Continuing Legal Education and Programming

No Cost CLE Programming

As a service to its alumni, Nebraska Law, in partnership with the student organizations, offers multiple continuing legal education opportunities to all alumni. These programs are typically held over the lunch hour. Because programming develops throughout the course of the semester, registration is exclusively online and alumni are encouraged to check this website routinely as programs are added continuously throughout the semester. Non-alumni may also register for these programs at a cost of $20, payable at the door.


The Incredible Secret That Every Juror Needs to Know About the American Trial Process - But Which No Judge Will Ever Tell You
By: James Duncan, Professor, Regent Law School, Virginia Beach, VA

Friday, September 4, 2015 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)
College of Law Auditorium
Approved for 1 CLE credit hour
Registration

The speaker, Prof. James Duane, will take a very close look at the mechanics, the details, and the philosophy behind a well-settled rule of evidence that is the subject of frequent litigation in both state and federal court, and in both civil and criminal cases: Federal Rule of Evidence 606, which is essentially identical to its counterpart in Nebraska Rule of Evidence 606.   The talk will carefully examine the extraordinary contrasts between the supposed logic and the actual operation of this rule, to illustrate how the most common public justifications for this rule cannot truly be reconciled with the way in which the rule is actually drafted and applied.  The speaker will examine a large number of reported cases in which the operation of the rule turned out to entail a significant compromise in our system's supposed commitment to the search for truth and justice, in part because of the way in which the rule runs absolutely contrary to what we now know about the mistaken intuitions of the ordinary juror. The speech will close with some recommendations about a simple way in which the application of this rule could be modified by the trial judge – without the need for any legislative reform – in ways that would significantly improve the ability of our justice system to get at the truth and to avoid injustice.  Finally, the talk will consider why more has not already been done along those lines, and the obvious reasons why our judicial system has an unfortunate and regrettable collection of institutional disincentives against doing the right thing.


Something to Hide: New Technology and the Future of Privacy
By: Ben Wizner, Director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)
College of Law Auditorium
Approved for 1 CLE credit hour
Registration

The Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program at Nebraska Law with ACLU of Nebraska Present "Something to Hide: New Technology and the Future of Privacy" with the Director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, Ben Wizner.

Once we could live lives of practical obscurity. No longer. Conveniences of modern life — from smartphones to smoke detectors — have become digital informants, giving governments and corporations detailed information about us. Join Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology project and legal advisor to Edward Snowden, for a conversation about the world we're creating and how we can fight back.


Trademark Basics: What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later
By: Craig Morris, Managing Attorney in the Trademark Educational Outreach office of the US Patent & Trademark Office

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)
College of Law Auditorium
Approved for 1 CLE credit hour
Registration

Mr. Morris' talk will cover these topics:
- how trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names, and business name registrations all differ.

- why it is important for any new business to select a trademark that will be both federally registrable and legally protectable, highlighting factors critical when choosing a mark.

- the importance of doing a complete search and whether an attorney should be used.

- what may happen if another trademark owner believes it has stronger rights in a mark and issues a "cease-and-desist" letter.

- information on what the USPTO does in the federal registration process and how to avoid "scams" perpetrated by companies that request fees for services not required by the USPTO.


Discovery Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: The Coming Changes
Sponsored by The Federal Practice Committee

Friday, September 25, 2015 (8:30am – 12:00pm)
Simulcast at the College of Law Auditorium
Approved for 3 CLE credit hours
Registration

Important new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2015. Among other changes, the amended rules will promote earlier and more active judicial case management, change the standards for serving and responding to requests for production of documents, clarify that information is not discoverable simply because it is “reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence,” require that discovery be proportional to the needs of the case, and set down a rule for imposing sanctions for a party’s failure to preserve ESI. The Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal (United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas), who served on the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee for the rule amendments, will explain the upcoming changes.  Following Judge Rosenthal’s presentation, all three magistrate judges from the District of Nebraska – the Honorable Thomas D. Thalken, the Honorable F.A. Gossett III, and the Honorable Cheryl R. Zwart, will participate in a panel discussion on the new rules led by Professor Patrick J. Borchers of the Creighton University School of Law.


