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2021 Virtual Annual Meeting (Register now to receive the $149 Early-Bird Pricing!)

Total Credits: 14.3 MCLE, 10.9 Ethics, 4.5 Elimination of Bias

Schedule at a glance


Virtual Conference | Sept. 20 - 24, 2021

Full Registration includes Two Bonus Segments
Sept. 8 - 9
Sept. 15 - 16

Regular Registration $189 | Early-Bird Value $149  (ends July 31)

14+ MCLE | 10.9 Ethics | 4.5 Elimination of Bias


Plenary Sessions

  • Voting Rights
  • Lawyer Well-Being
  • Regulating the Internet

Specialized Tracks

All About Business  |  Family Law  |  Probate, Trust and Elder  | All About Litigation  | Fusion2021

Bonus CLE

  • Ethics CLE Series – two one-hour sessions
  • YLS New Lawyer Series – two one-hour sessions

Additional Highlights

  • Over 25 track and plenary sessions available to choose from
  • Plus, a bonus ethics series and young (not so young) YLS CLE Series
  • Convenient, easy to access, fatigue free “lunch & learn” session schedule
  • No need to block out calendar or spend long days tied to your computer screen
  • Access to all conference materials and sessions for the next year for self-study


Speaker Bio

Comm. Carol Aiken's Profile

Comm. Carol Aiken Related seminars and products

31st Judicial Circuit Court

Comm. Aiken was appointed probate commissioner for the Greene County Circuit Court in 1997.  She practiced in the Missouri Attorney General's Office from 1995-1997 and at Woolsey, Fisher, Whitaker, and McDonald from 1988-1995.

Comm. Aiken is a member of the National College of Probate Judges, the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges, the Southern Missouri Women Lawyers, and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.

Comm. Aiken received her B.A. in English literature at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1979 and her M.A. in journalism at the University of Missouri - Columbia in 1981. She received her J.D. at University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law in 1988. 



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.

Sarah Bardol's Profile

Sarah Bardol Related seminars and products

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Melinda Bentley's Profile

Melinda Bentley Related seminars and products

Legal Ethics Counsel

Melinda J. Bentley serves as Legal Ethics Counsel, and she provides oral and written informal advisory opinions to attorneys on issues related to the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct. In that position, she also serves as administrator and counsel to the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri. She began serving in that position in 2012. Prior to that she worked for the Illinois State Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker and author on professional responsibility matters. Ms. Bentley currently serves as a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. She also currently serves on the Planning Committee for The Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference, and is a member of The Missouri Bar, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Organization of Bar Counsel, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and Cole County Bar Association. She was a board member and officer of the National Organization of Bar Counsel from 2015-2020, including a term as President from 2018-2019, and formerly served as a member (2015-2016) and Chair (2016-2018) of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct.

Brandon Boulware's Profile

Brandon Boulware Related seminars and products

Boulware Law LLC

Brandon Boulware handles business litigation and catastrophic personal injury matters. He began his legal career clerking for a Missouri Supreme Court judge, followed by a federal trial court clerkship. He then practiced with a business litigation boutique for 13 years. Brandon started his own firm in 2018, and lives in Kansas City with his wife and four children.  

Suzanne Brown Walsh's Profile

Suzanne Brown Walsh Related seminars and products

Murtha Cullina Attorneys at Law

As a member in the firm’s Trusts and Estates Department, Suzanne Brown Walsh represents clients in the areas of estate and tax planning, particularly for families of children with special needs, elder law, estate and trust administration, trust modifications and trustee changes.

Suzy is nationally known for her speaking and writing, including the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, the Southern Federal Tax Institute, and numerous regional organizations throughout the country. She has been interviewed for On the Media, PBS Newshour Weekend and Marketplace Money. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Bloomberg BNA’s Electronic Commerce Law Report, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Kansas City Star and by NBC News, CBS News and Agence France-Presse.

Suzy is a member of the Connecticut Bar and holds a B.S. degree from Boston University and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Since 2005, Suzy has served as one of Connecticut’s Commissioners on Uniform Laws.  As such, she represents Connecticut as a member of the Uniform Law Commission, a national organization which promotes statutory uniformity.  She chaired the ULC’s Drafting Committees on Electronic Wills, the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, the Amendments to the Uniform Principal and Income Act (2008), as well as a study committee on Mental Health Advance Directives.

Suzy currently is a member of the Conflicts of Laws in Trusts and Estates, Economic Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants and Health Care Decisions Act drafting committees, and serves on the ULC’s Joint Editorial Board on Uniform Trust and Estate Acts and Legislative Council.  She has served on the ULC’s Scope and Program Committee and Drafting Committees for the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction, Uniform Insurable Interests in Trusts, Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements, Uniform Powers of Appointment, Trust Decanting, Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses, Directed Trust, and Fundraising Through Public Appeals Acts.  In addition, Suzy taught Estate Planning and Taxation at the University of Connecticut Law School.

Suzy is a past chair and current executive committee member of both the Connecticut Bar Association’s Estates and Probate and Elder Law Sections. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel (ACTEC) and has chaired its Digital Property Committee, and is a member of the Program, Digital Property and State Laws Committees. She has also served on the Board of Directors of several community organizations, including PLAN of Connecticut, Inc., a nonprofit corporation providing low cost trust services to the families of the disabled. Before it was disbanded, Suzy served for years on the Connecticut Law Revision Commission’s Probate Advisory Committee.

Hon. Michael Burton's Profile

Hon. Michael Burton Related seminars and products

21st Judicial Circuit Court

Michael D. Burton was appointed circuit judge on Feb. 16, 2004, by Gov. Bob Holden. He was appointed an associate circuit judge by Gov. Mel Carnahan on Apr. 19, 1999.

He received his B.A. in government from the University of Notre Dame in 1982, and his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1985.

