Photograph: Images of Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood Lodge, Sturgis, and Crazy Horse.

Deadwood, South Dakota CLE Excursion

This event has reached capacity due to social distancing limitations.
Registration for the event is closed.

This event in Deadwood is a "go."
We look forward to seeing you later this month!

Masks will be provided and required for all attendees when in public spaces.
Social distancing will be implemented and several CLEs are outside to increase safety of participants.

Join Washburn University School of Law for three days in Deadwood, South Dakota for our inaugural Washburn Law CLE Excursion from Saturday, July 18 through Monday, July 20, 2020, at the Lodge at Deadwood. Attorneys and their guests can explore Sturgis and the Black Hills while also earning up to six CLE credits.

Although our daily lives have been altered by COVID-19, we plan to gather with social distancing in a relaxing setting only a day's drive from Topeka, Kansas.

This event is in-person only and will not be available via webcast.

NOTE: All times shown below are Mountain Time (MT); e.g., 8:00 a.m. MT = 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time = 9:00 a.m. Central Time = 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Photograph: Karli Davis. Photograph: Jeffrey Jackson. Photograph: Blake Klinkner.

Photograph: Shawn Leisinger. Photograph: Carla Pratt.

COVID-19 Update

  • Masks will be provided and required for all attendees when in public spaces.
  • Social distancing will be implemented and several CLEs are outside to increase safety of participants.


Friday, July 17, 2020

5:00-7:00 p.m. — Information Table — Lodge at Deadwood, Oggie’s Sports Bar & Emporium

Stop by Oggie's Sports Bar between 5 and 7 p.m. to grab your Washburn Law CLE and social distancing materials. Karli Davis, director of Alumni Relations, will also be available to answer any last-minute questions you have about all the upcoming activities.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

9:00 a.m. — Attorney Mindfulness Through Yoga CLE (1 hour) (Carla Pratt) — Lodge at Deadwood, Firepit near Lodge Pool (Rain Location – Conference Area Foyer)

Dean Carla Pratt will discuss the benefits of lawyer mindfulness practice and use the construct of Yoga to conduct a mindfulness session. As our lives get busier and we are inundated with information throughout all hours of the day, it is important to step back to pause. Dean Pratt will share an update on the latest research on mindfulness, including how it benefits productivity, enhances relationships, and contributes to overall attorney wellness. This session will also teach a few basic yoga poses and include tips for being more mindful in everyday activities. Both attorneys and their guests are encouraged to attend. Yoga mats will be provided to each registrant for this CLE.

1:30 p.m. — Indigenous Perspectives CLE (1 hour) (Carla Pratt) — Spearfish City Park South Shelter

Both attorneys and guests will meet at the Lodge at Deadwood lobby before embarking with Dean Carla Pratt on a scenic driving tour through the Black Hills. Participants will caravan in their own vehicles and stop at an outdoor space in the Spearfish City Park for an hour CLE, where Dean Pratt will discuss the legal issues confronting tribal members and leadership regarding sovereignty, land/resource usage, and climate change. Following the discussion, guests can continue the scenic drive to Spearfish and/or Devil's Tower National Monument. Transportation not provided. If you get separated from the group, the south shelter is located at 119 S. Canyon Street in Spearfish.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

8:45 a.m. — Physical Activity as a Tool for Coping with Stress (1 hour) (Karli Davis and Carla Pratt) — Mt. Roosevelt Trail

Join Director of Alumni Relations Karli Davis and Dean Carla Pratt for a leisurely hike on the Mt. Roosevelt Trail. Along the way they will discuss the latest research about the level of physical activity that lawyers engage in on average and the wellness benefits of movement. Physical activity can replace alcohol as a way to decompress and relieve stress. The problem use of alcohol on the legal profession will be highlighted, along with how replacing a drink with a hike can be a healthy way to approach managing stress. Director Davis and Dean Pratt will share what the ideal step goal should be for each day and share with attendees the various mechanisms for monitoring and improving their daily movement. Dean Pratt will discuss the implementation of "walking meetings" at Washburn Law and how attorneys can encourage wellness in their workplace by adopting walking meetings when possible. Participants will enjoy the scenery on this guided hike while also learning about ways to incorporate healthy activities into their daily schedules. Directions: Leaving the Lodge at 8:45 a.m., head northwest on Pine Crest Drive toward Mt. Roosevelt Road (FSR-133). Turn left onto Mt. Roosevelt Road. There will be a 2-mile mark and a sign for the Mt. Roosevelt picnic area where the trailhead begins and where we will begin the hike at 9 a.m.

11:00 a.m. — Sturgis Excursion (Shawn Leisinger) — Sturgis, South Dakota

Meet in the Lodge lobby before we head out on our drive to Sturgis where we will spend the afternoon learning about the history of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and seeing the influential sights in Sturgis with Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs, Shawn Leisinger. Transportation and lunch not provided.

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Reception — Lodge at Deadwood, Pine Crest D Banquet Room

Gather with CLE participants, guests and Washburn Law staff for an evening of fun conversations that are sure to include Black Hills trivia. Individually packaged appetizers provided. Cash bar.

