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Jan 03


Texas chapter members stole the show at the October ABOTA National Board meeting in Nashville, TN. We had outstanding representation at the meeting and we’re glad we were there. Here are the reasons:

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2017 Santa Fe CLE Roundup

The 2017 TEX-ABOTA Santa Fe CLE Roundup

Speakers      Sponsors


As of 4/7/17, Thursday night hotel is sold out.  We recommend that you book a room at La Fonda, under the group name TEX-ABOTA, or a hotel of your preference.  Be sure and email Cay Dickson to be put on the wait list for a room at our hotel. 

DO NOT cancel your reservation at the Inn & Spa at Loretto, if you can’t attend;
please contact Cay Dickson first, as we can use your room.

Book your hotel room from the CLE PROGRAM REGISTRATION form or:
Call Inn & Spa at Loretto Reservations -Toll Free at 1-866-582-1646
Group code: 10L4PS or mention the

Group Name, 2017 TEX-ABOTA SF CLE Roundup
One night’s room and tax deposit will be taken when the reservation is made.

If you book from the registration form, please remember to click “Continue” at the bottom of the Lodging page to complete the payment part of registration.


 Click here to register to attend the CLE Program, Events and Activities

The tentative event schedule is:

Thursday evening cocktail party at the hotel  5:30-7:00pm


Friday Morning CLE Attendee Breakfast – 7:00-8:00am

Friday morning CLE program  8:00-12:35pm

Friday afternoon  – A howling good time at Meow Wolf   1:30-3:30pm
This place is just flat out cool. An arts collective and production company that creates immersive, multimedia experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of storytelling. Our work is a combination of jungle gym, haunted house, children’s museum and immersive art exhibit.

Several members visited it last year and said that you can make it whatever kind of experience you like – adventurous, slow-paced, exploratory and/or physical. There are no rules, no one tells you what to do or where to go, or what door to try to open. It’s whatever you want it to be. They loved it! Give it a shot…you came to Santa Fe because it’s vibrant!

Friday evening cocktail party –  at La Terraza, beautiful venue atop the La Fonda Hotel 6:00-7:30pm

Saturday Morning CLE Attendee Breakfast – 7:00-8:00am

Friday Morning Past National & TEX-ABOTA Presidents’ Breakfast – 7:00-8:00am

Saturday morning CLE program  8:00-12noon

Saturday afternoon Cooking at Santa Fe School of Cooking 1:30-3:30pm
Golf at Las Campanas, courtesy of Houston Emeritus Advocate, Julius Glickman 1:30-5:30 Shotgun start

evening cocktail party and Annual Dinner and Annual Awards Presentation (6:30-7:30 cocktails, 7:30-10:00pm Dinner & Program)

Sunday morning TEX-ABOTA Board Meeting (all ABOTA members are invited) 8:00-10:00am MCT


Saturday Night Dinner:Freese Goss 30618_FG_Logo_VectorFreese & Goss, Dallas

Saturday Night Cocktail Reception:


Crain Lewis Brogdon

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Stanton LLP

Friday Night Cocktail Reception Sponsor :

TXMLC-Spaced Out-01-01 323 SMTexas Medical Legal Consultants


CLE Program Sponsors:



A&M_Corporate_PMS7463Alvarez & Marsal

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HDBD Logo (2017F)


The Rose/Cates Group (Dallas)

Welcome Reception Sponsors:

 ✪ Spivey & Grigg  ✪  Kim Law Firm
✪ Ware Jackson Lee O’Neill Smith & Barrow, LLP ✪
✪ Ben C. Martin ✪ Capshaw & Associates ✪ Henke, Williams & Boll, LLP
✪ Holmes, Diggs, Eames & Sadler, PLL C ✪ Roach & Newton
✪ Scott Douglass & McConnico, LLP’s ✪ Richardson & Burgess LLP
✪ Winckler Harvey ✪ Howry Breen & Herman
✪Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, & Higginbotham, PLLC ✪

as of 5/30/17

FIRST SPEAKER FRIDAY MORNING– Because of security concerns, we are unable to publicize or reveal the name of our first speaker on Friday morning. Seriously.

IMPORTANT: Members of the audience will not be allowed to bring cameras, iPads, or cell phones into the meeting room during the presentation. Unfortunately, security concerns prohibit us from broadcasting the presentation to the overflow room. We apologize for any inconvenience these security measures may cause, but assure you they are necessary. After attending this presentation, you will understand and appreciate why these precautions were taken. Procedures that need to be in place for this speaker will be forthcoming.


