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Super CLE Week XXVIII: March 17-22, 2008

Register Now graphicUniversity of Minnesota Law School faculty members are, for the 28th time, using spring break to offer continuing legal education opportunities on a range of relevant topics.

A total of 36.25 CLE credits have been applied for (including 3 ethics and 2 bias). For more continuing-education information, contact Law School CLE at LSCLE@umn.edu or 612-625-6674.

All courses will be held in Room 25. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., courses start at 9:00 a.m.

Individual courses cost $225 each, or attend all six and save 40% with a $795 Super Pass. You can register online by credit card or check at www.regonline.com.

For more information on CLE at the U of M Law School please visit the CLE home page, and download the brochure for this program (PDF).

Dale Carpenter

Monday, March 17, 2008
Professor Dale Carpenter
University of Minnesota Law School
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:15-5:00 p.m., Room 25
6.25 CLE credits

The First Amendment: The First 90 Years, 1918-2008
This course will examine the Supreme Court's interpretation and application of the First Amendment's speech and religion clauses. Beginning 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 WWI Espionage Act cases. It will examine categories of 'unprotected' speech: 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. An introduction to the freedom of association will also be included.

The course will analyze both of the First Amendment's religion clauses. The free exercise of religion will be considered in cases involving government-imposed burdens on the practice of religion (i.e., denial of unemployment compensation for workers who observe a Sabbath; prohibitions on the use of illegal substances for sacramental purposes). The establishment clause will be discussed in the context of cases involving government subsidies to religion, the presence of religion in public schools, and the display of religious texts and symbols (e.g., the Ten Commandments) on public property.

Fionnuala Ni Aolain

Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
University of Minnesota Law School
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:15-5:00 p.m., Room 25
6.25 CLE credits

European Union Law
In this comprehensive introduction to European Union law, participants will gain an overview of the Constitutional and legal structures of the European Union (EU) contextualized by reference to the legal and political environment of the European member states. The European Community Treaties are unique agreements establishing a new legal order that binds not only the governments that signed them but also the citizens of their states. The EU is a highly sophisticated legal order that has influenced the domestic law of member states in multiple spheres as well as their overall social and economic development. This course will chart legal and political developments of the EU so students will be fully cognizant of both its progress and the challenges it faces. The four major focuses of the class will be (1) the past, present, and future direction of the EU, (2) the institutional and constitutional structure of the EU, (3) the implementation and oversight of EU law, and (4) sources of community law.

Edward S. Adams

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Professor Edward S. Adams
University of Minnesota Law School
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:15-5:00 p.m., Room 25
6.25 CLE credits

Accounting and Finance for Lawyers
Do you understand accounting and financial concepts utilized by and central to your clients? Can you communicate with others using these terms, and do you understand these concepts? Cash and accrual accounting, materiality, financial ratio analysis, net present value, discounted cash flow analysis, capital asset pricing model, efficient markets hypothesis. Do you believe you might be a more valued attorney to your clients if you did? This course provides an overview of accounting and finance from a practicing attorney’s perspective. It 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 an entity, and employ cash-flow analysis to value a business or determine the potential financial rewards of an investment opportunity.

Oren Gross

Thursday, March 20, 2008
Professor Oren Gross
University of Minnesota Law School
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:15-5:00 p.m., Room 25
6.25 CLE credits

The Regulation of Safeguard Measures, Dumping, and Subsidies in International Trade
Domestic industries looking to protect themselves against competition from abroad often seek three legal remedies: safeguard measures, anti-dumping duties, and countervailing duties. The use of such measures has increased as the ability to raise tariffs and impose quotas on imported goods has diminished as a result of the series of multilateral trade rounds. This class will examine situations in which domestic manufacturers argue for restriction or limitation on imported goods because their industry is injured or substantially threatened by (1) increased quantities of imported goods, (2) imports that are subsidized by the government of the exporting country, or (3) imported goods that are sold for export by the foreign manufacturer at distressed prices (lower than what would have been charged under normal market conditions). Relevant developments in U.S. law and case law of the World Trade Organization will be covered and, where relevant, European Union law and the pertinent rules under NAFTA will also be discussed.

Brian Bix

Friday, March 21, 2008
Professor Brian Bix
University of Minnesota Law School
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:15-5:00 p.m., Room 25
6.25 CLE credits

National Trends and Topics in Family Law
Second-parent adoption. Relocation by custodial parents. Premarital and marital agreements. Divorce reform and covenant marriage. Abuse and neglect standards. Child support guidelines and enforcement. New reproductive technologies and their effects on parental rights. This course will cover these topics and more in an overview of the important issues and new trends in family law across the country. It will look at the legislation and decisions that are making headlines and ones that may not be well-publicized but are, nonetheless, changing the understanding of family in this nation. Cases and statutes from across the country will be considered. Many family law trends have begun in this state; others begin elsewhere and make their way here. Knowledge of what is going on in other states will prepare you for changes that may overtake family law practice in the coming years.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008
Professor Maury S. Landsman and Professor Carl M. Warren
University of Minnesota Law School
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:15-5:00 p.m., Room 25
5 CLE credits (3 ethics, 2 bias)

Recent Developments in the Regulation of Lawyers and Judges: Rules, Cases and Statutes (morning)
This three-hour session will highlight significant recent developments in professional responsibility with a look at the most recent discipline cases from the Minnesota Supreme Court and admonitions handed down by the Lawyers Board over the past several years. It will address the developing law regarding electronic communications, the Internet, and professional conduct, including issues of metadata, Internet advertising, and e-discovery; also, it will discuss the implications of Republican Party v. White and its progeny for the Minnesota judiciary. Recent changes in definitions of terminology, such as "informed consent," "writing," and "confirmed in writing," will be reviewed, and developments regarding organizational representation, business relations with clients, prospective clients, conflicts of interest, and what a lawyer “knows” will be considered.

Dealing with Bias in the Courtroom (afternoon)
This two-hour session will examine how to recognize the presence, significance, and effect of bias in a case and/or proceeding. It will consider the ethical and legal standards that apply, their implications with regard to the proper role of attorneys and judges, and practical and strategic issues they present. Just as biases sometimes filter reality and, as a result, affect the course of human events in everyday life, they can affect perceptions and, as a result, decision-making and outcomes in the courtroom.