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2020 Missouri Lawyers' Assistance Conference

Total Credits: 5.9 MCLE, 5.9 Ethics, 5.5 Kansas Credit, 5.5 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Ethics |  Lawyer Well-being
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Presented by | The Missouri Lawyers’ Assistance Program
In cooperation with | The Lawyers’ Assistance Committee of The Missouri Bar.
Sponsored by | The Missouri Bar, The Bar Plan and The Missouri Bar Foundation

Speaker: John Gunn, The Gunn Law Firm, 2020-2021 President of The Missouri Bar


Speakers:  Larry V. Swall
, JD and Simone A. Haberstock, JD

Speaker:  Anne Chambers
, LCSW, Missouri Lawyers’ Assistance Program Director

11:42 AM - 12:42 PM | LUNCH BREAK

Speaker: Laurie Besden, Esq., Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by The Bar Plan

1:33 - 1:43 PM | BREAK

Speaker:  John Gunn
, The Gunn Law Firm, 2020-2021 President of The Missouri Bar

Speaker:  Hugh F. O’Donnell III
, JD, Intervention Committee Chair, Attorney and Mediator

3:12 - 3:27 PM | BREAK

Speaker:  Anne Chambers

Moderators: Link Schrader, Law Office of Link W. Schrader, Lee's Summit and Anne Chambers



Laurie Besden's Profile

Laurie Besden Related seminars and products: 1

LCL-PA, Inc.

Laurie Besden is the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. (LCL PA). She served as its Deputy Executive Director, overseeing its Helpline operations, serving as primary contact for intervention requests, expanding its law school outreach, and increasing LCL PA’s presence within the organized bench and bar, from 2011-2015. After becoming LCL PA’s Executive Director in 2015, Laurie continued to serve in most of these capacities and assumed responsibility for the organization’s administrative and financial operations, as well as its judges’ assistance program (Judges Concerned for Judges).

Laurie is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania (1999) and New Jersey (1999). She practiced law from 1999 through 2001 and 2009-2011 in several capacities including:

· Attorney-at-law (general civil and criminal practice), East Norriton, PA
· Law Clerk (Pennsylvania Superior Court), Philadelphia, PA
· Law Clerk (Philadelphia Municipal Court), Philadelphia, PA

She received her B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1995) and her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University (1999).

Laurie was the 2015 recipient of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Henry Stuckert Miller Award for her dedication to public service in the legal profession and the 2019 recipient of Caron’s Legal Professional/Uniformed Public Service Award for the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Anne Chambers's Profile

Anne Chambers Related seminars and products: 2

Lawyers' Assistance Director

The Missouri Bar

Anne Chambers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has served as the Director of the Missouri Lawyers’ Assistance Program since 2012. Anne speaks about conquering procrastination, burnout and compassion fatigue, work-life balance and substance and mental health concerns in the legal profession. She resides with her family in Columbia.

John Gunn's Profile

John Gunn Related seminars and products: 2

The Gunn Law Firm, P.C.

John Gunn practices with Gunn Law Firm PC in St. Louis and is the 2020-2021 President of The Missouri Bar.

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.


Hugh O'Donnell's Profile

Hugh O'Donnell Related seminars and products: 1

Attorney at Law and Mediator

Hugh O'Donnell practices family law with his own firm in Kansas City. He has mediated thousands of family law cases over the past 20+ years, and introduced collaborative divorce to Missouri and Kansas family lawyers. He is chairman of the Missouri Bar Intervention Committee, established by Supreme Court Rule 16.

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.


Fri, Dec 18, 2020 - 09:30am to 03:54pm CST
Fri, Jan 08, 2021 - 09:30am to 03:54pm CST


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