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May 27 — June 7, 2014

A total of 70 CLE credits have been approved (including 8 ethics credits and 2 bias credits).

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Summer CLE Programs
University of Minnesota Law School
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

 W. McGeveran

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
A Primer in Data Privacy Law

Professor William McGeveran
University of Minnesota
Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

6.5 CLE credits have been approved
Event #191153


It is difficult to overstate the importance of personal data to nearly every modern enterprise, from customer relationship management to health care delivery to employee recruitment. The rise of e-commerce, social media, and cloud computing all add to the ocean of data. As collection and use of individualized information increases dramatically, a complex law of data privacy is emerging alongside it. Most clients, no matter their size or industry area, need to understand this tangle of rules—and most of them don't.

This day-long session, aimed at lawyers who are not specialists in information or privacy law, canvasses the field. Topics will include:

  • Historical Origins of Data Privacy Law
  • Key Statutes and Regulations
  • The Increasing Role of the Federal Trade Commission as Privacy Watchdog
  • Fundamentals of Data Security Regulation
  • Understanding the NSA Surveillance Controversy
  • Special Considerations for Health, Financial, and Employment Data
  • International Privacy Law

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Hot Topics at the Energy-Environment Interface

Professor Hari M. Osofsky
University of Minnesota
Law School

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

6.5 CLE credits have been approved
Event #191154



This CLE will focus on hot topics at the intersection between energy and environmental law, with an emphasis on the transitions currently taking place as a consequence of technological development and of efforts to respond to climate change. Part I will provide an overview of the legal fragmentation that makes the energy-environment intersection difficult to address. Energy law itself is deeply fragmented, and energy and environmental law are treated differently by our legal system. Parts II through IV of the CLE will examine hot topics in at this interface. Part II will consider the role of the U.S. Supreme Court and regulation promulgated pursuant to its decision in Massachusetts v. EPA by the Obama Administration in shaping the U.S. approach to climate change. The Administration's approach to motor vehicle greenhouse gas emission represents unusual joint energy-environment regulation, and its controversial new power plant regulations require partial carbon sequestration and storage for coal-fired power plants. Part III will focus on the complexities of fast emerging and expanding technologies, considering the challenge of managing the risks related to rapidly evolving technology in the context of deepwater drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Part IV will examine the interface between disasters and climate change adaptation efforts, with a focus on emerging multi-level policy approaches and litigation. It will consider possibilities for the United States to learn from other countries, such as Australia, who are farther along in their adaptation efforts, and to make linkages between mitigation and adaptation. The CLE will conclude with reflections on the challenges and possibilities of the energy-environment interface.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Selected Topics in Unfair Competition and Business Torts

Professor Thomas F. Cotter
University of Minnesota
Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

6.5 CLE credits have been approved
Event #191155


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 commercial 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. Participants will come away with a good working knowledge of how these doctrines work and how they are distinct from trademark, antitrust, consumer protection, and other related bodies of law.

Edward S. Adams

Friday, May 30, 2014
Accounting and Finance for Lawyers

Professor Edward S. Adams
University of Minnesota
Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

6.5 CLE credits have been approved
Event #191158



Cash and Accrual Accounting. Materiality. Financial Ratio Analysis. Net Present Value. Discounted Cash Flow Analysis. The Capital Asset Pricing Model. The Efficient Markets Hypothesis. Are you familiar with these terms? Do you understand these concepts? Can you communicate with others using these terms? Do you understand accounting and financial concepts utilized by and central to your clients? Do you believe you might be a more valued attorney to your clients if you did? This course provides you with an overview of accounting and finance from the perspective of the practicing attorney. 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 rewards of an investment opportunity.

Saturday, May 31, 2014
The Constitution in a Conservative Court

Professor Dale Carpenter
University of Minnesota
Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

6.5 CLE credits have been approved
Event #191165



This CLE is on Constitutional Law developments in the past 25 years. It will survey the major substantive areas (excluding criminal law/procedure and the First Amendment) in constitutional law during the period 1988-present.It will include judicial power, congressional power, executive power (including executive power in wartime), substantive due process, equal protection, and other individual rights. It will also address some the current controversies on the Court's docket, including affirmative action and gay marriage. There will be an update on developments since June 2013.

Monday, June 2, 2014
Hot Topics in Contract and Commercial Law

Professor Brian Bix
University of Minnesota
Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

6.5 CLE credits have been approved
Event #191166



This CLE program will offer a sample of some of the most important and controversial topics in current contract law and commercial law. Among the topics that would be explored are developments in the international sale of goods, mandatory arbitration, choice of law and choice of forum clauses, electronic contracting, and recent and proposed regulations by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

 A. Hill

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Hot Topics in Corporate Law

Professor Claire A. Hill
University of Minnesota
Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

6.5 CLE credits have been approved
Event #191169



This CLE will cover important recent developments in corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Topics addressed will include proxy access, shareholder activism, executive compensation (including say on pay), and the developing jurisprudence on going private transactions.

