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Thursday, June 13, 2019

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Opening Plenary: Locking Up Our Own

Session Description:

James Forman Jr. is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School since 2011 and a 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning author in the general nonfiction category for his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Based on his critically-acclaimed book, Forman builds on his work as a public defender, a founder of a charter school for incarcerated teens, and a law professor to outline the criminal justice crisis with both data and human stories. He leaves the audience with hope for what they can do to make a difference.

Forman Book Signing immediately following the opening plenary session.


Presented By:

James Forman, Jr.
Pulitzer Prize winning author and Yale Law professor


9:30 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.


9:55 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

10 Ethics & Practice Management Tips You Need to Know

Session Description:

Give your law office an efficiency tune-up while ensuring your compliance with the rules of professional conduct, and staying current with practice management trends. This interactive discussion will present and test your knowledge of ten topics affecting law offices today from the perspective of ethics and practice management. As a result, you will immediately be able to:

  • Correct or improve procedures to attain greater efficiency in your office
  • Review your processes to ensure compliance with rules of professional conduct
  • Set benchmarks and goals to measure your success and improvements

Sponsored By:

State Bar of Wisconsin Professional Ethics Committee
LOMAP (Practice411)

Presented By:

Aviva Meridian Kaiser
State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison

Christopher C. Shattuck
State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison

Real Estate Transactions & Taxes

Session Description:

Many attorneys understand the general process for purchasing and selling real estate; however, they don’t understand the tax consequences when it is a commercial real estate transaction. Having a basic knowledge of taxes involved in commercial real estate transactions will enable you to provide invaluable advice to your clients. At this program, you will cover:

  • Tax considerations in choosing the entity that will purchase real estate
  • Tax planning for capitalization vs. deductibility of costs for maintaining and equipping real estate
  • Income tax consequences of purchases and sales of commercial real estate, including like-kind exchanges

Sponsored By:

Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section
Gain 1031 Exchange Company, LLC

Presented By:

Faculty TBA
 

How To Succeed in Mediation

Session Description:

Gain a mediator’s insight and perspective and hear helpful tips at this session focused on preparing you and your clients for mediation. By understanding the process from the mediator’s perspective, you’ll learn:

  • Essential information mediators are looking for to decide your case
  • Tips that increase your chance of a favorable mediation resolution
  • What you need to do to prepare yourself and your client for effective mediation

Sponsored By:

von Briesen & Roper SC

Presented By:

Michael P. Crooks
von Briesen & Roper SC, Madison

James T. Murray, Jr.
von Briesen & Roper SC, Milwaukee

Benjamin S. Stern
von Briesen & Roper SC, Madison


10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Section Power Hour

Explore what State Bar Sections have to offer at the Section Power Hour!

Lawyers throughout the state have the option to join Sections of the State Bar, where they can network with other legal professionals, participate in continuing legal education seminars, and explore other professional development opportunities. Whether you're already a member of these groups or haven't yet participated, there's so much to learn. We make it easy and convenient to talk to Section representatives (your peers!) and explore your options.

Appetizers available!


11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Post Epic: Employment, Arbitration, and Class Actions

Session Description:

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Epic, affirming the enforceability of arbitration requirements and class action waivers in employment contracts. What effects can we expect from this decision? This session explores:

  • Interplay of employee handbooks and employment contracts to achieve objectives
  • Legal liability and availability of relief via class action litigation or class action arbitration
  • Other steps employers may consider in the wake of the Epic Decision

Sponsored By:

Labor & Employment Law Section

Presented By:

Sara J. Geenen
The Previant Law Firm, S.C., Milwaukee

Christopher L. Nickels
Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee

Alphabet Soup of Public Benefits for Family Law, Personal Injury and Estate

Session Description:

Discover pitfalls that can stem from family law, personal injury settlements, or estate planning, where the decisions you make now, could affect your client’s future public benefits eligibility. These considerations are essential for lawyers who are not familiar with public benefits practice. At this session, you will learn:

  • The basics of Medicaid and trusts for the disabled, including Wispact and Life Navigators
  • The use of ABLE accounts, Social Security benefits, and other tactics to assist clients in the areas of divorce, PI settlements, or estate planning
  • Additional opportunities to assist clients by expanding available funds or healthcare through public benefits

Sponsored By:

