Few in the profession have faced more unprecedented challenges in the past year and a half than government lawyers. From implementing rapid changes, to staying up to date on the law, and providing counsel reflecting the highest ethical standards so your governmental entity can best serve its constituents. We understand that you are routinely doing more with less. That's why the MoBarCLE Government Practice Institute is designed specifically for you. Six, super affordable hours of live MCLE credit including ethics and elimination of bias credit from the comfort of your own location. Register today for the Dec. 10 virtual institute, which provides updates on expungement, case law, and the Sunshine Law, as well as tackles the top 10 questions for general counsel.
8:30 – 9:28 AM | Expungements
Speaker: Richard N. Groeneman, Missouri Attorney General’s Office, St. Louis
9:28 – 11:00 AM | U.S. Supreme Court Highlights: 2020-2021 Term
Panelist: Erin M. Hawley, Independent Women's Law Center and Alliance Defending Freedom, Ozark; Gary Myers, UMC School of Law, Columbia; and Heidi Doerhoff Vollet, Cook, Vetter, Doerhoff & Landwehr, PC, Jefferson City
Moderator: Jeremiah J. Morgan, Missouri Attorney General's Office, Jefferson City
11:00 – 11:10 AM | Break
11:10 – 12:06 AM | Sunshine Law
Speaker: Nathan M. Nickolaus, Lauber Municipal Law, LLC, Jefferson City
12:06 – 12:46 PM | Lunch
12:46 AM – 1:40 PM | Top 10 Questions for General Counsel
Speakers: Sharie L. Hahn, Department of Social Services; Nathan S. Weinert, Missouri Department of Public Safety; Jacob T. Westen, Missouri Department of Natural Resources General Counsel's Office, Jefferson City
Moderator: David L. McCain, Jr., Missouri Attorney General's Office, Jefferson City
1:40 – 2:35 PM | Ethics for Government Attorneys
Speaker: Barbara A. Glesner Fines, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City
2:35 – 3:35 PM | Elimination of Bias
Speakers: Nimrod T. Chapel, The Chapel Law Group, LLC, Jefferson City; David F. Barrett, Attorney at Law, Jefferson City
3:35 PM | Adjourn
David L. McCain, Jr. Chair, Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Jefferson City
Melissa D. Buchanan, City of Columbia, Columbia
Jose S. Caldera, Harper, Evans, Wade, and Netemeyer, Columbia
Alixandra S. Cossette, Stinson LLP, Jefferson City
Stephen C. Doerhoff, Department of Health and Senior Services, Jefferson City
Michael J. Henderson, Missouri Insurance Coalition, Jefferson City
Umo O. Ironbar-Brandt, Jefferson City
Eric D. Jennings, The Missouri Bar, Jefferson City
Kristen E. Paulsmeyer, Dept. of Commerce and Insurance, Jefferson City
Stephan R. Tomlinson, Missouri, Department of Mental Health, Jefferson City
Catherine N. Zacharias, Office of State Courts Administrator, Jefferson City
|Expungements (30.1 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|New Material - Expungement Case Law (7.9 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|U.S. Supreme Court Highlights: 2020-2021 Term (8.3 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|Sunshine Law (1.3 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|Ethics for Government Attorneys (553.7 KB)||Available after Purchase|
|Elimination of Bias (5.1 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|MOLAP Information (210.1 KB)||Available after Purchase|
|Important Information for Attorneys Seeking Kansas Credit (58.7 KB)||Available after Purchase|
David Barrett works to help individuals and companies with professional licensing issues, ranging from the application process to defending disciplinary allegations. His experience includes representing individuals, companies, and professional licensing bodies. David is a panelist in the Missouri Bar’s Complaint Resolution Program and an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Nimrod “Rod” Chapel, Jr., is a Missouri trial lawyer and former Commissioner of the Administrative Hearing Commission who has dedicated his professional and private life to helping people stand up for their rights.
Rod founded The Chapel Law Group, LLC, to create a vehicle for the protection of workers and their families through not only the court system, but also administrative and legislative avenues and venues. Chapel’s advocacy has protected the rights of workers in Missouri, impacted multi-million dollar settlements, and helped to make Missouri a safer place to live and work for everyone.
Most recently though, Rod served as a Commissioner on the Administrative Hearing Commission. The Administrative Hearing Commission is a neutral, independent, administrative tribunal. Rod also served as General Counsel/Director of Legal Services for the Missouri Department of Revenue.
The Chapel Law Group, LLC, has a practice restricted to the representation of people and families injured in any way, deprived of wages due for their labor, and consumer issues that affect working families.
He is married to Denise Chapel and has 2 young sons. Rod is active in his community and believes strongly in community service. Currently, he serves as President of the Jefferson City, MO, NAACP as a member of The Board of Governors for The Missouri Bar and he is on a number of other boards including the Missouri Kid’s First, YMCA, Crimestoppers, Boy Scouts of America, St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, United Way and Rotary.
