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2020 Annual Family Law Conference

Total Credits: 15.3 MCLE, 4.0 Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias

Practice Area:
Ethics |  Family |  GAL |  Juvenile |  Elimination of Bias



Learn, Connect, and Get Inspired
20th Annual Family Law Conference!
Virtual Conference | August 5-7, 2020

Learn, connect, and get inspired . . . from anywhere! The 20th Annual Family Law Conference is coming to YOU! Attend this year from the comfort of your office or home. Quality CLE programming delivered by our knowledgeable faculty of attorneys, judicial panels, and industry experts. Examine and explore family law topics including:

  • Compassionate Lawyering in Difficult Times
  • Bias and Family Representation
  • Legislative and Case Law Update
  • Presenting Evidence
  • Advanced GAL Issues
  • Basics Family Law Track, . . . and More!

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 15.3 Online Live CLE | Including Ethics and Elimination of Bias.
Qualifies for 15.0 Kansas hours including 4.0 Ethics hours.


Mary Appelquist's Profile

Mary Appelquist Related seminars and products

Appelquist Law Offices

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

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.


Hon. Jon Beetem's Profile

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Circuit Judge - Div. I

Judge Jon Beetem is the Division I Circuit Judge for the 19th Judicial Circuit which is Cole County. He maintains a general docket of civil and criminal cases. He also has primary responsibility for the juvenile docket, including both abuse and neglect cases as well as delinquency.

Judge Beetem is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy as well as the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Prior to becoming a judge, he maintained a general law practice focusing on litigation in the areas of administrative, probate and juvenile law.

Cindy Bentch's Profile

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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 J. Bentley's Profile

Melinda J. Bentley Related seminars and products

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. She began serving in that position in 2012. Prior to that she worked for the Illinois State Bar Association.

Melinda is a frequent speaker and author on professional responsibility matters. She currently serves as a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. She also currently serves on the Planning Committee for The Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference, and is a member of The Missouri Bar, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Organization of Bar Counsel, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and Cole County Bar Association.

Melinda was a board member and officer of the National Organization of Bar Counsel from 2015-2020, including a term as president from 2018-2019, and formerly served as a member (2015-2016) and chair (2016-2018) of the editorial board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct. 

Maureen Brady's Profile

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McShane & Brady, LLC

Maureen Brady is managing partner and founder of McShane & Brady, LLC. in Kansas City. Her practice focuses on personal injury cases involving auto/trucking wrecks, slip & falls, privacy law, and nursing home abuse. In addition, Maureen has been recognized nationally for her expertise in HIPAA laws and regulations.

Hon. Margaret Donnelly's Profile

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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.

Commissioner Lisa Dube's Profile

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Jackson County Circuit Court-Division 43

Commissioner Lisa M. Dubé was appointed by the judges of the 16th Judicial Circuit as Family Court Commissioner of Division 43 on September 11, 2020. 

At the time of her appointment, Commissioner Dubé was the supervising permanency attorney for the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division in Kansas City. She represented the agency in child abuse and neglect cases, termination of parental rights cases, minor and adult guardianships, paternity actions and custody modifications. 

Previously, she was an attorney in private practice in the area of family law with the firm of Richard T. Bryant & Associates P.C., and worked during law school with the firm of deVries & Associates P.C.

Commissioner Dubé earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from Rockhurst University in 2005, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri—Kansas City Law School in 2008. 

She is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, The Missouri Bar, Kansas Bar Association, and the National Association of Counsel for Children.

Whittney Dunn's Profile

Whittney Dunn Related seminars and products

The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company

Whittney Dunn, Risk Manager at The Bar Plan, presents to hundreds of lawyers annually on ethics, malpractice avoidance, and lawyer well-being. When not presenting, she provides one-on-one ethics guidance and law practice management assistance to attorneys through The Bar Plan Foundation's free ethics hotline, available to any attorney in Missouri.

Lara Fors's Profile

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Public Knowledge

Lara Webb Fors joined Public Knowledge® after serving for over 25 years in the IV-D child support program of Missouri in both county and state leadership roles. Lara received her BA from Central Methodist College and her J.D. from UMKC. She is a member of both the Missouri and Kansas Bars. 

Douglas Fredrick's Profile

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Law Office of Doug Fredrick, LLC

Mr. Fredrick is a solo practitioner with a focus on the areas of family law, mediation, business law, and real estate. He is also an adjunct professor at Drury University, has a real estate investment company, serves in the Air Force Reserves, and enjoys many other endeavors.

