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2021 Annual Family Law Conference

Total Credits: 16.6 MCLE, 6.3 Ethics, 1.2 Elimination of Bias, 16.0 Kansas Credit, 2.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Elimination of Bias |  Ethics |  Family |  GAL |  Juvenile



21st Annual Family Law Conference!
Virtual Conference | August 4-6, 2021

The 21st Annual Family Law Conference is coming to you! Attend from the comfort of your office or home. Quality CLE programming delivered by our knowledgeable faculty of attorneys, judicial panels, and industry experts.

Shannon Grisham, Co-Chair, Family Law Conference Planning Committee
Chad Courtney, Co-Chair, Family Law Conference Planning Committee



Seth Albin's Profile

Seth Albin Related seminars and products

Summers Compton Wells, LLC

Seth Albin is a member of the law firm of Summers Compton Wells, LLC, where he focuses his practice on the areas of Bankruptcy, including representing individuals and businesses, Creditor’s Rights, Family Law, Enforcement and Collection of Judgments Secured Transactions, Arbitration, and Litigation. Seth currently serves as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Panel Trustee, a Chapter 12 Bankruptcy Panel Trustee and a Subchapter V Trustee for the Eastern District of Missouri as well as a panel arbitrator for United States Arbitration and Mediation. Seth has served as a Receiver, Special Master and as a Guardian Ad Litem in civil and domestic cases. Seth also volunteers for the St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court as a Special Prosecutor. Seth has lectured on topics such as the intersection of Bankruptcy and Family Law, Bankruptcy and Civil Litigation, Receiverships, Adoption, Enforcement and Collection of Judgments, Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and Arbitration Clauses in Commercial Transactions and is the co-author of Chapter 4 of the Missouri Bar Bankruptcy Practice Deskbook.

Katherine Badertscher's Profile

Katherine Badertscher Related seminars and products

Midwest Divorce Management,

As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®?, Katherine opened Midwest Divorce Management, Inc. to help clients understand the financial inputs needed to make settlement decisions for their divorce. Trained in interdisciplinary collaborative divorce as a financial neutral, Katherine is an educator, facilitator, and financial counselor for the family during collaborative divorce.

Susan Block's Profile

Susan Block Related seminars and products

Paule, Camazine and Blumenthal, PC

Susan E. Block, Attorney, Paule Camazine & Blumenthal, returned to the practice of law in 2004 after 25 years of judicial service in St. Louis County. She was one of the first judges to hear adult abuse cases in 1979. 
She frequently represents petitioners and respondents in adult abuse hearings. 


Nicole Bridges Follmer's Profile

Nicole Bridges Follmer Related seminars and products

Office of the Missouri Attorney General

Nicole Follmer currently serves as Deputy Chief Counsel of the Financial Services Section at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office (AGO). Nicole has been with the AGO since 2013 and has served as Assistant Attorney General and Unit Leader of the Child Support Unit, and has extensive child support experience. 

Martha Brown's Profile

Martha Brown Related seminars and products

Mitchell, Brown & Associates LLC

Martha Brown is a Certified Elder Law Attorney. Her firm, Mitchell, Brown & Associates concentrates on the unique legal needs of the elderly and individuals with disabilities. She is active in various committees and associations as well as receiving numerous awards for her work with the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

Jennifer Brown's Profile

Jennifer Brown Related seminars and products

Oswald Rew LLC

Jennifer practices primarily in the area of Family Law, including an extensive Guardian ad Litem and mediation emphases. After growing up in Blue Springs, Jennifer currently resides in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with her husband and three children. While attending law school, Jennifer served as secretary of the UMKC Student Bar Association.

Prior to joining Oswald Roam & Rew LLC, Jennifer worked for over two years as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Michael W. Manners in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. During her clerkship, she gained invaluable experience and knowledge in handling various dockets, specifically domestic, criminal, and civil rotations.

Alisse Camazine's Profile

Alisse Camazine Related seminars and products

Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C.

