The Delaware State Bar Association offers a variety of seminars
for the continued professional development of its members.
FUNDAMENTALS SCHEDULE FOR 2017 (Registration forms will be available below, as they become available):
- Fundamentals of Real Estate – February 15, 2017
- Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Procedure – March 15, 2017
- Fundamentals of Will Drafting and Estate Administration – April 18, 2017
- Fundamentals of Law Practice Management and Technology – May 10, 2017
- Fundamentals of Civil Litigation – June 1, 2017
- Fundamentals of Family Law – TBA
- Fundamentals of Lawyer-Client Relations – TBA
Friday, June 1, 2018
Environmental Law 2018
3.3 hours CLE credit
This seminar will involve a keynote address from the Deputy Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, and discussion on current environmental matters affecting Delaware. Topics will include the recently amended Delaware Coastal Zone Act, Delaware’s response to drinking water contamination issues and the future of offshore wind.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Corwin, Appraisal and Alternative Entity Developments: Updates That Transactional Lawyers and Litigators Need to Know - A View from the Bench and Bar 2018
4.0 hours CLE credit
This Panel of outstanding litigators and transactional attorneys and a member of the Court of Chancery will discuss recent statutory and case law developments in Delaware’s corporate law. Among the topics to be addressed are the Corwin doctrine, appraisal, and recent statutory and case law developments regarding unincorporated entities, including pending amendments to permit series of limited liability companies. This CLE should be of benefit to litigators and transactional attorneys seeking to understand how recent case law and statutory amendments may affect their practice.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Recognizing the Opportunities of Business Immigration 2018
2.0 hours CLE credit
As today’s changing political climate impacts the incredibly complex maze of immigration law and policy, this CLE provides a setting for in-depth discussion on of-the-moment topics that are critical to immigration law practice.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Bench and Bar 2018 - An Evolving Profession: Improving the Way We Do Business
3.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
Attend two of seven ethics courses: 1) Making the Most of a Deposition - Hear from the author who literally wrote the book on depositions and a panel of attorneys who consistently raise the bar in this field of practice. Learn the best way to prepare for and conduct a deposition, lodge effective objections, and make the most of this pre-trial device; 2) Arbitration Rule 16.1: The Comback...(& Introduction to Path to Trial Committee) - This panel will discuss the various ways Courts are addressing effective dispute resolution including the Superior Court's revived and improved Rule 16.1, the Court of Common Pleas Special Election and Expedited Docket (SPEED), and an introduction to the newly formed Path to Trial Committee, which is assessing the need for revisions to existing speedy trial guidelines and court rules, with a view toward enhancing efficiency and effectiveness at each step along the “path to trial” (and beyond); 3) Meeting the Challenges of Domestic Violence in Custody Cases - Making decisions in custody cases is difficult when domestic violence is present. The panel will discuss considerations for victims who are seeking custody, the Court’s approach to making decisions after a finding of domestic violence, and the greatest challenges. Finally, the panel will highlight recent work being done to improve the ability of Family Court to reach the best solutions in these cases; 4) Raising the Bar by Closing the Gap - Does having the “keys to the courthouse doors” obligate attorneys to ensure that there is justice for everyone? A panel of practitioners and judicial officers explore what responsibilities come hand in hand with the decision to join this profession; 5) Block Chain II: Where No Contract Has Gone Before - Part II (Part I was on April 17 at DSBA) Just as the Internet changed the face of commerce, communication and socialization over the last 20 years, so too will blockchain technology radically change the way we do business with each other. Specifically, blockchain technology will provide the technical infrastructure for decentralized, distributed transactions in almost every industry, ranging from banking and transportation, to trade finance and the practice of law. Our all-star line up of blockchain thought leaders will share their thoughts on the future of blockchain technology as it pertains to the Delaware Blockchain Initiative; capital formation and the issuance of tokens (cryptocurrency); “smart contracts” and the practice of law; investing in infrastructure; and the regulatory climate. This program will ignite your curiosity, capture your imagination and set you on the path toward insightful blockchain discovery; 6) New Expectations in Forensic Science - Forensic evidence is entering a new era of scrutiny and this panel will look at accepted evidentiary forensics and how science is showing that your case may not necessarily be airtight. Hear from experts and practitioners about firearms identification and DNA; and 7) Best Practices in State Court Cases: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SJIS) and Violence Against Women Act Confidentiality - Immigrant children come before state court judges in cases that can have a profound impact on the child’s health, welfare, well-being, and best interests. This workshop will discuss cases in which courts will encounter SIJS eligible children and best practices for these issues and will include distribution of a bench book. Courts are seeing a rise in cases in which litigants and defendants are using discovery as a tactic to obtain information about an abused immigrant’s immigration case; this seminar will focus on federal protection for such information.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Movie Night at DSBA 2018 - Confirmation (NEW DATE)
1.0 hour CLE credit
In the movie, "Confirmation," Judge Clarence Thomas's nomination to the United States Supreme Court is called into question when Anita Hill, a former colleague, testifies that he sexually harassed her. In the wake of the sexual abuse scandals coming out of Hollywood, the political arena, the media, the literary world, and the hospitality industry, this movie cannot be more timely. Social media is abuzz with #metoo and unwanted sexual conduct can lead to legal ramifications. Toward the end of the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, a law professor who had previously worked under Thomas at the United States Department of Education and then at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), were leaked to the media from a confidential FBI report. The allegations led to a media frenzy and further investigations. Televised hearings were re-opened and held by the Senate Judiciary Committee before the nomination was moved to the full Senate for a vote. Thomas was confirmed by a narrow majority of 52 to 48.
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