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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
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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: 2

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: 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.


Hon. Jon Beetem's Profile

Hon. Jon Beetem Related seminars and products: 2

19th Judicial Circuit

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

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: 5

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: 3

McShane & Brady, LLC

Maureen Brady is a proud Kansas City native. She went to law school after working as a litigation paralegal for 12 years in the Kansas City legal community.  She attended Michigan State University but came back to Kansas City to practice.  After working as a law clerk for Judge Michael W. Manners and as an associate at Sanders Warren & Russel, she decided to open her own firm specializing in plaintiff’s personal injury work.

In 2013, Maureen and her law partner Lucy McShane founded McShane & Brady, LLC.  McShane & Brady has become one the leading personal injury law firms in Missouri representing all clients who are injured in any type of accident or situation.  Maureen’s personal injury work include a niche practice in the area of medical records disclosures resulting in harm to patients.  Maureen has established herself has the prominent attorney involving issues related to HIPAA laws.  She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the medical disclosure and privacy field, including the Legal Innovation Award in 2018 and Women’s Justice Award for Litigation Practitioner in 2020.   

Chad Courtney's Profile

Chad Courtney Related seminars and products: 3

Courtney & Mills, LLC

Chad T. Courtney practices in areas of workers compensation, personal injury, domestic relations and general civil litigation. He is a 1999 graduate of the University of Missouri, where he served as Treasurer of the Student Bar Association. Mr. Courtney received Bachelor Degrees in Political Science and Sociology in 1996 from the University of Missouri.

Mr. Courtney is a member of The Missouri Bar, Committee Member of the Family Law Planning Committee; Secretary of the Missouri Bar Family Law Section - 2015-2016, Vice-Chair of the Missouri Bar Family Law Section 2017-present; Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association; Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society; FarmHouse Fraternity; and is admitted to practice in the state of Missouri and Federal bar of Missouri.

Hon. Margaret Donnelly's Profile

Hon. Margaret Donnelly Related seminars and products: 3

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's Profile

Lisa Dube Related seminars and products: 1

Missouri Department of Social Services-Children's Division

Lisa Dubé received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law in 2008. After 10 years in private practice handling family law matters, she transitioned to the Missouri Children's Division, where she assists the Division in implementing permanency plans for children in foster care.

Whittney Dunn's Profile

Whittney Dunn Related seminars and products: 4

The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company

Whittney Dunn, Risk Manager at The Bar Plan, is a national speaker and presents to hundreds of lawyers annually on ethics, professionalism and malpractice avoidance. When not presenting, she provides one-on-one ethics guidance and law practice management assistance to attorneys in the states where The Bar Plan provides malpractice insurance.

Lara Fors's Profile

Lara Fors Related seminars and products: 1

SLI Government Solutions -- Center for the Support of Families

Lara joined the Center for the Support of Families in 2019 after serving for over twenty-five years in the IV-D programs of state and local governments. In her twenty-five years, Lara served as the IV-D Director of the Missouri Family Support Division, the First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Director of a multi-county prosecutors’ office in Springfield, Missouri, and as Assistant Prosecutor in Jackson County, Kansas City, MO. 

Lara currently serves on several committees of the National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA) and of the Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Association (ERICSA).  She is a co-chair of the NCSEA Emerging Issues and Leading Practices subcommittee of the Policy and Government Relations Committee and is a member of the ERICSA Honorary Board.

Lara is a past president of ERICSA (2014) and of the Missouri child support professional association, MCSEA (2007). Lara has presented to numerous conferences and events including MCSEA, ERICSA, National Tribal Child Support Association (NTCSA), Western Intergovernmental Child Support Engagement Council (WICSEC), NCSEA, the National Child Support Attorney College, the Missouri Bar, and several local bar associations. 

Lara also currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Southern Missouri Women Lawyers Association and as a board member of the Good Dads non-profit organization offering parenting and relationship education and support to fathers in Springfield, Missouri.

Lara’s awards include the Jackson County Family Support Division Attorney of the Year (1997), Springfield Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award (2009), the MCSEA Honorary Life Member (2014), the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly Women’s Justice Award for Public Service Practitioner of the Year (2016), and the Honorary Lifetime Member of ERICSA (2019).  Lara received her undergraduate degree at Central Methodist College (now University) and received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She is a member of both the Missouri and Kansas Bars.