From 1985 until 1989, Judge Burton was an assistant public defender for the Special Public Defender's Office, serving St. Louis and St. Louis County. He practiced law from 1989-1999 with the law firm of Margulis, Grant, Burton & Margulis, P.C. He was a guardian ad litem for the St. Louis County Family Court from 1995 to 1999.

The St. Louis County judges elected Judge Burton to be the Circuit's Presiding Judge in March 2020 and again in October 2020.

From 2008-2012, Judge Burton served as the St. Louis County Family Court Administrative Judge. He chaired the St. Louis County Domestic and Family Violence Council from 2008 to 2012 and from 2015 to 2020. In 2016, Judge Burton became the Circuit's first full-time alternative treatment court judge, presiding over the Drug, DWI, Veteran and Mental Health courts. From 2016 to 2020, he chaired the Missouri Supreme Court's Commission on Battling Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence.

Judge Burton is involved in numerous community and volunteer activities. In 1991, he and his wife started Join Hands, ESL, an organization that offers various programs to youth from East St. Louis, IL housing projects. Judge Burton has been the president and founder of the organization's Boys Club since 1991. He volunteered as a truancy court judge for the Ferguson-Florissant School District from 2000 to 2008. He is past president and co-founder of the Alumni Association for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri and served on its board of directors from 2003 to 2008. He was a parish council member and chairman of the St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church from 1998 to 2001 and was a mentor for the St. Louis Association for Retarded Citizens from 1991-2008.

In 2018, the American Bar Association gave Judge Burton its Judith Kaye Award for Judicial Excellence (which recognizes one judge in the country who embodies the New York State's former chief judge's commitment to victims of domestic and sexual violence).

In 2013, Judge Burton received the Spirit of Justice Award from the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; the Champion for Change Award from A Woman's Place, and the Community Superhero Award from Voices for Children/Court Appointed Special Advocates. In 2011, he received Washington University School of Law's Distinguished Young Alumnus Award and the first Ellen Cowell Leadership Award from the Missouri Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Judge Burton also received the Special Recognition Award from Legal Advocates for Abused Women (2009); Children's Advocacy Award from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (2007); St. Louis University School of Law's Clarence Darrow Award for Public Service (2006); the Legacy Award (2005) from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri; and the Missouri Bar's Tom Cochran Community Service Award (2004).

Judge Burton has been an adjunct professor of law at Washington University School of Law since 1997 (teaching Evidence and Trial Advocacy), and at St. Louis University Law School since 1992 (teaching Trial Advocacy and Pre-Trial Practice). He has been a judicial instructor at the Missouri Judicial College since 2000, and an adjunct judicial instructor at the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges since 2008.

Judge Burton is a member of Mary Queen of Peace and St. Vincent DePaul Parishes. He belongs to the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the St. Louis County Bar Association.

Alisse Camazine's Profile

Alisse Camazine Related seminars and products

Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C.

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.

Hon. Nicole Colbert-Botchway's Profile

Hon. Nicole Colbert-Botchway Related seminars and products

22nd Judicial Circuit Court

Judge Nicole Colbert-Botchway was appointed associate circuit court judge July 2, 2015, and she was retained in 2016 and 2020.

Judge Colbert-Botchway served as an Administrative Hearing Commissioner for Missouri when appointed to the associate circuit bench by Gov. Jay Nixon on July 2nd, 2015. After working in private practice and serving as an assistant circuit attorney for the St. Louis City Circuit Attorney's Office, Judge Colbert-Botchway served as an assistant attorney general and unit leader for Missouri for over ten years. Judge Colbert-Botchway has also served for many years in several bar and community leadership roles including on The Missouri Bar Board of Governors.

Saint Alphonsus Liguori "Rock" Catholic Church
American Bar Association
The Missouri Bar
National Bar Association - Judicial Council
Mound City Bar Association
Women Lawyer's Association of Greater St. Louis
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Lawyers Association of St. Louis
Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges

Rosati-Kain High School
Saint Louis University, B.A.
Saint Louis University, School of Law, J.D.
University of Missouri - St. Louis, M.B.A.

Lauren Collins's Profile

Lauren Collins Related seminars and products

Sandberg Phoenix Von Gontard P.C.

Lauren Collins is an associate with Sandberg Phoenix in St. Louis. She has a depth of experience with complex litigation. Previously she taught as an adjunct professor at Saint Louis University School of Law and was Assistant Circuit Attorney for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia. 


Lauren is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Mound City Bar Association. She is a Council Member for The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section, an Associate with the Theodore McMillian American Inn of Court and part of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. In 2018, Lauren was recognized as a Diversity and Inclusion Recipient from Missouri Lawyers Media. 


She is licensed to practice in the states of Missouri and Illinois.

Comm. Patrick Connaghan's Profile

Comm. Patrick Connaghan Related seminars and products

22nd Judicial Circuit Court

Patrick J. Connaghan has been the Probate Commissioner for the 22nd Judicial Circuit (City of St. Louis) since 2007. Prior to his appointment as Probate Commissioner he served for twelve years as General Counsel for the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen. He is a Past President of the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges. He is a 2009 Science and Technology Fellow for The Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center (ASTAR) in Washington D.C. He was the 2014 recipient of the Isabella Horton Grant Guardianship Award from the National College of Probate Judges. Commissioner Connaghan is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Law.

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. He is a 1999 graduate of the University of Missouri, where he served as Treasurer of the Student Bar Association. Mr. Courtney received Bachelor Degrees in Political Science and Sociology in 1996 from the University of Missouri.

Mr. Courtney is a member of The Missouri Bar, Committee Member of the Family Law Planning Committee; Secretary of the Missouri Bar Family Law Section - 2015-2016, Vice-Chair of the Missouri Bar Family Law Section 2017-present; Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association; Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society; FarmHouse Fraternity; and is admitted to practice in the state of Missouri and Federal bar of Missouri.

