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2020 Annual Bankruptcy Practice Institute - Columbia

Total Credits: 6.0 MCLE, 1.0 Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias, 6.0 Kansas Credit, 1.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Bankruptcy |  Civil Practice & Procedure |  Elimination of Bias |  Ethics |  Tax
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Columbia, Missouri
Available Dates:

Fri, Mar 06, 2020 - 09:00am to 03:45pm CST - Columbia, Missouri


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Moderator: Hon. Dennis R. Dow, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri

8:30 – 9:00 AM | Registration 

9:00 – 9:50 AM | Case Law Update & Current Developments 
Speaker: Hon. Dennis R. Dow and Nicolette L. RobovskyPletz & Reed, PC, Jefferson City 

9:50 – 10:05 AM | Break 

10:05 – 10:55 AM | Stay Violations & Discharge Injunctions – post Taggart
Speakers: Rachel L. FoleyFoley Law, PC, Independence; Jonathon D. NicolBryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP, Kansas City

10:55 – 11:45 AM | New Bankruptcy Legislation 
Speakers: John C. ReedPletz & Reed, PC, Jefferson City; Adam E. MillerOffice of the United States Trustee, Western District, Kansas City 

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM | Lunch | included with program

1:00 – 1:50 PM | Advocacy Skills 
Speakers: Margaret “Meg” Reuter, Associate Clinical Professor & Director of Field Placement Programs, University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City; Sharon L. StolteSandberg Phoenix & von Gontard PC, Kansas City

1:50 – 2:40 PM | Chapter 13 Issues 
Speakers: Joseph C. Jeppson VIJeppson Law Office, LLC, Kansas City; Lisa C. BillmanSouthLaw, PC, Overland Park, KS; Sarah M. Tidrick, Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee for the Western District of Missouri, Kansas City

2:40 – 2:55 PM | Break 

2:55 – 3:45 PM | #MeToo, Bias & Bullying   
Speaker: Hon. Cynthia A. NortonU.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri, Kansas City    

3:45 PM | Adjourn 



Lisa Billman's Profile

Lisa Billman Related seminars and products:

South Law PC

Lisa Billman received her BSEd from the University of Missouri, and her J.D. from the University of Kansas. Upon graduation, she practiced at a small litigation firm. She has specialized in consumer bankruptcy law since 2014. Ms. Billman is admitted in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and the District of Nebraska.

Hon. Dennis Dow's Profile

Hon. Dennis Dow Related seminars and products:

United States Bankruptcy Court, W.D.

Hon. Dennis Dow, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Missouri, appointed 11/10/03, and reappointed 11/10/17.

He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy; a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference; a member of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and chairs the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules.

Rachel Foley's Profile

Rachel Foley Related seminars and products:


Foley Law, PC

Rachel Foley began her bankruptcy career with the United Auto Workers representing GM and Ford employees in Chapter 13 and 7’s.  Rachel was the only bankruptcy attorney for the Missouri auto workers and it was not unusual for her to manage 3 – 4 times the regular attorney caseload at any given time. This provided a vast array of case scenarios, experience and knowledge that Rachel continues to pull from today.  Where ever the client was located, the Union ensured the auto worker would have representation, including but not limited to being incarcerated in Leavenworth Federal Prison. 

Rachel has been recognized for her constant commitment to the representation of debtors.  Rachel is the inaugural winner of the K. Colleen Nunnelly Award by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and recognized by her peers as being the Best of the Kansas City Bar in the area of bankruptcy.  These recognitions are in addition to being named to the Pro Bono Wall of Fame by the Missouri Bar Association.


Joseph Jeppson's Profile

Joseph Jeppson Related seminars and products:


Jeppson Law Office, LLC

Joe Jeppson is a consumer bankruptcy attorney who has been representing debtors under Chapter 7 and 13 since 2007. He has been certified as a specialist in consumer bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification and has been owned and operated the Jeppson Law Office since 2011.

Adam Miller Related seminars and products:

Office of the United States Trustee

Adam E. Miller has been a trial attorney with the Office of the United States Trustee in Kansas City, Missouri since 2007.  In 2010 he served on a seven month detail in the Consumer Unit of the Office of General Counsel for the Executive Office of United States Trustees in Washington, D.C., where he assisted in providing policy and litigation guidance on all aspects of consumer cases to the 95 field offices of the United States Trustee Program.  Before joining the United States Trustee’s Office, he was in private practice with the consumer bankruptcy firm of Morgan, Allen and King in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and clerked for the Hon. Yvonne Kauger on the Oklahoma Supreme Court.  He has a B.A. degree from Oklahoma State University; a J.D. degree from Oklahoma City University (summa cum laude); and an LL.M. degree from the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law at the Boston University School of Law.  

