First Friday Ethics (March 2024)

STUDIO WEBCAST – Mar 1, 2024

10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (3.00 hr | 3.00 hr ethics)  Need ethics credit? We’ve got you covered! UT Law CLE’s First Friday Ethics streams live every first Friday of the month, and features some of our best ethics speakers and presentations for a total of 3.00 hrs ethics credit. Fulfill your entire annual ethics requirement in Texas in one day!   This month includes: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) How to Avoid Malpractice in a Post-Pandemic Legal World Law practice has been forever changed by the Covid-19 pandemic with the widespread adoption of remote work. While “work from home” has been eagerly embraced by many lawyers, it has caused an increase in age-old ethical problems for lawyers. This course is designed to help practitioners avoid conflicts and unintended clients, safeguard client confidentiality, maintain competence, and form better communication habits with their clients, other attorneys and staff. Robert L. Tobey, Johnston Tobey Baruch, P.C., Dallas, TX 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) Client Selection, Contracts and Handling Complaints (Replay) During a long career, almost no lawyer can completely avoid conflicts and complaints from Clients. The nature of our adversary system provides many opportunities for stress, misunderstandings and disagreements about how the legal system works – or the client’s expectations.  Many times, these matters can be avoided in the intake process. But when a complaint arises, lawyers need to know how to respond and handle those attorney client disagreements in ethical and empathetic ways. This course takes you through the interview process, the execution of clear attorney fee agreements, maintaining clear communications, and ultimately handling an attorney client dispute. Dozens of great tips, sound advice, and reminders of our fiduciary duty under the Disciplinary Rules. Claude E. Ducloux, Attorney at Law, Austin, TX 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) What Texas Lawyers Need to Know About Human Rights Considerations in Connection to Mega Sports Events (Replay) In 2026 the U.S. jointly with Canada and Mexico are hosting the FIFA World Cup. Houston and Dallas are the two Texan cities that will be hosting games. According to FIFA regulations as part of the bidding process, host countries and Host Cities were required to commit, amongst other things, to their obligations under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and to develop respective strategies. Now, each city has to engage in the phase of human rights due diligence for the tournament, focusing on enhanced stakeholder engagement and the development of a achievement framework for the Host Cities. This presentation explains the human rights due diligence, the human rights framework applicable and the potential areas for legal work. Ariel E. Dulitzky, The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

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First Friday Ethics (January 2024)

STUDIO WEBCAST – Jan 5, 2024

10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (3.00 hr | 3.00 hr ethics)  Need ethics credit? We’ve got you covered! UT Law CLE’s First Friday Ethics streams live every first Friday of the month, and features some of our best ethics speakers and presentations for a total of 3.00 hrs ethics credit. Fulfill your entire annual ethics requirement in Texas in one day!   This month includes: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) What Texas Lawyers Need to Know About Human Rights Considerations in Connection to Mega Sports Events In 2026 the U.S. jointly with Canada and Mexico are hosting the FIFA World Cup. Houston and Dallas are the two Texan cities that will be hosting games. According to FIFA regulations as part of the bidding process, host countries and Host Cities were required to commit, amongst other things, to their obligations under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and to develop respective strategies. Now, each city has to engage in the phase of human rights due diligence for the tournament, focusing on enhanced stakeholder engagement and the development of a achievement framework for the Host Cities. This presentation explains the human rights due diligence, the human rights framework applicable and the potential areas for legal work. Ariel E. Dulitzky, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) Working with Your Colleagues: Not Working Against Your Enemies (Replay) Elevate civility and communication practices by addressing uncollegial or uncooperative behaviors and developing plans to foster civil and collegial communications. Hear both government and defense counsel discuss their experiences of poor communication and ways to provide civil and frank discussions.  Christopher M. Palazola, Texas Medical Board, Austin, TX Jon Porter, McDonald, Mackay, Porter & Weitz, LLP, Cedar Park, TX 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) A Legal Ethics Wish List (Replay) Law firm general counsels and risk managers have wish lists…of what they hope their colleagues already know about the Rules of Professional Conduct and how to apply them. This presentation explores many things that are, no doubt, on those Wish Lists, including a working understanding of the conflict of interest rules, tools to help navigate those rules (like engagement letters and “I’m Not Your Lawyer” letters), the difference between the attorney-client privilege and the lawyer’s ethical duty of confidentiality, and a proper appreciation of the application of the “No Contact” Rule. The presentation also provides some practical tips to help create a culture of sound risk management practices to help keep the attendee from getting on the General Counsel’s or Risk Manager’s bad list.  A.J. Singleton, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, Lexington, KY   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

