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.

Recent Developments in the Law

Recent Developments in the Law 2024

Friday, May 17, 2024
Burge Union, Lawrence campus

Join us for a one-day CLE covering recent developments in the law. This program is approved for eight hours of CLE credit in Kansas and Missouri, including one hour of ethics and professionalism and one hour of elimination of bias in Missouri. The registration fee is $150.


7:30 - 8 a.m. | Check-in

8 - 8:50 a.m. | The Disqualification Clause and the 2024 Election

Richard E. Levy, J.B. Smith Distinguished professor of constitutional law

Professor Levy will provide background on the application of the “Disqualification Clause” (Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment) and its potential application to bar former President Donald J. Trump from appearing on the ballot in the 2024 election or from taking office as President. The focus of the presentation is informational. It will identify the issues that are central to the debate on this critical question and will include updates on the status of efforts to prevent Trump from appearing on the ballot in some states.

8:50 - 9 a.m. | Break

9 - 9:50 a.m. | Bankruptcy and Student Loans: Post-COVID updates

Malissa Walden, partner, Walden & Pfannenstiel; adjunct professor, KU Law

This session will explore how COVID and deferred Federal Student Loan payments created new opportunities to help borrowers. Student loan and bankruptcy topics will be reviewed, including basics, history, forbearance, defaults, garnishment, discharge, undue hardship, and 11/17/22 DOJ Guidance.

9:50 - 10 a.m. | Break

10 - 10:50 a.m. | Hot Topics in IP Law for General Practicioners

Crissa Cook, partner, Hovey Williams; adjunct professor, KU Law

This session will include updates on recent trends, case law, and guidelines related to patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret law, including ownership issues relating to AI-created inventions and creative works.

10:50 - 11 a.m. | Break

11 - 11:50 a.m. | Recent Developments in Poverty Law and Access to Justice

Meredith Schnug, associate director, Legal Aid Clinic, clinical associate professor

This session will review recent developments in law and policy impacting low-income individuals and families, including laws related to means-tested benefits, driver’s licenses, child welfare, and the justice system   We will also explore state and national trends in efforts to promote access to justice.

11:50 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Lunch on your own

1 - 1:50 p.m. | SCOTUS and Newer Case on Race in Decision-Making: Updates, Opportunities, Considerations and Mitigations (Elimination of Bias - Missouri ONLY)

John Tyler, general counsel, security & chief ethics officer, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; adjunct professor, KU Law

The SCOTUS decision in the Harvard/North Carolina cases in June changed how colleges and universities approach incorporating race in their applications and admissions decision-making processes. Since then, many other cases have followed that have consequences regarding race in decision-making more broadly, such as the Fearless Fund and Progressive Insurance cases that both involve grants to specifically limited classes of entrepreneurs. This session will explore the current landscape, the range of possibilities, and potential risk mitigation considerations.

1:50 - 2 p.m. | Break

2 - 2:50 p.m. | The Sino-American Trade War

Raj Bhala, Brenneisen distinguished professor

What are the causes of U.S.-China confrontation? How is this conflict being conducted? What are its consequences? This presentation focuses on the legal dimensions of the most significant bilateral relationship in the world, including Section 301 tariffs, portfolio investment restrictions on Chinese Military Industrial Complex Companies, and human rights issues in Hong Kong.

2:50 - 3 p.m. | Break

3 - 3:50 | Ethical Use of Generative AI (Ethics)

Joyce Rosenberg, clinical professor & Robert A. Schroeder teaching fellow

Betsy Six, clinical professor & director of academic resources

This session will review recent court decisions addressing lawyers’ use of artificial intelligence tools and discuss potential ethical issues with generative AI. In addition to examining recent holdings, Professors Rosenberg and Six will discuss the specific rules of the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct that generative AI uses implicate. This presentation will also reference the Kansas Pillars of Professionalism and discuss frameworks for using generative AI tools consistent with the Pillars.

3:50 - 4 p.m. | Break

4 - 4:50 p.m. | The Evolving Cyberlaw Landscape

Paul Cope, director, Master of Science in Homeland Security: Law and Policy Program

This presentation will focus on the recent developments in cyber security, law, and compliance requirements. The session will include updates on regulatory requirements, and threats. The increased numbers of cyber-attacks have driven the requirement for attorneys to become well versed in all thing’s cyberspace. 


Crystal Mai
Associate Dean, KU Law

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