Approved for 5.0 hours CLE Credit in Kansas and Missouri
Morning Session Agenda
Kansas Bar Association
2017 John E. Shamberg Memorial Series-The Relevance of Civil Rights Encompassing the Daily Practice of Law
8:00 AM • Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM • Big Data, Algorithms and Civil Rights: Can They Achieve Better Outcomes in Policing and Criminal Justice?
Kelly L. Jackson, Attorney at Law P.A., Leawood
This course will focus on the use of electronic data and software code to better predict civil rights outcomes. Big data refers to the large amount of electronic information that is being collected and stored. As a larger percentage of electronic devices are linked to the internet more information is available for in-depth study. Currently, there are between 7-8 billion devices linked to the internet. This number will increase to over 50 billion by 2020. Being aware of big data will allow uses to “mine” this information to create data-based policies for a number of issues. This course will also focus on data mining techniques that will aid in compiling information in an orderly and efficient manner. These algorithms are software codes that use the stored information to find correlations between data-points allowing the users to make data-based predictions about the likely occurrence of a specific event. Having a better understanding of the intersect between Big Data and algorithms will allow attendees a greater insight into policy making decisions affecting our civil rights.
9:20 AM • School Finance Litigation in Kansas: Rolling a Big Rock Up A High Hill or Conquering the Mountain
Alan L. Rupe, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Wichita
Join Alan L. Rupe as he examines the Gannon school funding case, from inception it its current status. In explaining Gannon, this presentation looks at the constitutional obligations imposed on the Legislature by the people of Kansas, how the Legislature has responded to those obligations, the history of lawsuits challenging the Legislature’s actions as falling short of its obligations, and the Legislature’s response to those lawsuits.
10:10 AM • Break
10:20 AM • Immigration Law Update 2017
Mira Mdivani, Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm, Overland Park
Immigration and civil rights are at the very heart of societal and political issues. Recently, the executive brunch, legislators and some citizens who speak out on immigration issues, have used politics rather than facts to frame immigration law issues in our society. While immigrants have some constitutional rights, they do not have many rights to begin with, nor can they vote to assert their rights politically. In a country consumed with political strife, immigration is often the first target for attacks on civil rights. This may include changes in attitudes that may lead to discrimination, extreme enforcement, and new laws against legal immigrants, such as valid visa holders, and immigrants who have no current immigration status, but who are eligible to apply for legal immigration status, such as victims of domestic violence.
11:10 AM • The Kansas Tort Claims Act
Robert Bruer, Bruer Law Firm, LLC, Lawrence
In the broadest sense, civil rights might be described as those rights which we grant one another in a civil society. These are rights designed to promote the general welfare and civility of a group of people living together in an organized society. Importantly, like Lady Justice herself, these rights might be perceived by the governed as blind to the improper influence of power or corruption – providing rights to the minority as well as the majority – allowing the society to exist together with a unifying fabric of rights. Among those civil rights which might be important in our daily life, but perhaps overlooked or taken for granted in “modern” times, is the civil right which we have freely and voluntarily given to ourselves – the civil right to pursue a civil action against our own government for wrongs caused by the government. Without this important civil right, the governed might find themselves disconnected from the exercise of power and its consequent responsibility, and instead perceiving a double standard between what we expect of one another in conducting our daily lives, versus what we can expect from our government.
12:00 PM • Break
12:10 PM • Fairness for All: Religious Freedom and LGBT Rights in Kansas
Michael D. Fielding, Husch Blackwell LLP, Wichita
The intersection of religious and LGBT rights has been a hot national topic in the past few years. But while religious and LGBT people have very strongly differing opinions of one another, how much legal conflict actually exists between these two groups when it comes to the exercise of their core beliefs? What is current Kansas law that would be implicated if a conflict between these two groups arises? Are there steps that could be taken to provide fairness for all such that these two groups may peacefully coexist without fear of retribution or reprisal from one another? This program (1) analyzes the Kansas Act Against Discrimination; (2) details the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act; (3) addresses the question why people in both the faith and LGBT communities should protect one another’s rights and (4) briefly considers the “Utah Compromise” which created key protections for both religious and LGBT rights.
1:00 PM •Adjourn
KBA Member $175