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    • 26 Apr 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Austin Bar Association 816 Congress Ave Ste 700 Austin Texas 78701


    Annual HALF DAY CLE Seminar

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    3.0 CLE credit (2.25 ethics credit), Lunch, and Networking

    Cost:  $100 for Members, $125 for Non-members, includes lunch and parking

    RSVP by April 20, 2018

    Thank you to BB&T for sponsoring this event! You can learn more about the awesome services BB&T offers here. BB&T reps will be at our CLE to answer questions. 


    Law Unbound: Offering Limited Scope Services to Clients

    Speaker:  Paul Pierce, Attorney P. Pierce Law, P.C.

    0.75 hrs, 0.75 hrs ethics

    Hear from a seasoned limited-scope practitioner on how attorneys can gain new clients, work on certain aspects of cases in different practice areas, the benefits of such representation, available resources, ethics  and the practicalities of setting up a limited scope practice.

    What I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me Before I Started My Own Law Practice:
    Starting or Improving Your Solo/Small Law Practice

    Speaker:  Dirk Jordan, Attorney & Adjunct Professor-UT Law School

    0.75 hrs, 0.75 hrs ethics

    Learn from an experienced attorney many key lessons and skills involved in building and improving your law practice. The course topics include setting up or improving their practice, developing and managing client relationships, working with legal staff, successful billing practices, managing documents and communications, legal writing mechanics, and ethically building a better and stronger law practice.

    Federal Tax Considerations, Choice of Entity Decisions, and Impacts of Tax Reform for Small Firms/Solos

    Speaker:  Rachael Rubenstein, Strasburger Price

    0.75 hrs, no ethics

    This presentation will educate attorneys about various tax considerations, including choice of entity decisions, and key provisions of the 2017 Tax Act that impact small firm/solo practitioners.

    Avoiding Legal Malpractice

    Speaker:  Jett Hanna, Senior Vice President of Loss Prevention, Texas Lawyers' Insurance Exchange

    0.75 hrs, 0.75 hrs ethics

    Hear from TLIE's Senior Vice President about the latest developments in legal malpractice issues and how lawyers and law firms can identify and avoid potential issues.


    Paula Pierce is a Texas attorney, licensed in 1986. She grew up in Snyder, Texas near Lubbock. She is an honors graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio. Paula worked at Texas Legal Services Center, a statewide non-profit legal aid organization, where she managed programs that served senior citizens, veterans, and crime victims throughout Texas. She was on the forefront of national legal efforts to assist identity theft victims. In 2014, Paula moved to private practice to focus her efforts on helping Central Texas’ consumers, identity theft victims, and small businesses. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Austin Bar Association, and Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court. She currently serves on the State Bar of Texas Consumer Law Council and as Chair of the ABA’s GP Solo Section’s Consumer Protection Committee.

    Dirk Jordan has been a practicing attorney for more than twenty years, and is an Adjunct Professor for the University of Texas School of Law since 2009. He has served on the Area 9 Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas and serves on the State Bar of Texas Law Practice Management Committee and the Board of Directors for the Austin Bar Association Litigation Section. Dirk is also on the Board of the American Inns of Court, a Founding Member of the Austin Bar Foundation, and the Robert A. Calvert Inn of Court. He has given many presentations on Stating and Managing Your Own Law Firm, Technology for Lawyers, the Paperless Office, iPad for Litigators, and many more.

    Rachael Rubenstein is a Texas attorney who assists clients with resolving federal tax controversies, tax planning, and employee benefit matters. Rachael has extensive experience representing taxpayers before IRS Appeals and IRS Collections. She has also been the lead counsel in over twenty cases before the United States Tax Court. Rachel is a member of the American Bar Association Tax Section, the State Bar of Texas Tax Section, Tax Court Pro Bono Program and the Pro Bono College, She is also a member of the San Antonio Bar Association and San Antonio Young Lawyers Association. She has given many presentations on Federal Tax Issues, Understanding Small Business Taxes, and Tax Advice for Sole Proprietors, and published many articles such as Disclosing Foreign Assets and Resolving Identity Theft in Tax Administration.

    Jett Hanna is the Senior Vice President of Loss Prevention at Texas Lawyers' Insurance Exchange. Included among Jett’s many duties over the years at TLIE are supervising lawyers’ and judges’ professional liability claims, underwriting, loss prevention and computer operations. Jett received his B.B.A., summa cum laude, in Management Science and Computers from Southern Methodist University in 1980, and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1983. Jett is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is a Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU). He lectures and writes on legal malpractice and insurance topics.

    • 24 May 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Austin Bar Association 816 Congress Ave Ste 700, Austin Tx 78701

    Annual Meeting

    We will be voting on new board members at this meeting.
     Current Members  Nominees
     Chair - Dvorah Ben-Moshe  Chair-Elect - Jennifer Reck

    Chair-elect: Jennifer Reck

    What Every Lawyer Should Know About Collections: a Roadmap

    Description: practical tips that they can easily incorporate into their practice to ethically apply legal pressure to collect a debt before, during and after suit along with post-judgment options.

    Cost: Free to members, $10 for nonmembers

    Credit: 0.75 hours0.75 Ethics

    Parking: $3 in the garage, see Marissa at Austin Bar for the ticket

    Speaker Bio: Charles A. Ruesink, Attorney at Law

    Charles' practice focuses on businesses and individuals collect debts, accounts receivables, and judgments owed to them. He also enjoys helping individuals prepare estate planning documents and working with families to probate wills when a loved one dies.

    Charles graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1986 and has been practicing law in Austin since. Prior to then, Charles received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University in 1983.

    Charles is a member of the Texas Bar Association, the Austin Bar Association, the Solo/Small Firm Section of the Austin Bar Association, and the Texas Aggie Bar Association.

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