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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



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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. 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 collegial forum for in-house counsel and practitioners to engage with high-level current and former government officials, 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 With 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




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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




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2016 Government Enforcement

Don’t miss The University of Texas School of Law’s 3rd Annual Government Enforcement Institute (UTGEI)—quickly becoming 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, EPA, and other authorities with an enforcement mandate. Hear the latest enforcement trends, risk areas and judicial and legislative developments, as well as indispensable insight and practical advice in handling a government investigation.  Just a few of this year's UTGEI highlights include: In-House Counsel’s Effective Management of Investigations, provides key considerations for conducting and managing internal investigations and collaborating with external counsel and includes representatives from NIKE, Inc., Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and (formerly) BP. SEC Priorities: The Year Past, The Year Ahead featuring Scott Friestad, Associate Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, and Shamoil T. Shipchandler, Director of the SEC’s Fort Worth Regional Office. Punishing Corporations Isn’t Enough: The Government’s Push to Prosecute Individuals, moderated by Jim Letten, Senior Counsel with Butler Snow LLP, and former U.S. Attorney, looks at the implications of the Yates Memo and increased efforts to prosecute individuals in corporate fraud cases. Surviving Internal Investigation and Prosecution with former GC of a major technology firm, Kent Roberts, discusses the dynamics of an internal investigation including Roberts’ own experience being indicted by the SEC during the options backdating scandal. Cybersecurity for Business Infrastructure with information security and cyber risk leads from Chevron and Calpine Corporation. When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies: Managing Catastrophic Environmental Risks, features EPA Regional Counsel, James O’Rourke Payne, and LyondellBasell Lead Counsel, Steve Cook, and discusses essential preparations and post-incident strategies for managing an environmental crisis. Whistleblowers: The Challenges for In-House Counsel provides key strategies and considerations for successfully navigating the challenges posed to companies by whistleblowers. Corporate Families, Board Committees and the Ethical Issues They Present with Randall M. Ebner, Assistant General Counsel with Exxon Mobil Corporations, and John K. Villa of Williams & Connolly LLP uses a hypothetical scenario to highlight the ethical problems and professional conflicts for corporate lawyers who advise companies and boards.   more




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2016 Advanced Administrative Law

The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar brings together members of the judiciary, as well as regulatory and academic communities, to engage with practitioners to discuss the latest legislative and case law updates, rule changes and other timely topics.   2016 program highlights include:  Discussion of significant administrative law cases issued during the last year, plus updates on open government legislation, motions for rehearing, governmental immunity, and developments at the State Office of Administrative Hearings Exploration of hot topics, including the Use or Abuse of Social Media by Texas Administrative Agencies, Data Breaches, and Contracting after the 2015 Legislative Session  Agency Spotlight: Employees Retirement System of Texas with Porter Wilson, Executive Director Top Ten Tips for Drafting Legislation with Erin Smith of the Texas Legislative Counsel A deep dive into the rules and rulemaking, including a panel discussion on Rules and Rulemaking: The Need and Prospects for Clarification of Procedural Requirements and the Opportunities for Substantive Challenges Hon. Suzanne Formby Marshall moderates the annual unscripted round-robin discussion among members of the judiciary, featuring Hon. Jeffrey S. Boyd, Hon. Jeffrey L. Rose and Hon. Amy Clark-Meachum more




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2015 Advanced Administrative Law

The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar brings together members of the judiciary, regulatory and academic communities to engage with practitioners to discuss the latest legislative and case law updates, rule changes and other timely topics. 2015 program highlights: A discussion of significant administrative law cases issued during the last year Ann Bright and April Glass Griffin discuss the bills enacted by the 84th Texas Legislature that impact administrative law practitioners A look at the new Texas administration, including Governor Greg Abbott and the new Attorney General Director of the Sunset Advisory Commission, Ken Levine, explores major changes in Sunset legislation from the past year John D. Moore of the Texas Ethics Commission provides the dos and don’ts of communicating with Texas branches of government Multiple SOAH Judges discuss legislation from the 84th Texas Legislature Hon. Darlene Byrne highlights opportunities for attorneys to provide pro bono legal services to individuals who cannot afford them Hon. Craig R. Bennett moderates the always popular Judicial Panel round-robin discussion with Q&A for attendees Earn up to 3.25 hours of ethics credit more