In her over 40 years of practice, Alisse Camazine has become one of the leading family law practitioners in the St. Louis area. 
She has been listed in Best Lawyers in the area of Family Law since 1993. She became a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1988 and has been certified as an arbitrator by the Academy. She received the Women’s Justice Award for Trial Practice from Lawyers Media in April 2009, recognizing women who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice, and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and furthering the highest ideals of the legal profession. She is ranked annually by St. Louis Magazine as one of St. Louis’s “Top Lawyers” for Family Law. Since 2005, she has been listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers which, in 2018, named her one of the Top 10 Missouri & Kansas Lawyers. Super Lawyers has also designated her as one of St. Louis’s “Top Fifty Lawyers” and “Top Fifty Women Lawyers,” and she was voted Missouri’s best divorce attorney in a poll conducted by the legal newspaper Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly, in October, 2007. In 2010, she was selected as “Lawyer of the Year—Family Law” by Best Lawyers. Ms. Camazine, along with her long-time law partner Alan Freed, co-authored the book Divorce in Missouri, which was published in April 2009. She has co-authored many articles for legal journals and continuing legal education programs, including a chapter in the Missouri Bar Family Law desk book titled, “Enforcement of Judgments.” Ms. Camazine has lectured on a wide range of family law topics such as Property Division in Complex Dissolution Cases, Ethical Issues in Family Law, Psychological Testing in Custody Cases, and Ethical Issues for Psychologists in Custody Cases. She has co-authored many articles for legal journals and continuing legal education programs.
Ms. Camazine handles family law cases including division of complex property cases, spousal support, paternity and child support. She is well known for her handling of and complex child custody cases involving mental illness, addiction, sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, orders of protection and adult abuse orders motions to modify. Ms. Camazine is well known for her trial strategies and her expertise in the court room and handles lengthy, complicated custody and divorce matters.


Anne Chambers's Profile

Anne Chambers Related seminars and products

Lawyers' Assistance Director

Missouri Lawyers' Assistance Program

Chad Courtney's Profile

Chad Courtney Related seminars and products

Courtney & Mills, LLC

Chad T. Courtney practices in areas of workers compensation, personal injury, domestic relations and general civil litigation.

Chad is chair of The Missouri Bar's Family Law Section. He is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.

Chad is a 1999 graduate of the University of Missouri, where he served as treasurer of the Student Bar Association. He received bachelor's degrees in political science and sociology in 1996 from the University of Missouri.

Nicole Craft's Profile

Nicole Craft Related seminars and products

Fisher Law, LLC

Nicole Craft is a paralegal with Fisher Law, a family law firm in Kansas City. She has her Bachelor’s from UMKC and has been in the family law industry for over 15 years. Nicole enjoys the many facets of family law including the progressive transition to a paperless firm.


Erin Craig's Profile

Erin Craig Related seminars and products

Oswald Rew LLC

Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Philosophy from Missouri State University with honors in 2007. During Erin’s course of studies, she emphasized International Affairs and served as a student ambassador for the University in Dailian and Zhengzhou, China.

Upon graduating from Missouri State, Erin attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate in 2010. While at the UMKC Law School, Erin received the school’s International, Comparative, and Foreign Law Area of Emphasis after successfully completing courses in International and EU Law at the University of Vienna, Austria, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Corvinus Egyetem in Budapest, Hungary. While at UMKC, Erin participated in the Law School's Guardian ad Litem clinic, representing children in domestic violence dockets in the 16th Judicial Circuit.

Erin is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association including the KCMBA Domestic Law Committee, the Eastern Jackson County Bar Association, and is a board member on the Juvenile Law Committee.  Erin is admitted to practice in the Federal Western District Court of Missouri and also a Guardian ad Litem.

Hon. Margaret Donnelly's Profile

Hon. Margaret Donnelly Related seminars and products

21st Judicial Circuit

Hon. Margaret Donnelly was appointed circuit judge in August, 2016, by Gov. Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon. She was a St. Louis County Family Court commissioner from 2013 until her appointment as circuit judge.

Judge Donnelly holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work degrees from Saint Louis University and graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1988. From 1988 to 2009, she was engaged in the private practice of law. She served in the Missouri Legislature as a state representative for District 73 from 2003 to 2009 and was the Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from 2009 to 2012.

