University of Texas School of Law

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eSupplement to the 15th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute (Contains material from May 2016 to Feb 2019)

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 »

Total Credit Hours:
4.25 | 2.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2020

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$185  

Answer Bar: Technology for Litigators (Contains material from Aug 2016 to Dec 2018)

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: eDiscovery for Every Case – Even the Small Ones! - From the largest class actions to small individual claims, almost all litigation matters touch on some form of electronic discovery. Learn about key issues related to preservation, collection, processing, and review of electronically stored evidence, along with some of the latest tools and technology that can help you make the most of your time and resources regardless of case size. Session 4: Authentication of Electronic Evidence - Learn how to authenticate electronic evidence without having to rely on an expert. Session 5: Hearsay in a Digital World - Review important hearsay issues, with an emphasis on hearsay appearing in social media, texts, and other new media. Session 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 »

Total Credit Hours:
5.75 | 1.75 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 8/31/2020

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2019 Updates in Texas Appellate Law (Contains material from Jul 2019)

Session 1: Supreme Court of Texas Update - Explore recent opinions issued by the Court in the current term.   Session 2: Looking Back at the 86th Texas Legislature - Survey selected bills that passed and those that didn't – but you should know about anyway.   Session 3: The View from the Court of Appeals - Last fall brought a number of changes to the Court of Appeals. Get to know the new Justices.   Session 4: Supreme Court of Texas Panel - Hear a candid conversation among the Justices about what is new at the Court, the state of the docket, and ways in which practitioners can improve their chances of obtaining favorable relief for their clients. Session 5: Governmental Immunity Under State Law - Fighting “city hall” remains quite a challenge in Texas in light of well-settled Supreme Court authority that declares a “high presumption” of governmental immunity from suit. Still, there are many waivers of immunity and this presentation discusses the status of immunity and waivers in the context of tort, contract, and statutory claims against the State and its political subdivisions. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 7/31/2020

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$155  

Entirely Appealing: How Pro Bono Passions Can Be Transformative (Contains material from Jul 2019)

Hear real-world, concrete insights into how pro bono matters can enrich your professional satisfaction, stretching you as both a person and a practitioner, and may even end up transforming an avocation into a new vocation. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 7/31/2020

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$55  

Ethics Three-Pack: Client Confidentiality, Advertising, and Social Media (Contains material from Jul 2019)

Ethically proper social media presence, maintaining client confidentiality, and compliance with attorney advertising rules are three important cornerstones of any successful and ethical law practice. Update your knowledge and avoid pitfalls in all three areas as a result of this fast-paced and informative one-hour roundtable discussion. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 7/31/2020

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$60  

Federal Appellate Law Update 2019: Recent Cases and Developments (Contains material from Jul 2019)

Session 1: Update on the Supreme Court of the United States - Review of the 2018 term and a look ahead to the 2019 term commencing in October.   Session 2: Getting Cert Granted - The Supreme Court of the United States receives thousands of petitions every year and grants review in a tiny fraction of those cases. Explore the art and science of earning a spot on the Court’s docket, highlighting recent examples of cases that did (and didn’t) make the cut.   Session 3: The Evolving Law of Federal Official Immunity - Over the past few years, the Supreme Court has continued to expand the scope of various official immunity doctrines, even as a growing array of judges and academic commentators have called for revisiting the circumstances in which individual government officers can be held personally liable for unlawful conduct. Hear an update both on the key cases in the field and the prospects for potentially dramatic reforms thereto.   Session 4: State of the Fifth Circuit - Review Fifth Circuit operations and case-load challenges during the last year. Session 5: U.S. Fifth Circuit Update - Examine recent opinions and trends from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 7/31/2020

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$115  

Hot Topics Appellate Law Practice (2019): TCPA, Jury Charge, Legal Malpractice, and more (Contains material from Jul 2019)

