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Human Resources Division, Staff Development Section
Continuing Legal Education
2013-12-01 to 2013-12-31

Training Calendar

Reasonable Yet Frivolous: The Brain and Disciplinary Rule 3.01 Meritorious Claims and Contentions
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Thursday, December 5th

Ever wonder why even reasonable lawyers engage in frivolity at times? Join speaker Kevin Leahy as he explores how the design of the brain can quickly convince the unsuspecting conscious mind of the reasonableness of its intended action despite the shaky merits of a proposed claim or contention.  Disciplinary Rule 3.01 incorporates in the same sentence the notion of reasonable belief together with an admonition against frivolous conduct.  Neuroscience teaches, however, that the brain will rarely if ever inspect the possibility of frivolous actions at the same time it deems its approach reasonable.  The seminar concludes with a strategy you can use to double check your fast-acting brain and ensure that you abide by the disciplinary rules and maintain your ethics.

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

OAG Employees Only

Getting Ahead of the Spoliation Curve: PDF Challenges and Reinvents Existing E-Discovery Paradigms
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Wednesday, December 11th

Think you know everything about PDF because you've learned all the features in Acrobat Pro? Think you know everything about metadata and data-preservation standards because you're familiar with last-gen file formats such as Outlook .pst? This lively presentation -- like the PDF format itself -- promises to explore and challenge conventional e-discovery paradigms.  PDF blurs the distinctions between "metadata" and "data" and exposes latent inconsistencies in multiple emerging definitions of "spoliation." PDF is simultaneously one of the most vulnerable (all PDFs, even those containing scanned images, are encoded with plaintext characters and may be edited/modified with a simple text editor like Windows Wordpad) and most secure file formats (if cutting-edge security features such as digital signatures are used). Learn how savvy lawyers (and their clients) can leverage these features to get ahead of the spoliation curve.

Richard Salisbury is an AAG in the Civil Medicaid Fraud Division

This course has been approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit, including .50 ethics hour, by the State Bar of Texas’ MCLE Department.

OAG Employees Only

Contracts 101
02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Wednesday, December 18th

This class is designed to present an overview of the laws governing state procurement, contract management, contracting oversight, and inter-governmental agreements.  

Wes Ogilvie is an Assistant Attorney General in the General Counsel Division.

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

OAG Employees Only