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      May 3, 2019

      Friday   9:00 AM

      4408 Long Champ Drive
      Austin, Texas 78746

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      2019 Bench Bar Conference

      The Austin Bar Association and AYLA Foundation’s annual Bench Bar Conference provides local attorneys and judges the opportunity to interact outside the courtroom in a casual, discussion-oriented environment. Obtain 7.25 hours of continuing legal education while building congeniality between the bench and the bar. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click 'Tickets' to select a sponsorship level! If you'd like to pay for your sponsorship by check, send it to Debbie Kelly at the Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress Ave., Suite 700, Austin, TX 78701. SPONSOR LEVELS: Underwriter – $1000Sponsor – $750Contributor –  $500 Please contact for more information. PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE. Requests must be received before April 22, 2019. The committee is interested in awarding scholarships to newly licensed lawyers, solo practitioners, and government/agency lawyers who might not otherwise be able to attend.  Email Debbie Kelly at for application.IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to limited space, only judges, lawyers, and speakers may register. Early registration is encouraged. No cancellations or refunds will be granted after Monday, April 22.REGISTRATION FEES INCLUDE the seminar, course materials, continental breakfast, lunch and happy hour.CLE CREDIT: 7.25 hours of CLE State Bar College and Board of Legal Specialization credit in all areas.AN INCOME TAX DEDUCTION may be allowed for expenses of education directly related to maintaining and improving professional skills required for employment.ATTIRE: Casual. Room temperature may vary. Please consider dressing in layers. 2019 BENCH BAR CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: 8 – 9 a.m.  REGISTRATION / VENDOR FAIR 9 – 9:15 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions by Austin Bar President Adam Schramek & AYLA President Jorge Padilla. 9:15 – 10 a.m. – Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Practicing in Travis County: The rules and unwritten etiquette on how to navigate the system successfully.Panel: Warren Vavra, Judge Lora Livingston, Judge Todd Wong; Moderator: Sinead O’Carroll 10 – 10:30 a.m. – Judicial B-I-N-G-O: Chat with judges, fill out a bingo card, and enter to win prices.Coordinators: Megan Johnson and James Parker 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice Local: Understanding Travis County’s local rules, standing orders, uncontested docket, and new submission docket–and suggestions for improvement.Panel: Judge Scott Jenkins, Judge Darlene Byrne, Judge Amy Clark Meachum, Judge Jan Soifer; Moderator: David King 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Ask the Staff Attorneys: A discussion with staff attorneys from the Travis County District Courts, U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Texas and the Third Court of Appeals.Panel: Jenny Brannen, Kathryn Baffes, Megan Johnson, and Brent McCabe; Moderator: Andrew Williams 12 – 12:30 p.m. – VENDOR FAIR 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Law and Order / Lunch: Judge Julie Kocurek will discuss details of the crime, investigation, and trial; passage of the Judge Julie Kocurek Judicial and Courthouse Security Act of 2017; and the future of Judicial Safety.Speakers: Judge Julie Kocurek; Moderator: Amy Meredith 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – A Peek Behind the Curtain: Judges share their perspectives on discovery disputes, civility amongst members of the bar, and conversations with jurors, court staff, and other judges.Panel: Judge Robert Pitman, Judge Cliff Brown, Judge Tim Sulak, and Judge Karin Crump; Moderator: Scott Brutocao 2:30 – 3 p.m. – Judicial B-I-N-G-O: Second chance to chat with judges, fill out a bingo card, and enter to win prizes.Coordinators: Kimberly Gdula and Rob Frazer 3 – 4 p.m. – May It Please the Court: Oral and written advocacy tips from the bench.Panel: Chief Justice Jeff Rose, Judge Mark Lane, Judge Tamara Needles, Judge Dustin Howell; Moderator: Stefanie Scott Shah 4 – 5:15 p.m. – Happy Hour and Update on the New Travis County Courthouse : Enjoy an open bar during an interactive discussion on how the design and construction of the new civil and family courthouse will change practice in Travis County.Panel: Judge Lora Livingston, Judge Eric Shepperd, Judge Andy Hathcock; Moderator: Jessica Mangrum

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