Session 1: A Deep Dive Into Selected Issues Under the Texas Citizens Participation Act - Since its passage in 2011, the Texas Citizens Participation Act has given rise to a perhaps surprising array of interpretive issues and controversies. Explore several recurring and/or open issues under the TCPA, as well as any legislative efforts to amend this statute.   Session 2: Jury Charge Update - Examine the significant jury charge cases over the past year and the most common recurring problems.   Session 3: Legal Malpractice Update - Get the latest on recent developments in Texas legal malpractice law, as well as notable ethics opinions that are applicable to appellate practitioners.   Session 4: The Dicta Plague - Take a look at language that is not necessary to the decision. Are we seeing more of this? What could that mean for you and your clients? more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.25 | 0.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 7/31/2020

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$105  

Indeliberate Practice: How the Business of Law Will Make You Mediocre (If You Let It) (Contains material from Jul 2019)

Tom Brady, Yo-Yo Ma, Atul Gawande, and all master performers have one ingredient in common, but it is an ingredient that the business of law does not pay for and often does not value. Learn to identify this ingredient and actively fight against stagnation, automaticity, and mediocrity. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 7/31/2020

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$50  

Practice Tips in Appellate Law: Findings of Fact, Compensatory Damages, Error Preservation, Advocacy in the New Millennium, and more (Contains material from Jul 2019)

Session 1: Findings of Fact - Learn more than you ever thought you could know about Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.   Session 2: ​Compensatory Damages on Appeal - Examine recent appeals involving compensatory and “soft damages” to help you maximize or minimize those damages on appeal.   Session 3: Error Preservation Ambushes: Infliction and Prevention - We can raise many complaints for the first time on appeal ... or when it is too late for the non-complaining party to do anything about it. These complaints involve jurisdiction, standing, summary judgment practice, experts, damages, the charge, and attorney's fees, just to name a few areas. Identify these areas, get suggestions about how to pre-empt your opponent from ambushing you with such complaints, and hear ideas about ambushing your opponent, while taking care to avoid a self-inflicted wound.   Session 4: Advocacy Practice and Theory for the New Millennium - No one can deny the practice of law has changed dramatically in recent years, but many still advocate like it's 1999. Learn new tricks and tips on how to advocate effectively in today's courtrooms. Session 5: Appellate Lawyers in Trial Court - Examine the most effective and ineffective use of appellate lawyers during and immediately after trial. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 7/31/2020

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$115  

eSupplement to the 2019 Car Crash Seminar (Contains material from Aug 2016 to Dec 2018)

Session 1: Spinal Complications of Car Crashes: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and The Confusing - Review common injuries of the spine caused by motor vehicle collisions, including current and appropriate acute assessment and treatment, as well as rehabilitation strategies and long-term considerations and challenges. Session 2: 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 3: eDiscovery for Every Case – Even the Small Ones! - From the largest class actions to small individual claims, almost all litigation matters touch on some form of electronic discovery. Learn about key issues related to preservation, collection, processing, and review of electronically stored evidence, along with some of the latest tools and technology that can help you make the most of your time and resources regardless of case size. Session 4: Authentication of Electronic Evidence - Learn how to authenticate electronic evidence without having to rely on an expert. Session 5: How Can We Persuade in Polarized Times? - As Americans increasingly rely on information only from sources with which they agree, and the internet increasingly becomes the answer for any question, lawyers need to re-think how they view their jury and how it receives information. Hear global thoughts from several modern sources on creating a tribe in your jury for any case.   Session 6: 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:
4.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 7/31/2020

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$175  

eSupplement to the 29th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals (Contains material from Feb 2018 to May 2019)

Session 1: Outsourcing Legal Work - What kinds of legal services can you outsource? How do you go about it and how do you effectively protect client confidences when you do? This presentation explores three areas: core legal services (legal research, deposition summaries, drafting, etc.), support services (bookkeeping, website development, HR, etc.) and ancillary services (tenant representatives, retirement plan implementation, or other professional services for one-off-projects). Session 2: 12 Techniques for Sentence-Level Concision - If all you need is brevity, you can simply cut a section, an argument, or a paragraph. But if you need that content, then you want concision. Concision results from many small edits that add up, and this session offers 12 techniques to improve concision. Session 3: Copyrighting My Style - In March 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that certain articles of clothing can obtain copyright protection. This was the Varsity case. This ruling seems at odds with the previous laws of the land in which utility articles, like clothing, could not get copyright protection. Join us as we discuss the impact of Varsity in areas such as fashion, cosplay, and daily wear clothing items. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 6/30/2020

