Recent Developments in the Law CLE


KU Law hosts a Recent Developments in the Law CLE program each spring. Attorneys are invited to learn about the latest developments in a wide range of law practice areas. Attendees can earn CLE hours in Kansas and Missouri, including ethics hours.

Information about the most recent Recent Developments in the Law CLE is below. Check back for information about upcoming events.

Recent Developments in the Law 2022

May 19-20, 2022

Lawrence Campus | 104 Green Hall

Learn about the latest developments in a wide range of practice areas while earning CLE hours in Kansas and Missouri. This program is approved for 12 hours of CLE credit, including 2 hours of ethics in Kansas and 12 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics and 1 hour of elimination of bias in Missouri.

Schedule and Session Descriptions

Day One — Thursday, May 19

9-9:50 a.m. → Recent Developments in Juvenile Law

Meredith Schnug, Associate Director, Legal Aid Clinic, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, KU School of Law 
This session will begin with a discussion of how the Supreme Court’s decision in Jones v. Mississippi changed the landscape of juvenile justice.  Professor Schnug will also review  recent case law and policy developments related to juvenile justice and child welfare law.

9:50-10 a.m. → Break

10-10:50 a.m. → 2021-22 Kansas and Federal Civil Procedure Updates

Lou Mulligan, Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor, KU School of Law
Professor Mulligan’s presentation will include a review of the statutory, rule, and case law developments from the prior and current year in both federal and Kansas law.

10:50-11 a.m. → Break

11-11:50 a.m. → Recent Updates to Kansas Family Law

Melanie Daily,  Director, Legal Aid Clinic, Clinical Associate Professor, KU School of Law 
Professor Daily will provide an update on recent case law and statutory developments affecting the practice of family law in Kansas. This program will include a survey of recently published decisions, including an examination of cases involving same-sex parentage, third-party parentage and more. Professor Daily will also discuss current and projected legislation and explore implications for practice in Kansas.

11:50 a.m.-1 p.m. → Lunch (on your own)

1-1:50 p.m. → OT 2021: Cases of Interest

The Honorable Toby Crouse, District Judge,  United States District Court, District of Kansas
Stephen R. McAllister, E.S. & Tom W. Hampton Distinguished Professor, KU School of Law
This presentation will review and discuss cases presented to the United States Supreme Court in the current Term.

1:50-2 p.m. → Break

2-2:50 p.m. → The State of SOGI Law

Kyle Velte, Associate Professor, KU School of Law     
Professor Velte will discuss the current status of state and federal law regarding sexual orientation and gender identity (“SOGI”), as well as what's on the legal horizon for the LGBTQ+ community. Topics will include employment discrimination, religious exemptions from antidiscrimination laws, and anti-transgender legislation.

2:50-3 p.m. → Break

3-3:50 p.m. → Recent Developments in Copyright Law and Practice

Kevin Smith, Dean of Libraries, KU; Courtesy Professor, KU School of Law
This session will briefly review a wide variety of new developments in copyright.  In addition to the perennial question of the evolution of fair use jurisprudence, we will look at new developments in music copyright under the Music Modernization Act, and the Supreme Court’s decisions about sovereign immunity, software protection, and legislative materials.  We will also discuss the impact of the new small-claims tribunal for copyright litigation.

Day Two — Friday, May 20

9-9:50 a.m. → Hot Topics in the Elder Law World

Emily A. Donaldson, CELA, Partner, Stevens & Brand, LLP, Adjunct Professor, KU School of Law
This session will cover recent statutory amendments to the Kansas Powers of Attorney Act and delve into current trends in substitute decision making for lesser restrictive alternatives than court-imposed guardianship and conservatorship.

9:50-10 a.m. → Break

10-10:50 a.m. → Patent and Trademark Updates for the General Practitioner

Crissa Cook, Partner, Hovey Williams LLP, Adjunct Professor, KU School of Law 
Presentation on updates and hot topics in patent and trademark law, including best practices for issue spotting by general practitioners.

10:50-11 a.m. → Break

11-11:50 a.m. → Current State of Arbitration Law

Steve Ware, Frank Edwards Tyler Distinguished Professor of Law, KU School of Law
This session will highlight recent arbitration law developments from courts, Congress, and federal agencies. It will place those developments in the broader structure of arbitration law and politics.

11:50 a.m.-1 p.m. → Lunch (on your own)

1-1:50 p.m. → Developments in Professional Responsibility and Law Governing Lawyers (1.0 ethics)

Irma Russell, Visiting Distinguished Professor, KU School of Law 
Julie Cheslik, Associate Professor of Law, UMKC 

Professor Russell and UMKC colleague, Julie Cheslik, will discuss developments in recent Kansas cases and growing risks for practitioners related to professional responsibility. Additionally, they will describe amendments to the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility, such as the explanatory comment to recent amendments to comments to Model Rule 1.2, which are under study for consideration by the ABA House of Delegates. Finally,  the presentation will examine proposed areas for future debate and comments on the Kansas rules for attorney discipline and the provision of low-cost and pro bono services by retired, inactive, or single-employer attorneys.

1:50-2 p.m. → Break

2-2:50 p.m. → Cybersecurity and Other Recent Developments Affecting 401(k) Plans

Steve Smith, Member, Hinkle Law Firm, LLC., Adjunct Professor, KU School of Law 
You don’t have to be an expert in 401(k) plans to know that they have become a tempting target for cyberfraud.  In April of last year, the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the United States Department of Labor issued guidance setting forth its expectations for employers who are sponsoring 401(k) plans.  If you are an employer with a 401(k) plan, or an attorney advising such an employer, you need to be paying attention.  We will walk through real-life situations that have resulted in litigation and will talk, in a non-technical way, about things that went wrong and what employers and their 401(k) recordkeepers could (and probably should) have done differently.

2:50-3 p.m. → Break

3-3:50 p.m. → Implicit Bias:  How Hidden Biases are Impacting Your Practice and Methods to Counteract the Impact (1.0 ethics)

Alice Craig, Attorney, Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies; James A. Riedy Teaching Fellow, KU School of Law 
Everyone has subconscious beliefs or attitudes impacting their decision-making process. Height, weight, age, race, alma mater, home town – researchers have identified more than 150 types of bias that may impact our decisions. We need to learn to identify these subconscious anchors because they often create a false premise for our decisions. These decisions relate to who we hire, how we treat our clients, and ultimately, how successful our practice can be. Professor Craig will discuss ways to uncover our biases and tools to counter their impact on our practice.


For program questions:
Crystal Mai, KU Law

For registration questions:
Pam Hicks, KUCE

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