Total Credits: 17.1 MCLE, 3.0 Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias, 16.0 Kansas Credit, 3.0 Kansas Ethics
☾ Wed, Jul 08, 2020 - 08:00p to Fri, Jul 10, 2020 - 04:00p CDT - Lake Ozark, Missouri
☾ Wed, Jul 08, 2020 - 08:00p to Fri, Jul 10, 2020 - 04:00p CDT - Lake Ozark, Missouri
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Join hundreds of colleagues at the 2020 Bernard Edelman DWI Law & Science Seminar!
Presented by MoBarCLE and the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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BEST VALUE: Received by MAY 18 | $300
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REGULAR: Received by JUL 1 | $410
ONSITE: Received after JUL 1 | $470
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Kim Benjamin is the founder and owner of the Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center at Benjamin Law Firm in the Kansas City metropolitan area. She has over 75 jury trials, over 200 bench trials, and teaches often nationally and locally on DWI and criminal law as well as trial skills.
Tory Bernsen received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from the University of Dayton. After interning at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and the St. Louis County Public Defender's Office, Ms. Bernsen worked as a law clerk and then an associate attorney at Frank, Juengel & Radefeld in St. Louis, Missouri for five years. Ms. Bernsen then worked as Legal Counsel for the Director of Revenue (Transportation Division) for almost two years before opening her own firm, Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, in Clayton, Missouri. Ms. Bernsen and her partner focus their practice on criminal defense (including DWIs and driver license matters) and appellate work.
Maureen Brady is a Kansas City native. After graduating law school, Maureen went to work for the Honorable Michael W. Manners, Judge of Division 2, of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri at Independence. While with Judge Manners, she was exposed to all aspects of litigation, including civil, criminal, and domestic. She worked with Judge Manners for three years before entering into private practice with the firm Sanders Warren & Russell, LLP.
While with Sanders Warren & Russell, LLP, Maureen practiced civil defense and participated in several trials. She had a number of successes including being named to SuperLawyers list of Rising Stars for 2012. She successfully litigated in the 10th Circuit on a contract dispute. She litigated a trucking case in Pettis County, Missouri which resulted in success for her client and was named one of the top verdicts for 2011 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.
Timothy R. Cisar was born in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where he received his B.A. in 1979. Tim graduated from St. Louis University School of Law in 1983, and was admitted to the bar the same year. He served as Municipal Judge in Lake Ozark, Missouri from 1985-89, and in Eldon, Missouri from 2003 to 2013.
He is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Camden County Bar Association (Treasurer, 1984-85) and 26th Judicial Circuit (Miller County Representative) Bar Association; National College for DUI Defense; The Missouri Bar; Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Board of Directors, 1996-00; Treasurer 2001; Secretary 2002; Vice-President, 2003); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for 2004-05. He successfully completed the DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Program put forth by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration on September 8-10, 2011.
Attorney John Eccher, of the Eccher Law Group, has been instrumental in winning blood-test DOR cases throughout Missouri, which have resulted in DOR instituting form changes to address such successful attacks. Mr. Eccher presents on how to handle DOR blood-test cases to give the best chance at obtaining Rescind Orders.
Matt Fry is a partner with Rosenblum, Schwartz & Fry. Over the past 14 years, Matt has successfully defended clients on charges ranging from murder to assault, robbery, and fraud. Matt’s focus is in the area of DWI, Drug, and Sex offenses. He also handles select civil cases and appeals.
Matt serves on the executive committee for the St. Louis County Bar Association, on the board and DWI committee for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and as a member of the National College for DUI Defense.
Two of Matt’s passions are teaching Trial Advocacy II at Saint Louis University School of Law and serving on the board of his non-profit, St. Louis Impact.
Travis Jones is an instructor in DWI Detection and expert in DWI Investigation and breath testing. With 15 years’ experience in law enforcement and over 5 years’ experience as a curriculum developer/instructor. During his law enforcement career he arrested approximately 1500 DWI offenders and investigated over 50 serious motor vehicle crashes involving disabling injury or death. Travis has testified over 100 times on the breath testing for alcohol. He has written over 7 training manuals for traffic enforcement. He has spoken in Missouri and nationally on the DWI techniques and breath testing.
Gary W. Lowe retired from the University of Central Missouri in 2007, where he had been teaching Law Enforcement Training programs since 1981. Mr. Lowe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s Degree in Safety. Mr. Lowe has been an SFST Instructor since 1987, and was recertified at an approved NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor program in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1994.
Mr. Lowe was also certified as a Drug Abuse Recognition Expert in 1994, by the California Narcotic Officer’s Association in San Luis Obispo, California. Mr. Lowe has attended many of Missouri’s Drug Recognition Expert and DRE Instructor programs including the first ones conducted in Kansas City, MO, in 1993.
Throughout his career, Mr. Lowe’s focus has been in the area of Detecting Impaired Drivers. Mr. Lowe has conducted numerous training seminars, written curricula and workbooks for law enforcement concerning the issue of Impaired Driving. During his career, Mr. Lowe has certified more than three thousand (3500) Law Enforcement SFST Practitioners, in the proper administration and scoring of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, and has certified more than five hundred (500) SFST Practitioners as Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructors.
