Join us for the Annual Government Practice Institute
December 9, 2022
In-person | Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center | 415 W. McCarty | Jefferson City
8 – 8:30 a.m. | Registration
8:30 – 9:20 a.m. | Case Law Update
Speaker: David L. McCain, Jr., Missouri Attorney General's Office, Jefferson City
9:20 – 9:35 a.m. | Break
9:35 – 10:25 a.m. | Litigating Elections
Speaker: Jesus A. Osete, Secretary of State of Missouri, Jefferson City
This session will provide an overview of pending election law cases.
10:25 – 10:40 a.m. | Break
10:40 – 11:30 a.m. | Amendment 3: Constitutional Expungement
Speakers: Mary D. Fox, Director, Office of the Public Defender, Columbia; Amy Fite, Prosecuting Attorney, Christian County, Ozark; Sara G. Rittman, Jefferson City; Sydney Ragsdale, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, UMKC Expungement Clinic, Kansas City; Jason K. Lewis, Chief Counsel for Governmental Affairs, Missouri Attorney General's Office, St. Louis; Doug Shull, General Counsel at Missouri Department of Corrections, Jefferson City
Moderator: Eric D. Jennings, The Missouri Bar, Jefferson City
In November, Missouri voters approved Constitutional Amendment 3, relating to marijuana use and the expungement of cannabis-related criminal records. The new constitutional amendment takes effect Dec. 8. The portions of Amendment 3 authorizing constitutional expungements will be particularly relevant for criminal law practitioners. This online course is designed to provide Missouri lawyers with a basic understanding of constitutional expungements under Amendment 3's framework, so they will be ready to answer client questions and take proper action.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Lunch provided
12:30 – 1:20 p.m. | Medicaid Expansion: Litigation and Implementation
Speaker: Joel D. Ferber, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, St. Louis
This session will describe the long road to Medicaid expansion in Missouri, including the ballot initiative enacted by Missouri voters, the litigation to enforce the constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid and the aftermath of the litigation. The session will also discuss implementation issues and future challenges for the Missouri Medicaid (MO HealthNet) program in light of the unwinding of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) and Medicaid's continuous coverage provisions.
1:20 – 1:35 p.m. | Break
1:35 – 2:25 p.m. | Expanded Remote Public Access to Case.net & Redaction Requirements
Speakers: Melinda J. Bentley, Legal Ethics Counsel, Jefferson City; Eric D. Jennings, The Missouri Bar, Jefferson City; and Catherine N. Zacharias, Office of State Courts Administrator, Jefferson City
Beginning July 1, 2023, members of the public will be able to access public court records from Case.net from their personal electronic devices. This program will provide an overview of upcoming the rule changes and the interplay with the e-filing system. It will also provide information regarding redaction requirements, and related ethical responsibilities.
2:25 – 2:40 p.m. | Break
2:40 – 3:30 p.m. | Open Records/Sunshine law
Speakers: Jason K. Lewis, Missouri Attorney General's Office, St. Louis; and Casey Lawrence, Missouri Attorney General's Office, Jefferson City
3:30 – 3:40 p.m. | Break
3:40 – 4:30 p.m. | Let's Talk About Implicit Bias
Speaker: Andrea M. Follett, Missouri Department of Labor, Jefferson City
This CLE identifies common forms of implicit bias, addresses the impact of implicit bias on the practice of law, and provides strategies to interrupt and overcome biased thinking.
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.
Ms. Bentley previously worked for the Illinois State Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker and author on professional responsibility matters. She 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.
Joel Ferber is the Director of Advocacy of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM). He is a graduate of John Hopkins University and New York University School of Law.
Joel has conducted extensive advocacy regarding public benefits, Medicaid, managed care, the Food Stamp Program (now called SNAP), and low income health care issues. Joel has litigated cases affecting low-income clients in the United States District Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court. He was also one of the lead attorneys representing Missouri consumer groups in the settlement of a lawsuit involving the reorganization of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri: a settlement that established the Missouri Foundation for Health, the largest health care foundation in the state of Missouri. Joel has won numerous awards including the Alberta Slavin Award from Consumers Council of Missouri (2012), the Clarence Darrow award from St. Louis University School of Law (2011), the Rachel Farr Fitch Health Care Award from the League of Women Voters (2022) and many others. He is also a recent winner of the Missouri Lawyer of the Year award (2022), along with Chuck Hatfield (Stinson) and Lowell Pearson (Husch Blackwell) for their successful litigation to enforce the Medicaid expansion requirement of the Missouri Constitution.
Joel has been a presenter at numerous state and national conferences and has written extensively on health care access and public benefits in Clearinghouse Review, the St. Louis University Law Journal and elsewhere. He has also been a trainer on Affirmative Litigation and related advocacy for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, the Center for Legal Aid Education, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and the Committee on Regional Training (CORT). Joel recently completed a term as chair of the Community Advisory Council of the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) and served as an ex officio member of MFH’s board of directors.