Prof. Travis Crum's Profile

Prof. Travis Crum Related seminars and products

Washington University School of Law - St. Louis

Travis Crum is an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Crum’s scholarship explores the relationship between voting rights, race, and federalism. His current projects examine the Fifteenth Amendment as an independent constitutional provision and the role of racially polarized voting in redistricting.

Professor Crum’s work on the Voting Rights Act’s bail-in provision was described by the Wall Street Journal as the “blueprint” for the “Obama administration’s new legal strategy to preserve decades of minority-voting rights” in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder striking down the VRA’s coverage formula. His work has also been discussed in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and MSNBC. He is a frequent contributor to the Election Law Blog and Take Care. Professor Crum’s proposal for an effects-test bail-in provision was incorporated in the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

Professor Crum served as a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice (Ret.) John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and Judge Myron Thompson on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. While in practice, he was a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States and an associate at Mayer Brown LLP. Immediately prior to joining the faculty, he was a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. Professor Crum received his JD from Yale Law School, his master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University. He was a first-generation college student.

Hon. Heather Cunningham's Profile

Hon. Heather Cunningham Related seminars and products

21st Judicial Circuit Court

Heather R. Cunningham was appointed associate circuit judge Mar. 6, 2020 by Gov. Mike Parson. Prior to her appointment, Judge Cunningham previously served as a commissioner for the Juvenile Division of the Family Court.

Judge Cunningham graduated from Bradley University with a degree in political science and a minor in history. She received her law degree from St. Louis University.

Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Cunningham worked for the family law firm of Cordell & Cordell, P.C., and served as attorney for the juvenile officer in the 20th Circuit and the 21st Circuit Courts. She was an adjunct professor at St. Louis Community College -Meramec. Judge Cunningham serves as the co-chair of the Court's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and chair of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. She is also involved with the Court's Student Encouragement Program (formerly Truancy Court).

She is a member of The Missouri Bar, St. Louis County Bar, Women Lawyers' Association of St. Louis, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and Mound City Bar Association.

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

Keith Cutler's Profile

Keith Cutler Related seminars and products

James W. Tippin & Associates

Keith Cutler is a trial attorney with the law firm of James W. Tippin & Associates in Kansas City, and has practiced in the areas of commercial, construction, general liability, and insurance defense litigation for over 30 years.  He is a frequent CLE speaker on trial practice, ethics, and professionalism.

Hon. Deborah Daniels's Profile

Hon. Deborah Daniels Related seminars and products

13th Judicial Circuit Court

Hon. Deborah Daniels serves as a senior judge, after almost 12 years a ACJ . Also, she was an adjunct professor of law from 1983-2013. Before joining the bench, she was Chief Counsel at the Missouri AGO and was an Assistant P.A in Boone County. She is an ASTAR (NCSI) judge.

Deborah Dodge's Profile

Deborah Dodge Related seminars and products

Hall Ansley, PC

Deborah Dodge is a trial attorney who is passionate about representing patients and families who have been victims of poor medical treatment. 

Aside from medical malpractice cases, Debbie has an active trial practice in other areas including personal injury, business, municipal and agricultural litigation.  She also enjoys representing clients at the appellate level.
Debbie has served on the board of governors for The Missouri Bar, the Missouri Rules of Civil Procedure Committee and the Judicial Performance Review Committee. She also served as president for the Southern Missouri Women Lawyers.  

Debbie has made Hall Ansley her home since 1994.  Prior to joining the firm, she enjoyed the experience of working as a law clerk for Judge John E. Parrish at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern Division.

Debbie is a devoted board member of Barnabas Foundation which operates a unique camp focusing on the talents and gifts of children with physical and mental disabilities.


  • Missouri, 1993
  • Kansas, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 2009


  • Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas
    • Juris Doctorate
  • Central Methodist College
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Communications


  • The 2001 recipient of the David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award
  • Springfield Business Journal Most Influential Women of 2011
  • Missouri Lawyers' Weekly 2014 Women’s Justice Award as a Litigation Practitioner

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. 



Prof. David English's Profile

Prof. David English Related seminars and products

University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law

Nicole Fisher's Profile

Nicole Fisher Related seminars and products

Fisher Law LLC

Nicole is the founder and owner of Fisher Law LLC. Nicole focuses her practice exclusively in family law litigation. She provides her clients with skilled advocacy while being compassionate to the crisis at hand. Nicole is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and

Prof. Chad Flanders's Profile

Prof. Chad Flanders Related seminars and products

Saint Louis University School of Law

Prof. Chad Flanders has taught Criminal Law, Election Law, Religion and the First Amendment at Saint Louis University. Since arriving at SLU, Flanders has published more than 20 articles or essays in journals such as the Florida Law Review, the California Law Review, the Missouri Law Review and the Alaska Law Review, and his work on Bush v. Gore has been cited by state and federal courts. He has also written numerous opinion pieces for national and local newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Politico.

Prof. Patricia Fry's Profile

Prof. Patricia Fry Related seminars and products

University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law

Patricia Fry retired in 2007 after 30 years of teaching commercial law. She is the Edward W. Hinton Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.  

From 1990 to 1994, Professor Fry chaired the Subcommittee on Electronic Commercial Practices of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee, ABA Business Law Section. That Subcommittee grew quickly under her leadership and now is the Cyberspace Committee of the ABA Business Law Section.

After her appointment to the Uniform Law Commission in 1991, Professor Fry served on Drafting Committees to revise UCC Article 2 and for the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act. She chaired the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.  

