Total Credits: 10.4 MCLE, 1.0 Ethics, 8.0 Kansas Credit, 1.0 Kansas Ethics
7:40 - 8:31 AM | Probate Law
Speakers: Heather M. Hall, Schormann Law Firm, LLC, St. Peters; Amy B. DeGraeve, The Counts Law Firm, Prairie Village, KS
8:31 - 9:22 AM | Torts & Civil Actions
Speakers: John W. Kurtz, Hubbard & Kurtz, LLP, Kansas City; Anthony G. Laramore, A.G. Laramore LLC, St. Louis; William C. Love, Jr., Hyde, Love & Overby, LLP, Springfield; Timothy W. Van Ronzelen, Clement, Van Ronzelen & Schulte, LLC, Jefferson City
9:22 - 9:32 AM | Break
9:32 - 10:21 AM | Criminal Law
Speakers: James R. Hobbs, Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, PC, Kansas City; John M. Lynch, The Law Offices of John M. Lynch, LLC, St. Peters; James R. Wyrsch, Wyrsch, Hobbs & Mirakian, PC, Kansas City
10:21 - 11:12 AM | Appellate & Civil Trial Practice
Speaker: Drey A. Cooley, Capes Sokol, St. Louis
11:12 - 11:22 AM | Break
11:22 AM - 12:12 PM | Ethics Update
Speaker: Marc A. Lapp, Special Representative, OCDC
12:12 - 12:58 PM | Lunch
12:58 - 1:57 PM | Employment Law
Speaker: Kristen L. Maly, McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer, LC, Town and Country
1:57 - 2:50 PM | Workers' Compensation
Speakers: Kevin M. Johnson, Wallace Saunders, PC, Overland Park; Martin A. Klug, Huck Howe & Tobin, Clayton; Patrick J. Platter, Neale & Newman LLP, Springfield; Elizabeth W. Skinner, Van Camp Law Firm, LLC, Jefferson City
2:50 - 3:43 PM | Bankruptcy/Debtors & Creditors Law
Speaker: Adam G. Breeze, Watton Law Group, St. Louis
3:43 - 3:53 PM | Break
3:53 - 4:45 PM | Family Law
Speakers: Jennifer Oswald Brown, Oswald Roam & Rew LLC, Blue Springs; Erin Mayfield Craig, Oswald Roam & Rew LLC, Blue Springs; Andrew C. Scholz, Rooney McBride & Smith, LLC, Springfield; Kirk C. Stange, Stange Law Firm, PC, Clayton; Tamara A. Veit, McElligott Ewan & Hall, PC, Independence
4:45 - 5:36 PM | Real Estate Law
Speakers: Casey E. Elliott, Van Matre Law Firm, PC, Columbia; William M. Quitmeier, Quitmeier Law Firm, Kansas City
5:36 PM | Adjourn
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Adam Breeze is a litigation and bankruptcy attorney with Millsap & Singer, LLC in its St. Louis office. He has experience in all facets of civil litigation and has litigated bankruptcy issues for debtors, creditors, trustees, and interested parties in the 8th, 10th, 5th, 7th, and 11th federal judicial circuits and several state courts including but not limited to Missouri.
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.
Drey Cooley is a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a trial and appellate attorney, primarily representing large companies in the defense of environmental and product liability matters. He also litigates complex business, fiduciary, insurance and intellectual property disputes.
Probate Commissioner Amy B. DeGraeve was appointed to the bench on October 29, 2021, by the judges of the 16th Circuit Court.
At the time of her appointment, Commissioner DeGraeve was an attorney with
The Counts Law Firm, LLC. In her law practice she specialized in
fiduciary litigation, trust and probate estate administration, estate planning, income tax planning, business succession planning, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, guardianships and conservatorships.
Prior to employment at the Count Law Firm, she was an attorney with Kirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP, Lathrop & Gage LLP, and Vold & Morris.
Commissioner DeGraeve graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2001 with a B.A. degree in Language and Literature. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from UMKC Law School in 2004, and a Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) degree in 2006.
She has served on the Jackson County Probate Procedures Manual Revision
Committee. She is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar
Association Probate and Estate Planning Committee. She has also served as a member of the Children’s Mercy Hospital Donald H. Chisholm Planned Giving Council.
Commissioner DeGraeve was appointed to serve a four-year-term and was sworn in January 2022.
Casey E. Elliott joined the firm as an associate in 2011 and became a shareholder in 2015. She received her J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2011. She graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with her B.S.B.A., majoring in management, cum laude, with a general honors certificate in 2007. Casey served as Managing Editor of the Missouri Law Review in 2010-2011.
