notes may be evidence. Learn how to investigate and document the process. Session 2: The TRO Process Explained - The temporary injunction hearing is the key moment in non-compete enforcement. Get practical tips on what you need to establish, and specifically what constitutes imminent irreparable harm. Session 3: Fight at the TI Corral - The temporary injunction (TI) fight is an essential step in non-compete litigation, but it comes early in the process and litigants can get caught unprepared! Many lawyers express that a case may be won or lost at this early stage.  How does this hearing differ from the TRO hearing? What should litigants do to prepare for success at this critical hearing? What are the anticipated issues and arguments? Learn how to avoid the traps and set yourself up for an effective litigation. Session 4: Trade Secrets: Texas Law and the New Federal Legislation - An in-depth look at the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act and new federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, and what they mean for your business. Session 5: Taking Depositions in Business Cases - Strategies for deposition-taking in business cases, including who to depose first, deposing corporate executives, and how to make sure you have the testimony you need in a complex business case. Session 6: Taking the Deposition of a Corporate Representative - Review of the rules and a discussion about practical ways to maximize testimony from a corporate representative. Session 7: Nuts and Bolts When Deposing on Behalf of the Plaintiff - When representing the Plaintiff: essential steps for a successful deposition of defendant’s expert, a witness or the defendant. Session 8: Beating the Expert - Find out how to take an expert’s deposition—how to avoid being intimidated and how to set realistic, attainable goals when you depose the "expert." Session 9: Developing Your Trial Cross Through the Adverse Deposition - Discover effective techniques for getting the answers you need from an adverse witness. Session 10: Witness Preparation - Witnesses win cases—and lose them. Learn how to keep your witness from giving it all up in a deposition and how to use the deposition to help prepare your witness to be a winner at trial. Session 11: What's New in Seeking, Getting, and Using Discovery - Learn what you need to know about keeping up with advances in electronic discovery, social media, and changes to the state and federal rules. Session 12: Communication with Adverse Parties - How can communicating with adverse parties minimize or maximize your effectiveness as an advocate, affect client service, and impact staff morale? It is not uncommon for the lofty ideals of legal professionalism to fade alongside the more instinctive goal of winning for our clients by using words or actions to crush our opponents. But using words to unnecessarily embarrass or demean can change how others perceive you, affect the willingness of your opponent to cooperate, and most importantly, may violate the rules of professionalism. Review the rules that speak to how we communicate with adverse parties, and the practical consequences of ignoring those rules. Session 13: Bad Lawyering Caught on Tape - An entertaining and educational review of some of the best deposition misconduct tapes found online. As you watch video clips documenting attorneys who mistreat others, discredit themselves and mock their licenses, explore better ways to maintain decorum and ethical conduct. Armed with the Texas Disciplinary Rules and Lawyer's Creed, sort through what happened, what it means and how you can be different. Session 14: Lawyer Disqualification: Recent Developments & Practical Tips - Motions to disqualify counsel continue to proliferate. Consequences can be severe for lawyers and clients. The client can lose counsel of choice, and the lawyer can lose the client and potentially face liability claims and disciplinary problems. Review recent disqualification decisions and discuss practical tips for litigating disqualification motions. more »

Total Credit Hours:
8.50 | 1.75 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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$305  

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