Alan Freed's Profile

Alan Freed Related seminars and products

Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC

Alan Freed has represented clients in family law cases since 1983, focusing on a problem-solving approach to resolving family law issues, with an emphasis on mediation and collaborative practice, along with a substantial appellate practice. He has practiced with Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC, since its founding in 1994. Mr. Freed is co-author of “Missouri Appellate Practice” Vol. 24, 2nd, West Group. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is listed in "Best Lawyers in America" and "Missouri Kansas Super Lawyers." "Best Lawyers” named Mr. Freed “Lawyer of the Year” for St. Louis in 2013 and 2018 in the field of Collaborative Law: Family, in 2017 for Mediation, and in 2015 for Family Law Mediation. He was also selected as “Best Mediation Attorney” in a 2009 Missouri Lawyers Weekly poll. In 2009 Mr. Freed, with Alisse Camazine, wrote Divorce in Missouri, a practical layman's guide. Mr. Freed is a founding member of the Collaborative Family Law Association and is also a past president of Kids In the Middle. Mr. Freed is member of AFCC. He has presented in conferences, both locally and nationally, on family law and mediation topics. Mr. Freed has published numerous articles in his fields, is the author of the chapter on Mediation and Other Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the MoBar Family Law CLE Deskbook, and contributed a chapter titled “Mental Health and Financial Experts: Key Components of the Collaborative Process,” in "Understanding Collaborative Family Law" (Aspatore, 2011). From 2001 to 2016, he served as adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law, teaching Family Mediation.

Mr. Freed received his B. Mus. from Kent State University in 1974 and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1983.

Barbara Glesner Fines's Profile

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Dean & Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law

University of MO-Kansas City School of Law

Ginger Gooch's Profile

Ginger Gooch Related seminars and products

Husch Blackwell LLP

Ginger Gooch is a partner in the Springfield, Missouri office of Husch Blackwell LLP. She has a commercial litigation, appellate, and higher education practice and represents both K-12 and higher education institutions in litigation and other matters. She is a Past President of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and received the David J. Dixon Award from the Missouri Bar for outstanding appellate advocacy.

Shannon Grisham's Profile

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Pratt & Grisham, LLC

Shannon has practiced family law in the Springfield, Missouri area for over 15 years. Shannon grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. In 2013 Shannon was presented with the Up and Coming Award by the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly.

Shannon is an active member of the Missouri Bar and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (SMBA). She currently serves on the Missouri Bar Family Law Committee and is the Chair of the Missouri Bar Family Law Planning Committee for the annual Family Law Conference. She is also a member of the Child Support Guidelines Review Subcommittee of the Missouri Bar.

Shannon is a frequent speaker on Family Law. She has taught for local and state-wide organizations on family law topics including divorce, custody, paternity, guardian ad litem, and adoptions. She has served on Guardian Ad Litem training committee for the Missouri Bar and traveled state-wide to speak at Guardian Ad Litem training conferences. She has served as the Missouri Bar Family Law Newsletter editor.

Shannon maintains a trial practice in family law that focuses on divorces, complex property and maintenance cases, modification, paternity actions, and adoptions. She has served on the Board of Directors of Cherish Kids, an organization that serves to raise awareness for the needs of foster children and adoption. She has been a volunteer speaker for The Pregnancy Care Center in Springfield. She also travels to Africa annually with various organizations to serve alongside teams in their missions work.

Shannon’s husband is brilliantly creative and their sons are adorable bundles of energy and fun.

Simone Haberstock's Profile

Simone Haberstock Related seminars and products

The Law Offices of Simone A. Haberstock, LLC

Simone Haberstock  has been a family law attorney for 30 years and a mediator for 20 years.  She acquired a Masters of Law in Dispute Resolution from University of Missouri School of Law in 2013 where she did IRB approved research on a mediation-arbitration process. Since graduating, she has founded a non-profit mediation service, Confluence Missouri, Inc.; served on the Mediation and Parenting Coordination Oversight Committee in St. Louis County Circuit Court; and worked on a number of court-connected ADR and problem-solving court projects across the state. She recently completed an interview research project of Missouri litigants who used mandatory mediation and has assisted in  the production of two videos for the public on ADR processes. She has mediated over 400 cases including family, small business, employment, landlord-tenant, and small claims matters. Ms. Haberstock has spoken and presented on  a variety mediation and ADR topics, including the decision- making process, at both national and statewide conferences. She also served on the Board of Governors for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis for 10 years and is the immediate past-president of the Missouri Chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Ashley Irwin's Profile

Ashley Irwin Related seminars and products

Leonard Rodarte Siegel, LLC

Commissioner Susan Jensen's Profile

Commissioner Susan Jensen Related seminars and products

Greene County Circuit Court

The Honorable Susan S. Jensen practiced family law in Springfield before being appointed as Family Court Commissioner, Division II, for Greene County in 2016. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Commissioner Jensen graduated from William Jewell College and the University of Iowa College Of Law.