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's Profile

Alan Freed Related seminars and products: 1

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

Barbara Glesner Fines Related seminars and products: 1

Associate Dean of Faculty Development

University of MO-Kansas City School of Law

Barbara Glesner Fines is the Dean of the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law, where she holds the Rubey M. Hulen Professorship. Dean Glesner Fines received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her Masters of Law from Yale Law School.  She teaches a variety of courses from classroom to clinic to community including Professional Responsibility, Family Violence, and Ethical Issues in Family Representation. Prior to becoming dean, she co-directed the law school’s family law emphasis program, which includes multiple clinics, international and interdisciplinary coursework.  UMKC is the publication home of the prestigious Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  Within the UMKC Child and Family Law Program, Dean Glesner Fines coordinated the Family Court Clerkship and oversaw the law school’s internship programs at Legal Aid of Western Missouri, where she serves as a volunteer attorney in the domestic unit.  She is the author of Ethical Issues in Family Representation (Carolina Academic Press 2010) and Professional Responsibility: A Collaborative Approach (Carolina Academic Press 2012) as well as numerous articles addressing issues at the intersection of professional responsibility and family law, which can be downloaded from the social science research network at She is a frequent presenter at national conferences on ethics and family law topics. She is a member of the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, has served as the Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Professional Responsibility, and as a member of the executive committee of the AALS Section on Family Law, and is a member of the editorial board of the Association of Family and Conciliation Court’s Family Court Review.

Ginger Gooch's Profile

Ginger Gooch Related seminars and products: 1

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

Shannon Grisham Related seminars and products: 1

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: 3

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.


Diane Howard's Profile

Diane Howard Related seminars and products: 1

The Limbaugh Firm

Diane C. Howard practices family, employment, and education law. She was a member of the Young Lawyers Section Council, the Board of Governors and chair of the Family Law Section. She entered the US Navy in 1980 (JAGC) on active and retired Reserves in 2005, achieving the rank of Captain.

Ashley Irwin's Profile

Ashley Irwin Related seminars and products: 1

Leonard Rodarte Siegel, LLC

Ashley Irwin has almost fifteen years of experience working in the legal field; first as a paralegal, and then as an attorney. Her work history has exposed her to many different areas of law including personal injury, criminal defense, and family law. Ms. Irwin was born and raised in Kansas City, and graduated with honors from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and then obtained her law degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law. During law school, Ms. Irwin participated in the Family Law and Guardian ad Litem clinics, and represented clients in Court as a Rule 13 attorney under the supervision of her professor. She also clerked for a personal injury law firm and a criminal defense law firm during law school.

Ms. Irwin has successfully tried a personal injury case in front of a jury, won a preliminary hearing for a client charged with felony parental kidnapping, and represented clients in all aspects of family law matters, from adoptions and termination of parental rights to divorces and contested child custody. 

Hon. Susan Jensen's Profile

Hon. Susan Jensen Related seminars and products: 1

Greene County Circuit Court

Hon. Susan S. Jensen practiced family law in Springfield, Missouri for more than twenty years 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. She received the Missouri Bar Roger P. Krumm Family Law Award in 2014 and a Women’s Justice Award for Litigation Practitioner from Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly in 2012. 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: 1

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: 1

Kirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP

Bob Kirkland is Managing Partner of Kirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP, with offices in Liberty, Missouri, Springfield, 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.

Jessica Martin's Profile

Jessica Martin Related seminars and products: 1

Martin & Wall, LLC

Jessica Martin currently practices family law in Ozark at Martin Law, LLC. After graduating from Mizzou in 2011, Jessica moved back to southwest Missouri and took a job in Branson doing real estate and business litigation. In 2012, she opened Martin Law, LLC in Ozark and started to dabble in family law, and quickly discovered that was her passion. Currently, Jessica serves as the guardian ad litem for the 38th Judicial Circuit for juvenile court, as well as handling all types of family-related litigation from adoptions to restraining orders to guardian ad litem appointments. 