In 2000, upon her move to the University of Missouri-Columbia, she was appointed to the Uniform Law Commission [ULC] for Missouri and continued to serve on a variety of study and drafting committees. Now a life member of the ULC, she most recently chaired the Drafting Committee to Revise the Uniform Law on Notarial Acts and its subsequent amendments. She currently is a member emeritus of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code, and a member of the Drafting Committee for the Public Meetings During Emergencies Act and the Study Committees on Mortgage Modifications and Public Health Emergency Authorities. She is a member of the Uniform Law Commission’s Committee to Monitor Developments in Technology.

Throughout her career, Professor Fry has spoken and written on the subject of the relation between commercial transactions and practices, electronic technologies and the law.

Sheena Hamilton's Profile

Sheena Hamilton Related seminars and products

Dowd Bennett LLP

Sheena R. Hamilton is a partner at Dowd Bennett LLP in St. Louis, Missouri. She concentrates on employment litigation and corporate internal investigations. Primarily, Ms. Hamilton defends employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. She tries cases alleging employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, as well as wage and hour disputes, to verdict and through appeals.  

Ms. Hamilton regularly speaks and writes on employment law. She presents to attorneys and human resources professionals on topics such as maintaining a respectful workplace, conducting workplace investigations, creating and implementing privacy policies, and applying rules of evidence and procedure. An author of more than 20 articles in publications such as the Missouri Employment Law Letter, Missouri Business, St. Louis Lawyer and TYL, Ms. Hamilton also has been quoted as an authority on matters involving employment and labor law by The New York Times, Law360, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®), and the ABA Journal.

For her work, she was awarded the Women in Justice Award titled Litigation Practitioner in 2017 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly and the John C. Shepherd Professionalism Award in 2019 by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.  

Ms. Hamilton is a member of the board of governors for the American Bar Association, vice chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee for The Missouri Bar, and a member of the board of directors for the United Way of Greater St. Louis.  

Prior to joining Dowd Bennett, she clerked for the then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Eric Jennings's Profile

Eric Jennings Related seminars and products

The Missouri Bar

Eric Jennings currently serves as General Counsel for The Missouri Bar. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law (2005) and Truman State University (2002) and a member of The Missouri Bar, BAMSL, SMBA, and the Federalist Society.

Aaron Kirkland's Profile

Aaron Kirkland Related seminars and products

Kirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP

Prof. Jeffrey Kosseff's Profile

Prof. Jeffrey Kosseff Related seminars and products

United States Naval Academy

Prof. Jeff Kosseff is an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Law at the United States Naval Academy. He is the author of Cybersecurity Law (Wiley), the first comprehensive textbook on U.S. cybersecurity laws and regulations, and in Spring 2019 he published The Twenty-Six Words that Created the Internet (Cornell University Press), a nonfiction narrative history of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.  He currently is writing a third book, also for Cornell University Press, tentatively titled United States of Anonymous Speech, about the history of the First Amendment right to anonymous speech in the United States, from the Federalist Papers to online postings. 

Prof. Thom Lambert's Profile

Prof. Thom Lambert Related seminars and products

Center for Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship

Prof. Thomas A. Lambert is the Wall Chair in Corporate Law and Governance and Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. 

Lambert’s scholarship focuses on antitrust, corporate and regulatory matters. He is the author of How to Regulate: A Guide for Policymakers (Cambridge Univ. Press 2017) and co-author of Antitrust Law: Interpretation and Implementation (5th ed., Foundation Press, 2013). He has also authored or co-authored numerous book chapters and more than 20 journal articles in such publications as the Antitrust Bulletin, the Boston College Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Texas Law Review and the Yale Journal on Regulation. He blogs regularly at Truth on the Market, a site focused on academic commentary on antitrust, business and economic legal issues.

Dean Lyrissa Lidsky's Profile

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University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law

Dean Lyrissa Lidsky is dean of the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law and Judge C.A. Leedy Professor of Law. The focus of her research and teaching is the intersection of Tort Law and the First Amendment, with an emphasis on free speech issues in social media. 

A prominent Media Law scholar, she is co-reporter on the Restatement of Defamation and Privacy, co-author of a leading Media Law casebook, a First Amendment casebook, and a reference book on press freedom. She has published dozens of articles, culminating in her recent article in the California Law Review titled Considering the Context of Online Threats. Her work on anonymous speech has been cited by a number of state supreme courts and the highest courts of Canada and Hong Kong.

Joan M. Lockwood's Profile

Joan M. Lockwood Related seminars and products

Gray, Ritter & Graham, PC

Joan Lockwood, Director with Gray, Ritter & Graham handles a broad range of litigation, including automobile and trucking accidents, products liability, medical negligence, and wrongful death. She was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions in 2003 serving as Reporter from 2009-2019 and Chair from 2020-present.


Michelle Masoner's Profile

Michelle Masoner Related seminars and products

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Hon. Brian May's Profile

Hon. Brian May Related seminars and products

21st Judicial Circuit Court

Laura McKnight's Profile

Laura McKnight Related seminars and products

Creative Planning

Laura practiced estate planning, tax, and corporate law at Spencer Fane in Kansas City. She then served as CEO of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and as CEO of Crown Philanthropic Solutions, a private equity-owned SaaS company, facilitating its sale. Laura now leads practice development for Creative Planning. 

Mira Mdivani's Profile

Mira Mdivani Related seminars and products

Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm

Nicholas Mebruer's Profile

Nicholas Mebruer Related seminars and products

Mebruer Law Firm, P.C.

Nicholas Edward Mebruer was born and raised in Lebanon, Missouri. He graduated the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1995. A solo practitioner in The Mebruer Law Firm, P.C., in Lebanon, he focuses primarily on family law. The majority of his practice is dedicated to representing children in foster care in Camden and Laclede County, as well as contested custody cases in the 25th, 26th and 30th Circuits. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University in 1989 and formerly served as a senior analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He has served terms as president and treasurer of the Laclede County Bar Association and is an active member of the 26th Circuit Bar Association. He is a member of Rotary International and past chairman of the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, Board of Directors. He and his wife, Emily, are raising four adopted children, ages 16, 15, 14 and 12. He is a freelance sports photographer for KY3’s Ozarks Sports Zone and ZouNation Magazine.

