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2019 Advanced Administrative Law

2019 Live Conference coming up Aug 15 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2019 Essential Employment Law

Essential Employment Law is a one-day HR program led by employment law experts Connie Cornell and Katrina Grider, 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. Ms. Cornell 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. Katrina Grider is Of Counsel in the Houston office of Ogletree Deakins with over thirty years of extensive experience from both management and enforcement perspectives. Ms. Grider represents employers in state and federal courts, as well as in proceedings before the Texas Workforce Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor. In addition, Ms. Grider conducts training for managers, supervisors, and employees. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. more

2019 Live Conference coming up Aug 2 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2019 Car Crash

The Car Crash Seminar is the ultimate program for practitioners of all experience levels. In-depth fundamentals take you from initial client contact through trial or settlement. Come away with a definitive set of resource materials including sample forms. more

2019 Live Conference coming up Aug 1 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2019 Elder Law

The Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference presents current developments and practical tips for estate planners and elder law attorneys, offers essential information for guardians ad litem, and provides a must-have set of materials and resources. more

2019 Live Conference coming up Aug 1 in Galveston. Info and registration »
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2019 Texas NAELA Summer Conference

2019 Live Conference coming up Jul 31 in Galveston. Info and registration »
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2019 Consumer Bankruptcy

Consumer Bankruptcy Practice is an informative and informal conference that presents current developments and practical tips for bankruptcy attorneys and trustees, offers essential information on the Bankruptcy Code, and provides must-have written materials and resources for practitioners. This year’s highlights include: A review of the recent rule changes, including some older cases you should know. Insight on Accounting for Lawyers, including balance sheets, income statements, and amortization schedules. A closer look at burden of proof in Beast of Burden and Prosecuting and Defending Exceptions to Discharge. Advice on Some Practical Ideas for Fixing, or at Least Mitigating, Common Bankruptcy Practitioner Errors. Analysis of the uses and abuses of Data Mining when building your bankruptcy case. Discuss frequently, and sometimes infrequently, asked questions with our seasoned judges in this year’s Open Forum Judicial Panel. more

2019 Live Conference coming up Jul 25 in Houston. Info and registration »
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2019 Cybersecurity

2019 Live Conference coming up Jul 25 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2019 LLCs, LPs and Partnerships

LLCs, LPs and Partnerships, now in its 28th year, features a distinguished faculty of practitioners and academics covering the latest developments in unincorporated entities. The program provides great forms, model agreements, coverage of best practices for key clauses and provisions, and analyzes issues faced by practitioners. 2019 highlights include: Hear the latest updates in Texas case law, as well as filing tips and administrative guidance from the Secretary of State. Legislative Update summarizes the non-tax legislation that has been or is expected to be adopted in the 2019 Texas Legislature that affects partnerships and LLCs. Federal Tax Update reviews legislative, judicial and IRS guidance over the past year as it impacts partnerships and LLCs.  Texas State Tax Update explores recent developments regarding the Texas franchise tax and the Texas sales and use tax. Fundraising for LLCs and LPs: Securities Law Basics provides practical discussion of securities law compliance issues. Gain practical tips for drafting to protecting the minority partner, updates on Series LLC including when to use, charging orders updates and much more. Earn 2.00 hours of legal ethics including a presentation on Ethical Issues Presented by Changing Technology. Come a day early for Wednesday evening’s Nuts and Bolts of LLCs, LPs and Partnerships—ideal for beginners or a great refresher for experienced practitioners. more

2019 Live Conference coming up Jul 18 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2019 Nuts and Bolts of LLCs, LPs and Partnerships

Nuts and Bolts of LLCs, LPs and Partnerships is a perfect refresher for seasoned practitioners and a great introduction for those new to the area of unincorporated entities. This workshop covers choice of entity and jurisdiction, governing documents and securities, filing with the Secretary of State, terminations, drafting the LLC agreement, and includes an open Q&A with the panel. Stay on for LLCs, LPs and Partnerships Conference for a deeper dive. more

2019 Live Conference coming up Jul 17 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2019 State and Federal Appeals

UT Law's Conference on State and Federal Appeals – designed for advanced-level civil appellate practitioners – has earned a reputation as the premier program on appellate practice and procedure in Texas and is a must-attend event for Texas civil appellate practitioners. 2019 Highlights include: Candid discussion among Texas Supreme Court Justices, including Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, about what’s new at the Court, the state of the docket, and tips for practitioners. A View from the Court of Appeals, featuring Hon. Richard F. Hightower,1st Court of Appeals (Houston, TX), Hon. Amanda L. Reichek, 5th Court of Appeals (Dallas, TX), and Hon. Gisela D. Triana, 3rd Court of Appeals (Austin, TX). Deep dives into Governmental Immunity Under State Law and The Evolving Law of Federal Official Immunity, along with engaging discussion of Compensatory Damages on Appeal and and the looming threat of The Dicta Plague Insight into Indeliberate Practice: How the Business of Law Will Make You Mediocre (If You Let It) with Kendall M. Gray, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP Examination of the effective (and ineffective) use of appellate lawyers during and immediately after trial with Hon. Barbra M. G. Lynn, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (Dallas, TX) and Hon Daryl L. Moore, 333rd District Court (Houston, TX) more