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2015 Government Enforcement

Join a national faculty of government officials, private practitioners and general counsel for The University of Texas School of Law 2015 Government Enforcement Institute (UTGEI). The Institute provides a unique collegial forum for practitioners and in-house counsel to engage with high-level current and former government officials from the SEC, DOJ, CFPB, FTC and other authorities with an enforcement mandate. Hear the latest enforcement trends, risk areas and judicial and legislative developments, as well as indispensable insight and practical advice on key stages and considerations during a government investigation.    UTGEI program highlights include: Andrew Ceresney, Director of Enforcement for the SEC, opens with the Keynote Presentation, The SEC’s Cooperation Program:  Reflections on Five Years of Experience The Company in Crisis: Talking to Investors, Regulators and the Media provides best practices for crisis communication, including strategies for dealing with the media, investors and the public, featuring Audrey T. Andrews, General Counsel, Tenet Healthcare Examination of the role of the corporate board in a government investigation with Robb Voyles, General Counsel, Halliburton The SEC’s new emphasis on accounting fraud, featuring David Woodcock, Regional Director SEC A look at the SEC’s recent focus on attorney disciplinary actions with former U.S. Attorney, Jim Letten and SEC Associate Director for Enforcement, Scott Friestad “The Lightning Round” updates on current priorities and actions from the SEC, FTC, CFTC, DOJ and CFPB Discussion of the role of the external auditor and key considerations during an investigation featuring Claudius B. Modesti, Director of Enforcement at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Cybersecurity: Proactive Steps to Minimize Liability An overview of key recent cases and legislative developments more




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2014 Advanced Administrative Law

The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar brings together members of the judiciary, regulatory and academic communities to engage with practitioners for discussion of the latest legislative and case law updates, rule changes and other timely topics.   2014 program highlights include: Examination of the informal reprimand practices of Texas state agencies and the complex procedural issues they raise Protective orders, hearing procedures and other ways to address protection of trade secrets in an administrative agency contested case Explore the origins and practical realities of Texas Government Code Chapter 2260 Learn how to eFile at SOAH and in district and appellate courts Discussion of the moral tribulations of agency counsel in balancing client loyalty and the privilege of confidentiality with the Bar rules of “special obligation for the quality of justice” A 2015 Legislative session preview of the major issues of interest for administrative and government law practitioners Earn up to 3.00 hours ethics credit   more




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2014 Government Enforcement

The Government Enforcement Institute (GEI) provides a unique collegial forum for practitioners and in-house counsel to engage with high-level current and former government officials from the SEC, DOJ, CFPB, FINRA and other authorities with an enforcement mandate. Hear the latest enforcement trends, risk areas and judicial and legislative developments, as well as indispensable insight and practical advice as experts walk through each stage of a government investigation and discuss many more topics of note. more




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2014 Land Use

The Land Use Conference offers high-level, detailed coverage of the key issues, strategies, challenges, tools, and opportunities facing municipalities, counties, and developers. The conference 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.  2014 highlights include: Economic Development Series – anchored by the Economic Development Toolbox, this series of presentations delves into zoning, economic programs, agreements, and the political, regulatory and field issues that arise in the process Overview of recent amendments to Texas alcoholic beverage laws that affect potential land use Impact of oil and gas extraction and transportation, water supply and demand, and regulatory takings on land use Hot topics in zoning with an update on regulations of payday lenders, e-cigarettes and boarding homes Strategies and trial tactics for landowners, developers and governmental entities from land use litigators on both sides of the docket Ethical considerations in land use practice through analysis of real fact patterns where ethical allegations have been raised more




