University of Texas School of Law

About UT Law CLE

OUR VISION
PRACTICE EXCELLENCE
 
UT Law CLE serves The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, its alumni, and the broader Texas legal community by producing top-quality continuing legal education programs and products. We want you to realize your full potential as a lawyer, whether your focus is the courtroom or the boardroom, whether you represent individuals or organizations, and even if you are pursuing a nontraditional career in a law-adjacent field. We want to engage you and be your partner in life-long learning and professional development. We strive to practice excellence in the work we do so that we can help you achieve excellence in your practice.
OUR STORY
UT Law CLE is one of the oldest and most distinguished providers of professional education in the country, offering more than 40 Texas MCLE-accredited live conferences annually. A majority of them are also available via simultaneous webcast, and all are recorded and archived for later on-demand viewing or listening as eConferences and eCourses.

Our signature programs include the Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, the Parker C. Fielder Oil & Gas Tax Conference, the Stanley M. Johanson Estate Planning Workshop, the Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Conference, and the Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference. Other highly regarded programs in our portfolio include the Mergers & Acquisitions Institute, the Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law, the Nonprofit Organizations Institute, the Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference, and the Advanced Patent Law Institute.
 
Finally, we are self-supporting. We cover 100% of our own operating costs and overhead, and we manage our business so that, after paying all expenses, we generate a positive revenue stream of several hundred thousand dollars annually for The University and the School of Law. The major portion of this money is used to fund scholarships and underwrite other benefits and activities for UT Law students.
OUR TEAM
Gregory J. Smith
Assistant Dean for CLE
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Greg joined UT Law CLE in December 2012. He oversees all aspects of the educational and business operations of the department, including program development, event management, marketing, finance, and technology. Pursuing a career as a CLE professional, he has worked in management roles for several CLE providers, including Colorado Bar Association CLE and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is also a Past President of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA). He practiced law for several years in the areas of banking, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation and served for two years as Administrative Counsel to the Chief Judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law and is a graduate of Colorado State University.
Diana Chavez
Senior Event Manager
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Diana joined UT Law CLE in 2004 as a student worker and now serves on the Event Management team. She handles all event logistics for live conferences and serves as a liaison to conference faculty. She attended The University of Texas at Austin.
Elizabeth Flett
Associate Program Director
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Elizabeth joined UT Law CLE in August 2013. She serves as an Associate Program Director for one-third of the department’s live conferences, supervising content development and production. Prior to joining UT Law CLE, she was a Program Manager for Custom Programs at Texas Executive Education within the McCombs School of Business, and managed a varied portfolio including domestic and international programs. She is a graduate of the University of Washington.
Kristen Gustafson
Finance Supervisor
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Kristen joined UT Law CLE in October 2014. She coordinates the department's finances and accounts payable transactions. Prior to joining UT Law CLE, Kristen worked at The University of Texas School of Law accounting department. She is a graduate of Texas State University.
Joanna Jefferson
Senior Program Director
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Joanna joined UT Law CLE in 2005. She directs programming of 8-10 live conferences in multiple legal practice areas. Joanna also oversees all audio and video production and development for online distribution. Before coming to UT Law, she served as a production manager on several documentary and narrative films, and worked as a producer for a leading video production company in Cincinnati, Ohio. Joanna holds a Master's degree from Boston University, and received her undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio.
Lynne Holland Koepp
Customer Service & Office Supervisor
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Lynne initially joined UT Law CLE in 2005. She coordinates the department's accounts payable transactions, provides general office management, assists with conference registration, and customer service. She also has worked in event management and program coordination roles. Prior to joining UT Law CLE, Lynne worked in New York City as a legal personnel and recruiting coordinator. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
Pamela Laredo
Program Development Coordinator
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Hannah Nequist
Event Manager
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Hannah joined UT Law CLE in June 2019. She handles event logistics for live conferences and serves as a liaison to conference faculty. Prior to joining UT Law CLE, Hannah produced events and programs in the chamber of commerce industry in both Michigan and Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Verónica Pomata
eProducts Supervisor
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Verónica joined UT Law CLE in February 2014. She is responsible for customer service inquiries and managing conference registrations. Prior to joining UT Law CLE, Verónica worked as an adjunct professor at South University. She received her undergraduate degree in Public Relations from the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and she holds a MS in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Genevieve Elise Renshaw
Studio Producer & Program Development Coordinator
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Genevieve joined UT Law CLE in October 2016. She serves as a program development coordinator for various live conferences and studio producer for CLE’s live streaming and on-demand content. Prior to joining UT Law CLE, she was the curriculum administrator for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in TEXAS Extended Campus at The University of Texas. She is a graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin.
Audra Rice
Event Manager
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Audra joined UT Law CLE in March 2018. She handles all event logistics for live conferences and serves as a liaison to conference faculty. Prior to joining UT Law CLE, Audra worked in sports and event management. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
April Rogers
Program Director
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April joined UT Law CLE in March 2014. She serves as Program Director for various live conferences, working closely with the Program Development Coordinators. Prior to joining UT Law CLE, she was a student housing professional at The University of Colorado, the University of Texas and American Campus Communities. April holds a Master's degree from Indiana State University, and received her undergraduate degree from Sam Houston State University.
Carlos Soto
Marketing Associate
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Carlos joined UT Law CLE in May 2019. He is responsible for providing marketing data analysis services along with executing print and email marketing campaigns for live and online CLE programming. Carlos is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
Caitlin Speed
Senior Program Development Coordinator
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Caitlin joined UT Law CLE in 2011. She handles all event logistics for live conferences and serves as a liaison to conference faculty. Prior to joining UT Law CLE, Caitlin worked in television and independent film in New York City. Caitlin is a graduate of The University of Texas McCombs School of Business.
Jill Thornley
Senior Software Developer
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Jill joined UT Law CLE in 2005 while in graduate school. Her role has expanded from serving as eLibrarian overseeing the deployment of the department's electronic assets to the senior position in software development, working on back-office and customer-facing software applications. Jill holds a Master's degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University.
Laura Tolin
Marketing Supervisor & Accreditation Coordinator
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Laura joined UT Law CLE in August 2018. Her role is to ensure timely delivery of all marketing collateral and communications for live CLE programming, and handle accreditation for live programs. Prior to joining UT Law CLE, Laura served as an education project coordinator for the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Association of Counties. Laura holds a Master’s degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.
Brian Watt
Software Developer
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Brian joined UT Law CLE in July 2017. His role is software development. Prior to joining UT Law CLE, Brian worked in software development at IBM. Brian is a graduate of Cornell University.