November 2, 2013

The Gavel Series: Community Based Legal Education


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Class Schedule

Identity Theft

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Identify theft is the top consumer complaint reported to the Federal Trade Commission and has held that number one position for the last several years. This class is designed to help you understand identity theft and prepare a plan to safeguard your identity. After you complete this class, you’ll have a working understanding of how identify thieves use identities they’ve stolen to secure loans, bank accounts, driver’s licenses, obtain medical services, gain employment, set-up telephone service and much more. Credit reports, specialty reports, public records and consumer protection law summaries will be covered.

Instructor – David Allen, MBA CITRMS is currently an Independent Associate with LegalShield. He has a B.A. in Business Administration (’77) and an MBA in Management (’83) from Prairie View A& M University, Prairie View, Texas. He is a former Field Artillery Officer with the United States Army, and is a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist (CITRMS) by The Institute of Fraud Risk Management. He is licensed by the Texas Department of License & Regulation and the Nebraska Department of Insurance. Mr. Allen has expertise in 5 Areas of Identity Theft, which he uses to educate families and corporations on tactics used by identity thieves. His motivation for lecturing the public on this epidemic is fueled by the many blessings he has received in his lifetime. Mr. Allen’s mantra, “… To Whom Much is Given, Much Is Owed In Return…” reflects his devotion to his community.

Juvenile Expunction and Record Sealing

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

This class will deal with sealing a Texas juvenile’s record and in doing so discuss: What is sealing a juvenile’s record? Who is eligible for record sealing? How can record sealing help? What does the Family Law code say about whether or not there are certain crimes that can’t be sealed? Attend this class so that you can clearly understand the distinction between Motions for Non Disclosure and Expunctions. Not sure if you’re eligible for expunction? Come to class and learn which option is right for you.

Instructor – Jeanice Dawes, Assistant District Attorney; Family Law Section, Galveston County Criminal District Attorney is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). While in Law school, she was a member of the Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy, and the UHLC Mock Trial team. Prior to attending the University of Houston, Jeanice worked for General Electric Company as a member of the Financial Management program. She worked as the Senior Financial Accountant for Imperial Homes Texas, LTD in Houston, Texas. Ms. Dawes has presented at the Center for Children, Law & Policy; University of Houston Law Center, and the Juvenile Law Institute sponsored by the Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and previously taught classes in our Gavel Series.

Entertainment Law

11:00 AM – Noon

The instructor will provide an excellent introduction to how Entertainment lawyers work and the activities that might be a part of an Entertainment lawyer’s job description. You may be wondering: What does an Entertainment lawyer do? What areas of specialization are available? How does someone become this type of lawyer? And, if you are in the music, TV or film industry, how do you select the right Entertainment lawyer for your needs? This class will also cover the role of an Entertainment lawyer as general counsel for established artists; helping with marketing and merchandising deals as well as helping artists secure the rights to use music that other artists have written and complying with copyright laws.

Instructor – Ricky Anderson, Anderson & Smith, P.C., Attorneys at Law – Attorney Anderson received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from PVAMU before earning a Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1992. He is the managing partner of Houston-based law firm Anderson & Smith PC since 1994 as well as a professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law since 1998. He has a variety of experience in Entertainment Law, music industry contracts and trial preparation. His law firm represents a host of celebrities, including comedian-actor Steve Harvey, Academy Award winner Mo’Nique, actor Isaiah Washington, four-time Grammy Award winner Yolanda Adams, gospel duo Mary Mary and a host of others. He has held positions as the National Bar Association’s Entertainment Attorney of the year and he is a recipient of the National Bar Association’s Presidential Award in 2009 and 2012. He is currently the chairman of the National Bar Association’s Entertainment, Sports & Arts Law Section and is President-Elect of the Houston Bar Association’s Entertainment & Sports Law Section.

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