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    April 20, 2011 – The State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE™ Real Estate & Business Law Institute will be held in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells, June 9 - 10.

    The Institute offers more than 30 sessions covering substantive law, how-to tips, technology-related issues, and ethics. Multiple breakout sessions from basic to complex address the latest legal developments in real estate and business law, including:

    Other PINNACLE Institutes

    State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE™ Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Appellate Practice Institute: From Claims through Appeals, May 5 - 6 in Milwaukee, is the Institute to attend to learn about the latest on legislative changes and the most current legal information and practice tips from top experts. Earn up to 14.5 CLE and 5.5 EPR credits.

    The Wisconsin Solo Small Firm Conference is scheduled for Oct. 27 – 29 in the Wisconsin Dells. Mark your calendars.  

    • The impact of new healthcare legislation on closely held businesses

    • Privacy issues in the workplace, what can the employer monitor

    • Introduction to HUD/FHA financing for real estate development

    • Tax aspects of LLC formation: Capital accounts

    • Business divorce and succession planning

    • Changes and pitfalls to the WB form

    • Do “smart buildings” require changed lease terms

    • How to rate the enforceability of your guaranty

    • Securities law considerations in closely held business transactions

    • When you need confidentiality agreements

    • Intellectual property: Identifying and protecting your assets

    Featured speakers: Wisconsin department agency secretaries

    With a new administration comes the potential for new direction. Listen as Department of Revenue Deputy Secretary Kimberly Shaul, Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp, and Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb discuss Wisconsin’s focus on “Open for Business.” Attend these sessions to gain important knowledge and insight for your clients’ business and real estate practices.

    Plenary sessions

    Thursday morning’s plenary speaker, Jeffrey Rosen, will present The Future of Privacy: Corporate Responsibilities and Individual Challenges. Individuals and companies face increasing pressure to monitor their online reputations in an age when the web never forgets – when every tweet, blog post, and Facebook update is recorded forever in the digital cloud.

    Privacy expert Rosen will discuss the range of challenges that individuals and companies face as they struggle to control how much information is exposed to the world. From the perspective of individuals, failure to monitor online reputations can mean the loss of jobs or promotions. From the perspective of companies, the need to protect their online reputations against unwanted disclosures can require a degree of employee monitoring, which in turn can threaten individual privacy. Rosen will provide a roadmap for how it is possible to strike a thoughtful balance between the privacy and reputational interests of companies and employees, drawing on the latest technologies, laws, and data about changing social norms in the workplace.

    Thursday’s luncheon speaker is legal humorist Dan White, author of The Official Lawyers Handbook, a satire of the legal profession. White’s unique brand of legal humor will add mirth and merriment to your lunch break, as he explains the hallmarks of lawyerosity and explores the miracle, the tragedy, and the oxymoron that is “legal levity.”

    Receptions and networking events

    Jim Brennan

    On Wednesday, James M. Brennan of Milwaukee will be sworn in as the 56th president of the State Bar of Wisconsin by Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson. Immediately following the 5:30 p.m. ceremony, attendees are invited to a complimentary reception honoring Brennan.

    Thursday night’s Attendee Reception, 5 - 6 p.m., is the time to get to know the variety of exhibitors, mingle with colleagues, and enjoy complimentary hors’ d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soda.

    Immediately following the Attendee Reception is another complimentary event, the Member Recognition and Networking Celebration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Awards will be presented to attorneys, judges, law firms, organizations, and law students who have made outstanding pro bono, public service, or public education contributions to the community and the profession, and awards also will be presented to members who are involved in State Bar service.

    How to register

    Register by May 5 to receive a reduced early-bird rate of $295; after May 5, $345. Members can earn up to 12.5 CLE credits, including 3.0 EPR credits. PINNACLE™ will record selected presentations and offer them via webcast at a later date at no additional cost to registrants. Ultimate Pass holders may attend the Institute for no additional charge.

    PINNACLE™, formerly known as State Bar CLE, is producing this Institute, with special cooperation from the State Bar’s Litigation, Appellate Practice, and Dispute Resolution sections.

    Be sure to check out other institutes

    Registration is open for the upcoming Litigation, Dispute Resolution, & Appellate Practice: From Claims Through Appeals Institute in Milwaukee, May 5 - 6. Mark your calendars for the Wisconsin Solo Small Firm Conference, Oct. 27 - 29, at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.