Every year, the members of the Calvert Inns of Court will
present CLE presentations. This page documents the 2018-2019
"This Just In: Grand Juries, Investigations, Plea Bargains,
Trials, and Sentencing-Criminal Law in the News."(Oct. 9,
From criminal investigations, to plea
bargains and cooperation, to trial and beyond, this presentation
takes the audience through various stages of the criminal justice
process using samples pulled from the daily headlines. Each segment
of the presentation features media reports from high profile
criminal cases and investigations, including that of Michael Cohen,
Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, and Larry Nassar. In using these
examples, the program highlights different avenues taken by each of
these individuals, the underlying legal and ethical issues
associated with such approach, and how those approaches may have
been handled if they took place in Texas, including discussions of
Texas criminal procedure and ethical obligations.
Team 1 was led by Kevin Terrazas and members included: Patrice
Jane Arnold, Catherine Baron, Norman Cahn, Jose de la Fuente, Sarah
Glaser, Vanessa Gonzalez, Markuz Griffie, Melissa Holman, Tom
Jacob, James Kennedy, David Lawrence, E. G. Morris, Jessica C.
Neufeld, Daniel O'Brien, D. Todd Smith, Monica B. Stallings, Jason
Storck, and Michael Vitris.
"Expectations of Privacy in The Digital Age" (Nov. 13,
an unprecedented amount of information about our lives--and our
clients' lives--exists online. This program addressed the privacy
implications and challenges of this digital age we live in.
Specifically, this program explored the legal origins of the right
to privacy and related developments in statutory law. Additionally,
criminal law considerations for attorneys and defendants,
employment law issues, and important ethical considerations for
lawyers and judges was addressed. The program provides lawyers with
the skills necessary to protect their clients' interests and
protect themselves against invasions of privacy. Privacy,
long-recognized as a fundamental right, proves extremely difficult
to protect in this digital age. For criminal defendants, courts can
now gain access to and search smartphones and other electronic
devices that store details of an individual's life. However, for
searches incident to arrest, a smartphone "is not a pair of pants."
Law enforcement, as well as judges, must take steps to balance
societal interests with individual interests in privacy. Courts
across the nation and the Supreme Court continue to grapple with
this evolving area of the criminal law. Outside the criminal
context, this presentation discussed several protections provided
to employees' private email accounts and social media accounts.
These protections are important for both clients and lawyers as
employees and employers. Lastly, this presentation featured
important ethical considerations for lawyers. The top tips that the
team hoped to impart to the Inn members included: strengthen
passwords, never disclose confidential information, and protect
office systems. In short, the team wanted to help lawyers stay
abreast of the law in this rapidly changing world.
Team 2 included Jeff Hobbs, William Parrish, Mary Crouter,
Christopher Merritt, David Newell, Julian Grant, Franklin Hopkins,
Michael Kabat, Leslie Thorne, Claude DuCloux, Julie Pennington,
Theresa Golde, Stephanie Rojo, Elizabeth Jones, and Julie Koura.
Team 2 was led by Michael Kabat.
Examining Potential Legal Obstacles in the Emerging Market of
Dockless Scooter Mobility (December 11, 2018)
Dockless scooter companies, such as
Bird and Lime, have been sweeping major cities across the nation,
including Austin. This program examines the regulatory and
liability implications, including civil and criminal, these
companies have when they begin providing services in a city.
Team 3 was lead by David Neal Stern and included Rachelle
Nicolette Robles, Kathleen Ford Bay, Kelly Canavan, Braden Civins,
Davis Clark, Christopher Clough, Christopher Elliott, Matt Garcia,
Sandra D. Gonzalez, Ann Elise Greenberg, Kurt Kuhn, Tara Moriarty
Kumpf, Mikayla McIntyre, Paula Pierce, Ashley Presson, Jeannie
Marie Ricketts, Hon. Timothy M. Sulak, and Kevin J. Weber.
