Home About Areas of Practice Local Government Economic Development Community Associations Real Estate Law Litigation General Counsel The Nichols Firm Team Firm News Resources Speaking Engagements/Publications Contact Us Speaking Engagements/Publications The Firm’s attorneys regularly speak about their particular areas of practice at seminars and conferences, including new developments in the law that affect their practice areas. Below are some of the seminars and conferences where our attorneys have spoken. If you have an event where you would like one of our attorneys to speak, please contact our office to discuss your needs. Speaker / Author – Texas Association of Appraisal Districts Conference, February 2016, Dallas, Texas. Topic focused on tax abatement fundamentals and the implications for Texas Cities and Counties. Here is a link to the presentation: http://taad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Abatements-and-tax-incentives_Porras-Nichols-020516.pdf Speaker / Author – 20th Annual Land Use Conference, April 2016, Austin, Texas. Topic focused on the January 2015 United States Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert which impacts sign regulation by local governments. Speaker / Author – Signs of the Times: Regulation Fundamentals and Cases of Interest. A brief overview of fundamental regulation concepts and a look at recent cases of interest that affect sign regulation. University of Texas 2015 Land Use Fundamentals and 19th Annual Land Use Conference (March 2015 - Austin, Texas). Panel Speaker / Author – "Economic Development Panel: Recent Developments and the Tools to Deal with Them," hosted by the Texas City Attorneys Association (June 19, 2014 – South Padre). Speaker / Faculty – Half Moon LLC, Texas Land Law for Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors (June 24, 2010 – Houston; January 12, 2011 – Arlington; May 6, 2011 – Corpus Christi; September 14, 2011 – Austin; February 26, 2013 – Houston; February 12, 2014 – Arlington; November 20, 2014 – Houston; February 2015 – Corpus Christi). Speaker / Author – "Billboard and Sign Regulation: Recent Cases and Trends," hosted by the Texas City Attorneys Association (June 10, 2011 – South Padre). Speaker – Current Issues in Sign Regulation, hosted by Scenic Texas, Texas Municipal League and Texas City Attorneys Association (September 16, 2010 – Austin).