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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

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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



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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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Robert O. Dawson
2017 Criminal Appeals

UT Law's biennial 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 system. 2017 program highlights include: Significant decisions and updates from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court in the last year Emerging Issues in PDRs with Stacey Soule, Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney, and Gary Hart, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals An exploration of legal issues in actual innocence claims, with particular focus on false evidence leading to wrongful convictions and wrongful convictions based on invalid scientific testimony Techniques on writing effective briefs in Legal Writing: Clearly Using Intensifiers is Literally a Crime Investigating, developing, and prosecuting ineffective assistance of counsel claims in post-conviction litigation How to raise and defend disclosure issues in a post-Michael Morton Act world with Patricia Cummings, The Law Offices of Patricia Cummings, and Bill Wirskye, Collin County District Attorney's Office An examination of the ethical considerations facing attorneys in post-conviction representation with Hon. Michael Keasler, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals 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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2015 Criminal Appeals

UT Law's biennial 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 system. 2015 program highlights include: Significant decisions and updates from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court in the last year An overview of the law and procedures regarding Texas state writs from the perspective of the practitioner and the court Techniques on writing effective briefs due to the change in reading habits, workload and legal sophistication of the appellate judicial audience in the 21st century An appellate specialist with experience from both sides of the bench provides effective tips for oral argument Court of Appeals Judicial Panel Experts provide appellate tips from both sides of the criminal bar with tips on how to make briefs interesting and easier to understand without offending the opposing side Earn up to 2.50 hours of ethics including lessons learned from the Michael Morton case, scientific evidence and the popular Reel Legal Ethics, featuring ethical legal dilemmas depicted in various movie scenes 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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2013 Criminal Appeals

This conference 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 system. Program highlights include: • Significant Decisions of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, United States Supreme Court Update, plus Court of Appeals and CCA Judicial Panels • Appellate Tips from the Experts including a follow-on moderated question and answer session • Daubert: The Scientific Method and Expert Testimony in Criminal Cases, and Innocence as a Gateway to Post-Conviction Writs • Practical tips and tricks from the experts on eFiling, creating appellate briefs, pattern jury charges, differences in juvenile appeal cases, pre-trial appeals, writs, trial objections and preservation of error, rehearings, and PDRs • Earn up to 2 hours of ethics more



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2011 Criminal Appeals

This bi-annual conference 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 system. Program highlights include: • Updates on CCA and Supreme Court decisions, pending legislation before the Texas Legislature, and the new Rules of Appellate Procedure • In-depth coverage of the Fourth Amendment and its application to digital evidence, plus proposed changes before Congress • A panel discussion of the pitfalls of sex cases involving minors • Practical advice from experts on writs, motions for a new trial, filing petitions for discretionary review, oral arguments, preservation of error, and writing persuasive briefs • Ethics for the Appellate Practitioner • Numerous networking opportunities including Thursday’s lunch more



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2009 Criminal Appeals

This bi-annual conference 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 system including: eyewitness ID, DNA testing, the right to in-court confrontation, and the law of expert evidence. Program highlights include: a robust session on writs with all perspectives represented; updates on recent CCA and Supreme Court decisions and their anticipated impact on law and procedures; and practical "how to" advice from experts on oral arguments, writing briefs and getting your case to the appellate and keeping it there. more



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2007 Criminal Appeals

This conference is designed for attorneys who handle appeals of criminal cases, from both the prosecution and defense perspectives. Members of the Court of Criminal Appeals and judges from the intermediate courts around Texas will join leading prosecutors and defense attorneys for lively discussions addressing: effective brief writing, changes to TRAPs, juvenile appeals, creative research techniques, the process of decision-making in the intermediate courts, the Writ application process, attacking and defending eyewitness testimony, actual innocence claims, and much more. This year’s conference also features separate prosecution and defense tracks. more



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2005 Criminal Appeals

This conference is designed for attorneys who handle appeals of criminal cases, from both the prosecution and defense perspectives. more



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2003 Criminal Appeals


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