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2020 Annual Family Law Conference

Practice Area:
Ethics |  Family |  GAL |  Juvenile |  Elimination of Bias
Access for 1 year(s) after program date.


Join us for the 20th Annual Family Law Conference!
Virtual Conference | August 5-7, 2020

While we are all experiencing first-hand the disruption known as COVID-19, through it all, our ultimate goal is to provide quality CLE programing while ensuring the safety of our members. We are happy that with the hard work and support of our conference planning committee, speakers and staff, we are able to still offer a way for you to learn from your peers even during these difficult times. We hope you can join us!

Shannon Grisham, Co-Chair, Family Law Conference Planning Committee
Chad Courtney, Co-Chair, Family Law Conference Planning Committee
Garnett Matthews-Campbell, Director of Membership Services & CLE, The Missouri Bar

Qualifies for 15.2 Online Live CLE | Including Ethics and Elimination of Bias.
Agenda subject to change


M. Susan Appelquist's Profile

M. Susan Appelquist Related seminars and products: 2

Susan Appelquist graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, with a J.D. in May, 1979. Susan has practiced Law in Mt. Vernon, MO for 40 years, concentrating on probate and family law. Susan is a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Advisory Committee and serves as vice-president.

Angela Arkin's Profile

Angela Arkin Related seminars and products: 1

Judicial Arbitrator Group, Inc.

The Honorable Angela R. Arkin is a 1983 graduate of Emory Law School, and is licensed in Colorado, Georgia and the District of Columbia. In August 2000, after practicing civil, criminal, and family law in Georgia and Colorado for over seventeen years, Judge Arkin was hired as a District Court Magistrate in Arapahoe County. She was then appointed to a District Court Judgeship in July, 2002, and served in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln Counties until January, 2016. In October 2015, Judge Arkin was chosen as the District Court Judge Honoree for the Colorado Judicial Institute Judicial Excellence Award, and received many other awards and recognition for her service to the Colorado bench, bar, and Colorado families. Judge Arkin retired from the District Court bench in 2016, and created The Self-Represented Resource Center™ (SRRC), at The Harris Law Firm, to provide unbundled legal services to self-represented litigants. In May of 2017, Judge Arkin joined the Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc. (JAG), where her current practice includes mediation, arbitration, med/arb, special master and appointed judge services in domestic relations, civil, and probate cases.

In October 2017, Judge Al Harrell and Judge Arkin created the “Symposium on Race,” an ongoing monthly forum for discussion of race issues ( Judge Arkin is a member of the Colorado Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, is a Co-Editor, Author and Reviser of the CBA Bench Bar Book on Domestic Relations, serves on the Colorado Child Support Commission, is on the Douglas County Domestic Relations Best Practices Team, volunteers as a mediator at the Douglas County District Court, and is President of the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, amongst other professional activities.


Cindy Bentch Related seminars and products: 1

Cindy A. Bentch, Attorney at Law

Cindy Bentch attended law school at the University of Virginia and has practiced law in large and small firms, been an assistant county prosecutor, lived overseas doing community development work, and was a visiting professor of law at Mizzou. She currently focuses her solo practice on adoptions and guardianships for children.

Melinda Bentley's Profile

Melinda Bentley Related seminars and products: 8

Legal Ethics Counsel

Melinda J. Bentley serves as Legal Ethics Counsel, and she provides oral and written informal advisory opinions to attorneys on issues related to the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct. In that position, she also serves as administrator and counsel to the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri. 

Maureen Brady's Profile

Maureen Brady Related seminars and products: 2

McShane & Brady, LLC

Maureen Brady is a Kansas City native. After graduating law school, Maureen went to work for the Honorable Michael W. Manners, Judge of Division 2, of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri at Independence. While with Judge Manners, she was exposed to all aspects of litigation, including civil, criminal, and domestic. She worked with Judge Manners for three years before entering into private practice with the firm Sanders Warren & Russell, LLP.

While with Sanders Warren & Russell, LLP, Maureen practiced civil defense and participated in several trials. She had a number of successes including being named to SuperLawyers list of Rising Stars for 2012. She successfully litigated in the 10th Circuit on a contract dispute. She litigated a trucking case in Pettis County, Missouri which resulted in success for her client and was named one of the top verdicts for 2011 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Hon. Margaret Donnelly's Profile

Hon. Margaret Donnelly Related seminars and products: 2

21st Judicial Circuit

Hon. Margaret Donnelly was appointed circuit judge in August, 2016, by Gov. Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon. She was a St. Louis County Family Court commissioner from 2013 until her appointment as circuit judge.


