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Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar
October 4 - 6, 2017
The Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria, Addison TX

This schedule, including dates of topics and speakers, is subject to change.

Wednesday, October 4 

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Brief Writing:  Making Yourself Useful as Well as Ornamental
Stephen K Hayes
Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, and Family Law

Helping Your Attorney with Client Preparation
Jim Mueller
Family Law

New Age Evidence and Discovery
Jessica Hall Janicek
Civil Trial Law and Banking Law

Taxpayer Remedies in the Texas Property Tax Appraisal Process
John Brusnaik
Real Estate Law

Ten Things Every Paralegal Should Remember About Bankruptcy
Honorable H. Dewayne Hale
Bankruptcy Law

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Case Law Update Mega Trends (Health Law Liability Update 2017)
Paula Sweeney
Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law

Issues in Same Sex Marriage and Divorce
Larry Hance
Family Law

Dealing With County Officials and County Regulations
Ann Montgomery-Moran, ADA
Criminal Law

Real Estate Due Diligence - Beyond the Checklist
Kendall D. Adair
Real Estate Law

E-filing and Re: SearchTX:  The Clerk's Perspective
Sharena Gilliland
All Areas of Law

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Jury Selection - All Hands-on Deck
Bill Lane
Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, and Criminal Law

How to Pursue and Defendant Child Support Cases
Lauren E Melhart
Family Law

Cybersecurity and Data Breach Issues
Jeremy Rucker
All Areas of Law

The New Orders of Non-Disclosure - The Requirements and Eligibility for Sealing Your DWI
Sharen Wilson
Criminal Law

What Legal Professional Should Know About Bank Transactions with the FDIC
Jerry Sanchez
Civil Trial Law and Banking Law

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch on Your Own

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Social Medial Evidence
Nick Bettinger
Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, Family Law and Criminal Law

Fred Adams
Family Law

First Amendment Issues in These Complicated Times
Barbara E. Kirby, J.D.
All Areas of Law

Federal and State Court Receiverships
Eduardo Espinosa and Michael Napoli
Civil Trial Law, Bankruptcy Law and Corporate Law

Bonds, Inventories and Accountings
Randall Johnson
Estate Planning and Probate Law

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Legal Ethics in the Cloud at a Time of Cyber Threat
Peter Vogel
All Areas of Law and Ethics

Drafting Effective Discovery - One Size Does NOT Fit All
Natalie Webb and Kay Redburn
Family Law

Helping Your Clients Navigate the Fair Labor Standards Act
James Griffis
Civil Trial Law and Labor and Employment Law

Legislative Criminal Law Update
Erin Bakker
Criminal Law

Overview of Estate Planning - Necessary Documents and Financial Considerations
Steve Katten
Estate Planning and Probate Law

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Anti-SLAPP Statute:  Burdens of Proof, Evidence, Fee Shifting and More
Thomas J. Williams
Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, Real Estate Law and Family Law

What Paralegals Need to Know About Texas Marital Property Law
Brian L. Webb
Family Law and Real Estate Law

ProBono Paralegals: In and Outside the Firm
Ethan A. Minshull
All Areas

Update on Stern v. Marshall After Supreme Court Rulings
Autumn Highsmith
Bankruptcy Law

Probate Process in Texas - How Do I Get What I Am Entitled To Get When Someone Dies?
Steve Katten
Estate Planning and Probate Law

Thursday, October 5 

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

HIPAA:  Navigating Medical Privacy and Confidentiality Laws in Texas
Brandon S. Kulwicki
Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, Family Law and Corporate Law

Preparing Discovery Responses
William M. Reppetto, III
Family Law

Top 10 Issues to Consider Regarding the Rural Oil and Gas Leas
James D. Eggleston, Jr.
Oil, Gas and Mineral Law and Real Estate Law

Different Types of Trustees Found in Bankruptcy
Daniel "Corky" Sherman
Bankruptcy Law

Unauthorized Practice of Law
Tom A. Kulik
All Areas of Law - Ethics

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Liability Insurance Policies 101
Tom Alleman
Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law

When is an Agreement an Agreement?
Greg Beane
Family Law

Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act
Elizabeth Voss
Labor and Employment Law

International Bankruptcy:  Chapter 15, Puerto Rico & Beyond
Tim Springer
Bankruptcy Law

Firearms Law for Property Owners & Proprietors

Fred Adams

Real Estate Law, Civil Trial Law

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

E-Filing Updates and Tips
Casey Kennedy, Office of Court Administration
All Areas of Law

Top 10 Responsibilities for a Paralegal
Michelle May O'Neil
Family Law

Choice of Organization of Texas Business Entities
Blake C. Billings
Business and Corporate Law

IP 101 - Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
Scott Harper
Civil Trial Law and IP Law

Prosecuting the Aryan Brotherhood
Joshua D. Ross
Criminal Law

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

When Is A Lie Not A Lie?  An Update On Life Insurance Claims
Jennifer Weber Johnson
Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law

Walking the Tightrope - Diligence in Electronic Investigation Without Crossing the Line
Larry L. Martin
Family Law

Dealing with the Body – Everything You Need to Know
David Bakutis
Estate Planning and Probate

Oil and Gas Issues in Bankruptcy
Mark Andrews
Bankruptcy Law

A Brief Discussion of Enviromental Liability and the Use of Phase I and II ESAs
Bruce Flowers
Environmental Law

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

General Evidence Concepts - Overview of Rule of Evidence
Graham Quisenberry
Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, Family Law and Criminal Law

Unusual and Unique Child Support Cases
Lon Loveless
Family Law

Alphabet Soup:  Basics of Employment Based Immigration
Heather Frayre
Labor and Employment Law, Immigration Law

Powers of Attorney
Paul McNutt, Jr.
Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and Probate Law, Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law

Internal Investigations and Attorney Client Privilege
Edwin Tomko

Criminal Law

Friday, October 6 

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Special Session

Searching for Your Next Step?
10 Strengths of a Great Mentor
Debbie Oaks McBride, Cynthia Minchillo and S. Kristine Farmer
All Areas of Law

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

This is All About You - Maintaining Wellness in the Legal Community
Cameron Vann
All Areas of Law - Ethics

Why Millennial Jurors Matter
Stan Thiebaud
Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, Family Law

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

60 Technology Tips in 60 Minutes
Tom Mighell
All Areas of Law

The Use of Experts in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Cases
Kimberly Kizziah Bocell
Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Wrongful Convictions
Michael Ware
Criminal Law (including .50 ethics)






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