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Recent Developments in the Law CLE

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Recent Developments in the Law
May 18–19, 2017 | Lawrence, Kansas

Learn about the latest developments in a wide range of practice areas while earning as many as 15 CLE hours in Kansas and Missouri, including at least 3 hours of ethics. The program includes updates on judicial independence, immigration, family law, civil procedure, Supreme Court decisions, nonprofit law, LGBTQ law, homeland security, federal health care reform and more.

The program will take place at the University of Kansas School of Law, Green Hall, 1535 W. 15th Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

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Day One | Thursday, May 18, 2017
8 hours CLE credit, including 2 hours of ethics

8 - 8:50 am Update on Judicial Independence in Kansas
Richard Levy, J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Kansas School of Law

CLE materials (PDF)

Professor Richard Levy will discuss recent developments in relation to the independence of the judiciary. Topics covered include the selection and retention of judges, legislative actions to limit the jurisdiction, powers, or autonomy of the courts, and remedial issues surrounding school finance litigation. In addition to addressing the separation of powers issues raised by these developments, Levy will also discuss their implications for the rule of law..
10-Minute Break
9 - 9:50 am Hot Topics in Immigration Law
Lua Yuille, Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law

CLE materials (PDF)

2016 was an eventful year for the world of immigration – both in the U.S. and globally. And 2017 has been even more controversial. This presentation will explores a number of major immigration developments, including executive orders, regulatory and administrative changes, as well as key case law update. Given the increasing salience of immigration matters, the presentation will be helpful to immigration lawyers, general practitioners, criminal and family practitioners, young attorneys, and the like.
10-Minute Break
10 - 10:50 am Recent Developments in Family Law: Kansas and Beyond (PDF)
Melanie DeRousse, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law and Director, Douglas County Legal Aid

CLE materials (PDF) - UPDATED

This session will provide an annual Kansas legislative and case law update in all aspects of family law.  We will also address any key developments or trends in other jurisdictions and consider how they may impact interstate practice.
10-Minute Break
11 - 11:50 am Current Developments in the Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations
Bruce Hopkins, Professor from Practice, University of Kansas School of Law

CLE materials (PDF)

This session will review current developments in the federal tax law, including tax regulations, IRS rulings, court opinions, and pending legislation. The focus will be on the TE/GE fiscal year 2017 work plan, qualification for tax exemption, application for recognition processes and recent litigation, public charity status, supporting organizations, donor-advised funds, the commerciality doctrine, the private foundation rules, governance, the private inurement and private benefit doctrines, legislative and political campaign activity, unrelated business, joint ventures, use of subsidiaries, and charitable giving law.
Lunch
1 - 1:50 pm LGBTQ Legal Update
David Brown, Attorney, Law Office of David J. Brown LC and Adjunct Professor, University of Kansas School of Law

CLE materials (PDF)

Presentation will address how the legal landscape for members of the LGBTQ community is changing as a result of policies implemented by a new presidential administration. This session will address changes in federal and state programs and regulations since Donald Trump’s inauguration.
10-Minute Break
2 - 2:50 pm Criminal Law and Procedure
Beth Cateforis, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law

CLE materials (PDF)

This presentation will highlight significant new cases from both the United States Supreme Court and Kansas appellate courts.
10-Minute Break
3 - 3:50 pm Homeland Security & Legal Ethics Part I ethics credit
Michael Hoeflich, John H. & John M. Kane Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law

CLE materials (PDF)

During these 2 hours we will discuss a number of Homeland Security issues and how legal ethics may impact lawyers involved in these issues may act. Among the issues we will discuss are government surveillance both of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals resident in the U.S. and lawyers who represent such individuals, ethics issues on lawyers representing foreign nationals illegally in the U.S., legal ethical issues in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement, legal ethical issues for lawyers involved in protests against government policies, and, finally, judicial ethics and resistance to questionable governmental practices.
10-Minute Break
4 - 4:50 pm Homeland Security & Legal Ethics Part II ethics credit
Michael Hoeflich, John H. & John M. Kane Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law

