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2018 LLCs, LPs and Partnerships

2018 Live Conference coming up Jul 12 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2018 Nuts and Bolts of LLCs, LPs and Partnerships

2018 Live Conference coming up Jul 11 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2018 Essential Employment Law

Essential Employment Law is a one-day HR program led by employment law experts Vianei Lopez Braun and Connie Cornell, and is designed to provide overviews and updates on issues related to Texas employment law. Content is extensive and exhaustive with topics ranging from employment-at-will to discrimination issues, wage and hour violations, retaliation, FMLA, changes in employment law impacting compliance efforts, and more.  This practical course provides detailed written materials and is ideal for HR professionals and beginning employment lawyers. INSTRUCTORS ​Connie L. Cornell, PHR is a founding partner of Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP, an Austin labor and employment law firm. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources by the national Society for Human Resource Management. more


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2018 Winning at Deposition

A successful deposition is the most important weapon you have to win your case. But much of the conventional wisdom about depositions is completely wrong. How can you be sure to get it right every time? Attend this one-day conference to learn from top Texas litigators as they share their deposition tips and techniques. more


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2018 State and Federal Appeals

2018 Live Conference coming up Jun 14 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2018 Immigration Removal Proceedings

This course is designed for beginning and intermediate immigration practitioners, employment lawyers, criminal lawyers, and family lawyers involved with the increasingly complex area of removal proceedings. Hear techniques and tactics for effectively handling typical and atypical problems. Interact with top immigration practitioners and gain strategies to provide the best advocacy for your clients, while protecting yourself and your practice.  This course walks through: Ground for Deportability and Inadmissibility Bond Proceedings Challenging NTAs and Motions to Dismiss Contesting Deportability Challenging Crime-Based Grounds of Deportability Relief in Immigration Court Adjustments Cancellation of Removal and Other Discretionary Relief Appeals and Motions to Reopen more

2018 Live Conference coming up Jun 7 in Houston. Info and registration »
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2018 Higher Education Tax Institute

The Higher Education Taxation Institute (HETI) provides a unique forum for college and university tax professionals from around the country to examine and discuss federal tax issues and compliance, as well as legislative, judicial, regulatory, and administrative changes affecting colleges and universities. Examine recent tax law developments that affect institutions of higher education, including updates on Congressional activity, IRS rulings, and judicial decisions. Hear the current Legislative and Policy Outlook for Colleges and Universities. Learn how to prepare for an IRS Exempt Organizations examination in light of the new data-driven approach. Explore best practices in managing the tax compliance process related to alternative investments. Review the impact of tax reform on UBIT, including UBIT silo-ing, laws regarding fringe benefits and more. Discuss international transactions including operations in foreign countries, permanent establishment and what’s happening with OECD. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Jun 4 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2018 Technology Law

UT Law’s 31st Annual Technology Law Conference brings together a nationally-recognized faculty of technology and licensing practitioners, in-house counsel from leading tech companies, and experts in open source, data privacy and security, and emerging technology for the latest issues affecting the industry. This year’s program features: A presentation by Texas Law Professor Robert M. Chesney on National Cybersecurity Policy and Security Issues. GDPR is Effective Today!, with updates and discussion on compliance considerations. Advanced licensing strategies and updates; plus discussion on the enforcement of open source and community licenses through copyright infringement. A look at Core Aspects of Federal Procurement Law in Technology Transactions including the new cyber-security requirements for government contractors. Practical tips for navigating ethical issues that arise in negotiating commercial and technical contracts abroad. An in-house counsel discussion on current cybersecurity challenges and trends. An easy-to-understand overview of cryptocurrencies, tokens, blockchain and other applications. The latest law and policies surrounding self-driving cars and drones. “Make or break” legal issues for startups, from entity formation to financing to regulatory compliance. Key Considerations in the Acquisition of Private Technology Companies. An essential ethics presentation on Law Firm Data Security and the Ethical Duty for Technology Competence. 3.00 hours of Ethics, including a presentation on Technology and Access to Justice. more

2018 Live Conference coming up May 24 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2018 Corporate Counsel

The 40th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute offers in-depth, practical discussions on legal issues for in-house counsel and outside counsel who represent companies of all sizes. The Institute is presented by the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas and The University of Texas School of Law. Highlights include: Discussion of Shareholder Activism and Hostile Activity, including tactics for activist defense, raid preparedness, board/corporate governance, and shareholder engagement. Cybersecurity insight From the Mind of a Hacker, including a look into how to avoid being bait and what happens on the dark web. Tips for preparing your corporate representative for their time in the witness chair, and tips for keeping your in-house counsel out of that same chair. Analysis of Employee Ideology v. Company Values, with discussion of headline-making events that have put this collision of rights on the front page. Updates on labor and employment law, including insight into the latest on Class Action Waivers and Arbitration Agreements with discussion of the fallout from the NRLB’s decision in D.R. Horton, Inc. Best practices for board service, and analysis of Ethical Hazards That Confront In-House Counsel Exploration of how diversity in the work place and effectively working with local counsel can improve your legal department and help you get better results in the boardroom and the courtroom. more