On January 1, 2011, Amy Fite began her first term as the Prosecuting Attorney for Christian County. During her tenure the office has transitioned to a “fileless office”, a “no refusal” policy has been established to allow law enforcement to seek search warrants in cases involving impaired drivers, the office has been structured into teams for better efficiency and accountability. She has implemented a best practice of vertical prosecution – meaning the same prosecutor handles the case from case review through disposition.
After graduating cum laude from St. Louis University School of Law in 1997, Fite began as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. While there she served as the narcotics attorney. Upon leaving Christian County, Fite spent over eight years at the Circuit Attorney’s Office for the City of St. Louis. At the Circuit Attorney’s Office, Fite served in the Drug Court, Domestic Violence Unit, General Felony Trial Staff, Gang Unit, and the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit. She spent more than two years as the Trial Trainer, where she trained incoming Assistant Circuit Attorneys how to prepare and try jury trials. While at the Circuit Attorney’s Office, Fite participated in well over 100 jury trials, including successfully convicting murderers, robbers, rapists and child sex offenders. In 2008, Fite joined in the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office serving as a 1st Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the General Crimes Unit. January 1, 2011, she began her first term as Christian County Prosecuting Attorney.
Andrea Follett is General Counsel at the Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations. She received her BA and JD from the University of Missouri. Throughout her career, Follett has practiced appellate, employment, and education law, and she is a recipient of the Missouri Bar's David Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award.
Mary Fox is the Director of the Missouri State Public Defender System. Fox was appointed to this position in January, 2020. Prior to that appointment Fox served for thirteen years as the managing attorney of the St. Louis City Trial Office for the system. Fox began her career as a public defender in 1981 as an Assistant Public Defender for MSPD and served in that position until 1987. In the intervening twenty years between her service with MSPD Fox served as a hearing officer for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Internal Affairs Division, was a Commissioner for the 21st Judicial Circuit in Missouri and practiced mainly in family and juvenile law. Fox is a 1976 graduate of St. Louis University with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Affairs and a 1980 graduate of St. Louis University School of Law.
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.
Jason Lewis has been with the Attorney General’s Office since 2016 and is currently Chief Counsel for the Governmental Affairs Section. His principal practice areas are constitutional law, administrative law, elections law, Sunshine Law, and appellate litigation. Jason earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. Following his graduation from law school, Jason was first in private practice at a large law firm in St. Louis.
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.
Jesus A. Osete serves as General Counsel to the Hon. John R. Ashcroft, Secretary of State of Missouri. Mr. Osete previously served as Deputy Solicitor General of Missouri and Deputy Attorney General for Special Litigation. He has presented oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Osete worked at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in the Appellate and Supreme Court Group. He also clerked for the Hon. Bobby E. Shepherd of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Hon. Chief Justice Zel M. Fischer of the Supreme Court of Missouri. Mr. Osete received his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as Senior Executive Editor of the Washington University Law Review. Before law school, Mr. Osete worked for the late Senator John McCain in the United States Senate, and received an A.B. in political science and pre-law from the University of Arizona.
Mr. Osete serves as Trustee for the Supreme Court of Missouri Historical Society and served as Vice-Chair of the Missouri Bar Appellate Practice Committee. In 2018, he was one of approximately forty individuals in the United States selected to attend the Originalism Summer Seminar at the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2019, he was one of twelve young lawyers in Missouri selected to participate in the MissouriBar’s Leadership Academy.
Sydney Ragsdale is an attorney who works with UMKC School of Law's Clear My Record Project and Expungement Clinic. Previously she worked as an investigator and legal researcher for capital defense attorney Sean O'Brien and the Midwest Capital Habeas Network.
Sara Rittman was an Assistant Attorney General from 2019-2022. She served on the office's Professional Responsibility Committee as well as serving in leadership roles in the Governmental Affairs and Litigation Divisions. She practiced legal ethics and attorney discipline law from 1993-2019, including private practice, as Missouri's first Legal Ethics Counsel, and at OCDC. She was also previously an AAG from 1981-1993. She received her JD from UMKC in 1981.
Cathy Zacharias is legal counsel for the Office of State Courts Administrator. She staffs several Supreme Court of Missouri committees, and she is a member of the project team for the electronic filing project.
Cathy received her Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law and her A.B. in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
415 W. McCarty, Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Phone: (573) 635-1234
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|Availability||Module Title||Speaker||Credits||Duration||Course Details|
|Dec 09, 2022 @ 08:30 AM (CST)||
2022 Annual Government Practice Institute Virtual Session
Melinda Bentley Joel Ferber Amy Fite
Andrea Follett Mary Fox Eric Jennings Casey Lawrence Jason Lewis David McCain Jesus Osete Sydney Ragsdale Sara Rittman Charles Shull Catherine Zacharias
|Total Credits: 7.0 MCLE , 1.0 Ethics , 1.0 Elimination of Bias||8 Hours||More info »|
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