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Session 1: Cyber Ethics: Ensuring Compliance with Evolving Technology - 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.
Session 2: Wanting a Seat at the Table: The Rise of Equity Committees - Existing equity holders of Chapter 11 debtors are increasingly requesting appointment of official committees of equity holders pursuant to section 1102 of the Bankruptcy Code. Examine the standard for appointment and role of equity committees, recent cases in which courts have granted and denied requests for appointment of an equity committee, and whether equity committees enhance shareholder recoveries in Chapter 11 cases.
Session 3: All You Need Is Love! Camaraderie and Professionalism - Be courteous, respectful, and civil—and do try to get along with your colleagues. more »
Session 1: Case Law Update (Part I) - Get an update on Fifth Circuit consumer bankruptcy cases from the past year.
Session 2: Case Law Update (Part II) - Get an update on Fifth Circuit consumer bankruptcy cases from the past year (cont.).
Session 3: New National Rules: Tips, Traps, and Proper Service - Examine the rule changes effective December 1, 2017, including tips you should know, traps you should avoid, and how to execute proper service. more »
Session 1: Ethics in Bankruptcy Practice - One of the state's preeminent ethics experts addresses bankruptcy and ethics in an entertaining presentation that should not be missed.
Session 2: Ethics Jeopardy - Fun and informative Jeopardy style game with contestants answering questions about situations involving ethical dilemmas. more »
Session 1: How to Claim, Attack, and Defend Exemptions - Listen to a discussion about how the use of exemptions in bankruptcy reorganizations are designed to aid the individual debtor in achieving a fresh start and protect certain property from the claims of creditors. Absent exemptions, a debtor could be rendered destitute by the claims of creditors. Whether applied to property owned at the time of filing, or acquired post-petition, exemptions are not a windfall; but drafted in a form to try and ensure that creditors receive some cash payments on their claims.
Session 2: Discharge and Dischargeability: The Sword and The Shield - Explore the discharge and dischargeability of debts and actions to enforce the discharge injunction, with special attention to the discharge of student loans. more »
Brush up on the things you need to know to conduct a thorough and efficient Chapter 7 and protect your client’s discharge. Chapter 7 Trustees need information – Debtors' attorneys and their clients need to be ready to provide it. more »
Session 1: Traffic Jam: The Intersection of Community Property, Probate, and Bankruptcy - Explore how community property law, probate law, and bankruptcy law interact.
Session 2: Recent Developments in Home Equity Litigation - Listen to a discussion about the 2017 Constitutional Amendments and the highlights of what has changed. Also, take a look at Wood, Garofolo, and Alexander, whether there is a statute of limitations for equity loan violations, and if so, when does it start. more »
Session 1: U.S. Trustee Update - Hear updates on the means test, debtor audits, and various items of note.
Session 2: Chapter 13 Trustee Panel - Hear representatives of each district tell it like it is in Chapter 13. more »
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: Cyber Ethics: Ensuring Compliance with Evolving Technology - 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.
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: Data Analytics: The Answer to Your Law Firm's Innovation Effort - Learn how to easily kick-start your firm’s innovation efforts, close the gender pay gap (for you and your clients), and use data to reduce bias, improve inclusion as part of a diversity and inclusion initiative, and simultaneously use proven scientific methods to improve bottom-line profitability!
Session 5: Avoiding Ethical Issues with Lawyers' Use of Social Media - The world of social media presents a multitude of pitfalls for practitioners and judges alike. Hear from pioneers in the field on how to make the most of social media's advantages without running afoul of applicable disciplinary rules. Listen to a discussion about cutting edge issues not yet addressed under Texas law and proposed disciplinary rules currently under consideration by the Texas Supreme Court.
Session 6: 30 Apps in 30 Minutes - A quick survey of useful apps and tech tips for lawyers, trust officers, and caregivers.
Session 7: 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: 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: 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 4: Hearsay in a Digital World - Review important hearsay issues, with an emphasis on hearsay appearing in social media, texts, and other new media.
Session 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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: Evidence Skits: Direct and Cross Examination of Witnesses - You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!
Session 2: Evidence Skits: How to Get In Tax Returns, Schedules, Appraisals, and Other Key Documents - Live Testimony! Dead Bodies! Smoking Guns! That would be fun, but this is about documents, instead. Sorry.
Session 3: Mini-Trial: How Big Is Too Big? - The judges talk about strategy, evidence, and things that really matter during trial.
Session 1: Smackdown: Exempt Property is Forever Yours??? - Tackle the “Snapshot Rule” and explore whether exemptions cause property to leave the estate or whether they insulate property of the estate from creditors’ claims in the latest installment of the popular Smackdown series.
Session 2: Frost and its Effects - Review important tips and information on how to keep those important exemptions in place. more »
When an LLC member files for bankruptcy, a number of issues arise including the enforceability of applicable non-bankruptcy law, LLC transfer restrictions and whether the operating agreement is an executory contract. Explore these consequences in the context of both a single-member LLC as well as a multi-member LLC. more »
Session 1: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Automatic Stay (But Were Afraid to Ask) - Get tips, tricks, and practical advice with regard to Motions to Extend the Stay, Motions to Impose the Stay, Motions for Relief from the Stay, Motions to Enforce the Stay, and other matters relating to 11 U.S.C. §§362 and 1301.
Session 2: Conversions and Dismissals under Sections 706 and 707 - A primer on recent case developments involving dismissals and conversions for cause under Sections 706 and 707.
Session 3: Top Five Ways to Lose Your Discharge - From Section 523 exceptions to discharge to Section 727 objections to discharge, learn about the most common—and most surprising—ways your client can lose her bankruptcy discharge.
Session 4: Limiting the Scope of Representation in Chapter 7 Cases - Overview of the legal and ethical issues involved in limiting the scope of representations ("unbundling") in Chapter 7 cases. more »
Session 1: The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Bankruptcy Claim Process: Debtors' Rights and Remedies under the FDPCA - Explore the developing law governing debtors' ability to sue their creditors in bankruptcy court for violations of the FDCPA.
Session 2: Return of the Smackdown! Use and Abuse of State Court Receiverships - What happens when the judgment debtor files bankruptcy? How does the automatic stay apply? And just who owns the FDCPA claims? Explore these questions in the long-awaited return of this conference favorite.
Session 3: The Domestic Support Obligation in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Cases: The Obligation and Claim the Debtor Must Satisfy - Explore issues a debtor with a domestic support obligation may encounter from the time he files a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case, up to confirmation, and through obtaining a discharge through a question and answer session between a debtor counsel and an Assistant Attorney General from the Child Support Division.
Session 4: What in the World Have They Done to the Texas Homestead Exemption? - From changing applications of the Texas Proceeds Rule to conflicting opinions on whether a Texas Homestead is an interest or a right, the Texas Homestead Exemption has been the subject of increasing controversy in recent years. What has become of this once-unassailable exemption? more »
Anytime there are fundamental market changes there is a winner and a loser. Find out how the vast supply of U.S. oil and gas discoveries coupled with stricter environmental regulations are causing long term changes. Who are the winners, who are the losers? Find out how these shifts have impacted coal, renewables, oil and gas, power generation, and refineries. The panel will discuss the impact of these changes on the industry as a whole and on the value of the companies that participate in these industries. more »
Intellectual Property (IP) is often a critically important part of a company’s value paradigm. Why, for many companies today, has IP become an even greater focus? How is IP valued in businesses, in litigation and in bankruptcy? more »