CLE materials above

Day Two | Friday, May 19, 2017
7 hours CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics

8 - 8:50 am 2016-17 Updates in State and Federal Civil Procedure
Lou Mulligan, Associate Dean for Faculty and Professor, University of Kansas School of Law

CLE materials (PDF)

This session will address significant statutory, rules, and case law developments in the areas of federal and Kansas civil procedure from May 2016 to the present. This will include major changes to the federal discovery rules that came into effect December 2016.
10-Minute Break
9 - 9:50 am Federal Health Care Reform: Now What?
Matt All, Senior VP and General Counsel, BCBS of Kansas and Adjunct Professor, University of Kansas School of Law

CLE materials (PDF)

The Affordable Care Act has been in place for seven years, but its future is now cloudier than ever. This session will discuss the law, its effects on health insurance, its possible demise, and what may take its place.
10-Minute Break
10 - 10:50 pm Federal Indian Law Update
Elizabeth Kronk Warner, Associate Dean for Academics and Professor, University of Kansas School of Law

CLE materials (PDF)

Elizabeth Kronk Warner will provide a brief introduction into the foundational principles of federal Indian law, and then delve into recent developments. The presentation will focus on judicial decisions from Kansas and the 10th Circuit, but also discuss developments of national importance.
10-Minute Break
11 - 11:50 am Juvenile Law in Kansas after SB 367: What’s Changed, What’s Next?
Melanie DeRousse, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law and Director, Douglas County Legal Aid

CLE materials (PDF) - UPDATED

In 2016, Kansas passed a sweeping juvenile justice reform bill to reduce Kansas’ high rate of juvenile detention. The bill affects everything we know about juvenile justice, including, but not limited to case length limits, probable cause determinations, the types of sanction houses available, standards for detention, grounds for probation revocation, and the availability of diversion. With a graduated roll-out over two years, it can be challenging to keep up. Meanwhile, Kansas courts continue to respond to recent Supreme Court decisions regarding adolescent brain development, culpability, and sentencing. This high-impact session will get practitioners up-to-speed on the current status of juvenile law and provide practical tips to aid in preparation for changes to come.
Lunch
1 - 1:50 am Supreme Court Update
Stephen McAllister, L’88, E.S. & Tom W. Hampton Distinguished Professor of Law, KU School of Law, and
Toby Crouse, L’00, partner, Foulston Siefkin LLP


CLE materials (PDF)

Professor Stephen McAllister and Attorney Toby Crouse will present an overview of the decisions and pending decisions of the Supreme Court’s 2016 term, with emphasis on both the controversial cases and those cases of particular significance to practicing lawyers.
10-Minute Break
2 - 2:50 pm Construction and Eminent Domain Law Update
Christopher F. Burger, Attorney, Stevens & Brand, LLP and Adjunct Professor, University of Kansas School of Law

CLE materials (PDF)

In this session, Chris Burger will review the recent legal developments in construction law and provide a general overview and comment on developments in eminent domain law.
10-Minute Break
3 - 3:50 pm Negotiation Ethics | ethics credit
Suzanne Valdez, Clinical Professor, University of Kansas School of Law

CLE materials (PDF) - UPDATED

This presentation will cover the black letter ethics rules of negotiation highlighting Rule 4.1 - Truthfulness in Statements to Others; as well as other pertinent rules such as Rule 1.2 (Scope of Representation), Rule 3.3 (Candor Toward the Tribunal); and Rule 8.4(c) Misconduct (as it relates to “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation). It will also explore the law of fraud, as it relates to the causes of action both in contract and tort, and how potential ethical violations of attorneys can potentially lead to civil liability.
Questions?

For program questions:
Crystal Mai
cmai@ku.edu
785-864-9208

For registration questions:
Pam Hicks, KUCE
phicks@ku.edu
913-897-8775

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