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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


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



Terry Bentley Hill

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







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