2019 Live Conference coming up Jun 20 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2019 Immigration Removal Proceedings

Join us for UT Law CLE's 2019 Practical Guide to Immigration Removal Proceedings. This course is designed for beginning and intermediate immigration practitioners, criminal lawyers, family lawyers, and employment 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: Recent Developments in Immigration Removal Proceedings Ground for Deportability and Inadmissibility Bond Proceedings, Challenging NTAs, Motions to Suppress, and Contesting Deportability Challenging Crime-Based Grounds of Deportability Relief in Immigration Court Asylum Adjustment of Status, Cancellation of Removal and Other Discretionary Relief, and Appeals and Motions to Reopen INSTRUCTORS   JODI M. GOODWIN practices immigration law in the trenches on the border in Harlingen, Texas. Since 1995 she has represented 1,000’s of asylum seekers, economic migrants, long-term permanent residents, businesses, families, and United States citizens in immigration and nationality matters. Jodi also represents immigrants and United States citizens in federal court in both criminal and civil proceedings. Jodi is past-Chair of the Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has served as a Director for the Cameron County Bar Association.   MICHELLE L. SAENZ-RODRIGUEZ is the co-founder of Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates in Dallas, Texas. Now in her 26th year of practice, Michelle is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of Texas. Michelle is former Chair for the Texas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers. She is currently a member of the ABA Commission on Immigration. Michelle has recently been named “Top Lawyer in the Field of Immigration for 2018” by Best Lawyers in America. She recently became a Director for the AILA Board of Governors. She is on the AILA ICE National Liaison Committee and also serves as the EOIR Liaison in Dallas, Texas. ERICA B. SCHOMMER is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law where she teaches the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. Before joining St. Mary's, Schommer was a partner at Rios & Cruz, P.S. in Washington State where she focused on detained removal defense and federal court litigation. From 2012 to 2015, Schommer served on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration and was the co-chair of the Commission’s Mental Health Advisory Group. Schommer has a background in international human rights and has worked on various human rights issues in Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica.   JACQUELINE L. WATSON is an El Paso native and undergraduate alum of the University of Texas at El Paso. She earned her J.D. at the University of Texas School of Law. Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Jacqueline has practiced immigration law in Austin since 1999 and proudly joined Walker-Gates Vela, PLLC in 2016. She served the AILA Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico Chapter as its Chair from 2015 to 2016. more

2019 Live Conference coming up Jun 6 in San Antonio. Info and registration »
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2019 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. Learn about the various aspects of international tax compliance and how to apply the principles when conducting business in another country. Explore the recent changes to athletic seating rights, gift acceptance policies and agreements, and other issues related to complex gifts. Discuss the legal and practical implications of qualified transportation fringe benefits. Understand the impact of siloing in reporting UBIT, including how direct activities may be allocated, how investment activities may be handled, and different methods and considerations for both. more

2019 Live Conference coming up Jun 3 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2019 Higher Education Tax Essentials

The ideal introduction for new entrants to the field and the perfect refresher for seasoned practitioners, Higher Education Taxation Essentials provides an overview in key areas such as UBIT; payment of scholarships, fellowships, stipends and honoraria; charitable contributions; and tax-exempt bonds. Stay on for the 7th Annual Higher Education Taxation Institute (HETI), for in-depth coverage of federal tax issues, legislative and regulatory changes, and practical guidance in higher education taxation. more

2019 Live Conference coming up Jun 2 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2019 Technology Law

2019 Live Conference coming up May 23 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2019 Corporate Counsel

The 41st 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. This year’s Institute features focus on the areas that matter most to corporate counsel: Crafting and Drafting The Win-Win Deal New Litigation Landmines GDPR & Cybersecurity Impacts on Texas Business  Alternative Working Arrangements for All  Attorney Marketing in the 21st Century  Employment Issues for Corporate Counsel Topical Updates and Surprises In the Coming Year Registrants also have the opportunity to obtain an eSupplement to complete their full 15.00/3.00 MCLE hours requirement – free for members of the Corporate Counsel Section! The Institute is presented by the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas and The University of Texas School of Law.   more

2019 Live Conference coming up May 16 in Houston. Info and registration »
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2019 Labor and Employment Law

