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2018 Special Needs Trusts

2018 Live Conference coming up Feb 15 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2018 Renewable Energy Law

2018 Live Conference coming up Jan 29 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2018 Nonprofit Organizations

2018 Live Conference coming up Jan 18 in Austin. Info and registration »
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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 coming up Jan 17 in Austin. Info and registration »
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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

2017 Live Conference coming up Dec 15 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2017 Taxation

The 65th Annual Taxation Conference features an impressive slate of topics with regionally and nationally renowned speakers covering current trends, updates in tax regulation and policy, and much more. Examine key concepts and considerations related to civil and criminal tax collection with DOJ Tax Division representatives. Gain insight into Penalties Above 20%, including what they are, when they are applied, and how to defend against them. Learn about the latest changes to Texas State and Local tax law, including recent legislative and judicial developments. Explore Dealing With a Decedent’s Fraud: Cleaning Up Our Dead Client’s Bad Behavior with Frank Agostino and Larry Sannicandro of Agostino & Associates, P.C. Discuss the basics of structuring captive insurance companies, as well as the pitfalls to avoid and the current trends in IRS challenges to these arrangements. Analyze recent developments in federal income taxation with Professor Bruce A. McGovern. Earn up to 2.00 hours of ethics credit, including an hour on Ethical Issues Involving the Deceased, Incompetent, and Unavailable, and Social Media and Tax Ethics. Continue on Friday with Professor Stanley M. Johanson’s popular one-day Estate Planning Workshop offering lively discussion, practical advice, and updates. more

2017 Live Conference coming up Dec 13 in Austin. Info and registration »
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Jay L. Westbrook
2017 Bankruptcy

UT Law's 36th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference is one of the premier bankruptcy programs in the nation. The conference attracts a stellar national faculty of prominent judges, academics, and practitioners and provides an in-depth focus on current issues and topics in business and consumer bankruptcy. Program highlights: Listen as Professor Jay L. Westbrook leads a panel of distinguished practitioners to discuss this year’s cases in the perennial favorite, Recent Developments A Peek Under the Robes: Judicial Panel, moderated by Judge H. Christopher Mott offers a unique showdown between Bankruptcy Judges and their trusty Law Clerks Hear the latest on bankruptcies in the real estate, healthcare, and retail industries Select from Thursday afternoon concurrent tracks: Business Track includes discussions on the rise of equity committees; the briefing, arguments, and implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s consideration (and perhaps decision) of the scope of the Section 546(e) safe harbor in Merit Management Group v. FTI Consulting, No. 16-784; what steps a company should and should not take prior to a bankruptcy filing; implications of Jevic on business bankruptcy cases; and practice tips to avoid pitfalls in post-confirmation subject matter jurisdiction Consumer Track includes discussions on dischargeability of taxes in Chapter 7 and 13 cases; Community Property, Divorce and Bankruptcy—What Could Possibly go Wrong; How to Make the Trustee Happy and Keep Your Client out of Trouble; Espinosa Update and Other Post-Confirmation Chapter 13 Matters Gain insight on Jevic; student loans; SCOTUS judicial decision making; formulating, confirming and implementing complex plans; trail advocacy for bankruptcy practitioners; and much more more

2017 Live Conference coming up Nov 16 in Austin. Info and registration »
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Parker C. Fielder
2017 Oil and Gas Tax

Join leading members of the oil, gas and energy tax community—including senior government officials, IRS staff, corporate energy and tax counsel, and members of the energy tax bar—at the 14th Biennial Parker C. Fielder Oil and Gas Tax Conference. This nationally recognized event is a unique collaboration between The University of Texas School of Law and the Chief Counsel’s Office of the IRS, and provides an exchange of views and perspectives between the private sector and the Service. The 2017 program features a sophisticated array of presentations, panels, and discussions on current energy taxation issues, including: An Opening Presentation on The Global Energy Challenge and How the U.S. Fits Keynote Presentation by IRS LB&I Commissioner, Doug O’Donnell In depth discussion on Capital Cost Recovery An analysis of Oil and Gas Investment Vehicles, including price and profitability issues and tax reform issues Select domestic tax issues: Partnership Allocation Issues, plus Tax Issues for Distressed Companies International tax issues: Current Issues in International Tax for the General Practitioner; in-depth discussion of International Tax Planning Issues; and International Compliance Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Tax A discussion on the latest developments and impacts of LB&I’s campaign audit strategy on the energy sector 1 hour Ethics on recent developments in the area of the regulation of tax practice and tax ethics Multiple networking opportunities, including the Thursday Evening Attendee Reception If your work involves energy taxation law or finance, don’t miss this exceptional educational and networking event. more

