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Super CLE Week XXXIV: March 17-22, 2014

Register now for Super CLE 2013!

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During spring break, Law School faculty members will offer continuing legal education opportunities on a range of relevant topics.

A total of 37.5 CLE credits have been requested (including 6.5 ethics credits and 2 bias credits).

All courses will be held in Room 20. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.; seminars start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. (except on Thursday, March 20, the seminar ​​will ​end ​at ​3:00 p.m.).

Individual courses cost $225 each. For those attending multiple courses, a six-course SuperPass is available for $795.

For more continuing-education information, contact Law School CLE at LSCLE@umn.edu

See brochure for details.

Richard W. Painter

Monday, March 17
Corporate Representation in Compliance, Internal Investigations, Government Enforcement Proceedings and Shareholder Litigation

Professor Richard W. Painter
University of Minnesota
Law School

3.0 Standard CLE credits and 3.5 Ethics credits approved
Event #187731 and #187287

This CLE program will address four of the most important functions of in-house and outside attorneys who represent corporations and other business organizations: assisting with law compliance, conducting internal investigations, representing clients in government investigations and enforcement proceedings, and defending securities class actions and derivative suits.

Topics covered will include document retention, protection of the attorney client privilege, up-the-ladder reporting of evidence of securities law violations and fiduciary breaches, legal protections for internal whistleblowers, client conflicts and other conflict of interest problems for in-house and outside lawyers, responding to government requests for information, negotiating settlements with the government, procedural and discovery rules for securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits, federal preemption of state law, using expert witnesses, and evaluating settlement offers.

This program will include at least 3.5 hours of "ethics" related material addressing the role of lawyers in assuring client compliance with federal and state securities laws, requirements for "reporting up" problems within a client organization, privileged communications, client conflicts, and other problems.

Tuesday, March 18
Hot Topics in Family Law

Professor Brian Bix
University of Minnesota
Law School


6.5 Standard CLE credits approved
Event #187144

There have been a number of important recent Family Law cases recently resolved by the Federal Appeals Courts, where the challenges have also been brought to the United States Supreme Court. This course will discuss these disputes, evaluating critically not only the appellate court opinions but also the arguments offered by advocates in their Petitions for Certiorari to the Supreme Court. Additionally, the course will cover other family law issues that have dominated the news in the past year; topics that may be covered range from same-sex marriage to surrogacy to premarital agreements and to the proposed changes in rules for custody and alimony. Though the course will focus on national principles and issues, there will be some focus on Minnesota legislation and case-law.

Wednesday, March 19
Local Efforts to Address Climate Change

Professor Hari Osofsky
University of Minnesota
Law School


6.5 Standard CLE credits approved
Event #187145

As the United States and the world become increasingly urbanized, cities are a key site for addressing the problem of climate change. However, urban climate change action is not simply about local officials making decisions within their cities. In large U.S. localities, there are multiple layers of government, including city, county, and metro-regional entities. Moreover, many of the cities actively participating in climate change action participate in and shape networks of cities based at state, regional, national, and international levels. The Twin Cities reflect this complexity, as the state, Met Council, counties, and cities consider new steps on climate change this year.

This Super CLE will focus on the role that local governments are playing in addressing climate change, including new developments in the Twin Cities metropolitan region. It will begin by providing an overview climate change science and international and national climate change regulation to provide a context for the day's discussion. It will next explain how networks of cities are interacting with the international negotiations and national initiatives on mitigation and adaptation. It will then describe the types of actions that localities can and are taking on climate change within their local control. It will conclude by exploring the many possibilities for cities, counties, and metropolitan regions to do more to address climate change in ways that make economic sense. Throughout the Super CLE, the discussion will include the example of the Twin Cities and Minnesota.

Thursday, March 20
(am) Ethics and the Practice of Criminal Law
(pm) Identifying and Eliminating Bias and Discrimination in the Legal System: Codes, Cases, and Other Constraints

Professor Stephen M. Simon
University of Minnesota
Law School

3.0 Ethics CLE credits and 2.0 Bias credits approved
Event #187284 and #187282

Ethics and the Practice of Criminal Law

This course will examine ethical issues, from both the prosecution and defense perspective, that have arisen in actual criminal cases. We will use these cases as vehicles to discuss the application, interplay and often the conflict of the rules of professional conduct, attorney-client privilege, competency of counsel and the duty of the prosecutor to seek justice. Criminal cases are fast moving and criminal trials, by their very nature, inherently involved many ethical issues. An attorney facing an ethical issue during a criminal trial or pre-trial court appearance must make a rapid decision about how to proceed. Often the decision involves conflicts between the rules of professional conduct, the attorney-client privilege and the defendant's constitutional entitlement to a competent attorney. Ethical issues arising in criminal cases that Professor Steve Simon has participated in over the past 38 years will be the vehicles to discuss Ethics in the Practice of Criminal Law. Over the last 38 years Professor Simon has been a public defender, a prosecutor, an attorney in private practice doing criminal defense work and, for the last 30 years, Director of the Misdemeanor Defense and Prosecution Clinics at the University of Minnesota Law School. Professor Simon is also the founder and director of the Judicial Trial Skills Training Program at the law school. We will also discuss ethical issues that participants attending the course have experienced in their own practice.

Identifying and Eliminating Bias and Discrimination in the Legal System: Codes, Cases, and Other Constraints

In 1989, the Minnesota Supreme Court's Gender Fairness Task Force issued its final report. In 1993 the Task Force on Racial Bias issued its report. Since 1989, over 40 jurisdictions, both state and federal, have issued reports on gender or race bias in the legal system. Minnesota has also done studies of the issues faced by persons with disabilities in the legal system. These studies have uniformly found, to one degree or another, that gender and race bias by lawyers, judges, court personnel, parties and witnesses are still a fixture of the legal system. Professional rules, both for lawyers and judges have been amended to reflect the reality of these findings. The Rules and codes attempt to define such behavior as unprofessional. In many jurisdictions, lawyers are prohibited from engaging in conduct that violates laws against discrimination, or from engaging in conduct which would be considered sexual harassment. Judges have an affirmative duty to prevent biased behavior in their courtrooms.

What does this all mean for the practicing lawyer? In this half-day course we will examine a number of issues in this challenging and changing area. The course will review the studies, Rules, Codes and cases. We will discuss specific scenarios for lawyers and judges and discuss the appropriate actions for lawyers and judges to prevent and correct conduct which violates professional norms.

Edward S. Adams

Friday, March 21
MBA Concepts for Lawyers

Professor Edward S. Adams
University of Minnesota
Law School


6.5 Standard CLE credits approved
Event #187325

We are in a remarkable time. The government is printing money at an unprecedented pace. Looming budget deficits promise to dramatically increase interest rates. Do you believe you know where the stock market is heading? 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.

Dale Carpenter

Saturday, March 22
The Freedom of Speech Since WWI

Professor Dale Carpenter
University of Minnesota
Law School


6.5 Standard CLE credits approved
Event #187147

This CLE will examine the Supreme Court's interpretation and application of the First Amendment's protection of speech and freedom of association. It will begin with theories of the role of speech in a free society. It will then examine the first inklings of judicial protection for speech starting with the World War I Espionage Act cases. Categories of 'unprotected' speech will be analyzed, including incitement, fighting words, libel, threats, and obscenity. The critical distinction between content-based and content-neutral restrictions on speech will be discussed in cases involving matters like flag-burning, nude dancing, and zoning restrictions on adult establishments. Recent cases involving the protection of commercial speech and campaign finance restrictions will be addressed. Finally, an introduction to the freedom of association will also be included.