Co-sponsored by MoBarCLE and the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Speaker: Alan E. Freed, President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Missouri Chapter, Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC, St. Louis
Ten More Things I Wish I Knew Thirty Years Ago: A Master’s “Master Class” on Professionalism
Speakers: James T. McLaren, Fellow AAML, McLaren and Lee, Columbia, SC; Richard G. Whiting, Fellow AAML, Law Offices of Richard G. Whiting, PA, Columbia, SC
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
Ethics: Have You Read the Rules Lately?
Speakers: Alisse C. Camazine, Fellow, AAML; Bruce E. Friedman, Fellow, AAML, Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC, St. Louis
Order in the Court! Ethical Advocacy: A View From the Bench
Moderators: Carla G. Holste, Fellow, AAML, Carson & Coil, PC, Jefferson City; Alan E. Freed
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
Speaker: Jonathan D. Marks, Fellow, AAML, The Marks Law Firm, LLC, St. Louis; Hon. Douglas Beach (ret.), 21st Judicial Circuit, St. Louis
Best Practices, Evidence, & Shenanigans
Speakers: F. Richard Van Pelt, Fellow, AAML, Van Pelt & Van Pelt, PC, Springfield; Cary J. Mogerman, Carmody MacDonald, PC, St. Louis
Pivoting, Spitting, Belting & Perspectives
Speaker: John S. Pratt, Jr., Fellow, AAML, Attorney at Law, Springfield
Note: This material qualifies for self-study credit only. Pursuant to Regulation 15.04.5, a lawyer may receive up to six hours of self-study credit in a reporting year. Self-study programs do not qualify for GAL Certification, ethics, elimination of bias or Kansas credit.
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A past chair of The Missouri Bar Family Law Section, Ann served many years on the conference planning committee. She was honored with the Roger Krumm award in 2013. She provides many hours of volunteer service each year to Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and family law related committees.
Judge Douglas R. Beach was appointed Associate Circuit Court Judge for St. Louis County Missouri in 2005 and appointed to the Circuit Court by Governor Jay Nixon in 2010. Judge Beach was assigned to the Family Court since he was appointed to the bench in 2005. He was elected Presiding Judge 2017. He was an incorporator of the City of Chesterfield in 1988 and served as the City Attorney for 17½ years before his appointment to the bench. Judge Beach received his law degree from New England School of Law (Cum Laude) in 1973. He retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel where he served as Judge Advocate.
Alisse is a member of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She co-authored the book, Divorce in Missouri. Alisse is listed in Best Lawyers of America and in Superlawyers as one of the Top Ten Lawyers in Missouri/Kansas. She lectures extensively on divorce topics including property custody, mental illness and addiction.
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.
Bruce Friedman is with Paule, & Blumenthal and practices in the area family law, and the preparation of prenuptial agreements. He has authored The Missouri Bar Family Law on prenuptial agreements. He is a Fellow in the AAML, and has been listed annually in Best Lawyers since 2003.
Carla Holste practices primarily in the areas of family law, mediation, and employment law. She served as the chair of the Family Law Section of the Missouri Bar from 2005-2007 and currently serves as the chair of the legislative subcommittee for that section. Ms. Holste has written articles for the Missouri Bar’s Continuing Legal Education series on child support and maintenance and has spoken at various seminars on topics addressing family law. Ms. Holste received the Family Law Practitioner of the Year Award in 2006. Ms. Holste represents both employees and employers in the area of employment discrimination. The case of Kimzey v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.107 F.3d 568 (8th Cir.1997) was her most notable case as the jury awarded punitive damages to Ms. Holste’s client in the amount of $50 million. Ms. Holste has served on the Federal Practice Committee for the United States District Court, Western District of Missouri.
Ms. Holste is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, has been named to the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and is listed in Best Lawyers in America.
The Honorable Susan S. Jensen practiced family law in Springfield 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. Commissioner Jensen graduated from William Jewell College and the University of Iowa College Of Law.
St. Louis family law attorney Jonathan Marks received his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1993 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1997. Jonathan is admitted to practice in the State of Missouri, the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit.
Jonathan D. Marks received the AV Preeminent Rating from the world’s most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards; has been designated as a Super Lawyer by Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013 and was previously designated as a Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2008 through 2011; and was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of Missouri’s Up & Coming Lawyers in 2008.
Jonathan is a member of The Missouri Bar, The Illinois State Bar Association, The American Bar Association, The First Amendment Lawyers Association, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and The St. Louis County Bar Association.
James T. McLaren maintains a statewide family law practice emphasizing complex marital litigation in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a partner in the law firm of McLaren & Lee. He has served the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in various capacities since becoming a Fellow, including National President in 2015. He received the AAML Fellow of the Year from the Academy in 2007 and the AAML Professionalism Award in 2020. He serves on various Academy Committees. He has served on the Board of the AAML Foundation, where he currently serves on the Advisory Board. For the South Carolina Chapter of the Academy, he has served as President and National Delegate. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers and currently serves on the Executive Committee. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. He is currently the South Carolina Chapter President for the International Network of Boutique Law Firms. He currently serves on the South Carolina Bar Family Law Council and was appointed to the President’s Task Force on Alimony. Mr. McLaren has been named in the Best Lawyers in America, Family Law Designation, since 1993, received an “AV” designation from Martindale Hubbell since 1996, and has been named in the South Carolina Super Lawyers publication since 2008. He is a contributing author to the South Carolina Equitable Apportionment Act (§20-7-741, et. seq., S.C. Code of Laws) and the South Carolina Alimony Statute (§20-3-130, South Carolina Code of Laws). Mr. McLaren received his undergraduate degree (1973) from the University of South Carolina and Juris Doctorate degree (1976) from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He was admitted to practice in 1976 and has maintained a private practice in Columbia, South Carolina since that time. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, U.S. District Court, South Carolina District, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a frequent speaker on various family law topics for the South Carolina Bar, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, American Bar Association, South Carolina Association for Justice and Mandatory Judicial and Continuing Legal Education Seminars. He has been a faculty member of the ABA/NITA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, offered annually in Boulder, Colorado.
Cary J. Mogerman (JD 1985) is a shareholder of Carmody MacDonald, P.C. in St. Louis. He is a Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and its President-Elect, as well as a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers and Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.
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 was the Missouri Delegate to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for seven years. He is a former President of the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a member of The Missouri Bar 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.
Dick Whiting graduated from Presbyterian College in 1972. Upon his graduation from PC, Dick returned to his hometown of Miami, Florida and entered the international shipping business. He received his Master’s in Business Administration from Florida International University in 1980 and returned to South Carolina that same year. Dick graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in December of 1982. Since his graduation from law school, Dick has practiced primarily in the area of Family Law and Federal and State “Wiretap” Law.
Dick has held various offices with the Family Law Section Council of the South Carolina Bar (including now being a past president) and currently serves in the House of Delegates. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Dick’s practice continues to emphasize Family Law and Electronic Communication Privacy Law. He has been a speaker on numerous Continuing Legal Education Seminars and other forums including presentations at the newly elected Judges’ orientation school, to private investigators, and to other groups interested with privacy issues.
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