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2018 Mergers and Acquisitions

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

2018 Live Conference coming up Oct 4 in Dallas. Info and registration »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks from conference date.



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2018 Admiralty Law

2018 Live Conference coming up Sep 21 in Houston. Info and registration »
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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. With essential information on the latest industry and market climate, the Institute also provides a must-have set of materials and resources. 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

The 52nd Annual William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending and Servicing Institute – the definitive real estate finance course of the year – 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. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Sep 13 in Austin. Info and registration »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks from conference date.



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2018 Advanced Administrative Law

The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar members of the judiciary and regulatory and academic communities discuss the latest legislative and case law updates, rule changes, and other timely topics. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Aug 16 in Austin. Info and registration »
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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 coming up Aug 9 in Houston. Info and registration »
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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.  more

2018 Live Conference coming up Aug 9 in Galveston. Info and registration »
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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 coming up Jul 26 in Houston. Info and registration »
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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 coming up Jul 25 in Houston. Info and registration »
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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 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 coming up Jun 29 in Houston. Info and registration »
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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 coming up Jun 28 in Houston. Info and registration »
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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 INSTRUCTORS AVA BENACH is a founding partner of Benach Collopy. For nearly twenty years, she has navigated clients through the maze of immigration law. Ava has concentrated her practice on representing clients in removal proceedings and in litigation matters before the federal courts. She also has extensive experience advising clients on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and complex citizenship and residence questions. In June 2017, Ava was awarded the Edith B. Lowenstein Award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).   IMRAN BEG MIRZA has been Board Certified in Immigration & Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1995. He has over 28 years of experience litigating cases in the immigration, federal district and federal appellate courts of the United States. Mr. Mirza is also currently an Adjunct Professor teaching Crime and Immigration at Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Asian-American Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association's Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.   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.   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

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. 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. Multiple opportunities for networking, including the Thursday Evening Reception for all attendees. Plus, Texas attorneys can earn ALL 15.00 hours, including 3.00 hours of ethics, to fulfill their annual MCLE requirement. 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 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 justice 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 recently concluded Apr 20 More info »
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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 recently concluded Apr 19 More info »
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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 recently concluded Apr 6 More info »
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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 recently concluded Mar 23 More info »
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