Featured speakers at June PINNACLE institutes focus on technological
threats, the client’s business environment, and keeping democracy
All are welcome at the Presidential Swearing-in and Member Recognition
events on June 13 and 14
On Wednesday evening, June 13, Kevin Klein, Phillips, will be sworn in
as the 57th president of the State Bar of Wisconsin at
the Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony. A reception begins at 4 p.m. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m.
On the evening of June 14, join the legal community for the annual
Member Recognition and Networking event. This celebration recognizes
attorneys, judges, law firms, organizations, and law students who have
made outstanding pro bono, public service, or public education
contributions. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Presentations begin
at 6:30 p.m.
All State Bar members and their friends and families who would like to
welcome Klein and recognize the contributions of the award recipients
are invited to attend these free events at the Chula Vista in Wisconsin
Dispute Resolution & Appellate Practice Institute, June
March 21, 2012 – On Monday, June 11, from 12 to 12:50 p.m.,
luncheon speaker, Bill Ginsberg, President, the
American Board of Trial Advocates Foundation, presents
“The Importance of the Jury Trial in
America.” From Plato and Aristotle to our Founding
Fathers, the principles of democracy have not changed, and it falls to
lawyers to exercise and defend due process and the right to a jury
trial. Ginsberg discusses the critical role that trial lawyers play in
the constitutional process of maintaining democracy.
Ginsburg has tried more than 300 cases in 21
states and participated in more than 350 mediations/arbitrations.
There is a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12
p.m., which costs $15. Attendees who do not wish
to attend the luncheon are welcome to join the CLE session
On Tuesday, June 12, from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Jim
Calloway, Oklahoma Bar Association, presents “The
Future of Law Practice: Dark Clouds or Silver Linings.”
According to Calloway’s Blog, “Reviewing the challenges and
threats to the legal profession has almost become a cliché. But changes in information
technology have clearly changed law practice. Adapting to the coming
structural change means incorporating technology in a practical format
for legal project management, changes in billing models, building more
efficient document production processes, learning to live with mobile
technology and dealing with increased client emphasis on predictability,
transparency and convenience.”
Calloway is the director of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s
Management Assistance Program. He writes and speaks on legal technology
issues, Internet research, law office management and organization, and
Estate and Business Law Institute, June 14-15
On Thursday, June 14, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., John DiFrances, an advisor to the National
Speakers’ Association, presents “The Power of Free
Markets and the Future of Wisconsin’s Business Environment.” Attendees
will gain a better understanding of what clients are experiencing and
the opportunities and challenges the future holds.
Following an overview of the history of the U.S. free market, how the free market is
changing around the world in the new millennium, and what the current
challenges are to the system, DiFrances will
delve into what lies ahead for the U.S. economy and where
Wisconsin is today. DiFrances will
discuss a roadmap for Wisconsin business and government leaders to
create a state that is truly “open for business,” a place
where businesses not merely struggle to survive, but thrive.
DiFrances assists a wide range of corporate,
not-for-profit, government agency, and academic institution clients. He
helps executive decision makers address complex strategic issues facing
Also on Thursday, attend “Hot Topics In the Law You
can Chew On,” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. the program includes short sessions on
news you need to digest to keep your practice fresh.
New environmental issue on ‘vapor intrusion’
Real estate condition reports are now required for the sale of vacant
Changes in the penalties for conversion of agricultural land
The expansion of the notice requirements for business contracts with
automatic renewal provisions
Changes in the definition of “doing business’ in Wisconsin
and its impact on regulation and taxation
The “America Invents Act” makes big changes in the way
patents are awarded
Wetland reform issues
The Baylake Bank case and its impact on priority of
This program follows a ticketed lunch. The cost for lunch is $15.
Attendees who do not wish to attend the lunch can join the group at
12:30 p.m. for the CLE session.
Sessions at both institutes include substantive law, how-to tips,
technology-related issues, and ethics. Attendees can choose from
multiple breakout-sessions from basic to complex, designed for all
levels of experience.
The institutes are produced with special cooperation from the State
Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice,
Business, Litigation, and Real Property, Probate & Trust Law
What are institutes?
In 2011, State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE began producing several
multi-day CLE institutes.
These events feature focused, highly relevant CLE programming in two to
four areas of practice. They may include a vendor/exhibitor expo hall
and social events. Some of these institutes will be held at destination
locations, such as resorts.
In addition to spring institutes, PINNACLE is planning the Health Law
and Labor & Employment Law Institute, Aug. 23-24, and the annual
2012 Wisconsin Solo Small Firm Conference, Oct. 25-27. Both institutes
will be held in Wisconsin Dells. Program information will be available
How to register
Early-bird member pricing for the June institutes is $329. After May 14
member tuition is $379. Ultimate Pass holders may attend institutes for
no additional charge. The cost to attend a luncheon
program is $15. For more program information or to register, call
the State Bar at (800) 728-7788 or (608) 257-3838 or click on the link