2018 Live Conference coming up May 17 in Dallas. Info and registration »
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2018 Labor and Employment Law

After 25 years, UT Law’s Labor and Employment Law Conference is more relevant than ever. With two days of timely updates and emerging trends in employment law from leading members of the bar and personnel experts, the conference has earned the reputation as the premier program on employment law practice in Texas. This year’s highlights include: Exploration of the The Boundaries of Employee Free Speech with discussion of the rights of employees to express their views and the competing rights of public and private employers to respond. Insight into unconscious bias in the workplace, including how it may influence workplace decisions and interactions, and the latest approaches and legal implications for addressing it. Examination of current activity involving Leaves of Absence Under the FMLA and ADA, including tactics for pushing back on suspected leave abuse. What Is It Worth? An analysis of how lawyers on each side of the docket value the settlement of cases and how to compare in terms of valuation for standard employment law situations. Focused presentation series on litigation strategies (featuring discussion of expert witnesses and anti-SLAPP concerns) and workforce solutions (featuring discussion of the onboarding process and preventing workplace violence). The latest federal and state employment case law and legislative developments, including disability issues under the ADA, guidance under the NLRA, and more. more

2018 Live Conference coming up May 10 in Austin. Info and registration »
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Robert O. Dawson
2018 Criminal Appeals

UT Law's 2018 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals features members of the Court of Criminal Appeals and judges from the intermediate courts around Texas joining prosecutors and defense attorneys for discussions on current issues facing the criminal system.   Highlights include: Tips on Avoiding the Dreaded Non-Compliant “White Card” with a step-by-step walk through of TRAP Rule 73 and 11.07 habeas application compliance. Analysis of legislative changes affecting appellate rules and procedure, including HB34. Legal writing tips and tricks with Six (or More) Techniques for Readable, Persuasive Sentences and How to Improve Your Brief Writing. Guidance on how to prosecute and defend motions for a new trial from both sides of the aisle. Insight into Maintaining Your Credibility in Court, with discussion of creativity v. credibility and how to zealously advocate for your client without falling on your face. Reviews of significant decisions from both the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court. Updates on Brady case law and its associated ethical provisions, and examination of significant decisions handed down since the Michael Morton Act. more

2018 Live Conference coming up May 2 in Austin. Info and registration »
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Ernest E. Smith
2018 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

The Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute continues to be the definitive course for attorneys, corporate lawyers, E&P operators and landmen. The Institute brings together a distinguished faculty of academics and practitioners for presentations on the latest oil and gas developments. 2018 program highlights include: Professor Ernest E. Smith shares his thoughts and perspectives from his many years of work with the oil and gas industry. The Case Law Update reviews recent decisions dealing with oil and gas leases, royalties, mineral conveyances, joint operating agreements, state regulation, and related topics. Discuss the history and development of the proration unit as a regulatory tool, and the consequences of importing the term into oil and gas leases and contracts. Review the evolution of the regulatory and land-title process for PSA and Allocation Wells. Hear the latest on  Why and How to Recycle Oil and Gas Wastewater. Outline of the law of implied covenants, including duties imposed, standards applied, and remedies available. Plus information on surface use, decommissioning, P&A, executive rights and more. The Institute is jointly presented by The University of Texas School of Law and The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Apr 20 in Houston. Info and registration »
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2018 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

The 2018 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law—ideal for beginners or seasoned practitioners seeking a refresher—assembles a distinguished faculty of experienced practitioners for a series of presentations designed to provide practical and detailed coverage of the key issues, strategies, and opportunities facing attorneys, corporate lawyers, E&P operators and landmen. The program features sessions on production and marketing; oil and gas leases, including classification and administration, and perpetuation and termination; risk allocation; division orders; drafting for subsequent operations in the JOA; redetermination, perfection, and bankruptcy in the oil field; title opinions for all stages of production; an overview of the Texas Railroad Commission; and more. This program is jointly presented by The University of Texas School of Law and The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Apr 19 in Houston. Info and registration »
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2018 Health Law