Managing Your Professional Online Presence

Speaker: Marcia Dority Baker, University of Nebraska College of Law

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)
Sandhills Convention Center
2102 S. Jeffers St., North Platte, NE
Approved for 0.50 CLE credit hour and 0.50 Professional Responsibility
Registration

“Have you ever "Googled" your name and really looked at the results? Did you know that a recent survey by FindLaw found that 38% of American consumers used the Internet to find an attorney?

The way in which people search for information, including legal assistance has drastically changed. A professional’s online or digital presence can reach further than the traditional business card or face-to-face networking interaction. Managing online presence is a necessary skill for all professionals, providing the opportunity to showcase one’s expertise as a practitioner, to better communicate with clients and colleagues, and to share valuable information in a timely manner.

This program will review what online presence is, and how to best manage online presence. The discussion will include: information ethics, reputation management, online marketing, budget and time management of online presence, and building digital connections with colleagues and/or potential clients. Your online presence works for you 24/7 – you’re “on” even if you are not online.


Managing Your Professional Online Presence

Speaker: Marcia Dority Baker, University of Nebraska College of Law

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (4:00pm – 5:00pm)
Younes Conference Center
416 W. Talmadge Rd., Kearney, NE
Approved for 0.50 CLE credit hour and 0.50 Professional Responsibility
Registration

“Have you ever "Googled" your name and really looked at the results? Did you know that a recent survey by FindLaw found that 38% of American consumers used the Internet to find an attorney?

The way in which people search for information, including legal assistance has drastically changed. A professional’s online or digital presence can reach further than the traditional business card or face-to-face networking interaction. Managing online presence is a necessary skill for all professionals, providing the opportunity to showcase one’s expertise as a practitioner, to better communicate with clients and colleagues, and to share valuable information in a timely manner.

This program will review what online presence is, and how to best manage online presence. The discussion will include: information ethics, reputation management, online marketing, budget and time management of online presence, and building digital connections with colleagues and/or potential clients. Your online presence works for you 24/7 – you’re “on” even if you are not online.


Federalist Society Hosts Mike Daugherty

Speaker: Mike Daugherty, CEO, LabMD

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)
College of Law Auditorium
Approved for 1 CLE credit hour
Registration

Mr. Daugherty, CEO of the now defunct LabMD, will be discussing his case defending against the FTC. He will discuss some of the complications surrounding his case. Professor Hurwitz will provide commentary.


“Sorry” Shouldn’t Be the Hardest Word: The Evolving Liability Risks of Apologizing for Medical Errors

By: Dr. William M. McDonnell, MD, JD, FAAP

Friday, October 23, 2015 (3:00pm – 4:00pm)
College of Law Auditorium
Approved for 1 Professional Responsibility credit hour
Registration

Unintended medical outcomes and medical errors account for substantial economic and psychological injuries to patients and physicians.  Disclosure about adverse medical events is widely-viewed as a health care provider’s ethical obligation, as well as an important step in preventing future harms.  Accordingly, a majority of U.S states have enacted statutes designed to encourage and protect communications with patients who have experienced adverse medical events.  Nevertheless, liability risks associated with disclosure and apologies are often poorly understood by attorneys and by their clients.  Ethical considerations mandate that attorneys better understand the legal protections and processes surrounding disclosure and apology, so that they can appropriately advise their health care clients.  This presentation is designed to update attorneys about the liability risks associated with disclosure and apologies, and to empower attorneys to advise health care clients about how they might reduce liability risks while improving health care quality and reducing the costs of medical errors.


