2019 Selected Topics and Miscellany CLE

About the CLE

Washburn University School of Law presents its annual two-day line-up, on Thursday, June 27, and Friday, June 28, 2019, of programs that focus on selected legal topics and updates in many areas of the law. The presenters, Washburn Law regular faculty members, adjunct professors, and other legal professionals, will share the insight and knowledge of their particular area of expertise. The sessions will include a presentation on the specific topic, many including a review of updated cases and issues, and allow time for attendees to ask questions.

Two (2) hours of ethics will be presented on Thursday (11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.) and one (1) hour of ethics will be presented on Friday (12:00 p.m.).

The CLE will be held Thursday, June 27, and Friday, June 28, 2019. You may attend either single day or both days.

This program may be attended either in person or online (see "Information for Online Attendees" in the sidebar).

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Schedule

Thursday • June 27, 2019 • 7 Hours

7:30 a.m. — Registration – Room 102

8:00 a.m.
Recent Developments in Contract and Property Law
Professor David Pierce
Norman R. Pozez Chair in Business and Transactional Law, Washburn University School of Law

Recent cases addressing contracts issues and property issues will be discussed with a focus on their importance to Kansas practitioners.

8:50 a.m. — Break

9:00 a.m.
Understanding Our Hidden Brain
Dean Carla Pratt
Dean and Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law

This session will examine the workings of our subconscious and how our brain does work without us being aware of it. The session will explore implicit bias and help us understand how to minimize the negative effects that can result from implicit bias. The session will help us understand bias as a normative human trait rather than something that only certain people have.

9:50 a.m. — Break

10:00 a.m.
Updates in Water Law: Current Issues
Professor Burke W. Griggs
Associate Director, Oil and Gas Law Center, Washburn University School of Law

This presentation will explore recent cases and issues in the area of water law. As resources change and uses continue to shift all practitioners should be aware of water law issues and developments. The presenter will cover the history of water law in Kansas and also discuss issues moving forward into the future.

10:50 a.m. — Break

11:00 a.m.
Kansas Ethics Cases Update (1 hour ethics)
Danielle Hall
Deputy Disciplinary Administrator, Kansas Office of the Disciplinary Administrator

This session will cover a review of the annual ethical cases decided in the State of Kansas. This past year saw a number of both complex and factually interesting cases that the presenter will discuss as a primer on what not to do to keep your practice license intact and to practice within the ethical rules.

11:50 a.m. — Lunch (light lunch provided or feel free to dine on your own)

1:00 p.m.
Recent Developments in United States Supreme Court Cases, Part I
Professor Jeffrey D. Jackson
Director, Center for Excellence in Advocacy, Washburn University School of Law

This session will walk through all of the decisions of the United States Supreme Court over the past year. The presenter will bring his insight into trends and approaches the Court has been taking to the myriad issues that they are choosing (and choosing not) to hear. A focus will be on the rules that are coming out that are consistent and that are changing in these cases.

1:50 p.m. — Break

2:00 p.m.
Recent Developments in United States Supreme Court Cases, Part II
Professor Jeffrey D. Jackson
Director, Center for Excellence in Advocacy, Washburn University School of Law

A continuation of the previous session to finish covering all of the Supreme Court cases of the past year.

2:50 p.m. — Break

3:00 p.m.
Ethical Issues Related to Risk: Understanding and Advising Clients (1 hour ethics)
Shawn Leisinger
Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs, Washburn University School of Law

This CLE session will take a look at ethical issues related to risk in the legal context. We will first look at how different people, and different attorneys, approach risk taking through a live exercise and application of academic risk approaches to the outcomes. We will then look at how an attorney can get competent and ethically advise clients in regards to risk decisions in practice. Participants will be challenged to contemplate how their personal approach to risk may impact, or fail to impact, client decisions and choices.

