Co-sponsored by MoBarCLE and the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
(Exact times are subject to change)
8:00 – 8:05 AM | Welcome Message
President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Missouri Chapter: Alan E. Freed, Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC, St. Louis
8:05 – 9:05 AM | TBA
Speaker: James T. McLaren, Fellow, AAML, McLaren & Lee, Columbia, SC
9:05 – 9:20 AM | Break
9:20 – 10:20 AM | The Balancing Act: Advocating for Your Client using a Child-Centered Approach
Speaker: Ann E. Bauer, Fellow, AAML, The Center for Family Law, St. Louis
10:20 – 11:20 AM | Ethics/Professionalism
Speakers: Alisse C. Camazine, Fellow, AAML, and Bruce E. Friedman, Fellow, AAML, Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC, St. Louis
11:20 AM – 12:20 PM | Lunch Break
12:20 – 1:35 PM | Order in the Court! Ethical Advocacy: A View From the Bench
Moderators: Carla G. Holste, Fellow, AAML, Carson & Coil, PC, Jefferson City and Alan E. Freed, Fellow, AAML, Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC, St. Louis
Panelists: Commissioner Sherrill L. Rosen, Fellow, AAML, 16th Judicial Circuit, Independence; Judge Leslie M. Schneider, Boone County Courthouse, Columbia; Commissioner Susan S. Jensen, Fellow, AAML, Greene County Circuit Court, Springfield; and Judge Nicole S. Zellweger, St. Louis County Circuit Court, Clayton
1:35 – 2:35 PM | Pretrial Shenanigans
Speaker: Jonathan D. Marks, Fellow, AAML, The Marks Law Firm, LLC, St. Louis
2:35 – 2:50 PM | Break
2:50 – 3:50 PM | Best Practices, Evidence, and Shenanigans
Speakers: F. Richard Van Pelt, Fellow, AAML, Van Pelt & Van Pelt, PC, Springfield and Cary J. Mogerman, Carmody MacDonald, PC, St. Louis
3:50 – 4:20 PM | TBA
Speaker: John S. Pratt, Jr., Fellow, AAML, Attorney at Law, Springfield
4:20 PM | Adjourn
Alan Freed has represented clients in family law cases since 1983, focusing on a problem-solving approach to resolving family law issues, with an emphasis on mediation and collaborative practice, along with a substantial appellate practice. He has practiced with Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC, since its founding in 1994. Mr. Freed is co-author of “Missouri Appellate Practice” Vol. 24, 2nd, West Group. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is listed in "Best Lawyers in America" and "Missouri Kansas Super Lawyers." "Best Lawyers” named Mr. Freed “Lawyer of the Year” for St. Louis in 2013 and 2018 in the field of Collaborative Law: Family, in 2017 for Mediation, and in 2015 for Family Law Mediation. He was also selected as “Best Mediation Attorney” in a 2009 Missouri Lawyers Weekly poll. In 2009 Mr. Freed, with Alisse Camazine, wrote Divorce in Missouri, a practical layman's guide. Mr. Freed is a founding member of the Collaborative Family Law Association and is also a past president of Kids In the Middle. Mr. Freed is member of AFCC. He has presented in conferences, both locally and nationally, on family law and mediation topics. Mr. Freed has published numerous articles in his fields, is the author of the chapter on Mediation and Other Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the MoBar Family Law CLE Deskbook, and contributed a chapter titled “Mental Health and Financial Experts: Key Components of the Collaborative Process,” in "Understanding Collaborative Family Law" (Aspatore, 2011). From 2001 to 2016, he served as adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law, teaching Family Mediation.
Mr. Freed received his B. Mus. from Kent State University in 1974 and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1983.
Hon. Susan S. Jensen practiced family law in Springfield, Missouri for more than twenty years before being appointed as Family Court Commissioner, Division II, for Greene County in 2016. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She received the Missouri Bar Roger P. Krumm Family Law Award in 2014 and a Women’s Justice Award for Litigation Practitioner from Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly in 2012. Commissioner Jensen graduated from William Jewell College and the University of Iowa College Of Law.
Commissioner Sherrill L. Rosen was appointed Commissioner in 1994. She helped draft Missouri's adult abuse act and handled the constitutional challenge to it. She often served as a guardian ad litem. She received the KCMBA Moorhouse Dedication to Children award, and is a MOLW Women’s Justice Award winner.
Hon. Leslie Schneider, Associate Circuit Judge, Division X, was elected to the court in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. Division X handles all family law matters including juvenile, dissolution of marriage, adult abuse dockets. Judge Schneider serves as the administrative judge of the Family Court. Judge Schneider is a graduate of the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia.
Prior to election to the court, Judge Schneider was in private practice in Columbia with the law firm of Harper, Evans, Schneider and Netemeyer. Judge Schneider was previously Municipal Judge for the City of Columbia and an Assistant Attorney General. Judge Schneider is a founding member of the Elwood Thomas Inn of Court. She is a member of the Committee on Access to Family Courts and Family Court Committee. She has been an adjunct faculty the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law where she teaches family law. Judge Schneider's husband Tom is a practicing attorney in Columbia. They have two children and two grandchildren.
F. Richard Van Pelt is a shareholder of the Law Firm of Van Pelt & Van Pelt, P.C., in Springfield, Missouri. He is a graduate of Pittsburg State University (1980), and the University of Missouri, Columbia, School of Law (1983). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America each year since 2001. He was named Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Lawyer of the Year for Family Law, Springfield, MO. He received the 2015 Missouri Bar Roger P. Krum Family Law Practitioner of the Year Award. The law firm of Van Pelt & Van Pelt, PC, has been ranked Tier I each year since the designation was created by U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" for Family Law. He has been named a "Missouri Super Lawyer" each year since the designation was created. He is the Missouri Delegate to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a former President of the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. He has lectured for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a frequent lecturer for the Missouri Bar and other CLE programs. He is a Trustee of the Board of Trustees of the Pittsburg State University Foundation.
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