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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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.
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.
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.
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.
John Kurtz has psychology and law degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He started as a public defender and today is in private practice with the Hubbard and Kurtz law office in Kansas City, doing mostly wrongful death cases.
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.
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.
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 a Founding Partner of Stange Law Firm, PC. Stange Law Firm, PC is a family law firm with offices in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma. 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 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 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. This desk book, which is used by attorneys around the state, gives information to family law attorneys on the latest developments in family law.
Tim Van Ronzelen graduated from the University of Missouri School of law in 1995 and practices in general civil litigation along with complex commercial litigation including class actions. Tim focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death cases with an emphasis in nursing home abuse and neglect cases.
Tamara A. Veit received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law in 2004. She has been with the firm of McElligott Ewan & Hall, PC since 2005. She practices primarily in the area of family law for over 15 years. She frequently serves as Guardian ad Litem. She is a court-approved mediator for Jackson County.
Tamara is involved in numerous legal and community organizations. She is on the Executive Board for the Family Law Section in The Missouri Bar and is on the Family Law Conference Planning Committee. Furthermore, she is on the Board of Directors Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF) and the Board of Directors for the CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association). She is also serving on the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) and is vice-chair for the CLE Committee for KCMBA. For KCMBF, Tamara served as co-chair for the Domestic Violence and Children’s Interdisciplinary Conference and part of the committee that created KCMBF’s newest program, the Student Law Academy (SLA), providing underprivileged urban high school students meaningful exposure to a career in the legal profession.
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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