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Summer CLE Week XXXII

May 31 – June 11, 2011

CLE credit has been applied for as follows: 6.5 General credits have been approved for each course, May 31-June 3, & June 6-June 10;
3.0 ethics and 2 bias credits have been approved for June 4 and 6.5 ethics credits for June 11.

For more information: (web) www.law.umn.edu/cle/, (email) LSCLE@umn.edu, or 612-625-6674

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Thomas F. Cotter

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Professor Thomas F. Cotter
University of Minnesota Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6.5 general CLE credits approved
Event # 154192

Selected Topics in Unfair Business Competition and Torts


This seminar provides an introduction to a body of law that is becoming increasingly important not only within the disciplines of intellectual property, antitrust, media law, and entertainment law, but also to general business and corporate practice as well. Broadly construed, the law of unfair competition encompasses not only the relatively well-known fields of trademark and trade secret law, but also a variety of miscellaneous doctrines with which lawyers and judges often have much less familiarity. Claims arising under these latter doctrines nevertheless are becoming more and more common, either as independent bases for litigation or as additional or pendent claims in IP, antitrust, or commercial litigation. This seminar will focus on some of these latter doctrines, including the law of false advertising and product disparagement at common law, under the federal Lanham Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, and state ‘baby FTC’ Acts; the law of tortious interference with contract and with prospective business relations; the right of publicity and related doctrines, including the law of false endorsement; and the ongoing tension between First Amendment and unfair competition law.

Hari M. Osofsky

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
Professor Hari M. Osofsky
University of Minnesota Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6.5 general CLE credits approved
Event # 154193

Regulating Climate Change: Local, State, National, and International Developments


Over the past several years, public attention has increasingly focused on the problem of climate change, but difficult legal questions abound at every level of government. The Super CLE session will provide an overview of regulatory efforts to address climate change and explore some of the most contentious current issues. The session will cover the state of climate change science and key policy challenges; governmental efforts to address climate change at international, national, and state and local levels; and the role of nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and individuals. The session will conclude by reflecting on current controversies over climate change law potential next steps for Minnesota and the Twin cities.

Dale Carpenter

Thursday, June 2, 2011
Professor Dale Carpenter
University of Minnesota Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6.5 general CLE credits approved
Event # 154194

The Constitution in a Conservative Court


This CLE will cover Constitutional Law developments in the past 20 plus years. It will survey the major substantive areas (excluding criminal law/procedure) in constitutional law during the period 1988-present. This seminar will include judicial power, congressional power, executive power (including executive power in wartime), substantive due process, equal protection, free speech, and religion.

Edward S. Adams

Friday, June 3, 2011
Professor Edward S. Adams
University of Minnesota Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6.5 general CLE credits approved
Event # 154195

MBA Concepts for Lawyers


We are in remarkable times. The stock and real estate markets have collapsed. The government is printing money at an unprecedented pace. Looming budget deficits promise to dramatically increase interest rates. Do you understand the reasons for the collapse of the real estate market? Do you believe you know where the stock market is heading? Do you understand why GM is headed into oblivion? Do you understand basic business concepts? Can you communicate with businesspeople using their terms? Do you believe you might be a more valued attorney to your clients if you could talk the talk and walk the walk of business? This course provides you with an overview of the relevant quantitative skills acquired by and concepts introduced to M.B.A students during their two-year course of study. Among other things, this course will teach you how to:

  • Understand basic accounting principles;
  • Read an annual report and analyze financial statements;
  • Look beyond mere numbers to gauge the real financial performance and strength of a an entity; and
  • Employ cash flow analysis to value a business or determine the potential financial risks or rewards of an investment opportunity.


America is in a period of tremendous change. Now, more than ever, understanding basic business concepts is indispensable to an effective and successful legal career. Those who understand business promise to thrive, or at least survive, in their careers. Those who cannot, risk being left behind, or worse.

Carl M. Warren Laura Thomas

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Carl M. Warren
and Laura Thomas
University of Minnesota Law School

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3.0 ethic CLE credits approved; Event # 154196
2.5 elimination of bias CLE credits approved; Event # 154198

(a.m.) Ethics: More than a Feeling
(p.m.) Dealing with Differences: Serving Immigrant Communities


Morning Session (3.0 ethic CLE credits approved):
Ethics: More than a Feeling

Using lecture and interactive analysis of hypotheticals, the presenters and participants will review select ethical rules and explore developments and hot issues in the law of ethics in Minnesota and across the country. The Ethics session will also include a discussion of "meters" and "bright line" rules of conduct, measures developed by practitioners in response to their experiences which they use to assess their own competency and professionalism, diminish the grey areas and avoid a slide to the dark side of practice.

Afternoon Session (2.5 elimination of bias CLE credits approved):
Dealing with Differences: Serving Immigrant Communities

This session will explore how shifting immigrant demographics affect communities, the practice of law, the administration of justice. It will highlight the need for lawyers to be aware of the changes that have occurred and their implications. A panel of representatives from several immigrant communities will inform CLE participants of legal and non-legal issues particular to their communities; cultural differences that may affect an attorney’s ability to provide effective representation; and, how best to serve their communities.

