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Human Resources Division, Staff Development Section
Continuing Legal Education
2015-05-01 to 2015-05-31

Training Calendar

Ethics: The True Cost of Representation
03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Friday, May 15th

When a client discloses a terrible truth or reveals an unspeakable purpose, what obligations and limitations do the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Conduct place on an attorney? This fast-paced presentation will explore the unexpected answers given by the Texas Rules using both recent and historical real world cases.  

Michael Golden, who is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, is a founding partner of Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.

This presentation has been approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics credit, by the State Bar of Texas' MCLE Department.

OAG Employees Only

Free Legal Resources Through the Texas Law Library
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Tuesday, May 19th

This presentation will provide attorneys with legal information resources available online for free and especially the resources available through the State Law Library online and in-person.

Robbi Horvath & Leslie Prather-Forbis are librarians at the Texas Law Library.

This presentation has been approved for 1.0 of MCLE credit by the State Bar of Texas' MCLE Department.

OAG Employees Only

OAG Legal Writing Seminar May 2015
01:00 PM to 04:15 PM
Wednesday, May 20th

This presentation by our returning legal writing expert, Wayne Schiess will include training on the following topics:

  • Lawyers can learn from the great author Herman Melville, but what we can learn is what to avoid. This session presents 8 writing techniques Melville was fond of and recommends that lawyers avoid them: over-use of adverbs, over-use of adjectives, double negative, literary and philosophical references, mythology, Biblical references, research dumping, and sentence length.       
  • The 20 most common sentence-level faults among legal writers. We’ll also take some steps toward mastering the colon, the semicolon, the hyphen, and the dash.
  • A detailed approach to editing any piece of written legal analysis in 5 easy (actually difficult) steps.
  • How to create a really accessible PDF document by applying the principles favored by federal judge David Nuffer.
  • The Question Presented is a key part of a memo and an appellate brief, but does its form, format, length, or approach matter? And what can you do in a trial brief or motion? We’ll consider several approaches from conventional to trendy.
  • This session contains 19 techniques that allow legal writers to create not mere brevity (anything can be short if you just take stuff out) but concision: say the same thing but say it efficiently.
Wayne Schiess is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law. This presentation has been approved for 3.0 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of Texas' MCLE Department.

OAG Employees Only

The Dirty Dozen: Twelve Mistakes in Brief Writing
02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Thursday, May 21st

This presentation will point out common mistakes made by practitioners in briefing to the courts of appeals.  By learning to avoid these mistakes, advocates will be able to prepare more effective appellate briefs.

The Honorable Woodie Jones is the former Chief Justice at the 3rd Court of Appeals.  Chief Justice Jones, now at Alexander DuBose Jefferson Townsend, is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

The presentation has been approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit by the State Bar of Texas' MCLE Department.

OAG Employees Only