Total Credits: 4.4 MCLE, 1.3 Ethics, 1.3 Elimination of Bias, 4.0 Kansas Credit, 1.0 Kansas Ethics
8:30 – 9:10 AM | Title & Endorsement Underwriting | Construction Escrow and Disbursements
Speakers: Matthew Cermak and Brienne Berscheid, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Chicago, IL
9:10 – 10:10 AM | Contracting & Drafting Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Speaker: Scott L. Smithson, Dentons US LLP, St. Louis
10:10 – 10:20 AM | Break
10:20 – 11:15 AM | Medical Marijuana
Speaker: Eric M. Walter, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis
11:15 AM – 12:22 PM | The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion in the Law Firm, Your Practice, and the Profession
Speaker: Jittaun Dill, Husch Blackwell, St. Louis
12:22 PM | Adjourn
March 27 - James C. Neeld
April 3 - Caroline L. Hermeling, Husch Blackwell, St. Louis
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Brienne Berscheid serves as Assistant Vice President and Construction Escrow Manager for Chicago Title’s Chicago National Commercial Services (NCS) operation. Brienne oversees the National Construction Disbursement Department to responsible for reviewing and administering construction escrow projects across the country. The National Construction Disbursing Department specializes in ground-up commercial developments, including stadiums, office towers, senior living facilities, and multi-family housing complexes. Brienne has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Matt Cermak serves as a Commercial Account Manager for Chicago Title’s Chicago National Commercial Services (NCS) operation. Matt’s primary role is to quarterback each transaction for his local and national client base. Matt
Dill is a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law where she also earned her certificate in Employment Law. While in law school she was the recipient of the SLU School of Law Everette Award for Excellence in Trail Advocacy and alongside her law school partner, the 3rd Place Winner of the Regional Black Law Students Association's Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition. She clerked for a mid-sized St. Louis law firm as a Summer Associate and upon graduation joined the firm. After several years of practice, began working in Diversity and Inclusion at 100 firms and today she calls Husch Blackwell home as its Diversity and Inclusion Manager. She serves on the Executive Board of Cultural Leadership and is the Past Chair of the Mound City Bar Association's Membership Committee.
Scott Smithson is a member of Dentons’ Real Estate practice group with experience representing clients in various complex transactional matters.
Scott works with banks, lenders, investors, developers, landowners and tenants to document and close commercial real estate transactions, including financings, purchases, sales, leases and new development. He also drafts and negotiates agreements relating to the construction and management of commercial real estate projects, and he assists with the resolution of disputes arising during construction.
Prior to joining Dentons, Scott worked as in-house counsel at a publicly traded financial services holding company, where he provided practical, value-added counsel to the parent company and its subsidiaries, including retail brokerage, asset management and investment banking firms.
Eric Walter is a partner at Armstrong Teasdale with extensive state and federal litigation experience in a wide range of complex commercial and business cases. A significant part of Eric’s practice involves representing businesses and individuals in the legalized marijuana and hemp industry. He has successfully represented companies applying for medical marijuana cultivation and dispensary licenses, and advises clients on state and federal regulations involving investors and other business partners. He serves as chair of the Marijuana Law Committee for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and is general counsel to the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association: MoCannTrade.
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