Schedule of Events

The Kansas CLE Commission has approved up to 8 hours of CLE credit per day attended for the KLRC. The conference schedule and speaker lineup is subject to change without notice.

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Day 1

(Wednesday, February 1st, 2017)

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8:00 AM: Professionalism: Litigation by the Masters

10:15 AM: Law, Religion & Morality
  • Speakers: Dahlia Lithwick
  • Details: (1.0 CLE) The United States is paradoxically one of the most religious, and also secular countries in the world. Bound by constitutional architecture that requires separation...
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11:05 AM: The Prosecution of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

1:30 PM: The Inside Story: How Businesses Choose Lawyers

1:30 PM: Vanishing Jury Trials -- Why Do We Care? What to Do?
  • Speakers: Stephen D. Susman
  • Details: (1.0 CLE) While the Seventh Amendment to the US Constitution and most state constitutions guarantee citizens the right to a jury trial in common-law civil cases, the civil jury...
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2:25 PM: Film, Race and the Search for Justice
  • Speakers: Kevin Willmott
  • Details: Noted filmmaker Kevin Willmott will discuss how his films challenge audiences in understanding the problems of race, poverty and the difficult task of finding justice in America.
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2:25 PM: How the Postwar Boom Went Flat: Making Sense of Economic Change in Under 300 Pages
  • Speakers: Marc Levinson
  • Details: (1.0 CLE) Marc Levinson’s new book, 'An Extraordinary Time,’ shows how the global economic boom that began in 1948 ended unexpectedly in 1973, ushering in years of...
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3:30 PM: Cancelled: What a Lawyer Can Learn about Creativity from an Artist
  • Speakers: Aaron Fein
  • Details: The work of artist Aaron Fein, shares with the practice of law, a search for a resolution between the tensions of opposing ideas. Through his thoughtful examination of, and experimentation...
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3:30 PM: Concise, Colorful Persuasive Writing

3:30 PM: Emerging LGBTQ Civil Rights and Employment Issues

3:30 PM: Indian Law Updates: Children, Water and Land

3:30 PM: The New Rules for E-Discovery -- What Do They Impact?

4:30 PM: Cancelled: What a Lawyer Can Learn about Creativity from an Artist
  • Speakers: Aaron Fein
  • Details: The work of artist Aaron Fein, shares with the practice of law, a search for a resolution between the tensions of opposing ideas. Through his thoughtful examination of, and experimentation...
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4:30 PM: Concise, Colorful Persuasive Writing

4:30 PM: Indian Law Update: Children, Water and Land

4:30 PM: Select if attending 3:30 PM "Emerging LGBTQ Civil Rights & Employment Law"

4:30 PM: The New Rules for E-Discovery -- What Do They Impact?

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Day 2

(Thursday, February 2nd, 2017)

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8:00 AM: Neuroscience of Decision-Making
  • Speakers: Kimberly Papillon
  • Details: (3.0 CLEs) Kimberly Papillon is a nationally recognized educator and expert on issues related to decision-making in many disciplines, including the law. She will explain and discuss...
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11:00 AM: Civil Rights: Where Are We Now & Where Are We Going?

1:30 PM: Economic, Ethical & Constitutional Arguments in Favor of Criminal Justice Reform
  • Speakers: Mark V. Holden
  • Details: (CLE 1.0) Criminal justice reform represents an opportunity to build diverse coalitions, make significant progress to removing barriers to opportunity, helping keep our communities...
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1:30 PM: Language & Awareness in a Changing World

1:30 PM: Revitalizing Evidence: Recent and Future Amendments to the Federal Rules

1:30 PM: Three Recent Developments in the Kansas Attorney General's Office that Kansas Practitioners Should Know
  • Speakers: Derek Schmidt
  • Details: (1.0 CLE) Attorney General Derek Schmidt will discuss three little-noticed recent changes to the powers and duties of the Office of the Attorney General: Strengthened role in...
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1:30 PM: War Stories: The Military Lawyer

2:30 PM: Bankruptcy & Race: From Black Churches to African-American Debtors
  • Speakers: Pamela Foohey
  • Details: (1.0 CLE) This presentation focuses on two primary areas: the use of bankruptcy by churches and other religious organizations and the use of bankruptcy by consumers. The intersection...
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2:30 PM: Big Deal or Big Distraction? Which Recent FRCP Developments Really Matter and Why

2:30 PM: Christian Ethics, Business Ethics & Legal Ethics & Legal Ethics in 19th Century America