UT Law's Labor and Employment Law Conference is the premier program on employment law practice in Texas. By bringing together leading members of the bar, personnel experts, and in-house counsel, the conference offers the timely updates, emerging trends, and the variety of perspectives practitioners need. 2019 highlights include: Perspective on Navigating the EEOC from both sides of the bar – and the EEOC Analysis of the standards for determining Contingent Workers and Joint Employment Discussion of Emerging Local Regulations and the Multistate Employer Focused presentation series on litigation strategies and workforce solutions Updates on federal and state law, including developments at the NRLB more

2019 Live Conference coming up May 9 in Austin. Info and registration »
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Robert O. Dawson
2019 Criminal Appeals

UT Law CLE's 2019 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 justice system. more

2019 Live Conference coming up May 1 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2019 Land Use

The 23rd 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. 2019 highlights include: Get case law and legislative updates, including key developments on topics such as zoning, platting, “takings,” and vested rights. Discuss demographics, social and economic characteristics, and trends in major urban areas in Texas and the implications for land value and use. Explore the areas of land use law where the federal government or the state has prohibited or significantly limited municipal regulation. Hear the latest trends in the municipal P3 industry in Texas including a few of the unique constitution, statutory, and practical challenges that local governments face. Examine the changing technology and its effect on land use and transportation planning law. Look at land use issues including right of way creation, state and federal rules regarding cell sites, county authority, short-term rentals, affordable housing, and much more. Earn up to 15.00 hours of CLE credit, including 2.50 hours of ethics credit, and enjoy networking with your fellow land use professionals. Come a day early for the Land Use Fundamentals—ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners. more

2019 Live Conference coming up Apr 25 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2019 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. Join us the following two days for the Land Use Conference which offers in-depth coverage of land use development. more

2019 Live Conference coming up Apr 24 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2019 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

2019 Live Conference recently concluded Mar 29 More info »
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2019 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

2019 Live Conference recently concluded Mar 28 More info »
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2019 Health Law

UT Law CLE's 31st 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 and the 2019 State and Federal Healthcare Legislative Landscape. Examination of recent healthcare developments, including regulatory changes and policy initiatives in the Healthcare Year-in-Review and insight into the Operational Impact of Significant Cases. Practical guidance on payment challenges, and strategies for avoiding payment disputes. Exploration of Healthcare Transactions, including the role of private equity in the short and long term. Discussion of hot topics including Blockchain, Medical Records, and The Opioid Crisis. more

2019 Live Conference recently concluded Mar 29 More info »
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2019 Patent Law - USPTO

The 14th 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. This year’s highlights include: An Update from the USPTO from Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. An in-depth discussion of the Global Patent Landscape including the influence of countries like China and others on the U.S. patent system and patent enforcement. An update on Section 101 and recent decisions impacting the drafting of patents in the life-sciences and software/technology sectors. A review of the year’s key patent decisions in the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court, and their impact on patent practice. Recent developments and changes in PTAB practices, including an update from Acting Chief Judge Scott Boalick. Discussion of how SEP/FRAND issues are evolving at home and abroad with the growth of the internet of things. Practical guidance on topics ranging from patent insurance to practicing in the cloud. Insight from members of the federal judiciary as part of the popular Judicial Panel. more

2019 Live Conference recently concluded Mar 22 More info »
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2019 School Law

UT Law’s 34th 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 what Districts of Innovation mean for schools and teachers, and the impact local innovation plans can have on a district. Examine the practical implications of the DOE’s recent determination that Texas violated the IDEA and the impact of the resulting corrective action plan. Hear practical tips for Managing Student Protest Logistics and Dealing with Vexing Stakeholders. Explore approaches in Behavioral Threat Assessment, and how those approaches seek to balance safety concerns with student rights. Learn what mandatory provisions may be missing from your contracts, including language concerning accessibility and data privacy. more

2019 Live Conference recently concluded Mar 1 More info »
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2019 Special Needs Trusts

The 15th 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: An overview of special needs trusts, including an examination of different types of SNTs—third-party, self-settled, and sole benefit SNTs—and their potential uses and benefits. Case law and legislative updates. A special presentation from the SSA’s Regional Trust Leads with must-have insight on the review process; plus tips on submitting your trust review for approval and avoiding the appeal. Considerations and best practices in working with ABLE programs across the country. Discussion on the increasing importance of preparing Medicaid assessments and appeals, and advice for navigating that process. An examination of trustee obligations and best practices, including an opportunity to ask your questions during an “Ask the Experts” portion of the panel. A variety of other SNT essentials, including trust reformation do’s and don’ts, divorce actions and SNTs, understanding SSI work incentive programs and CLASS, and more. more



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