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Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar
September 26 - September 28, 2018
The Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria, Addison TX


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

 

Wednesday, September 26

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Hon. Anne Ashby

Winning Arbitrations and Mediations – Paralegal Style!

Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law

 

L. Bradley “Brad” Johnson

Custody – Possession and Access Schedules

Family Law

 

Paul Elkins

Recent and Emerging Issues in Oil and Gas Litigation

Oil and Gas Law

 

Patricia Freshwater

Family-Based Immigration Law and Discussion of DACA

Immigration Law

 

Clifton M. Dugas, II

Commercial Loan Defaults and Lender Remedies in Texas

Real Estate Law

 

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

 

Sherrie R. Abney

Civil Collaborative Law

Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law

 

Michelle May O’Neil

Alimony v. Maintenance – Similarities and Differences

Family Law

 

Steve Kardell and Ashley Kyle Yablon

Game Changers:  Whistleblowers Protections and Experiences”

Labor and Employment Law

 

Leslie Barrows

Juvenile Law

Criminal Law

 

Natalie S. Brackett

Modern Will Contests

Probate and Estate Law

 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Ryan McComber

Social Media and Litigation

Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law

 

Robert J. Bogdanowicz, III

Saving Attorneys From Themselves:  How Far Can you Go?

Ethics – All Areas of Law

 

Robert G. “Bob” West

Being a Professional Notary Public:  Laws, Procedures and Updates

All Areas of Law

 

Jason Wietjes

Current Trends in Intellectual Property Law

IP Law

 

Brian Sanford

Proof of Discrimination and Retaliation Claims

Labor and Employment Law

 

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch On Your Own

 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

 

Quentin Brogdon

Expert Witnesses:  Taming the Lion

Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law

 

Harry “Trey” Harris, III and Tina Campbell

Both Sides of Enforcements (Part 1 of 2)

Family Law

 

Alicia Sienne Voltmer

Responding to EEOC Charges

Labor and Employment Law

 

Ken Braggs

You Can’t Say That! – Exploring the Free Speech Rights of Public School Teachers and Students

School Law and Civil Trial Law

 

Giuliana Vural

Overview of Common Mineral Lease Clauses

Oil and Gas Law and Real Estate Law

 

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

 

Lon Williams

Updates on Human Resources Laws and Regulations

Civil Trial Law, Corporate Law and Employment and Labor Law

 

Harry “Trey” Harris, III and Tina Campbell

Both Sides of Enforcements (Part 2 of 2)

Family Law

 

Jay C. Zeleskey

Maximizing Your Mediation

Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law and Family Law

 

Benson Varghese

Avoiding a DWI in Texas

Criminal Law

 

Rosa R. Orenstein

Unsecured Creditors’ Claims for Attorneys’ Fees

Bankruptcy Law

 

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

James Mitchell

Paralegal’s Role in Product Liability Cases

Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law

 

Melinda Eitzen

Collaborative Law Divorces

Family Law

 

Matthew Block

OAG’s office on “The Lifecycle of an OAG Child Support Case”

Family Law 

 

Michael Titens

Cyber Security:  Preparedness and Response

Corporate Law, IP Law and Regulatory Law

 

Louis J. Stefanose

Probate Process and Alternatives to Probate

Estate Planning and Probate Law

 

Thursday, September 27

 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Andrew B. Sommerman

The Paralegal’s Role in Proving Up Damages in Civil Cases

Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law

 

Lauren E. Melhart

Legislative Updates in Family Law

Family Law

 

Amy Elizabeth Gibson

Advanced Tips for Handling Litigation of Disability Cases Under the ADA

Civil Trial Law, Employment Law

 

Karen L. Hart

Welcome to the Jungle:  Judgment Enforcement

Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law

 

Christopher Hamilton

How to Manage Your Attorney

All Areas of Law

 

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

 

Susan Hutchison

The Paralegal’s Role in Pre-Trial and Trial

Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, Family Law and Criminal Law

 

Robert Blankenship

Preparing the Attorney/File for Trial and Land Mines to Watch For

Family Law

 

Hardin R. Ramsey

What You Need to Know about a Slip and Fall Cases

Personal Injury Trial Law

 

Michael B. Cohen

Estate Planning Essentials

Estate Planning and Probate Law

 

Charlotte Carlisle, Ed. D

Human Trafficking 101

Criminal Law

 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Rachel E. Montes

Proving Up Business Records

Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, Family Law and Criminal Law

 

Cindy V. Tisdale

Unusual Possession Schedules and Closing the File

Family Law

 

Chad Baruch

Chameleon Legal Writing:  How to Write for the Reader

All Areas of Law

 

Bruce W. Akerly

The Paralegal’s Role in Bankruptcy:  How to Read and Understand Schedules and Statements

Bankruptcy Law

 

Francisco J. Valenzuela

Civil Rights in Schools: A Legislative Update

Civil Trial Law and School Law

 

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
(BOX LUNCHES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE WITH REGISTRATION)

 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

 

Hon. Brandon Birmingham

Preparing the Case for Trial

Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, Family Law and Criminal Law

 

Robert J. “R.J.” Hazeltine Shedd and

Sally Almendarez

The Appellate Process in Child Protection Cases: Duties of an Appellate Paralegal

Family Law

 

James D. Eggleston, Jr.

Reviewing Title Commitments and Surveys So as to Prevent Subsequent Use Issues

Real Estate Law

 

Lisa H. Jamieson

Planning for Parents With Special Needs Children

Estate Planning and Probate Law

 

Vincent Giardino

Non-Disclosures – Nuts and Bolts

Criminal Law

 

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Seth McCloskey

Why Should I Need to Know Anything About a Trucking Collision Case?

Personal Injury Trial Law

 

Linda James

Who Are You Going to Call? Forensic Document & Handwriting Examination Expert

All Areas of Law

 

Hon. Royal Furgeson

Professional, Ethics and Professional Identity

Ethics – All Areas of Law

 

Mark J. Petrocchi

A Practical Guide to Texas Property Exemptions in 2018

Real Estate Law

 

David A. Frisby

Texting and Driving – The Alex Brown Memorial Act

Criminal Law and Transportation Law

 

Friday, September 28

 

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

 

Special Session

Ethan A. Minshull, Katrina Lea, Melissa Sicar, Toya Walker

How to Win Big in Your Paralegal Career: Pro Bono Service

 

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

 

Deborah K. Hartley

What the Unauthorized Practice of Law Is

All Areas of Law

 

Barbara E. Kirby, JD, PhD

Legal Writing Practice Session:  Work Your Process and Improve Your Clarity

All Areas of Law

 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Tom Mighell

Collaboration Tools and Technologies for Legal Professionals

All Areas of Law

 

Doug Carson

Active Shooter Awareness

All Areas of Law

 

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

KEY NOTE LUNCHEON SPEAKER

 

Terry Bentley Hill

"Hope and Healing and a Few More Gifts Along the Way"

 

 

 

 

 

 


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