2:30 PM: Police & Community: Section 1983 Litigation, Civilian Oversight & Implicit Bias

2:30 PM: The Challenges Facing Public Education in 2017

3:35 PM: Contemplative Judging & Lawyering: Implications for Justice, Professionalism & Wellbeing

3:35 PM: Immigration Reform 2017: What to Look For, What to Worry About
  • Speakers: David A. Martin
  • Details: (1.0 CLE) During the campaign, Donald Trump spoke of big changes to immigration policy and laws. But the details remain murky, especially in light of post-election comments that...
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3:35 PM: Mens Rea Reform
  • Speakers: John Malcolm
  • Details: (1.0 CLE) Mr. Malcolm will discuss how mens rea standards have become more lax and the number of criminal statutes and regulatory crimes have expanded. Mr. Malcolm will argue...
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3:35 PM: The Virtual Reality: Litigating in the 21st Century

3:35 PM: Thoughts on Addiction: Turning Unthinkable Despair into Freedom & Hope
  • Speakers: Chuck Negron
  • Details: Casual drug use can quickly morph into a relentless habit that will take a person to places no one should ever go, nor is one prepared to go. All your dreams and potentials are...
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4:35 PM: Art, Museums and Social Justice
  • Speakers: Susan Earle
  • Details: An award-winning curator will discuss how the Spencer Museum of Art at KU engages with artists, artworks, and community members to present Civil Rights and social justice topics.
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4:35 PM: Bankruptcy and Race: From Black Churches to African-American Debtors
  • Speakers: Pamela Foohey
  • Details: (1.0 CLE) This presentation focuses on two primary areas: the use of bankruptcy by churches and other religious organizations and the use of bankruptcy by consumers. The intersection...
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4:35 PM: Saving Nelson Mandela

4:35 PM: Saving Nelson Mandela

4:35 PM: Select if attending 3:30 PM "Contemplative Judging & Lawyering"
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  • Details: Continuation of Judging & Lawyering: Implications for Justice, Professionalism & Wellbeing, beginning at 3:35 PM
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Day 3

(Friday, February 3rd, 2017)

Registration Closed


8:00 AM: Legal Education Today and Tomorrow

8:00 AM: Sentencing Reform

9:05 AM: Forging a More Humane Justice System: The Indispensable Role of Public Defenders in Transforming Our Criminal Justice Culture
  • Speakers: Jonathan Rapping
  • Details: (1.0 CLE) A common theme in the national conversation about the problems plaguing our justice system over the last couple years is that not all lives are valued equally. Far...
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9:05 AM: Select if attending 8:00 AM "Legal Education Today and Tomorrow"
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  • Details: Continuation of Legal Education Today and Tomorrow, starting at 8:00 AM.
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10:10 AM: Criminal Justice Reform

10:10 AM: Five Broader Questions that "Making a Murderer" Poses
  • Speakers: Dean Strang
  • Details: (1.0 CLE) The Netflix documentary series "Making A Murderer" did more than just address two individual cases in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in 2007. For thoughtful viewers,...
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10:10 AM: Forensic Science in the Federal Criminal Justice System

10:10 AM: The Criminalization of Poverty

10:10 AM: The Next Generation of Leadership: Understanding, Negotiating & Managing Generational Differences in the Legal Profession
  • Speakers: Arin Reeves
  • Details: (1.0 Law Practice Management CLE) This interactive presentation uses research, best practices and practical advice on how to recognize and address generational differences in...
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11:10 AM: Criminal Justice Reform

11:10 AM: Forensic Science in the Federal Criminal Justice System

11:10 AM: How Can You Defend Those People?
  • Speakers: Dean Strang
  • Details: (1.0 CLE) Criminal defense lawyers, whether public defenders or private lawyers, get asked, “How can you defend those people?” so often that many of them know it as...
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11:10 AM: The Criminalization of Poverty

11:10 AM: The Next Generation of Leadership: Understanding, Negotiating & Managing Generational Differences in the Legal Profession
  • Speakers: Arin Reeves
  • Details: (1.0 Law Practice Management CLE) This interactive presentation uses research, best practices and practical advice on how to recognize and address generational differences in...
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1:30 PM: Professionalism: Litigation by the Masters

3:25 PM: Supreme Court Review: October Terms 2015 and 2016
  • Speakers: Erwin Chemerinsky
  • Details: (1.0 CLE) Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will report on recent decisions by the United States Supreme Court. Dean Chemerinsky will also review the cases that have been accepted,...
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Registration Closed