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Bench Bar Beyond: The Future is Now

D. Todd Smith
The Austin Bar Association is accepting registrations for Bench Bar Beyond, its annual conference with the local judiciary. As the name and artwork suggest, the theme this year is futuristic; attendees are invited to explore topics and current trends in the legal profession that will impact our future as lawyers. I’m slated to moderate two … Continue Reading

An Appellate Lawyer Walks Into a Bar…

D. Todd Smith
No, the headline isn’t a lead-in for an appellate lawyer joke. In all seriousness, I’m announcing my nomination to run for treasurer of the Austin Bar Association. This race will be contested, as one other candidate was also nominated to appear on the ballot. Election as treasurer would put me on a path to becoming Austin … Continue Reading

Upcoming CLE Presentation on IP Appeals

D. Todd Smith
At its March 21, 2013 luncheon meeting, the Austin Bar Civil Appellate Law Section is sponsoring a CLE panel entitled “Fundamentals of Patent Litigation and Appeals.” The panel will consist of moderator Bill Schuurman, Alan Albright, Amber Rovner, and Sheila Kadura. The event will take place at Green Pastures, 811 West Live Oak Street. Registration begins … Continue Reading

Video of SCOTX CLE Event Now Online

D. Todd Smith
Thanks to the efforts of Texas Supreme Court Clerk and Austin Bar Civil Appellate Law Section Council member Blake Hawthorne, video of the recent “Evening with the Texas Supreme Court” event is now available for viewing through the Court’s webcast page. I was honored to moderate this discussion as chair of the ABA Section and … Continue Reading

Austin Appellate Section to Host Chief Justices on January 19

D. Todd Smith
The Austin Bar Association’s Civil Appellate Law Section will kick off the new year with a special program featuring chief justices from several of the fourteen intermediate state courts of appeals.  The luncheon meeting, which will take place at noon on January 19, 2012 at Green Pastures, will include the following lineup:   Moderator: Chief … Continue Reading

Smith Elected Chair of Austin Bar Appellate Section

D. Todd Smith
D. Todd Smith (pictured), founder of the Smith Law Group, P.C., has been elected Chair of the Austin Bar Association Civil Appellate Law Section for 2011-12.  Smith is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and focuses his practice on civil appeals and mandamus proceedings in Texas and federal … Continue Reading

SCOTUS Clerk Speaks to Austin Appellate Bar

D. Todd Smith
Yesterday, I had the privilege of getting sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court bar by the Court’s clerk, General William K. Suter (pictured).  The Austin Bar Civil Appellate Section arranged the ceremony for local lawyers who wanted to be admitted and who completed the application process.  It was a unique opportunity I couldn’t pass … Continue Reading

Justice Henson to Address Austin Bar Section

D. Todd Smith
Justice Diane Henson will be speaking to the Austin Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Section at noon tomorrow, September 25, in the ABA seminar room.  The topic will be "Practice Pointers From the Third Court of Appeals."  Attendees will receive 30 minutes of CLE credit. The event is free for Section members, and others may attend for a nominal … Continue Reading

Craig Ball to Speak on E-Discovery

D. Todd Smith
Though somewhat afield from this blog’s primary focus, the topics of electronic discovery and computer forensics should concern anyone practicing law in this day and age.  I am therefore pleased to announce that nationally recognized expert Craig Ball—a board-certified trial lawyer in his own right—will speak to the Austin Bar Association’s Solo & Small Firm Section at noon on Thursday, May … Continue Reading
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