Mary Olson's Profile

Mary Olson Related seminars and products

Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP

Mary is an associate at Shook, Hardy & Bacon and leads Project Affirmation, Shook’s pro bono name change and gender marker amendment clinic. She has represented and counseled hundreds of trans clients in obtaining accurate identification documents, including litigating before hostile judges and negotiating with counsel for vital records offices. 

Bhavik Patel's Profile

Bhavik Patel Related seminars and products

Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard

Bhavik joined Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard in 2004. He currently serves as the firm’s CEO and chair of the firm's executive committee. He oversees the strategy and direction of the firm, manages growth and expansion opportunities, and coaches the firm leaders.

Under his direction, the firm developed and implemented a strategic communications plan and rebranded to better reflect the firm’s values, culture and commitment to service. He has fostered and led the firm to grow to nearly 350 employees and approximately doubled the firm’s revenue in the last three years.

In addition to his work as CEO, he is chair of the firm’s Wealth Planning Group and Special Needs Planning Group and focuses in the following areas:

•    Wealth/Tax Planning and Administration
•    Business/Corporate Planning
•    Special Needs Planning
•    Probate and Trust Litigation
•    FINRA Litigation
•    Trademarks

Bhavik’s work with the special needs community extends outside of the firm. He is the founder and chairman of Families at Ease, a local not-for-profit entity focused on delivering information about programs, services and resources available for special needs children and their families. He is also committed to civic and philanthropic causes. Bhavik serves as a board member for the St. Louis Zoo; the membership co-chair for Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a global leadership community; a member of the board of directors for St. Louis ARC and Starkloff Disability Institute; and an emeritus board member of the Foster and Adoptive Coalition. He founded the Sandberg Phoenix Charitable Foundation and is this year’s co-chair for the Strategy Across the Board Gala.

Alan Pratzel's Profile

Alan Pratzel Related seminars and products

Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel

Alan Pratzel was appointed as the Chief Disciplinary Counsel by the Supreme Court of Missouri in April 2007.  In that position, Mr. Pratzel oversees the system that receives, investigates and litigates ethics complaints against lawyers in Missouri.  He began working for the attorney discipline system in 1985, serving as a Special Representative in the City of St. Louis.  Prior to becoming Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Mr. Pratzel was in private practice for 30 years in St. Louis, engaging in various types of litigation.  He is also an adjunct professor of Professional Responsibility at the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia and at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Denise Robinson's Profile

Denise Robinson Related seminars and products

The Still Center LLC

After counseling clients on a variety of labor & employment matters as a law firm associate, Denise pursued a career building diverse and inclusive institutions, including as a law school and college admissions officer focused on multicultural recruitment for Georgetown University. She continued this pursuit at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where she was promoted through a series of roles to serve as the firm’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion. Subsequently, Denise served as the Diversity Officer for the International Monetary Fund. Denise is also a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, which is the foundation of her work in mindfulness, meditation, and other contemplative practices. Denise is the Founding Principal of The Still Center LLC which focuses on facilitating personal well-being, meaningful interpersonal connections, and organizational diversity & inclusion. 

Jessica Rooks's Profile

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The Rooks Law Firm, LLC

Jessica Rooks runs a thriving Elder Law and Estate Planning firm in rural Northeast Missouri.  After receiving a BS in Political Science with honors from Truman State University, she went on to pursue a law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law, graduating in the top 15% of her class.  While in law school, Jessica helped shape Missouri Guardianship reform Law.  Continuing her lifelong determination to chart her own course, Jessica chose to open a solo small firm after law school and focusing on the specialty areas of Elder Law and Estate Planning with the aim of serving the needs of rural Missouri.  Since opening her practice in 2012, Jessica has served as the first circuit Juvenile attorney, has been profiled in Missouri Lawyer’s Media, and was named an Up and Coming young attorney for the Missouri Bar Weekly in 2018, and has held numerous community seminars and information sessions on Estate and Long-Term Care Planning. Outside of her practice, Jessica has worked extensively with local charities, been nominated for the Kirksville Young Professionals Top 5 under 40 award and has served on the board of her local chapters of the Chamber of Commerce, HUD and YMCA.


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Patricia “Tricia” M. Scaglia, received her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ms. Scaglia received a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She served as law clerk to the late Honorable Kelly J. Moorhouse, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Missouri and to the Honorable Robert E. Larsen, United States District Court Western District of Missouri. Ms. Scaglia practices primarily in the area of Family Law, frequently serving as a Guardian Ad Litem and mediator. Ms. Scaglia also handles family law appeals.

Ms. Scaglia has appeared before the Western District of Missouri and Eastern District of Missouri. Ms. Scaglia is Immediate Past Chair of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) Family Law Committee. She is active in the Missouri Bar Family Law Section Council serving as Vice-Chair of the Executive Council; Chair, Continuing Legal Education; and Chair, Family Law Conference Planning Committee. Ms. Scaglia is the 2008 recipient of the KCMBA President’s Award for her work as Chair of the KCMBA Family Law Committee. Ms. Scaglia serves on the Missouri Supreme Court Committee for Access to Family Courts. Ms. Scaglia is a life-long resident of Kansas City, Missouri. She is licensed in Missouri and Kansas. 

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Commissioner Watson is the Deputy Probate Commissioner for St. Louis County. Prior to her appointment, Watson was a shareholder at Danna McKitrick. She received her LL.M. in Taxation and her J.D. from Washington University. Commissioner Watson has over 15 years of experience in trusts, estates, guardianships, and special needs trusts.

