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Stanley M. Johanson
2018 Estate Planning

The tradition continues—Professor Stanley M. Johanson’s popular one-day Estate Planning Workshop offers timely topics, lively discussion and practical advice.   more

2018 Live Conference coming up Nov 16 in Austin. Info and registration »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks from conference date.



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Jay L. Westbrook
2018 Bankruptcy

UT Law's 37th 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. It also provides an in-depth focus on current topics in business and consumer bankruptcy. Program highlights: Led by Professor Jay L. Westbrook, the perennial favorite, Recent Developments is back with a panel of distinguished practitioners to discuss this year’s cases. Learn what makes the judges tick as the old guard, Judges Isgur, Parker and Gargotta interview the new guard in the Judicial Spotlight. Hear valuable guidance and explore the ethical issues that lawyers need to be aware of regarding cryptocurrencies and social media use. Select from Thursday afternoon concurrent tracks: Business Track includes discussions on the use of in-house counsel as witnesses; the trends of adequate protection in the use, sale or lease of property of the estate; what tactics or strategies should be considered if Chapter 11 is not the preferred alternative; and recent Chapter 11 plan-related developments including substantive consolidation, “per plan” versus “per debtor” considerations, and third-party releases. Consumer Track includes discussions on Jevic in the consumer context; turnover after In Re Cowan, 849 F. 3rd 943; the latest on the loan modification program proposed for Texas; and how to deal and not deal with exemption issues pre-bankruptcy. Gain insight on the use of technology in the courtroom; circuit splits; ethical considerations in section 363 sales; how to maximize the potential for a positive mediation outcome; and much more. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Nov 15 in Austin. Info and registration »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks from conference date.



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2018 Taxation

The 66th 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. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Nov 14 in Austin. Info and registration »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks from conference date.



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Bernard O. Dow
2018 Leasing Institute

The Bernard O. Dow Leasing Institute brings together experts in real estate law, finance, and leasing for a focused one-day program that covers the latest leasing issues at a sophisticated level. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Nov 9 in Houston. Info and registration »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks from conference date.



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Page Keeton
2018 Civil Litigation

Join leading litigators, judges, and law professors at the 42nd Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference in Houston for updates and analysis of important developments in civil litigation practice, insight into developing areas of civil litigation, and substantive coverage of practice tips, advocacy strategies. 2018 highlights include: Procedural Updates: Writing an order that sticks, early dismissal trends, legislative preview, and Prof. Carlson's annual Texas Civil Procedure update. Litigation Opportunities: Car crashes as product liability cases, hidden fiduciary duty claims, business tort opportunities, new insurance law litigation, and autonomous vehicles and drones. Practice and Trial Skills: Winning at pretrial, eDiscovery for every case, the limit on experts' expertise, early case selection, and economically appropriate litigation planning. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Nov 8 in Houston. Info and registration »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks from conference date.



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2018 Patent Law - Austin

UT Law's 23rd 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. A discussion on the Global Patent Landscape, moderated by Robert Greene Sterne and including former Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit, Paul R. Michel, including practical guidance on how to navigate and adapt to a new “reality” in global patent enforcement and monetization. Prosecution strategies and analysis, including approaches to gain insight into patent examiners and art units. Recent Developments in Claims Construction with Kenneth R. Adamo. Advanced IPR tactics and “survival” strategies. A look at changes to venue rules and the rise of multi-district litigation. Section 101 and a look at how the courts and USPTO continue to apply Alice. An examination of evolving damages case law and strategies for apportionment and lost-profit determinations. The popular U.S. District Court Judicial Panel, moderated by Alan D. Albright. 3.00 hours of ethics, including presentations on Tricky Ethics Issues for IP Lawyers with Michael E. McCabe, and Practicing IP Law Ethically in the Cloud with David Hricik.  more