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$105  

Ethics for Post-Conviction Lawyers (Contains material from May 2019)

Listen to a discussion about ethical rules and practical considerations governing post-conviction work by criminal practitioners. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2020

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and Working with CIUs (Contains material from May 2019)

Session 1: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel - Review the essentials of filing an ineffective assistance of counsel claim as defense counsel and responding as a prosecutor, with focus on essentials, pitfalls and necessity of claim. Session 2: Working with Conviction Integrity Units - Explore how to work collaboratively to investigate and rectify wrongful convictions. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.25 | 0.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2020

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$65  

Mandamus, Writs, and Emerging Issues in PDRs (Contains material from May 2019)

Session 1: Mandamus - The unicorn of criminal appeals, mandamus relief is the closest we come to instant gratification in appellate courts. As Joe Tex sang in I Gotcha (1972), “Now gimme what you promised me, give it here, come on!" Session 2: Writs - Explore Texas habeas corpus law and focus on best practices and procedures for litigating writ claims. Session 3: Emerging Issues in PDRs - Review of significant and emerging issues pending in the Court of Criminal Appeals. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2020

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Supremacy Clause Immunity, Standards of Review, and Double Jeopardy (Contains material from May 2019)

Session 1: Supremacy Clause Immunity - Learn about a “seldom-litigated corner” of constitutional law—Supremacy Clause immunity—through the lens of a State prosecution of a local police officer for manslaughter, in a case that was removed to federal court and resulted in a petition to the United States Supreme Court. Session 2: Standards of Review - Survey the standards of review applicable in criminal appeals, with emphasis on the standard of review in the context of sufficiency challenges. Session 3: Double Jeopardy & Collateral Estoppel: A Thing Derided - Review the two doctrines and get an update on jeopardy law, including predictions and potential pitfalls for practitioners. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2020

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$85  

The Michael Morton Act, Brady, and the Ethics Rules (Contains material from May 2019)

Session 1: Nuts and Bolts of the Michael Morton Act - The Michael Morton Act fundamentally changed the criminal discovery process in Texas, imposing duties on prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys. Hear those changes and the ways in which courts and practitioners have implemented them. Session 2: Differences in the Duty to Disclose: The Michael Morton Act, Brady, and the Ethics Rules - Delve into how the duty to disclose evidence compares under Brady v. Maryland, Article 39.14, and the Disciplinary Rules as presented in various hypotheticals and case examples. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50 | 0.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2020

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$75  

Tips for Effective Writing, Briefing, Oral Argument Prep, and Appellate Practice (Contains material from May 2019)

Session 1: 12 Techniques for Sentence-Level Concision - If all you need is brevity, you can simply cut a section, an argument, or a paragraph. But if you need that content, then you want concision. Concision results from many small edits that add up, and this session offers 12 techniques to improve concision. Session 2: Effective and Persuasive Briefing – Point and Counter-Point - Get perspectives from the State and the defense on how to concisely, but effectively, craft an appellate brief. Session 3: Practical Tips for Preparing Oral Argument - Tips, suggestions and insight into oral argument – from advice for handling both “hot” and “cold” benches to when is argument granted, why, and how do judges view it. Session 4: Tips for Everyday Appellate Practice - Get a view from both sides of the criminal bar with practical tips on how appellate advocates and appellate courts can make their briefs and opinions interesting, easier to understand, and less likely to inflame the opposing side or losing party. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2020

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$135  

Updates from SCOTUS, the Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Court of Appeals (Contains material from May 2019)

Session 1: SCOTUS Update - Hear an update on criminal law and criminal procedure cases relevant to Texas criminal appellate practice that were heard and decided by the United States Supreme Court in the 2018 term, and get a preview of hot cases in the pipeline for the 2019 term. Session 2: Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Analyze significant decisions in the last year and what they mean for criminal law practitioners. Session 3: Court of Appeals Judicial Panel - Learn from the people who grade our work what they want to see and hear in briefs and oral arguments, and better ways for practitioners to represent parties before the Court. You have questions; they have answers. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2020

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$105  

Six (or More) Techniques for Readable, Persuasive Sentences (Contains material from May 2018)

Address 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:
0.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 4/30/2020

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$45  

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  

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