Hamline Events

Business Law Institute: Hot Topics CLE

Date: October 01, 2012
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Morning session (8:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.): $40 (Hamline Law alumni: $30); Afternoon session (11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.): $50 (Hamline Law alumni: $35); All day: $70 (Hamline Law alumni: $50); Current Hamline Law students, recent alumni (2010 and later), and faculty may attend FREE of charge. Lunch will be provided.
Contact: Donna Rauch, drauch01@hamline.edu
Location: Anderson Center, Hamline University
Sponsor: Business Law Institute

What’s the latest fallout from the Dodd-Frank Act? What should we make of the EEOC's new guidance on the use of criminal convictions and arrest records? In IP, what will be the effects of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act? And what about the recent enactment of the JOBS Act and the new rules on “crowd-funding?”

These are some of the timely business law issues to be explored in “Hot Topics in Business Law,” this year’s annual Business Law Institute (BLI) fall symposium. Experts from business and law will be on hand to present and discuss these and other complicated business law issues facing us today, and the event will feature a keynote from Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. Secretary of State Ritchie will address something that is currently much in the news, current ethical issues for Minnesota businesses. The event has been approved for 5 standard CLE credits and 0.5 ethics credits (event 171623).


Morning session (8:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., Financial Services and Employment panels, lunch and keynote; 2.5 CLE credits): $40 (Hamline Law alumni: $30)
Afternoon session (11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., IP, Corporate Law and Tax panels, lunch and keynote; 3.5 CLE credits): $50 (Hamline Law alumni: $35)
All day (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All panels, lunch and keynote; 5.5 CLE credits): $70 (Hamline Law alumni: $50)
Current Hamline Law students, recent alumni (2010 and later), and faculty may attend FREE of charge. Lunch will be provided.


This CLE will be available via webcast. Please contact Donna Rauch, program manager, at drauch01@hamline.edu for more information.


Registration Form (PDF)


8:30 a.m.
Registration and welcome

9 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.
Financial Services: Minnesota banking lawyers and their clients face current issues with capital requirements, regulatory burden, risk management, mortgage foreclosure, the fallout from the Dodd-Frank Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and other timely concerns. Moderated by Ann Graham, Hamline Professor of Law and Director of the Business Law Institute.


  • Karen Grandstrand, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron
  • Joseph Green, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of TCF Financial Corporation
  • Sam Sigelman, Partner, Lindquist+Vennum

10:20 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Employment Law: Topics discussed will include the EEOC's new guidance on the use of criminal convictions and arrest records and a recent large conciliation on this subject handled by the Minneapolis EEOC office; the NLRB’s recent focus on concerted and protected activity (including the use of social media as potential concerted and protected activity); disputed amendments to NLRB procedures for processing union election cases; a controversial and significant change to the standard for bargaining unit determinations, which makes it easier for unions to organize much smaller groups of employees; and recent developments in the area of disability discrimination since the enactment of The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008. Moderated by Hamline Law Professor David Larson.


  • Jessica Palmer-Denig, Trial Attorney in the Minneapolis Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Anne Radolinski, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron
  • Tom Trachsel, Co-chair of Labor & Employment Law at Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon and Vogt

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Keynote: Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, “Current Ethical Issues for Minnesota Businesses”


As the U.S. economy continues to struggle with recovery from the financial crisis, Minnesota businesses and their lawyers have maintained their well-established reputation for highly ethical business practices. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie offers his insights on these and other current issues facing Minnesota businesses and the importance of new challenges on “Brand Minnesota."

1 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.
Intellectual Property: The IP panel will examine the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) and what the recent changes to U.S. patent law that it effectuates mean for patent and trade secret practice. Among other things, it will explore the new first-inventor-to-file system, the new definition of prior art, and new procedural rules and processes from the perspective of both outside counsel and in-house counsel involved in obtaining, valuing and enforcing patent rights. Non-patent attorneys are encouraged to attend to learn how the AIA may change their client's business practices, particularly with respect to the sharing or licensing of ideas and inventions. Moderated by Hamline Law Professor Sharon Sandeen.


  • Matthew Doscotch, In-house patent counsel, Zimmer, Inc.
  • Alan W. Kowalchyk, Attorney, Merchant & Gould
  • Professor Sandeen

2:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Corporate Law: Panelists will speak on issues in Delaware regarding financial advisor conflicts of interest and the role of directors; recent enactment of the JOBS Act and private company capital raising and the parameters of new rules on “crowdfunding”; and comparing corporate governance for women in Germany and the U.S. Moderated by Hamline Law Professors Jill Barclift and Carol Swanson.


  • Jen Randolph Reise, Senior Associate, Briggs & Morgan
  • Jonathan L.H. Nygren, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Chyara Stopp Smith, Attorney and Mediator, Stopp & Stopp

3:40 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
Timely Tax Topics: Tax moves fast, let a panel of local experts help you keep up. This CLE will offer insights into Minnesota property tax, sales tax, and offer highlights of selected topics in federal taxation, including an update on various compliance issues. Moderated by Hamline Associate Law Professor Morgan Holcomb.


  • Nicholas Furia, Founder, Law Offices of Nicholas A. Furia
  • Mike O'Brien, Attorney, Regan Tax Law
  • Sara Reisdorf, Senior associate, Fredrickson & Byron
  • Ben Wagner, Attorney, Regan Tax Law

Continuing Education Credits

The event has been approved for 5 standard CLE credits and 0.5 ethics credits (event 171623).


Parking is available free of charge in campus surface lots B, C, and E in non-posted spaces. Parking in the Anderson University Center Parking Ramp is available for $1.50 per hour and space is limited.

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For more information, please contact Donna Rauch, Program Manager, at drauch01@hamline.edu.

Mark your calenders and check this site often. Additional details will be posted as they become available.

Thank You

Hamline Law thanks all who attended the Hot Topics in Business Law symposium and gives special thanks to all of the presenters and panelists! Powerpoint presentations and handouts from the event are available below: