2021 Selected Topics and Miscellany CLE

About the CLE

Washburn University School of Law presents its annual two-day line-up, on Thursday, June 17, and Friday, June 18, 2021, 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, many including a review of updated cases and issues, and allow time for attendees to ask questions.

This CLE will be presented online via Zoom.
(see "Information for Online Attendees" in the sidebar)
A limited number of in-person seats are available.

Two (2) hours of ethics will be presented on Thursday (9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.).

The CLE will be held Thursday, June 17, and Friday, June 18, 2021. You may attend either single day ($179 per single day) or both days ($299).

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Schedule

Thursday • June 17, 2021 • 7 Hours

7:30 a.m. — Registration – Online and Room 100 (for in-person attendees)

8:00 a.m.
Social Media, Jury Trials, and the Right to a Fair Trial
Professor Blake A. Klinkner
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Passage, Washburn University School of Law

Social media, which has skyrocketed into ubiquity in recent years, has come to be recognized as a surprising and underestimated threat to jury trials – and the rule of law – in several ways. This CLE will discuss some of the most common ways in which social media has impaired trials in the United States, which include: 1) juror research into, or exposure to, the parties' backgrounds on social media; 2) juror legal and factual research through social media; and 3) juror deliberations with non-jurors over social media. Professor Klinkner will conclude the CLE by providing a number of recommendations for addressing juror social media abuse.

8:50 a.m. — Break

9:00 a.m.
Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh my! – AKA Pandemic, New Rules and Discipline – Oh my! (1 hour ethics)
Kathleen J. Selzler Lippert, J.D.
Deputy Disciplinary Administrator, Kansas Office of the Disciplinary Administrator

In a typical year, Office of Disciplinary Administration (ODA) would provide CLE on recent discipline cases or an ethic refresher update. This is not a typical year. Last year a global pandemic turned the world upside down. Emergency court rules impacted the practice of law and the ODA. As if the 2020 global pandemic did not spice up the practice of law enough, new rules related to attorney discipline became effective January 1, 2021. The presentation for 2021 CLE provides a window into the impact of pandemic practice for attorney discipline and new rules effective January 1, 2021.

9:50 a.m. — Break

10:00 a.m.
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Compliance Begins Here at Home
Professor Amy Deen Westbrook
Kurt M. Sager Memorial Distinguished Professor of International and Commercial Law, Washburn University School of Law

This CLE will present the basics of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the FCPA), and help you understand your clients' responsibilities and potential liability under the act. We will discuss some of the recent settlements, including ones that made the news (Goldman Sachs' $3.3 billion settlement in October 2020) and many that did not. If you think you have an FCPA issue, do you know what to do? This CLE will cover: Who has to comply with the FCPA?; What does the FCPA prohibit?; What are the most common FCPA pitfalls?; How can you avoid an FCPA enforcement action?

10:50 a.m. — Break

11:00 a.m.
Supported Decision-Making (SDM) and Promoting Independence
Professor Michelle Ewert
Washburn University School of Law

This session will discuss the use of supported decision-making (SDM) agreements as an alternative to substituted decision-making models like guardianship or conservatorship. The session will cover the history of the supported decision-making movement, how different jurisdictions have implemented SDM, and what considerations attorneys should discuss with clients when determining whether SDM is a good strategy for them.

11:50 a.m. — Lunch Break

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 Issues for Attorneys Serving on Non-profit Boards (1 hour ethics)
Shawn Leisinger
Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs, Washburn University School of Law

This session will take a look at the ethical issues that should be initially contemplated before joining a non-profit board, and those issues that arise with non-profit board service for attorneys with a focus on governmental attorneys for this particular program. The session will involve contemplation of some hypothetical board issues and problems followed by discussion and application of the relevant ethical rules. Contemplations of who is the client, conflicts and even confidentiality become much more complex in these settings. Participants will be able to work though those concerns and more, hopefully leaving with a desire to serve and an ability to take proactive steps to avoid ethical issues while doing so.

3:50 p.m. — Adjourn

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Friday • June 18, 2021 • 5 Hours

7:30 a.m. — Registration – Online and Room 100 (for in-person attendees)

8:00 a.m.
Family Law Update or Fun with UCCJEA & UIFSA
Professor Linda Henry Elrod
Richard S. Righter Distinguished Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law

This session will be a family law update with a focus on the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) and will provide attendees with a current look at family law practice generally and with some focus on the increasing mobility of families and children and related legal issues.

8:50 a.m. — Break

9:00 a.m.
Evidence-Based Decision-Making Models in Child Custody Cases
Professor Gillian Chadwick
Director, Washburn Law Clinic, Washburn University School of Law

This session will give an overview of current research in child welfare, child development, and family violence as it relates to contested custody litigation. The presenter will discuss how this research can inform parents’ attorneys, GALs, conciliators, judges, and others involved in child custody cases and other litigation involving children and families.

9:50 a.m. — Break

10:00 a.m.
A Look at Small Businesses, Leasing, and Bankruptcy During the Pandemic
Professor Andrea J. Boyack
Norman R. Pozez Chair in Business and Transactional Law, Washburn University School of Law

This session will take a look at legal issues, changes and challenges arising in the areas of small business, leasing and bankruptcy arises out of the pandemic. Some focus will be on changes and challenges general practitioners should be aware of and might not have realized occurred in response to the Pandemic.

10:50 a.m. — Break

11:00 a.m.
Tax Law Update for 2021
Professor Roger McEowen
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, 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.

11:50 a.m. — Break

12:00 a.m.
Agricultural Law Update
Professor Roger McEowen
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.

12:50 p.m. — Adjourn

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Dates / Location

Thursday, June 17, 2021 and
Friday, June 18, 2021

Location (in-person attendees):
Washburn University
School of Law - Room 100
Parking: north, south and east of the law school.
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Registration Fee

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

Fee includes reporting hours of attendance to the Kansas CLE Commission and materials in electronic format (per current normal practice for most CLE providers). Please pre-register at least 48 hours in advance. In-person seating is limited.

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 Continuing Legal Education 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 CLE Commission (Traditional and Online):

  • Thursday, June 17: 7.0 hours with 2.0 hours ethics.
  • Friday, June 18: 5.0 hours.

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 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.