11:30 AM11:30

A Conversation with Federal Judges

The purpose of this event is to give local attorneys, who are members of the federal bar in Kansas, an opportunity to get acquainted with our federal judges and to provide a forum to discuss issues of importance to the bar. Complimentary CLE credit will be available to attorneys admitted to the bar in Kansas and Missouri. Lunch begins at 11:30 AM.

LOCATION: Frank Carlson Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
444 SE Quincy Street, Room PL-207, Topeka, Kansas 66683


CLICK HERE to register for this event by 5:00 PM on May 13, 2019. Each person must register individually. If the event is full, please send an e-mail to to be placed on the waiting list.

CANCELLATION/NO SHOWS: Should you become unable to attend the luncheon, please cancel your reservation via the link on the confirmation e-mail you will receive after you register or notify Jared Harsin. 

PARKING: Visitor parking is available in the Townsite Plaza Parking Garage (approximately $1 per hour). 

SECURITY INFORMATION: Cell phones and other electronic devices are allowed in the building only if you have a current bar registration card and a photo ID. In order to avoid delays at the security checkpoint, we recommend that all electronics be left off site.

ACCOMMODATIONS: If you require special accommodations or have specific dietary needs, please e-mail


PROGRAM: The judges are most interested in addressing your questions. While questions given to the panel of judges the day of the luncheon are always welcome, please submit your question(s) beforehand to make the discussion as informative as possible. To submit your question in advance, e-mail it to

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9:00 AM09:00

Divorce Law Boot Camp

A Comprehensive, Hands-On Approach to Divorce Practice

Can you navigate the divorce process with ease? Are you looking for practice pointers, best practices and sample forms to build your divorce practice? Our veteran faculty will provide you with a solid foundation and real-world tips for handling each key step of a divorce case. Start the case off on the right foot, streamline your motion practice, pick up discovery tools, get insights on valuing/dividing marital property and more. Don't miss this fast-paced, information-packed program - register today!

  • Go beyond the textbook - gain real-life insights from attorneys who have mastered their craft.

  • Receive sample pleadings, discovery requests, agreements, motions, checklists and other documents.

  • Leave no stone unturned: explore methods for uncovering undisclosed assets and liabilities.

  • Learn how to properly use divorce experts and gain pointers on examining them.

  • Understand the core mechanics of valuing and dividing different types of marital assets.

  • Help clients work out and calculate parental responsibility, parenting time and support.

  • Get practical tips for navigating divorce settlements and trials.


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1:45 PM13:45

Ethics for Good XX (Polsky Theatre, Overland Park) (KBA)

Where:Map this event »
Polsky Theatre, JCCC
Carlsen Center
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park
United States

Pending approval for 2.0 CLE credit hours
including 2.0 E&P credit hours in Kansas & Missouri.

Who Are the Presenters?

  • Stan Davis, Ethics for Good Elder Statesman

  • Jim Griffin, Scharnhorst Ast Kennard Griffin, P.C.

  • Mark Hinderks, Stinson Leonard Street L.L.P.

  • Todd LaSala, Stinson Leonard Street L.L.P.

  • Hon. Steve Leben, Kansas Court of Appeals

  • Jacy Hurst, Kutak Rock LLP

  • Todd Ruskamp, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

  • Hon. Melissa Standridge, Kansas Court of Appeals

Check-in begins at 1:45 p.m. Program begins promptly at 2:30 p.m. and adjourns at 4:10 p.m.

Contact:Deana Mead

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1:00 PM13:00

Cover Songs, Sampling and Ethics CLE

Venue: Lawrence Beer Company, 826 Pennsylvania St , Lawrence, KS 

Cost: $100

Organizer Rock N’ Roll Law




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Presented by Jim Jesse: attorney, songwriter and National CLE speaker

 This course provides an overview of Music Copyright Law.  Attendees will learn:

-what is a copyright and the two copyrights in every song;

--how to legally release a cover song and the legalities of them;

--the legalities of sampling; 

-the ethical issues in representing a band with The Beatles as a case study;

-and so much MORE with lots of audio and video clips!

 Presented by Jim Jesse, attorney, songwriter, and national seminar speaker. 

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12:00 PM12:00

KBA WEBINAR CLE - The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth: The Ethycal Imperative for Honesty in Law

Dr. Martin Luther King once said, "A fact is the absence of contradiction, but the truth is the presence of coherence." As lawyers, we are duty bound to be more than just factual. Lawyers must tell the truth to clients, judges, and even opposing counsel and third parties. In this eye-opening webinar, legal humorist Sean Carter will deal frankly with the very human inclination for dishonesty and explain how to avoid the traps from which dishonesty most often springs. In doing so, he will draw upon current and past nominees from his annual Ethy Awards to show the consequences of dishonesty.