Elder Law and Special Needs Section

Presented By:

Gregory James Banchy
Banchy Law Center LLC, Eau Claire

Iris M. Christenson
Christenson Johnson LLC, Fitchburg

Kate Schilling
Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Madison

Social Media and Free Speech

Session Description:

Social media platforms have become common communication tools for organizations. When government officials or entities use them, they may be triggering the free speech clause of the First Amendment. Courts are deciding novel cases involving social media and the duties of government officials from all levels – local, state, and federal levels. During this session, you will:

  • Examine recent free speech cases and decisions in Wisconsin and nationwide
  • Understand when the free speech clause applies to social media
  • Be able to advise clients about their legal rights and responsibilities when using social media
  • Learn potential liabilities in restricting or “blocking” access to social media

Sponsored By:

Civil Rights and Liberties Section

Presented By:

Richard Greenlee
Rock County Corporation Counsel, Janesville


12:25 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.

Luncheon Plenary: The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts

Session Description:

CNN legal analyst and Supreme Court biographer Joan Biskupic comes to the State Bar of Wisconsin’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Conference for a discussion about her new book, The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice Roberts. Chief Justice Roberts joined the Court in 2005, claiming he would act as a neutral umpire in deciding cases. His critics argue he has been anything but, pointing to his conservative victories on voting rights and campaign finance. Yet he broke from orthodoxy in his decision to preserve Obamacare. Join us as we explore what motivates the most powerful judge in the land.

Biskupic Book Signing immediately following the luncheon.


Presented By:

Joan Biskupic
CNN Legal Analyst


1:40 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.

Break

1:55 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Persuading Judges and Juries

Session Description:

Learn the fundamentals of persuasion in the courtroom and explore how judges and juries approach decision-making. Applicable to both criminal and civil trials, and at both the trial and appellate court levels, you will discover numerous strategies and tactics available to influence judges and juries to find in your client’s favor.

  • Tips for presenting information to judges and juries
  • Developing effective themes and arguments
  • Insights into persuasive brief writing

Sponsored By:

Hon. Michael R. Fitzpatrick

Presented By:

Hon. Michael R. Fitzpatrick
Wisconsin Court of Appeals

Slanted: How Being Asian Got Me Into Trouble

Session Description:

Simon Tam, founder of the world's first and only all-Asian American band, The Slants, wanted to change the world by creating an anti-racist band. Little did he know, the decision would take him from the studio to the state penitentiary, and from the stage to the United States Supreme Court. Hear this fascinating tale of how the worlds of civil rights and IP law collided when an ordinary trademark case turned into an eight-year journey for self-identity and blurred the lines between art and social activism.

Get an insider’s look at:

  • Developing legal strategies for your appellate cases
  • Client perspectives as a case progresses through the appellate process
  • The impact of effective client communication and management in appellate practice

Sponsored By:

Nonresident Lawyers Division
Intellectual Property & Technology Law Section

Presented By:

Simon Tam
The Slants, Nashville

Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence & Smart Contracts

Session Description:

Blockchain and smart contracts used to be futuristic buzzwords, but the reality is that businesses are already using blockchain powered self-executing contracts or "smart contract technology." Blockchain and smart contract technology has the potential to bring massive transactional efficiencies to every aspect of transactional and commercial life, in all industries, across the globe.

At this program, you’ll learn:

  • What blockchain, artificial intelligence, and smart contracts are
  • How these new technologies are deployed
  • What legal issues you should be aware of when working with clients using these technologies

Sponsored By:

Solo Small Firm and General Practice
Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights Section

Presented By:

Joseph S. Diedrich
Husch Blackwell LLP, Madison

Jeffrey M. Glazer
U.W. Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, Madison

Emerging Contaminants/PFAS: Regulation and Response

Session Description:

The growing regulatory focus on PFAs, as “emerging contaminants” poses new challenges for industry, municipalities, property owners, or property-developers that currently or previously contained PFAs. At this session, you will explore the issues associated with PFAs and gain a working knowledge of them, their regulation, and litigation resulting from PFAs. Topics include:

  • The unique chemical and toxicological properties of PFAS
  • Commercial uses and sources of PFAS
  • Impact to the environment
  • Current regulation of PFAS in Wisconsin, including under the Wisconsin Voluntary Party Liability Exemption (VPLE) program
  • Existing and anticipated litigation from PFAS

Sponsored By:

State Bar of Wisconsin Environmental Law Section

Presented By:

Daniel C.W. Narvey
Godfrey & Kahn SC, Milwaukee

Edward B. Witte
Godfrey & Kahn SC, Milwaukee



3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
(75 min.)

