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Need to fulfill your Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements? Creighton University School of Law provides numerous seminars throughout the academic year. Your next opportunities are:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Substitute Decision Making in Iowa
(co-sponsored by the Iowa Office of Substitute Decision Maker)

Attorneys from across the state of Iowa are invited to join the newly re-established Office of Substitute Decision Maker to learn more about substitute decision making in Iowa.  Featured speakers at each session will present information about legal trusts and alternatives to guardianship.  Click here for more information: OSDM Summit Flyer.pdf

Time:  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Place:  Ameristar Casino Hotel Conference Center, 2200 River Road, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Fee: $15
CLE Credit:  Approved for 5.25 hours of CLE in Iowa
Register: at or 515.725.3333


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ethics and Electronics: Navigating Legal Ethics and New Technology


Registration: 7:30am - 8:00am

Introduction & Welcome: 8:00am - 8:15am
Dean of the Law School, Marianne Culhane

Session 1: 8:15am - 9:00am
Mr. Brett J. Trout

Mr. Trout will discuss how ethical rules regarding how lawyers can and cannot use technology fail to keep pace with an increasingly sophisticated technological landscape. Best practices dictate that lawyers seeking to leverage technology should use a three-pronged approach to avoid ethical pitfalls. While there are no guarantees, this three-pronged approach can prove invaluable in avoiding ethical problems relating to new uses of technology in the practice of law.

Session 2: 9:00am-9:45am
Ms. Cynthia A. Brown

Ms. Brown’s presentation will address issues concerning the ethics of attorneys secretly tape recording discussions, particularly given the ease new cell phone technology presents in conducting such recordings.  She will look at current state laws which differ in what is considered criminal conduct as well as what is considered ethical conduct.

Break 9:45am-10:00am

Session 3: 10:00am-10:45am
 Mr. John G. Browning

Mr. Browning will discuss social media use and legal ethics, specifically the issue of just how far attorneys can go in advising clients to “clean up” their Facebook pages and other social networking presences.  He will discuss the spectrum of attorney involvement, ranging from the benign (advising clients on adopting privacy settings) to the more problematic issues of clients removing content and risking spoliation of evidence allegations.

Session 4:  10:45am-11:45am
Fr. Greg O’Meara

Fr. O’Meara will take a traditional and academic approach to client confidentiality issues arising with respect to storing client documents “in the cloud.” He will explore the common law of maintaining a client’s confidences and analyze older sources of common law addressing confidentiality. His presentation will focus on how this duty is effectively waived by attorneys who choose the efficiency and economy of web storage without considering the costs in matters of client confidentiality.

Nebraska has approved this seminar for 3.25 hours of Professional Responsibility CLE credit, while Iowa has approved the seminar for 3.25 hours of Ethics CLE credit. Attorneys wishing to attend and receive CLE credit should RSVP to Karen Dixon at kdixon [at] creighton [dot] edu (subject: March%20CLE%20Seminar) . When registering, please include your Nebraska bar number.

Parking will be available on the upper level of the parking garage located east of the School of Law, the Harper Center visitors’ lot accessed via 20th Street, or the visitors’ lot west of the School of Law at the intersection of 24th and Cass Streets. Metered street parking is available on Cass Street.


Thursday March 19, 2015

CLE Presentation for Creighton School of Law Alumni
by Stephen C. Sieberson Professor of Law
Followed by a happy hour reception at 5:30 pm in the Tomek Alumni Gallery 

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Place: Creighton University School of Law, 21st and Cass Street - Ahmanson Law Center, Room 124 
Fee: Free

Attorneys wishing to attend and receive CLE credit should RSVP to the Creighton Alumni Office here.  Please include your Nebraska bar number when registering.  There is no cost to attend.

Parking will be available on the upper level of the parking garage located east of the Law School, the Harper Center visitors’ lot accessed via 20th Street, or the visitors’ lot west of the Law School at the intersection of 24th and Cass Streets.  Metered street parking is available on Cass Street.

Program details
Primary Sources: (1) Rules of Professional Conduct, Nebraska and Iowa (2) American Bar Association, Annotated Model Rules of Professional Conduct
1. Overview of the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) Preamble and Parts 1-8
2. RPC Part 1 – Client-Lawyer Relationship
               –Terminology and 18 rules that frame the relationship
3. Risks and concerns regarding the relationship
              a. Has a relationship actually been established?
              b. In the relationship, who calls the shots?
              c. When dealing with a business entity, who exactly is the client?
              d. What if the client lacks full capacity?
              e. How long does the relationship last?
              f. If the relationship ends, is it really over?


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Update from the Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration
Co-sponsored by the Employee Benefits Institute of Kansas City and University of Missouri -Kansas City School of Law

Time: Noon – 1 PM
Place: Creighton University, Harper Center, 602 North 20th Street, Omaha, Nebraska
Fee: $25
CLE Credit: Nebraska 1.0 hour / Missouri 1.2 hour / Kansas pending
Click here for more information: 4-2 Nebraska Combined flyer and registration.pdf