2017 Live Conference coming up Nov 16 in Houston. Info and registration »
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Bernard O. Dow
2017 Leasing Institute

2017 Live Conference coming up Nov 10 in Houston. Info and registration »
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Page Keeton
2017 Civil Litigation

Join leading litigators, judges, and law professors at the 41st Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin.  Updates and Opportunities: civil procedure, 85th Texas Legislature, unlawful animus, Anti-SLAPP and business torts and damages Litigations Skills: opening and closing arguments, demonstrative evidence, difficult witnesses, and voir dire Litigation in the Real World: advocacy in a post-truth world, bad facts, arbitration, monitored conversations Litigation in a Digital World: e-discovery, social media, and data security Earn up to 12.00 hours including 3.00 hours of ethics with this and much more  more

2017 Live Conference coming up Nov 2 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2017 Patent Law - Austin

UT Law's 22nd Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute in Austin covers the latest developments in patent law and features a sophisticated array of prosecution and litigation topics. Hear from nationally recognized faculty including senior IP counsel of major corporations, patent prosecution and litigation experts from around the nation, U.S. District Court Judges, and leading academics. This year’s program features: A review of the year’s key Federal Circuit and Supreme Court cases by Mark A. Lemley, Stanford Law School A discussion on the Evolving Patent Valuation Landscape and the interplay between innovation and the rising costs of enforcement Section 101 and a look at how the courts and USPTO continue to apply Alice  Strategies for strengthening your PTAB trial record for appeal Changes to the on-sale bar rule under the AIA Approaches for acquiring, managing, and asserting patent portfolios Emerging technologies and how they are impacting the legal landscape ITC trends and hot topics Patent litigation around the world and the growing popularity of jurisdictions like Canada, China and Germany Insight from sitting U.S. District Court Judges, including Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo (SDCA), Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg (EDPA) and Judge Robert W. Schroeder III (EDTX) and their experiences hearing patent cases A Friday Breakfast Presentation, hosted by Women in IP, on the Ethical Considerations of Career Transitions 3.25 hours of ethics, including presentations on Patent Prosecution and Malpractice, and Recent Developments in Attorney-Client Privilege in Patent Litigation Multiple networking opportunities with program faculty and fellow practitioners, including the Thursday Evening Networking Reception more

2017 Live Conference coming up Nov 2 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2017 Government Enforcement

The University of Texas School of Law’s 4th Annual Government Enforcement Institute (UTGEI) is one of the premier enforcement programs in the country. The Institute brings together a nationally recognized faculty to discuss key issues and strategies for protecting companies and executives in government investigations. It provides a unique collegial forum for in-house counsel and practitioners to engage with high-level current and former government officials from the SEC, DOJ, and other authorities with an enforcement mandate. This year’s program features: Presentations by top current and former officials, as well as General Counsel from major companies including: Keynote Presentation by Benjamin D. Singer, Deputy Chief of the DOJ’s Fraud Section Audrey T. Andrews, SVP and GC for Tenet Healthcare Corporation Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, Partner with Debevoise & Plimpton, and former Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s FCPA Unit; Patrick K. Craine, Deputy GC and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for Chesapeake Energy Corporation Charles E. Duross, Partner with Morrison & Foerster LLP, and former Deputy Chief of the DOJ’s Fraud Section Jason S. Flemmons, Sr. Managing Director with Ankura Consulting Group, and former Deputy Chief Accountant for the SEC’s Division of Enforcement Jim Letten, Senior Counsel with Butler Snow LLP, and longest consecutively-serving U.S. Attorney; Michael F. Maloney, Chief Accountant for the SEC’s Division of Enforcement; Paul E. Pelletier, Partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, and former Principal Deputy Chief of the DOJ’s Fraud Section Shamoil T. Shipchandler, Regional Director of the SEC's Fort Worth Office In depth, practical and timely discussions, including: The Administration’s Shifting Priorities: What’s Hot, What’s Not and What You Need to Know Financial Fraud Enforcement: Public Companies, the SEC and the DOJ Handling Environmental Actions: The General Counsel’s Perspective Healthcare Enforcement Issues: Civil and Criminal Developments FCPA: Perspectives from the Top The General Counsel and the Compliance Function: A Marriage Made In… more

