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2023 28th Annual Missouri Lawyers’ Assistance Conference

Total Credits: 7.0 MCLE, 7.0 Ethics, 7.0 Kansas Credit, 7.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Lawyer Well-being |  Ethics
Audio and Video



Originally presented 11/2/2023

Sponsored by The Missouri Bar, The Bar Plan, and the Missouri Bar Foundation

9-9:54 a.m. | Don’t lose your personal identity!  You are more than just a lawyer.
Speaker: Paige Sparks,
and Samantha Sparks, Sparks Law Firm, St. Charles, MO

9:54-10:04 a.m. | Break

10:04-10:55 a.m. | The importance of sleep to our overall health | Originally recorded 5/2/2022
Speaker: Dr. Abid Bhat, Sweet Sleep Studio LLC, Shawnee, KS

10:55-11:45 a.m. | Keynote: The 12 steps of recovery, as worked through the Rules of Professional Conduct
Speaker: Lisa L. Hanna,
Coldwater, MI

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | Lunch 

12:45-1:46 p.m. | Addressing silent disabilities in the workplace
Speakers: Raven Ballard,
MOLAP Clinician and Well-being Coordinator, Jefferson City; David Crawford, Crawford Intellectual Property Law, St. Louis

1:46-2:45 p.m. | Trauma: vicissitudes & idiosyncrasies within the legal profession
Speaker: Timothy W. Roldan,
St. Louis

2:45-2:55 p.m. | Break

2:55-4:08 p.m. | The Righting Reflex – Stress management and well-being for attorneys and other human beings
Speaker: Jimmy Fendelman,
Fendelman, Paull & Associates, LLC, St. Louis

4:08 p.m. | Adjourn

Moderator: Stacy Parmer, The Missouri Bar

Opinions and positions stated by presenters of MoBarCLE programs are those of the presenters and not necessarily those of The Missouri Bar. This program is intended as information for lawyers in Missouri, in conjunction with other research they deem necessary, in the exercise of their independent judgment.



Raven Ballard's Profile

Raven Ballard Related Seminars and Products

MOLAP Clinician & Well-Being Coordinator

The Missouri Bar

Raven Ballard, PLPC works as the Clinician & Well-Being Coordinator for the Missouri Lawyers' Assistance Program. Raven received her BA from Columbia College in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and then proceeded to earn her Master's in Clinical Mental Health from Stephen's College of Missouri. Raven has worked for The Missouri Bar since 2021 and has stepped into her new role with MOLAP at the start of 2023. Raven is passionate about mental health and well-being and looks forward to finding new and innovative was to best serve Missouri lawyers. 

Abid Bhat's Profile

Abid Bhat Related Seminars and Products

Sweet Sleep Studio LLC

Dr. Abid Bhat specializes in sleep medicine, and is the Medical Director at the University Health, Center for Sleep Health in Kansas City.  He is also professor of Internal Medicine at the UMKC School of Medicine here in Kansas City and program director for sleep medicine fellowship.

David Crawford's Profile

David Crawford Related Seminars and Products

Crawford Intellectual Property Law

James Fendelman's Profile

James Fendelman Related Seminars and Products

Fendelman & Associates, L.L.C.

Jimmy Fendelman has been a trial attorney for over twenty-five years. He speaks regularly on the topics of stress management and communications skills for teens, graduate students, and adults. He is known for his up-beat, high energy style.

Lisa Hanna's Profile

Lisa Hanna Related Seminars and Products

Attorney At Law

I am a US Army veteran and an attorney licensed in two states, in my 24th year of recovery. I spent over 15 years in federal prison, becoming addicted to drugs after the death of my only child just prior to completing law school. My affiliation with Indiana JLAP is the reason I can practice. I am extremely active in JLAP, and the recovery community. I am Drug Court Coordinator for LaGrange County, Indiana, and have my own criminal defense practice in Michigan and Indiana. Giving back is my passion.

Timothy Roldan's Profile

Timothy Roldan Related Seminars and Products

Law Offices Timothy W. Roldan, LLC

Tim Roldan is a professional hybrid with graduate and post-graduate educational tracks and training in the Biopsychosocial Model (Social Work), Law, and Psychodynamic Theory. He maintains private practices as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and also as a Licensed Attorney. Tim is a Certified Clinical Social Work Super-visor, provides Ethics Mediation, Nationally, for the NASW Leadership (OEPR), and is serving his second term as a member of the NASWMO Board of Directors. As an Attorney he is Certified in Health Law, a Certified GAL, a Mediator, a Parent Coordinator, provides forensic services, consultations, and forensic supervision to therapists across the State of Missouri. He is also the recipient of the Family Rights and Equal Parenting Award (2021): “Award and Leadership Recognition For Equal Parenting & Family Court Reform Advocacy.”

Tim’s cross-disciplinary integration offers him insights and expertise in a number of areas embedded within the Mental Health and Legal Professions. His focus on Social Justice is client-centered and, with his unique qualifications, he is in development of innovative approaches in civil litigation and pertaining to psychothera-peutic tools and theory based on the systemic nexus that may lay hidden, yet are omnipresent, in therapeu-tic process(es) and litigation.

Paige Sparks's Profile

Paige Sparks Related Seminars and Products

Sparks Law Firm

Paige and Samantha Sparks are partners of Sparks Law Firm based out of St. Charles, Missouri. They are sisters-in-law, and they are not your average lawyers. Together, Samantha and Paige have represented individuals throughout the country for illegal employment discrimination and retaliation, personal injuries, and consumer protection matters. By using unconventional & cutting-edge marketing on Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, Paige and Sam have successfully utilized social media to promote their personal brands and firm and create a communities based on educating individuals about the law. Every law firm needs clients, and modern times call for modern solutions to keeping clients coming through the door. As the generic marketing methods continue to become less effective while substantially increasing in cost, a social media presence has become imperative to running a successful firm.
Social media is terrifying. It is new and daunting, and the legal field loves to cling to tradition. If you can push past your fears of being vulnerable to the public to show your advocacy for clients and potential clients, Sam and Paige will teach you how to use your social media as a marketing tool, including: 
     • How to make short & successful legal content
     • How to respond to potential clients
     • How to develop a para-social relationship with potential clients 
The first step is always the hardest, so let Paige and Sam help – they promise not to make you do a Tik Tok dance!


Samantha Sparks's Profile

Samantha Sparks Related Seminars and Products

Sparks Law Firm

Samantha Orlowski is a managing partner of Sparks Law Firm.  Sam has focused her practice primarily on Plaintiff's personal injury cases and consumer protection since graduating from St. Louis University School of Law.
Along with personal injury, Samantha helps clients who have been the target of improper debt collection activities and harassment at both the State and Federal levels through the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
In addition to law, Sam loves spending her time with her family, her two dogs, and catching up on her favorite shows.

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