Casey practices primarily in the areas of corporate and business, estate planning, real estate, and health care law. Casey has significant experience assisting clients in general business matters including entity formation, structuring, and maintenance, shareholder agreements, employment contracts, contract review and negotiation, capital and loan structuring, real estate leases and purchases, physician contracts, employment issues, and health care law issues. Casey assists corporate clients by providing advice related to issues that come up in their businesses on a daily basis. Casey also works with individual clients to provide assistance in estate planning, real estate transactions, and debtor-creditor issues, among others.
Casey and her husband, Philip, are the proud parents of three small children, boy-girl twins and their younger sister. Casey is a business owner herself, as a co-owner of Columbia’s Just Between Friends children’s consignment sale. She spends her free time cheering on the Missouri Tigers and staying involved in her local church.
Heather M. Hall is a member of Schormann Law Firm, LLC, where she focuses her practice on fiduciary litigation, probate and trust administration, and minor and adult guardianships. Heather formerly clerked for the Honorable Kathleen Forsyth in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, and has since dedicated her practice to fiduciary litigation and probate related matters. Heather is often appointed by St. Louis County as court-appointed counsel for respondents in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings. Heather received her J.D. with honors from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law.
James R. Hobbs has extensive experience in both civil and criminal cases with particular emphasis in white collar criminal defense work. He has tried cases in areas such as criminal enforcement of environmental laws, defense of health care prosecutions, representation of individuals and corporations charged with business crimes, and defense of political corruption prosecutions. Mr. Hobbs has also represented individuals charged with violent offenses and sexual assault cases. His practice also involves grand jury representation and pretrial representation of individuals and corporations under investigation for criminal conduct. Mr. Hobbs is the recipient of numerous awards, and he has served on many boards of organizations advocating for criminal defendants.
Kevin M. Johnson is a Practicing Partner with the firm, and he has practiced with Wallace Saunders since 2002. He earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in 1998 from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and his law degree in 2001 from the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois, and his practice focus is on workers’ compensation and employment litigation.
Martin Klug represents employers and concentrates his practice in Missouri workers' compensation. He is a member of Larson's National Worker's Compensation Advisory Board and a member of the Missouri, Illinois and Florida bar.
John Kurtz received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1969, a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, and a law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1976. He worked as a law clerk for Judge Paul Vardeman of the Jackson County Circuit Court and then as an Assistant Public Defender for Jackson County from 1979 to 1981. From 1981 through 1997, he worked at The Popham Law Firm where clients included plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation, children and adults in family law matters, and some defendants in criminal cases. He now works at Hubbard & Kurtz L.L.P. at 1718 Walnut in Kansas City. He has tried 84 jury cases and argued 36 appellate cases. The Missouri Bar has given him the Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award, the Pro Bono Lawyer Award, the H. Michael Coburn Community Service Award, the Tom Cochran Community Service Award, the Spurgeon Smithson Award, and the Martin J. Purcell Professionalism Award. In 1999, Jackson County, Missouri lawyers elected him to serve from 2000 through 2005 as a member of the 16th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission.
Marc A. Lapp is a Special Representative with the OCDC and regularly practices before the Disciplinary Hearing Committee and the Supreme Court of Missouri. In addition, Marc is the Director of Quality Assurance, Ethics, and Training for Nationwide Insurance Trial Division.
Anthony Laramore represents clients in personal injury, medical malpractice and civil rights cases. Anthony has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other organizations. Anthony has successfully recovered millions of dollars for his clients. Anthony enjoys spending time with his children, coaching, and is an avid KC Chiefs fan.
William C. Love is a partner with the law firm of Hyde, Love & Overby practicing in the areas of Medical Malpractice, Appellate Law, Workers’ Compensation and General Litigation. He is admitted to practice in Missouri and the U.S. Western District of Missouri, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and US Supreme Court. He earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law. He was recognized for appellate advocacy as a recipient of the David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award from the Missouri Bar. He is also a long time High School Football referee.
John M. Lynch is an attorney in St. Louis, who also serves as a legal commentator for a host of news/media outlets across the country. Presently, he concentrates in areas of federal law, civil litigation, criminal defense and personal injury.
Kristen Maly represents both public and private management in employment-related actions before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She regularly assists clients with all aspects of human resources management from development of policies through enforcement and defense of those policies. She routinely advises clients on compliance with the myriad of federal and state laws that impact upon management’s ability to utilize it workforce, including OFCCP, EEOC, MHRA, FMLA, ADA and compliance with statutes addressing Department of Homeland Security work authorization verification compliance. Ms. Maly is admitted to practice in the States of Indiana and Missouri and before the United States District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, Eastern District of Missouri and the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh and Eighth Circuits. She has authored and co-authored various articles on labor and employment law issues. Ms. Maly has also presented numerous seminars on various aspects of labor and employment law. Ms. Maly received her B.S. Ed. degree, with honors, from Indiana University and her J.D. degree from Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University she was a staff member for the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law.