2018 Live Conference coming up Nov 1 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2018 Immigration Law

In a constantly changing political climate, navigating new policies, guidance and interpretations of the law are more important than ever. UT Law’s 42nd Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for practitioners of all experience levels and provides an opportunity to learn from nationally recognized experts. 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, 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. Review the latest Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit, and Board of Immigration Appeals cases and decisions. Gain practical insight into new immigration policies and current key issues in Top Changes in Immigration Law Realities. Examine business-based immigration topics including an overview of work visas, PERM processing, and the rise of worksite audits and enforcement investigations. Explore the legal framework and unique jurisprudence that has developed at ports-of-entry, as well as individual remedies that may exist. Discuss changes for those seeking asylum, VAWA adjustment, and SIJ status, plus tips for a positive adjudication from USCIS. Learn how to identify fraud in an immigration case, and explore the potential pitfalls for lawyers and their clients. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Oct 25 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2018 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 and employment immigration law, and offers an introduction to removal proceedings.     more

2018 Live Conference coming up Oct 24 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2018 Mergers and Acquisitions

UT Law’s Mergers and Acquisitions Institute is 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. This year’s highlights include: Comparison of the Deal Driver Differences Between Private Equity and Strategic Players Exploration of How Representation and Warranty Insurance is Changing the Game Insight into encrusted boilerplate by Rethinking Conventional Wisdom in M&A Agreements Engaging discussion of M&A After Tax Reform: A Practical Survival Guide to New Opportunities and Challenges Facing Deal Lawyers more

2018 Live Conference coming up Oct 4 in Dallas. Info and registration »
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2018 Admiralty Law

Join UT Law Continuing Legal Education for the 27th Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference – the leading annual Texas CLE event that focuses on legal developments in the specialized areas of admiralty and maritime law. The conference offers a unique opportunity for practitioners to stay abreast of global and national developments affecting case law, contracts, and civil procedure. This year’s highlights include: The always popular overview of recent developments at the national level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits with Texas Law Professors David Robertson and Michael Sturley, along with Matthew Ammerman of Houston, TX A deep dive into Criminal Prosecution of Pollution Cases featuring perspectives from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Justice The Hon. W. Eugene Davis discussing the Fifth Circuit’s unanimous, landmark en banc decision in In re Larry Dorion, Inc. An exploration of Ethical Issues When Insurers Won’t Fund the Defense, with a focus on how insured and their counsel fill the gap between applicable requirements and permissions The opportunity to stump ethics gurus Bradley J. Jackson and William J. Chriss with your toughest ethical dilemmas in What to Do if Your Client is Misbehaving, Part VIII Don't miss this opportunity to learn from and interact with admiralty and maritime law experts. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Sep 21 in Houston. Info and registration »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks from conference date.



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2018 Government Enforcement

The University of Texas School of Law’s 5th Annual Government Enforcement Institute (UTGEI) is one of the premier enforcement programs in the country. Hear from some of the nation’s most prominent authorities on key issues and strategies for protecting companies and executives in government investigations. The Institute offers a collegial forum for in-house counsel and practitioners to engage with high-level current and former government officials, including: Opening Keynote Presentation by Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement Kit Addleman, Partner with Haynes and Boone, LLP and former Regional Director of the SEC’s Atlanta Office Erin Neely Cox, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Patrick K. Craine, Deputy GC and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for Chesapeake Energy Corporation Jason S. Flemmons, Sr. Managing Director with Ankura Consulting Group, and former Deputy Chief Accountant for the SEC’s Division of Enforcement Brian K. Kidd, Assistant Chief of the DOJ’s Securities and Financial Fraud Unit Jim Letten, Senior Counsel with Butler Snow LLP, and longest consecutively-serving U.S. Attorney Shamoil T. Shipchandler, Regional Director of the SEC's Fort Worth Office With in-depth, practical and timely discussions, including: Changes to the Enforcement Space: The In-House Counsel’s Perspective Effective Management of Internal Investigations Financial Fraud Enforcement Trends Coping with Data Management: Tips for In-House Counsel False Claims Act Developments Cybersecurity: The Latest Strategies for Responding to Ransomware and Other Incidents more

2018 Live Conference coming up Sep 20 in Dallas. Info and registration »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks from conference date.



