Enoch Kever is delighted to announce that Elana Einhorn has joined the firm’s advocacy practice and will focus primarily on appellate and litigation matters. Craig Enoch welcomed Elana to the firm observing, “For a long time Elana has been widely respected by her peers as a leading expert in Texas appellate matters particularly including the jurisprudence of the Texas Supreme Court. Her addition to our team adds even more depth to Enoch Kever’s already impressive litigation and appellate experience.”
Enoch Kever is a leading advocate for business in the Texas and Federal courts. For more information, please contact one of our litigation and appellate members:
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On January 21, 2020, Martha Smiley was honored as a recipient of this year’s Pathfinder Award by the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association at its annual Pathfinders’ Luncheon. Pathfinder Awards are given to local women attorneys who are shattering stereotypes and blazing trails for female attorneys. Martha is not only a trailblazer in public law, but also was a founder of the University of Texas Center for Women in Law, a founder of Grande Communications, and an early influential female member of the University of Texas Board of Regents. Martha defines the term “Pathfinder.” Congratulations to Martha for this well-deserved award.
On Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Annual Boots and Bourbon Austin Bar Foundation Gala, Enoch Kever co-founder, Craig Enoch, received the Larry F. York Mentoring Award. This award is given to a lawyer or judge who has demonstrated exceptional skill and generosity in mentoring younger members of the bar. It was created to pay tribute to Larry York, who encouraged many young lawyers in Travis County to achieve professional and personal excellence, with integrity, grace, and humor. Nominees must have practiced at least ten years and have served as role models and counselors to other lawyers, distinguishing themselves as leaders of their profession while fully embracing life’s experiences.
Click on the link below to view a 1984 video recording of Craig, who was then serving as one of the youngest Texas district court judges in Dallas, Texas, as he was interviewed by Dr. Gary McCaleb, Vice President of Abilene Christian University for On Campus.
Justice Enoch, serving as general counsel in 2018 to the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, became the central point of contact between the Austin community and the Pentagon at a time the US Army had proposed to stand up the first new Army Command in 40 years. The Command has taken leadership in conceptualizing, designing, testing, and deploying advanced war materiel for the US Army.
Enoch, joined by Enoch Kever member Rod Johnson, at times under strict short deadlines, answered questions and provided necessary information. Craig’s contact at the Pentagon remarked that “Austin made it clear it would welcome the Army.” And the Army chose Austin over four other well-situated communities.
On November 22, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted rules banning the use of federal universal service fund (“USF”) subsidies to purchase equipment and services from any company posing a national security threat to communications networks or communications supply chains. The FCC also set out (1) a certification and audit-based process to streamline the process to ban USF-subsidized purchases from any company that might in the future be found to threaten national security and (2) a process to identify and replace suspect network equipment already in use. Consistent with the new rule, the FCC banned the USF-subsidized purchase of communications equipment made by Huawei Technologies Company (“Huawei”) or ZTE Corp (“ZTE”). The FCC’s decision was unanimous, and the new rule will take effect upon publication in the Federal Register, possibly before the end of 2019.
While the FCC’s action applies only to equipment purchased by USF recipients, it may signal the presence of a much more widespread threat that warrants attention from any company that buys or uses communications network equipment. Electric utilities, pipeline operators, power generation companies, and similar companies that do not provide communications services to customers but nevertheless build and use networked facilities may also have cause for concern. The FCC’s decision cited a variety of concerns about intellectual property theft, bribery, corruption and espionage, as well as software and hardware-based network “backdoors” that hostile agents can use to distribute viruses and malware or access confidential and sensitive government, corporate or personal data.
It is also worth noting that, according to a Wall Street Journal report, more than a dozen U.S. electric utilities of varying size were hit recently by a series of hacking attacks. Some of the targeted companies, which collectively operate in 18 states including Texas, are located near critical infrastructure like federal dams and important transmission lines. The Journal reports that the FBI is investigating the cyberattacks, which might be ongoing, and is in contact with some of the targeted companies. The report indicated that the hackers, who apparently left identifying information on a server in Hong Kong, were attempting to install malware that could allow them to control and steal information from their target’s computers.
We are unaware of any connection between Huawei or ZTE equipment and these cybersecurity attacks. However, the concurrence of these events may signal the need for increased attention to cybersecurity and supply chain management risks when purchasing networked communications equipment.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss your concerns and needs regarding privacy and cybersecurity-related legal and regulatory matters, including policy development, compliance, transactions, data governance, and employee training.
Katherine K. Mudge
John A. Menchaca
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – November 4, 2019—Deployment of fiber and wireless network facilities is a top priority for broadband, data and voice service carriers and providers, but their network construction efforts are too often challenged by more than just weather, terrain and logistics. Carriers and transmission companies must also overcome, in a timely manner, the legal and regulatory barriers that impede their ability to access and install crucial fiber network facilities in public rights-of-way.
At the 2019 INCOMPAS Show, Katherine Mudge, Member of Enoch Kever PLLC, discussed these challenges, the ways that the FCC and some states have attempted to address them and the degree to which they have succeeded or failed. Katherine’s presentation also delved into issues that need further federal and state regulatory attention and the merits of various approaches and solutions.
AUSTIN — On May 22, Skillpoint Alliance’s Board of Directors voted to approve Catherine Morse (Enoch Kever, PLLC) as its newest member, effective immediately. As a member of the Board, Catherine will help promote Skillpoint’s mission and vision within the Central Texas community.
“I am proud to be a part of Skillpoint Alliance, whose rapid certification job training program is a solution to lifting economically disadvantaged Central Texans out of poverty, by producing skilled workers for employers who are desperate to fill jobs,” says Catherine.
Catherine Morse is a Member at Enoch Kever, PLLC, where she focuses on general employment law counseling, HR-related legal training, and workplace investigations. Prior to joining Enoch Kever, PLLC, Catherine worked for more than 20 years in the technology industry with companies such as Applied Materials, Freescale Semiconductor, and most recently as the Senior Director of Community and Public Affairs and General Counsel for Samsung. She also holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Louisiana State University, a J.D. from the University of Houston, and she graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy in 2015.
Catherine has been a speaker at industry and community forums, and has frequently served as a guest lecturer at the University of Texas and St. Edward’s University. Additionally, she created and implemented corporate philanthropy and employee volunteerism programs and distributed company grants of approximately $1 million annually to community organizations.
Catherine has supported numerous local organizations through board affiliations such as Workforce Solutions Capital Area, United Way of Greater Austin, Safe Alliance, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and currently sits on the board for Austin Area Research Organization, Greater Austin Crime Commission, and the Anti-Defamation League.
Skillpoint Alliance is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing rapid workforce education training to Central Texans. For the past 25 years, Skillpoint has focused on providing a gateway for individuals to transform their lives through rigorous skills-based training and education in the Healthcare and Construction industries. For more information about Skillpoint Alliance, please visit, www.skillpointalliance.org.
For more information about Skillpoint Alliance’s Board of Directors, please visit, www.skillpointalliance.org/about-us/board-of-directors/.