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SPONSORED BY THE BAR ASSOCIATION OF THE FIFTH FEDERAL CIRCUIT, University of Houston Law Center,  South Texas College of Law Houston and Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Program Chair: Allison Jones

October 7 and 8, 2019


Monday, October 7

8:45 – 9:10am- Registration

9:15 am – Opening Remarks – Margaret Cupples, President, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

9:30 – 11:30 – Writing Workshop – Catching the Court’s Eye:  Effective Writing and Editing Techniques to Elevate Your Advocacy.
Kate Brem, University of Houston
Hilary Reed, University of Houston
Lauren Simpson, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Houston.


1:00 – 2:00 pm – The Clerk’s Office –
Lyle Cayce, Clerk of Court,  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

2:00 – 3:00 – Current Issues in Criminal Law
Hon. Henry J. Bemporad, U.S. Magistrate Judge Southern District of Texas
Mara Blatt, U.S. Attorney Office, Western District of Texas
Judy Madeweel, Federal Public Defender’s Office, Western District of Texas
Moderated by Cynthia Orr, Goldstein Goldstein, Hilley and Orr, San Antonio, TX


2:00 – 3:00 –Current Issues in Employment Law.  Allison Jones, Downer, Jones, Marino & White, Shreveport, LA.

BREAK 3:00 – 3:15 pm

3:15 – 4:15 – Professionalism “Shortlisted: Women, Diversity and the Supreme Court”, Renee Knake, Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

John Minor Wisdom Courthouse
600 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130


9:00 – 11:15 Oral Argument Observation and Critique

Observe regularly scheduled oral arguments. Stay in the Courtroom to hear critiques of the arguments. After the arguments, attorneys will critique the arguments given in Court.


 Pan Am Conference Center
601 Poydras St., 11th Floor
New Orleans, LA  70130


9:00 –  11:15 am – Supreme Court Panel – Current Issues Before the Supreme Court– Tim Crooks, Attorney at Law, Houston, TX;  Shaundra Lewis, Professor, Thurgood Marshal School of Law, Houston, TX; Aaron Streett, Baker Botts, Houston, TX

11:30  Lunch in the Great Hall: Enjoy lunch in the historic Great Hall of the John Minor Wisdom Courthouse with Fifth Circuit Judges and Court Executives, Case Managers, and Conference Attorneys.

12:50 Walk to Pan Am Center, 601 Poydras St., 11th Floor

 1:00 – 2:00 pm A Glimpse Behind the Curtain : Judges discuss the inner workings of how an appeal gets processed – from oral argument to mandate.
Hon. James E. Graves, Jr., U.S. Circuit Judge
Hon. Stuart Kyle Duncan, U.S. Circuit Judge
Hon. Kurt D. Engelhardt, U.S. Circuit Judge
Moderated by Walter Woodruff, Bopp & Associates, New Orleans, LA.

2:00 – 3:00 pm – Lessons Learned from the Fifth Circuit Pro Bono Program

Katherine Clark, Fifth Circuit Pro Bono Program Coordinator
J. Mark Little, Baker Botts, Houston, TX
Candice L. Rucker, Bradley, Jackson, MS
Moderated by Michael Bentley, Bradley, Jackson, MS

Break 3:00 – 3:15

 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm – EthicsIncorporating Mindfulness into the Legal Education Curriculum.  Katerina Lewinbuk, Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law Houston

Dismissal – Macey Reasoner Stokes – President of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit.

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