In the 2019-2020 year, the Calvert Inn of Court teams have presented the following presentations:

"A Thanksgiving Legislative Update: Legal Questions You'll Have to Answer Over Turkey"

Team 2 Photo The Robert W. Calvert Inn held its second CLE-approved meeting this Inn year on November 12, 2019 at the Headliner's Club in Austin. The program was A Thanksgiving Legislative Update: Legal Questions You'll Have to Answer Over Turkey, which brought a little levity to a legislative update from the Texas 2019 Legislative Session by presenting on recent changes to the law that the lawyer in the family might need to know for holiday gatherings. The presentation covered a variety of changes to the law across an array of legal practice areas, including criminal law, employment law, property owners association law, the Public Information Act, the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute, and law affecting litigation. The presentation also covered broader legal topics like laws affecting the judiciary, and changes to the Texas Driver Responsibility Program. To close out the program, Team 2 took a look at several pieces of legislation that were proposed in 2019, but did not make into law. These included substantive and controversial issues from censorship to abortion, and some lighter matters, like scooter regulation and "rolling coal." Special thanks to Austin Legal Video for the excellent videography services.

"Hemp, Hemp, Hooray?"

Team 3 Photo On December 3, 2019, the members of the Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court received a timely presentation (led by team leader Danielle Ahlrich) on recent hemp and marijuana legislation in Texas and across the U.S. The presentation covered an overview of the recent Texas hemp legalization bill and related legislation as well as a granular look at how marijuana laws impact criminal, employment, and family law and the healthcare industry. Team members specifically presented, among other things, legislative action (and non-action) in Texas; agricultural considerations and the lack of regulation; legal implications of medical and recreational marijuana use; and healthcare benefits of CBD products.

"A Town Hall on Homelessness"

Team 4 Photo The Robert. W. Calvert Inn of Court located in Austin, Texas, met on January 14, 2020, where Calvert Inn Team 4 gave an interactive presentation on the issue of homelessness. The presentation was focused on a fictional American city called Pleasantville that is struggling with how to properly address issues surrounding homelessness in that City. The presentation took place as a town hall meeting led by the City's mayor, during which time several individuals made presentations to the mayor concerning various homlessness-related topics, including issues including how special populations are affected by homelessness, constitutional issues, mental health issues and community efforts to address homelessness. The presenters also addressed how various American cities deal with homelessness, including a deep look at the City of Austin, Texas homeless ordinance and its recent changes. The presentation was interactive, educational and fun.