2017 Live Conference coming up Oct 26 in Houston. Info and registration »
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2017 Immigration Law

In a changing political climate, navigating new policies, guidance and interpretations of the law is more important than ever. UT Law’s 41st Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for practitioners of all experience levels, and provides an opportunity to hear the latest developments and to meet with and learn from nationally recognized experts. Interact with your fellow practitioners to hear how they are dealing with the tough issues of the day.    The 2-day program offers in-depth discussion on issues at the forefront of immigration practice, and provides tools, forms, tips and guidance on key decision points and strategies in family-based and employment-based immigration, including the increasing importance of removal and relief from removal. Gain strategies to provide the best advocacy for your clients while protecting yourself and your practice.  Gain practical insight into new immigration policies and the current political landscape. Review the latest Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit, and Board of Immigration Appeals cases and decisions. Know your rights at the border, and hear practical advice on how to protect you and your clients. Examine business-based immigration topics including an overview of work visas, a deeper dive into H1-B visas and common problems for employers, PERM processing, and worksite enforcement. Learn how to prepare for audits and raids and what to do once they occur. Review procedures, options, and defenses for removal. Discuss how to avoid and address your client’s fraud or misrepresentation findings when dealing with the USCIS, DOS, and Immigration court. Interact with faculty, fellow practitioners and pro bono organization representatives during Thursday’s Networking Reception and Pro Bono Mixer. Come a day early for the Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law - ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners. more

2017 Live Conference coming up Oct 26 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2017 Immigration Fundamentals

UT Law’s Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners. It provides an overview of U.S. immigration laws, agencies and jargon, outlines the basics of family immigration law practice, offers an introduction to removal proceedings, and details issues new practitioners face in managing an immigration practice.    Stay on for the 2-day 41st Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law – for the latest developments, guidance, and in-depth discussion on issues at the forefront of immigration practice in a changing political climate.   more

2017 Live Conference coming up Oct 25 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2017 Mergers and Acquisitions Institute

UT Law’s Mergers and Acquisitions Institute has gained a reputation among deal lawyers, corporate development officers, investment bankers, private equity investors, and other legal and financial practitioners as the leading private M&A conference of its kind in the United States for the latest deal trends, structures, pitfalls and opportunities in M&A. more

2017 Live Conference coming up Oct 12 in Dallas. Info and registration »
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2017 Gas and Power

2017 Live Conference coming up Oct 5 in Houston. Info and registration »
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2017 Admiralty Law

Join UT Law Continuing Legal Education for the 26th Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference – the leading annual Texas CLE event that focuses on legal developments in the specialized area of admiralty and maritime law. The conference opens with the always popular overview of recent developments at the national level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits and offers a unique opportunity for practitioners to stay abreast of global and national developments affecting case law, contracts, and civil procedure.   2017 highlights include: Insight into how specific coverage and dispute resolution provisions can become serious obstacles to the insured’s ability to collect, with James W. Ferguson of Halliburton Discussion of the O.W. Bunker Litigation from the perspective of vessel owners, physical suppliers of necessaries, and secured lenders Hon. Lynn H. Hughes, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, offers his views on the state of legal practice and the profession State Law in Maritime Cases: The Devil’s Own Mess, with Hon. John W. deGravelles, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana Bradley J. Jackson and the return of William J. Chriss to the interactive ethics favorite What to Do if Your Client is Misbehaving, Part VII Don't miss this opportunity to learn from admiralty and maritime law experts. more

2017 Live Conference coming up Sep 29 in Houston. Info and registration »
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William W. Gibson, Jr.
2017 Mortgage Lending Institute

