2021 Annual Legal Conference

October 7-8, 2021 • The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio
Hosted by the Southwest Association of Bank Counsel and the Texas Bankers Association

Registration for the annual Legal Conference in San Antonio on October 7 & 8 is now open. For more information and registration options, click on "register" below. Please contact Chelsea Brown at [email protected] with any questions.

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Continuing Education Credits

MCLE Accreditation
MCLE – This conference has been approved for 14.5 hours of MCLE credits (including 1.0 hours of ethics credit. See the breakdown of credits and bar course information (bar course number: 174136086). Attendees will be required to SELF-SUBMIT their MCLE credits following conference this year.

Information about reporting your MCLE hours.

Access your "My Bar" page to report your hours.

To contact the State Bar MCLE department with questions, please call (512) 427-1806 or email [email protected].

17 credits anticipated (pending approval). A sign-up sheet will be provided at the conference for CPE credit certificates. Please allow several weeks for certificates to be produced. If you have questions, please contact [email protected].
This conference has been submitted for MCLE and CPA credits.


Thursday, October 7, 2021

7:00 a.m.
Registration and Buffet Breakfast

7:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks

8:00 a.m.
Selected Issues in Construction Lending
Gordon Russell, Forrest Smith and Michael Navarro, Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC

8:30 a.m.
Handle with Care: Managing your way through Special Credits
Stephanie Laird Tolson and Stewart Spielman, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

9:00 a.m.
Bankruptcy / Foreclosure
Bruce Ruzinsky and Victoria Argeroplos, Jackson Walker, L.L.P

9:30 a.m.
UCC Update
Pat Huttenbach, Crain, Caton & James

10:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.
POA Practical Matters
David F. Johnson, Winstead PC

10:45 a.m.
M&A Update
Chet Fenimore, Fenimore, Kay, Harrison, Ford and Sandy Brown, Alston Bird

11:30 a.m.
Hot Topics Panel
Moderator: Rupert Baron

12:00 p.m.
Lunch and SWABC Membership Meeting

1:30 p.m.
Increasing Occurrences of ACH & Electronic Fraud
Kristina Cunningham, Crain, Caton & James

2:00 p.m.
Ag Lending & Documentation
Brandon Wing, Happy State Bank and Roger Cox, Underwood

2:30 p.m.
Regulatory Panel

3:30 p.m.

3:45 p.m.
Employment Law Issues
Becky Baker, Bracewell LLP and Jessica Freedson, Prosperity Bank

4:15 p.m.
Millennial & Diversity / Next Gen
Beth Whitaker, Hunton and Derek McGee, Fenimore Kay Harrison

4:45 p.m.
Environmental Panel
Moderator: Robert Gifford, Johnston Clem Gifford PLLC
Rich Goode, ESG Services for Alvarez & Marsal NA, LLC; Michael Whalen, Berkeley Research Group; Jim Fields, Hilltop Holdings, Inc.

5:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.
Sponsor Recognition Reception

Friday, October 8, 2021

7:30 a.m.
Registration and Buffet Breakfast

8:25 a.m.
Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m.
Phishing & Ransomware
Joy Johns, Baker Hostetler

9:00 a.m.
In-house Counsel Panel
Cedric Frazier, Woodforest National Bank and Kwame Cain, Unity National Bank

9:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m.
Marijuana / Hemp Banking
Nathan McDonald, Johnston Clem Gifford PLLC and NatureTrak

10:30 a.m.
Patent Update
Steve Ravel, Kelly Hart

11:00 a.m.
Blockchain in Financial Services
Jeana Laguna and Kyle Owens, Dykema

11:30 a.m.
Lunch with Legislative Update
Celeste Embry and John Heasley, Texas Bankers Association

1:00 p.m.
Bank Growth via Fintech? Digital Banking and Banking-As-A-Service
Erin Fonte, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

1:30 p.m.
Consumer Protection Priorities in the Biden Administration and Beyond
Jonice Gray Tucker and Kari Hall, Buckley LLP

2:00 p.m.
Adult Protective Services Approach to Financial Exploitation
Lisa Brown, Department of Family and Protective Services

2:30 p.m.
Managing Affiliate Transactions: 23A, 23B and Reg W and Unwritten Fed Rules
Patrick Kennedy, Kennedy Sutherland LLP

3:00 p.m.

3:15 p.m.
ESG: Understanding Sustainability and Societal Impact Awareness in Corporate Governance
Bruce Toppin, III, Langley & Banack, Incorporated

3:45 p.m.
Deferrals / TDRs
Geron Morgan, BKD

4:15 p.m.
Joanna Lacey, Allegiance Bank

5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.
Optional River Cruise
(concludes 7:00pm)


420 W. Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
$199/night plus fees
Please click here or call the hotel directly at 210-224-6500 to book your room in the event block for The Legal Conference.

About the Westin Riverwalk
With a stay at The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio, you'll be centrally located in San Antonio, steps from River Walk and within a mile from the Alamo and Market Square. This 4-star hotel is also within walking distance to the downtown area, but at the same time far enough to be peaceful and quiet.

If you are unable to attend in person, the event will be live-streamed. Click the Register button below to attend virtually.

Conference Materials

Attendees will receive a flash drive loaded with any written material and PowerPoint presentations received from the speakers. Attendees will also be able to access presentation material, speaker information and event schedule in an app format available on most electronic devices. These materials are included in the conference fee. If you would like a printed hard copy of all of the materials, you can receive this printed copy for a fee. Please select this option during your registration.


Member – $595
Nonmember – $795
Virtual – $850

*Refunds will not be made after September 24, 2021. All Fees, minus a $50 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by September 24. Substitute registrations are permitted after September 24.

Payment can be made by invoice/check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to Texas Bankers Association, P.O. Box 162407, Austin, TX 78716