Judge Donnelly has been honored for service by the Missouri Judicial Conference and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. She received the Women's Justice Citizenship Award, St. Louis Children's Hospital Advocate of the Year award, and Paraquad Disability Rights Legislative Leadership Award.  She is a member of the Missouri Bar, St. Louis County Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women Lawyers' Association and Mound City Bar Association.

Judge Donnelly lives in St. Louis County with her family.

Michael Downey's Profile

Michael Downey Related seminars and products

Downey Law Group LLC

Michael P. Downey is a legal ethics lawyer and founder of Downey Law Group LLC, a St. Louis law firm devoted to legal ethics, lawyer discipline defense, and the law of lawyering. Michael regularly advises lawyers at law firms and legal departments regarding legal ethics and risk management issues. Michael also assists lawyers responding to disciplinary complaints, and has defended lawyers in civil litigation and disciplinary cases in both Missouri and Illinois. In 2014, Missouri Lawyers Weekly named Michael a “Most Influential Lawyer” as the “go-to legal ethics lawyer in Missouri.” 


Whittney Dunn's Profile

Whittney Dunn Related seminars and products

The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company

Whittney Dunn, Risk Manager at The Bar Plan, presents to hundreds of lawyers annually on ethics, malpractice avoidance, and lawyer well-being. When not presenting, she provides one-on-one ethics guidance and law practice management assistance to attorneys through The Bar Plan Foundation's free ethics hotline, available to any attorney in Missouri.

James Fendelman's Profile

James Fendelman Related seminars and products

Fendelman, Paull & Associates, L.L.C.

Jimmy Fendelman has been a trial attorney for over twenty-five years. He speaks regularly on the topics of stress management and communications skills for teens, graduate students, and adults. He is known for his up-beat, high energy style. 

Lara Fors's Profile

Lara Fors Related seminars and products

Public Knowledge

Lara Webb Fors joined Public Knowledge® after serving for over 25 years in the IV-D child support program of Missouri in both county and state leadership roles. Lara received her BA from Central Methodist College and her J.D. from UMKC. She is a member of both the Missouri and Kansas Bars. 

Alan Freed's Profile

Alan Freed Related seminars and products

Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC

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.

Shannon Grisham's Profile

Shannon Grisham Related seminars and products

Pratt & Grisham, LLC

Shannon has practiced family law in the Springfield, Missouri area for over 15 years. Shannon grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. In 2013 Shannon was presented with the Up and Coming Award by the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly.

Shannon is an active member of the Missouri Bar and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (SMBA). She currently serves on the Missouri Bar Family Law Committee and is the Chair of the Missouri Bar Family Law Planning Committee for the annual Family Law Conference. She is also a member of the Child Support Guidelines Review Subcommittee of the Missouri Bar.

Shannon is a frequent speaker on Family Law. She has taught for local and state-wide organizations on family law topics including divorce, custody, paternity, guardian ad litem, and adoptions. She has served on Guardian Ad Litem training committee for the Missouri Bar and traveled state-wide to speak at Guardian Ad Litem training conferences. She has served as the Missouri Bar Family Law Newsletter editor.

Shannon maintains a trial practice in family law that focuses on divorces, complex property and maintenance cases, modification, paternity actions, and adoptions. She has served on the Board of Directors of Cherish Kids, an organization that serves to raise awareness for the needs of foster children and adoption. She has been a volunteer speaker for The Pregnancy Care Center in Springfield. She also travels to Africa annually with various organizations to serve alongside teams in their missions work.

Shannon’s husband is brilliantly creative and their sons are adorable bundles of energy and fun.