3:50 p.m. — Adjourn

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Friday • June 28, 2019 • 5 Hours

7:30 a.m. — Registration – Room 102

8:00 a.m.
Ethical Leadership Basics
Professor Thomas Sneed
Law Library Director, Washburn University School of Law

Most attorneys become leaders in their law firms and communities, yet there is little formal training on the skills needed to be a successful leader. Based on a course offered at Washburn law, this program will focus on best practices for being the best leader for both your law firm and other community partnerships or positions. Included will be interactive examples to explore the topics of leadership style, conflict management, workplace engagement and other key leadership issues. Some focus will also be given to ethical obligations attorneys have when serving in these leadership roles.

8:50 a.m. — Break

9:00 a.m.
Tax Law Update and the New Tax Bill Impacts
Professor Roger McEowen
Kansas Farm Bureau Professor of Agricultural Law and Taxation, Washburn University School of Law

The "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" brought significant changes to the tax Code. Those changes continue to impact client tax planning in many ways. While fifty minutes is a limited time to cover all of the content and potential impact of these changes, the presenter will provide an overview of the changes including the following: rate changes; new depreciation rules; AMT modifications; qualified business deduction; transfer taxes; handling of losses and interest deductibility. Associated client planning opportunities and challenges will also be addressed.

9:50 a.m. — Break

10:00 a.m.
Agricultural Law Update
Professor Roger McEowen
Kansas Farm Bureau Professor of Agricultural Law and Taxation, Washburn University School of Law

This session will involve an update on Agricultural Law presented by recognized expert, Professor Roger McEowen. The presenter will touch on issues, cases, and decisions in agriculture, finance, agricultural taxation, and other related legal practice areas.

10:50 a.m. — Break

11:00 a.m.
The Next 50 Years of Fair Housing
Professor Michelle Ewert
Associate Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law

Since the Fair Housing Act was enacted in 1968, fair housing law has evolved to cover more protected classes and different types of claims. This session will provide a historical overview of the fair housing movement and discuss how advocates are now using fair housing law to protect vulnerable communities. The session will also discuss current efforts to expand fair housing law to include additional protected classes.

11:50 a.m. — Break

12:00 p.m.
Ethically Well (1 hour ethics)
Kaitlin Alegria
Assistant Director of Programs and Outreach, Washburn University School of Law

Inspired by Dean Carla Pratt's wellness initiative, this session will discuss necessary steps to maintain your personal wellness, thereby maintaining an ethical professional presence.

12:50 p.m. — Adjourn

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http://washburnlaw.edu/selectedtopicscle

Dates / Location

Thursday, June 27, 2019 and
Friday, June 28, 2019

Location (in-person attendees):
Washburn University
School of Law - Room 102
Parking: north, south and east of the law school.
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Registration Fee

» $279 both full days
» $159 Thursday only
» $159 Friday only

Fee includes reporting hours of attendance to the Kansas CLE Commission, written materials, and lunch for Thursday attendees. Please pre-register at least 48 hours in advance. Seating is limited.

Information for Online Attendees

This CLE will be streamed using Adobe Connect, a Flash-based product. Some institutions/agencies block Flash-based products on their network. There is no charge to use Adobe Connect. Return to this page on the day(s) of the CLE and click the link that appears on the page; the link will also sent to online attendees via email.

Online attendance at this program falls under the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission's "Live programming" definition; 12 CLE credit hours may be earned through online attendance each compliance period. See Rule 802(k) and Rule 803(a) (196 KB PDF; requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) at the Kansas CLE Commission website for more information.

Nontraditional programming limitations may vary in other jurisdictions; it is the responsibility of the attendee seeking credit to verify any limitations.

CLE Credit

Accredited by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission (Traditional and Online):

  • Thursday, June 27: 7.0 hours with 2.0 hours ethics.
  • Friday, June 28: 5.0 hours with 1.0 hours ethics.

Online Attendees: See note above regarding Nontraditional Programming Limitation.

Cancellations

If you cannot attend the seminar, you may send a substitute. If you cancel your registration at least two (2) business days prior to the seminar, your registration fee will be refunded. After that date, non-attending registrants will receive the course materials. Please allow two weeks for delivery. The sponsors reserve the right to cancel this seminar and return all fees.

Assistance for Special Needs

If you require special services or auxiliary aids to assist you while attending the event, please call Donna Vilander at (785) 670-1105.

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