Approved for 1.0 hour of CLE credit, including Ethics and Professionalism in Missouri. Pending CLE approval in Kansas.

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12:00 PM12:00

KBA WEBINAR CLE - Technical Fouls: Even Minor Ethics Violations Can Have Major Consequences

When it comes to ethics violations, there is no such thing as a minor or "technical" foul. All ethics violations are serious matters, evidencing a breach of the trust that has been placed in the lawyer. As a result, lawyers must avoid falling into the mindset that a particular violation is "no big deal." 

To make this case, noted legal humorist Sean Carter will chronicle a number of recent ethics cases in which lawyers were surprised to discover that even minor ethics violations can have major consequences.

Approved for 1.0 hour of CLE credit in Kansas

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7:30 AM07:30

KBA Family Law CLE

DoubleTree by Hilton

200 McDonald Drive

Lawrence, KS

7:30 a.m.  Check-in & Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.  The Evolving Definition of a Parent (100 minutes)
Hon. Keven O’Grady,
 Tenth Judicial District, Olathe
Hon. Robert Wonnell, Tenth Judicial District, Olathe
Hon. Neil Foth, Tenth Judicial District, Olathe                         

9:40 a.m.  Break
9:50 a.m.  Legislative Update

Ronald Nelson, Ronald W. Nelson PA, Overland Park
Ashlyn Yarnell, Ronald W. Nelson PA, Overland Park

10:40 a.m.  Tax Law Changes

Matt Barberich, MarksNelson CPA LLCKansas City, MO 
Angela Meyer, Meyer Law, Pittsburg
How the TCJA effects Family Law and what issues Family Law attorneys are going to deal with more frequently. 

11:30 a.m.  Trauma Informed Courts: An Overview
Hon. Jeffry L. Jack, 
District Court of Labette County, Parsons
Margo R. Moore, Labette County Mental Health Services Inc., Parsons
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) can have a long-lasting impact on a person and ultimately on our society.
Trauma Informed Courts (TIC) consider that impact and seek to minimize the damage while still requiring accountability. 
Learn what ACES are, their effects, and how the legal system can address those challenges from a local mental health professional and a sitting trial court judge.

12:20 p.m.  Lunch (provided)

1:20 p.m.  Ethics Panel Part 1 (Civility & Courtesy in Challenging Circumstances of the Family Law Practice)
Steve Henry, 
The Henry Law Firm, PA, Overland Park

2:10 p.m.  When CINC Appeals Happen and How to Avoid Them Without Sacrificing the Client’s and The Child’s Best Interests

Hon. Kevin M. Smith, 18th Judicial District, Div. 12, Wichita

The Kansas Child In Need of Care code substantially limits the court orders that can be appealed due to children’s need for permanency. Judge Kevin M. Smith covers these limitations as well as other issues that can impact case strategy and help all lawyers in CINC cases advocate for their clients and children’s best interests.

3:00 p.m.  Break

3:15 p.m.  Ethics Panel Part 2 (Civility & Courtesy in Challenging Circumstances of the Family Law Practice)  

Steven D. Henry, The Henry Law Firm, PA, Overland Park
Tish Morrical
Megan Weddle
Sarah Carmody Moderating

4:05 p.m. Adjourned

Registration Pricing:

Early Bird Registration: Register BEFORE  March 1, 2019  receives a $10 discount on registration

KBA Family Law Section Member Registration  $280
YLS Member  $290
KBA Member Registration $310
Non-member Registration $430
Paralegal Registration $230

Printed Materials at Conference  $30

To register for this event online, please click here. To pay by check or for paper registration, please click here and fill out the form and print to include with payment. You can email the registration to Please Note: Your registration is not complete until check is received by the KBA.  You will not receive a confirmation until your payment is processed.

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12:00 PM12:00

March DCBA CLE Presentation - FREE

The Douglas County Bar Association FREE CLE will be presented by Matthew Schoonover and Ian Patterson of local firm Koprince Law, LLC for a presentation entitled, "Government Contracting: Common Pitfalls for the Unwary Contractor (and Attorneys)." 

NOTE: This CLE will be held at the Old Douglas County Courthouse, 2nd Floor. 

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12:00 AM00:00

February DCBA CLE Presentation

The Douglas County Bar Association Free Brown Bag CLE will be Thursday, February 21, 2019, at noon, The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence will be presenting the Impact of Trauma on the Representation of Domestic Violence Survivors.

NOTE: This CLE will be held at the Old Douglas County Courthouse, 11th & Massachusetts Streets.

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1:30 PM13:30

ACEs, Resilience, and Ethics - Free CLE

This 3-hour CLE will include a discussion of the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on the families that we see and serve in child in need of care, juvenile offender and domestic cases and provide tools for attorneys (specifically those in the role of Guardian ad Litem) to better meet the needs of their client/ward and help the child put their best foot forward when dealing with the Court.

