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Session 1: GDPR is Effective Today! - May 25, 2018 is the effective date for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, the world’s most comprehensive privacy law. On this day for which so many have prepared, we will share in-house and outside counsel perspectives on what the GDPR means for international companies that do business in the EU, which aspects of compliance efforts have been most challenging, and what lies ahead in maintaining GDPR “accountability” and in connection with the forthcoming, related ePrivacy Regulation.
Session 2: Do You Know Where Your Data is?: Data Sharing and the State of the Law - Modern companies are awash in data. Employees generate it and are usually looking for the most efficient way to share it internally and externally. Review the myriad of problems that can occur even with the most well-meaning of employees. From the possible export control risks of emailing technical information to an overseas colleague, to using Dropbox and other file sharing sites to exchange information, to providing data to contract employees, and more, explore the state of the law as it relates to data and what can happen if you lose control of it.
Session 3: Data Breaches, Big Data, and FTC Oversight - Learn how and why the FTC polices data breaches and the collection and exploitation of big data.
Session 4: Protecting Client Information-Cyber Protection Duties as an Attorney - Explore the ethical and legal obligations of attorneys and law firms to protect client data and communications from the latest cybersecurity threats.
Session 5: Ethics and Professionalism in a Global Environment - Ethics and professionalism are being influenced by many factors in today’s global environment. Consider some of these factors, along with areas of commonality amongst the legal ethics rules from a sampling of jurisdictions.
Session 6: 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 »
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: Analysis of Royalty Clauses and Issues: Past, Present and Future - Analyze the evolution of royalty clauses—up to and including current issues—by reviewing recent decisions and pending cases, post-production costs, Heritage, the impact of implied covenant law on royalty obligations, royalties on gas plant products, definitions of marketing and gathering, and other topics pertinent to royalty payments today.
Session 3: LNG Update - According to the IEA, LNG could be the “second revolution” in natural gas markets. Global LNG trade reached another record year in 2016 as new supply from Australia and the United States came online and found its way to markets in a diverse array of countries. The world’s traditional buyers are becoming sellers as potentially huge LNG demand markets open up in China and India. Hear an update of the key developments impacting global LNG markets.
Session 4: 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 5: A Primer on Marketing Oil and Gas - Discussion of the basic concepts associated with a producer’s marketing of its oil and gas production, including overviews of (a) the applicable provisions of UCC Article 2, (b) the basic provisions of the Conoco general terms and conditions applicable to sales of crude oil as well as the standardized LEAP “master” form agreement for crude oil and refined petroleum products, (c) the provisions commonly found in contracts for the purchase of natural gas by gatherers and processors, as well as by gas marketers utilizing the standardized NAESB “master” form agreement for natural gas, and (d) applicable regulatory principles.”
Session 6: 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 7: Nuts and Bolts Ethics for the Business and Transactional Lawyer - Engage in a practical discussion of current ethics topics related to business and transactional law, including conflicts issues, and attorney migration between firms. more »
THIS MONTH: Social Media: Employee Ideology vs. Company Values • To C or not to C? Entity Selection in the New Tax Age • Form Contracts that Don't Mean What They Say • Dealing with Bad Facts • A Checklist for Commercial Loans • Ethical Issues and Self Care in Immigration Law more »
Session 1: Case Law Update - A survey of Texas and federal cases involving LLCs and partnerships, including LLPs and limited partnerships, and current developments with respect to fiduciary duties and piercing the veil of limited liability entities.
Session 2: Texas Legislative Update - Hear a summary of legislation adopted in the 2017 Texas Legislature that affects partnerships and LLCs and selected other entity-related bills.
