32nd Annual Institute

*** postponed to a later date TBA  ***

“At the Intersection of the Technology Revolution & Human Rights”

April 23-24, 2020

SMU Campus – Dallas, TX

Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom (Umphrey Lee Center)

3300 Dyer Street, Suite 101

Dallas, TX 75205

Panels and presentations include: Data Privacy, Sustainability in the 21st Century, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, Brexit, and coverage of topics relevant in the Energy and Natural Resources, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Employment industries.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker:

Randy Bagwell, U.S. Army Colonel (Ret) JD, LL.M., Senior Director, International Services, U.S. Programs, American Red Cross

Presented in Partnership with the SMU Rowling Center

Registration Information

Early Bird Pricing Before March 15, 2020

  • Member ($200)
  • Non-Member ($300)
  • Students ($25)
  • Council & Action Committee Members ($175)
  • Government Agencies, Judges, New Attorneys (1-3 years) ($100)

Pricing After March 15, 2020

  • Member ($275)
  • Non-Member ($400)
  • Students ($25)
  • Council & Action Committee Members ($250)
  • Government Agencies, Judges, New Attorneys (1-3 years) ($125)

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International Trip to Toronto, Canada

*** postponed to a later date TBA  ***

May 7-9, 2020

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6 Hours of MCLE Credit – Approval Pending

Our Canada trip includes morning CLE programs followed by afternoon tours and dinners. Many thanks to our Canadian Firm Partners Fasken and Borden Ladner Gervais for hosting our CLE sessions.

Early Bird Pricing By April 1, 2020 (CLE Only)

Members:   $150

Non-Members: $195

Students:  $75

Pricing After April 1, 2020 (CLE Only)

Members:  $200

Non-Members:  $240

Students:  $125

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Here’s a sneak peek at what we have planned so far:

  • CLE 8 a.m. to noon on May 7 at the law offices of Borden Ladner Gervais.
  • CLE 8 a.m. to noon on May 8 at the law offices of Fasken.

Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon  

Panels and Speakers

Labor and Employment Law. The impact of the unique Canadian and U.S. unionization systems on investment and international trade/law.

Trade Agreements (delve into discussion of the USCMA)

  • Jesse Goldman – leading trade lawyer in the country
  • Ryan Dingle – Canadian immigration law
  • Ruth McChesney – Moderator, US immigration law

Tech industry (AI, R&D, etc. strong connection between Austin and Montreal as hi-tech leaders) – (discussion includes government subsidizing 30% of salaries for new AI/Tech investment/business in Canada + subsidizing benefits).

Friday, May 8, 2020 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Panels and speakers

Foreign Investment and National Security Considerations in Cross Border M&A – Cross-border M&A transactions often face regulatory clearance hurdles. More recently, foreign investment and national security issues have risen to the forefront on certain cross-border transactions, raising issues under the Investment Canada Act and under CFIUS in the US. Our panel of experts will walk you through a hypothetical transaction providing practical advice for how to tackle such issues and mitigate deal risks.

Minority Report: What Canada’s Minority Parliament Means for Pipelines, Climate Change, and other Energy-Related Matters – This presentation will focus on how Canada’s new minority government may impact the political dynamics related to pipelines and energy resource development in Canada over the coming 4 years. In the context of a minority parliament, understanding how Canada’s government will function is essential to understanding how policy and operational decisions will be made. After a review of the key aspects of governing in Canada in 2020, we will facilitate a panel discussion on the current political climate north of the border and its implications for legal and policy aspects of the energy sector and trends in discussions related to the environment, trade policy, and other matters of cross-border importance.

21st Century Energy – Environmental and Social Considerations for an Energy Sector in Transition – There are many drivers for change to the way modern societies interact with, produce, and consume energy. Among the most significant is increased attention to the environmental and social impacts of the industry. This panel will examine some of the largest such ESG factors for the United States and Canada, such as climate change, sustainability, and indigenous rights.

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Texas Bar Annual Meeting

June 25-26, 2020

Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX

The State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting is fast approaching. The International Law Section will host two CLEs on Thursday, June 25th. The topics and times are below.

Bilateral Investment Uncertainty: NAFTA vs. USMCA (8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)

This session addresses key bilateral investment considerations given the uncertainty of the surrounding NAFTA and the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (“USMCA”). Specifically, this session will address some key distinctions between the NAFTA and the USMCA and considerations for lawyers advising clients engaged in cross-border transactions.

Managing Cross-border Investment Disputes (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

This session focuses on the most effective means of resolving disputes concerning outbound and inbound investments between businesses operating in the United States and Canada. Panelists will address key issues such cross-border discovery, litigation procedures in foreign courts, the benefits and drawbacks of alternative dispute resolution, and other considerations to protect and enforce your client’s investments and business operations.

The Texas Bar Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.





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