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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
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 an 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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