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2018 Gas and Power

The 17th Annual Gas and Power Institute features timely topics relevant to the gas and power industry in light of the changing landscape of rules, regulation, legislation, and environmental requirements. The Institute also provides essential information and resources on the latest industry and market climate. 2018 Institute highlights: Federal Energy Policy and Regulation Update explores topics identified for FERC action in 2018 and what will likely top the Commission’s agenda for early 2019. Texas Legislative and Regulatory Update provides an update on recent judicial and administrative decisions affecting the Texas gas and electric industries. Hear a forecast of hot topics for the upcoming legislative session and what impact there might be on the electric and gas industry. Learn the latest on how gas and power companies compete and comply with a host of cyber-security concerns including blockchain applications, smart contracts, virtual currency, new data privacy standards, and more! Hear updates on M&A deals in the midstream sector and insights on what is “market” in midstream M&A transactions. Learn about Emerging Technologies in the Retail and Wholesale Electric Power Markets. A panel of industry experts provide insight on such topics as the ERCOT reserve margins, price formation and scarcity, the next steps for the PUC, and much more. The Mexico Update, provides insight on how the implementation of energy reform under TPP, NAFTA 2.0, ETI and ICSID will create new challenges and opportunities in 2018 and beyond. Earn up to 2.25 hours of ethics credit. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Sep 20 in Houston. Info and registration »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks from conference date.



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William W. Gibson, Jr.
2018 Mortgage Lending

UT Law's 52nd Annual William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending and Servicing Institute presents current developments and industry trends, offers practical information on real estate lending, financing and title issues, and provides a must-have set of materials and resources.  With the looming rollback of Dodd Frank to the rising fears of a new lending crisis on the horizon, the Institute is a must-see event in 2018. This year’s highlight’s include: The latest developments in the evolution of Dodd-Frank and what it means for lending in Texas and nationwide Discussion of the recent Home Equity Amendments to the Texas Constitution from the servicer and originator perspectives. A deep dive into Digital Mortgages, with Dawn Lewallen of Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Jobe Danaganan of Credible, Eddie Oddo of First American Title Insurance Company, Niraj Patel of IBM, and Sheila Teimourian of Fannie Mae. Practical Advice for Cleaning Up Title Issues including how to identify frequent obstacles and practical ways through them This year’s Institute also includes focused sessions on: The latest developments in the evolution of Dodd-Frank and what it means for lending in Texas and nationwide, including a luncheon keynote by Rod Alba of the American Bankers Association Discussion of the recent Home Equity Amendments to the Texas Constitution from the servicer and originator perspectives A deep dive into Digital Mortgages, with Dawn Lewallen of Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Jobe Danaganan of Credible, Eddie Oddo of First American Title Insurance Company, Niraj Patel of IBM, and Sheila Teimourian of Fannie Mae Practical Advice for Cleaning Up Title Issues including how to identify frequent obstacles and practical ways through them Networking opportunities with industry leaders and fellow attendees, including a Thursday evening reception This year’s Institute also includes focused sessions on: Commercial Lending, with discussion of HVCRE Changes, Effective Risk Management, and Tax Reform: What's Changed for Real Estate? Residential Lending, with discussion of Building Smart Contracts and Promissory Notes, New TREC Forms, and Litigation Against Real Estate Agents and Brokers Loan Servicing, with discussion of Disasters and Insurance, Dead Debtors, and Foreclosure-Related Litigation Loan Origination, with discussion of Internet Fraud in Real Estate Closings, ALTA Forms, and Lending by Individuals more

2018 Live Conference coming up Sep 13 in Austin. Info and registration »
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2018 Advanced Administrative Law

The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar brings together members of the judiciary and regulatory and academic communities discuss the latest legislative and case law updates, rule changes, and other timely topics. Highlights include:  Updates on significant administrative law cases issued during the last year, Open Government decisions, ultra vires, and developments at SOAH Discussion of the 2018 Amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules, including what changes are being implemented and how they affect State Bar disciplinary matters An exploration of hot topics, including Regulation Through Guidance, Government Accountability, and Administrative Law Judge Hiring and Constitutional Challenges Disentangling the Standards of Review with a framework for identifying, defining, and effectively applying the correct standard to uphold or challenge agency decisions Insight into the Regulatory and Ethical Considerations for Handling Sensitive Electronic Information A review of the procedures for asking for an Attorney General opinions and for providing input on a pending opinion request more

