The Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section will have its monthly CLE at the Belo Mansion on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at noon. This month's speaker is Richard Smith from Lynn, Tillotson, Pinker & Cox, LLP, and Mr. Smith will speak about developments at the Dallas Court of Appeals. One hour of CLE credit is available.
The Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section will be hosting its monthly luncheon at the Belo Mansion on Thursday, February 21st at noon. Jerry Bullard from Adams, Lynch & Loftin, P.C. will present "2013 Legislative Preview," which will give us a look at topics of interest to the appellate practitioner that may be taken up by this year's Texas legislature. One hour of CLE is available.
The Dallas Bar Association's Appellate Law Section will have its final meeting of the year on Thursday, December 20, 2012, at noon at the Belo Mansion. The speaker will be Dallas Court of Appeals Justice Doug Lang, who will speak on "Civility: Ethics, Professionalism, or Both?" One hour of CLE credit is available.
Justice Bob Fillmore will speak to the Collin County Bar Association at noon on Friday, October 19th at the Center for American and International Law in Plano. Justice Fillmore will speak on "Practice Tips in the Fifth Court of Appeals." Lunch is provided free to members who RSVP to email@example.com.
Justice Fillmore was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Fifth Court of Appeals at Dallas in 2009, and was elected in 2010, to an unexpired term and is running for re-election in 2012. He is a Visiting Professor of Law at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, teaching in the area of regulatory law and policy. Earlier in his career, he was an adjunct faculty member of the University of Kansas School of Law, teaching a course on trial advocacy. He has two grown daughters and resides in Plano with his wife Judy.
The Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section will have its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, October 18th, 2012, at noon at the Belo Mansion. The speaker this month is Stacy Obenhaus of the Gardere law firm. Stacy will be speaking on "The Role of the U.S. Courts of Appeals in Shielding the Executive Branch from Civil Liability for Torture." One hour of CLE credit is available.
The Dallas Bar Appellate Law Section will not meet at its regularly-scheduled time this month. Instead, there is a special meeting this month to hear from author and Supreme Court advocate David O. Stewart. Mr. Stewart will be speaking on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at noon at the Belo Mansion. He will be discussing his newest book, "American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America."
There are a couple of Appellate Continuing Legal Education opportunities on the horizon that I will call out for you.
And if you can't make that seminar, there's another one June 21st and 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Defense Research Institute will be holding its Appellate Advocacy Seminar on those dates in June. The program for registration at this seminar may be found here.
The Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section will have its monthly luncheon on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at noon at the Belo Mansion. The topic is "Positioning Your Appeal for Successful Mediation." Speakers include Vikram Chandhok (Fifth Circuit Conference Attorney), David Keltner (former justice on the Fort Worth Court of Appeals), and Mark Whittington (former justice on the Dallas Court of Appeals). The CLE has been approved for one hour of credit. Details may be found here.
Justice Don Willett will speak to the Dallas Bar Appellate Section at noon on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the Belo Mansion. He will speak on "Tips and Preferences on Practicing Before the Court." One hour of CLE is available.
Justice Willett will also speak to the Collin County Bar Association at its monthly lunch meeting at noon on Friday, January 20, 2012 at the Center for American and International Law in Plano. Lunch will be provided and one hour of CLE is available.
Justice Willett was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by Governor Rick Perry in 2005. Justice Willett has lead a diverse and distinguished career as Deputy Attorney General of Texas and before that, serving as a lawyer in the White House and Department of Justice. He is recognized for his engaging and scholarly opinions and has been cited by noted columnist George Will. He is currently serving a term that expires on December 31, 2012. For more information about Justice Willett visit his official court bio.
What could be better than the State Fair of Texas? How about the Dallas/Fort Worth Joint Appellate Seminar? Okay, maybe not, but this continuing education opportunity will give you a chance to hear from the staff attorneys at the Dallas Court of Appeals and theFort Worth Court of Appeals. You can learn about cutting edge topics in mandamus practice. Plus ethics and more. Almost as good as State Fair fried bubble gum and corny dogs....
The seminar is schedued for Thursday, October 6th, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, and includes a reception that starts at 5:00pm. And if you haven't seen the new Winspear Opera House, now's your chance because that's the venue. For more details, including how to register, see this link.
Got a couple of good Appellate CLE opportunities coming up:
- The Dallas Bar Appellate Law Section will host Leane Capps Medford at its monthly lunch seminar on Thursday, May 19, 2011, at noon. The subject of Ms. Medford's talk will be "Recent Changes to the Texas Pattern Jury Charges: What Every Trial and Appellate Lawyer Needs to Know." The presentation is scheduled for the Haynes & Boone room at the Belo Mansion.