UT Law’s 30th Annual Health Law Conference brings together leading in-house attorneys from major hospitals and medical institutions, government officials, as well as legal and financial advisors representing hospitals, healthcare providers and physicians. The conference provides practical and detailed coverage of updates, current issues, and key strategies and opportunities facing members of the healthcare community.   This year’s program includes: Discussion of Emerging Trends in Healthcare in the Trump era. Important healthcare developments from the last year, including regulatory changes and policy initiatives in the Healthcare Year-in-Review; and insight on the Operational Impact of Significant Cases. An evaluation of health plans, providers, and payment challenges. Practical tips in navigating healthcare transactions, including regulatory and tax considerations. Recent trends in FCA and government enforcement. An exploration of telehealth and technology innovations. A look at the realities of sexual harassment in the workplace and the differences between corporate policy and on-the-ground practice. Ethics in Contracting Issues using a series of hypotheticals to identify issues that can arise. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Apr 4 in Houston. Info and registration »
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2018 Sports and the Law

Are you a lawyer who loves sports? Are you curious about how the law intersects with the lives of athletes? Explore the law through the career of a professional athlete. From recruiting out of high school into the draft, a professional career, branding and post-play opportunities, and the controversial complications that can happen along the way, the law affects every aspect of an athlete’s career.  more




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2018 Land Use

The 22nd Annual Land Use Conference offers high-level, detailed coverage of the key issues, strategies, challenges, tools, and opportunities facing municipalities, counties, and developers. It focuses on real-world problems with practical solutions presented by an outstanding faculty, including developers' attorneys, land use planners, local government attorneys, engineers, and state and local regulators. 2018 highlights include: Case law and legislative updates, including key updates on topics such as public rights of way, annexation, state preemption, permits, flooding and floodplains. Analyze the impacts of Reed v. Town of Gilbert on regulations including signs, charitable bins, and solicitation. Explore the use and development of emergency management plans before, during, and after a disaster. Examine the implications that the current social political climate has on land use and development. Review how zoning and economic development efforts can encourage the emergence of creative and other special districts. Hear how a backyard home brewing operation turned distribution brewery is supporting the revitalization efforts of downtown Taylor, Texas. Look at land use issues including projects outside corporate limits, county authority and ETJ, infill development, and much more. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Mar 22 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2018 Land Use Fundamentals

Land Use Fundamentals provides concepts and procedures, plus practical tips to some of the more complex areas of land use law, including zoning, platting, and development incentives available in Texas. It is the ideal introduction for new entrants to the field or a refresher for seasoned practitioners. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Mar 21 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2018 Patent Law - USPTO

The 13th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office offers a unique opportunity to join USPTO senior staff, leading practitioners, academics and members of the federal judiciary for two days of presentations on the latest developments in patent law, including:  An in-depth discussion on the global patent landscape, with an emphasis on the current state of licensing, enforcing and monetizing patents in the U.S. and overseas. A review of the year’s key patent decisions in the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court, and their impact on patent practice. Section 101 and recent decisions impacting software and high tech, as well as current U.S. and international perspectives on patent eligibility in life sciences. PTAB practice tips, as well as a look at proposed legislation and reforms. Practical tips for prosecuting high quality patents, including claim drafting, claim construction and the use of declarations. Developments in prosecuting design patents, including the impact of Samsung v. Apple in determining the “total” profit for design patent infringement. Changes to the patent venue rules and the impact on enforcement. A look at conflicts of interest and other forms of liability and risk that can arise during patent prosecution. Presentations from members of the judiciary including a keynote presentation by Chief Judge of Federal Circuit, Hon. Sharon Prost, as well as the popular Judicial Panel. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Mar 1 in Alexandria. Info and registration »
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2018 School Law

UT Law’s 33rd Annual School Law Conference is the definitive program for school administrators, school board members, education professionals and the legal counsel who represent them. Presentations offer in-depth, practical discussion of the legal and regulatory issues affecting schools and school districts and provide a must-have set of materials and resources. This year’s conference offers attendees the opportunity to: Explore the impact of “David’s Law” and the ways in which courts are treating traditional and cyberbullying claims. Survey the laws that impact the collection and handling of private health information and hear the best practices for complying. Learn to navigate the world of SBEC disciplinary hearings with practical tips on how to adjust to enforcement trends. Examine legal issues that may come into play when school employees or students engage in immoral or unseemly – but not criminal – conduct off campus. Prepare for cybersecurity threats by examining the risks particular to schools and by reviewing what needs to be in every school’s incident response plan. Learn from yesterday and plan for tomorrow with a deep dive into disaster planning and recovery from both the student service and operations perspectives. Hear practical tips for managing rogue board members and how to address the inefficiencies and disharmony they can create. more

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Feb 23 More info »
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2018 Special Needs Trusts