Lessons From the Kennedy Assassination for Cross-Examination (Replay)

STUDIO WEBCAST – Nov 7, 2023

12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. (0.75 hr) Lessons From the Kennedy Assassination for Cross-Examination (Replay) If ever there was an event about which witnesses should have agreed, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was that event, but the eyewitnesses could not agree about even the most basic details of what happened in plain view in Dealey Plaza. Why and how do eyewitnesses fail to remember correctly even the most basic details of what they observed? What can trial lawyers learn from discrepancies in witness accounts of famous historical events, including the Kennedy assassination and the sinking of the Titanic? Quentin Brogdon, Crain Brogdon Rogers, LLP - Dallas, TX   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

First Friday Ethics (November 2023)

STUDIO WEBCAST – Nov 3, 2023

10:00 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. (3.00 hr | 3.00 hr ethics)  Need ethics credit? We’ve got you covered! UT Law CLE’s First Friday Ethics streams live every first Friday of the month, and features some of our best ethics speakers and presentations for a total of 3.00 hrs ethics credit. Fulfill your entire annual ethics requirement in Texas in one day!   This month includes: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) The Unruly Client (Replay) Ethical duties and practical advice for working with clients who don’t see eye to eye with you.    Paul Wingo, Hamilton Wingo, LLP - Dallas, TX 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) Ethics in the Age of AI: Legal Practice Transformations (Replay) Gain insight into the ethical dilemmas that arise when utilizing ChatGPT and similar generative AI technologies in the legal field. Hear a discussion addressing the potential pitfalls and evolving responsibilities of Texas partnership attorneys in this new era. Robert R. Keatinge, Holland & Hart LLP - Denver, CO Kayla Landeros, Baylor Law School and West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, PC - Waco, TX 12:20 p.m to 1:20 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) Implicit Bias: What Your Brain is Up to When You’re Not Paying Attention (Replay) Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our thoughts, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Because they occur without a person’s awareness or control, they can have a significant and potentially negative impact on the day-to-day lives of lawyers and judges. Hon. Audrey Moorehead, Dallas County Criminal Court #3 - Dallas, TX Jonathan E. Smaby, Texas Center for Legal Ethics - Austin, TX   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

First Friday Ethics (May 2023)

STUDIO WEBCAST – May 5, 2023

10:00 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. (3.00 hr | 3.00 hr ethics)  Need ethics credit? We’ve got you covered! UT Law CLE’s First Friday Ethics streams live every first Friday of the month, and features some of our best ethics speakers and presentations for a total of 3.00 hrs ethics credit. Fulfill your entire annual ethics requirement in Texas in one day!   This month includes: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) Will Robot Lawyers Steal Our Jobs, and Can They do the Job Ethically? As artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT and others have entered the legal sphere, questions naturally arise as to the extent to which AI can satisfactorily complete legal tasks. AI is being widely used for everything from legal research to the drafting of contracts snd pleadings to even assisting with jury selection. But can “robot lawyers” truly replace their human counterparts? This program examines not only the ways in which AI is impacting the legal profession, but also the multiple ethical dimensions of AI use - from our duty of tech competence to our duty to supervise non-lawyers. John G. Browning, Rockwall, TX   11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) Attorney Wellness: Speaking Up, Reaching Out (REPLAY) Mental health issues are taboo discussions at the workplace, yet when attorneys consider suicide, it's often a result of work-related stress. Explore real-world tips and information on how to spot a mental health crisis in someone you work with, and what to do once you are aware of a problem. Stephanie Townsend Allala, Townsend Allala, Coulter & Kludt PLLC - El Paso, TX   12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics)  Approaches to Privilege During Deposition Breaks (REPLAY) In an age of Zoom depositions, it is more important than ever to understand that different jurisdictions take different approaches the question of privilege during deposition breaks, with some disallowing any privilege at all once the deposition commences and others taking a more nuanced approach. Join Jason Boulette as he explores these different approaches, what they share in common, and where they differ sharply. Jason Boulette, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