Mr. Lowe was responsible for the development and implementation of the initial SFST Practitioner and Instructor Recertification programs used in Missouri. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Lowe served as Chairman of the Missouri DWI Task Force Committee, and served as Missouri’s State SFST Coordinator. Mr. Lowe continues to actively train SFST Practitioners in Impairment Detection, Drugs That Impair Driving, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Police Driving, as well as Police Driver Instructor training at the Metropolitan Community College-Blue River Public Safety Institute, in Independence, MO.
John M. Lynch is a former law-enforcement officer who now runs a growing law practice with locations in greater St. Louis area. Mr. Lynch’s law enforcement experiences is comprised of several years working as a police investigator and federal drug task force agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration. This experience, paired with his legal degree from St. Louis University School of Law, allows Mr. Lynch to provide a unique and candid perspective for people charged with a full range of criminal activities. His practice includes federal criminal defense, DUI/DWI defense, drug possession defense and white-collar crime defense. In this capacity, Mr. Lynch has secured acquittals in a multitude of criminal trials throughout the country where he routinely appears in courts coast to coast.
Mr. Lynch now serves as a featured legal commentator in radio and television where appeared on many newscasts as an expert on various legal topics, including the Ferguson, Missouri riots, terrorism, gun laws and a host of other legal topics with regional and national implications. Mr. Lynch has also been a featured speaker at many universities regarding gun ownership rights, women’s rights and the associated legislative process, and a host of topics involving trial practice and other criminal defense topics. He has also lectured for the Missouri Bar, Lorman Education Services, MACDL, The Missouri Bar, Washington and Lindenwood Universities and other organizations on a wide-array of topics including constitutional law - search and seizure, cross examination, community policing, federal and state drug laws, and methamphetamine/drug production. Mr. Lynch concentrates in the areas of Federal and State Criminal Defense, Misdemeanor, Traffic/DWI and General Civil Litigation. With prior law enforcement experience as a police investigator and federal drug task force agent, Mr. Lynch provides a unique and candid legal perspective for those charged with the full myriad of criminal activities; from the inherently complex felony such as a white-collar offense or criminal drug conspiracy, to routine traffic offenses and other ordinance violations.
The judiciary and peers recognize attorney Lynch for his excellent legal guidance. Other attorneys routinely call upon him to assist with tough criminal cases. His legal proficiency is demonstrated not only by his record of case success but also by the recognition that he has gained from his peers in Super Lawyers, Best St. Louis Attorneys, Rising Star in Missouri, Rising Star in Kansas, Top 100 Trial Lawyers and AV Preeminent Lawyer Rating. Attorney Lynch has a record replete with unparalleled success and is often requested to lecture about criminal defense topics such as federal crimes, cross examination, white collar crimes, DWI-DUI, drug investigation, corporate defense. Attorney Lynch is routinely called upon by the media to discuss a variety of criminal defense topics.
Travis Noble concentrates in the areas of DWI, federal and state drug charges and other felonies. He served as a police officer from 1985 until 1990 and a narcotics agent from 1990 until 1995. He has instructed in the areas of Narcotics Investigations, Forensics, Criminal Investigations, Police K-9, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and DWI Investigations. As a result of ten years in law enforcement, he brings a unique outlook and background in the defense of persons charged with crimes. In addition to trying cases throughout the State of Missouri, he has represented defendants in both federal and state courts throughout the United States.
W. Michael Sharma-Crawford is an aggressive litigator and compassionate advocate of fairness in immigration law. As a former law enforcement officer, Michael has a deeper understanding of the challenges of immigration law enforcement, detainment issues and litigation. Michael frequently handles complex immigration proceedings where current statutes require greater experience and understanding.
Michael has instructed at the American Immigration Law Foundation Litigation Institute. He has also lectured about immigration law to the Johnson County Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, and Kansas and Missouri Public Defenders.
Michael has successfully argued before the Circuit Courts of Appeal. He has also been successful before the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Susan C. Sonnenberg earned a B.S. in Communications Management, cum laude, from Southwest Missouri State University in 1992. After a few years of work at a small business in her hometown of St. Louis, she enrolled at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, receiving her J.D. in 1997. After graduation from law school she clerked for the Honorable Albert A. Riederer, the Honorable Patricia Breckenridge, and the Honorable Harold L. Lowenstein, at the Missouri Court of Appeals – Western District. She then served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County, Missouri. She returned to the Court in 2005 as Staff Counsel. She remained in that position until July of 2017, when she was named the Court’s Clerk.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8
6:00 – 8:30 PM | Registration
8:00 – 10:00 PM | Opening Night Networking Reception
Each registrant will receive two complimentary drink tickets. Don’t miss this great opportunity to mingle with colleagues!