Legal Design Thinking: a New Approach to Advising Clients

Session Description:

Discover how legal design thinking can transform how in-house legal teams respond to their clients’ concerns. Learn to take this end-user-centered approach to create solutions that are transparent, understandable, useful, and engaging. Join us in this interactive session as we take a hypothetical case and solve the specific legal problems using legal design thinking approach. You’ll discover how legal design thinking can change the way you practice, including:

  • Make your communications and documents more understandable
  • Increase collaboration, innovation, and productivity across your team
  • Improve client services at all levels
  • Create new concepts to deliver value that your clients demand

Sponsored By:

International Practice Section
Business Law Section

Presented By:

Ngosong Fonkem
Addison-Clifton LLC, Milwaukee

Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the #MeToo Era

Session Description:

Join Atty. Rekha Chiruvolu of Nixon Peabody, Los Angeles, and learn the best practices for developing and implementing a successful diversity and inclusion strategy. You’ll learn how these best practices intersect with professional development, recruiting, and business development. In addition, hear implications of the #mettoo movement as it relates to the practice of law, and law firm internal and external practices. From this session you will:

  • Understanding the steps needed to build diversity and inclusion procedures in your practice
  • Learn best practices for diversity and inclusion policies
  • Find out how the #metoo movement affects law firms and lawyers

Sponsored By:

Diversity & Inclusion Oversight Committee

Wisconsin Law Foundation

This AMC program is funded by a generous grant from the Wisconsin Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the State Bar of Wisconsin, supporting law-related education and public service programs statewide.

Presented By:

Hon. Carl Ashley
Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Milwaukee

Rekha Chiruvolu
Nixon Peabody, Los Angeles

Rebecca Scheller
University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Legal Ethics Edition

Session Description:

So maybe you won’t become a millionaire,* but you will leave feeling like a million bucks with your up-to-date knowledge of the Rules of Professional Conduct! Join our lively and knowledgeable contestants at this interactive session, as they match wits on current ethical dilemmas. Who said that ethics can’t be fun! Topics will include:

  • Recognizing commonly misunderstood ethical issues
  • New rules and developments in legal ethics
  • Steps to undertake to correct an ethical issue

*Possible Disclaimers

Gameshow Host does not carry cash. This is an exhibition, not a competition. Contestants may have been briefed on some questions before the show. Keep cool; process promptly. Not the Beatles, just an incredible simulation. Use only as directed, no other warranty expressed or implied. May be too intense for some attendees. Do not bend, fold, spindle, or mutilate. For office use only. Do not try this at home.


Sponsored By:

State Bar of Wisconsin Professional Ethics Committee

Presented By:

Dean R. Dietrich
Dietrich VanderWaal, S.C., Wausau

Aviva Meridian Kaiser
State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison

Timothy J. Pierce
State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison

Stacie H. Rosenzweig
Halling & Cayo, S.C., Milwaukee

Thomas J. Watson
Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co, Madison

A Conversation Between the Bench & Bar: A Judicial Panel

Session Description:

Join colleagues from the Bench and Bar for a special forum! The Bench Bar Committee has organized a special session to allow for dialog between judges and lawyers. Discussion topics include recent legislative changes to the discovery rules, the effects of an upcoming Supreme Court decision concerning pleading rules in civil cases, the new standards for the Brady test post Wayerski, and a review of courtroom decorum and standards of conduct from the judicial and bar perspectives.