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CLE Ethics

CLE Ethics Lunch & Learn

Sept. 8, 2021 @ 12:00 PM    

2021 Update on Lawyer Ethics Issues

(Qualifies for 1.2 Ethics hour)

Presenter: Melinda Bentley, Missouri Ethics Counsel, Jefferson City

This program will provide an update on recent amendments to the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct, recently published Informal Opinions, other timely ethics issues, and resources.    

Sept. 9, 2021 @ 12:00 PM 

Insights from Missouri's Chief Disciplinary Counsel

(Qualifies for 1.2 Ethics hour)

Presenter: Alan Pratzel, Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Jefferson City

This program will provide a review of data from the attorney discipline system; recent case decisions from the Supreme Court of Missouri; the requirement to report another lawyer's misconduct; and helpful pointers on responding to an ethics investigation. 

YLS New Lawyer Series

YLS New Lawyer Series

Sept. 15, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Best Practices for the Young (or Even the Not So Young) Practitioner for Working Remotely - Navigating WebEx, Hearings, Depos ...

Moderator: Lauren Collins, Automobile Club of Missouri (AAA) | Kraft, Bischoff, Buckley & Collins, St. Louis
Panelists: Sheena Hamilton, Dowd Bennett, Clayton; Judge Michael Stelzer, 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, St. Louis

Sept. 16, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Opportunities for Young Lawyers in Estate & Probate Practice - Tips for Serving a Diverse Clientele

(Qualifies for 1.0 Ethics & 1.0 Bias hour)

Moderator: Whittney Dunn, The Bar Plan, St. Louis

Panelists: Comm. Jerri Zhang, 16th Judicial Circuit, Kansas City; Don Quinn, Quinn & Quinn, PC, Kansas City


Plenary Sessions


Sept. 22, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Exploring the Nexus Between Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Lawyer Well-Being

(Qualifies for 1.5 Ethics & 1.5 Bias hours)

Presenter: Denise A. Robinson, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate | Mindfulness and Well-Being Consultant, Washington D.C.

Recent studies show that the well-documented mental health challenges for lawyers and other legal professionals are even worse for members of the profession who identify as people of color. While this should come as no surprise in light of the continued challenges the legal profession has with making meaningful change with respect to diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), not enough attention has been paid to the relationship between DEI and well-being. This program will explore why and how DEI efforts need to be augmented by a focus on well-being to improve the whole-person experience for all in the legal profession.

Program Objectives: 

  • Understanding the importance of developing and evaluating efforts to promote well-being in the profession with a DEI lens.
  • Exploring mindfulness as a key capacity to develop in helping lawyers address both mental health and DEI needs.
  • Outlining practical strategies to foster a symbiotic relationship between organizational well-being and DEI programs.

Sept. 23, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Constitutional, Legal and Historical Look at Voting Rights

Moderator: Prof. Chad Flanders, Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis

Panelists: Prof.  Travis Crum, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis; More TBA


Sept. 24, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Regulating the Internet: Multi-Billion Dollar Companies, Government Power and Free Speech - Section 230, Social Media, First Amendment, Antitrust

Moderator: Dean Lyrissa Lidsky, University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia

Panelists: Prof. Jeff Kosseff, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis MD; Prof. Thom Lambert, University of Missouri, Columbia


All About Business

Sept. 20, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Life Span of a Business, Part I: Startup - Raising Capital, IP/Licensing, Employment Issues, Equipment Purchase/Asset Purchase

Moderator: Nate Orr, Spencer Fane LLP, Kansas City; Eric Johnson, Spencer Fane LLP, Kansas City

Panelists: Gordon Spring, Polsinelli, St. Louis; Dianne Smith Misemer, Hovey Williams LLP, Overland Park, Kansas; Ruthie White, Spencer Fane LLP, Houston, Texas

Sept. 20, 2021 @ 12:00 PM


Cybersecurity Nightmares to Avoid for Law Firms
Presenter: Dan Nelson, Digital Silence, Denver, Colorado

Employment Issues – New World Red Flags and Policies – Post COVID-19
Presenter: Camille Roe, Jackson Lewis, Kansas City

Antitrust – Stories of Market Domination, Preserving Competition
Presenter: Nicci Warr, Stinson, LLP, St. Louis

Addressing Clients' Charitable Giving Priorities in an Era of Looming Tax Reform
Presenter: Laura McKnight, Creative Planning, Kansas City
Meeting clients' charitable giving goals in their estate plans has become increasingly complex as tax laws change and pressure increases on tax policy. This presentation will offer insights in how to raise the issue with interested clients; stay current on relevant legislative developments; and be authentic in your approach. 

Sept. 21, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Life Span of a Business, Part II: Mature Mid-Cycle Growth - Corporate Issues, Employment and Real Estate, Growth/Market Change, Financial Issues

Moderator: Nate Orr, Spencer Fane and Hypothetical Client: Eric Johnson, Spencer Fane

Panelists: Donald E. Maxwell, Donald E. Maxwell LLC, Kansas City; Todd A. LaSala, Stinson LLP, Kansas City; Ruthie White, Spencer Fane LLP, Houston, Texas

Sept. 21, 2021 @ 12:00 PM 

Roundtable on the Business of Practicing Law

Moderator: Seth Albin, Summers Compton Wells, LLC, St. Louis

Panelists: Bhavik Patel, Sandberg Phoenix, St. Louis; Mira Mdivani, Mdivani Corporate Law Firm, Kansas City; Alex Lee, TKC Holdings, Inc., St. Louis

Sept. 22, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Life Span of a Business, Part III: End Cycle - Bankruptcy, Succession, Business Sale, Family Key Person Issues, Estate Planning

Moderator: Nate Orr, Spencer Fane and Eric Johnson, Spencer Fane

Panelists: H. Joseph Price, Jr., Dysart Taylor, Kansas City; Michelle Masoner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Kansas City; Lee Viorel, III, Lowther Johnson LLC, Springfield 

Family Law

Family Law

Sept. 20, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Transgender Issues for Missouri Practitioners and Related Legislative Action

(Qualifies for 1.0 Ethics & 1.0 Bias hour)

Presenters: Brandon Boulware, Boulware Law, Kansas City; Mary Olson, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Kansas City        

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Treating transgender people with respect means treating them according to their gender identity, not the sex they were assigned at birth.
  • Language matters: Using a person’s chosen name and pronouns.
  • Changing names and amending gender markers on government-issued identification documents: the basics.
  • Legislative action impacting trans Missourians.