Jonathon Nicol's Profile

Jonathon Nicol Related seminars and products:

Nicol Mediation LLC

Jonathon Nicol practices in the Commercial Disputes and the Employment and Labor groups, and is part of the firm’s Appellate Group. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation and business disputes before state and federal courts from pre-trial assessments through trial and appeal. Mr. Nicol’s litigation experience includes all aspects of the litigation process, including case strategy, discovery and depositions, dispositive motion practice, court hearings and oral arguments, jury and bench trials, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and a nationwide appellate practice.


Hon. Cynthia Norton's Profile

Hon. Cynthia Norton Related seminars and products:

United States Courthouse

Hon. Cynthia A. Norton received her law degree in 1984. She was appointed to the bench on February 1, 2013. She is the recipient of the Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award, and the Robert L. Gernon Award for Outstanding Contribution to CLE.

John Reed's Profile

John Reed Related seminars and products: 1

Pletz & Reed, P.C.

John Reed is a stockholder in Pletz and Reed, P.C., Jefferson City. He has served on the Bankruptcy Panel of Trustees for the Western District of Missouri since 1992. He is a 2012 recipient of the Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Practice Award.

Margaret "Meg" Reuter's Profile

Margaret "Meg" Reuter Related seminars and products: 1

Associate Clinical Professor & Director of Field Placement Programs

University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law

Meg Reuter is associate clinical professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she runs the field placement program. She previously taught at Indiana University, Brooklyn Law School, and New York Law School. She has co-authored books on experiential curriculum design and conducted empirical research on lawyering skill development.

Nicolette Robovsky's Profile

Nicolette Robovsky Related seminars and products:

Pletz & Reed, PC


Nicolette Robovsky is an associate attorney at Pletz and Reed, P.C. in Jefferson City, MO. She practices primarily in bankruptcy law and represents debtors, creditors, and occasionally Chapter 7 Trustee John Reed. (J.D. - DePaul Univ. School of Law, 2002. B.A. -Coe College, 1996.)

Sharon Stolte's Profile

Sharon Stolte Related seminars and products: 1

Sandberg Phonix & Von Gontard P.C.

Managing Attorney of the Kansas City office, Sharon Stolte brings more than 25 years of experience in business and commercial litigation. Sharon’s legal practice focuses on bankruptcy. She has represented creditors in all aspects of creditor rights litigation, claim objection litigation, collateral realization, mechanic liens, collections, foreclosures and replevin litigation.

Sarah Tidrick Related seminars and products:

Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee

Sarah M. Tidrick is a Staff Attorney for Richard V. Fink, the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the WDMO. She has been with the trustee’s office since March 2013. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.


Daniel J. Casamatta's Profile

Daniel J. Casamatta Related seminars and products: 1

U.S. Trustee's Office, Western Dist. of Missouri

Daniel J. Casamatta, in his 33rd year with the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP), is the Acting U.S. Trustee in Region 13 and the Assistant U.S. Trustee in Kansas City. He had previously managed the Grand Rapids office and served as Chief of the USTP's national training center in South Carolina.

Dana Chamin Cutler's Profile

Dana Chamin Cutler Related seminars and products: 1

James W. Tippin & Associates

Dana Tippin Cutler is a partner in her family's law firm, James W. Tippin & Associates. She graduated from UMKC School of Law in 1989 and from Spelman College with a B.A. in 1986. Dana is a Past-President of The Missouri Bar (Sept 2016-Sept 2017). She is a member of the American Bar Association; Jackson County Bar Association; and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. She was recently elected to the Council for the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Dana's practice is concentrated primarily in education law (charter and hybrid schools in Missouri) and defense litigation.

Hon. Brian Fenimore's Profile

Hon. Brian Fenimore Related seminars and products: 1

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri

Before becoming a bankruptcy judge on August 31, 2017, Brian T. Fenimore led the bankruptcy team at Lathrop Gage LLP for more than 20 years, representing debtors, creditors, and many other parties in interest. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1988 with a degree in Agricultural Economics, and the University of Michigan Law School in 1990. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Arthur B. Federman.

Sarah Tomlinson's Profile

Sarah Tomlinson Related seminars and products: 1

Law Clerk for Hon. Charles E. Rendlen III, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Sarah Tomlinson serves as a law clerk to the Hon. Charles E. Rendlen, III for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the E.D.Mo. She received her J.D. from Saint Louis University. She is the Co-Chair for Special Projects for the ABI Veterans Task Force and a contributing author to the ABI Journal.

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