Anne Kern's Profile

Anne Kern Related seminars and products

Carson & Coil P.C.

Anne E. Kern practices in the area of family law, juvenile law and adoptions throughout the state of Missouri. She is experienced with divorce, paternity, child custody, domestic violence, juvenile matters and adoptions. She received her B.S. in Justice Systems, Magna Cum Laude, from Truman State University, Missouri, and her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 2005.

Ms. Kern currently resides in Columbia with her husband, Andy, and their children David and Lydia.

Robert Kirkland's Profile

Robert Kirkland Related seminars and products

Kirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP

Bob Kirkland is the founding partner of Kirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP, with offices in Liberty, Missouri, Springfield, Missouri, Clayton, Missouri and Overland Park, Kansas. He works with a variety of individual clients in the areas of gifting techniques, asset protection, charitable planning and business succession planning. He also advises fiduciaries in estate and trust administration matters. 

Mr. Kirkland is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”), is a past Missouri State Chair of ACTEC, and a past member of the ACTEC Board of Regents and ACTEC Executive Committee. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.of Regents and ACTEC Executive Committee. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.


James Miller's Profile

James Miller Related seminars and products

J. Matthew Miller, Attorney at Law, LLC

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

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.

Craig Ritchie's Profile

Craig Ritchie Related seminars and products

Ritchie, Soper & Schutt LLC

Craig D. Ritchie has practiced law for over 26 years. His practice is limited almost exclusively to family law matters. He graduated in 1989 from the University of Missouri Law School. In addition to his family law practice, Mr. Ritchie has taught Domestic Relations in the legal studies program at Missouri Western State College. Mr. Ritchie is also a frequent speaker to Continuing Legal Education classes for Missouri lawyers practicing family law. Mr. Ritchie resides in Columbia, Missouri. His interests include sports, children’s activities, church, and historic preservation. Mr. Ritchie serves on the executive committee and is the former Director of the American Legion Missouri Boys State, a program which teaches citizenship and government to high school seniors. For over thirty years, Mr. Ritchie has volunteered his time to this outstanding program.

Commissioner Sherrill Rosen's Profile

Commissioner Sherrill Rosen Related seminars and products

16th Judicial Court

Commissioner Sherrill L. Rosen was appointed Commissioner in 1994. She helped draft Missouri's adult abuse act and handled the constitutional challenge to it. She often served as a guardian ad litem. She received the KCMBA Moorhouse Dedication to Children award, and is a MOLW Women’s Justice Award winner.


Pamela Roychaudhury's Profile

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Legal Aid of Western Missouri

Pamela Roychaudhury received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1998. She received her Juris Doctorate in 2001 from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She was a staff attorney with Legal Aid of Western Missouri (LAWMO) from 2001 to 2014. In 2015, Ms. Roychaudhury became the Managing Attorney of the Joplin Office, managing a staff of 5 attorneys, 3 paralegals and 1 support staff. As a staff attorney, Ms. Roychaudhury was a member of the Domestic Unit in the Kansas City office of LAWMO from 2001 to 2007, specializing in the representation of victims of abuse in divorce, paternity, custody and orders of protection. She also served as Guardian ad Litem in child orders of protection. In 2007, she joined the Joplin office of LAWMO as their VAWA-STOP grant attorney representing victims of abuse in orders of protection. She continues to represent victims of abuse in family law matters and represents many clients in housing, consumer, probate and income maintenance cases. She is licensed in Missouri and Kansas. 

Ms. Roychaudhury is a member of the Jasper County Bar Association and a Family Law Section Member of the Missouri Bar. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Lafayette House, a local domestic violence shelter and Jasper County CASA, a local court appointed special advocates program. She is also active with the local United Way Chapter.  

Jeffrey Royer's Profile

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Law Office of Jeffrey S. Royer

Jeffrey S. Royer is a 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law and received a B.S. from Central Missouri State University in 1980. He is a solo practitioner in Blue Springs, Missouri and his practice is devoted exclusively to preparing and reviewing QDROs and pension valuations for attorneys and their clients. He has prepared over 3500 QDROs and pension valuations. Mr. Royer is a member of the Missouri Bar Family Law Section and the QDRO National Education Society. He has been a presenter at the Missouri Bar Family Law Conference and the annual QDRONES conference for the past ten years.

Tim Schlesinger's Profile

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Midwest Fertility Law Group

Tim Schlesinger is a shareholder in the St. Louis firm of Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. He received his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1983. Tim’s practice is devoted to family law litigation and third-party assisted reproduction.


Hon. Leslie Schneider's Profile

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Boone County Courthouse

Hon. Leslie Schneider, Associate Circuit Judge, Division X, was elected to the court in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. Division X handles all family law matters including juvenile, dissolution of marriage, adult abuse dockets. Judge Schneider serves as the administrative judge of the Family Court.   Judge Schneider is a graduate of the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia.