Judge Donnelly holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work degrees from Saint Louis University and graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1988. From 1988 to 2009, she was engaged in the private practice of law. She served in the Missouri Legislature as a state representative for District 73 from 2003 to 2009 and was the Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from 2009 to 2012.


Judge Donnelly has been honored for service by the Missouri Judicial Conference and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. She received the Women's Justice Citizenship Award, St. Louis Children's Hospital Advocate of the Year award, and Paraquad Disability Rights Legislative Leadership Award.  She is a member of the Missouri Bar, St. Louis County Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women Lawyers' Association and Mound City Bar Association.


Judge Donnelly lives in St. Louis County with her family.

Lisa Dube Related seminars and products: 1

Missouri Department of Social Services-Children's Division

Whittney Dunn's Profile

Whittney Dunn Related seminars and products: 3

The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company

Whittney Dunn is a Risk Manager at The Bar Plan in St. Louis, Missouri where she presents CLE courses throughout the state and nation on ethics, professionalism, and malpractice avoidance. She also provides ethics guidance and practice management assistance to attorneys in Missouri and beyond through The Bar Plan Hotline. 

Lara Fors Related seminars and products: 1

SLI Government Solutions -- Center for the Support of Families

Douglas Fredrick's Profile

Douglas Fredrick Related seminars and products: 2

Law Office of Doug Fredrick, LLC

Douglas C. Fredrick received both his Bachelors in Business Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While in Kansas City, he had the opportunity to clerk for the Honorable Sherrill Rosen. He later graduated from the United States Army JAG (Judge Advocate General) School in Charlottesville, Virginia, served in the Army Reserves as a JAG officer for seven years, and in 2012 transferred to the Air Force Reserves, where he currently serves as a JAG officer. Mr. Fredrick is a solo practitioner in Springfield and focuses his practice primarily in the areas of family law, business transactions and litigation, and real estate transactions and litigation. He has argued before the Supreme Court of Missouri and the Southern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals. Mr. Fredrick also owns and manages three real estate investment companies and has served on many local community boards and Missouri Bar committees. He is a prolific author and speaker, typically teaching multiple CLE presentations each year. The second edition of his publication, Military Issues in Family Law was published in 2017.

Alan Freed Related seminars and products: 1

Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC

Barbara Glesner Fines Related seminars and products: 1

Associate Dean of Faculty Development

University of MO-Kansas City School of Law

Simone Haberstock's Profile

Simone Haberstock Related seminars and products: 2

The Law Offices of Simone A. Haberstock, LLC

Simone started her own law firm nearly 30 years ago with a specific mission –  to provide competent, strong legal representation that is affordable and supports the individual, not only in making the legal decisions required, but in moving through an often confusing and difficult transition.   We know that our approach and our relationship with each client separates us from other lawyers.  We try to understand who each client is; hear and identify their unique needs and concerns;  and guide them in developing reasonable goals that can help us develop  both a vision for the future and a framework for settlement or litigation.   We believe our clients  experience honest, personal service and that their concerns are never minimized. Cases are never passed to an associate or legal assistant and phone calls and email messages are always returned timely, usually the during the same day.

In order to accomplish that mission,  Simone, a certified public accountant and a mediator, has pursued not only trial practice training at the esteemed ABA Trial Advocacy Institute,  but has also invested hundreds of hours learning more about family systems and child development; high conflict families; domestic violence; negotiation and settlement advocacy; and mediation.  More recently, she added financial planning tools to her practice to help clients develop a more concrete idea of how their financial options will affect their future.

She received the ABA Young Lawyers Certificate of Merit for her advocacy work for children.  She has served for many years on the Missouri Bar Committee for the annual Family Law Conference.  In July 2018, Simone assumed the position of President of the Missouri Chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), an international organization with a mission to improve the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict and is now the immediate past president of the statewide chapter.  She has presented at both the international AFCC and International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) conferences and regularly speaks both in the St. Louis area and in Missouri on topics related to family conflict; mediation; parenting coordination and financial decision-making in family matters.

Simone served for over ten years on the Board of Governors for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.  She is a board member for Confluence Missouri, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing alternate dispute resolution and mediation training to professionals and free and low cost mediation services to litigants in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.  Simone has served as a trainer for other civil and family mediators as well as provided training in parenting coordination.  She has participated in the development, design and implementation of several court-connected conflict resolution programs.

