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Friday, May 1 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

2020 Bench Bar Conference and Annual Meeting – POSTPONED


**The 2020 Bench Bar Conference has been postponed. Date TBD**

The Austin Bar Association and AYLA Foundation’s annual Bench Bar Conference provides local attorneys and judges the opportunity to interact outside the courtroom in a casual, discussion-oriented environment. Obtain continuing legal education while building congeniality between the bench and the bar.

7 hours partic. CLE
1.5 hours Ethics

Cost for Austin Bar members: $300
Cost for Non-members: $400

CLICK HERE to view and download a list of participating judges.

Sponsor Levels:

Underwriter: $1000
Sponsor: $750
Contributor: $500

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click ‘Tickets’ to select a sponsorship level! If you’d like to pay for your sponsorship by check, send it to Debbie Kelly at the Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress Ave., Suite 700, Austin, TX 78701.

Contact Debbie Kelly for more information about sponsorships.


CLICK HERE to download a printable schedule.

8 – 9 a.m.: Registration/Vendor Fair

9 – 9:15 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.: Update on Travis County Standing Orders and Local Rules1 hour partic. CLE (Main Room)
Judge Jan Soifer, 345th District Court (moderator)
Judge Dustin Howell, 200th District Court; Judge Catherine A. Mauzy, 419th District Court; Judge Julio de la Llata, Associate Court Judge; Sam Denton, staff attorney,459th Civil District Court

10:15 – 11 a.m.: Ethics and Discovery: Bench Bar Perspectives for a Civil Practice0.75 hours partic. CLE/Ethics (Main Room)
Scott Brutocao, Cornell Smith Mierl Brutocao Burton (moderator)
Judge Mark Lane, U.S. District Court Western District of Texas; Judge Maya Guerra Gamble, 459th District Court; Tonia Lucio, Richards Rodriguez & Skeith; Jeff Edwards, Edwards Law

11 – 11:30 a.m.: Low-Tech Social Networking0.50 hours partic. CLE (Breakout Rooms)

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Navigating the Central Docket Like a Pro0.50 hours partic. CLE (Main Room)
Elliott Beck, staff attorney, 345th District Court (moderator)
Warren Vavra, Office of Court Administration; Judge Karin Crump, 250th District Court

12 – 12:30 p.m.: Vendor Fair

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: LUNCHA View from the Bench: War Stories, Personal Preferences, and Practical Advice – 1 hour partic. CLE (Main Room)
Stefanie Scott Shah, Scott Shah law (moderator)
Chief Justice Jeff Rose, 3rd Court of Appeals; Judge Amy Clark Meachum, 201st District Court; Judge Tim Sulak, 353rd District Court; Judge Cliff Brown, 147th Criminal District Court

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.: Judicial B-I-N-G-O0.75 hours partic. CLE (Main Room)

2:15 – 3 p.m.: The Healthy Lawyer: Taking Care of Mind and Body 0.75 hours partic. CLE (Main Room)
Chris Rhodes, Ayrik & Associates (moderator)
Amber Mostyn, Mostyn Law; Judge Lora Livingston, 261st District Court; Erica Grigg, Texas Lawyers Assistance Program

3 – 4 p.m.: The Top 3 Things You Should Know About … – 1 hour partic. CLE (Main Room)
Amy Meredith, Travis County District Attorney’s Office (moderator)

  • Appellate Law – Justice Jeffrey S. Boyd, Place 7 Texas Supreme Court; Maitreya Tomlinson, The Tomlinson Firm
  • Family Law – Justice Andy Hathcock, Associate Court Judge; Meagan Jones, Law Office of Nikki G. Maples
  • Criminal Law – Judge Brandy Mueller, County Court #6; David Gonzalez, Sumpter & Gonzalez
  • Probate Law – Judge Guy Herman, Associate Court Judge; Kevin Holcomb, Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody

4 – 4:15 p.m.: Drawing for Vendor Fair; Bar Opens

4:15 – 5 p.m.: 20/20 Vision – An Interactive Ethics Game 0.75 hours partic. CLE (Main Room)
Drew Harris, Attorney General – General Litigation (moderator)
Judge Gisela Triana, 3rd Court of Appeals; Judge Elisabeth Earle, County Court #7; Judge Eric Shepperd, County Court #2; Judge Robert Pitman, U.S. District Court Western District of Texas


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