If you are interested in sponsoring any event, including sponsoring a happy hour or dinner during a CLE meeting, please contact Stella Dulanya, section treasurer.


Aviation Law CLE 2024
Friday, March 1  |  8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. CST
Omni PGA Resort  |  4341 PGA Parkway, Frisco


Section members: $120  |  Non-section members: $150
Join the Aviation Law Section here for $20 and attend this CLE for the section member rate of $120!

This CLE has been approved for 5.5 hours of MCLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics credit.
Topics include:
  >  Airplane Crash Litigation
  >  Part 111 – Pilot Record’s Database
  >  Unruly Passengers on Part 121 Flights
  >  Non-Citizen Trust and Regulatory Issues
  >  Dry Leases
  >  Current Hot Topics in Business Aviation Law
  > And many more!

Use the links above to register for the CLE, view the full program brochure and book a reservation in our discounted room block.  The brochure includes additional information such as parking directions, hotel details, and more.

Section Meeting – June 25, 2020 – noon

Due to cancellation of the Annual Meeting, we will be holding our Section Meeting and Election virtually on June 25th at noon. Information on registering and obtaining log-in info will be sent out shortly. If you do not receive an invitation to the meeting by June 12th, please email Section Chair Andrea Palmer directly.
Our Secretary, Christa Hinckley, has recorded a virtual presentation, to be part of the State Bar Annual Meeting’s virtual CLE. We look forward to sharing with you soon!

Aviation Law Section CLE at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Save the date for our meeting and half-day CLE at the State Bar Annual Meeting at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas! We will also be putting together a Speakers Dinner the night before – if you would like to attend or are interested in sponsoring, please contact Andrea Palmer, Chair.

Perspectives on Urban Air Mobility
Listen to a panel of lawyers, insurers, and industry experts address the present and future of urban air mobility. This panel will address drones, aircraft “rideshare”, delivery by unmanned aircraft, and other exciting developments, with time for Q&A.

Andrea M. Palmer, JD; Director of Coverage & Litigation
Higginbotham Insurance
Fort Worth, TX

Michael “Mike” Sanders; Executive Director
Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC)
Division of Research and Innovation
Corpus Christi, TX

Keri Ryan, Esq.; Vice President – Aviation and Crisis Management
Dallas, TX

David T. Norton; JD, MBA, ATP; Partner and Head of Aviation Practice
Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP
Dallas, TX

FAA Enforcement: Medical Vs. Security
This presentation will provide an insider’s view on enforcement proceedings against pilots.

Stella L. Dulanya, Attorney
Southwest Airlines Pilots Association
Dallas, TX

Additional Insureds and Indemnification: Lessons Learned from Deepwater Horizon
This presentation will address additional insured status, and walk through several hypotheticals to give the aviation practitioner a “deeper” understanding of the effect of contractual language on indemnification.

Christa M. Hinckley, Counsel
Fox Rothschild LLPDallas, TX

CANCELED: SMU canceled the Air Law Symposium due to Dallas County’s directions and the closure of SMU’s law school.
Aviation Law Section Meeting & CLE during SMU’s Air Law Symposium
Thursday, April 2, 2020
7:30 a.m. Breakfast & Presentation

Note the new date! We will be hosting our meeting and CLE accompanied by breakfast tacos and coffee! See you at the Omni Mandalay in Las Colinas.
Our speaker will be Elizabeth Vasseur-Browne of Cooling & Herbers, P.C. in Kansas City, MO, presenting “How Your Family’s Medication Could Result in the Revocation of Your FAA Certificates”.

Aviation Law Section Fall CLE
Friday, November 8, 2019
Lunch 12 p.m. | CLE 1-5 p.m. | Happy Hour 5 p.m.

The Aviation Law Section Fall CLE 2019 returns to San Antonio on November 8th at Hotel Valencia on the Riverwalk. This year our program will include lunch, followed by a half-day program of CLE, and finally a networking happy hour. Click here to view the full brochure! Our fantastic speakers this year include:

Amy Voigt Xenofos, Assistant Chief Counsel for General Law, NASA – NASA’s Vision For A Low Earth Orbit Economy
Dr. Rawson Wood, MD, Biodynamic Research Corporation – Injury Causation Analysis
Rick Alimonti of Alimonti Law Offices, PC – Ethics in the Ether: Interactive Ethical Scenarios in Handling Aviation Claims
Kristin Newman, Anderson & Riddle, LLP – Updates in Aviation Venue Law

Annual Meeting on June 13, 2019, in Austin:

Current and Future Legal Issues in International Space Law
Shalem Massey, Irvine, CA, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Drones: Privacy Implications and the Evolving Regulatory Landscape Jennifer Trock, Washington, D.C., Partner, Baker McKenzie

Ethics in Aviation: The GC’s Perspective
Mark Shaw, Dallas, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, Southwest Airlines
Brad Ferrell, Columbus, OH, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, NetJets
Eric Levenhagen, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Sun Country Airlines
Moderator: Bruce Marshall, Chair, Aviation Law Section, EVP & General Counsel, AIC Title Service

The Broadening of the Air Charter Market – Comments from DOT on its New Air Charter Broker Rules
Lisa Swafford-Brooks, Washington, D.C., Deputy General Counsel Office of Operations, C-60, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Transportation


Meeting & CLE during SMU’s Air Law Symposium on March 29, 2019, in Las Colinas:

FAA Updates: Greg Lander & Morgan Schweinzger

Fall CLE on November 9, 2018 in San Antonio:

Indemnities Made Simple: Understanding in Practice What Law School Could Not Explain
Andrea M. Palmer, Fort Worth

Aircraft Foreclosures – Enforcing Third-party Interests in Aircraft
Greg Reigel, Dallas

High Lift/Low Drag: Streamlining Aviation Litigation
Mark D. Pierce, Austin

Confusion Abounds! The Growing Proliferation of “Aircraft Dry Leasing Programs” and the Specter of Illegal Charter
David Norton, Dallas