We will also view the documentary “Resilience – the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.” This 1-hour documentary delves into the science of ACEs and the birth of a new movement in the treatment and prevention of Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. However, as the experts and practitioners profiled in “Resilience” are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect, and they're using cutting-edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

The 3rd hour of this CLE will examine the Kansas Model Rules of Professional Conduct and provide tools to help the GAL ethically represent the best interests of the child.

The seminar will be held in the Division 6 Courtroom at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center.

1:30 – 1:50 Overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – Kerrie Lonard

1:50 – 2:50 Viewing of “Resilience – the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope”

2:50 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 3:20 Discussion of ACEs and “Resilience” – Kerrie Lonard and Judge Bethany Roberts

3:20 – 4:10 Ethical Representation when your “client” is the best interests of a child – Michael Serra

Please RSVP to Heather Krase-Minnick at

(Note: No food is allowed in the courtroom.)

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12:00 PM12:00

January 10 DCBA Brown Bag CLE - FREE

The Douglas County Bar Association’s Brown Bag CLE is scheduled for tomorrow, January 10 at noon, Melanie DeRousse, Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Douglas County Legal Aid Society, Inc. will be presenting Recent Developments in Family Law.

NOTE: This CLE will be held at the Old Douglas County Courthouse. 

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12:00 PM12:00

KBA Webinar - Fresh Ethics

For the last decade, state bars have been amending their rules of professional conduct to take into account the technological changes that are rapidly changing how lawyers practice law in the Digital Age. In this webinar, Professor Mark Yochum explains these changes and explores likely future changes in our ethics canon.

Approved for 1 hour of CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics and professionalism in Kansas and Missouri.

Click here to register.

Please note there will be no refunds for canceled or missed programs.

The cost of registration for webinar:

KBA member: $80

Non-member: $160

Paralegal: $50

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1:00 PM13:00

Tax Law Practice Ethics CLE - Washburn University

Washburn University School of Law, in conjunction with Kansas State University's 2018 70th Annual Kansas Income Tax Institute, is pleased to present the CLE "Tax Law Practice Ethics" on Friday, December 14, 2018, in Room 125 (in the law library) at the law school. This CLE will also be available as a webinar for those who would like to attend online.


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11:30 AM11:30

Free CLE from the Kansas Army National Guard JAG Office

As part of their community partnership initiative, the Kansas Army National Guard JAG Office invites you to attend their free luncheon CLE at either Wichita (December 13) or Topeka (December 14).   

Please see our attached brochure for more details and to register. 


December 13, 2018 – Wichita State University, Rhatigan Student Center

December 14, 2018 – Washburn Tech Conference Center



11:30-12:00  Registration

12:00-12:50  Representing Citizen Soldiers

12:50-1:10    Catered Lunch (Free!)

1:10-2:00      Ethical Considerations When Representing Military Clients


Contact Alma L. Whitelaw, Major, Judge Advocate., Kansas Army National Guard

at 785-646-1027 with questions.

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6:00 PM18:00

Douglas County Bar Association Holiday Party

Douglas County Bar Association Holiday Party details:

WHEN:     DECEMBER 13, 2018 
TIME:       6 - 9 PM

Cost: $25/person
Menu: Assorted Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and Hosted Bar

Entertainment provided by Free State High School Orchestra Ensemble

Please RSVP by Friday, December 7, 2018 by completing this form online, emailing, or mailing form.

Mail checks to Douglas County Bar Association to DCBA, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044.

RSVP now by clicking HERE

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12:00 PM12:00

KBA Lunch & Learn CLE - 50 Tips in 50 Minutes

Buckle up and get ready for this fun, exciting, and fast-paced presentation. You’ll hear about practical tips and tricks for getting things done better, faster, and maybe even cheaper. Come learn about everything from websites, to apps, to gadgets, and more!

Presented by: Danielle Hall, Office of the Disciplinary AdministratorTopeka

Danielle serves as a Deputy Disciplinary Administrator for the State of Kansas. Prior to joining the Office of the Disciplinary Administrator, she was the Law Practice Services Director for the Kansas Bar Association, where she served as the organization’s Practice Management Advisor. As a PMA, she provided KBA members with information and services to assist in practice management. She regularly speaks on law practice management and ethics topics for national and local organizations. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Washburn University and Washburn School of Law, teaching trial advocacy and coaching the advocacy competition teams. Hall received a B.A. degree in Political Science in 2006 and a J.D. in 2009 all from Washburn University.