"You and #MeToo: The Effects of the Movement on Society and on
Your Legal Practice" (Jan. 8, 2019)
This program explores a topic that has gripped the American public
and that has significant implications for the legal field. After a
brief overview of the #MeToo movement, presenters seamlessly
transition between the effects of #MeToo on criminal law and
evidentiary issues, employment law, defamation actions, and Title
IX policies on college campuses, offering a comprehensive look at
the legal implications of the movement. The presentation also
addresses the real-world implications of sexual harassment, and
what that means for attorneys representing corporations mired in
scandal. The final component of the program addresses ethics and
professional responsibility. The presenters offer staggering
statistics illustrating the impact of sexual harassment in legal
workplaces, and urge legal organizations to take an active role in
preventing and addressing sexual harassment by adopting policies
and procedures outlined in the presentation.
The team was lead by Christine Burgess and included Danielle
Ahlrich, Jay Ellwanger, Craig Enoch, Laura Fauber, Ari Gardner,
Prof. Thomas William George, Robin Harris, Scott Hendler, Hon.
Chari Kelly, Sarah Lacy, Joseph Loiacono, Priscila Mosqueda,
Marshall Sales, Chris Sapstead, and Sherine Thomas
"U.S. Supreme Court Nominations and Confirmations: The
Convergence of the Three Branches"(Feb. 12, 2019)
On February 12, 2019, the members of the
Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court received a timely and interactive
presentation (led by team leader Les Trobman) on the U.S. Supreme
Court nominations process. The presentation covered an overview of
the Supreme Court composition over time as well as a granular look
at how the nominations process has evolved during the high court's
storied history. Team members specifically presented, among other
things, legal criteria for nomination qualifications; timing and
removal considerations for justices; monumental "firsts" in the
history of the Court; ideology of justices over time; and pre- and
post-Bork era issues related to the nomination and confirmation
Team 5 was led by Les Trobman and members included: Kelly Capps,
Gabriel Culver, Steven Garrett, Edward Grauman, Kevin Henrichson,
Bill Henry, Kyle Highful, Michael Marin, Craig Moore, Erik
Moskowitz, Vela Price, John Saba, Jr., Judy Furth, AJ Smullen, Ryan
Turner, and Benton Wheatley.
"Unregulated Weapons and their Effect on Society and Future
Regulation" (March 12, 2019)
program discusses "why" we regulate weapons; "what" weapons we
regulate; "who" can be regulated; and "when" and "how" such
regulations work; but with an emphasis on emerging technology that
blurs the legal lines and/or removes certain weapons from
regulation landscape altogether, including 3D printed guns,
mail-order gun kits, smart weapons, non-powder weapons, exploding
targets, sophisticated air rifles that can take down big game,
swords, knives, and even sling shots.
Team 6 was led by James Kennedy, and included Patrice Jane
Arnold, Jeffrey D. Boyd, Jose de la Fuente, Christopher L. Elliott,
Jay D. Ellwanger, Jim Ewbank, Christine Henry Andresen, Kyle
Highful, Jeffrey J. Hobbs, Lloyd P. Lochridge, Jr., Adam Loewy,
Nikki Maples, Xavier G. Medina, Lisa Newman, Paula Pierce, Alec
Puente, Stephanie S. Rojo, AJ Smullen and the Hon. Timothy M.
"Flying: Your Legal Rights From Check-in to Landing" (April 9,
broad overview of the legal rights and responsibilities of a
commercial airline passenger from check-in to landing, including
TSA security checks, flight cancellations and delays, right to
travel free from discrimination, flying with children and with
pets, flying with a disability, mischief and injuries mid-flight,
international law concerns, and rights and remedies as to lost
The team was led by Cristina Nahidi, and included Jeffrey D.
Boyd, Hon. Karin Crump, Dan Dilizia, Jeffrey Fazio, Brian Golde,
Hon. Raul Arturo Gonzalez, Christine Henry Andresen, Kenton D.
Johnson, Paula Katherine Knippa, Claire McGuinness, Laura M.
Merritt, Jason Ortega, Laura Bellegie Sharp, Ryan Shelton, Andi St.
Leger, Maitreya Tomlinson, Susan S. Vance, and Gary E. Zausmer.