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HBA Seminars

HBA/CLE Seminars

HBA/CLE Seminars are held on Thursday mornings in the West Loop area and on Friday afternoons in the Harris County Jury Assembly Plaza. Each seminar is approved for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit, and many also have ethics credit. These seminars are free to HBA members and provide over 100 hours of MCLE credit at no cost each year. Written materials are available for $15. Non-members may attend for $50, including written materials. Click here to download the schedule of the upcoming seminars, or see below. No pre-registration is required.

Thursday mornings
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Friday afternoons
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Harris County Jury Assembly Plaza
1201 Congress
March 21, 2014

CPS: From Emergency to Trial

This presentation will cover the statutory requirements for all hearings in the life of a CPS cases – emergency full adversarial, status hearing, permanency hearings and final trial.

Presented by:
Honorable Katrina Griffith, Associate Judge for the CPS Project Court

1.5 hours MCLE credit, including .5 hours ethics credit.

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April 4, 2014

Clients in Crisis: 10 Things You Must Know About Texas Criminal Law

This presentation will provide an introduction to and updates concerning pre-trial, trial, and post-trial criminal practice in Texas state courts.

Presented by:
Mr. Will Denham, Attorney at Law
Mr. Michael Nguyen, Texas Legal Defense

1.5 hours MCLE credit, including .5 hours ethics credit.

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April 10, 2014

Practicing Family Law in an “All Electronic” Court

This presentation will provide a roadmap to practicing family law with special focus on the changes brought about by the Supreme Court mandate requiring all filing to be done electronically.

Presented by:
Ms. Estelee Garrison, Law Office of Sam M. Yates, III, P.C.

1.5 hours MCLE credit, including .25 hours ethics credit.

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April 11, 2014

Cutting Edge Issues and Other Interesting Developments in Employment Law

This seminar will address employment law issues that have arisen due to technological advancements, expansion of social media, and shifting societal norms. Learn how courts, legislatures, and regulatory agencies are dealing with these issues.

Presented by:
Mr. R. Glen Rigby, Stuart PC

1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.

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April 24, 2014

Construction Law Toolbox

This presentation will provide an overview of some of the tools lawyers must have to tackle common construction issues and disputes, including lien and bond claims, construction contract drafting considerations and construction – specific laws.

Presented by:
Mr. Timothy Ross, Andrews Myers, P.C.

1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.

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April 25, 2014

Navigating Tort Matters in Your Family Law Case

This presentation will address some basic information about when family clients have issues that crossover into tort law. The presentation will include a discussion of common tort matters that can arise in family law cases. Learn how to identify these issues and how to handle them when they arise.

Presented by:
Mr. Scott Frase, Frase Law Firm, PLLC

1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.

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May 1, 2014

Ethical Issues in Civil Rights Cases

This presentation will focus on ethical issues often confronted by practitioners representing clients in civil rights cases, with particular emphasis on attorneys fees matters. Potential conflicts, implications of fee waiver offers, settlements issues, joint representation, importance of the representation agreement, professionalism, and frivolous claims will all be explored, as will various topics relating to petitions for (and opposition to) awards of attorneys fees.

Presented by:
Mr. Gerald Birnberg, Williams, Birnberg & Andersen, L.L.P.

1.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.5 hours ethics credit.

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May 9, 2014

Where Family Law & Criminal Law Intersects

This presentation will provide an overview of the effects of a family law litigant’s criminal case on custody and visitation. The presentation includes information regarding protective orders. Lastly, this presentation outlines strategies for a family law attorney and criminal law attorney to assist one another in representing a mutual client.

Presented by:
Mr. Matthew Skillern, Midence & Skillern, PLLC

1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.

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May 16, 2014

Sanctions in the Harris County District Courts

This seminar will cover who should ask for sanctions, what is sanctionable, when should the party ask for them, why judges grant or deny motions for sanctions, and how you can attack or denfend sanctions on appeal.

Presented by:
Justice Brett Busby, Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Honorable Alexandra Smoots-Hogan,Harris County Civil Courthouse
Mr. Peter M. Kelly, Kelly, Durham & Pittard, LLP
Honorable Patricia J. Kerrigan, 190th District Court Harris County

1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.

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May 29, 2014

Writing Better Motions and Briefs for the Screen

An appellate judge and advocate provide tips for advocacy in the new world of screen reading. With the movement of courts away from paper, judges and court staff are finding different tools and technology useful for understanding and navigating electronic documents. The speakers will discuss writing and navigation tools that help advocates communicate and persuade in both trial and appellate courts.