 Registration Pricing:

 KBA Members $80

Non-Members $100

Paralegal $45


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to Dec 1

Kansas Association of Defense Counsel Annual Conference

This year’s keynote speaker, Patricia Miller, has tried more than 60 cases to trial in federal court alone, and currently serves as the Chief of the Special Federal Litigation Division for the New York City Law Department. In her current role, Ms. Miller supervises the department responsible for defending all federal civil rights lawsuits brought against NYC law enforcement.

Ms. Miller will speak about her trial preparation, and success strategies, as well as her experience in handling excessive-force lawsuits.

In addition to being a sought-after lecturer and adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, Ms. Miller was named as one of the Top Women in Law 2016 by the New York Law Journal, and is the 2013 recipient of the Jane M. Bolin Diversity in Leadership Award. Ms. Miller was also the 2017 recipient of the Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom.

The conference will also feature such interesting and helpful topics as how to combat the Reptile Theory tactics used by a growing number of plaintiffs’ attorneys in the state, updates on recent appellate cases of note, tips and tricks from former federal and state law clerks, and, of course, ethics.

As always, the conference will feature some of the best networking opportunities of the year so don’t miss out, register today!

Seminar will be held at Marriott Country Club Plaza. 4445 Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Click here to view the full agenda 

Register here

Make your room reservation at the Marriott Country Club Plaza (4445 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri  64111) in the KADC block of rooms by clicking here or calling 816.531.3000 or toll free at 800.810.3708.  The room rate is $179 per night for a single or double room.  Be sure to make your reservation by November 8, 2018.  After that date, rooms will be released for general sale. 

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12:00 PM12:00

November DCBA CLE Presentation

The Douglas County Bar Association November CLE presentation will be at noon, this Thursday, November 15, 2018. Seminar presenter, Louis Clothier, newly named Executive Director of the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program, will be presenting on the subject of Compassion Fatigue. 

NOTE: This CLE will be held at the Lawrence Public Library. 

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8:30 AM08:30

Taking Dispute Resolution to the Next Level

A litigator’s/Mediator’s Guide to Expanding Settlement Opportunities

WHEN: November 9, 2018; Registration begins at 8:30 AM; seminar concludes at 3:30 PM.

WHERE: Robert L. Gernon Law Center, Topeka, KS

The program has been approved for Kansas and Missouri for 6.5 hours of CLE credit, including one (1) hour of ethics and professionalism as well as 6.0 hours of CME credit for Kansas.  The conference agenda is set out below as well as an online link to the agenda and registration form.

Register here

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12:00 PM12:00

CLE Webinar - A Nightmare on Ethics Street: Don't Fall Asleep on Your Ethical Obligations

On Halloween 2011, more than 700 lawyers from across the country screamed (in delight) as they experienced the first ever CLE webinar spooktacular -- A Nightmare on Ethics Street. Exactly seven years later, acclaimed humorist Sean Carter will be back with all new tales of real-life ethical nightmares. In this fun (and sometimes, frightening) webinar, Carter draws upon recent disciplinary cases to demonstrate the ethical danger for attorneys who fall asleep on their ethical obligations.

Approved for 1.0 hour of CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of Ethics & Professionalism in Kansas. CLE credit pending in Missouri.

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to Oct 28

Lawrence Public Library Fall Book Sale

The Lawrence Public Library will be conducting its Fall Book Sale starting Thursday, October 25 (Friends of the Lawrence Public Library members only) from 5-7 PM and then to the public Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 from 10AM - 6PM and Sunday, October 28 from 12-4PM. Books, CDs. DVDs. $2 and under. Visit for more information.

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8:30 AM08:30

Employment Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution CLE

What Do You Get When You Cross the Employment Law Section with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section? A Pretty Darn Good Seminar!

Where: Robert L. Gernon Law Center, 1200 SW Harrison, Topeka, Kansas  66612

When: October 26, 2018. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; seminar ends at 3:30 p.m.

Contact: Nancy Burghart,, 785-861-8827

Register here

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12:00 PM12:00

CLE Webinar - Yelp, I've Fallen for Social Media and I Can't LinkedOut: The Ethical Pitfalls of Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the other social media tools have become ubiquitous in our high-tech society. And while social media can undoubtedly help lawyers to enhance their networks of colleagues, clients and prospective clients, it can also ensnare the unwary in a web of ethical violations.

 Approved for 1.0 hour of CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of Ethics & Professionalism in Kansas. Pending approval in Missouri

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7:00 AM07:00

Self Defense for Women

Douglas County Sheriff's Office instructors will share safety information, teach some basic defense techniques and give participants a chance to practice the techniques themselves. The class is October 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dale Willey Automotive, 2800 Iowa, in Lawrence.

The class is open to females ages 12 and older. No need to RSVP, just show up. A $5 donation is suggested, which will benefit Crime Stoppers of Lawrence and Douglas County. Call 785-832-5203 if you have any questions.

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