James Miller's Profile

James 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.

Shelly Reece's Profile

Shelly Reece Related seminars and products: 1

Reece Family Law, LLC

Ms. Reece graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1997 with a Juris Doctorate in Law and her Mediation Certification from the State of Oklahoma. She received her State of Missouri Mediation Certification in 2002. She is a private, court appointed, and M.A.R.C.H. Mediator and practices Family Law as the owner of Reece Family Law, LLC in Springfield, MO and Defending Your Family – Springfield – Joplin – Lawyers in Joplin, MO. She also received her MBA in Economics from Missouri State University in 2000. Shelly currently serves on The Missouri Bar Family Law Committee, serves on several local law association committees, and has been elected to the 2020 Board of The Missouri Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. For more information on Ms. Reece, please go to or

Craig Ritchie's Profile

Craig Ritchie Related seminars and products: 2

Ritchie, Soper & Schutt LLC

Craig D. Ritchie is the founding partner of the law firm of Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, PC, with offices in St. Joseph, Liberty, Plattsburg and Columbia, Missouri. Mr. Ritchie has practiced family law exclusively for over thirty years.

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.

Hon. Sherrill Rosen's Profile

Hon. Sherrill Rosen Related seminars and products: 3

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

Pamela Roychaudhury Related seminars and products: 2

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

Jeffrey Royer Related seminars and products: 1

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.

Patricia Scaglia's Profile

Patricia Scaglia Related seminars and products: 1

Scaglia Law Firm, LLC

Patricia “Tricia” M. Scaglia, received her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ms. Scaglia received a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She served as law clerk to the late Honorable Kelly J. Moorhouse, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Missouri and to the Honorable Robert E. Larsen, United States District Court Western District of Missouri. Ms. Scaglia practices primarily in the area of Family Law, frequently serving as a Guardian Ad Litem and mediator. Ms. Scaglia also handles family law appeals.

Ms. Scaglia has appeared before the Western District of Missouri and Eastern District of Missouri. Ms. Scaglia is Immediate Past Chair of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) Family Law Committee. She is active in the Missouri Bar Family Law Section Council serving as Vice-Chair of the Executive Council; Chair, Continuing Legal Education; and Chair, Family Law Conference Planning Committee. Ms. Scaglia is the 2008 recipient of the KCMBA President’s Award for her work as Chair of the KCMBA Family Law Committee. Ms. Scaglia serves on the Missouri Supreme Court Committee for Access to Family Courts. Ms. Scaglia is a life-long resident of Kansas City, Missouri. She is licensed in Missouri and Kansas. 

Tim Schlesinger's Profile

Tim Schlesinger Related seminars and products: 1

Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal PC

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

Hon. Leslie Schneider Related seminars and products: 2

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

Larry Swall Related seminars and products: 3

Gates Shields Ferguson Swall Hammond, P.A.

Larry V. Swall is a family law attorney in Liberty, Missouri, with Gates Shields Ferguson Swall Hammond, P.A. 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 the former Executive Director of M.A.R.C.H., Inc., (Mediation Achieving Results for Children). He is a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section, and a General Member of Association of Conflict Resolution. He served as a Director for the international Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) for seven years.

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.

Fred Van Pelt's Profile

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Van Pelt & Van Pelt, PC

F. Richard Van Pelt is a shareholder of the Law Firm of Van Pelt & Van Pelt, P.C., in Springfield, Missouri. He is a graduate of Pittsburg State University (1980), and the University of Missouri, Columbia, School of Law (1983). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America each year since 2001. He was named Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Lawyer of the Year for Family Law, Springfield, MO. He received the 2015 Missouri Bar Roger P. Krum Family Law Practitioner of the Year Award. The law firm of Van Pelt & Van Pelt, PC, has been ranked Tier I each year since the designation was created by U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" for Family Law. He has been named a "Missouri Super Lawyer" each year since the designation was created. He is the Missouri Delegate to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a former President of the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. He has lectured for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a frequent lecturer for the Missouri Bar and other CLE programs. He is a Trustee of the Board of Trustees of the Pittsburg State University Foundation.


Tamara Veit's Profile

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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.


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29th Judicial Circuit

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

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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.

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


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