2020 Selected Topics and Miscellany CLE

If you register after noon on Wednesday, 6/17, please e-mail Donna Vilander at donna.vilander@washburn.edu. Donna will send the access information and materials after confirming your registration.

About the CLE

Washburn University School of Law presents its annual two-day line-up, on Thursday, June 18, and Friday, June 19, 2020, of programs that focus on selected legal topics and updates in many areas of the law. Note that all sessions will be offered online via Zoom LIVE WEBCAST ONLY – there will be no in-person presentations to attend at the law school building.

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.

Three (3) hours of ethics will be presented on Thursday (8:00 and 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.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 18, and Friday, June 19, 2020. You may attend either single day or both days.

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

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Schedule

Thursday • June 18, 2020 • 7 Hours

7:30 a.m. — Registration – Via Zoom

8:00 a.m.
Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence (1 hour ethics)
Professor Blake Klinkner
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Passage, Washburn University School of Law

This session will provide an overview of the electronic discovery process and issues unique to digital evidence. Topics will include: 1) how electronic discovery and digital data are changing the discovery process; 2) categories of digital data; 3) rules applicable to electronic discovery; 4) best practices for electronic discovery and advising clients; 5) preservation, spoliation, and sanctions; 6) cost sharing related to electronic discovery production; 7) issues involving the admission of digital evidence; and 8) ethical concerns unique to electronic discovery and digital data. Attorneys who are not familiar or comfortable with technology will perhaps benefit the most from this presentation. However, even attorneys who consider themselves to be "tech savvy" will benefit from learning about the many technological pitfalls which exist in this rapidly changing and evolving area of the law.

8:50 a.m. — Break

9:00 a.m.
Ethical Issues Related to Online Negotiation (1 hour ethics)
Shawn Leisinger
Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs, Washburn University School of Law

This CLE session will be an abbreviated version of the two hour CLE on the topic and will use Zoom breakout rooms to set you with another participant to engage in a simple online negotiation for a part of the hour. While the initial negotiation will involve a matter related to a will and estate planning you will not need any specific legal knowledge in that area to negotiate the issues raised. After participants engage in the simple negotiation they will come back together as a group to discuss ethical obligations in negotiation and will focus on how those rules both apply and may be complicated by using online tools and formats to negotiate. We will discuss some of the pitfalls and some of the need for additional preparation to negotiate ethically online. Participants will be challenged to contemplate whether they feel they complied or may need to adjust their style and negotiation tactics for the online world.

10:00 a.m.
Helping Clients Plan for Incapacity and Other End of Life Issues
Professor Michelle Ewert
Associate Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law

This session will discuss the different tools available to help clients plan for incapacity and death. The session will describe the requirements for advance directives and resources available to attorneys and their clients in preparing for the future.

10:50 a.m. — Break

11:00 a.m.
Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign-Country Judgments
Professor Alex Glashausser
David A. Fenley Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law

This session will cover the standards under common law, statutes, and a new international convention about the extent to which federal and state courts within the United States will recognize and enforce judgments from the courts of foreign countries.

11:50 a.m. — Lunch

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 Considerations in the Use of Technology (1 hour ethics)
Professor Blake Klinkner
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Passage, Washburn University School of Law

The practice of law is increasingly impacted by technology, in both good and bad ways. As attorneys integrate technology into their practices, they must be ever mindful of the myriad ways in which technology impacts their ethical obligations. In this CLE, the presenter will discuss ways in which technology affects attorney ethical duties pertaining to: 1) competency; 2) confidentiality; 3) communication; 4) supervision of others; and 5) scope of representation and allocation of authority between client and lawyer. Attendees will better understand how to integrate and manage technology in their practices consistent with attorney ethical duties.

3:50 p.m. — Adjourn

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Friday • June 19, 2020 • 5 Hours

7:30 a.m. — Registration – Via Zoom

8:00 a.m.
Productivity, Wellness, and Ethics During the Pandemic and Beyond (1 hour ethics)
Professor Gillian Chadwick
Director of the Washburn Law Clinic and Associate Director of the Children and Family Law Center, Washburn University School of Law

This session will answer the question, "How can lawyers stay productive, well, and ethical during times of exceptional stress?" The presenter will examine how stress can negatively affect both wellness and productivity, and thus create ethical issues. Much of the session will be spent discussing concrete tools and strategies lawyers can use to kickstart a "virtuous cycle" between productivity and wellness.

8:50 a.m. — Break

9:00 a.m.
2019 Attorney Disciplinary Cases Update (1 hour ethics)
Kathleen J. Selzler Lippert, J.D.
Deputy Disciplinary Administrator, Kansas Office of the Disciplinary Administrator

This session will involve an update on the 2019 attorney discipline cases in Kansas with a focus on what participants can take away from these cases and stories of peers who engaged in activity that resulted in disciplinary cases being pursued against them.

9:50 a.m. — Break

10:00 a.m.
Tax Law Update for 2020
Professor Roger McEowen
Kansas Farm Bureau Professor of Agricultural Law and Taxation, Washburn University School of Law

Between new legislation, cases and IRS rulings last year and the Congressional legislative response to COVID-19 this spring, the area of tax law has seen significant change that has been swiftly applied. This session will look at some of those changes and programs have been applied to real life practice and client issues for better or worse.

10:50 a.m. — Break

11:00 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.

11:50 a.m. — Break

12:00 p.m.
Recent Cases and Issues in Criminal Justice
Professor John J. Francis
Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law

This session will touch on a wide variety of current issues in criminal law and procedure. In part the presenter will touch on these areas and issues in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. He will also touch on the United States Supreme Court's decision on the Kansas abolition of insanity defense in Kahler, the SCOTUS decision on reasonable suspicion in the Glover case and other topical issues in this area of practice.

12:50 p.m. — CLE Adjourns

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Please register by Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

Last minute registrations may be possible but please email Donna Vilander at donna.vilander@washburn.edu to confirm availability of space after June 16.

Dates / Location

Thursday, June 18, 2020 and
Friday, June 19, 2020

This CLE is being presented online ONLY.

Registration Fee

» $299 both full days
» $179 Thursday only
» $179 Friday only

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

All attendees will receive access to the program materials in electronic form. The link to the electronic materials will be sent via email no later than Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

Information for Online Attendees

This CLE will be streamed via Zoom. There is no charge to use Zoom. The link to the program will be sent to online attendees via email.

Online attendance at this program falls under the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission's (KSCLE) "Live programming" definition; 12 CLE credit hours may be earned through online attendance each compliance period. See Rules and Guidelines and the FAQ 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 (all online):

  • Thursday, June 18: 7.0 hours with 3.0 hours ethics.
  • Friday, June 19: 5.0 hours with 2.0 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 before midnight on Thursday, June 11, 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

If you require special services or auxiliary aids to assist you while attending the event, please contact Donna Vilander at donna.vilander@washburn.edu.

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