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2020 Solo & Small Firm Conference

Practice Area:
Business & Corporate |  Ethics |  Family |  GAL |  General Practice |  Juvenile |  Practice Management / Technology |  Real Property |  Trusts, Estate Planning & Probate
Access for 1 year(s) after program date.


Join us for the 2020 MOSOLO Small Firm Conference!
Virtual Conference | August 19-21, 2020

While we are all experiencing first-hand the disruption known as COVID-19, through it all, our ultimate goal is to provide quality CLE programing while ensuring the safety of our members. We are happy that with the hard work and support of our conference planning committee, speakers and staff, we are able to still offer a way for you to learn from your peers even during these difficult times. Agenda will be coming soon, we hope you can join us!

Garnett Matthews-Campbell
Director of Membership Services & CLE
The Missouri Bar

Karolin S. Walker
Chair, Missouri Solo and Small Firm Committee
The Walker Law Firm LLC


Melinda Bentley's Profile

Melinda Bentley Related seminars and products: 8

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. 

Martha Brown's Profile

Martha Brown Related seminars and products: 3

Martha C. Brown & Associates LLC

Martha C. Brown has been practicing in the field of Elder Law and Special Needs for over 30 years and is a Certified Elder Law Attorney as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation. Her firm, Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC concentrates on the unique legal needs of the elderly, people with disabilities and the families who care for them. Ms. Brown is active in various committees and associations as well as receiving numerous awards for her work with the elderly and people with disabilities. She has been designated a "Super Lawyer" every year since 2006 and named "Best Lawyer in America" every year since 2013. Ms. Brown has completed advanced training to become certified as a Mediator in the areas of Adult Guardianship and Eldercare from Zena D. Zumeta, J.D., a nationally known expert in the area of Elder Mediation.

Anne Chambers's Profile

Anne Chambers Related seminars and products: 3

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.

Morry Cole Related seminars and products: 1

Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C.

Brennan Delaney's Profile

Brennan Delaney Related seminars and products: 3

Langdon and Emison

Brennan Delaney's practice for the past 8 years has focused on representing clients who have suffered a catastrophic injury or lost a loved one. Prior to that, he spent four years as law clerk - two for Circuit Court Judge Michael Manners and two for Missouri Supreme Court Judge Zel Fischer.

John Eccher's Profile

John Eccher Related seminars and products: 4

Eccher Law Group

John M. Eccher is a trial attorney at the Eccher Law Group. Mr. Eccher devotes a large amount of his practice to protecting the rights of employees in various capacities, including prosecution of discrimination/retaliation/other employment-related claims, severance negotiations, etc. Mr. Eccher's judgments/settlement in such cases total in excess of $10,000,000.00.


Susan Eckles Related seminars and products: 1

Missouri Protection & Advocacy Services

Emily Fowler Related seminars and products: 1


Division of Workers' Compensation

Ernesto Gapasin Related seminars and products: 1


Worsham & Gapasin, LLC

Heather Hardinger Related seminars and products: 3

The Meyers Law Firm

Heather Hardinger focuses her practice on Plaintiff’s employment discrimination, wage theft, and civil rights violations. Heather is a graduate of the Missouri Bar’s Leadership Academy and a Vice Chair for the MOSOLO Small Firm Conference Planning Committee. Since 2016, Heather has been named a Super Lawyers® Missouri & Kansas “Rising Star”.

Venus Harry Related seminars and products: 1

The Law Offices of Venus V. Harry, LLC

Jason Iezzi Related seminars and products: 1

Boyd, Kenter, Thomas & Parrish LLC

Andrea Martinez Related seminars and products: 1

Martinez Immigration Law, LLC

Timothy McCurdy's Profile

Timothy McCurdy Related seminars and products: 1

Lashly & Baer, P.C.

Tim McCurdy practices trusts and estates litigation and elder law at Lashly & Baer, P.C. in St. Louis. Tim pursues and defends claims of undue influence and diminished capacity. As an elder law attorney, Tim helps seniors protect their life savings while ensuring access to the care they need.


T. Nikki Mitchell's Profile

T. Nikki Mitchell Related seminars and products: 1

Martha C. Brown & Associates

Nikki Mitchell is a partner at Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC. Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC concentrates on the unique legal needs of the elderly, people with disabilities and the families who care for them. Ms. Mitchell works in all areas of elder law for the firm. She is committed to helping clients in need and guiding them through difficult legal processes with compassion. She understands how overwhelming the situations facing her clients can be and strives to make each one feel heard and understood. Ms. Mitchell is regularly invited to speak at many local and national Elder Law conferences and symposiums. 