Simone Haberstock's Profile

Simone Haberstock Related seminars and products

The Law Offices of Simone A. Haberstock, LLC

Simone Haberstock  has been a family law attorney for 30 years and a mediator for 20 years.  She acquired a Masters of Law in Dispute Resolution from University of Missouri School of Law in 2013 where she did IRB approved research on a mediation-arbitration process. Since graduating, she has founded a non-profit mediation service, Confluence Missouri, Inc.; served on the Mediation and Parenting Coordination Oversight Committee in St. Louis County Circuit Court; and worked on a number of court-connected ADR and problem-solving court projects across the state. She recently completed an interview research project of Missouri litigants who used mandatory mediation and has assisted in  the production of two videos for the public on ADR processes. She has mediated over 400 cases including family, small business, employment, landlord-tenant, and small claims matters. Ms. Haberstock has spoken and presented on  a variety mediation and ADR topics, including the decision- making process, at both national and statewide conferences. She also served on the Board of Governors for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis for 10 years and is the immediate past-president of the Missouri Chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Douglas Harris's Profile

Douglas Harris Related seminars and products

Harris, Harris and Sommer, LLC

Anika Hickman's Profile

Anika Hickman Related seminars and products

Anika Hickman is a Guardian ad Litem at Jackson County CASA. She represents the best interests of children who are under the jurisdiction of the 16th Circuit's Family Court Division. She has been in this role for four years. Anika has been the Chairperson of the Family Court Diversity Committee since 2019 and is enjoying the challenge of bringing issues of diversity in Juvenile Law to members of the Missouri Bar. Anika brings unique experience and perspective to this field as she was a Licensed Professional Counselor for ten years before attending law school.

Julie Holmquist's Profile

Julie Holmquist Related seminars and products

J. Holmquist & Associates, LLC

Julie Holmquist is a lawyer/mediator in Missouri. She is a CPA/Expert Witness/Forensic Accountant nationwide with unique analytical perspective on financial and tax issues in divorce - particularly beneficial for high net worth individuals. She has over 35 years in practice including VP of Finance, CFO, and consultant for businesses in varied industries.

Joshua Hutkins's Profile

Joshua Hutkins Related seminars and products

Sandberg Phoenix von Gontard

Josh Hutkins is the Wealth Planning Team Leader at Sandberg Phoenix. His focus is on estate planning, estate and probate administration, and business succession planning.

Additionally, Josh has extensive experience with complex and unique estate and trust administrations, guardianships and conservatorships, as well as prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Amy Johnson's Profile

Amy Johnson Related seminars and products

Paule Camazine & Blumenthal

Ms. Johnson’s practice concentrates solely in the area of family law: divorce, child custody, paternity and adoption. Early in her career, Ms. Johnson recognized that assisting clients through the difficult times of family law cases drove her passion for the practice of law.

Ryan Kaiser's Profile

Ryan Kaiser Related seminars and products

Kaiser / Lawless, LLP

Ryan Kaiser is a partner at Kaiser / Lawless, LLP, located in Kansas City, Missouri.  His primary areas of practice are juvenile law and child custody issues. He previously worked as counsel for the Missouri Department of Social Services, Division of Legal Services.  Presently, he contracts with the Department of Social Services, representing Children’s Division to achieve permanency for children in foster care across the state of Missouri.  Ryan has successfully argued numerous cases before the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District on behalf the Jackson County Juvenile Officer.  He is licensed in Missouri, Kansas, Washington & Guam.

Allison Lee's Profile

Allison Lee Related seminars and products

Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal

Lindsay Mathews's Profile

Lindsay Mathews Related seminars and products

The Gordon Law Firm, LLC

Lindsay is passionate about advocating and guiding people through their domestic legal issues.

She recognizes she may be meeting you at the most challenging point of your life. That’s why she will listen to your story – to understand your goals and priorities. From there, she sets realistic expectations and brainstorms legal and non-legal solutions that will get you the best possible outcome.

Before attending law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Lindsay taught for three years and worked as a staff member for two years with Teach for America. Due to her experience with Teach for America and her love and understanding for children, Lindsay is frequently appointed as a Guardian ad Litem, someone who will advocate for the best interest of a child in court.

Lindsay grew up in Kansas City and attended The University of Kansas where she received a degree in Spanish, Latin American Studies, and History. Today she lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her family.

Shawn McCarver's Profile

Shawn McCarver Related seminars and products

Shawn McCarver received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Central Missouri State University in May 1981, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 1984, where he was a Member of the Missouri Law Review and Secretary of the Student Bar Association.