First Friday Ethics (February 2023)

STUDIO WEBCAST – Feb 3, 2023

10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (3.00 hr | 3.00 hr ethics)  Need ethics credit? We’ve got you covered! UT Law CLE’s First Friday Ethics streams live every first Friday of the month, and features some of our best ethics speakers and presentations for a total of 3.00 hrs ethics credit. Fulfill your entire annual ethics requirement in Texas in one day!   This month includes: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) A Legal Ethics Wish List (REPLAY) Law firm General Counsels and Risk Managers have wish lists…of what they hope their colleagues already know about the Rules of Professional Conduct and how to apply them. This presentation explores many things that are, no doubt, on those wish lists, including a working understanding of the conflict of interest rules, tools to help navigate those rules (like engagement letters and “I’m Not Your Lawyer” letters), the difference between the attorney-client privilege and the lawyer’s ethical duty of confidentiality, and a proper appreciation of the application of the “No Contact” Rule. The presentation also provides some practical tips to help create a culture of sound risk management practices to help keep the attendee from getting on the General Counsel’s or Risk Manager’s naughty list.  A.J. Singleton, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC - Lexington, KY   11:10 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. (0.75 hr | 0.75 hr ethics)  Protecting Privilege? The Evolving Role of Attorney-Client Privilege in Cybersecurity Incidents and Responses (REPLAY) This session analyzes the advantages and limitations of including outside counsel during incident response. Jeremy Rucker, Spencer Fane - Plano, TX   12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. (0.75 hr | 0.75 hr ethics)  Acting Ethically Even While Seething with Dislike (REPLAY) Here we are, trying to be ethical professionals in the middle of a swirling culture of contempt. It has become very easy to see clients and counsel who disagree with us, not as merely incorrect, but as worthless and defective. How do we function ethically within today’s culture? Together we'll lay out cutting-edge behavioral research, ancient wisdom, current anecdotes, and common sense to create a pathway beyond mere tolerance and co-existence. DeDe Church, DeDe Church & Associates, LLC - Austin, TX 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (0.50 hr | 0.50 hr ethics)  Recent Changes to the Advertising and Solicitation Rules: The Highlights (REPLAY) Comprehensive changes to the Texas Disciplinary Rules governing advertisements and solicitations became effective in 2021. This presentation highlights some of the most notable changes. Jason Panzer, Herring & Panzer, L.L.P. - Austin, TX   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

First Friday Ethics (January 2023)

STUDIO WEBCAST – Jan 6, 2023

10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (3.00 hr | 3.00 hr ethics)  Need ethics credit? We’ve got you covered! UT Law CLE’s First Friday Ethics streams live every first Friday of the month, and features some of our best ethics speakers and presentations for a total of 3.00 hrs ethics credit. Fulfill your entire annual ethics requirement in Texas in one day!   This month includes: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) Sign Right Here A survey of provisions for your attorney client agreements from “must haves” to “optional”clauses. Claude E. Ducloux, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX   11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) You’ve Received a Grievance or Sanctions Motion – What Now? (REPLAY) Receiving a grievance or a sanctions motion can be very upsetting for lawyers, but it doesn’t have to be. Please join Scott Rothenberg for an informative, reassuring, step-by-step process on what to do when a grievance or sanctions motion comes knocking at your office door. Scott Rothenberg, Law Office of Scott Rothenberg - Bellaire, TX   12:20 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. (0.50 hr | 0.50 hr ethics)  Mental Health in Light of Difficult Clients and Difficult Practices (REPLAY) How to develop post-traumatic growth and be psychologically and emotionally strong when working in the ongoing stress of working with trauma survivors. Review self-care and maintaining balance both professionally and personally. Bernadette Hassan Solórzano, Our Lady of the Lake University Community Counseling Service - San Antonio, TX 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  (0.50 hr | 0.50 hr ethics)TBD Redaction “Fails" (REPLAY) This presentation explains how to properly shield confidential information in public filings. Matthew Murrell, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law - Austin, TX   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

