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    Featured speakers at June PINNACLE institutes focus on technological threats, the client's business environment, and keeping democracy alive

    Featured speakers at June PINNACLE institutes focus on technological threats, the client’s business environment, and keeping democracy alive

    The State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® Litigation, Dispute Resolution & Appellate Practice Institute and the Real Estate and Business Law Institute plenary speakers address the importance of jury trials, how information technology continues to change the practice of law, and understanding what clients are experiencing in today’s business environment. Both institutes are in Wisconsin Dells at the Chula Vista.

    All are welcome at the Presidential Swearing-in and Member Recognition events on June 13 and 14

    Kevin Klein

    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 Dells.

    Litigation, Dispute Resolution & Appellate Practice Institute, June 11-12

    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 at noon.

    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 legal ethics.

    Real 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 their organizations.

    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.

    Topics include:

    • New environmental issue on ‘vapor intrusion’
    • Real estate condition reports are now required for the sale of vacant land
    • 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 assessments

    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.

    Breakout sessions

    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 sections.

    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 soon.

    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 below.

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