Patrick J. Platter is a partner with the law firm of Neale & Newman, L.L.P. of Springfield, Missouri. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with undergraduate and law degrees. He specializes in workers’ compensation law, local government law, administrative law, and employment law. He has tried hundreds of workers’ compensation claims before the Division of Workers’ Compensation and appeals before the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and appellate courts. His appeals in workers’ compensation claims have spanned a wide range of subject in The Workers’ Compensation Law. Mr. Platter is a certified mediator under Rule 17. He is a member of the Mo Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Committee. He is published in the Journal of the Missouri Bar and speaks to many professional and trade organizations in workers’ compensation and employment law. He is recognized in Super Lawyers® in workers’ compensation law and The Best Lawyers of America© in local government law.
William M. Quitmeier is the President of the Quitmeier Law Firm, P.C. He has degrees of BA in Economics and Juris Doctor (Law) from the University of Kansas. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri and Kansas, and is a licensed Missouri Real Esate Broker. He was mayor of the City of Parkville from 1991-2002 and an alderman from 1986-1991. He is a past U.S. District Court Arbiter. He was a founder the Platte Land Trust, dedicated to preserving land for parks.
Andy Scholz is a Springfield, Missouri native. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Drury University in 1994 and attended law school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. During law school, he was honored to be an associate member of the Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 2001. In 2005, he became an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Boone County, Missouri. While there, he prosecuted sexual crimes and people accused of having perpetrated physical abuse against children. In 2010, Andy and his family chose to move back home to Springfield, where he could work to serve fellow Southwest Missourians by focusing his practice as a family law attorney. To continue his desire to assist families, he joined Rooney McBride and Smith in 2019, where he focuses on family law, guardianship law, and civil litigation.
Elizabeth Skinner is the managing partner at the Van Camp Law Firm. Elizabeth is a native to the central Missouri area. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and, later, her law degree in 2005. Elizabeth joined Van Camp Law Firm when it opened in 2006 and has been a member since 2014. Since beginning her legal career, Elizabeth has always focused on helping her clients during crises and continues to do that for those who have been injured on the job. She is a member of the Missouri Bar, Cole County Bar Association and Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. Elizabeth has courtroom and trial experience throughout Missouri representing her clients in workers’ compensation cases.
Kirk Stange is the President of Stange Law Firm, PC. Stange Law Firm, PC is a multi-state family law firm with offices in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. Mr. Stange is licensed in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Mr. Stange received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine selected Mr. Stange to the list of Super Lawyers for Family Law from 2015 to the present. Previously, Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine selected Mr. Stange to the list of Rising Stars for Family Law in 2013 and 2014. Mr. Stange is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law. Mr. Stange is the President of the Missouri Collaborative Institute. Mr. Stange is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars. In 2014, Mr. Stange presented at the 8th Circuit Judicial Conference in Omaha, Nebraska on social media evidence for lawyers and judges. Mr. Stange authored a chapter in a book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Publishing) titled: "Strategies for Military Family Law: Leading Lawyers on Navigating Family Law in the Armed Forces (Inside the Minds)." Mr. Stange released a full-length book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Publishing) in 2014 titled: "Prenuptial Agreements Line by Line." In 2015, Mr. Stange authored another chapter in a book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Published) titled: “Strategies for Illinois Family Law: Leading Lawyers on Leveraging Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiating Alimony and Child Support, and Managing Client Expectations (Inside the Minds).” In 2019, Kirk was asked to co-author two chapters in the 2019 Cumulative Supplement to Chapter 13 “Adult Protection Orders and Child Protecting Order” and the 2019 Cumulative Supplement to Chapter 29 “Rights of the Unwed,” in Missouri Law (7th ed.) published by the Missouri Bar. In 2022, Kirk co-authored the following chapter in the Missouri Bar’s desk book: “Chapter 10, Child Abuse in the Domestic Case and Adult Protection Orders and Child Protection Orders.”
James Wyrsch received his BA in 1963 from University of Notre Dame, JD in 1966 from Georgetown University, and LLM in trial practice in 1972 from UMKC. He is a co-author with Judge Anthony Nugent and Susan Hunt of “Missouri Criminal Trial Practice,” Harrison Law Book Company, 1994.
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