Screenshot 2017-03-28 14.00.53The 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 breakout sessions on appellate law. One will be a “dos and don’ts” discussion with Third Court of Appeals Justices David Puryear, Melissa Goodwin, and Cindy Bourland. The other is entitled Appellate Practice and Appellate Judging in the 21st Century and will feature Third Court Chief Justice Jeff Rose, Justice Scott Field, and Blake Hawthorne, Clerk of the Texas Supreme Court.

This year’s program, which is being cosponsored by the AYLA Foundation, will take place on May 12, 2017 at the Austin Country Club, site of the recently concluded WGC–Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament. More than thirty judges across the local court systems have committed to attend. The full program and registration information are available here.