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2024 Selected Topics and Miscellany CLE

Back by popular demand is Washburn School of Law’s annual June Selected Topics and Miscellany CLE presentation. The session will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 13 and 14, 2024 both Online via Zoom and in person at the brand new Washburn School of Law building NOW located at the corner of 21st and Washburn in Topeka, Kansas. Three hours of ethics programming for those who may be focused on completing the ethics requirement will be provided on Thursday only this year. Seven hours of CLE will be offered on Thursday with an additional five on Friday. The charge for both days together will be $299 or participants may attend either Thursday or Friday for $179. 

The CLE presentation will focus on selected topics and updates in myriad areas of law as provided in the schedule below. The presenters are regular faculty, adjunct professors and associates at Washburn Law who will be sharing their particular expertise with the participants. Each session will entail a presentation on the specific topic areas, many including a review of updated cases and issues, and also allow for some question and answer time between the presenter and the participants. Each of our presenters for this event regularly work in their respective areas to stay abreast of current cases and issues in their area of law and will share that insight and knowledge with the participants in this CLE. We are focused on bringing you an interesting variety of topics in this annual CLE offering.

 

This CLE will be presented in-person AND online via Zoom.

(see "Information for Online Attendees" in the sidebar)

Three (3) hours of ethics will be presented on Thursday only (9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.).

The CLE will be held Thursday, June 13, and Friday, June 14, 2024. You may attend either single day ($179 per single day) or both days ($299).

Schedule

Thursday • June 13, 2024 • 7 Hours (with 3 hours ethics)

7:30 a.m. — Registration

8:00 a.m.
Discriminatory AI in Housing (1 hour)
Michelle Ewert, Director of the Washburn Law Clinic and Professor, Washburn University School of Law

This session will explore how algorithmic decision-making is used in advertising, tenant screening, home appraisals, and home insurance, and how facial recognition technology is used for building access and surveillance. The session will discuss the fair housing implications of use of artificial intelligence (AI) in these contexts and the legal theory and case outcomes of challenges to these practices.

8:50 a.m. — Break

9:00 a.m. — Social Media or Social Disaster (1 ethics hour)
Kathleeen Lippert, Kanas Deputy Disciplinary Administrator

This session will focus on rules implicated with use of social media.  Social media has infiltrated our personal lives and work lives. You can choose to use it more or less – but it is part of your life. Are the professional rules implicated if it is only used in your personal life? What rules are implicated when a lawyer uses it – personally and/or professionally?

9:50 a.m. — Break

10:00 a.m. — Law in the AI Era (1 hour)
David Rubenstein, Professor, Washburn University School of Law

This CLE will provide an overview of the rapidly evolving legal and policy landscape of artificial intelligence (AI). Lawyers and legal professionals are increasingly engaging with AI chatbots, such as ChatGPT and progeny, with little understanding of how they work and how they go wrong. Lawyers and judges will need to gain AI literacy even if not using the technology. Because AI can go wrong, including in high-stakes contexts relating to civil rights, health, housing, employment, lending, criminal justice, and more, lawyers and judges have important roles to play as stewards of the legal system and our constitutional democracy.  The discussion will cover why existing laws fail to address the unique opportunities and risks posed by AI, ranging from discrimination to privacy and due process concerns. Participants will come away with an understanding of how AI is disrupting every major segment of society, including legal practice, and the law itself.10:50 a.m.

10:50 a.m. — Break

11:00 a.m. — AI's Impact on Legal Practice: Navigating Landscapes and Limitations (1 ethics hour)
Clarissa HarveyVisiting Assistant Professor, Washburn University School of Law

Many attorneys already use some form of artificial intelligence. This program will explore practical lessons from Mata v. Avianca and ethical issues stemming from the misuse of generative artificial intelligence. This session will also discuss the future of generative AI in our legal system and the proper ethical use of forms and templates.

11:50 a.m. — Lunch Break (on your own)

1:00 p.m. — Feelings: How Not to Cry in Court and Other Tales of Emotional Intelligence for Ethical Attorneys (1 ethics hour)
Shelby Grau, Washburn University Assistant General Counsel

Attendees will explore how emotional intelligence shapes ethical conduct in legal practice by examining the connection between EI and the Kansas Rules of Professional Responsibility through discussion, analysis of applicable recent case law, and review of relevant ethical rules.

