Marla Broaddus and Michael Truesdale to present Arbitration Update at UT Law CLE’s 32nd Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals (June 16-17, 2022 in Austin, Texas) (paper co-authored by Zack Horton).
Arbitration Update will be an overview of recent state and federal appellate court decisions on hot topic issues like arbitrability, mandatory arbitration clauses, grounds for vacatur, and federal question jurisdiction under the FAA.
For more information, visit https://utcle.org/conferences/AP22
With over 400 Central Texas lawyers and judges in attendance, the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation and the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association held their Annual Grants and Awards Luncheon on May 6, 2022. The Fairmont Hotel in Austin, Texas served as the backdrop of the event where the Foundation presented $85,000 in grants to local nonprofits that provide free legal services and legal support services to women and children.
TCWLA formed the Foundation in 2002 to serve as the official fundraising and grant-awarding arm of TCWLA. The purpose of the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is to “support, promote, and encourage activities for the furtherance of justice and equal opportunity for women, families, and children.” The Foundation raises funds through its “Fellows” (attorneys who pledge an annual donation for 10 years), as well as through its Annual Luncheon and Raffle. This year, the Foundation raised a record amount through both sponsorships and raffle ticket sales at the Luncheon.
Shelby O’Brien, the TCWLF Chair, was recently interviewed by KXAN News regarding the Foundation’s important and inspiring work for the Travis County community. Click here to see the full story.
Congratulations to Shelby!
Enoch Kever Members Melissa Lorber and Amy Prueger made headlines this week as they (along with Member Bill Moore) represented Vistra Corp. subsidiary Luminant Energy in its dispute with the Public Utility Commission of Texas in front of the Texas Third Court of Appeals. The case centers around rules that the PUC adopted during Winter Storm Uri that resulted in $9,000/megawatt-hour electricity prices on top of rolling blackouts and freezing temperatures that beset most of the state of Texas for almost a week in February 2021.
The Texas Lawbook’s Mark Curriden stated, “Beyond the billions of dollars at stake in this litigation, the case also features some of the highest profile women lawyers practicing in Texas”.
See below to find out more about this case and the women on either side of the aisle.
Utilities Question Texas Regulator’s Energy-Pricing Authority – Law360
All-Women Slate of Appellate Advocates to Argue Historic Winter Storm Uri Case – The Texas Lawbook
Enoch Kever Attorneys, Amy Leila Saberian Prueger and Zackery Horton, contributed an article providing a brief update on the status of the Texas Citizens Participation Act for the February 2022 Texas Bar Journal.
You can read the full article here: Texas Bar Journal: February 2022 The Narrowed Texas Citizens Participation Act
In a first-of-its-kind self-assessment sponsored by Early Matters Greater Austin, Enoch Kever has been recognized as a 2021 Best Place for Working ParentsTM. With eighty-five employers awarded this recognition, Enoch Kever is honored to be one of four law firms to make the list. The assessment measured policies that positively impact employee attraction, retention, satisfaction, and productivity such as:
- Company-Paid Health Care Coverage
- Paid Time Off
- Parental Leave
- Nursing Benefits
- “Best Place” Designation
- Onsite Child Care
- Child Care Assistance
- Backup Child Care
- Flexible Hours
- Working Remotely
Enoch Kever’s number one mission is to be a strong advocate for businesses at their intersection with government. To do that, Enoch Kever knows it must have a work place that supports its people. And its people support each other.
Catherine Morse has expanded her Professional Practice to include Leadership/Executive/Success Coaching.
Catherine Q. Morse has been a highly successful Corporate General Counsel and practicing employment lawyer for more than 30 years. Much of that success has come through the exceptional skill with which she counsels her clients. Combining these many years of practical experience with additional training as a graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, (iPEC), Catherine has a unique blend of experience and training to help her coaching clients achieve sustained success AND professional fulfillment in today’s complex and rapidly evolving work environment. She thrives in sharing and applying her in-depth understanding of strategies for success in the employment landscape. Catherine’s training and accumulated wisdom make her a sought-after guide for individuals to help them become the best version of themselves at work and in life.
For more information, Catherine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-615-1222
Mike Truesdale recently appeared on the Texas Appellate Law podcast to discuss his 27+ years as an appellate lawyer and his leadership in expanding access to appellate legal services for the poor and under-resourced. Mike travels the country speaking at local, state, and national conferences before court staff, legal services providers, and appellate practitioners, as well as consulting with courts and volunteer groups, on creating and expanding appellate pro bono programs. A known legal writer, Mike had his article “Why I Support Appellate Pro Bono Services (and Why You Should Too)” published in the Appellate Advocate and in the Texas Bar Journal. For over a decade, Mike served as the liaison for the Supreme Court of Texas Pro Bono Program.
You can listen to Mike’s interview at the following podcast link:
We are delighted to announce that Carolyn E. Shellman has joined ENOCH KEVER PLLC as our newest Member. We welcome her addition to our team of highly skilled and experienced lawyers, many of whom, like Carolyn, have been general counsels for major businesses and organizations. Carolyn brings a wealth of specialized knowledge and experience in the communication, energy, and electric utility industries.
Carolyn has enjoyed a highly successful career in private practice, government service as a regulator at both the Public Utility Commission of Texas and ERCOT, and most recently as chief legal officer for the nation’s largest municipally owned electric and gas utility. While there, in addition to the legal team, she was variously responsible for internal audit, compliance and ethics, government relations, regulatory affairs, human resources, and military interface, as well as other functions.
Carolyn is widely regarded as one of the leading legal authorities in the electric industry. She has a broad history of developing regulatory and legislative policy strategies for innovative technologies in both the energy and communications industries, considerable experience with organizational governance and compliance, and deep subject matter expertise in the regulated and competitive electric utility industry and in navigating energy market issues. Carolyn is the perfect addition to our team. The Firm’s clients are the beneficiaries of her extensive and specialized expertise and sound judgment grounded in an exceptional appreciation for the practical business and regulatory challenges faced by technology innovators and established businesses today.
We are thrilled to welcome Carolyn to Enoch Kever.
We are pleased to welcome our new Associate, Zackery Horton. Zack received his law degree from Pepperdine University, and most recently served as Judicial Clerk at the Supreme Court of Texas. Zack adds quality depth to our Appellate/Litigation bench. We are thrilled to welcome Zack to the Enoch Kever family.
Enoch Kever is proud to be recognized once again by Best Lawyers® and U.S. News & World Report in their annual “Best Law Firms” rankings.
When the Firm opened in 2011, Best Lawyers included us in its Best Law Firm rankings for our Appellate and Administrative/Regulatory practices. Over the subsequent decade, recognition by our peers in these rankings has expanded to:
- Administrative/Regulatory Law
- Appellate Practice
- Commercial Litigation
- Environmental Law
- Litigation – Environmental
- Employment Law – Management
- Corporate Law
We congratulate our colleagues on their well deserved recognition.
For over three decades, U.S. News has provided the public with accurate and in-depth rankings on key institutions in society from higher education to hospitals and health systems,” says Morgan Felchner, executive editor at U.S. News.
Firms included in the 2022 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.