About the Symposium

No matter where you concentrate your practice, most lawyers find themselves confronted with common labor and employment law questions.  You must be prepared to spot issues and provide fast, practical advice.  This Symposium will assist you to effectively advise your client - whether an employee, business owner, manager, or human resources professional.  

Don’t miss this opportunity to join your colleagues and find out what every lawyer needs to know to be on the cutting edge of Labor & Employment Law:

  • Missouri and Federal case law updates.
  • The impact of SB43 on MAIs and section 536.150 challenges to MCHR actions.
  • Skills that will assist you inside and outside the courtroom.
  • Individual liability under the Missouri Human Rights Act, the evolution of McDonnell Douglas burden shifting, and "but-for" causation in retaliation cases under Nassar.
  • Legal and ethical issues which impact labor and employment practices. 
  • Advice and insights from accomplished labor and employment law practitioners.

Planning Committee: Ferne P. Wolf, Sowers & Wolf, LLC, St. Louis, Planning Chair; Jonathan C. Berns, Dobson, Goldberg, Berns & Rich, LLP, St. Louis; Julianne O. Germinder, TGH Litigation LLC, Columbia; Sheena R. Hamilton, Dowd Bennett, LLP, St. Louis; Joshua M. Pierson, Sowers & Wolf, LLC, St. Louis; Vincent D. Reese, Mickes O’Toole, LLC, St. Louis; Kyle B. Russell, Jackson Lewis PC, Overland Park, KS; James R. Ward, Jackson Lewis PC, Overland Park, KS

Registration: $285 

Item Information
Item Date:
October 19, 2018
Registration Time:
8:30 AM
Seminar City:
Seminar Duration:
9:00 - 4:30 PM
Seminar Location:
Hampton Inn & Suites - 1225 Fellow's Place
2018 Annual Labor & Employment Symposium - Columbia - October 19

Moderator: Ferne P. WolfSowers & Wolf, LLC, St. Louis

8:30 – 9:00 AM   Registration

9:00 – 10:05 AM  The Dynamic Docket
An in-depth review and analysis of the past year’s most significant Missouri and federal case decisions in employment, wage and hour, and labor law.
Speakers: Jonathan C. Berns, Dobson, Goldberg, Berns & Rich, LLP, St. Louis and Jessica L. Liss, Jackson Lewis PC, St. Louis

10:05 – 10:20 AM  Break

10:20 – 11:15 AM  The New MAIs: More of the Same?
With the passage of SB43, the old MAIs were ostensibly thrown out. However, many of them have been revived in the new MAIs both with pre-August 28, 2017 cases and August 28, 2017 and after cases. Lawyers from both sides of the bar as well as a former Missouri Court of Appeals judge will discuss updates to the MAI, the areas in which MAI is still lacking for employment lawyers, and the inevitable disputes that SB43 brings to MAI.
Speakers: Hon. Ronald R. Holliger, Holliger Law Group and former Missouri Court of Appeals Judge, Blue Springs; Joel A. Poole and Nicholas S. Beydler, Office of the General Counsel, University of Missouri, Columbia and Julianne O. Germinder, TGH Litigation LLC, Columbia

11:15 AM – 12:10 PM  Trial Skills (aka – Combat Tactics)
Experienced trial attorneys from both sides of the aisle will provide practical do’s and don’ts for prosecuting and defending every phase of an employment discrimination trial from jury selection through closing argument.
Speakers: C. Kevin Baldwin, Baldwin & Vernon LLC, Liberty and James R. Ward, Jackson Lewis PC, Overland Park, KS

12:10 – 1:30 PM   Networking Lunch (included with program)

12:30 – 1:20 PM  Appellate Briefing and Argument - The Do’s and Don’t’s of Effective Advocacy Before Missouri Courts of Appeal (Luncheon Presentation)
Join us as Judge Edward R. Ardini, Jr., shares his insights on appellate advocacy and provides guidance on how to effectively represent clients before Missouri’s Appellate Courts.
Speaker: Hon. Edward R. Ardini, Jr., Missouri Court of Appeals Western District, Kansas City

1:30 – 2:20 PM   Contests re Non-Contested Cases: Missouri Administrative Law and the MHRA after Tivol and SB43
From Martin-Erb to Farrow to Tivol Plaza, the Missouri Administrative Procedures Act has been invoked to review action by the MCHR. SB43 created a new incentive to invoke section 536.150 to challenge MCHR action. In that context, this session will address procedural and substantive aspects of “noncontested case” review under the MoAPA.      
Speaker: James R. Layton, Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan Jackstadt, PC, St. Louis

2:20 – 2:35 PM   Break

2:35 – 3:30 PM   Federal Court Update
As the Missouri Labor & Employment Law Bar returns to federal court, review the latest development and trends in federal practice.  Discussion will include select Federal Rules of Civil Procedure with tips from the 2015 amendments, recent decisions on removal and remand in light of developing case law on individual liability under the Missouri Human Rights Act, the evolution of McDonnell Douglas burden shifting, and “but-for” causation in retaliation cases under Nassar.
Speakers: John A. Vering, III, Seigfreid Bingham, PC, Kansas City and Michael A. Williams, Williams Dirks Dameron LLC, Kansas City

3:30 – 4:30 PM  Ethics - Advocate or Witness?
Experienced attorneys explore various legal and ethical issues which impact labor and employment law practitioners.    
Speakers: Michael P. Downey, Downey Law Group LLC, St. Louis and Vincent D. Reese, Mickes O’Toole, LLC, St. Louis

4:30 PM   Adjourn

Individual topic purchase: Selected
Missouri Bar
Total MCLE Credits: 7.80
Including Ethics: 1.20
**Ethics credit not obtainable through self-study**
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