Photograph: Images of Branson Landing, Branson Scenic Railway, Chateau on the Lake, Jet Boats, and Dolly Parton's Stampede.

Ozarks, Missouri CLE Excursion

Join Washburn University School of Law for three days in the Ozarks for our second annual Washburn Law CLE Excursion from Thursday, August 5 through Saturday, August 7, 2021, at the Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri. Attorneys and their guests will have a chance to explore the Ozarks while also earning up to five CLE credits.

Several extra-cost events are listed below. On the registration form please indicate whether you would like to attend the events, and if so, the number of guests attending. This will allow us to obtain the best group rate for each event. We will contact attendees later regarding payment.

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

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Photograph: Blake Klinkner. Photograph: Jeffrey Jackson.

Photograph: Carla Pratt. Photograph: Ande Davis. Photograph: Kaitlin Alegria.


Wednesday, August 4, 2021

6:00-7:30 p.m. — Informal Gathering — Chateau on the Lake (exact location TBD)

Washburn Law staff members will be available from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at a designated spot at Chateau on the Lake to greet guests and provide information about the CLE activities.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

9:00 a.m. — Working Remotely During the Pandemic (and Beyond)? Understanding How Remote Technologies Can Implicate Your Ethical Duties CLE (1.5 hours) (Professor Blake Klinkner) — Chateau on the Lake

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way in which attorneys practice law, most notably by encouraging – or forcing – attorneys to work remotely and to engage by varying degrees in the virtual practice of law. Technology has been a boon for attorneys finding themselves required to work remotely during the pandemic, but this same technology poses many pitfalls for attorneys who are unaware of the myriad ways in which remote technology may negatively impact their ethical and professional responsibilities. In this CLE, Professor Klinkner will discuss a variety of virtual practice technologies and their implications for attorney ethics. Professor Klinkner will discuss recent ethics opinions addressing remote technologies, and address pandemic-related “trial and error” which attorneys have encountered as they have navigated the remote practice of law during a worldwide pandemic. Professor Klinkner will conclude the CLE by providing attendees with practical guidance and best practices for ethically integrating remote technologies into their practices.

10:45 a.m. — Recent Developments in United States Supreme Court Cases (1.5 hours) (Professor Jeff Jackson) — Chateau on the Lake

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.

Afternoon — On Your Own

Enjoy some of the sights and sounds of Branson before our evening activity.

6:00 p.m. — Tasting & Dinner — Smith Creek Moonshine – Branson Landing

Join excursion guests as we head to Smith Creek Moonshine for dinner and a sampling of some of the distillery’s best flavors, including butter cake, apple pie, sweet tea and chocolate silk. Transportation and food/beverage not provided. Visit Smith Creek Moonshine website.

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Friday, August 6, 2021

9:00 a.m. — What is Critical Race Theory? CLE (1 hour) (Dean Carla Pratt and Ande Davis) — Chateau on the Lake

Critical Race Theory (CRT) has come under attack in some states where legislatures have deemed it racially divisive and have attempted to ban it. This session will explore the tenets of critical race theory, such as understanding race as a socio-legal way of categorizing people and not as a biological difference in human beings. The session will teach the American Bar Association’s lesson on CRT, and help participants to understand CRT's relationship to civil rights lawyering.

Noonish — Lunch on Your Own

Grab a quick bite to eat before heading out for our afternoon activities.

2:00 p.m. — Optional Group Activities

Transportation and tickets not provided. When registering please indicate which activity you are interested in (if any) and we will provide you with the group discounted cost once we book each activity.

Jet Boat Excursion: You will be treated to an amazing adventure on Lake Taneycomo seeing nature and the Ozarks from an angle not every visitor to Branson gets to see. You'll learn about the area from knowledgeable guides as captains take you at speeds up to 30 mph from the Branson Landing out through the lake. Non-group rates: $34.85 plus tax; children ages 3-11 $29 plus tax. Visit Branson Jet Boats website.

Branson Scenic Railway: Step back in time on this 45-minute scenic trip on the vintage passenger train as it travels through tunnels, over trestles and through the southwest Missouri wilderness. Non-group rates: $29 plus tax; children ages 3-12 $18.50 plus tax; veteran/active military $14.50 plus tax; lap rider $2 plus tax. Visit Branson Scenic Railway website.

Evening — Dinner on Your Own

Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants near the hotel or venture farther out to discover some of the culinary delights throughout Branson.

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Saturday, August 7, 2021

9:00 a.m. — Coping Mechanisms for Stressful Times CLE (1 hour) (Kaitlin Alegria) — Chateau on the Lake

This session explores healthy coping mechanisms that any individual can use in stressful situations. From grounding exercises to guided stretching, participants will be provided with a toolkit of options to return to a calm state when facing high anxiety encounters. Session will also include a guided meditation.

Late Morning and Afternoon — Day on Your Own

Enjoy some of the sights and sounds of Branson before our evening activity.

5:30 p.m. — Dolly Parton's Stampede

End your time at the 2021 Washburn Law CLE Excursion with an evening of magnificent horses performing tricks, spectacular special effects and a phenomenal musical production all while you enjoy a mouthwatering four-course family feast. Non-group rates: $54.99 plus tax; children ages 3-9 $29.99 plus tax.

Transportation and tickets not provided. When registering please indicate which activity you are interested in (if any) and we will provide you with the group discounted cost once we book each activity. Visit Dolly Parton's Stampede website.

Other Important Information


Attire for the trip is casual.

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

During the excursion, please call or text either Karli Davis at (785) 806-1393 or Kaitlin Alegria at (785) 224-4400 with questions.

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Dates / Location
Photograph: Chateau on the Lake (Branson, Missouri).

Thursday, August 5 through
Saturday, August 7, 2021

Chateau on the Lake
415 North State Highway 265
Branson, Missouri
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See below for lodging information.

Registration Fee
  • $200: All Three Days
  • $150: Thursday Only
  • $50: Friday Only
  • $50: Saturday Only

Registration Deadline:
To receive the best group rates on the optional activities, we encourage early registration. Registrations will be accepted through Monday, July 26, 2021. Attendees must pay the registration fee prior to start of the program.

See registration form.
See Washburn W-9 (taxpayer ID)

Program fee includes materials in electronic form.

Continuing Legal Education Credit
  • Kansas: 5 hours (total for all sessions).
  • 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. Continental breakfast on Thursday and Friday and lunch on Thursday are provided as part of the registration fee. All other meals are on-your-own.

We have reserved a special rate for rooms at Chateau on the Lake for $186 per night plus tax and fees. This rate is valid from August 4 through August 8, 2021. The cutoff for this rate is Monday, July 5, 2021. Rooms are on a first-come-first-reserved basis.

Book a room online at the discounted rate.

Lists of other hotels, motels, and specialty lodging are on the Explore Branson website.


If you cannot attend the seminar, you may send a substitute. If you cancel your registration before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2021, 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.

Washburn Law reserves the right to cancel this seminar and return all fees.

Assistance for Special Needs and Other Questions

Questions regarding special assistance, registration or the program can be directed to Karli Davis at