Sponsored By:

Bench and Bar Committee

Presented By:

Moderator:

Justice Jon P. Wilcox
Retired Supreme Court Justice

Panelists:

Hon. Michael J. Aprahamian
Waukesha County Circuit Court

Hon. Barbara Key
Winnebago County Circuit Court

Jacob A. Manian
Fox, O’Neill & Shannon SC, Milwaukee

Matt O’Neill
Fox, O’Neill & Shannon SC, Milwaukee


4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Break

4:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

Reduce Stress and Improve Productivity: Mindfulness for Lawyers

Session Description:

Learn to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and increase effectiveness through meditation practices, gentle stretching, and mindful yoga. Discover how physical and mental exercises can help you increase efficiency and remain focused. Incorporating these practices will enable you to stay on task, respond to challenges, and lead a more balanced lifestyle. Attend this session to:

  • Gain simple techniques to reduce stress and stay focused
  • Regulate your emotional responses to reduce anxiety
  • Improve productivity by practicing deliberate mindfulness

Sponsored By:

Young Lawyers Division
WILMIC

Presented By:

Chris Smith
UW Health, Integrative Medicine, Milwaukee

Here for Business

Session Description:

Immigration and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – two of the most controversial topics in recent memory. At this session, you’ll explore the various immigration pathways still available to do business in the United States and the anticipated effects of tax reforms on businesses. Afterwards, you will:

  • Understand how immigration and tax changes have affected your clients and identify possible solutions
  • Explore how the tax reform could provide new opportunities for business development for your clients as a result of the tax reform

Sponsored By:

International Practice Section

Presented By:

Ray Feliz
Octavia Legal Associates, Madison

Jairo Hernandez
Octavia Legal Associates, Madison

Can I Litigate My State Court Claim in Bankruptcy Court, and Do I Have To?

Session Description:

A bankruptcy filing by an opposing party in the midst of pending State Court litigation creates confusion that can result in unnecessary delays and additional expenses. At this session, you will gain the tools and knowledge you need to make quick and informed decisions about how a bankruptcy filing affects pending litigation. You will learn:

  • The effects a bankruptcy filing has on your case if filed before your next hearing/trial dates
  • Whether the bankruptcy filing will stay your pending State Court litigation
  • How the opposing party’s bankruptcy discharge could affect your client’s claim
  • Whether your pending claims can be argued before the State Court or must go to the Bankruptcy Court

Sponsored By:

Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights Section
Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section
Family Law Section
Litigation Section

Presented By:

David Krekeler
Krekeler Strother, S.C., Madison

Nicholas L. Hahn
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., Oshkosh

Update on Wisconsin Criminal Law and Procedure

Session Description:

Join us for an examination of recent case law developments arising from the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals as well as federal case law on evidence, substantive criminal law, and criminal procedure. Gain insight as the panel discusses implications of these changes from the bench, criminal defense, and the prosecution perspectives. This session will enable you to:

  • Identify and understand the new statutes and rules governing criminal procedure
  • Incorporate the recent, significant case law changes into your criminal law practice
  • Adapt your procedures to respond to these changes

Sponsored By:

Criminal Law Section

Presented By:

Rebecca M. Coffee
Mastantuono & Coffee SC, Milwaukee

Roy R. Korte
Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison

Hon. Phillip A. Koss
Walworth County Circuit Court, Elkhorn

Michael O'Hear
Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee




Friday, June 14, 2019


8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
(75 min.)

Can't Agree on eDiscovery? Try ADR: Tips, Pitfalls & Resolution

Session Description:

eDiscovery can be an arduous process. The complexity, combined with the costs and burdens associated with producing and reviewing materials, often leads to disputes between parties of what is reasonable and proportionate. Traditionally, courts assigned a Special Master to resolve these disputes. However, eMediation may be better a better and more cost effective solution. An eMediation to resolve an eDiscovery dispute differs from traditional mediation. At this session, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the Federal and State Civil Procedures governing eDiscovery
  • Learn the differences between a traditional mediation and an eMediation for eDiscovery
  • Understand the benefits of using eMediation to settle eDiscovery disputes

Sponsored By:

Dispute Resolution Section
Litigation Section

Presented By:

Timothy D. Edwards
Anthony M. Lawhon PA, Naples, FL

Hon. Richard J. Sankovitz
Resolute Systems Inc, Milwaukee

Jaya Sharma
Madison

Corporate Governance in the #MeToo Era - Adding Value by Adding Women

Session Description:

Few topics have dominated the news in the past two years more than the allegations and accusations of sexual harassment against public figures. The #MeToo movement has had a significant impact on American society, and corporate boardrooms have not been immune. Be prepared to advise your clients on the evolving best practices for corporate governance. At this session, you will explore actions boards need to take to prevent future harassment and respond to allegations of misconduct. Topics include:

  • Appointing women to boards of directors
  • Adding anti-harassment policies to corporate codes of conduct
  • Establishing written procedures for addressing allegations of improper conduct
  • Enhancing employee training in the area of promoting gender equality

Sponsored By:

Business Law Section
Labor and Employment Law Section

Presented By:

Londa Dewey
The QTI Group, Madison

Nadelle E. Grossman
Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee

Grandparent Visitation – and the Legal Standard Is...