Mr. McCarver practiced law from 1984 until December 31, 2010. He then served two terms as an Associate Circuit Judge from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2018. After leaving the bench, he has resumed the private practice of law. While in private practice before becoming an associate circuit judge, he also served as attorney for the Juvenile Officer of the 24th Judicial Circuit from 1985 to 2002, and as a Public Defender for the counties of St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve and Washington from 1986-1987. He served as a Municipal Judge in the 24th Circuit from 1985 until 2010, serving the Cities of Park Hills (1985 to 2010), Desloge (1988 to 2010), Bismarck (1999 to 2010), Leadwood (2001 to 2010) and Bonne Terre (2003 to 2010).

Mr. McCarver authored the juvenile law chapter of the Trial Judge’s Benchbook, the Juvenile Officer Handbook, and he taught juvenile law to Missouri’s trial judges for 30 years, from 1988 to 2018. He has authored numerous articles and served on numerous Supreme Court committees including the committee that drafted the current Rules of Practice and Procedure in Juvenile Court, the Committee on Confidentiality of Juvenile Proceedings, and the Best Practices in Juvenile Court Committee. He also served as technical advisor and legal counsel to the Commission on Children’s Justice.

Mr. McCarver’s oldest daughter is an osteopathic physician (D.O.), and his youngest is in 8th grade. Mr. McCarver and his wife Julie, who is also a lawyer, their youngest daughter, three German Shepherd Dogs, and one rabbit, live in Farmington, Missouri, where Mr. McCarver and his wife practice law. The McCarvers are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church, as well as civic and service organizations.

Justin Mettlen's Profile

Justin Mettlen Related seminars and products

Missouri Attorney General's Office

Justin Mettlen joined the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in 2006. The majority of his practice revolves around representing the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division in IV-D cases. Justin has appeared for Family Support Division in the circuit courts of 36 Missouri counties as well as the Court of Appeals. He currently serves as Unit Leader for the assistant attorneys general in the Attorney General’s Child Support Unit in the Kansas City, Springfield, and Jefferson City offices. Justin is a graduate of the Washburn University School of Law.

Hon. Mark Millsap's Profile

Hon. Mark Millsap Related seminars and products

Greene County Family Court Commissioner

Tabitha Mitchell's Profile

Tabitha Mitchell Related seminars and products

Mitchell, Brown & Associates, LLC

Sam Phillips's Profile

Sam Phillips Related seminars and products

Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel

Sam Phillips is Deputy Chief Counsel for the Missouri Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel. Sam has served on the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Bar Counsel and was that Board’s liaison to the ABA’s Lawyer Competence Committee.

In addition to attorney discipline and private practice, he has served as Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and been the Executive Trust Officer for a regional bank.

He also chaired The Missouri Bar’s Law Practice Management Committee.


Michael Rapp's Profile

Michael Rapp Related seminars and products

Stecklein & Rapp Chartered

Michael is a licensed attorney in the state of Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. He is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Wyandotte County Bar Association, as well as Co-Chairs the TIPS Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee for the American Bar Association and is a State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Advocates. Since graduating law school, Michael has focused his practice exclusively on Consumer Law with a concentration on the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Prior to attending UMKC School of Law, Michael served his country in the United States Air Force. 

Erin Rathjen-Decker's Profile

Erin Rathjen-Decker Related seminars and products

Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard, P.C.

Erin Rathjen-Decker has been practicing family law for more than 19 years, representing clients in high asset divorces while additionally serving as a guardian ad litem. She is a past recipient of the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Star and she frequently lectures in the area of family law.

Craig Ritchie's Profile

Craig Ritchie Related seminars and products

Ritchie, Soper & Schutt LLC

Hon. Sherrill Roberts's Profile

Hon. Sherrill Roberts Related seminars and products

7th Judicial Circuit

Sherrill Roberts is the Family Court Commissioner for the 7th Judicial Circuit, Clay County, Missouri. She was appointed Commissioner in 2005. Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Roberts was in private practice focusing her practice in Family Law. 

Hon. Sherrill Rosen's Profile

Hon. Sherrill Rosen Related seminars and products

16th Judicial Court

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.