Alan Pratzel's Profile

Alan Pratzel Related seminars and products: 2

Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel

Alan Pratzel was appointed as the Chief Disciplinary Counsel by the Supreme Court of Missouri in April 2007. In his position with the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Mr. Pratzel oversees the investigation and disposition of all complaints against lawyers in the State of Missouri. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Pratzel served for twenty-two years as a Special Representative for the Region X and XI Disciplinary Committees in St. Louis. Mr. Pratzel is also an adjunct professor of ethics at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Sara Rittman's Profile

Sara Rittman Related seminars and products: 2

Attorney General's Office

Sara Rittman is an Assistant Attorney General, unit leader, and serves on the office's Professional Responsibility Committee. She practiced legal ethics and attorney discipline law for 26 years, including private practice, as Missouri's first Legal Ethics Counsel, and at OCDC. She was an AAG from 1981-1993 in the licensing unit. 

Christopher Roberts's Profile

Christopher Roberts Related seminars and products: 4

Butsch Roberts and Associates LLC

Mr. Christopher E. Roberts is a partner at Butsch Roberts & Associates, LLC. Mr. Roberts’ practice focuses on consumer class action litigation, personal injury litigation and business litigation. Mr. Roberts has successfully tried and defended numerous cases in Missouri and Illinois. Mr. Roberts’ goal is to provide his clients with forward-thinking, yet cost-effective litigation strategies.


In law school, Mr. Roberts served as an editor for the UMKC Law Review and as a staff member for The Urban Lawyer. Mr. Roberts also received academic honors and the Candler S. Rogers Writing Award for the most outstanding piece of legal writing submitted to the UMKC Law Review.


At the University of Kansas, Mr. Roberts was a member of the football team and received academic honors.


In his free time, Mr. Roberts enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters and watching college basketball.

Steven Sanders Related seminars and products: 1

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC

Leslie Schneider Related seminars and products: 2


Boone County Courthouse

Gary Stamper Related seminars and products: 2

Walther, Antel & Stamper PC

James Weyand's Profile

James Weyand Related seminars and products: 1

10th Circuit Juvenile Office

Robert Wise's Profile

Robert Wise Related seminars and products: 1

Attorney At Law

Robert J. Wise has practiced law in Missouri since 1975 when he graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School. He specializes in representing rental property owners and managers. He is a frequent speaker to property owners and attorneys on landlord-tenant law, collections, Fair Housing, and related areas and has spoken to Solo & Small firm regarding operating a law office from home. From 1999-2003 he was the executive director of the Missouri Apartment Association. He also currently serves as the executive director of Mid-America Crime Free which educates landlords and managers about crime prevention in rental housing.

Michael Wood Related seminars and products: 1

Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

Melissa Young Related seminars and products: 1

Melissa Buckman Young, Attorney at Law, L.L.C.

Schedule at a Glance

WED | AUG 19

The Bar Plan Risk Management Program | 8:00 - 9:50 AM

BREAKOUT SESSION 1 | 10:00 - 10:50 AM

  • Advanced GAL: Practice for GAL & Parent's Attorneys in Juvenile Court
  • Estate Planning for Guardianship, Conservatorships & Special Needs Trusts
  • How to Interject Reasonable Doubt Into Your Criminal Case
  • Arbitration Laws, Clauses, & Hearing Fundamentals
  • Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claims
  • How to Make Your Paralegal an Indispensable & Valuable Member of Your Team

BREAKOUT SESSION 2 | 11:05 - 11:55 AM

  • Advanced GAL: Reports, Written, Verbal or Both? How to Convey Your Findings to the Court
  • Boot Camp: Setting up a Solo or Small Firm Practice
  • Mom is Going into a Nursing Home - Tomorrow!: An Introduction to Medicaid Crises Planning for Nursing Home Benefits.
  • Insurance Bad Faith: An Overview for the Solo & Small Firm Lawyer.
  • So You Want to Sue/Represent the City? The Sovereign & Official Immunity Doctrines in Missouri
  • Current Trends in Legal Ethics: A Conversation with the Chief Disciplinary Counsel

LUNCH | 11:55 AM – 1:15 PM

PLENARY | 1:15 - 2:15 PM

Living Through Living Undocumented: How Our Small Immigration Firm Navigated a Documentary

BREAKOUT SESSION 3 | 2:30 - 3:20 PM

  • Advanced GAL: Teens and GALs - How to Navigate Teens' Wishes v. Their Best Interest
  • Boot Camp: Getting Clients
  • Setting Up a Compliant Proof Client File
  • How to Draft a Rock Solid Indemnification Provision
  • International Issues in Hometown Litigation: Service Abroad & Foreign Evidence Taking

BREAKOUT SESSION 4 | 3:35 - 4:25 PM

  • Advanced GAL: Home Visits - When to Do Them & What to Look Form During a Home Visit
  • Boot Camp: Keeping Clients
  • Online Reviews: Don't Ignore the Elephant
  • From Intake to Trial: Fundamentals of a Will & Trust Contest
  • Sentences: Sense & Sensibility
  • Valuing a Case for Mediation
  • Give me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Parent: Implicit Bias in Abuse & Neglect Cases