Session Description:

Michels v. Lyons is a significant Wisconsin case affecting the fundamental liberty interest in parenting the child. A panel of attorneys, Family Court Commissioners, and Judges will discuss the case, its importance, and the standards for grandparent visitation going forward. From this session, you will:

  • Understand the evolution of parental rights and grandparent visitation in Wisconsin
  • Recognize key points to granting grandparent visitation as determined in Traxel v. Granville
  • Comprehend the changes to granting grandparent visitation in the wake of Michels v. Lyons

Sponsored By:

Family Law Section
Children and the Law Section

Presented By:

Comm. Mark R. Fremgen
Dane County Circuit Court, Madison

Gregg M. Herman
Loeb & Herman SC, Milwaukee

Tips for Writing Effective Appellate Briefs

Session Description:

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from a sitting Court of Appeals judge and lawyers practicing before the Court of Appeals on what makes an appellate brief persuasive. Hear tips not only for drafting your initial brief but also for editing them to ensure they communicate your position in a clear, persuasive, and compelling manner. You’ll learn:

  • Critical elements to include when crafting your briefs
  • Formatting your brief for maximum effectiveness
  • Editing tips to hone your message

Sponsored By:

Appellate Practice Section

Presented By:

Hon. Brian Blanchard
Wisconsin Court of Appeals District IV, Madison

Shelley Fite
Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc., Madison

Eric G. Pearson
Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee


9:15 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.

Break

9:35 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Preventing (and Responding to) Data Breaches: How to Advise Your Client

Session Description:

In today’s technological environment, most businesses collect, use, and store personal information about their clients and customers. Because businesses are keeping this information, they must comply with a variety of laws and regulations that apply to its collection and security. It is essential that you understand the legal issues to consider when it comes to data security. This program will enable you to help your clients:

  • Conduct an effective data-security risk-assessment
  • Assess an organization’s data-security practices
  • Respond to data-security breaches

Sponsored By:

Business Law Section
Intellectual Property & Technology Law Section

Presented By:

Faculty TBA
 

Avoid the Family Feud: Successful Transfers of Closely Held Construction Companies

Session Description:

One of the most challenging and vulnerable times for any closely held business is the transfer from one generation to the next. Join us as we explore the unique considerations that you must consider when transferring a construction business. During the program, you will examine several matters including:

  • Corporate organization tips to protect asset classes
  • Business valuation considerations
  • Comprehensive estate-planning strategies
  • Streamlined communication and interpersonal relationship management
  • Cash flow hurdles

Sponsored By:

Construction & Public Contract Law Section
Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section

Presented By:

Cynthia L. Buchko
Construction Business Group, Madison

Bradley James Kalscheur
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee

Philip J. Miller
Husch Blackwell LLP, Waukesha

Shipra Seefeldt
Strategic Solutions Consulting LLC, Appleton

Tax Implications of Litigation and Settlements

Session Description:

In litigation, the focus is often the amount of the damages awarded without much planning for their tax treatment. During this session, discover what you can do to ensure your clients receive the most favorable tax-treatment on their settlement or judgement. You’ll also receive an overview of the "state of the IRS.” Topics include:

  • How various settlements and judgements are taxed
  • New rules on sexual harassment cases under the new tax act
  • Deductibility of legal fees and new limitations
  • General state of the IRS

Sponsored By:

Taxation Law Section
Litigation Section

Presented By:

Daniel B. Geraghty
Husch Blackwell LLP, Milwaukee

Robert M. Romashko
Husch Blackwell LLP, Chicago, IL

Tips and Strategies for Powerful Opening Statements

Session Description:

In a time of declining jury trials, how do you learn the art of delivering a compelling opening statement? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a judge and practicing litigation lawyers about what makes an effective and powerful opening statement. You’ll learn the how tos of:

  • Organizing your statement for maximum impact
  • Addressing facts that are "bad" for your client
  • Using exhibits effectively during your opening statement
  • Overcoming opposing counsel’s objections

Sponsored By:

Litigation Section

Presented By:

Kelly L. Centofanti
Centofanti Law SC, Mequon

John David Claypool
Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd, Appleton



10:45 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.