Barbara Glesner Fines is the Dean of the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law, where she holds the Rubey M. Hulen Professorship. Dean Glesner Fines received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her Masters of Law from Yale Law School. She teaches a variety of courses from classroom to clinic to community including Professional Responsibility, Family Violence, and Ethical Issues in Family Representation. Prior to becoming dean, she co-directed the law school’s family law emphasis program, which includes multiple clinics, international and interdisciplinary coursework. UMKC is the publication home of the prestigious Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Within the UMKC Child and Family Law Program, Dean Glesner Fines coordinated the Family Court Clerkship and oversaw the law school’s internship programs at Legal Aid of Western Missouri, where she serves as a volunteer attorney in the domestic unit. She is the author of Ethical Issues in Family Representation (Carolina Academic Press 2010) and Professional Responsibility: A Collaborative Approach (Carolina Academic Press 2012) as well as numerous articles addressing issues at the intersection of professional responsibility and family law, which can be downloaded from the social science research network at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=157694. She is a frequent presenter at national conferences on ethics and family law topics. She is a member of the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, has served as the Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Professional Responsibility, and as a member of the executive committee of the AALS Section on Family Law, and is a member of the editorial board of the Association of Family and Conciliation Court’s Family Court Review.
Mr. Groeneman is currently an Assistant Attorney General in the Governmental Affairs section, assigned to the Environmental and Agricultural Unit. In this position, he handles the full spectrum of environmental cases from compliance and enforcement to defending Department of Natural Resource regulations. Mr. Groeneman also handles expungement cases, represents the Director of Department of Public Safety in peace officer discipline cases, and defending Missouri State Highway Patrol in sex offender cases.
Mr. Groeneman graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law and from Vermont Law School with a masters in Environmental Law. Mr. Groeneman completed a clerkship with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training, Legal Counsel in Washington D.C. After completing his clerkship, he went to work for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for Franklin County.
Sharie Hahn is currently General Counsel for the Department of Social Services and director of the Department’s Division of Legal Services. She previously focused on sunshine law, administrative rulemaking, and served as special counsel for the MO HealthNet Division. Prior to coming to the Department of Social Services, Ms. Hahn was an assistant attorney general in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Financial Services and Governmental Affairs sections. She has also worked in private practice doing medical malpractice and professional liability defense.
Erin Morrow Hawley is senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom and senior legal fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. Erin has litigated extensively before the United States Supreme Court as well as numerous federal courts of appeals and state courts of last resort. Prof. Hawley’s research interests include the separation of powers, federal courts, agricultural law, and administrative law. Her work has been published in numerous top law journals and she is a frequent national commentator on legal issues. She is a former clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and served as Counsel to United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey at the Department of Justice.
David McCain attended law school at UMKC. Following law school, David clerked at the Kansas Court of Appeals. He has worked at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office since 2014. David is a graduate of the MoBar Leadership Academy. He currently serves as vice chair of the Missouri Bar Government Practice Committee.
Jeremiah J. Morgan attended Brigham Young University Law School, graduating summa cum laude. Following law school, Mr. Morgan clerked for Judge C. Arlen Beam on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He then joined the international law firm of Bryan Cave LLP. Mr. Morgan served as Deputy Solicitor General for Missouri, then General Counsel to the Supreme Court of Missouri. He currently serves as Deputy Attorney General. He has argued hundreds of appeals in state and federal appellate courts across the country. Mr. Morgan is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education programs on a variety of topics.
Gary Myers is the Earl F. Nelson Professor of Law at the School of Law. Myers received his juris doctor with honors from Duke University School of Law and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics from New York University. He also earned an MA in economics from the Duke University Graduate School as part of a joint degree program while at Duke. Myers was an article editor on the Duke Law Journal and was a member of the Moot Court Board. After graduation, he served as a law clerk for Judge Gerald Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Jacksonville, Fla. He then practiced complex commercial litigation with the Atlanta law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, which has since merged with the Bryan Cave law firm.
Before serving as the sixteenth dean at the School of Law from 2012 to 2016, Myers was a long-time member of the faculty at the University of Mississippi School of Law. At Mississippi, Myers held the Ray & Louise Stewart Lectureship and served as its first associate dean for research. Myers has been a visiting professor of law at the College of William & Mary School of Law and Tulane University School of Law. He also served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans.
Myers is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the American Law and Economics Association, and a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He is the author or coauthor of a series of five books: (1) Intellectual Property: Cases & Materials (West 4th edition 2012); (2) Principles of Intellectual Property (West 2d edition 2012); (3) Entertainment Law: Cases & Materials (West 5th edition 2016); (4) Intellectual Property: Questions & Answers (LexisNexis 2d edition 2014); and (5) The Intersection of Intellectual Property & Antitrust Law (West 2007). He is also the author of more than a dozen articles, including publications in the Duke Law Journal, the Minnesota Law Review, the Washington & Lee Law Review, the Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the Arts and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law.
The Missouri Bar is grateful to the volunteer author, Nathan M. Nickolaus. Mr. Nickolaus received his B.A., 1985, from Westminster College and J.D., 1988, from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Masters of Public Administration from Indiana State University in 2016. Mr. Nickolaus was selected as the City Counselor for Jefferson City in 2003, following 15 years in private practice focused on local government organizations. In 2013 he was appointed as General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. In 2012 he received the Lou Czech Award, presented by the Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association. He is currently Of Counsel with the firm of Lauber Municipal Law and heads its Jefferson City office.
Heidi Doerhoff Vollet is a shareholder with Cook, Vetter, Doerhoff & Landwehr PC. Her practice includes civil appellate matters in state and federal courts. She graduated from UMC Law School and clerked for William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States and John Gibson, Judge, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Nathan Weinert is general counsel for the Missouri Department of Public Safety. He previously worked as an assistant attorney general in the Litigation Division of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, legal counsel for the Missouri Department of Corrections, and in private practice.
Jacob Westen is the General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. He joined the Department in 2018. Prior to DNR, he was a Deputy Staff Counsel at the Missouri Public Service Commission. His public service career began in 2012 at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.
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