Arnold Shienvold Related seminars and products

Riegler, Shienvold & Associates

Arnie Shienvold is a psychologist who specializes in interventions with high conflict families. Arnie conducts custody evaluations, provides Parenting Coordination, Family Mediation and litigation support. He is a former president of AFCC and serves as Chairman on the task force revising the Model Standards for Comprehensive Custody Evaluations.

Laurie Snell's Profile

Laurie Snell Related seminars and products

The Truman Day CLE Committee

Laurie Vaskov Snell graduated from UMKC School of Law in 1993. She has nearly 25 years in private practice; primarily Jackson County Juvenile. Prior to private practice, was an Attorney for the Juvenile Officer & Assistant Prosecutor both Jackson County. Ms. Snell has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a member of Missouri & Kansas Bar Associations, the ABA, KCMBA, AWL. She is past Chair of the Children and the Law; ABA/YLD and past Chair of the Juvenile Law Committee for KCMBA.

Larry Swall's Profile

Larry Swall Related seminars and products

Gates Shields Ferguson Swall Hammond, P.A.

Larry V. Swall is a family law attorney, licensed in Kansas and Missouri, with offices in Overland Park and Liberty. His private practice is concentrated in areas of family law and domestic mediation. Practicing for over 30 years, Mr. Swall was twice honored by the Missouri Bar.


Hon. Brent Teichman's Profile

Hon. Brent Teichman Related seminars and products

Johnson County Associate Circuit Judge

Brent Teichman is the Associate Circuit Judge in Johnson County, Missouri, having been elected to that position by voters in 2018. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Teichman was a solo practitioner for 17 years with a general practice focusing mainly on family law and adoptions. He received his Bachelor's Degree in History & Political Science from the University of Central Missouri in 1998; and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri in 2001. Judge Teichman lives in Warrensburg, Missouri, with his wife Molly and their 3 children.



Mikah Thompson's Profile

Mikah Thompson Related seminars and products

UMKC School of Law

Mikah Thompson is an Associate Professor at the UMKC School of Law. Her course load includes Civil Procedure, Evidence, and Race and the Law. Thompson frequently provides continuing legal education in the areas of employment law, ethics, and implicit bias. She earned her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. 

Allison Tschannen's Profile

Allison Tschannen Related seminars and products

Kranitz & Kranitz, P.C.

Allison C. Tschannen received her J.D from Washington University School of Law – St. Louis, Missouri – May 2014 (Graduated cum laude)B.A. from William Jewell College – Liberty, Missouri – Oxbridge honors Literature and Theory, May 2011 (Graduated Magna cum laude)University of Cambridge – Cambridge, UK – Junior Year Abroad Studies.

Her honors, awards and activities include: Washington University School of Law Judicial Clerkship Externship – Spring Semester 2014; Washington University School of Law Dean’s List – (Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013); Associate Managing Editor, Washington University Jurisprudence Review (Vol. 6)Published in Washington University Jurisprudence Review: Note, An Argument for Incentivizing Voluntary Regulation of the Fashion and Modeling Industries, 6 Wash. U. Jur.Rev. 421 (2014). 

She is a member of the St. Joseph Bar Association – Secretary; AFL-CIO Community Services – Board Member, Secretary; St. Joseph Zoning Board of Adjustment – Alternate Member. 


Nancy Williger's Profile

Nancy Williger Related seminars and products

Dr. Williger, currently retired from a private practice in St. Louis, MO, specialized in couples therapy, divorce and post-divorce therapy with children and adults. Currently she participates as a coach and child specialist in the collaborative divorce cases and is active in the St. Louis Collaborative Family Law Association.

John Young's Profile

John Young Related seminars and products

John L. Young Attorney at Law LLC

John L. Young has been an attorney since 1989 and served on the Child Abuse and Neglect Board Since 2013. He is with Appleby and Healy Law Firm. Contact:, 417-581-2411, 119 North Second Street, P.O. Box 158. Ozark, Mo 65721.

His life motto Micah 6:8.

