New Trends In The Legal Profession 2017

September 2017

WVU College of Law - Morgantown, WV

This seminar is approved for 8.3 total WV MCLE AV credits, including 3.3 Ethics/Law Office Management credits.

New Trends in Estate Planning 

Typical estate planning measures may not be enough when it comes to multiple marriages or non-traditional family situations. This session will cover topics such as second and/or third marriage planning and issues concerning LGBTQ couples. We will also explore how the profession has changed, given the increase in estate tax exclusion amount and greater focus on income tax planning.

Josh Rogers, Office Managing Partner
Dinsmore & Shohl

Know Your IX: 9 Things to Know About Title IX

The rising number of sexual misconduct reports on campus each year has led to a growing population of student respondents found responsible for violations and subjected to discipline. These students, often dissatisfied with the outcome of the campus disciplinary process, are increasingly resorting to litigation for vindication and monetary damages. This seminar will discuss recent developments and trends in Title IX investigations and processes.

Jacqueline Sikora and Cindy Scott, Senior Investigators
WVU Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Understanding How the 2015 Revisions to the Discovery Rules are Changing Early e-Discovery Litigation

Since 2015, the rules and practices surrounding e-Discovery have been changing almost as rapidly as technology itself. Today’s litigators need to stay on top of these changing trends, including understanding the 2015 Rules changes, and what that means for their practice. The changes in the rules have 4 main focuses: (1) Cooperation, (2) Case Management, (3) Relevancy and Proportionality, and (4) Sanctions. This 50-minute seminar session will focus on cooperation and case management, with a look into changes in the rules and the new e-Discovery pilot programs.

Katherine Charonko, Esquire
Bailey Glasser LLP

Trends in Online Research Tools

What is the impact to online legal research in the age of Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc? With a new generation of lawyers who interact with the world around them via online tools, what are online legal research companies like Nexis doing to stay current and relevant, while bridging the gap for users of the original .com tools? This session will review how new and previous tools can work together for a more efficient practice.

Kristen Baginski, Account Executive
Lexis Nexis

Becoming Aware of LGBTQ+ Concerns: Best Practices for You and Your Clients

Businesses, employers, service industries, and even families are having to learn new ways of addressing concerns surrounding the LGBTQ+ community. While these developments are largely positive, they can cause confusion and tension between individuals. Transyouth and school law, attempts to legally change names and birth certificates, even college applications are just a few areas where overlapping rules and procedures can create frustration. This session will address some of those concerns head-on, and provide practical tips on how lawyers and their clients can best incorporate awareness, respect, and sensitivity into their everyday practices.

Cris Mayo, Director

Do You Still Write the Right Way? New Tips for Faster & Better Briefs

This session will provide an update on legal research and writing tools, tips, and methods by comparing "old school" and "new school" ways to write and research effectively. Additionally, we will talk about some new reference tools and research features available to attorneys, including the WVU Law Library and its staff. This presentation will help attorneys brush up on timesavers in both areas of writing and research, and give a bluebook/citation refresher.

Jessica Haught, Teaching Associate Professor
WVU College of Law

Millennializing Your Law Practice: How to Deal with Four Generations at Once

Yes, for the first time in history, four generations are in the workplace at the same time, with a fifth starting to request services and soon entering college. Customary ways of doing business may no longer be an option, because even if they work for you, they may fail to attract new employees and/or clients. Learning how to communicate better along generational lines is crucial to maintaining relevancy. This session reviews the expectations of various generational cohorts and provides insight as to why some are stereotyped in certain ways. Finally, examples of real-life scenarios are provided to highlight how misperceptions between “boomers” and “millennials” can significantly impact the workplace.

Amber Brugnoli, Assistant Dean for CLE
WVU College of Law