2016 Selected Topics and Miscellany CLE

About the CLE

Washburn University School of Law presents its annual two-day line-up 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, generally 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 (9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.) and two (2) hours of ethics will be presented on Friday (8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.).

The CLE will be held Thursday, June 23, and Friday, June 24, 2016. 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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Thursday • June 23, 2016 • 7 Hours

7:30 a.m. — Registration

8:00 a.m.
Recent Developments in Contract and Property Law
Professor David Pierce
Washburn University School of Law

This session will provide an update in the areas of both contract and property law. A focus will be on changes and shifts on these areas of law, with a review of important new cases decided in the past year.

8:50 a.m. — Break

9:00 a.m.
Are you an Ethical Attorney Negotiator? – A Live Exercise based on the "American Pickers" Show! (1 hour ethics)
Adjunct Professor Shawn Leisinger
Washburn University School of Law

This CLE session will blend an initial live negotiation exercise with discussion and application of ethical issues and related rules arising out of that exercise. The initial exercise is based on the negotiation style and examples found on the "American Pickers" show and seeks to get participants to evaluate their personal negotiation style and how that affected the outcome of the "negotiation" session as compared to other participants. Participants will be paired off for the first half of the session to negotiate and then a series of questions and related discussion will take the participants through the applicable legal ethical rules. Participants will be challenged to contemplate whether they feel they complied or may need to adjust their style and negotiation tactics. Online attendees will have the negotiation exercise information for both sides with a series of questions to contemplate in preparation for the live discussion part of the presentation.

9:50 a.m. — Break

10:00 a.m.
Ethics and the Family Lawyer – New Traps for the Unwary (1 hour ethics)
Professor Linda Elrod
Washburn University School of Law

Just as the definition of family is evolving, so are the ethical responsibilities of lawyers practicing family law. Today’s family lawyer is a specialist who is expected to know terms like PKPA, UCCJEA, UIFSA, QDRO as well as keep up with the latest ethical rules which seem to change annually. In addition, family lawyers must advise clients in the age of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and understand how to store files in the cloud without breaching confidentiality.

10:50 a.m. — Break

11:00 a.m.
Update on Taxation of Trust and Estate Income
Adjunct Professor B.J. Hickert
Newbery, Ungerer & Hickert, LLP

This session will cover general issues that all attorneys should be aware of in regards to both taxation in estate planning and trust taxation. A specific focus will be on recent changes and clarifications of this particular area of law.

11:50 p.m. — Lunch on your own

1:30 p.m.
Recent Developments in United States Supreme Court Cases, Part I
Professor Jeffrey D. Jackson
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.

2:20 p.m. — Break

2:30 p.m.
Recent Developments in United States Supreme Court Cases, Part II
Professor Jeffrey D. Jackson
Washburn University School of Law

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

3:20 p.m. — Break

3:30 p.m.
Mentoring New Legal Writers
Professor Tonya Kowalski
Washburn University School of Law

Novice legal writers often struggle to apply skills they learned in law school to even very similar assignments in their clerkships, externships, and first years of practice. Supervising attorneys can help their mentees to recognize and overcome the “transfer of learning” barrier that keeps them from effectively using prior legal writing training in their new jobs. This session provides mentors with techniques they can use to help new lawyers to recall previous learning, as well as to triage and critique common legal writing problems in structure, proof, and style.

4:20 p.m. — Adjourn

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Friday • June 24, 2016 • 5 Hours

7:30 a.m. — Registration

8:00 a.m.
Recent Kansas Disciplinary Cases Update (1 hour ethics)
Kimberly L. Knoll
Deputy Disciplinary Administrator, Kansas Office of the Disciplinary Administrator

This session will include a review of disciplinary cases over the past year that have been handled by the Kansas Disciplinary Administrator's Office. A focus will be the more common ethical issues and sanctions assessed for violations of the related rules. The session will serve as a "what not to do" reminder of the basic ethical rules as applied in the actual practice of law.

8:50 a.m. — Break

9:00 a.m.
Ethics and Attorney Advertising and Social Media (1 hour ethics)
Kimberly L. Knoll
Deputy Disciplinary Administrator, Kansas Office of the Disciplinary Administrator

The session will involve a lighthearted look at lawyer ads from across the country with a discussion of the advertising ethical rules. While many of these ads push the boundaries of the applicable ethical rules we will discuss the gradual shift in attitudes in regards to attorney advertising and the meaning and intent of the applicable ethical rule provisions in light of today's ever advancing technology and media.

9:50 a.m. — Break

10:00 a.m.
Agricultural Law Update
Professor Roger McEowen
Washburn University School of Law and CliftonLarsonAllen

This session will cover issues in agriculture, finance, taxation, and other related legal practice areas.

10:50 a.m. — Break

11:00 a.m.
Internal Preparation of a Case in International Arbitration
Professor Frédéric Gilles Sourgens
Washburn University School of Law and Co-Chair, American Society of International Law Private International Law Interest Group

Most discussions of how to prepare a case for international arbitration focus upon the availability of discovery in international proceedings. This session will focus upon a different - and arguably more important - question: how can counsel prepare their own case in the absence of (or in preparation for) discovery battles? The session will walk counsel through best practices of international case development in anticipation of large scale arbitrations. It will draw upon Professor Sourgens' practical experience as counsel in international arbitrations and his work as a co-author on Evidence in International Investment Arbitration (Oxford University Press ; forthcoming 2016/2017) and International Petroleum Arbitrations (Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation ; forthcoming 2016/2017).

11:50 a.m. — Break

12:00 p.m.
50 sites in 50 minutes
Professor John Christensen
Washburn University School of Law

This session will take the attendees through 50 websites and electronic resources in the 50 minute session. A focus will be on free and low cost legal resources for attorneys that are trying to frugally do comprehensive research for their clients.

12:50 p.m. — Adjourn

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Dates / Location

Thursday, June 23, 2016 and
Friday, June 24, 2016

Location (in-person attendees):
Washburn University
School of Law - Room 114
Parking: north, south and east of the law school.
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Registration Fee

» $269 both full days
» $149 Thursday only
» $149 Friday only

Fee includes reporting hours of attendance to the Kansas CLE Commission and written materials. 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.

Online attendance at this program falls under the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission's Nontraditional Programming Limitation. Nontraditional programming is limited to a maximum of 5 hours of credit per compliance period.
See Rule 806 (l) (196 KB PDF; requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) at the Kansas CLE Commission website for more information.

CLE Credit

Accreditation pending.


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.