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Aug 17 More info »
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2018 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, and leave with a definitive set of resource materials and sample forms.   2018 program highlights: Practical tips and strategies for plaintiff and defense counsel, including working up the case, guidance on the use of medical records, and presenting and crossing doctors The latest on hot topics such as auto product liability cases, ridesharing claims, autonomous vehicles, and low property damage cases Guidance on the ever-changing rules regarding Medicare and Medicaid, ERISA, workers’ comp, hospital liens, state and local employees, and disability plans Insight into innovative technology and accident reconstruction resources to support your electronic trial presentation Judicial perspective on what does and doesn't work well at trial and a mediator’s perspective on what happens in the parties’ rooms when the other isn’t looking more

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Aug 10 More info »
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2018 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. Learn about Medicaid friendly estate planning, including strategies for preparing your client for long-term care, and an explanation of multiple types of deeds and trusts. Gain insight on advising clients as they approach and surpass age 65, including insurance issues, planning for inheritance, and long-term care planning. Explore guardianship essentials, key issues and alternatives—for up to 4.50 hours of Guardianship credit. Identify common real estate issues that every estate planner, guardian or elder law attorney should know. Get answers to your frequently—and sometimes infrequently—asked questions at the popular Ask the Experts panel, and NEW this year, the Ask the Judges panel. Earn up to 3.25 hours of legal ethics credit. Join conference faculty and fellow colleagues at the Thursday Evening Networking Reception. more

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Aug 10 More info »
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2018 The Anatomy of a Car Crash Case

The Anatomy of a Car Crash Case is the ultimate primer for practitioners of all experience levels interested in getting more involved in the practice area. Designed as an overview of the car crash litigation, the program introduces issues, concepts, and terms that are explored deeply in The Car Crash Seminar. more

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Aug 9 More info »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks.

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2018 Texas NAELA Summer Conference

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Aug 8 More info »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks.

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2018 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 tips you should know and traps you should avoid. Insight from the Acting U.S. Trustee for Region 7 on topics such as the means test and debtor audits. Audience voting on the “Sweet Sixteen” cases to include in your briefcase to take to hearings. Advice on How to Claim, Attack, and Defend Exemptions, including the reasons behind exemptions and how to ensure creditors receive some payment Analysis of The Intersection of Bankruptcy and Criminal Law: From Bankruptcy Crimes to the Fifth Amendment. more

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Jul 27 More info »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks.



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2018 Cybersecurity

Cyber intrusions—data breaches, hacking, ransomware, and other threats—continue to make headlines and affect companies and organizations of all sizes. Essential Cybersecurity Law is a one-day, extensive program designed to walk through key phases and legal issues relating to breach preparedness and response. Hear directly from top government officials, get the latest updates on regulatory actions and litigation, and gain detailed and practical guidance for implementing internal controls and responding to a data breach. Topics include:  Civil Litigation and Regulatory Update Cybersecurity Regulation and Enforcement Incidence Response and Breach Disclosure Cybersecurity Insurance Legal Implications of Ephemeral Data Blockchain Technology, Smart Contracts, and Data Protection Third Party Vendor Management The In-House Perspective on Managing Current Threats and Challenges If you are a practitioner, in-house counsel, or board member undertaking cybersecurity issues for your organization, this one-day course is for you. more

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Jul 25 More info »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks.



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2018 LLCs, LPs and Partnerships

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Jul 13 More info »
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2018 Nuts and Bolts of LLCs, LPs and Partnerships

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Jul 11 More info »
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2018 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

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Jun 29 More info »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks.



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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. 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 business and a tort cases Master the art of taking the deposition of a corporate representative Obtain the essential steps of a successful deposition when representing your plaintifs more

2018 Live Conference recently concluded Jun 28 More info »
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2018 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 the annual gathering of state and federal appellate judges. 2018 highlights include: Candid discussion among Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul W. Green, Justice Eva Guzman, and Justice James “Jimmy” Blacklock about what’s new at the Court, the state of the docket, and tips for practitioners. Insight into How the Supreme Court of Texas Operates Today, including what practitioners and their clients need to know about changes to the Court’s internal procedures. A survey of the precedent on Rule 91(a) Dismissals and Appeals and tips for trial-court and appellate practice. Guidance on effective Oral Argument from Both Sides, with perspective from Hon. William J. Boyce, Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Houston, TX, and Robert M. "Randy" Roach Jr., Roach & Newton, L.L.P., Houston, TX. more



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