Austin College Law Symposium Focuses on the Managing the Modern Law Practice
SHERMAN, Texas—Austin College has opened registration for the 2023 Dr. Kenneth Street Law Symposium focusing on the theme, “Professional and Ethical Challenges of Managing the Modern Law Practice: Attorney and Judicial Perspectives.”
Lawyers, students, and others interested in the law profession are welcome to attend the discussion on Thursday, February 23, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The symposium includes panel discussions, luncheon with keynote speaker, and a reception to follow. Approval of CLE hours is pending.
Symposium registration is $50 for attorneys, $25 for the general public, $15 for members of the Grayson County Bar Association, and free to students from all colleges and universities as well as Austin College faculty and staff. Registration is required for all who will attend. Register online.
The symposium will include four panel discussions in Sherman Hall’s Hoxie Thompson Auditorium and a noon luncheon in Mabee Hall in Wright Campus Center. Keynote speaker is Honorable Rebecca Simmons, former Justice of the San Antonio Court of Appeals. Simmons is an alumna of Austin College, class of 1978.
At 11 a.m., a Judges Panel addressing Juries and Courtrooms in Today’s Legal Environment will include Honorable Nocole Mithell, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Texas; Honorable Jennifer Edgeworth, 219th District Court, Collin County; and Honorable Brian Gary, 397th District Court, Grayson County. The panel will be moderated by Dallas attorney, Thad Spalding of Durham Pittard & Spalding
At 2 p.m., the second panel, “Depositions from the Vantage of a Court Reporter” will include panelists Monte K. Hurst from the Dallas law firm Hallett & Perrin and Lucille Wyatt, CSR from the Wyatt Group. Hillary Luckett Clark, Austin College alumna from 2009, will moderate the panel discussion. Clark is an associate attorney with LeCrone Law Firm in Sherman.
At 3:15, a discussion on “Mediations” with panelists Bryan Green from Baron & Budd PC, Mark Teague from LeCrone Law Firm in Sherman, and Austin College alumnus Bill Uchereck II. The panel will be moderated by Adam Reed from the Austin College class of 1994.
The final session at 4:15 is titled “Survive & Thrive: Lawyer Wellbeing in the Modern Environment,” presented by Michelle Fontenot, lead professional at Texas Lawyers Assistance Program.
A reception will follow the symposium at the Margaret Binkley Collins and William W. Collins Jr. Alumni Center at 809 N. Grand Ave.
The event honors longtime Austin College faculty member, the late Dr. Kenneth W. Street. A revered professor of political science at Austin College from 1959 to 1997, Dr. Street held the John D. Moseley Chair of Government and Public Policy and founded and directed the Social Science Laboratory. An award-winning educator, he also served many years as the advisor for students considering careers in law and launched many professionals in the fields of law and government. He remained active in the life of the College until his death in 2017.
The Law Symposium is organized by the Alumni “L” Law Association and Austin College Pre-Law Society, under the direction of Dr. Frank Rohmer, associate professor of political science and John D. Moseley Chair of Government and Public Policy.
The 2023 symposium sponsors include the Austin College Student Assembly, Austin College Pre-Law Society, The Sumners Foundation, Grayson County Bar Association, McCullough Mediation, Adam B. Reed ’94 & Associates, LeCrone Law Firm, PC, Brandy Baxter-Thompson ’98, Buck ’60 and Robyn McChesney Files ’62, and Andy Porter ’95.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, pre-professional foundations, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 50 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and an expert faculty of more than 100 educators allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. Related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA), Austin College cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. The College, founded in 1849, is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.
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