TAC Risk Management Pool Defense Counsel Symposium

October 22, 2020

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Kolbasinski.

This symposium brings together TAC Risk Management Pool's (TAC RMP) defense counsel and Risk Management Services staff for a virtual day of training and networking.

This event is by invitation only and 6.75 hours continuing legal education credit has been requested. Peer speakers will provide updates and insight into events shaping today's legal risk management landscape.

Please forward this information to colleagues in your firm who may wish to attend.

Thursday, Oct. 22
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.


Michael Shannon, Director, TAC Risk Management Services

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Ethics:  Considerations for Newly Elected Officials

Paul Miles, TAC Associate General Counsel

Discuss various legal obligations under the public information act, the public meetings act and certain restrictions on hiring and public action applicable to elected county officials.

10:00-10:45 a.m.

Update on Federal Cases of interest to Counties

Eric Magee, Allison, Bass & Magee

U.S. Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit case update concerning important developments in areas effecting Texas Counties. This discussion includes a review of recent decisions involving the COVID-19 pandemic, election law, qualified immunity, employment issues and more.

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

Mary Briseno, TAC Law Enforcement & Public Officials Liability Claims Examiner

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Update on Employment Law Issues of Interest to Counties

Larry Simmons, Germer

Managing employee complaint risk – update on identifying protected classes and activities, when/how to conduct investigations, creating proper documentation, managing employee medical issues in context of ADA and FMLA,  handling harassment/discrimination/retaliation complaints, political retaliation, and managing terminations.

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Lunch Break

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

Jail Liability Issues

Christopher A. Klement, Fox Brown

Discuss and update theories of constitutional liability applicable to county jails.

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Recognizing Litigation Trends from the Home Office

Mike Thompson, TAC Associate General Counsel
Andrea Beard, TAC Law Enforcement & Public Officials Liability Claims Supervisor

To discuss litigation trends we are seeing in claims against member counties and experiences with federal district judges in the Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern districts.  The presenters will also review and discuss the first year of the new litigation guidelines.

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Arguing Death and Death Damages

Mike Thompson, TAC Associate General Counsel

Discuss wrongful death and survival causes of action; the history of those and elements of causation and recovery under those theories

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Networking Break

Ivy Dickinson, TAC Law Enforcement & Public Officials Liability Claims Examiner

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

What’s Next in Qualified Immunity?

Thomas P. Brandt, Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin

Discussion of recent events surrounding policing and debate whether qualified immunity should be abolished.

4:15 - 4:30 p.m.


Stacy Corluccio, TAC Claims Manager

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Kolbasinski.

Continuing Education Types Hours
Requested 6.75
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