View From The Federal Bench: Practice Pointers From The Judge's Perspective *** 50% OFF

Legal Area:        Litigation Appellate Federal Civil Criminal Trial
Total Credit Hours:        1.00
Ethics Credit Included:        0.00
Registration Fee:        $20.00
Course Materials:        textaudiovideo
Session END DATE:        09/30/2019
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In this helpful CLE program, Honorable Lee Yeakel, Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, shares his expertise, observations, practice pointers, and experiences from his 13 year tenure as a federal judge. Based on his unique perspective, Judge Yeakel offers many important tips on how to enhance your practice of law and your appearance in court. This course features streaming video and audio (as well as downloadable MP3 audio) presentations from a live CLE seminar by the Austin Bar Association on March 25, 2016.

Some of the subjects for this course include:

  • Court Appointments, Plea Bargains, and Wiretaps

  • Know Your Court, Know Your Judge

  • A Judge's Advice for the Courtroom

  • Local Rules Breakdown and Practice Pointers

  • Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF)

  • Amendments to Federal Rule 26

Speaker: Honorable Lee Yeakel, Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Judge Yeakel was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 1, 2003, to a seat vacated by Judge James R. Nowlin. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 28, 2003, and received his commission on July 29, 2003.

"On October 28, 2013, Yeakel ruled that abortion restrictions enacted by the state of Texas were unconstitutional, in the case of Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.[1] Yeakel wrote: "The admitting-privileges provision of House Bill 2 does not bear a rational relationship to the legitimate right of the state in preserving and promoting fetal life or a woman's health and, in any event, places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus and is thus an undue burden to her."[2] Three days later, Yeakel's order was mostly overturned by a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans[3] The part of the law requiring doctors in abortion facilities have admitting privileges at local hospitals was unanimously reinstated by the panel.[3] Only one part of Yeakel's order remained and that part was where the order prevents the state from enforcing the FDA protocol for abortion-inducing drugs in cases where the woman is between 50 and 63 days into her pregnancy.[3] On August 29, 2014, in response to a second lawsuit, Judge Yeakel ruled again that abortion restrictions in Texas H. B. 2 imposed an "undue burden" upon women seeking pre-viability abortions and upon abortion providers, and declared several provisions of the law unconstitutional. Yeakel's rulings were upheld by the United States Supreme Court in June 2016."


This course is approved for credit by the STATE BAR OF TEXAS (MCLE Provider #8238) and the STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA (MCLE Provider #8648). In addition, regular CLE credits for this course may also be available in a number of other states through CLE Reciprocity, such as FLORIDA. Please check with your State Bar regarding specific accreditation information.

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