Monday, July 20, 2020

8:00 a.m. — Ethical Issues Related to Risk: Understanding & Advising Clients CLE (1 hour ethics) (Shawn Leisinger) — Lodge at Deadwood, Roosevelt Room

This session examines ethical issues related to risk in the legal context. The presentation will look at how different people, and different attorneys, approach risk taking through a live exercise and application of academic risk approaches to the outcomes. Then, the discussion looks at how an attorney can get competent and ethically advise clients concerning 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. Individually-packaged continental breakfast provided.

8:00 a.m. — Deadwood Walking Tour (for guests) (Karli Davis) — City of Deadwood, South Dakota

For guests not attending the morning’s CLE, meet in the lobby and join Director of Alumni Relations, Karli Davis, for a walking tour of the city of Deadwood.

9:00 a.m. — Incorporating a Gun Trust into an Estate Plan CLE (1 hour) (Jeffrey Jackson) — Lodge at Deadwood, Roosevelt Room

This session explores the basic operation of a gun trust to hold firearms and the mechanics of such a trust’s operation. It will discuss the reasons to create a gun trust; their effectiveness as an estate planning tool to hold firearms; common myths and understandings about what a gun trust can do; special rules associated with gun trusts; and client counseling issues associated with gun trusts.

10:15 a.m. — Law, Technology & Ethics CLE (1 hour ethics) (Blake Klinkner) — Lodge at Deadwood, Roosevelt Room

This CLE will provide an overview of current topics concerning technology and ethics in the practice of law. Topics will include: Waiving the Attorney-Client Privilege: Now Easier Than Ever Thanks to Technology; Advising Clients Regarding Communications Through Technology & Social Media; Spoliation of Digital Evidence; Other Ethical Issues Regarding Social Media; or, When to Friend and When Not to Friend (and How to Friend); Social Media Ethics and Juries.

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — Lunch on Your Own

Grab a bite to eat either in Deadwood or at the Lodge before heading out on our afternoon adventure.

1:00 p.m. — Mount Rushmore/Crazy Horse Excursion

End your time with the 2020 Washburn Law CLE Excursion with a caravan to the Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse memorials. Setting out from the Lodge, the group will first take the scenic drive to Mount Rushmore for an afternoon of exploring. The group will then head to Crazy Horse to experience the Legends in Light Laser Show. Transportation, meals and memorial admittance not provided.

Other Important Information


Attire for the trip is casual. The weather is often windy, storms are unpredictable and the evenings get chilly, so we suggest dressing in layers with water resistant options.

Bicycle Rental

For guests interested in exploring Deadwood by bicycle, the lodge recommends DeadWheels – Rabbit Bicycles. They can be reached at 605.574.4302or by visiting the following website:

CLE Materials

CLE materials will be sent to you as email attachments and provided on a USB drive at the event. They will also be available for download through our website–watch your email for the link.

Contact Information

Because we are making several stops throughout the trip, if you get separated from the group or have any questions during your visit, please call or text either Karli Davis at (785) 806-1393 or Kaitlin Alegria at (785) 224-4400.

2020 Farm and Ranch Income Tax/Estate and Business Planning Seminar

Participants interested in additional CLE credit may attend day two of the 2020 Farm and Ranch Income Tax/Estate and Business Planning Seminar also taking place at the Lodge at Deadwood. Separate registration is required for the additional CLE.

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Registration for this program is now closed.
We look forward to seeing you in South Dakota.

Dates / Location
Photograph: Lodge at Deadwood (South Dakota).

Saturday, July 18 through
Monday, July 20, 2020

Lodge at Deadwood
100 Pine Crest Lane
Deadwood, South Dakota
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See below for lodging information.

Registration Fee
  • $250: All Three Days
  • $100: Saturday Only
  • $50: Sunday Only
  • $150: Monday Only
  • $50: Each Guest

Attendees must pay the registration fee prior to start of the program.

See Washburn W-9 (taxpayer ID)

Program fee includes materials in electronic form.

Continuing Legal Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit

  • Kansas: 6 hours (total for all sessions, including 3 hours ethics).
  • Other jurisdictions: all other attorney attendees will receive documentation and be responsible for submitting for credit in their home state.

Attendees are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements.

A block of rooms is set up under Washburn University School of Law at a rate of $169 per night plus tax and fees. This rate is valid from July 17 thru July 22. The room block will release June 19, 2020.

The Lodge does not have an online link for reservations, but guests can call the front desk at (877) 393-5634 and tell them they need to make reservations under the Washburn University School of Law room block.

Lists of other hotels, motels, and specialty lodging are on the Deadwood Chamber website.


If you cannot attend the seminar, you may send a substitute. If you cancel your registration before midnight on Monday, July 13, 2020, your registration fee will be refunded. After that date, non-attending registrants will receive the course materials in electronic form and be subject to a $50 cancellation fee.

The sponsors reserve the right to cancel this seminar and return all fees.

Assistance for Special Needs and Other Questions

If you require special services or auxiliary aids to assist you while attending the event, please contact Gabriel Bezpaletz, Director of Catering, at (605) 571-2121.

Questions regarding registration or the program can be directed to Karli Davis at Washburn Law at