Law School to Hold 15th Annual Free Winter CLE

School of Law

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – As part of its commitment to the land-grant mission, the University of Arkansas School of Law provides continuing legal education opportunities to lawyers and judges throughout the state and beyond. The school will hold its 15th annual Free Winter CLE at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7, in the E.J. Ball Courtroom. 

The half-day event features presentations by University of Arkansas law professors on their legal scholarship. It began in 2005 and is typically held on the first Saturday in March. The Supreme Court of Arkansas Office of Professional Programs has approved this program for two general hours and one ethics hour of CLE credit.
This year's topics include:

  • "Regulation of Cryptoassets" by Carol Goforth, University Professor and Clayton N. Little Professor of Law
  • "Form Elevating Substance: The Appearance and Style of Good Legal Writing" by Amanda Hurst, assistant professor of law
  • "A Real Estate and Construction Law Potpourri" by Carl Circo, Ben J. Altheimer Professor of Legal Advocacy 

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the program will start at 8:30. All are welcome. Please pre-register at
Attorneys must have 12 hours of continuing legal education annually, including at least one hour of ethics to retain legal licensure in Arkansas. Attorneys and judges who attain age 70, or complete 40 years of licensure as an Arkansas lawyer, is exempt from CLE requirements. Requirements vary among states.

  • Regulation of Cryptoassets
    8:30 a.m.: This 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.
  • Form Elevating Substance: The Appearance and Style of Good Legal Writing
    9:45 a.m.: This 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.
  • A Real Estate and Construction Law Potpourri
    11 a.m.: This presentation will provide updates on selected topic of interest in real estate and construction industry deals. 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.

Darinda Sharp, director of communications
School of Law


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