Sept. 20, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Mental Health for the Family Law Practitioner

(Qualifies for 1.0 Ethics hour)

Presenters: Seth AlbinSummers Compton Wells, LLC, St. Louis; Alisse Camazine, Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC, St. Louis; Lauren Zehnle, St. Louis Addiction Counseling LLC, St. Louis

Sept. 21, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Primer on Orders of Protection

Presenter: Judge Michael D. Burton, 21st Judicial Circuit Court, St. Louis  

This program focuses on orders of protection – what is necessary to obtain an ex parte and full order; different requirements when parties are family/household members or not; available relief; evidentiary issues; impact of an order on the parties; renewal and dismissal considerations – for a thorough primer on the subject. This will be followed by a description of the 21st Judicial Circuit's approach to enforcing full orders of protection through compliance dockets and the contempt process.

Sept. 21, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Family Law Legislative and Case Law Update

Presenter: Tricia Scaglia, Scaglia Law Firm LLC, Independence

Sept. 22, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

The Ying and Yang of Technology & Access to Justice in Family Law Cases

Moderator: Chad Courtney, Courtney & Mills LLC, Springfield

Presenters: Judge Bruce Hilton, 21st Judicial Circuit Court, St. Louis; Nick Mebruer, Mebruer Law Firm, PC, Lebanon; Nicole Fisher, Fischer Law LLC, Kansas City

This program will cover:

  • How to manage a docket virtually;
  • Advantages and disadvantages of virtual technology;
  • Credibility issues;
  • Screen sharing;
  • Making a record;
  • Protocols for presentation of evidence; and 
  • How to enforce.




Sept. 20, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Legislative Update

Moderator: Eric Jennings, The Missouri Bar, Jefferson City 
Panelists: TBD

Sept. 21, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

What Lawyers Should Know About Depression and Suicide

(Qualifies for 1.0 Ethics hour)

Presenter: Chris Ritter, Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, Austin, Texas

Sept. 22, 2021 @ 11:00 AM



All About Litigation


Sept. 20, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Judicial Panel: Lessons Learned and Use of Technology for Virtual Hearings Post COVID-19

Moderator: Derek SpencerMissouri Attorney General's Office, Kansas City
Panelists: Judge Brian May, 21st Judicial Circuit Court, Clayton; Judge Heather Cunningham, 21st Judicial Circuit Court, Clayton; Judge Joseph Whyte, 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, St. Louis; Judge Nicole Colbert-Botchway, 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, St. Louis; Judge Christopher McGraugh, 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, St. Louis

The panelists will discuss:

  • What judges expect during video hearings and what might "grind the gears" of a judge.
  • Tips for ensuring their technology is up to snuff and allows them and their clients to participate in remote hearings.
  • Suggestions for things to remember while trying to make a record during a remote hearing. 

Sept. 20, 2021 @ 12:00 PM 

Implicit Bias and Jury Selection - MAI-Criminal and MAI-Civil

(Qualifies for 1.0 Ethics & 1.0 Bias hour)

Presenters: Joan Lockwood, Gray, Ritter & Graham, St. Louis; Judge Deborah Daniels, 13th Judicial Circuit Court (retired), Columbia

With the adoption of new Missouri jury instructions addressing implicit bias, it’s increasingly clear that important decisions – by jurors, attorneys, even judges – can be impacted by bias.  

How do biases affect decision-making and how can we recognize and manage bias to increase focus on issues of diversity and equality?

This CLE segment will define and address common implicit biases and provide tools on how to manage their impact.

  • Understand what implicit bias means and how it may influence our decisions.
  • Discuss the rationale behind the adoption of and learn how to use Missouri’s implicit bias instructions contained in MAI Civil and Criminal. 
  • Identify Missouri’s rules of civil procedure, court operating rules and ethical rules that have long recognized that bias has no place in our courts and our system of justice.
  • Discuss the issue of implicit (and explicit) bias in the context of jury selection and in the use of Batson and peremptory challenges. 
  • Learn some techniques that help debias perceptions and improve interactions.

Sept. 21, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

New Rules: Supreme Court Rule on Discovery

Presenters: Deborah Dodge, Hall & Ansley PC, Springfield; Keith Cutler, James W. Tippin & Associates, Kansas City        

Sept. 21, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Establishing the Client Relationship Virtually

(Qualifies for 1.0 Ethics hour)

Moderator: Kate Noland, Noland Law Firm LLC, Liberty

Presenters: Whittney Dunn, The Bar Plan, St. Louis; Judge Deborah Daniels, 13th Judicial Circuit Court (retired), Columbia

Although the courts are opening, it is anticipated that some business will continue to be done over interactive video: Zoom, Webex, Team meetings. This session will present scenarios that implicate the professional rules and discuss possible tension between virtual meetings and the rules. The questions to be addressed are:

1)  Who is the client?  The attorney believes the Zoom is with one person and three people appear on the Zoom. How is this handled?