Kristin E. Hickman

Monday, June 6, 2011
Professor Kristin E. Hickman
University of Minnesota Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6.5 general CLE credits approved
Event # 154199

Chevron and Beyond: Administrative Law Review and Update


As they focus on statutory and regulatory substance, regulatory lawyers often lose sight of broader administrative law issues that may be relevant in representing clients before federal administrative agencies and subsequently in litigation challenging federal government action. This one-day CLE program offers a brief survey and review of administrative law doctrine, with including but not limited to the Chevron and Skidmore standards of review, as well as an update on recent U.S. Supreme Court and appellate court decisions concerning administrative law issues.

Claire A. Hill

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Professor Claire A. Hill
University of Minnesota Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6.5 general CLE credits approved
Event # 154200

Introduction to Behavioral Law and Economics


The financial crisis has caused many people who previously believed that markets were generally efficient and market participants were generally rational to question those beliefs. Academics and policymakers have devoted considerable attention to possible alternatives-- other ways of understanding how market and government actors behave. This course considers some of those alternatives, and they are affecting law and policy.

Brian H. Bix

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Professor Brian H. Bix
University of Minnesota Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6.5 general CLE credits approved
Event # 154201

Hot Topics in Family Law


The course will cover up-to-the-minute developments in many of the hottest topics in Family Law, including Same-Sex Unions (Marriage, Parenting, Divorce, Inter-Jurisdictional Recognition), New Reproductive Technologies (Surrogacy, Division of IVF Embryos, Sperm Donor Arrangements), Posthumous Children, and Premarital and Marital Agreements. The focus will be on national trends, though Minnesota statutes and cases will be briefly mentioned and discussed.

Oren Gross

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Professor Oren Gross
University of Minnesota Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6.5 general CLE credits approved
Event # 154204

International Law in the United States


The role of international law in the domestic law of the United States has received much scholarly and public attention since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. This course will review and analyze such issues as:

  • How does the United States assume international obligations
  • The status of treaties, executive agreements and customary international law norms in the United States
  • Conflicts between U.S. domestic law and the U.S.'s international obligations
  • Alien Tort Statute and the Torture Victim Protection Act
  • Act of State doctrine and Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act
  • Extraterritorial and universal jurisdiction
  • Torture, extraordinary renditions


Daniel J. Gifford

Friday, June 10, 2011
Professor Daniel J. Gifford
University of Minnesota Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6.5 general CLE credits approved
Event # 154207

Understanding Trademarks, Copyright and Related Areas of Intellectual Property


This course will review developments in trademark, copyright, and related areas of intellectual property. Illustrative of the topics to be covered are:

  • Trademark Protection, Infringement, Dilution, including: impact of Moseley v. V. Secret Catalogue, 537 U.S. 418 (2003); revised federal dilution law; Minnesota Anti-dilution law; and Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 539 U.S. 23 (2003) involving the relation of the trademark law to copyright law
  • Trade Dress, design protection issues
  • Internet Domain Names and the Anticybersquating Consumer Protection Act
  • Copyright generally, including its scope and limitations
  • Fair Use Analysis
  • Moral Rights, incorporated into U.S. law pursuant to the Berne convention
  • Software Protection under copyright law and its limitations
  • Contractual Provisions for Copyright Owners under shrinkwrap and similar licenses
  • Copyright Misuse doctrine and its reach and evolution
  • The Google Settlement
  • The Antitrust/Copyright Interface, which has gained widespread attention
  • The digital challenge to the copyright paradigm
  • Trade Secrets
  • Rights of Publicity


The course will tie recent developments to the basic cores of trademark, copyright, and related laws. The course is designed to provide assistance to practitioners with, and without, prior experience in intellectual property.

Richard W. Painter

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Professor Richard W. Painter
University of Minnesota Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6.5 ethic CLE credits approved
Event # 154213

In-House and Out: Ethics Issues for Government Lawyers, Corporate Lawyers and Lawyers Representing Other Organizations


This seminar addresses ethical obligations of lawyers in an organizational setting: We will discuss the obligations of lawyers who are employed by an organization as well as lawyers who represent an organization from outside.

The principal focus will be on two types of organizations: corporations and government agencies, although some time will be on other organizations such as nonprofits. Participants explore problems in both settings - for example to whom and when to report , role of lawyers in assuring organizational transparency. Participants explore other problems unique to one type of organizational setting, for example bar admission requirements for corporate counsel coming from out of state, and requirements imposed on securities lawyers by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

A principal focus will be conflicts of interest for lawyers and other persons within the organization. On the corporate side, subjects of discussion include conflicts of interest for corporate directors and officers, between lawyers and clients (for example when lawyers take an equity stake in their clients), and between two or more clients of the same law firm. Topics in this last category include client conflicts in the parent-subsidiary context, advance waiver of conflicts by organizational clients, and whether screening of conflicted lawyers can be used to avoid imputation of conflicts to an entire law firm. On the government side, our subjects include conflict of interest rules for government employees, new Treasury Department rules for government contractors, and rules on representing back to government agencies by former government employees.

Finally, we will discuss ethics issues for lawyers when private sector and public sector organizations intersect, for example in corporate lobbying initiatives, corporate funding of political campaigns and judicial elections, and government bailouts of private firms.

There will be extensive discussion of rules of professional conduct as well as other applicable law.

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