Schedule at a Glance


8:30 - 9:40 AM | PLENARY
LIVE GAL Track: High Conflict Personalities, High Conflict Issues: Finding the Elusive Road to Resolution
Speaker: Arnold T. Shienvold
, Ph.D, Harrisburg, PA

9:40 - 9:55 AM | BREAK

9:55 - 10:45 AM | BREAKOUT SESSION 1
Combating Spousal Identity Theft Pre-and Post Decree
Speaker: Michael H. Rapp
, Stecklein & Rapp Chartered, Kansas City

Lean Green Exhibit Machine: Paperless Trial Exhibits
Speakers: Nicole M. Fisher
and Nicole Craft, Fisher Law, LLC, Kansas City 

The Ethics and Malpractice Risks of Confidentiality & Attorney-Client Privilege 
Speaker: Whittney Dunn, The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company, St. Louis

10:45 - 11:00 AM | BREAK

11:00 - 11:50 AM | BREAKOUT SESSION 2
A Wrench, a Hammer, or a Rolling Pin?  Choosing Between Third Party Custody, Grandparent Visitation, or Minor Guardianship for Non-Parents
Speaker: Doug B. Harris
, Harris, Harris and Sommer, LLC, Warrensburg      

Uniform Collaborative Law Act (“UCLA”): Overview & Insights
Speakers: Andrea L. Pate
, Law Office of the Ozarks, Springfield; Katherine Badertscher, Midwest Divorce Management, Overland Park, KS; Nancy Williger, Ph.D., Psychologist, St. Louis    

Social Security Benefits & Child Support
Speaker: Lara B. Webb Fors
, Public Knowledge, Springfield   

11:50 AM - 1:00 PM | LUNCH                  

1:00 - 2:00 PM | PLENARY
Implicit Bias & Its Impact on Family Law
Speaker: Mikah K. Thompson
, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City

2:00 - 2:15 PM | BREAK

2:15 - 3:05 PM | BREAKOUT SESSION 3
Ten Costly Financial Mistakes in Divorce and Easy Fixes
Speaker: Julie M. Holmquist
, J. Holmquist & Associates, LLC, Kansas City

Putting Our Best "Inside" Out: Improving the Optics of Family Law Practice
Speakers: Simone A. Haberstock
, The Law Offices of Simone A. Haberstock, LLC and Larry V. Swall II, Gates Shields Ferguson Swall Hammond, P.A., Liberty

Ethics Updates for a Family Law Practice
Speaker: Sam S. Phillips,
Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Jefferson City 

3:05 - 3:20 PM | BREAK 

3:20 - 4:10 PM | BREAKOUT SESSION 4
Recruiting & Utilizing Law School Student Talent
Speaker: Craig D. Ritchie
, Ritchie, Soper & Schutt LLC, St. Joseph

Modification: Is it Worth It? Cost Benefit Analysis 
Speaker: Molly R. Wilson,
Pratt & Grisham, LLC, Springfield   

The Righting Reflex 
Speaker: James N. "Jimmy" Fendelman
, Fendelman, Paull & Associates, LLC, St. Louis


8:30 - 9:20 AM | PLENARY
LIVE: Child Support Guidelines
Speakers: Robert E. Gordon
, The Gordon Law Firm, LLC, Kansas City and Hon. Sherrill Roberts, 7th Judicial Circuit, Liberty

9:20 - 9:35 AM | BREAK

9:35 - 10:25 AM | BREAKOUT SESSION 5
Administrative Child Support Process
Speakers: Justin D. Mettlen
and Nicole Follmer, Missouri Attorney General's Office, Kansas City 

Intersection of Family Law/Probate Track | Planning for a Disabled Family Member: How Special Needs Planning Can Ease the Burden of Child Support & Maintenance Payments
Speakers: T. Nikki Mitchell
and Martha C. Brown, Mitchell, Brown & Associates, LLC, St. Louis  

GAL Track | Article Post-Separation Parent Child Contact Problems
Speaker: Shannon Sorensen,
Lawson Norris Sorensen, LLC, Kansas City; Jennifer Oswald Brown, Oswald Roam & Rew, LLC, Blue Springs 

10:25 - 10:40 AM | BREAK

10:40 - 11:30 AM | BREAKOUT SESSION 6
Tips & Tricks from a Family Law Veteran
Speaker: Alan E. Freed,
Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC, St. Louis