First Friday Ethics (December 2022)

STUDIO WEBCAST – Dec 2, 2022

10:00 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. (3.00 hr | 3.00 hr ethics)  Need ethics credit? We’ve got you covered! UT Law CLE’s First Friday Ethics streams live every first Friday of the month, and features some of our best ethics speakers and presentations for a total of 3.00 hrs ethics credit. Fulfill your entire annual ethics requirement in Texas in one day!   This month includes: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) A Legal Ethics Holiday Season Wish List It’s the Holiday Season, y’all, and even law firm General Counsels and Risk Managers have Holiday Wish Lists…of what they hope their colleagues already know about the Rules of Professional Conduct and how to apply them. This presentation explores many things that are, no doubt, on those Wish Lists, including a working understanding of the conflict of interest rules, tools to help navigate those rules (like engagement letters and “I’m Not Your Lawyer” letters), the difference between the attorney-client privilege and the lawyer’s ethical duty of confidentiality, and a proper appreciation of the application of the “No Contact” Rule. The presentation also provides some practical tips to help create a culture of sound risk management practices to help keep the attendee from getting on the General Counsel’s or Risk Manager’s Naughty List.  A.J. Singleton, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC - Lexington, KY   11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics)  Setting Boundaries with Clients and Colleagues (Replay) Using mindset mastery practices to improve attorney wellness by setting boundaries in your work. Kiele Linroth Pace, Pacefirm Consulting, LLC, Austin, TX   12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics)  Ethics Issues for Transactional Practice Non-engagement, disengagement and third party payment of legal fees are ethical issues that often arise in transactional practice. The session considers these and other ethics issues in the context of representing music clients. Christian Castle, Christian Castle, Austin, TX   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

Essential Technology Competence for Attorneys (Replay)

STUDIO WEBCAST – Nov 16, 2022

10:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. (3.50 hr | 3.50 hr ethics) Essential Technology Competence for Attorneys (Replay) Technology competency is no longer an option for attorneys. It is essential to your practice and your ethical obligations to your clients, and is constantly evolving.  This half-day course walks through some of the most important areas for technology competency—communication, handling redaction, cybersecurity and privacy protection, e-discovery, e-filing and more—and offers practical tips to implement in your practice, as well as common pitfalls to avoid. Speakers: LISA ANGELO, Angelo Law Firm PLLC HON. JEFF BOYD, Supreme Court of Texas JOHN G. BROWNING, Spencer Fane MATTHEW MURRELL, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law HON. XAVIER RODRIGUEZ, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas ELIZABETH ROGERS, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

First Friday Ethics (October 2022)

STUDIO WEBCAST – Oct 7, 2022

10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (3.00 hr | 3.00 hr ethics)  Need ethics credit? We’ve got you covered! UT Law CLE’s First Friday Ethics streams live every first Friday of the month, and features some of our best ethics speakers and presentations for a total of 3.00 hrs ethics credit. Fulfill your entire annual ethics requirement in Texas in one day!   This month includes: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) Overcoming Imposter Syndrome (REPLAY) Kiele Linroth Pace, Pacefirm Consulting, LLC - Austin, TX   11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics)  Approaches to Privilege During Deposition Breaks (REPLAY) Jason Boulette, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX   12:20 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. (0.50 hr | 0.50 hr ethics) Pro Bono Opportunities for Business Attorneys (REPLAY) Angela L. Lee, TALA - Austin, TX Adrian Resendez, Brough & Resendez PLLC - Austin, TX 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (0.50 hr | 0.50 hr ethics) What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Cybersecurity (REPLAY) Jennifer S. Freel, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX Co-Author David Springer, Dropbox, Inc. - Austin, TX   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

