Total Credits: 6.8 MCLE, 2.0 Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias, 6.5 Kansas Credit, 2.0 Kansas Ethics
8:30 – 9:19 AM | Update from the Division
A review of current administrative and adjudicatory procedures and practices. This discussion will include consideration of the differing practices and customs of each adjudication office.
Speakers: Colleen Joern Vetter, Division Director, Missouri DWC and Harsh Bhasin, Project Director, Missouri DWC
9:19 – 10:15 AM | On Issues of Bias, Diversity, Inclusion, & Cultural Competency
A comparison of Missouri Rule 4-8.4(g) and the ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) & COMMENT  of both and the implications for their differences, and an overview of general explicit or implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, or cultural competency awareness issues and resources.
Speaker: Chris Stiegemeyer, The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company, St. Louis
10:15 – 10:25 AM | Break
10:25 – 11:45 AM | Case Law Update
Speakers: Michael F. Banahan, Evans & Dixon, LLC, St. Louis, B. Michael Korte, The Korte Law Firm, Webster Groves and Cara L. Harris, Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Springfield
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM | Lunch
12:45 – 1:42 PM | How to Conduct a Psych IME
This session will give a behind the scenes look at the psych IME process. The doctors will walk you through the evaluation process including testing, and the importance of each step. The session will conclude with an open question and answer session.
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer E. Brockman, MD, St. Louis
1:42 – 2:34 PM | Post Cosby & 2014 PTD Amendment
This session will address the impact on workers’ compensation procedure and ligation involving the Second Injury Fund in the aftermath of the 2014 Amendments and the recent Cosby v. Treasurer Missouri Supreme Court decision.
Speaker: Kimberley C. Fournier, Missouri Attorney General's Office, Kansas City
2:34 – 2:44 PM | Break
2:44 – 3:34 PM | A Conversation with Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel: Relevant Issues in Legal Ethics
An analysis and review of recent decisions and relevant issues in Legal Ethics facing the practitioner from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Speakers: Sam Phillips and Alan Pratzel, Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Jefferson City
3:34 PM | Adjourn
April 17 | Joseph R. Ebbert, Mullins & McMillan, PA, Overland Park, KS
April 23 | D. Matthew Edwards, Burns, Taylor, Heckemeyer, Green & Edwards, LLC, Cape Girardeau
April 24 | William C. Love, Jr., Hyde, Love & Overby, LLP, Springfield
May 15 | Benjamin B. Nelson, Allen & Nelson, PC, Columbia
June 12 | Caroline M. Bean, Missouri Attorney General's Office, St. Louis
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Michael Banahan has extensive experience handling Workers' Compensation matters in the education, government and manufacturing sectors. His case experience includes assaults, violent acts, back injuries, fatalities, head injuries, heart attacks, infectious diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, neck injuries, paraplegia/quadriplegia, permanent disability, pulmonary disorders and respiratory conditions.
Mr. Banahan is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Illinois Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Missouri Bar Workers’ Compensation Committee and the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers. Mr. Banahan is on the Management Committee for Evans & Dixon. In addition, he has lectured extensively on Missouri Workers' Compensation and employers’ rights
Harshdeep (Harsh) Bhasin joined the Workers’ Compensation modernization program as a Project Director in October of 2019. Mr. Bhasin has over 13 years of IT experience, of which eight years has been focused on managing multiple large and complex state government projects. Harsh has provided Program/Project Management and Project Delivery services to various State of Missouri agencies, State of Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) and Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. He is passionate about the process improvement, culture of technological innovation, and how the government can serve its citizens better.
Mr. Bhasin is a graduate of Minnesota State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology. He then earned his Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Bhasin holds several certifications, including Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Project Manager (Agile Practitioner.) Harsh is a big proponent of STEM education and sits on local and national universities’ Science, Engineering, and Technology Department Advisory boards to guide future education curriculum for workforce development.
Harsh is a proud resident of Jefferson City from the past nine years. When he is not working, he enjoys spending valuable time with his wife and son and reading Financial & Technical books/magazines.
As an independent medical consultant, Dr. Brockman performs comprehensive psychiatric examinations on behalf of those seeking an objective medical opinion. She has specialized training and experience in applying psychiatric knowledge in an independent, consultative fashion. Her clients include doctors, attorneys, insurers, employers, corporations, and courts seeking an expert opinion.
Dr. Brockman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Subspecialty Certification in Forensic Psychiatry. She maintains a full-time clinical practice in addition to her work as a forensic expert. She has experience in the treatment and management of mental health issues in outpatient and inpatient settings. Dr. Brockman enjoys both facets of her practice and utilizes her experience to help patients and clients.
Kim Fournier graduated in 1995 with her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. She began her career as the law clerk for the Honorable Jack Gant in the Jackson County Circuit Court, Division 5. She then practiced as the eminent domain attorney for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Kim joined the Missouri Attorney General's Office, Labor Division in 2001. She was named Unit Leader for the Kansas City Labor Division in 2008. In December 2014 Kim was named the Deputy Chief of the Labor Division Kim is very active in the legal community currently and has served on numerous other Bar, school district, church and civic boards and committees.
Cara Harris attended Mizzou. After graduating, Cara clerked at the Missouri Court of Appeals. She then joined the Attorney General’s Office in March 1993 where she has defended the Second Injury Fund and the State in workers’ compensation matters since. She is currently Chief Counsel of the Labor Division.
B. Michael Korte is a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. He is the author of Volume 29 of the Missouri Practice series of West Publishing Company, Workers’ Compensation Law and Practice, and its addendum, Volume 29A.
He has received the Workers’ Compensation Distinguished Lawyer Award of BAMSL and Kids’ Chance, the Outstanding Service Award for his service as a former president of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, and has been recognized by a nationwide workers’ compensation bar association as one of the top 100 workers’ compensation attorneys in America.
He previously reviewed science fiction for The St. Louis Post Dispatch, and once pitched a no-hitter in Lawyers’ League slow pitch softball.
Sam Phillips is Deputy Chief Counsel for the Missouri Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel. Sam has served on the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Bar Counsel and was that Board’s liaison to the ABA’s Lawyer Competence Committee. In addition to attorney discipline and private practice, he has served as Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and been the Executive Trust Officer for a regional bank. He also chaired The Missouri Bar’s Law Practice Management Committee.
Alan Pratzel was appointed as the Chief Disciplinary Counsel by the Supreme Court of Missouri in April 2007. In that position, Mr. Pratzel oversees the system that receives, investigates and litigates ethics complaints against lawyers in Missouri. He began working for the attorney discipline system in 1985, serving as a Special Representative in the City of St. Louis. Prior to becoming Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Mr. Pratzel was in private practice for 30 years in St. Louis, engaging in various types of litigation. He is also an adjunct professor of Professional Responsibility at the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia and at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
Christian A. Stiegemeyer, Director of Risk Management, The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company, received his B.A. in Communications from Southeast Missouri State University and his J.D. from The Saint Louis University School of Law. Prior to joining The Bar Plan, Chris was in private practice concentrating in the areas of domestic relations, criminal law, and appellate practice.
Colleen Joern Vetter earned her J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law and her B.A. from Webster University.
After law school, Colleen served as a law clerk for the Honorable John C. Holstein at the Missouri Supreme Court. She spent many years in private practice representing insurers, employers, and claimants before Missouri’s Division of Workers’ Compensation. Most recently, Colleen served as an Assistant Attorney General.
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