2)  When does the attorney-client privilege attach?  How is it formalized?  How are is the status of participants on Zoom formalized? How are conflicts identified?

3)  How are facts developed on  interactive video without losing privilege?

4)  How do you establish proper etiquette for Zoom?  Don't sign into Zoom while driving?  Don't let unidentified persons participate in the Zoom?  

Attend the CLE and get the questions with citations to the Rules. 

Sept. 22, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Best Practices to Get Digital Communications Admitted at Trial

Presenter: Sarah Bardol, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis; Additional Presenters: TBA

Probate, Trust & Elder

Probate, Trust & Elder


Sept. 20, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Civil & Criminal Remedies in Financial Exploitation Cases

Presenters: Debra Klein Schuster, Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC, St. Louis; Catherine Vannier, Missouri Office of Prosecution Services, Jefferson City

Sept. 20, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (CDT)

Commissioner Insights – Mistakes to Avoid, Red Flags Alerts & Best Practices for Lawyers Handling Probate and Estate Administration Matters

Moderator: Commissioner Jerri Zhang, 16th Judicial Circuit Court, Kansas City

Panelists: Deputy Probate Commissioner Misty Watson, 21st. Judicial Circuit Court, St. Louis; Probate Commissioner Carol Aiken, 31st Judicial Circuit Court, Springfield 

Sept. 21, 2021 @ 11:00 AM (CDT)     

Practical and Ethical Considerations in Expanding a Probate/Elder Law Practice to a Regional or Statewide Practice

(Qualifies for 1.0 Ethics credit)

Presenters: Jessica Rooks, Rooks Law Firm, Kirksville; Daniel P. Wheeler, Kirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP, Kansas City

The availability and acceptance of audio/visual technology creates opportunities for Missouri attorneys to geographically expand their probate and elder law practice to a regional or statewide practice. The learning objective is to have all attendees understand the practical and ethical considerations in expanding their practice in this manner and to be able to apply the appropriate procedures.  

Issues to be discussed include: 1) Marketing to a broader audience; 2) Retaining client confidentiality and attorney-client privilege for non-in-person communications; 3) Ethical rules regarding what state you are practicing law in; 4) Conflict rules; 5) Local court rules and appearing in Court remotely; 6) Presentations by remote technology; 7) Remote execution of documents and document retention; and 8) Cloud-based client portals.

Sept. 21, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Modern Technology in Estate Planning Practice - Developments Based on Uniform Laws Including UEWA and RUFADAA

Moderator: Prof. David English, University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia

Presenters: Prof. Patricia Fry, University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia; Suzanne Brown Walsh, Murtha Cullina Attorneys at Law, Hartford, Connecticut

Our world and our lives, whether we like it or not, have become digital.  Missouri has enacted the Uniform Electronic Wills Act and Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, as well as statutes governing remote online notarization.  These statutes present opportunities and challenges to estate planners.  This program will provide an introduction to assist you as you evaluate the potential of each development for you and for your clients.  You will:

  • Learn how an electronic will may be executed
  • Learn how RUFADAA helps fiduciaries access digital assets
  • Learn what remote online notarization is and how it works

Sept. 22, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

The Dos and Don'ts of Expert Witness Testimony in Probate Cases

Presenters: Aaron Kirkland, Kirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP, Kansas City; Probate Commissioner Patrick Connaghan, 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, St. Louis    

Sponsorship Opportunities

Planning Committee

Thank You to the 2021 Annual Meeting Planning Committee

John Gunn, President, St. Louis
John Grimm, Vice President, Cape Girardeau
Judge George Draper, III, Jefferson City
Chief Justice Paul C. Wilson, Jefferson City
Thomas Bender, Immediate Past President, Kansas City
Mischa Buford Epps, Executive Director, Jefferson City
Sara G. Neill, Chair, St. Louis
Betsy AuBuchon, Clerk of the Supreme Court of Missouri, Jefferson City
Seth Albin, St. Louis
Teri Appelbaum, St. Louis
Dean Jon Baris, St. Louis
Barbara Birkicht, St. Louis
Judge Michael Burton, Clayton
John Challis, Clayton
Lauren Collins, St. Louis
Chad Courtney, Springfield
Judge Deborah Daniels, Columbia
Katharyn Davis, St. Louis
Athena Dickson, Kansas City
Whittney Dunn, St. Louis
Judge Katherine Fowler, St. Louis
Kevin Gunn, St. Louis
Steve Harmon, St. Louis
Ed Hershewe, Joplin
Tamar Hodges, St. Louis
Eric Johnson, Kansas City
Daniel Kertz, St. Charles
Amanda Pennington Ketchum, Kansas City
Christie Lewis Abate, St. Louis
Nalini Mahadevan, St. Louis
Jennifer Matthew, St. Louis
Mira Mdivani, Kansas City
Kate Noland, Liberty
Nathan Orr, Kansas City
Erin Pfirrman, St. Louis
Megan Phillips, St. Louis
Matthew Radefeld, St. Louis
Judge Robin Ransom, St. Louis
Scott Robbins, Poplar Bluff
Susan Ford Robertson, Kansas City
Judge Jason Sengheiser, St. Louis
Dean Nancy Staudt, St. Louis
Judge Michael Stelzer, St. Louis
Shae Stone, St. Louis
Prof. & Dean Emerita Ellen Suni, Kansas City
Judge William Syler, Cape Girardeau
Robert Tomaso, St. Louis
Lauren Tucker McCubbin, Kansas City
Ryan Turnage, St. Louis
Daniel Wheeler, Liberty
Dorothy White-Coleman, St. Louis
Casey Wong, St. Louis
Commissioner Jerri Zhang, Kansas City
Maria Zschoche, St. Louis

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received on or before September 1, 2021 will receive a full refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after September 1, 2021. You will have access to the programs' self-study materials located in your online account. 

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