Free Winter CLE

15th Annual Winter CLE

Saturday, March 7, 2020

E.J. Ball Courtroom, University of Arkansas School of Law
8:00 a.m. – Noon


You may register at the following link:

The Supreme Court of Arkansas Office of Professional Programs has approved this program for 3 CLE hours (2 General, 1 Ethics).


Regulation of Cryptoassets
Professor Carol Goforth
This one hour presentation will give a very brief introduction to crypto, explaining the origin and nature of this new asset class. It will then explain the problems that have surrounded crypto, along with an introduction to the various regulatory responses to those problems. While most of the presentation will focus on the federal response within the United States, reference to both state and international law will also be included.
Goforth handouts (PDF)
Form Elevating Substance: The Appearance and Style of Good Legal Writing
Professor Amanda Hurst
This one-hour presentation will focus on using two, nonsubstantive aspects of legal writing―visual appearance and style―to enhance the persuasiveness of legal arguments. Regarding the visual component, it will explain preferred typography practices that encourage reader attention and retention, including font, spacing, and cueing devices. Concerning style, it will discuss principles that promote readability, including precision, plain language, and brevity.
Hurst handouts (PDF)
Real Estate and Construction Law Developments and Ethical Dilemmas
Professor Carl Circo
This presentation will provide updates on selected topics of interest in real estate and construction industry deals, with a special emphasis on novel ethical dilemmas. It covers some emerging topics as well as two old favorites. The emerging topics include how the introduction of opportunity zones, cannabis, drones, short-term rentals, and emotional support animals impact real estate deals or construction projects. The old favorites revisit Arkansas adverse possession law and how courts actually resolve difficult interpretation problems in real estate and construction industry contracts.
Circo handouts (PDF)


The University of Arkansas School of Law offers its “Free Winter CLE” during the spring semester. As part of its ongoing commitment to serve the Arkansas legal community, the school provides two hours of general CLE and one hour of ethics free-of-charge.

The half-day event began in 2005 and is typically held on the first Saturday in March.

Previous topics have included:

Current Developments in Legal Ethics
Intellectual Property and Startups: Ten Biggest Mistakes Attorneys Miss/Make
Recent Developments in Immigration Law
Use, Analysis & Practice of Voir Dire
Practical Demonstration of Voir Dire Skills
Ethical Considerations in Preparing and Submitting Pleadings, Motions and Briefs to Trial and Appellate Courts
Ethics & the Arkansas Supreme Court
Future Issues for the Arkansas Supreme Court
Insights & Reflections on the 91st Arkansas General Assembly
The Law of Bitcoin and Virtual Currencies
Supreme Court Criminal Law Update
Professionalism & Civility Before the Magistrate: A View from the Bench
Making Sense of Executive Action – Recent Issues in Immigration
’The Godfather’ teaches Legal Ethics
The Washington Redskins, Mardi Gras and High End Fashion: Selected Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Law
10th Annual (2015)
Making Sense of Executive Action – Recent Issues in Immigration, presented by Professor Elizabeth Young (2015)
’The Godfather’ teaches Legal Ethics, presented by Professor Howard Brill (2015)
The Washington Redskins, Mardi Gras and High End Fashion: Selected Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Law, presented by Professor Uche Ewelukwa (2015)
8th Annual (2013)
Mandating Ethics for Issuers of Payment Devices, presented by Professor Mary Elizabeth Matthews (2013)
Lawyering Across Language Difference: Representation of Limited English Proficient Clients, presented by Professor Annie Smith (2013)
Why You Should Know/Care About the National Labor Relations Act, presented by Dean Emeritus and Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law Cynthia Nance (2013)
7th Annual (2012)
The Man in Black: Lessons in the Law from the Life and Music of Johnny Cash, presented by Professor Howard Brill (2012)
Native American Law for the Arkansas Practitioner, presented by Dean Stacy Leeds (2012)
Ethical Issues with Client Trust Accounts and Attorney Fees, presented by Stark Ligon, Executive Director & Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Arkansas Supreme Court (2012)
6th Annual (2011)
The Arkansas Animal Anti-Cruelty Act, presented by Professor Karen Koch
Are You More Ethical Than a 3L?, presented by Professor Howard Brill and Professor D’lorah Hughes
The Implications of Wal-Mart v. Dukes on Class Action Litigation, presented by Professor Dustin Buchler
5th Annual (2010)
Collaborative Client Interviewing and Counseling, presented by Professor David Bailey
The Razorbacks, the NCAA, and the Law: 1995-2010 Ethical Lessons for Lawyers, presented by Professor Howard Brill
Protecting U.S. Intellectual Property Rights in China: Recent Developments in Trade Law and Trade Litigation, presented by Professor Uche Ewelukwa
4th Annual (2009)
Discharge by Declaration of Educational Debts in Bankruptcy Without Showing Undue Hardship, presented by Professor Janet Flaccus
An Update on Sustainable Construction Programs Around the Nation: Trends and Developments in Green Building Incentives, presented by Professor Carl Circo
Current Developments in Legal Ethics, presented by Professor Howard Brill
Overview of American Judicial System, presented by Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber
First/Sixth Amendments – gag orders, other inherent tensions, presented by Judge Keith, John Watkins, David Raupp and Tim Buckley
Role of the Courts Defining Press Rights – Media Law Basics, presented by Professor Steve Sheppard
Cameras in the Courtroom, presented by Justice Robert L. “Bob” Brown
Reporter’s Confidential Sources – From the Court’s Perspective presented by Justice Imber, Justice Brown, Kent McLemore, moderator Professor Hoyt Purvis
Ask a Judge: Question and Answer Period, presented by Justices Imber and Brown, Judge Mark Lindsay
Priority Practice: Suggestions and Ideas to Help Any Law Practice Become Better, More Productive, and Less Stressful, presented by John Everett and John Booth Farese