Join us for our Sixteenth Annual Symposium, January 27, 2017.

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The Sixteenth Annual Symposium on Legal Malpractice & Ethics
will be held Friday, January 27, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Plaza Club in the Frost Bank Building
100 W. Houston, Suite 2100
San Antonio, Texas 78205

6 CLE hours
Regular registration: $160
Government employees: $65

Online registration (through Jan. 23):

16th Annual Symposium Final Agenda


Responding to Judicial and Lawyer Misconduct: Analyzing a Survey of State and Trial Court Judges

Peter M. Koelling is Director and Chief Counsel of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division. He is a graduate of Trinity University and St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. He holds a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University in Political Science. He was a law clerk for Justice Ted Z. Robertson on the Texas Supreme Court. He served as the Bexar County Civil District Court Administrator in San Antonio, Texas and the Chief Administrative Officer of the King County District Courts, in Seattle Washington. He has taught at the University of Denver Sturm School of Law and Colorado State University. He is editor and author of The Improvement of the Administration of Justice, 8th Ed.



Am I a “Licensed Liar”? An Exploration into the Ethic of Honesty in Lawyering . . . and a Reply of “No!” to the Stranger in the La Fiesta Lounge

Josiah M. Daniel is a partner at Vinson and Elkins. He works out of the Dallas office and has specific experience of more than 38 years of practice including chapter 11 debtor representation; chapter 11 plan negotiation and confirmation restructuring agreements; loan and lease workouts; Section 363 asset purchases and sales; fraudulent transfer and preference claims; resolution of disputed claims of all types, including mass tort claims; post-petition financing arrangements; real estate leases, equipment leases, and executory contracts; pre-bankruptcy planning; and bankruptcy settlements. Mr. Daniel received his law degree from UT Austin and is admitted to practice in Texas; the United States Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits; and U.S. district courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas.


The Impact of Technological Developments on the Rules of Attorney-Client Privilege, Confidentiality and Social Media

Pamela A. Bresnahan is a partner in Vorys’ Washington, D.C. office and is the Chair of the litigation practice group in that office. She serves as trial and appellate counsel in business and commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis on professional liability defense and coverage litigation. Ms. Bresnahan is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Ms. Bresnahan was named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America and one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America by The National Law Journal. She is named in Best Lawyers in America in three categories: Commercial Litigation, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, and Legal Malpractice Law. She is admitted in Maryland, the District of Columbia, New York, California, and Illinois.


The Impact of Technological Developments on the Rules of Attorney-Client Privilege, Confidentiality and Social Media

Lucian T. Pera joined Adams and Reese in 2006 and focuses his practice on commercial litigation, media law, and legal ethics work. Lucian is a past Treasurer of the American Bar Association and a future President of the Tennessee Bar Association. Lucian’s extensive bar association work in the field of legal ethics and professional responsibility has resulted in local Tennessee and national practice and leadership. He represents and advises attorneys, law firms, their clients, and businesses who deal with lawyers about all aspects of the law.


Reforming Recusal Rules: Reassessing the Presumption of Judicial Impartiality in Light of the Realities of Judging or Changing the Substance of Disqualification Standards to Eliminate Cognitive Errors

Melinda Marbes, after graduating from Emory University School of Law, practiced law for more than 15 years, first as an associate and then as a partner, in top Atlanta law firms. As an attorney, Ms. Marbes regularly handled conflicts of interests and helped develop firm-wide policies for resolving other ethical dilemmas. Ms. Marbes later joined the faculty of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School where she taught legal ethics and researched the impact of cultural identity on ethical rules and professionalism standards. She also has been a visiting professor at FAMU College of Law and Barry University School of Law. Ms. Marbes currently is conducting scholarly research on how developments in social science —especially cognitive psychology—can better inform the ethical choices that judges, lawyers, and other actors make within our legal system.


Professional Responsibility of the Criminal Defense Lawyer Redux: The New Three Hardest Questions

Todd A. Berger joined the Syracuse University College of Law faculty in 2012. He is currently an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic. Prior to joining Syracuse, he was the founding Managing Attorney of the Federal Prisoner Reentry Project at Rutgers School of Law-Camden. Previously, he worked as an assistant public defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, representing indigent defendants throughout all stages of the criminal justice system. Professor Berger was also a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law where he taught the Criminal Defense Clinic. Professor Berger earned a bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University and Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law. He also earned an L.L.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University.



Alternative Business Structures: Good for the Public, Good for the Lawyers

Jayne Reardon is the Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. She is a former trial attorney and disciplinary counsel. Jayne develops and oversees state-wide and national programs and initiatives to increase the professionalism of attorneys and judges, create inclusiveness in the profession, and promote increased service to the public. She is a frequent speaker on professionalism topics to law students, professional associations, and corporate and government organizations. Jayne frequently writes and speaks about the changing practice of law and the role that inclusiveness and innovation will play in ensuring that the profession remains relevant and impactful in the future.


Social Media and Ethics—Proceed with Extreme Caution

Judge M. Sue Kurita is the presiding judge of El Paso County Court at Law Number Six since its creation in 1998. In 2010, the Texas Supreme Court appointed Judge Kurita to the State Commission for Judicial Conduct, where she served as Vice-Chair from 2013-2015. In 2014, the Texas Supreme Court appointed Judge Kurita to the Grievance Oversight Committee. Judge Kurita is an adjunct professor for the University of Texas at El Paso. Judge Kurita is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (BA); Webster University; and Texas Tech University School of Law. Judge Kurita is one of the 100 women featured in JoAnne Gordon’s recently published book 100 Happy Women at Work.


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