2015 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.).

The CLE will be held Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26, 2015. 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 25, 2015 • 7 Hours

7:30 a.m. — Registration

8:00 a.m.
The ABC's Of Estate Planning: An Estate and Charitable Planning Update
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 estate planning and charitable gifts. A specific focus will be on recent changes and clarifications of this particular area of decedents' estates law.

8:50 a.m. — Break

9:00 a.m.
Ethics - 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.

9:50 a.m. — Break

10:00 a.m.
Ethics - Anatomy of a Disciplinary Complaint (1 hour ethics)
Michael Serra
Deputy Disciplinary Administrator, Kansas Office of the Disciplinary Administrator

This session will break down the components of the disciplinary compliant process and provide guidance for attorneys on how to respond and address the situation when they are notified that a disciplinary complaint has been filed against them. Special focus will be on what "not to do" and how to handle the process professionally to address the complaint.

10:50 a.m. — Break

11:00 a.m.
Update on Employment and Labor Law
Professor Joe Mastrosimone
Washburn University School of Law

This session will address recent cases and updates in both the areas of employment and labor 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.
Larger Consequences of the Supreme Court's Same Sex Marriage Decisions
Professor Susannah Pollvogt
Washburn University School of Law

In resolving the issue of same-sex marriage in favor of same-sex couples, the United States Supreme Court delivered an important victory to the LGB community. But do the marriage cases provide helpful precedent for the civil rights battles of the future? This presentation will focus on the potential consequences--both intended and unintended--of the marriage cases for equality law more broadly. In particular, we will focus on the implications for groups and individuals marginalized on the basis of race, gender, gender identity, and socioeconomic class.

4:20 p.m. — Adjourn

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Friday • June 26, 2015 • 5 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 focus on an update in the areas of both contract and property law. A focus will be on changes and shifts on these areas of law.

8:50 a.m. — Break

9:00 a.m.
Are you an Ethical Attorney Negotiator? – A Live Exercise based on the "American Pickers" Show!
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.
Taxation Issues with a View to Agricultural Law
Professor Lori McMillan
Washburn University School of Law

This session will provide an overview of the implication of taxation law issues in agricultural law. Even for attorneys who do not regularly practice in a traditional agricultural law area many times there are implication for clients who inherit these estates or simply do business with the agriculture industry. The intent is to provide a broad overview of the issues to be aware of for a general practitioner.

10:50 a.m. — Break

11:00 a.m.
Current Laws Regarding Mortgage Disclosures and Foreclosures
Professor Andrea Boyack
Washburn University School of Law

This session will take a look at the applied area of real property law with a focus on mortgage disclosures and the foreclosure process. Attendees will learn about the actual process and issues related to both the mortgage and potential subsequent foreclosure processes currently.

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 25, 2015 and
Friday, June 26, 2015

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

» $249 both full days
» $149 Thursday only
» $149 Friday only
See registration form.

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



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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