2017 Live Conference coming up Sep 28 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2017 The Future of Residential Mortgage Lending

2017 Live Conference coming up Sep 27 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2017 Essential Employment Law

2017 Live Conference recently concluded Sep 8 More info »
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2017 Advanced Administrative Law

The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar brings together members of the judiciary and regulatory and academic communities to engage with practitioners about the latest legislative and case law updates, rule changes, and other timely topics.   2017 highlights include:  Legislative Update with comments from Rep. Gina Hinojosa, Texas House of Representatives Significant administrative law cases issued during the last year, plus updates on Open Government legislation, Ultra Vires, and developments at SOAH An exploration of hot topics, including the Confidential Agency Records in Court Proceedings and Addressing Open Government Practices with Technology Solutions Insights into the Texas Department of Insurance’s unique administrative law issues and how it impacts you In-depth discussion of the Ethical Considerations Regarding Attorney Contacts with State Agencies A behind the scenes look at the mechanics of Texas’ Third Court of Appeals, with insight into the practice behind accelerated appeals Ace Pickens, Husch Blackwell LLP, discussing Some Things That Could or Should be Fixed in Texas Administrative Law and the APA more

2017 Live Conference recently concluded Aug 25 More info »
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2017 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. Gain fail-safe tricks for a winning strategy at depositions Discover the secrets to successful witness preparation Acquire the skills to effectively cross-examine an adverse witness and deal with evasive and combative witnesses Learn how to beat the other side's expert witness and defend your own Understand the unique strategies for taking a deposition in a contract case Master the art of taking the deposition of a corporate representative Learn techniques to put combative lawyers in their place Attendees of the live conference will receive a complimentary copy of Winning at Deposition, the award-winning book by D. Shane Read. more

2017 Live Conference recently concluded Aug 24 More info »
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2017 Car Crash Seminar

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 the definitive set of resource materials including sample forms.   2017 program highlights: Gain practical tips and strategies for plaintiff and defense counsel, including working up the case, managing client expectations, negotiating with the insurance adjuster, guidance on the use of medical records, persuading the jury, and making effective opening statements and closing arguments Hear a summary of current legislative issues and outcomes affecting personal injury attorneys Obtain an overview of Texas auto policies, including truck wrecks, damages, ride-sharing service claims, and more Examine the ever-changing rules regarding Medicare and Medicaid, ERISA, workers’ comp, hospital liens, state and local employees, and disability plans Learn about the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of common spinal injuries caused by motor vehicle collisions Explore the innovative technology and accident reconstruction resources to support your electronic trial presentationHear the judicial perspective on what does and doesn't work well in jury trials Earn up to 11.00 hours of MCLE credit, including 2.50 hours of ethics credit Enhance your car crash knowledge. Regardless of your experience level, you don’t want to miss this program! more

2017 Live Conference recently concluded Aug 18 More info »
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2017 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.  Get practical guidance on updating key forms to reflect changes to the law Hear the latest developments in Medicaid law and walk through essential forms for Medicaid specialists and non-specialists Hear a panel of corporate trustees discuss how they administer the wills and trusts you draft and with tips for Drafting Wills and Trusts for Efficient Administration Discuss “pesky” probate issues, including working with creditors and claims, as well as options and alternatives to probating a will Explore key guardianship issues and alternatives—for up to 4.25 hours of Guardianship credit—including The Role of the Guardian, The Role of the Ad Litem, The Fourth Hour—Supports and Services: Underpinning the Less Restrictive Alternatives, and a review of the Texas Estate Code requirements for qualification of personal representative Hear the latest case law, legislative and agency updates, including a presentation by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Get answers to your questions at the popular Ask the Experts panel Earn up to 3.25 hours of legal ethics credit Are you a TX NAELA Member?  Consider the 2017 TX NAELA Summer Conference on August 2!  The Summer Conference is open ONLY to TX NAELA Members.  TX NAELA Members can register for BOTH programs and SAVE! Click here to get the special Member Rate when you jointly register for both conferences. more

2017 Live Conference recently concluded Aug 4 More info »
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2017 Texas NAELA Summer Conference

2017 Live Conference recently concluded Aug 2 More info »
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