THU | AUG 20

CLE@Sunrise | 7:00 - 8:10 AM

Topics include:

  • Direct Examination of Expert Witness
  • What to Look for in a Possible Nursing Home Case
  • Learning to Trust Your Accountant: 5 Tips for Worry Free IOLTA Accounting
  • 5 Tips to Successfully Delegate & Get More Done
  • Practicing from a Home Office
  • Offline Marketing Tactics

BREAKOUT SESSION 5 | 8:25 - 9:35 AM

  • Boot Camp: Charging, Collecting & Managing Money
  • Digital Detox
  • Three Things You Probably Don't Know About Contract Drafting, but Should
  • Ricki, Please Lose My Number: Helping Clients Use the TCPA & FDCPA to Fight Annoying Robocalls & Text Messages
  • How Not to be in the News: Practical Considerations for E-Discovery, Cyber-Security, & Data Privacy
  • I Wish I Would Have Planned for this the Ethics of Planning for Disasters Large and Small

BREAKOUT SESSION 6 | 9:50 - 11:00 AM

  • Trial Presentation Technology
  • Pardon, Your Slip is Showing
  • Online Marketing in Legalese: Geek Speaks Your Language
  • Best Discovery Practices in Family Law
  • 5 Reasons Lawyers Make Bad Business Owners - And How Technology Can Help You Be Better

LUNCH | 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM

BREAKOUT SESSION 7 | 12:20 - 1:30 PM

  • How to Manage your Workload & Get Organized - Essentials of Email & Task Management
  • 5 Things You Should Know about Allocating Risk in a Contract
  • Maximizing the Value of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
  • Nuts & Bolts of Eviction & Missouri Landlord-Tenant Practice
  • Workers' Compensation General
  • Fastcase Training - Basic

BREAKOUT SESSION 8 | 1:45 - 2:55 PM

  • Fight the Paper! Steps to Reduce Paper & Get Your Electronic Fields Organized
  • Rethinking Diversity: Knowledge Challenges & Ethical Dilemmas
  • Juvenile Law 101
  • Forms & Formalities: What You Need to Know About Living Wills, Trusts, & DPOAs
  • Prepare to Win: Practical Tips & Strategies for Preparing a Client to Survive Even the Toughest Deposition
  • Fastcase Training - Advanced

BREAKOUT SESSION 9 | 3:10 - 4:20 PM

  • The ABC's of DWI
  • 50 Legal Tech Tips, Gadgets, Apps & Websites in 70 Minutes
  • Far & Away: Addressing Issues of Children with Illegal & Legal Immigrant Parents
  • Defense Perspectives: Strategies for Successfully Handling & Valuing a Civil Case
  • Business Valuations 101: Beyond Your Neighborhood CPA


FRI | AUG 21

CLE@Sunrise | 7:00 - 8:10 AM

Topics include:

  • Traffic Tickets
  • Least Restrictive Alternatives: What are They & Where Do I Find Them
  • The Ethics of Solicitation
  • Legal Blogging 101: How to Attract Clients & Thrive

BREAKOUT SESSION 10 | 8:25 - 9:35 AM

  • Lemon-Aid: How State & Federal Laws Protect Missouri Consumers
  • Dump Overwhelm . . . And Give Yourself a Raise
  • Heavy Apps
  • The Basics of Employee Whisteblower Claims
  • Child Custody During a National Crisis

BREAKOUT SESSION 11 | 9:50 - 11:00 AM

  • Ethics in the Movies - The Sequel
  • Warren Buffet's Rules on Running Your Law Firm
  • 20 Family Forms in 70 Minutes

CLOSING PLENARY | 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

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 August 11, 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 August 11, 2020.  You will have access to electronic course materials.



Thank you to our generous scholarship sponsors.

Application Deadline | July 1, 2020
Recipient Notification | July 17, 2020
***Unless otherwise noted


  • Covers registration fee for the 2020 MOSOLO Small Firm Conference
  • Applicant requirements:
    • Solo or small firm practitioner.
    • Open to new and past attendees.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need


Provided by The Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City Foundation


DEADLINE: 45 days before the date of the first day of the event

Provided through the Clay County Bar Foundation

  • Covers registration fee for the 2020 MOSOLO Small Firm Conference
  • Applicant Requirements: Applicant must practice in the Kansas City area

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

Essay contest sponsored by the Law Office of Mike Campbell, LLC.

  • Covers registration fee for the 2020 MOSOLO Small Firm Conference
  • Applicant Requirements:
    • Attorney in good standing with The Missouri Bar
    • Law practice of three or less practicing attorneys
    • Applicants must submit an essay on the following topic: What advice would you give to a law student thinking about starting his/her own law firm?



Limited funds are available through the MoBarCLE Programs Department for those in need of financial assistance to attend the MOSOLO Small Firm Conference. If you are not able to attend without a registration fee waiver or a reduced registration fee, you may submit a completed application.


DEADLINE: July 1, 2020

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