Prior to election to the court, Judge Schneider was in private practice in Columbia with the law firm of Harper, Evans, Schneider and Netemeyer. Judge Schneider was previously Municipal Judge for the City of Columbia and an Assistant Attorney General. Judge Schneider is a founding member of the Elwood Thomas Inn of Court. She is a member of the Committee on Access to Family Courts and Family Court Committee.   She has been an adjunct faculty the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law where she teaches family law. Judge Schneider's husband Tom is a practicing attorney in Columbia. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Larry Swall's Profile

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Gates Shields Ferguson Swall Hammond, P.A.

Larry V. Swall is a family law attorney, licensed in Kansas and Missouri, with offices in Overland Park and Liberty. His private practice is concentrated in areas of family law and domestic mediation. Practicing for over 30 years, Mr. Swall was twice honored by the Missouri Bar.


Fred Van Pelt's Profile

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F. Richard Van Pelt is a shareholder of the Law Firm Van Pelt & Van Pelt, P.C. in Springfield, Missouri. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a Diplomate of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 2001. 

Tamara Veit's Profile

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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.


Commissioner Angela Vorhees's Profile

Commissioner Angela Vorhees Related seminars and products

Jasper County Family Court Division

Angela A. Vorhees was appointed Family Court Commissioner of the 29th Judicial Circuit in January 2019. In 1997, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University). She graduated from the University of Michigan, School of Law in 2000 and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in September, 2000. While in private practice, Commissioner Vorhees primarily practiced in the areas of family law, juvenile law and child advocacy. She also served as a Family law mediator as well as an adjunct Instructor for Missouri Southern State University. She is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and the Jasper County Bar Association.


William Wear's Profile

William Wear Related seminars and products

Wear & Wear

Billy Wear is an attorney, mediator, addiction consultant and interventionist, minister and a marriage and family counselor.

Billy has been assisting Missouri attorneys, judges and their families with addiction and codependency issues and for over 40 years. Billy co-founded the Hawaii Bar Association’s Lawyers & Judges Assistance Program and Intervention Committee and has served on the Missouri Supreme Court Intervention Committee for the past 23 years. In 2013 Billy received the Missouri Bar Association’s Warren Welliver Award exemplifying compassion and concern for impaired lawyers in Missouri.

Billy has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in the areas of addiction, co-dependency, recovery, meditation and mindfulness at Missouri State University, Chaminade University, University of Hawaii, Antioch University, Drury University and the Forrest Institute of Psychology. He has been a presenter and speaker at the following state, national and international conferences: the National Wellness Conference; the American Holistic Medical Association Conference; the World Conference on Logo Therapy; the American Holistic Nurses Association Conference; the International Conference on Family and Conciliation Courts; the Hawaii Bar Association’s Family Law Section Conference; the Missouri Bar Association’s Annual Conference; the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists annual conference; and the International Conference of the Pacific Social Science Institute.

Billy has authored 3 books, Recovering From Divorce…And The Horse You Rode In On!, Golf Therapy and Happy, Joyous & Free – Transforming relationship drama, heartache and pain into love, understanding and intimacy.


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

  • Quicksand! Avoiding Estate & Trust Planning Traps in Divorce
  • Family Law Basics: Initial Pleadings
  • How to Make Your Paralegal an Indispensable & Valuable Member of Your Team


PLENARY | 8:30 - 9:20 AM
Bias & Family Representation                                               

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
  • Family Law Basics: Final Trial Prep & Judgments

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 & Maintenance
  • Impact of Assisted Reproductive (ART) Issues on Traditional Family Law Litigation & Practice


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

  • Presenting Evidence of Expenses: Maintenance & Reasonable Needs
  • Interpreting Business Tax Returns & Schedules
  • GAL: Setting the State for Timely Permanency in Child Abuse & Neglect Cases

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.

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Phone: 8177977629
Twitter: @soberlink
About: Soberlink supports accountability for sobriety and child safety through a comprehensive alcohol monitoring system. Combining a breathalyzer with wireless connectivity, the portable design and technology includes facial recognition, tamper detection, and real-time results and reports. Soberlink provides documented proof of sobriety that reduces litigation and creates peace of mind during parenting time.

Law Office of Dana M. Outlaw
Contact: Dana Outlaw
Phone: 816-229-6100
About: Our family law firm offers outstanding representation for your family law case. Whether you need a child custody attorney, divorce attorney, or you need assistance with family law appeals, we are here to help. Our clients receive focused and assertive representation in many different practice areas including divorce, child custody, paternity, child support, modifications, mediation, grandparent visitation and appeals. 

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