UHLC alums return to class for free CLE seminar on consumer law
Sept. 27, 2013 – An overflow crowd of alumnae filled a lecture hall Friday at the University of Houston Law Center to learn how to improve their consumer law practice from a lineup of veteran practitioners and law professors.
The free CLE seminar, Consumer Law Practice & Strategies, was the first in a series for Law Center alums planned by the Center for Consumer Law.
“The Law Center is always trying to give back to its alumnae and I’m pleased to see that our free CLE program has had such a successful kick off,” said Richard M. Alderman, interim dean and director of the Center for Consumer Law. “I hope our future programs are equally well attended.”
The first speaker, Andrew E. Sattler of the San Antonio firm of John Dwyre & Associates, PLLC, defined the day’s subject: “Consumer law is essentially designed to level the playing field between individuals and companies.”
Topics covered during the afternoon-long program included the basics of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act; new litigation rules; debt collection defense, creation, attachment, perfection and enforcement of security interests; landlord and tenant rights; and calculating and collecting attorneys fees.
Other speakers included Steven C. James of El Paso; Dana Karni of the Karni Law Firm, PC, Houston; Donald L. Turbyfill of Devlin, Naylor & Turbyfill, PLLC; Rich Tomlinson of Lone Star Legal Aid, Houston; and Rick McElvaney, clinical associate professor at the Law Center and program director of the Center for Consumer Law. Robert B. Johnson, associate director of the Center for Consumer Law, served as moderator.
Future seminars, not yet scheduled, will focus on family law, trial strategies, and employment law.