Simone was born and raised in St. Louis. When not in the office or pursuing professional activities, Simone enjoys spending time with family, hiking,  photography, reading and music.

Ashley Irwin Related seminars and products: 1

Leonard Rodarte Siegel, LLC

Susan Jensen Related seminars and products: 1


Greene County Circuit Court

Robert Kirkland Related seminars and products: 1

Kirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP

J. Matthew Miller's Profile

J. Matthew Miller Related seminars and products: 1

Baird Lightner Millsap

J. Matthew Miller is a partner at Baird Lightner Millsap in Springfield, Missouri. His practice areas include family law, probate litigation, appellate practice (2014 recipient of the Missouri Bar Association David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award), and mediation. He serves as a board member for the Association of Missouri Mediators.


Sol Rappaport's Profile

Sol Rappaport Related seminars and products: 1

Counseling Connections

Dr. Sol Rappaport specializes in Forensic Psychology.  He has been appointed in over 800 custody evaluations and has testified throughout Illinois as well as nationally.  Dr. Rappaport also consults with attorneys nationally for purposes of work product review, cross examination and expert witness testimony.  Dr. Rappaport has presented nationally on custody, relocation, alienation, psychological testing and other topics to various state bar associations, including the American Bar Association's Family Law section and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He has trained both attorneys and mental health professionals on the use of psychological testing in custody evaluations.  He consults with and trains attorneys in cross-examination techniques.  

Dr. Rappaport has been on faculty at the Houston Family Law Trial Institute and is currently on faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy/American Barr Association's Trial Advocacy Institute and the Oklahoma Bar Association's Family Law Advocacy Trial Law Institute.

Dr. Rappaport has several professional publications including a book on the prevention of sexual abuse as well as articles in Family Law Quarterly, Family Court Review, and the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He has written peer reviewed journal articles, and completed other professional writings as well.  Dr. Rappaport is also the Past-President of the Illinois Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.  In addition to his forensic practice, Dr. Rappaport is a co-founder of five therapeutic day schools serving children with emotional/behavioral problems or high functioning autism.  He also performs psychological testing, risk assessments, and fitness for duty evaluations for local school districts and law enforcement agencies.

Joshua Roberts's Profile

Joshua Roberts Related seminars and products: 1

Roberts & Easley, L.L.C.

Joshua Roberts is a partner with the law firm of Roberts & Easley in Springfield, Missouri, where his primary practice areas include criminal defense, personal injury and business and real estate litigation. Josh has also been a member of Nixa Public School’s Board of Education for the past 6 years.

Jeffrey Royer Related seminars and products: 1

Law Office of Jeffrey S. Royer

Tim Schlesinger Related seminars and products: 1

Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal PC

Larry Swall's Profile

Larry Swall Related seminars and products: 2

Gates Shields Ferguson Swall Hammond, P.A.

Larry V. Swall is a family law attorney in Liberty, Missouri, with Swall Hutchings & Associates LLC. He also serves as Executive Director of M.A.R.C.H., Inc., (Mediation Achieving Results for Children). His private practice is concentrated in areas of family law and domestic relations, including domestic mediation.  In 2009, Mr. Swall was twice honored by the Missouri Bar Association, first as the Roger Krumm Family Law Practitioner of the Year Award; and , second with the distinguished President's Award for extraordinary service to the Bar.


He is a member of the Missouri Bar Family Law Section, serving as Chair, as well as serving on the Family Law Legislative Review Committee and the CLE Committee. He was Planning Chair for the Missouri Bar Annual Family Law Conference for seven years beginning in 1999; and a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Child Support Guideline Review Committee in 2008 and 2009. He is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, in both the Family Law Section and Juvenile Law Committee, and the Clay County Bar Association.


Mr. Swall is a past President and founding member of the Missouri Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, serving as Chair of the Parenting Coordination Task Force. He is a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section, and a General Member of Association of Conflict Resolution.


He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, 1990, and San Diego State University, BA-Philosophy, 1987. Mr. Swall was formerly a Professor with Drury College (Springfield, Missouri) where he taught in areas of law, including family law, and philosophy, and at Maple Woods Community College (Kansas City, Missouri) in the Department of Social Science, Philosophy.

Tamara Veit's Profile

Tamara Veit Related seminars and products: 1

McElligott, Ewan & Hall, PC


Tamara A. Veit received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law in 2004. She has been with the firm of McElligott Ewan & Hall, PC since 2005. She practices primarily in the area of family law for over 15 years. She frequently serves as Guardian ad Litem. She is a court-approved mediator for Jackson County.