Taking Service to the Next Level: Improving Customer Service in A New Era

STUDIO WEBCAST – Sep 7, 2022

11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. (1.00 hr) Taking Service to the Next Level: Improving Customer Service in A New Era In the professional services industry, providing quality service to our clients is paramount. We often forget to evaluate our services from our clients’ perspectives and upgrade our systems and processes to meet the demands of our clients. Clients are expecting faster, accessible services with a plethora of ways to communicate and interact including online scheduling, texting, and quick responses. To anticipate and meet expectations, lawyers evaluate their existing systems and operations and take actions to improve their customer service. In this new era of the sophisticated, tech-savvy, educated client, learn how to take your customer service to the next level.  Ruby L. Powers, Powers Law Group, P.C., Houston, TX If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

Law Firm Management Reports: Key Information You Should Have to Run Your Firm

STUDIO WEBCAST – Aug 10, 2022

11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. (1.00 hr) Law Firm Management Reports: Key Information You Should Have to Run Your Firm Join Derek Barto as he details how to monitor the health of your practice using law firm management reports including, key figures to monitor and get the information on time and with confidence. Derek Barto, Armanino LLP, Segundo, CA   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

The Business Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Why it Matters in the Boardroom, the Courtroom, and Every Room (REPLAY)

STUDIO WEBCAST – Aug 10, 2022

12:50 p.m. to 2:05 p.m. (1.25 hr | 1.25 hr ethics)  The Business Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Why it Matters in the Boardroom, the Courtroom, and Every Room (REPLAY) Sofia Adrogué, Diamond McCarthy LLP - Houston, TX Carolyn Benton Aiman, Sempra Infrastructure LLC, Houston, TX Hon. Ernest Aliseda, DHR Health, Edinburg, TX Victoria Lazar, TechnipFMC, Houston, TX Arturo G. Michel, City of Houston, Houston, TX   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

Law Firm Trust Accounts: How to Adopt Best Practices to Make Sure You Stay in Compliance

STUDIO WEBCAST – Jul 7, 2022

11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. (1.00 hr) Law Firm Trust Accounts: How to Adopt Best Practices to Make Sure You Stay in Compliance This course explores an overview of trust accounting rules and how to review your trust accounts to quickly spot issues, including, tips and recommendations for maintaining best practices around this critically important function. Derek Barto, Armanino LLP, Segundo, CA   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

Non-Compete Essentials: From Drafting to Litigating (REPLAY)

STUDIO WEBCAST – Jun 9, 2022

11:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (3.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) Non-Compete Essentials (REPLAY) This four-part short course will cover the essentials of Texas non-compete law, covering the entire life cycle of a non-compete, from drafting, to hiring an employee who has a non-compete, to the exit interview, demand letter, TRO hearing, temporary injunction hearing, summary judgment, trial, and appeal. Join moderator Zach Wolfe and other leading experts as they explore:   Part 1: Basics of Texas Non-Compete Law and Drafting the Non-Compete  Part 2: Hiring an Employee With a Non-Compete  Part 3: TRO and Temporary Injunction Hearing  Part 4: Enforcing the Non-Compete: Summary Judgment Through Trial and Appeal    Featuring speakers: (Moderator) Zach Wolfe, Houston; Paloma Ahmadi, San Antonio; Elisaveta “Leiza” Dolghih, Robert Ford, Houston; Dallas; Kendyl Hanks, Austin; Christopher D. Porter, Houston. If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

First Friday Ethics (June 2022)