Presented by:
Mr. Robert Dubose, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Justice Bill Boyce, Fourteenth Court of Appeals

1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.

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June 5, 2014

Business Valuation – Process & Purpose

This seminar will cover business valuations. We will discuss, business valuations as a general overview and specific topics that often create uncertainty among users of business valuations including, invested capital vs enterprise value; cap rate vs discount rate and varying definitions of cash flow. Please come and learn all aspects in this business law presentation.

Presented by:
Mr. David Smith, Hill Schwartz Spilker Keller LLC

1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.

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June 6, 2014

Probate Litigation – An Overview

This presentation will provide an overview of probate litigation, including a discussion on the recent re-certification of the Texas Probate (now Estate) Code.

Presented by:
Mr. Jason Cox, Galligan & Manning


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June 13, 2014

Jury Charge Panel

This seminar will provide practical tips for handling jury charge issues, including preservation of error, avoiding land mines in the jury charge, and strategies on how to persuasively present your view of the charge to the trial court.

Presented by:
Mr. Ashish Mahendru, Attorney at Law
Honorable Larry Weiman, Harris County Civil Courthouse
Mr. Daryl Moore, Attorney at Law

1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.

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July 10, 2014

Ethics of Government Use of Private Contingent-Fee Counsel to Prosecute Civil Penalty Actions

This course explores the ethical issues presented by the increasing use of contingent fee agreements by governmental entities to prosecute civil penalty cases.

Presented by:
Mr. Matthew Caligur, Baker Hostetler LLP

1.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.5 hours ethics credit.

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July 11, 2014

New Civil Rules for JP Court: How Is It Working?

There have been major changes in the past year regarding the civil rules in Justice of the Peace courts. These changes affect most areas of civil practice, including evictions, justice suits, and small claims cases. Judge Dale Gorczynski gives and overview of the new rules and discusses how they are working out for his Court.

Presented by:
Honorable Dale M. Gorczynski, Harris County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, Place 1

1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.

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July 25, 2014

Second Amendment Update

This seminar will review the history and constitutional and legal background of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, its future, and what Texas practitioners should know about its impact on their clients.

Presented by:
Mr. Richard Killough, Attorney at Law

1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.

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July 31, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Update

During this year’s United State Supreme Court Update, presenters will discuss noteworthy cases from the Court’s October Term 2013, preview cases that the Court will consider during October Term 2014, and analyze voting and docket trends.

Presented by:
Mr. David Denton, Jr., Sidley Austin LLP
Mr. William Peterson, Beck Redden LLP

1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.

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August 1, 2014

Employment-based Options for Professionals Seeking U.S. Permanent Residence: Navigating the ‘PERM’ Process

Early this year Michigan Governor Ricky Snyder announced a plan to seek 50,000 EB-2 visas to attract immigrants to Detroit. What is an EB-2 visa, and how does one qualify? This presentation will provide an overview of the types of employment-based immigrant visas that are available to professional workers, and will focus on the PERM Labor Certification process, the process that most employers must confront and overcome to sponsor an employee. Topical coverage will include a discussion of the multiple steps, through multiple federal agencies, of the overall path; timing considerations, and the ethical pitfalls thereof; as well as recent and noteworthy appellate decisions.

Presented by:
Ms. Joy Sanders, The Ezer Law Group PLLC

1.5 hours MCLE credit, including .25 hours ethics credit.

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August 14, 2014

Instructing the Jury: How to Craft Proper Jury Instructions in Criminal Court

Incorrect Jury Instructions constitute one of the most common areas of reversible error. A successful criminal lawyer must know how to create a proper jury charge as well as how to spot and preserve charging errors for appeal. This seminar will cover these topics and will introduce the audience to the new SBOT Pattern Jury Charges and emerging trends in jury intstructions around the United States.

Presented by:
Mr. Christopher J. Downey, The Downey Law Firm

1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.

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August 15, 2014

Primer for Justice and Municipal Court Representations

This seminar will provide a basic introduction to the procedures and pitfalls surrounding “Class C” representation. You will approach cases with a better strategy than merely praying the officer doesn’t appear!

Presented by:
Honorable Bob Rosenberg, Law Office of Robert V. Rosenberg

1.5 hours MCLE credit, including .25 hours ethics credit.

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August 22, 2014

Removal Clarified: Impact of the Recent Statutory Changes

This seminar will provide an overview and discussion of the bases for removal, the timing for removal, the procedure for removal, and how the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011 has changed removal practice in this jurisdiction.

Presented by:
Ms. Heather Kabele, Schwartz, Junell, Greenberg & Oathout, LLP

1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.

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