The 14th Annual Changes and Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts brings together nationally recognized professionals in the SNT field, features the latest updates and hot topics, and offers a great set of materials including sample forms, drafting tips, sample language and resources. This year’s program includes: Special needs trusts basics including current trends and pitfalls with Craig C. Reaves, plus an overview and understanding of available public benefits programs. A special presentation from the Social Security Administration’s Regional Trust Review Team with must-have insight on the review process; plus updates, advice, and practice tips for practitioners from Mary E. O’Byrne and Kenneth Brown. Case law and legislative updates from Mary Alice Jackson. The latest developments in the use of ABLE accounts; plus practical discussion on using (or not using) ABLE with Stephen W. Dale, Haley D. Greer, and Nancy Sosa. Practical applications in the intersection of real estate and special needs trusts. Current issues and trends from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Discussion on a variety of other SNT essentials, including decanting and SNTs, understanding structured settlements, and more. If you work with special needs trusts—or want to learn how to use, draft, fund, and administer them—don't miss this program! more

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Feb 16 More info »
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2018 Law Practice Management

Managing Your Success: Practice Management at the Next Level is designed to connect solo and small firm practitioners with the latest tips and tricks for making the most of their practice, including the latest developments in marketing and business development, financial management, human resources, office space, and avoiding malpractice. Attendees will learn to: Ensure compliance with disciplinary rules when using today’s technology tools. Effectively brand and market a legal practice, including generating leads. Assess the financial health of your law firm and make sure your practice is efficient for both you and your clients. Expand your firm by hiring contract or associate attorneys. Maintain mindfulness amidst the stress of being a small firm practitioner. Select, keep, and even fire clients as needed . more

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Feb 9 More info »
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2018 Renewable Energy Law

Join leading attorneys and industry experts in wind, solar and storage for two days of the latest developments affecting renewable energy in Texas and nationwide. The Renewable Energy Law Conference blends law, economics, technology, finance, tax and regulatory policy, and is aimed at industry participants, legal and financial advisors, and key legislative and regulatory policymakers and staff.   2018 highlights include: A stellar collection of Washington Energy experts, including Dan Simmons, Abigail Ross Hopper, Tom Kiernan and more join Keith Martin in a roundtable discussion on current federal energy policy impacting renewable energy. What’s New at the federal level affecting the renewable energy market. The latest updates on FERC, PUC and ERCOT. Insight on M&A Trends in Renewable Energy, and Due Diligence and M&A for Clean Energy Projects. Updates on front-of-the-meter and behind-the-meter storage. Valuable information on Community Solar, Distributed C&I PPAs, Innovative Insurance and Risk Management Products, and much more. more

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Jan 30 More info »
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2018 Nonprofit Organizations

The 2018 Nonprofit Organizations Institute features nationally recognized experts from private foundations, public charities, law, finance, and government discussing the latest tax, legislative and governance issues affecting nonprofit organizations.   The Institute offers in-depth discussion on the issues most relevant to your organization or practice, with presentations and targeted tracks including: A View of the Sector, with key trends and the latest legislative and regulatory developments A General Counsel/CFO Roundtable discussion on the top risk areas facing nonprofits Fundraising and Planned Giving Structuring Private Philanthropy and Issues in Family Office Philanthropy Funding Concerns for Private Foundations Donor Advised Funds and Impact Investing Internal Controls and Insurance IP, Privacy Issues, and Social Media Taking Cybersecurity Seriously and strategies for preparedness and response Form 990: The “Naughty” and The “Nice” My Employee Did What?, with 1.00 hour of Ethics on identifying and mitigating employment risks Hear the View from the Attorney General from Susan K. Staricka, as well as the Year in Review with Bruce R. Hopkins on current developments in federal legislation, IRS rulings, and court opinions. Earn CLE credit, CPE credit (NASBA), and CFP credit. more

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Jan 19 More info »
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2018 Nonprofit Organizations Workshop

The 2018 Nonprofit Organizations Literacy Workshop is the perfect overview for new entrants and seasoned practitioners in the field. The main program provides focused attention on core issues for both private foundations and charitable organizations—governance, UBIT, investment, and financial statements.   more

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Jan 17 More info »
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Stanley M. Johanson
2017 Estate Planning

The tradition continues—Professor Stanley M. Johanson’s popular one-day Estate Planning Workshop offers timely topics, lively discussion and practical advice. Examine Recent Developments Affecting Estate Planning and the most current updates and “hot” estate planning topics with Professor Stanley M. Johanson. Learn the best practices to make distributions from trusts and estates while making sure the fiduciary is protected and the files are complete. Explore Non-Probate Transfers of All Kinds with Steven D. Baker, Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Jetel Analyze practical and ethical concerns faced by practitioners, and discuss the hot-button issues stemming from recent cases, rulings, and regulation in the Estate Planning Workshop featuring all Workshop faculty Come on Wednesday for the 65th Annual Taxation Conference for the latest developments in tax regulations, policy and legislation. more




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