STUDIO WEBCAST – Jun 3, 2022

10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (3.00 hr | 3.00 hr ethics)  Need ethics credit? We’ve got you covered! UT Law CLE’s First Friday Ethics streams live every first Friday of the month, and features some of our best ethics speakers and presentations for a total of 3.00 hrs ethics credit. Fulfill your entire annual ethics requirement in Texas in one day!   This month includes: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (1.25 hr | 1.25 hr ethics) The Business Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Why it Matters in the Boardroom, the Courtroom, and Every Room Sofia Adrogué, Diamond McCarthy LLP - Houston, TX Carolyn Benton Aiman, Sempra Infrastructure LLC, Houston, TX Hon. Ernest Aliseda, DHR Health, Edinburg, TX Victoria Lazar, TechnipFMC, Houston, TX Arturo G. Michel, City of Houston, Houston, TX   12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics)  Know Pro Bono? Yes to Pro Bono! Why and How to Get Billable Hours for Your Soul Watch this CLE to know why pro bono is important for you, your firm, and your community. Learn how to navigate your pro bono journey and start making it rain for your soul. Tu N. Nguyen, The Law Office Tu Nguyen, PLLC - Dallas, TX 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (0.75 hr | 0.75 hr ethics) Job Duties: Ethical Challenges in the Attorney-Paralegal Relationship This session reviews common ethical pitfalls in the attorney-paralegal relationship, including avoiding inadvertent breaches of confidentiality and the unauthorized practice of law.  Lynn Crossett, Texas State University-San Marcos, TX   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

First Friday Ethics (May 2022)

STUDIO WEBCAST – May 6, 2022

10:00 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. (3.00 hr | 3.00 hr ethics)  Need ethics credit? We’ve got you covered! UT Law CLE’s First Friday Ethics streams live every first Friday of the month, and features some of our best ethics speakers and presentations for a total of 3.00 hrs ethics credit. Fulfill your entire annual ethics requirement in Texas in one day!   This month includes: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) You’ve Received a Grievance or Sanctions Motion – What Now? Scott Rothenberg, Law Office of Scott Rothenberg - Bellaire, TX Receiving a grievance or a sanctions motion can be very upsetting for lawyers, but it doesn’t have to be. Please join Scott Rothenberg for an informative, reassuring, step-by-step process on what to do when a grievance or sanctions motion comes knocking at your office door.   11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics)  Ethics and the Duty of Loyalty (REPLAY) Robert Denby, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, TX Claude E. Ducloux, Attorney at Law, Austin, TX The lawyer’s fiduciary responsibilities are at the core of ethics programs everywhere and include the duty to refrain from conflicts of interest.  But in a modern society, where lawyers freely move between large firms with sophisticated clients, should the firm and client have a right to waive such traditional conflicts of interest to hire new talent? There is a growing movement to allow firms and lawyers to provide advance consent to situations that are currently barred by conflict of interest rules, as well as organized opposition to “taking the wrecking ball to client loyalty.” Find out what’s going on and see what you think! 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) Effective Engagement Letters and Other Simple Risk-Management Tools (REPLAY) A.J. Singleton, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, Lexington, KY This ethics CLE presentation will look at engagement letters and how they can be used as a risk management tool. Along they way, the presentation will provide practical tips to help lawyers avoid conflict of interest pitfalls and to assist in controlling client expectations about the scope of the representation.   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

Essential Technology Competence for Attorneys

STUDIO WEBCAST – Apr 13, 2022

12:00 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. (3.50 hr | 3.50 hr ethics) Technology competency is no longer an option for attorneys. It is essential to your practice and your ethical obligations to your clients, and is constantly evolving.  This half-day course walks through some of the most important areas for technology competency—communication, handling redaction, cybersecurity and privacy protection, e-discovery, e-filing and more—and offers practical tips to implement in your practice, as well as common pitfalls to avoid. INSTRUCTORS LISA ANGELO, Angelo Law Firm PLLC HON. JEFF BOYD, Supreme Court of Texas JOHN G. BROWNING, Spencer Fane MATTHEW MURRELL, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law HON. XAVIER RODRIGUEZ, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas ELIZABETH ROGERS, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

First Friday Ethics (April 2022)