THURSDAY, JULY 9
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM | Registration & Exhibitors
7:30 – 9:15 AM | Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 AM | Opening Remarks
Planning Chair: Kimberly Benjamin
9:10 – 10:00 AM | PLENARY SESSION
Case Law Review
Speaker: Matthew D. Fry, Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry, St. Louis
Bring Your Case and Your Videos! Work your case with experts Travis B. Jones, TBJ, LLC, Moscow Mills and Gary W. Lowe, G.W. Lowe & Associates, LLC, Warrensburg
10:00 – 10:15 AM | Network with Exhibitors
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM | PLENARY SESSION
Using NHTSA Manuals to Cross LEOs
Speaker: Dave Cox, American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, Middleton, ID
12:10 – 12:30 PM | Lunch | Ticketed
12:30 – 1:20 PM | Luncheon Presentation
Ethics at Lunch: What You Need to Know about HIPAA in Your DWI Cases
Speaker: Maureen M. Brady, McShane & Brady, LLC, Kansas City
1:20 – 1:30 PM | Break
1:30 – 2:30 PM | BREAKOUT SESSION
CRIMINAL | Everything I Wish I’d Known About DWIs When I was a Public Defender
Speaker: N. Craig Napier, Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center at the Benjamin Law Firm, Kansas City & Belton
DOR BASICS | Administrative Hearings
Speaker: Tory D. Bernsen, Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Clayton
IMMIGRATION | Immigration Issues all DWI Lawyers Should Know
Speaker: W. Michael Sharma-Crawford, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law, Kansas City
2:30 – 2:45 PM | Network with Exhibitors
2:45 – 3:45 PM | BREAKOUT SESSION
CRIMINAL | How to Win a DWI Case with a Motion to Suppress
Speaker: John M. Lynch, The Law Offices of John M. Lynch, LLC, St. Peters
DOR BASICS | Refusal Cases and Trials de Novo
Speaker: Christopher J. Zellers, Gabris Law LLC, St. Louis
IMMIGRATION | Even an SIS on a DWI Prevents Travel to Canada
Speaker: Marisa Feil, FWCanada, Montreal, Quebec
3:45 – 3:55 PM | Break
3:55 – 5:25 PM | PLENARY SESSION
50 Ways to Beat a Breath Alcohol Test
Speakers: William “Bubba” C. Head, Attorney at Law, Sandy Springs, GA
5:25 PM | Networking Reception
Each registrant will receive two complimentary drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
FRIDAY, JULY 10
7:00 AM – 5:30 PM | Registration
7:00 – 8:45 AM | Breakfast | Ticketed
7:30 AM – 3:50 PM | Exhibitors
8:30 – 8:35 AM | Announcements
Planning Chair: Kimberly Benjamin
8:35 – 10:35 AM | PLENARY SESSION
Why Blood Tests Cannot be Trusted to be Accurate: An Expert’s Perspective
Speaker: Carrie R. Valentine, PhD and Jimmie L. Valentine, PhD, Medical Pharmacology and Toxicology Consultants, Gulfport, MS
Bring Your Case and Your Videos! Work your case with experts Travis B. Jones and Gary W. Lowe
10:35 – 10:50 AM | Network with Exhibitors
10:50 – 11:50 AM | PLENARY SESSION
How to Keep the Blood Test & Breath Test Out of Evidence: Foundation Issues
Speakers: John M. Eccher, Eccher Law Group, St. Louis and Tory D. Bernsen
12:00 – 12:20 PM | Lunch | Ticketed
12:20 – 1:10 PM | Luncheon Presentation
Ethics at Lunch: How You Can Win Your DWI by Using a DOR Subpoena and Court Reporter at Your Administrative Hearings: Including the Ethics of Using a Subpoena
Speaker: Jason Heany, Dull & Heany, LLC, Clinton
1:10 – 1:20 PM | Break
1:20 – 2:10 PM | BREAKOUT SESSION
CRIMINAL | Court of Appeals Arguments | Part I
Speaker: Susan C. Sonnenberg, Clerk of the Court, Missouri Court of Appeals - Western District, Kansas City
DOR BASICS | Drafting Exceptional Findings of Fact & Conclusions of Law in Your DOR Cases
Speaker: John M. Eccher
2:10 – 3:10 PM | BREAKOUT SESSION
CRIMINAL | Court of Appeals Arguments | Part 2
Speaker: Susan C. Sonnenberg
DOR BASICS | Everything you Need to Know about CDL’s
Speaker: Kathleen Matthews, Attorney at Law, Kansas City
3:10 – 3:25 PM | Network with Exhibitors
3:25 – 4:15 PM | BREAKOUT SESSION
CRIMINAL | How to Effectively Talk to a Jury and Win Your Case Using the Methods of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
Speaker: Kimberly Benjamin
DOR BASICS | Everything You Must Know About BWIs: Sink or Swim
Speaker: Timothy R. Cisar, The Cisar Law Firm, PC, Lake Ozark
4:15 – 4:25 PM | Break
4:25 – 5:15 PM | PLENARY SESSION
Can’t Miss! Be Aware of Implicit Bias & Cultural Incompetency in Juries, Judges, Cops, Prosecutors, and YOU
Speaker: Travis L. Noble, Sindel Noble, St. Louis
5:15 PM | Adjourn
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