April 29, 2015 at 8:15 AM
Pre-Paid (Member): $110.00
Pre-Paid (Non-Member): $120.00
Pay at the Door (Member): $120.00
Pay at the Door (Non-Member): $130.00

Registration price includes breakfast and lunch.

This event has been approved for 6 accredited CLE hours including 1 hour of Ethics

Course No. 901316601


Join the Houston Chapter will present their annual all-day workshop. 

The schedule of presentations is as follows:

8:15-8:50am: Registration, Breakfast & Networking 

8:50am: Program Introduction

9:00am: “Ethical Standards and Expert Witnesses” presented by Professor Joseph Sanders, A.A. White Professor of Law at the University of Houston where he teaches torts, products liability and scientific evidence.

Description: Attendees will learn how we should think about and enforce ethical behavior among experts who appear as witnesses in court.

10:00am: “Update on Expert Witness Challenges” by Justice Brett Busby, 14th Court of Appeals.

Description: Hear an appellate judge's perspective on recent decisions regarding the admissibility and sufficiency of expert testimony, and discuss how some experts have successfully defeated challenges.

11:00am: “What Experts Can Use from Recent Cases” by Jim Smith, partner at Porter Hedges.

Description: Jim will review of recent cases, especially from the Texas Supreme Court, with a view to helping expert witnesses and lawyers they serve to ensure admissibility and enhance credibility.

12:00pm: “Interrogation - Truthful Results from Reluctant Witnesses” by Fil Waters, veteran homicide detective and police academy instructor. 

Description: Fil Waters will present interrogation tactics aimed at getting truthful information out of antagonistic witnesses.

1:00pm: “The Use of Experts in Mediation and Arbitration” by Timothy Ross, Shareholder at Andrews Myers, P.C.

Description: Attendees will learn about unique requirements met when providing services in matters decided by alternative dispute resolution. 

2:00pm: “In-House Counsel and the Effective Use of eDiscovery” by Kim Stith, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Waste Management’s corporate office in Houston.

Description: Kim Stith's presentation will focus on the interaction between in-house counsel and internal and external forensic experts in litigation and internal investigations. 

3:00pm: Closing Remarks & Dismissal. 


Professor Joseph Sanders

A.A. White Professor of Law

B.A., Northwestern; J.D., Northwestern; Ph.D., Northwestern

Professor Sanders received his J.D. from Northwestern University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern in 1974. A member of the Law Center¿s faculty since 1983, Professor Sanders is one of the leading experts in the United States on sociological studies of the law. In particular, his writings in the field of tort law, especially on the mass tort cases have brought considerable attention to his scholarship.

Justice Brett Busby

Brett Busby was appointed to the 14th Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry in June 2012 and elected to a full term in November 2012. He is an experienced appellate litigator and a former partner at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Houston. He is also a former adjunct professor at the University of Texas Law School, where he taught the U.S. Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Justice Busby served as a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court, and he later argued one case and briefed many others in that Court. He also handled dozens of appeals in the Texas Supreme Court and the federal and Texas appellate courts before taking the bench.

Jim Smith

Jim Smith is a partner in the environmental section of Porter Hedges. His practice principally focuses on environmental matters, in counseling, supporting transactions, and trying cases. His degree in chemical engineering combined with his legal experience enables him to bring a unique perspective as he represents refining, petrochemical and other resource related industry clients. He counsels corporate as well as individual clients on a variety of environmental issues, in addition to trying and arguing appeals in both civil and criminal matters and in both state and federal courts. Mr. Smith has appeared before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and other administrative agencies in permitting and enforcement matters.

Fil Waters

Detective Waters has been in law enforcement for nearly 31 years. He has been assigned to the Houston Police Homicide Division for over 20 years working a large volume of varying homicide investigations and high profile cases. Detective Waters holds his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Sam Houston State University and his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Oklahoma State University. Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, Detective Waters was a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps where he conducted investigations for the Commanding General’s Office, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC. Detective Waters worked several years in Narcotics and during that time investigated crimes involving The Occult.

Timothy Ross

Tim Ross’ practice focuses on the transactional and dispute resolution aspects of construction law.He works with clients in all phases of the construction process with an emphasis on contract drafting and negotiation, dispute avoidance during construction, field management and administration, proect close-out and dispute resolution. Tim's legal acumen is complemented by field experience with a large commercial general contractor, where he managed numerous government projects as a construction project engineer. This distinctive combination allows him insight into the nuts and bolts issues that arise before, during and after a project, and the intrinsic capability to support the project community-including general contractors, subcontractors, owners, developers and sureties-in all aspects of construction.

Kim Stith

Kim Stith is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Waste Management’s corporate office in Houston.  







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