Tamara is involved in numerous legal and community organizations. She is on the Executive Board for the Family Law Section in The Missouri Bar and is on the Family Law Conference Planning Committee. Furthermore, she is on the Board of Directors Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF) and the Board of Directors for the CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association). She is also serving on the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) and is vice-chair for the CLE Committee for KCMBA. For KCMBF, Tamara served as co-chair for the Domestic Violence and Children’s Interdisciplinary Conference and part of the committee that created KCMBF’s newest program, the Student Law Academy (SLA), providing underprivileged urban high school students meaningful exposure to a career in the legal profession.


Angela Vorhees Related seminars and products: 1

Jasper Co. Family Ct. Division

Schedule at a Glance


PLENARY | 8:30 - 9:40 AM
Compassionate Lawyering in Difficult Times

BREAKOUT SESSION 1 | 9:55 - 10:45 AM

  • Writing Marital Settlement Agreements Our Clients Can Understand
  • Bitcoin: Currency, Commodity or Craziness
  • Family Law Basics: Meeting the Client                                  

BREAKOUT SESSION 2 | 11:00 - 11:50 AM

  • FERPA, Custody Disputes & School: What Public Schools Need to Reduce Conflicts
  • The Bar Plan Ethics Quiz
  • The Art of Admitting Evidence

LUNCH | 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM

PLENARY | 1:00 - 2:00 PM
JUDICIAL PANEL: Evidentary Issues                                  

BREAKOUT SESSION 3 | 2:15 - 3:05 PM

  • Estate Planning in Your Divorce
  • Family Law Basics: Initial Pleadings
  • How to Make Your Paralegal an Indispensable and Valuable Member of Your 


PLENARY | 8:30 - 9:20 AM
Diversity & Cultural Awareness                                               

BREAKOUT SESSION 4 | 9:35 - 10:25 AM

  • Adoptions Start to Finish
  • GAL: What's New?
  • Family Law Basics: Property & Debt                                                      

BREAKOUT SESSION 5 | 10:40 - 11:30 AM

  • Problems & Solutions for Non-Compliance with Custody Orders
  • GAL: Compassion Fatigue
  • Family Law Basics: Child Support

LUNCH | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

PLENARY | 12:30 - 1:30 PM
JUDICIAL PANEL: Problems & Solutions for Non-Compliance with Custody Orders

BREAKOUT SESSION 6 | 1:45 - 2:35 PM

  • Alcohol Monitoring & Sustainable Parenting Time
  • Ethical & Legal Responsibilities with Medical Records Procurement & Use
  • Impact of Assisted Reproductive (ART) Issues on Traditional Family Law Litigation & Practice

BREAKOUT SESSION 7 | 2:50 - 3:40 PM

  • GAL: The Impact of Addiction & Co-Dependency on Parenting & the Practice of Law
  • Using QDRO's to Collect Child Support and Maintenance
  • Family Law Basics: Final Trial Prep & Judgments


PLENARY | 8:30 - 9:30 AM
Legislative & Case Law Update

BREAKOUT SESSION 8 | 9:45 - 10:35 AM

  • Making Sense of Child Support Procedures After a Judgment is Entered
  • Dividing Non-ERISA Retirement Plans
  • GAL: Ethics When Serving as a GAL

BREAKOUT SESSION 9 | 10:50 - 11:40 PM

  • How to Simplify and Present Expenses & Reimbursement Issues: Reasonable Needs as it Relates to Maintenance
  • Interpreting Business Tax Returns & Schedules
  • GAL: Permanency

Join the Family Law Section

Membership dues for the Family Law Section are $20 per year.

If you are not a current Family Law Section and would like to join, you may do so HERE. If you choose to submit payment by check, your membership will not be valid until payment is received.

Cancellation Policy


  •  All cancellation and refund requests must be in writing to
  •  A FULL REFUND of the registration fee will be issued if we receive your written cancellation by July 28, 2020. You will not have access to electronic course materials.
  •  NO REFUND of the registration fee will be issued if we receive your written cancellation after July 28, 2020.  You will have access to electronic course materials.


Provided through the Clay County Bar Foundation

  • Covers registration fee for the 2020 Annual Family Law Conference
  • Applicant must practice in Clay County or the Kansas City area.

Douglass F. Noland
Noland Law Firm, LLC
34 Westwoods Drive
Liberty, Missouri 64068
816-781-5055 / fax 816-781-5216

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