Steve Meili

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Recent Developments in Immigration Law: Asylum, Detention and Immigration Reform

Professor Steve Meili
University of Minnesota
Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

6.5 CLE credits have been approved
Event #191172



This program will be divided into three components. The first will cover case law within the past two years on a variety of immigration issues, including eligibility for asylum, deportation, and detention of undocumented persons. The second component will cover recent legislative and administrative developments in the area of immigration law. Topics covered will include recent immigration reform efforts at the federal level, state-based initiatives in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2012 decision striking down much of Arizona's immigration law, the Secure Communities program, and prosecutorial discretion with respect to detained non-citizens. This section of the program will also consider some of the Constitutional implications of these policy initiatives. The third component will cover ethical issues particular to immigration law. Some of the issues to be considered here are inquiring into the immigration status of clients, confidentiality in asylum and other immigration proceedings, and dealing with cultural and language differences when practicing in this area.

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Ethics Issues in Representing Business and in Managing Law Firms

Professor Richard W. Painter
University of Minnesota
Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

6.5 CLE credits have been approved including 5 ethics credits
Event #191181


This program will discuss key ethics issues that arise when lawyers represent businesses and also when lawyers manage their own firms. The morning session will focus on conflicts of interest including client conflict, conflicts between the interests of law firms and their clients, and conflicts that arise when lawyers serve in other capacities such as directors of corporate clients. The session will also address managing law firm conflict check systems, the role of firm ethics counsel in reviewing conflicts and problems that arise when lawyers change firms.

The afternoon session will focus on other problems that arise in business representations, including traditional and untraditional fee arrangements, taking stock in lieu of legal fees, the role of lawyers in client compliance, internal investigations, communication with corporate directors and up-the-ladder reporting, protecting client confidences, and the unauthorized practice of law and choice of law issues that arise when lawyers work in different jurisdictions including outside the United States.

Friday, June 6, 2014
Chevron and Beyond: Administrative Law Review and Update

Professor Kristin Hickman
University of Minnesota
Law School

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

6.5 CLE credits have been approved
Event #191174


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 as well as a primer on recent U.S. Supreme Court and appellate court decisions concerning federal administrative law issues.

Carl M. Warren

Saturday, June 7, 2014
(a.m.) Ethics Update and Dealing with Bias as a Matter of Ethics
(p.m.) Dealing with Differences: Serving Immigrant Communities

Professor Carl M. Warren (’75)
University of Minnesota
Law School

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

3.0 ethics credits have been approved; Event #191179
2.0 bias credits have been approved; Event #191180


(am) Ethics Update and Dealing with Bias as a Matter of Ethics

The three-hour presentation will begin with an update on developments in the law of ethics in the State of Minnesota as well as hot issues from across the country. It will include an overview of ethical rules to assist CLE participants as they respond to hypothetical questions. I will have these in written materials as well as in a power point to be used during discussion.

There will be approximately one dozen hypothetical questions where CLE participants will have an opportunity to reflect on applicable rules, and then discuss how they would manage the ethical situation presented.

Finally, the Ethics portion will end with a lecture and open discussion concerning the ethical rules that pertain to the elimination of bias in the practice of law. This will be a lead in to the afternoon Elimination of Bias session, Dealing with Differences: Serving Immigrant Communities. It will be designed to show that the ideals to which we aspire when dealing with clients who are different than ourselves are rooted in the rules of professional conduct.

(pm) Dealing with Differences: Serving Immigrant Communities

This two-hour afternoon session will consist of a brief lecture, a panel discussion and interactive engagement of the audience with regard to dealing with differences in culture, nationality, race, class, etc. as we serve immigrant communities. The discussion will focus on how shifting immigrant demographics affect communities, the practice of law and the administration of justice. It will emphasize not only the need for lawyers to provide service to such communities, but the need for lawyers to be aware of the implications of cultural and other differences on the attorney client relationship and the practice of law.

The panel will include representatives from several immigrant communities who will inform CLE participants of legal and non-legal issues particular to their communities. They will also address the challenges that cultural differences present to the attorney client relationship and offer suggestions as to how such challenges can be overcome.

The written materials and the power point presentation will include a description of immigrant communities in Minnesota and how they have evolved; ideas for competency where immigrants are involved either as clients, third parties, or witnesses; and resources for practitioners, i.e., lists of organizations that can provide insights and support and descriptions of volunteer and training opportunities.