Session 3: Secretary of State Update - Discover filing tips, including administrative issues, from the Office of the Secretary of State. more »
Keeping the client reasonably informed is required under the Texas disciplinary rules of professional conduct, and doing so is good risk management. Examine how effective engagement letters, disengagement letters, and other communications keep the client reasonably informed and engaged, while helping to control the client’s expectations, promoting effective risk management, and reducing the likelihood of legal malpractice claims. more »
Test your issue spotting skills in developing solutions to conflict issues, confidential information disclosure issues, loyalty issues, lateral hire issues and other matters. How do you avoid the questions, “Are you kidding? How did you let that happen?" more »
Session 1: Drafting Partnership and LLC Agreements for the New Partnership Audit Rules - 2018 ushers in a paradigm shift in the IRS's approach to partnership audits. Hear these new rules explained at a high level and review sample language to include in partnership and LLC agreements to account for these new rules.
Session 2: Drafting Indemnity Provisions on Small LLCs - Learn about the good, the bad and the ugly of indemnities.
Session 3: “Amendments,” the Most Important Provision in the Operating Agreement - Listen to a discussion about the drafting and use of the “Amendments” provision in operating and partnership agreements. Explore provisions providing for amendment by fewer than all the members, including questions of amendments which uniquely adversely affect particular members or partners, effects of amendments on former members and partners, and the ability of amendments to ratify past actions. more »
Investments in small businesses require counsel to consider various federal and state securities compliance issues in connection with such a transaction. Walk through the various securities laws considerations and filing requirements that arise when your client decides to invest in a small business organized as an LLC or an LP. more »
Session 1: Partnership by Ambush: Lessons from ETP v. Enterprise Products - Can companies effectively disclaim the existence of a joint venture or partnership and the fiduciary duties they entail under current Texas law? What is the likelihood that the $319 million jury verdict against Enterprise Products will be overturned on appeal? If not, what steps should companies take in their preliminary agreements and subsequent conduct to minimize the risk of liability for alleged breach of fiduciary duties?
Session 2: Liability Issues for Managers, General Partners, and other Agents - Analyze liability issues for managers of LLCs, partners in LLCs and agents acting on behalf of principals for damages resulting from actions. Hear a discussion of the efficacy of statutory language, the liability of managers, partners, or agents for damages resulting from actions taken in their official capacities; and the economic loss rule which prevents recovery for negligence when the duty breached is a contractual duty (and harm incurred is a result of failure of purpose of contract).
Session 3: Remedies of Minority Owners Post Ritchie - After the Texas Supreme Court radically altered 25 years of Texas law on shareholder rights in close corporations, minority owners must be creative and vigilant at protecting their investments. Hear practical tips for minimizing risk and litigation options that remain available. more »
Session 1: LLCs as Nonprofit Organizations - When would it be appropriate for a nonprofit organization or mission-driven business to be formed as a limited liability company; and what special issues and considerations should be addressed when a limited liability company is used to establish and operate these types of organizations?
Session 2: Beyond the Starfish: Pro-Bono Opportunities for the Business Lawyer - Business lawyers are not presented with ready pro-bono opportunities to volunteer their expertise in the ways that specialists in other areas of the law commonly are. Learn about opportunities to match the time and talents of transactional lawyers with the legal service needs of community groups and small businesses. more »
Session 1: Case Law Update - Learn what Texas courts have said during the past year about important issues (fiduciary duties, piercing the entity veil, and more) in the LLC and partnership context.
Session 2: Federal Tax Update - Review rate considerations when considering entity selection, bonus depreciation considerations in planning acquisitions, new limitation on business losses, and other changes to the federal income tax law to consider when forming and structuring transactions under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
Session 3: Secretary of State Update - Get a practical overview of the new entity name standard, hear filing tips, and learn about other administrative issues from the Office of the Secretary of State. more »
Walk through refinements to the model agreements for simple limited liability companies, including modifications related to the recent legislative changes to the Texas Business Organizations Code. more »
Examine issues that may arise in connection with the admission of an employee into the ownership structure of a partnership or limited liability company as well as issues related to coordinating the terms and conditions of their employment agreement and any separation agreement with the term of the partnership agreement or company agreement. more »
When a merger and acquisition transaction or a financing transaction involves a limited liability company or partnership, the parties and their counsel may need to focus on issues unique to unincorporated entities. Explore some of these unique issues and how they may impact the due diligence process and closing the transaction, including closing legal opinions. more »