STUDIO WEBCAST – Apr 1, 2022

10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (3.25 hr | 3.25 hr ethics) Need ethics credit? We’ve got you covered! UT Law CLE’s First Friday Ethics streams live every first Friday of the month, and features some of our best ethics speakers and presentations for a total of 3.00 hrs ethics credit. Fulfill your entire annual ethics requirement in Texas in one day!   This month includes: Acting Ethically Even While Seething with Dislike (REPLAY) DeDe Church & Associates, LLC, Austin, TX ​Here we are, trying to be ethical professionals in the middle of a swirling culture of contempt. It has become very easy to see clients and counsel who disagree with us, not as merely incorrect, but as worthless and defective. How do we function ethically within today’s culture? Together we'll lay out cutting-edge behavioral research, ancient wisdom, current anecdotes, and common sense to create a pathway beyond mere tolerance and co-existence.   Ethics of Contract Drafting (REPLAY) Claude E. Ducloux, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX Do you have to tell your opposing counsel about a mistake they made if the mistake helps you? What if they change a term and you don’t catch it before it’s been signed? Join Claude Ducloux as he discusses 6 common situations where the wrong decision can cost you money, and even a grievance. Voir Dire Becomes Voir Google: Ethical Concerns of 21st Century Jury Selection (REPLAY) John G. Browning, Spencer Fane - Plano, TX Engaging in online research about prospective jurors can yield game-changing information, but there are ethical risks for lawyers in doing so. Using real world examples from cases and ethics opinions, this program offers invaluable guidance for lawyers in navigating the ethical boundaries of turning voir dire into “voir Google.”  The Ethical Traps of Joint Representations in IP Cases (REPLAY) Justin Cohen, Holland & Knight LLP, Dallas, TX This presentation covers the ethical issues involved in representing multiple parties in the same patent or trademark case, such as privilege, confidentiality, conflicts, disputes, and negotiating settlements. If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

Lessons From the Kennedy Assassination for Cross-Examination

STUDIO WEBCAST – Mar 10, 2022

10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. (0.75 hr) If ever there was an event about which witnesses should have agreed, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was that event, but the eyewitnesses could not agree about even the most basic details of what happened in plain view in Dealey Plaza. Why and how do eyewitnesses fail to remember correctly even the most basic details of what they observed? What can trial lawyers learn from discrepancies in witness accounts of famous historical events, including the Kennedy assassination and the sinking of the Titanic?   If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!

First Friday Ethics (March 2022)

STUDIO WEBCAST – Mar 4, 2022

10:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. (3.00 hr | 3.00 hr ethics) Need ethics credit? We’ve got you covered! UT Law CLE’s First Friday Ethics streams live every first Friday of the month, and features some of our best ethics speakers and presentations for a total of 3.00 hrs ethics credit. Fulfill your entire annual ethics requirement in Texas in one day!   This month includes: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) Acting Ethically Even While Seething with Dislike DeDe Church ​Here we are, trying to be ethical professionals in the middle of a swirling culture of contempt. It has become very easy to see clients and counsel who disagree with us, not as merely incorrect, but as worthless and defective. How do we function ethically within today’s culture? Together we'll lay out cutting-edge behavioral research, ancient wisdom, current anecdotes, and common sense to create a pathway beyond mere tolerance and co-existence.   11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics)  Approaches to Privilege During Deposition Breaks  Jason Boulette In an age of Zoom depositions, it is more important than ever to understand that different jurisdictions take different approaches the question of privilege during deposition breaks, with some disallowing any privilege at all once the deposition commences and others taking a more nuanced approach. Join Jason Boulette as he explores these different approaches, what they share in common, and where they differ sharply. 12:50 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. (1.00 hr | 1.00 hr ethics) Everyday Strategies for Avoiding Professional Misconduct and Sanctions (REPLAY) Scott Rothenberg No attorney wants to be on the receiving end of a trial court sanctions order or grievance committee finding of professional misconduct. This presentation provides practical, thoughtful recommendations to help you avoid both. If you cannot watch the entire webcast at its scheduled time, register now and view the recording and eCourse when it is available in “Your Briefcase” after the webcast. Earn CLE credit (in TX and CA) on your time!