- The University of Texas School of Law will be holding the 21st Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals in Austin at the Four Season's Hotel on June 2nd and 3rd. The topics and presenters at this seminar are always top-notch. A copy of the brochure and registration information may be found here.
I've got a couple of interesting Appellate CLE opportunities to report this week.
First, the Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section is having its monthly luncheon on March 17, 2011 at noon. Speakers include Dallas Court of Appeals Staff Attorneys Judy White, David Tobias, and Greg Lensing. The subject of their talk is called "Something New, Something Blue: Navigating the New Greenbook and Bluebook." They will also reveal some of their secret writing-style preferences. One hour of CLE is available. The meeting will be held in the Haynes and Boone Room at the Belo Mansion.
Second, the Criminal Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association is sponsoring an appellate seminar on Friday, March 18, 2011, at the Belo Mansion from 8:45 to 3:30. A copy of the registration form is attached here for your convenience.
The Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section has announcd a program change for the February meeting to be held this Thursday, February 17th. Dana Livingston from Alexander Dubose & Townsend will present "Panel Roulette: What Fractured Fifth Circuit Opinions Teach Us About the Court's Judges" at the meeting this Thursday.
Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson was originally scheduled to speak at the February meeting. The Chief Justice's presentation on the "State of the Texas Supreme Court" has been rescheduled for the April 21st meeting.
One hour of CLE is available. The meeting will be held in the Haynes and Boone Room at the Belo Mansion.
Here are a couple of Continuing Education opportunities for appellate practitioners:
On Thursday, February 17th at Noon, Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson will speak to theDallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section on the "State of the Texas Supreme Court." The event will take place at the Belo Mansion as part of the the Appellate Law Section's monthly lunch seminars and has been approved for 1 hour of CLE credit.
On Friday, April 15th, the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas will host an all-day seminar at the Sheraton Austin Hotel. The event will include current Texas Supreme Court Justices Eva Guzman, Don Willett, Debra Lehrmann, and Nathan Hecht. In addition, other speakers include prominent appellate practitioners from across the state and Texas Supreme Court Clerk Blake Hawthorne. The seminar offers 6.75 hours of CLE credit. A registration brochure is available at this link.
On Thursday, January 20, 2011, at Noon, David Horan of the Jones Day law firm, will speak at the Belo Mansion on the subject of "Gould v. U. S.: How A Routine Pro Bono Criminal Appeal Resulted in a Trip to the Supreme Court." This CLE is hosted by the Dallas Bar Association's Appellate Law Section. Attendance is good for one hour of CLE credit.
Where can you go to explore the cultures of other countries, visit with Mickey and Minnie, ride stomach-turning rides AND get Appellate CLE credits? The DRI's Appellate Advocacy Seminar on March 10-11, 2011, in Orlando, Florida, of course. The organizers have put together a live moot court demonstration with feedback from a panel of real judges. Other topics include a look into the future of appellate law, ethical issues with overzealous advocates, brief writing, and tips from court clerks and staff. The brochure for the seminar may be found here. Other registration information may be found here.
And during your downtime, or on an extended stay, consider visiting the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center, or Universal Studios. Or bring the kids and keep them entertained while you are racking up some CLE credit.
On Thursday, October 1, 2009, the Appellate Sections of the Dallas, Tarrant, and Collin County Bar Associations will present "Practice Tips fron the Clerk's Office" and "A Candid Conversation between Appellate Judges and Lawyers." The CLE is scheduled from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Omni Hotel, 1300 Houston Street in Fort Worth, with a reception to follow. The event will feature the Clerks of the Dallas and Fort Worth Courts of Appeals, as well as Justices Walker and McCoy from Fort Worth, and Justices FitzGerald and Murphy from Dallas. For more information contact David Pratt at 817-336-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, October 15, 2009, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers will be hosting a one-hour seminar at the Belo Mansion in Dallas in which Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Catharina Haynes, Dallas Court of Appeals Justice Carolyn Wright, Haynes & Boone appellate section chair Nina Cortell, and appellate solo Chad Ruback will share tips about the practice of appellate law. The seminar is intended for non-appellate lawyers and those new to the practice of appellate law, but could also be a useful refresher for experienced appellate practitioners. There is no charge to attend, and lunch will be available for purchase in the buffet line.