Charles "Chip" Babcock

Charles “Chip” Babcock

Charles “Chip” Babcock – Houston

Chip litigates and handles appeals across the United States. He has tried over 100 cases to a jury and argued over 50 appeals. Chip was chosen one of the 25 Greatest Lawyers of the Last 25 Years by Texas Lawyer. With particular expertise in media and First Amendment litigation he has represented Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil McGraw, and George W. Bush. He will discuss his representation of Oprah when she was sued by Texas cattlemen for creating a “lynch mob mentality” in producing a “scary” story about the safety of beef.


Karl Bayer

Karl Bayer

Karl Bayer – Austin

After a successful career as a trail lawyer, Karl has specialized in mediation and arbitration. Prior to going to law school, he graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in electrical engineering and earned a Masters in biomedical engineering from MIT. Utilizing his engineering and legal background, Karl often serves as a Special Master in federal and state courts. Karl will fill us in on the impact of big data, the internet, mobile computing, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence on the civil justice system and the jury trial.


Lisa Blue

Lisa Blue

Lisa Blue – Dallas

Lisa Blue is not only an extraordinary trial lawyer, she is also a licensed psychologist. She is a past president of TEX-ABOTA, past president of AAJ, and was previously chosen TEX-ABOTA “Trial Lawyer of the Year.” Dr. Blue has published numerous books and has lectured extensively on voir dire and trial strategy. Lisa will combine her “two careers” to help us have a more meaningful law practice with her topic – The Power of Mindfulness in the Practice of Law.


David Chamberlain

David Chamberlain

David Chamberlain – Austin & 

jay harveyJay Harvey – Austin

They will report on what is left of the Civil Justice System in Texas after the legislative session. They have informed us their presentation may be about how to practice real estate law or wills and estates.




Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen – Montgomery, Alabama

Richard is the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He joined as a legal director in 1986 and has spent over 30 years fighting hate and injustice.. Under his guidance, the SPLC won a series of landmark lawsuits against some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist organizations. He also successfully litigated a wide variety of important civil rights actions – defending the rights of prisoners to be treated humanely, working for equal educational opportunities for all children, and bringing down the Confederate battle flag from the Alabama State Capitol. In 1999, he obtained a record $37.8 million judgment against a Klan group for its role in the burning of a South Carolina church.


Dick DeGuerin

Dick DeGuerin

Dick DeGuerin

Dick has made his reputation handling tough cases. One of his most sensational cases was the successful defense of Robert Durst who killed his neighbor, dismembered the body and threw the remains in Galveston Bay. Dick convinced the jury to find Durst not guilty. Dick has defended many famous and infamous clients including former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson and former House Majority Leader Tom Delay. Dick will talk to us about his representation of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians.


Chad Dunn

Chad Dunn

Chad Dunn – Houston

Chad has made a name for himself as an outstanding trial and appellate lawyer. As General Counsel to the Texas Democratic Party, he has handled numerous trial and appellate matters related to voting rights, redistricting, and civil rights. He was named one of the Top Ten Lawyers Under the Age of 40 by Texas Lawyer magazine. His presentation will involve his representation of several young women who have sued Baylor University based on accusations of sexual assault.


Rick Harrison

Rick Harrison

Rick Harrison – Austin

Rick has more than 40 years of experience in representing clients in complex commercial litigation at trial and on appeal in a broad range of areas, including business litigation, technology, intellectual property, employment and product liability. Prior to entering private practice, Rick served as a Special Assistant Attorney General of Texas and was responsible for discovery, trial preparation and the three-month jury trial concerning the Howard Hughes Estate and the determination of Howard Hughes’ legal domicile at death. Rick will share with us some of his “star-studded” adventures in the Howard Hughes case.


Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – Washington, DC

In 1864, Justice Holmes attended Harvard Law School, and later taught there as a professor. In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Holmes to the U.S. Supreme Court. Holmes retired in 1931, at the age of 91. During his time on the court, he earned the nickname “the Great Dissenter” for how often he opposed his fellow justices in their opinions. Holmes is remembered as one of the court’s most eloquent speakers.




Rick Jones

Rick Jones – New York City

Rick Jones is the Executive Director and a founding member of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem.  NDS is known internationally for its innovative, community-based, holistic public defense practice and has been named the #1 Public Defender Office in America.  Rick is a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School and on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, GA. He currently serves as President-Elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense.


MIkal Watts

MIkal Watts

Mikal Watts – San Antonio

Mikal Watts joined forces with Francisco Guerra IV to form Watts Guerra LLP which handles catastrophic personal injury, toxic torts, product liability, commercial litigation, and mass torts. In 2013, Watts was charged with fabricating more than 40,000 BP oil spill victims and indicted in federal court in Mississippi. After defending himself In a 5 week trial, Watts was found not guilty on all counts. He now seeks to reform a criminal justice system that has failed those it was implemented to protect.


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