3D Guns

Speaker: Josh Blackman, Associate Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law

Monday, November 19, 2015 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)
College of Law Auditorium
Approved for 1 CLE credit hour
Registration

We are standing at the dawn of the next great industrial revolution. With 3-D printers people can print an infinite number of personalized and customized “things.” However, one manifestation of this bold new technology threatens to cast a specter on innovation: 3D printed guns. This article explores how efforts to regulate, or even ban 3D guns, must satisfy constitutional scrutiny under both the First and Second Amendments. 

The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms includes a subsidiary right to acquire arms — what else are you going to keep and bear — which covers both the buyer, and seller in the transaction. Further, the seller has to obtain guns, including newly manufactured firearms. Thus, the Second Amendment supply chain protects a right to make arms. These constitutional guarantees preserve the right to acquire and make firearms, by 3D printer or other means. 

Prohibitions on sharing and receiving information about 3D guns, in the form of CAD source code files, violate the First Amendment right to free speech. The fact that information about 3D guns is distributed in electronic format does not shield it from the Bill of Rights. Further, the “hybrid” First and Second Amendment right offers heightened constitutional protections when the government attempts to restrict speech about the right to keep and bear arms.


My Client's About to Commit Securities Fraud: What Should I Do?

By: C. Steven Bradford, Earl Dunalp Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Nebraska College of Law

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)
College of Law Room 109
Approved for 1 CLE credit hour
Registration

You represent a business that has engaged in, or is about to engage in securities fraud--which could include just about any misrepresentation made by a business. What are your legal and ethical obligations? Is there any risk that you will be liable?

Other CLE Programming

In addition to the No Cost CLE programming, Nebraska Law plays host to other continuing education events throughout the year for the benefit of our alumni and friends. Upcoming events are:




John M. Gradwohl Estate and Business Planning Program
May 12 - May 13, 2016

Past Programs
 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

CLE Contact

Marcy Tintera
Continuing Legal Education
University of Nebraska College of Law

P.O. Box 83094
Lincoln, NE 68583-0904
Phone: (402) 472-1258
Email: mtintera1@unl.edu

Bankruptcy Manual by Professor Kevin Ruser, 2012 Edition
  • Resources
  • Pre-Bankruptcy Counseling
  • Information Gathering
  • Pre-Filing Requirements
  • Preparation of the Bankruptcy Papers
  • Signing & Filing the Forms
  • Post-Filing Matters
  • Lien Avoidance
  • Reaffirmation Agreements
  • Discharge of Student Loans
  • Chapter 7 Discharge
  • Finishing up a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

45 Appendices containing forms or documents commonly used in Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings, including a sample checklist, sample questionnaire, sample Chapter 7 Petitions and Schedules, and sample Motions.

A companion CD-ROM is included that contains fully searchable text in .pdf format and forms in .pdf and Word format. Cost of the Guide and companion CD-ROM is $100.00.

Immigration Manual by Professor Kevin Ruser, 2012 Edition
Part One
  • U.S. Immigration Agencies & Procedures
  • How to determine the immigration status of clients
  • How to determine possible immigration consequences of criminal proceedings (including ground of inadmissibility and deportability)
  • Waivers available to overcome certain grounds of inadmissability
  • Relief from removal remedies that will help a client avoid deportation
Part Two

A tabbed appendix containing analysis for nearly 240 Nebraska criminal statutes for the following possible immigration consequences

  • Inadmissability
  • Deportability
  • Aggreavated Felony
  • Good Moral Character
  • Patriculatly serious crime and mandatory detention

Inadmissability Deportability Aggreavated Felony Good Moral Character Patriculatly serious crime and mandatory detention A companion CD-ROM is included that contains fully searchable text in .pdf format and forms in .pdf and Word format. Cost of the Guide and accompanying CD-ROM is $80.00 if you have purchased past copies. If this is a first time purchase then the cost is $85.00.

Immigration Manual
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Contact Marcy Tintera
Continuing Legal Education
University of Nebraska College of Law

P.O. Box 83094
Lincoln, NE 68583-0904
Phone: (402) 472-1258
Email: mtintera1@unl.edu