2023 UT System Legal Conference Agenda

UT System 23rd Annual Legal Conference

MCLE Credit:
NOTE: CLE Credits are still pending approval by MCLE committee of the State Bar of Texas.

Note: The approved MCLE Course No. will be emailed to all attendees, following the conference.
The CLE hours for this conference are SELF-REPORTED to the State Bar.

All times shown are Central Daylight Saving Time.

Thursday, September 21, 2023
 8:00 - 8:45 am 

 8:50 - 9:00 am 

Breakfast (2nd Floor)

 9:00 -10:00 am 
(1.0 CLE credit)







Session 2 - Texas Public University Systems General Counsel Panel (Room 2.206)

Moderator: Omar A. Syed, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Rice University


10:00 - 10:45 am 
(0.75 CLE credit)
Session 3 - 88th Session Wrap Up and Looking Ahead to the 89th (Room 2.206)
10:45 - 11:00am

11:00 - 11:45am 
(.75 CLE credit

11:45am -1:00 pm


Session 4 - Multistate Remote Work: Managing Risk in the New Reality(Room 2.206)
Darren Gibson, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C., Austin, TX
Melinda J. Wetzel, Associate, Littler Mendelson P.C., Austin, TX

Lunch (2nd Floor)

 1:00 - 1:45 pm 
(.75 CLE credit)



 1:45 - 2:45 pm
(1.0 CLE ethics credit)

Session 5 - ZOOM HYBRID: Global warming and infectious diseases: Are we ready? Focus on Fungi(Room 2.206)

Allyson H. Kinzel, Senior Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Chief Regulatory Officer, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Daniel E. Gospin, Vice President, Legal Services, Chief Legal Officer, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dr. Dimitrios P. Kontoyiannis, M.D., Sc.D, Ph.D., Leader, Center for Excellence in Mycology, Deputy Division Head of Research, Internal Medicine, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Session 6 - An Uncertain Privilege: How SCOTEX Has Helped and Why In-House Counsel Should Still Be Wary        (Room 2.206)

Lanora Pettit, Principal Deputy Solicitor General, Texas Attorney General’s Office
Kimberly Gdula, Deputy Chief, General Litigation Division, Texas Attorney General’s Office
Benjamin Walton, Special Counsel, General Litigation Division, Texas Attorney General’s Office

 2:45 - 3:00 pm 

 3:00 - 3:45 pm 
(0.75 CLE credit)

3:45 - 4:15 pm 
(.50 CLE credit)




4:15 - 5:00 pm 
(.75 CLE credit)




















Session 7 - ZOOM: The Changing Landscape of Federal Practice (Room 2.206)

Session 8 - Jeopardy! OGC Conference Edition (Title IX, Texas Public Information Act, Accommodations, and More)(Room 2.206)

Host: Lee Roy Calderon, Assistant General Counsel, OGC General Law, UT System


Session 9 - Artificial Intelligence: What It Is, Where It’s Going, and Legal Implications for Higher Ed (Room 2.206)
Sheila Kadura, Associate General Counsel, OGC Business Law, UT System
Marc Vockell, Associate General Counsel, OGC Business Law, UT System
Bruce Porter, Chief Science Officer, SparkCognition

Happy Hour & Dinner at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 
320 East 2nd Street, Austin TX 78701

Walking Directions:

  • Turn right on Colorado at W. 7th and Colorado.
  • Continue to W. 3rd St. 
  • Take a left at W. 3rd to Congress.
  • Turn right at Congress, continue to 2nd St.
  • At 2nd St., go left across Congress.
  • Continue three (3) blocks, restaurant is on the left after San Jacinto Blvd.

Driving Directions:

  • Exit UTSB, turning right onto Lavaca.
  • Turn right at W. 9th. 
  • Continue until you reach San Jacinto Blvd.
  • Turn right at San Jacinto Blvd.
  • Continue until you reach E. 3rd St.  
  • Turn right at E. 3rd St., restaurant is on your right.

Parking Directions:

  • This location does not offer valet parking.
  • Parking is at the Convention Center Center City Parking Garage, located less than a block away, between San Jacinto and Brazos.
  • There is also some street parking available on a first come, first serve basis (+/- $12).

Have a wonderful evening.

Friday, September 22, 2023
 8:30 -  8:55 am 
Breakfast (2nd Floor)
 9:00 -9:30 am 
(.50 CLE credit)
Session 10 - Getting Back to Trial: The Modern Juror(Room 2.206)

 9:30 -10:00 am 
(.50 CLE credit)


10:00  - 10:15am


10:15 -11:00am
(either session =
.75 CLE credit)



11:00 -11:45am
(.75 CLE credit)


 1:00 - 2:00 pm
(1.0 CLE credit)


 2:00 - 2:45 pm
(.75 CLE credit)

2:45 - 3:00pm
 3:00 - 4:00pm
(1.0 CLE credit)
Session 11 - #GetYourOrangeOn - Rallying the Valley for UTRGV Football (Room 2.206) 

Travis Bush, Head Football Coach, UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros


Session 12.a. - NIL Update(Room 2.206)
Lisa Bennett, Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs, UT Austin
Blake Barlow, Associate Athletics Director, Risk Management and Compliance Services, UT Austin


Session 12.b. - Know It When You See It: Professionalism in Academic Dismissals(Room 12.106)
Hailey Mullican, Vice President for Legal Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Meredith Mills, Managing Legal Officer, UT Health Science Center Houston

Session 13 - The Free Speech Implications of the Trump Indictments (Room 2.206)
Charles L. Babcock, Partner, Jackson Walker, L.L.P., Houston & Dallas, TX

Lunch (2nd Floor)

Session 14 - Nondiscrimination in Admissions - Legal, Compliance and Governance Frameworks to Advise Campus Clients (Room 2.206)
Charles Marshall, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Maya Kobersy, Associate General Counsel, University of Michigan

Session 15 - Texas Supreme Court Update(Room 2.206)
Dave Campbell, Shareholder, O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo, Austin, TX; Adjunct Professor, UT School of Law
Kristi Godden, Partner, O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo, Austin, TX


Session 16 - The Shadow Docket: What’s Really Wrong With (and How To Fix) the U.S. Supreme Court (Room 2.206)
Stephen I. Vladek, Professor, Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts, UT School of Law


Thank you for attending! Safe travels!