Intersection of Family Law/Probate Track | Special Needs Trusts & Child Support: How to Structure Support Obligations to Avoid Disqualification from Government Programs
Speakers: Erin E. Rathjen-Decker
and Joshua B. Hutkins, Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard, PC, St. Louis     

GAL Track | Child Abuse & Neglect from Filing to Termination of Parental Rights
Speakers: Anika A. Hickman
, Attorney at Law; Ryan Kaiser, Kaiser / Lawless, LLP; Michael A. Herrin, Herrin Law Firm, LLC 

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | LUNCH                     

12:30 - 1:30 PM | PLENARY
LIVE: JUDICIAL PANEL: Tips & Tricks from the Bench
Panelists: Commissioner Mark J. Millsap
, Greene County Family Court Commissioner, Springfield, Commissioner Sherrill L. Rosen, 16th Judicial Court, Independence, Hon. Brent F. Teichman, Johnson County Associate Circuit Judge, Warrensburg; Hon. Margaret Donnelly, 21st Judicial CircuitSt. Louis

1:30 - 1:45 PM | BREAK

1:45 - 2:35 PM | BREAKOUT SESSION 7
Discovery Ethics: Privilege, Sanctions & Disqualification for Family Law Matters
Speaker: Michael P. Downey,
Downey Law Group LLC, St. Louis 

Intersection of Family Law/Probate Track | Adult Guardianships
Speaker: Shawn R. McCarver
, Attorney at Law, Farmington

GAL Track | Child Custody Factor
Speaker: Allison C. Tschannen
, Kranitz & Kranitz, PC, St. Joseph

2:35 - 2:50 PM | BREAK

2:50 - 3:40 PM | BREAKOUT SESSION 8
Benefits & Pitfalls of Post-Trial Motions in Family Law
Speakers: Craig D. Ritchie
, Ritchie, Soper & Schutt LLC, St. Joseph and Alan E. Freed, Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC, St. Louis

Representing Your Client Before the Child Abuse & Neglect Review Board
Speaker: John L. Young
, Appleby and Healy Law Firm, Ozark

GAL Track: Alcohol Evaluations & Monitoring Devices: Benefits & Drawbacks for a Contested Custody Case
Speakers: Allison Schreiber Lee
and Alisse C. Camazine, Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, St. Louis


8:30 - 9:30 AM | PLENARY
LIVE: Legislative & Case Law Update
Speaker: Patricia M. Scaglia
, Scaglia Law Firm, LLC, Independence

9:30 - 9:45 AM | BREAK

9:45 - 10:35 AM | BREAKOUT SESSION 9
Resilient Lawyers: Finding Your Footing in Shifting Sands
Speaker: Anne Chambers, Missouri Lawyers Assistance Program, Jefferson City

Adoption Law: Do You Know…
Speaker: Amy Rebecca Johnson
, Paule Camazine & Blumenthal, St. Louis

GAL TRACK | Immigration and International Issues in Child Custody
Speakers: Erin Mayfield Craig
, Oswald Roam and Rew, Blue Springs and Lindsay E. Mathews, The Gordon Law Firm, LLC, Kansas City

10:35 - 10:50 AM | BREAK

10:50 - 11:40 AM | BREAKOUT SESSION 10
Tips & Tricks: Adult Abuse Cases
Speaker: Susan E. Block
, Paule, Camazine and Blumenthal, PC, St. Louis

Bankruptcy & Family Law
Speaker: Seth A. Albin
, Summers Compton Wells, LLC, St. Louis

GAL Track | Medical Marijuana & Family & the Law
Speaker: Laurie V. Snell,
Attorney at Law, Kansas City

11:40 AM | ADJOURN

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Membership dues for the Family Law Section are $20 per year.

If you are not a current Family Law Section and would like to join, you may do so HERE. If you choose to submit payment by check, your membership will not be valid until payment is received.

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Missouri Lawyers' Assistance Program
Overcoming Barriers

Interested in becoming a Family Law Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor? Visit MoBar.Org/Partner for media kit and registration information. 

Updated 7/22/21

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 July 27, 2021. 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 July 27, 2021.  You will have access to electronic course materials.

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