The Impact of 2017 Wisconsin Act 67 on Local Government Land Use Practices

Session Description:

Gain an in-depth look at the sweeping changes to the conditional use permit process brought about by 2017 WISCONSIN ACT 67. Learn the limits ACT 67 placed on zoning authorities and the conditions required to deny a CUP application. This information is essential if you represent local governments or are advising property owners. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • An in-depth examination of changes to the law
  • New “substantial evidence” requirements for denying a CUP
  • New mandates for granting CUPs to applicants

Sponsored By:

Government Lawyers Division
Administrative and Local Government Law Section

Presented By:

Adam F. Jardine
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC, Milwaukee

Michael J. Morse
Village of Menomonee Falls, Menomonee Falls

Brian W. Ohm
University of Wisconsin Department of Planning & Landscape Architecture, Madison

Andrew Thomas Phillips
von Briesen & Roper SC, Milwaukee

Jesse A. Wesolowski
Wesolowski, Reidenbach & Sajdak SC, Franklin

Accessing and Protecting Your Data While Traveling

Session Description:

In the digital era, clients demand you have access to their information 24/7. At the same time, lawyers are high-value targets for cyber-attacks because of the wealth of personal information clients entrust to them. Understanding how to access your clients’ information securely is essential to protect your clients and yourself. After this session, you will:

  • Understand available technologies for accessing information and their vulnerabilities
  • Be able to develop procedures that can reduce the risk of a data-breach
  • Comprehend encryption technology limits
  • Learn techniques for maintaining security protocols
  • Evaluate Internet sources and service providers confidently

Sponsored By:

State Bar of Wisconsin - LOMAP (Practice 411)

Presented By:

Christopher C. Shattuck
State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison

Cultivating Cultural Competence: Creating and Maintaining a Respectful, Productive Workplace for People of All Kinds

Session Description:

Learn to create a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion as a core value through communications and positive interaction – increasing collaboration, productivity, and profits, while enabling you to effectively navigate difficulties as they arise. By attending, you will:

  • Realize the importance of understanding the ethnic, generational, gender, and educational diversity of your geographic regions.
  • Identify the personal and organizational factors that affect experiences at your firm.
  • Recognize the changes needed to create an inclusive work environment.
  • Explore how cultural differences actually help deliver innovative services to a wider range of clients.

Sponsored By:

Michael Kahn

Presented By:

Dr. Andrea Cochran
ReelTime CLE, LLC

Chris Osborn
ReelTime CLE, LLC

Tips and Strategies for Effective Voir Dire

Session Description:

Hear tips and learn strategies to avoid a jury selection process that is awkward and uncomfortable. Learn tactics you can use to engage your potential jurors and encourage them to share their personal beliefs and viewpoints. These insights allow you to assess which jurors will likely be supportive to your case. In addition, hear a judge’s perspective on voir dire. This session will enable you to:

  • Craft appropriate and relevant questions
  • Build a rapport with your potential jurors
  • Identify which potential jurors will be "leaders" and which will be "followers"
  • Challenge potential jurors to be stricken for cause – successfully

Sponsored By:

Litigation Section

Presented By:

Jacob R. Reis
Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., Appleton

Heather L. Nelson
Everson, Whitney, Everson & Brehm SC, Green Bay


11:35 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Break

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Closing Plenary: That'll Never Happen Here: Cultivating a Workplace Culture Less Conducive to Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

Session Description:

Develop practical, sustainable strategies for preventing sexual harassment behavior in the workplace without completely controlling employees’ work lives. Using clips from popular TV shows such as NBC’s The Office and Parks & Recreation, explore through meaningful discussions the challenges in navigating this politically and personally charged area and learn steps your organization can take to create a professional, yet welcoming, workplace environment.


Sponsored By:

TBD

Presented By:

Dr. Andrea Cochran
ReelTime CLE, LLC

Chris Osborn
ReelTime CLE, LLC



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General Info:
Tim Clark
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(800) 444-9404 ext. 6132
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