On Friday, October 16, 2009, the Appellate Section of the Collin County Bar Association will present "Persuading Judges: Practical Tips on Oral and Written Advocacy." The CLE is scheduled for noon at Ralph & Kacoo's Restaurant in Allen, Texas. The event will feature a panel consisting of Justices Wright, O'Neill, and Fillmore from the Dallas Court of Appeals. For more information contact Byron Henry at 214-672-2156 or email@example.com.
The month of October is loaded with opportunities for lawyers to earn CLE credit and meet court of appeals' justices.
The Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section meets on Thursday, June 18, 2009, at noon at the Belo Mansion. Texas Supreme Court clerk Blake Hawthorne and Texas Supreme Court rule attorney Kennon Peterson will be speaking on the subject of "An Insider's View of the Texas Supreme Court."
The Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section will be having its monthly lunch meeting at noon on Thursday, May 21st at the Belo Mansion. The keynote speakers are Assistant U.S. Attorneys Wes Hendrix and Leigha Simonton, who will speak on "Lessons for a Serial Fifth Circuit Litigant"
Also, the section will feature Texas Supreme Court clerk Blake Hawthorne and Supreme Court Rules attorney Kennon Peterson at its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 18th.
The Dallas Bar Appellate Law Section has its next monthly meeting on Thursday, February 19th, at noon at the Belo Mansion. The section will host Fifth Circuit Judge Katarina Haynes and Dallas Court of Appeals Justice Mary Murphy to discuss their experiences so far on their respective appellate courts.
Later that same day, the Collin County Bar Appellate Section is hosting a happy hour in honor of Justice Mary Murphy. This event will be at Fireside Pies in Plano at Legacy and the Dallas North Tollway from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.
On January 30, 2009, the Tarrant County Appellate Section is sponsoring a Brown Bag Seminar at Texas Wesleyan Law School in Fort Worth entitled "Fighting the Forum: Avoiding Litigation in Texas State Court." Topics will include Special Appearance, Forum Non Conveniens, Arbitration, Forum Selection Clauses, and Removal and Remand--all topics that are near and dear to appellate practitioners.
The seminar will be held at the Texas Wesleyan University Law School, 1515 Commerce St., in Fort Worth, TX. Registration begins at 12:00pm. The seminar will conclude at 4:45pm with a reception to follow.
Early registration is $70 for TCBA members, $95 for non-members. Late and on-site registration is $75 for TCBA members and $100 for non-members. For additional information, contact Sherry Jones at 817-338-4092.
The State Bar of Texas is sponsoring its 2009 Practice Before the Supreme Court on April 17, 2009, in Austin Texas. The one-day course will be held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center located at 1900 University Avenue.
The course will cost $325 ($275 for early bird registrants) and is worth approximately 5.5 hours of CLE credit. A tentative brochure for the program may be found at this link.
We want to announce some upcoming continuing education opportunities of interest to Appellate Practitioners.
The Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Law Section will have its monthly noon CLE on Thursday, November 20, 2008. The keynote speaker is David Horan of Jones Day who will speak about Federal Interlocutory appeals. Casey Kaplan of the K&L Gates firm will be the introductory speaker. The meeting will occur at the Belo Mansion in Dallas, Texas.
The Collin County Bar Association will meet at noon on Friday, November 21, 2008. The speaker will be Greg Lensing, Staff Attorney for the Dallas Court of Appeals, who will speak on Special Appearances and Personal Jurisdiction in Texas. The meeting will be held at Ralph & Kacoo's on Central Expressway in Allen, Texas.
Other upcoming seminars for Appellate Practitioners are listed below:
The University of Texas School of Law has scheduled its annual symposium on January 22-23, 2009, in the Eidman Courtroom at the University of Texas School of Law. This year's symposium is entitled “The Rise of Appellate Litigators and State Solicitors General,” and is scheduled to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the creation of the Office of Texas Solicitor General.
The first day of the symposium will focus on appellate litigators in the private bar, and panel topics tentatively include "The Rise of the Appellate Litigator" and "Appellate Litigation from the Client's Perspective." The second day of the symposium will focus on state solicitors general and tentatively includes panel discussions on "State Solicitors General & the United States: A View from Washington," "Representing the States in the United States Supreme Court," and "The Impact of State Solicitors General on Appellate Litigation: A View from the Bench." Admission is free, but we are offering CLE credit for a fee of $150.00. For more information, about the symposium, click on this link.
The American Bar Association Appellate Practice Institute is hosting a national appellate practice workshop on May 29-31, 2009, at Northwestern Law School in Chicago. Further information may be found at this link.