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2014 Land Use Fundamentals

The ideal introduction for new entrants to the field or a refresher for seasoned practitioners, Land Use Fundamentals provides concepts and procedures plus practical tips to some of the more complex areas of land use law. 2014 topics include: Overview of basic zoning concepts and procedures Practical pointers for Zoning Boards of Adjustment & Appeals Fundamentals of Platting Options for Nuisance Abatement more




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2013 Advanced Administrative Law

The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar—exceptional speakers, timely topics and robust materials highlight this year's program. Members of the judiciary, regulatory and academic communities engage with practitioners for discussion of the latest legislative and case law updates, rule changes, and more.  2013 highlights include: Robust case law update series Overview of the 83rd Legislative session with Rep. Donna Howard OPIC, TCEQ and PUC non-commissioners discuss their roles representing the public interest for their agencies 3.25 hours of ethics more




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2012 Advanced Administrative Law

The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar brings together members of the judiciary, regulatory and academic communities with practitioners for discussion of the latest rule changes, case law updates, and more – and offers 3.25 ethics hours. Don’t miss exceptional speakers, timely topics and robust materials. more



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2011 Advanced Administrative Law

The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar brings together practitioners with members of the judiciary, regulatory and academic communities for the latest legislative and case law updates, and Attorney General opinions. Don’t miss exceptional speakers, timely topics and relevant take-away materials. more



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2010 Essential Administrative and Environmental Law for Energy Projects

Essential Administrative and Environmental Law for Energy Projects, offered in Austin and Houston, is designed to provide an overview of state and federal players, and regulatory frameworks involving energy projects. Afternoon sessions include special industry case studies combining legal and environmental experts. This program precedes Air Quality (in Austin) and Offshore E&P, and Shale Gas Development (in Houston). more



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2010 Advanced Administrative Law

The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar brings together practitioners and members of the judiciary, regulatory and academic communities. The 2010 program focuses on recent legislative updates and actions with an eye towards the upcoming session. Don’t miss exceptional speakers, the hottest topics and most relevant materials. more



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2009 Advanced Administrative Law

Have you seen the new opinion [Opinion No. 587] by the State Bar Ethics Committee stating that Rule 3.05 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct governing ex parte communications limits the communications a lawyer can have with an agency decision-maker before a matter has been filed? This opinion could significantly affect how agency lawyers communicate with their clients and how private practitioners communicate with the agencies that regulate their clients. Lou Bright, general counsel of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and popular speaker from the 2008 Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar, will lead attendees at this year's seminar in a town hall discussion of this new and important development. Read the opinion here [Opinion No. 587] and come prepared to discuss the ethics of ex parte communication and how this opinion affects your practice. more



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2008 Advanced Administrative Law

The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar brings together practitioners and members of the judiciary, regulatory, and academic communities. Hear relevant presentations and meet with experienced practitioners and judges—and get 14 MCLE credit hours at a low registration price! more



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2007 Advanced Administrative Law

The Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar brings together practitioners and members of the judiciary, regulatory, and academic communities. Topics include state contracts and Chapter 2260 traps; privatization and limits on governmental outsourcing; legislative updates; rulemaking procedures; occupational licensing and criminal convictions; electronic discovery; executive order and powers of the Texas governor; new open government issues; practicing at SOAH; and much more. Earn up to 13.25 hours of credit, including 3.5 hours of ethics! more



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2006 Advanced Administrative Law

Bringing together practitioners and members of the judiciary, regulatory and academic communities, don’t miss: • Updates: Case law, state agency employment, and workers’ comp issues • The scope of protection afforded by sovereign immunity • Select developments in occupational licensing • A practical guide for using the Texas Public Information Act ...and much more! more



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2005 Advanced Administrative Law

This conference brings together practitioners and members of the judiciary, regulatory and academic communities. more



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2004 Advanced Administrative Law

This year’s Administrative Law Conference blends presentations by renowned academics, practitioners, and members of the judiciary. more


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2003 Advanced Administrative Law


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