1:50 p.m. — Break

2:00 p.m. — Removal Jurisdiction:  Statutes and Strategy (1 hour)
Alex Glashausser, Professor, Washburn University School of Law

Removal to federal court has been an option for defendants in civil suits since the Judiciary Act of 1789. In recent years, however, statutory amendments and new strategies have created uncertainty about the procedure. This session will review the basics of removal jurisdiction and focus on some modern issues.

2:50 p.m. — Break

3:00 p.m.— Intellectual Property Dilemmas in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (1 hour)
Patricia Judd, Director of the Intellectual Property Law Center and Professor, Washburn University School of Law

Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are all the buzz these days. Generative AI technologies are changing education, legal practice, and legal doctrine. Some of the major discussion points surrounding generative AI center on intellectual property law. Are AI-assisted inventions patentable? If so, who should be listed as the inventor? Are generative AI outputs copyrightable?  How much human involvement is necessary in order for generative AI outputs to qualify for intellectual property protections? On the flip side, what are the potential liabilities for AI trainers and developers for infringing AI outputs? Are generative AI programs committing copyright infringement through their data scraping and training techniques? Is training generative AI fair use? Third, how do creators best protect against use of AI to undermine their brands—should someone be able to use generative AI to duplicate a musical artist’s voice? What about IP issues related to deepfakes in the creative industries? And finally, how may AI assist creators in enforcing IP rights? This presentation will present definitive answers to only a few of these questions, as only a few definitive answers exist. However, the presentation will tap into some of the hottest issues in intellectual property law today and provide some context for current debates.

3:50 p.m. — Adjourn

Friday • June 14, 2024 • 5 Hours (with 0 hours ethics)

7:30 a.m. — Registration

8:00 a.m. — Recent Developments in United States Supreme Court Cases (Part One) (1 hour)
Jeff Jackson, Dean and Professor, 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.

8:50 a.m. — Break

9:00 a.m. — Recent Developments in United State Supreme Court Cases (Part Two) (1 hour)
Jeff Jackson, Dean and Professor, Washburn University School of Law

A continuation of the previous session to finish covering all of the Supreme Court cases of the past year.

9:50 a.m. — Break

10:00 a.m. — Implications of Griffie v. Wichita and Gonzalez v. Trevino on Policing Protests  (1 hour)
Matt Bender, Professor, Washburn University School of Law

This session will examine recent case developments on the intersection of first and fourth amendment rights, including disorderly conduct statutes and student code of conduct policies as well as the new shape of the supreme court's retaliatory arrest jurisprudence.

10:50 a.m. — Break

11:00 a.m. — Recent Developments in Agricultural Law and Taxation, Part 1 (1 hour)
Roger McEowen, Professor of Agricultural Law and Taxation, Washburn University School of Law

This session covers a broad array of issues facing the rural practitioner. Developments in the courts and IRS that impact farm and ranch clients as well as clients operating agribusinesses and rural landowners will be addressed. From local courts to the Supreme Court and tax issues involving the IRS, agricultural law is a dynamic practice area encompassing many areas of the law of relevance to clients. Topics covered include: ag contracts and farm leases; real estate transactions; easements; farm income tax; estate and business planning issues; ag torts; water law; environmental law and regulatory law.

11:50 a.m. — Break

12:00 p.m. — Recent Developments in Agricultural Law and Taxation, Part 2 (1 hour)
Roger McEowen, Professor of Agricultural Law and Taxation, Washburn University School of Law

This session covers a broad array of issues facing the rural practitioner. Developments in the courts and IRS that impact farm and ranch clients as well as clients operating agribusinesses and rural landowners will be addressed. From local courts to the Supreme Court and tax issues involving the IRS, agricultural law is a dynamic practice area encompassing many areas of the law of relevance to clients. Topics covered include: ag contracts and farm leases; real estate transactions; easements; farm income tax; estate and business planning issues; ag torts; water law; environmental law and regulatory law.

12:50 p.m. — Adjourn

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Registration
Dates / Location

Thursday, June 13, 2024 and
Friday, June 14, 2024

Location (in-person attendees):
Washburn University School of Law
Robert J. Dole Hall
Parking: west and northwest 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

Kansas CLE credit (Traditional and Online): Approved for 12.0 hours with 3.0 hours ethics

  • Thursday, June 13: 7.0 hours with 3.0 hours ethics.
  • Friday, June 14: 5.0 hours.

Online Attendees: See note above regarding Nontraditional Programming Limitation.

Missouri CLE credit: pending.

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. 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.