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Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM: Proof of Foreign Law After Bodum
Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM: Minnesota Supreme Court: March-April 2011 Decisions Course Materials
Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM: Elimination of Bias. (See course description at this link.
2111 Snelling Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113
*- CLE Credit applied for/approved as follows: May 3 and 10, one standard Minnesota credit approved, one Wisconsin CLE credit applied for. May 17, one Minnesota elimination of bias credit applied for. Wisconsin credit has not been applied for for the May 17 program.
May 3: This program will discuss the ramifications of the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Bodum USA, Inc., v. La Cafetiere, Inc., 621 F.3d 624 (7th Cir. 2010), and what it means for the practitioner who needs to present the law of a foreign country to a U.S. Court. Two of the three opinions generated by Bodum were critical of the common-law practice of the use of expert affidavits to establish foreign law, even though the practice is permitted by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. We’ll look at the common-law antecedents of this decision, the modern practice in various jurisdictions, and how the practitioner should respond to the three somewhat conflicting opinions in Bodum. One hour.
May 10: Minnesota Supreme Court: March-April 2011 Decisions. This program will review the decisions of the Minnesota Supreme Court handed down during March and April, 2011. Topics include: Zoning ordinance modifying Rochester airport "safety zone" constitutes a taking since diminution in value of adjoining property was substantial. A mutual mistake of material fact does not warrant recision of the contract when the mistake is to mere value--even though the contract accidentally included two parcels of land worth twice the value of the contract. When consent is at issue, the court may receive expert testimony as to the typical behavior of sexual assault victims. We'll also look at when property is "acquired" by a tax-exempt entity so as to exempt the property from taxation. Finally, we'll take a look at the court's reluctant order of March 9 continuing the "temporary" $100 increase on Minnesota Attorney Registration fees. One hour.
May 17: Elimination of Bias. See course description.
Each program will be presented by Richard P. Clem, who has a B.A. in history from the University of Minnesota, and a J.D., cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law. He has been in private practice in the Twin Cities for over 20 years. His reported cases include: Asociacion Nacional de Pescadores a Pequena Escala o Artesanales de Colombia v. Dow Quimica de Colombia, 988 F.2d 559, rehearing denied, 5 F.3d 530 (5th Cir. 1993), cert. denied, 510 U.S. 1041 (1994); LaMott v. Apple Valley Health Care Center, 465 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991); Abo el Ela v. State,468 N.W.2d 580 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991).
11:45 Registration 11:55 Opening Remarks 12:00 Ethics (Live lecture) (1 hour) 1:00 Closing Remarks
We will be meeting in the conference room of Caribou Coffee, 2111 Snelling Avenue, Roseville, MN 55113. This is on the west side of Snelling Avenue, less than a mile south of Highway 36, across from Har Mar Mall. The phone number for directions is 651-636-5655. Enter through the main coffee shop entrance, and the conference room is at the back of the coffee shop. You are encouraged to purchase a beverage or snack from the coffee shop and bring it to the conference room. Accessibility: We will be meeting in the ground-floor conference room. Please call in advance if you need any special accommodations There is plenty of free parking.
The cost of this program is $20. Or, you may register for three programs (May 4, 11, and 18) for only $49. You may register by mail by sending payment, along with a note indicating the date(s)
of the program to:
Richard P. Clem
PO Box 14957
Minneapolis, MN 55414
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