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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
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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

Faculty




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 Brown practices law in the field of Elder Law and Special Needs and is a Certified Elder Law Attorney. Her firm concentrates on the legal needs of the elderly and people with disabilities. She is active in various associations and has received numerous awards for her work.







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.


Julia Chaney-Faughn's Profile

Julia Chaney-Faughn Related seminars and products: 1

Cruse Chaney-Faughn, P.C.


Julia Chaney-Faughn is a member of both Missouri and Illinois Bar and a partner in the firm of Cruse Chaney-Faughn, P.C.

She has been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts of Missouri and was the Tenth Circuit Judicial Bar Association Secretary in 2008-09 as well as previous Board Member of AVENUES. Julia has presented at the Missouri Solo and Small Firm Conference. Julia taught k-12, public school music prior to attending law school. She is active with her family, church, gardening and farm related activities in her spare time.


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

Honorable

Division of Workers' Compensation



Ernesto Gapasin Related seminars and products: 1

Attorney

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 Mitchel is a partner at Martha C. Brown & Associates. The firm concentrates on the legal needs of the elderly and people with disabilities. She is committed to helping clients in need and guiding them through difficult legal processes. She regularly speaks at local and national Elder Law conferences.







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

Honorable

Boone County Courthouse




Gary Stamper Related seminars and products: 2

Walther, Antel & Stamper PC


Laurel Stevenson Related seminars and products: 1

Director Elect, Federal District Court


Chad Stewart's Profile

Chad Stewart Related seminars and products: 1

Edelman & Thompson, LLC


Prior to joining Edelman & Thompson, Chad served as an attorney in the civil litigation unit for the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Legal Department for over ten years. During his time with the City, Chad gained invaluable experience litigating personal injury, motor vehicle collision, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, and premises liability cases. He has practiced in both state and federal courts, the Missouri Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Chad obtained his B.S.E. in English from Missouri State University in 1997 and his law degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law in 2002. Chad lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife, Heather, and their three dogs: Balto, Sophie, and Rocky.

 

 






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.


Craig Ritchie's Profile

Craig Ritchie Related seminars and products: 2

Ritchie, Soper & Schutt LLC


Craig D. Ritchie is a partner with the domestic litigation firm of Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, with offices in St. Joseph, Liberty, Plattsburg and Columbia, Missouri. Mr. Ritchie graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia with his JD in 1989. There he served on the editorial board of the Missouri Law Review. His practice is limited almost exclusively to family law litigation. He previously served as an adjunct professor at Missouri Western State University where he taught Family Law and other classes in the legal studies program. He and his wife, Tracy, reside in Columbia, Missouri.


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

2020 SOLO & SMALL FIRM CONFERENCE REGISTRATION CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY

  •  All cancellation and refund requests must be in writing to registrar@mobar.org
     
  •  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.

Scholarships

2020 MOSOLO SMALL FIRM CONFERENCE

Thank you to our generous scholarship sponsors.

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


MOBARCLE | MOBAR LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

  • 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

APPLICATION: MOBARCLE | MOBAR SCHOLARSHIPS


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

APPLICATION & DETAILS: AWLF SCHOLARSHIP

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


CLAY COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
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

SUBMIT APPLICATION LETTERS TO: 
Douglass F. Noland
Noland Law Firm, LLC
34 Westwoods Drive
Liberty, Missouri 64068
816-781-5055 / fax 816-781-5216
Email: doug@nolandlawfirm.com


EDWARD "ED" CAMPBELL SCHOLARSHIP
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?

APPLICATION & DETAILS: ED CAMPBELL SCHOLARSHIP


MOBARCLE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP ASSISTANCE

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.

MOBARCLE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP APPLICATION

DEADLINE: July 1, 2020

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