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First Friday, Kansas City Arts District CLE
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Approved for 4.0 CLE credit hours in Kansas and Missouri.

When: Friday, June 6, 2014
Registration: 12:30 p.m. - Adjourns: 4:30 p.m.
Where: Sharma-Crawford Law Office
515 Avenida Cesar E Chavez
Kansas City, Missouri  64108
Contact: Dawn Phoenix

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Approved for 4.0 CLE credit hours in Kansas and Missouri.



1:00 p.m.

If Van Gogh Needed a Visa

Michael Sharma-Crawford, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys At Law LLC, KCMO

Rekha Sharma-Crawford, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys At Law LLC, KCMO

Immigration law issues for artists and performers


1:50 p.m.

Contract Law 101 for Artists, Web Designers, and Other Small Businesses (including lawyers) Who Do Not Want to Think About Business

Pascale Henn, Pascale Henn, Business Law Advisors LLC, Lenexa

Business lawyer Pascale Henn will cover fundamentals of LLCs, leases, using contracts in relationships, and other business law issues for small businesses


2:40 p.m.



2:50 p.m.

Law of Licensing Art and Design: An overview

Sheila Seck, Seck and Associates, Overland Park

We’ll provide an overview of licensing concepts and legal terms, key negotiation points and how to monitor licensing agreements.


3:40 p.m.

Mac is for Artists, PC is for Lawyers:  Business Case for A Paperless Office

Mira Mdivani, Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm, Overland Park

Corporate Immigration Attorney Mira Mdivani will discuss demystifying bringing law practice into the 21st century from business and technology points of view.   She will cover main ingredients of a paperless law office, including business processes, hardware, software, and people.

4:30 p.m.



Michael Sharma-Crawford, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys At Law LLC, KCMO

Rekha Sharma-Crawford, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys At Law LLC, KCMO

Rekha and Michael Sharma-Crawford are partners in life and in work.  Together, the two have created a nationally recognized practice dedicated to serving those in need of complex immigration representation. They have also served their community by opening the first non-profit legal Clinic for the Kansas City Immigration Court dedicated solely to providing lowbono and probono representation for those in removal proceedings   Both Rekha and Michael are frequently requested speakers on the subject of immigration law, as the topic gains local and national attention.


Pascale Henn, Pascale Henn, Business Law Advisors LLC, Lenexa

Pascale Henn relies on nearly 20 years of experience as legal counsel to Fortune 100 multi-national corporations as well as to small start-up sole proprietorships.   She brings a unique perspective to her practice.  Pascale has held positions as to-house counsel with the likes of Sprint, CenturyLink and General Electric’s Employers Reinsurance Corporation. In addition, she has acted as outside legal counsel to business clients of all sizes while practicing with both large and small boutique firms. Many of her clients are government contractors and she’s guided them through the entire process from bidding to contracting to satisfying compliance requirements.  She’s advised small business owners as they’ve grown their businesses, as well as, supporting multi-national sales forces, corporate procurement departments, and captive logistics companies.   From these experiences, Pascale understands what business clients want –and don’t want – as consumers of legal services.  She understands that busy clients want astute, practical, and sound legal alternatives to allow them to realize their business goals.


Sheila Seck, Seck and Associates, Overland Park

Sheila Seck graduated with honors from Washington University School of Law and was a law clerk for the Honorable D. Brook Bartlett in federal district court for the Western District of Missouri. She then entered private practice at Bryan Cave where she represented both private and public companies in a broad range of business and commercial transactions. Later, Sheila joined Honeywell International Aerospace Division as Assistant General Counsel, where she worked on a wide range of projects, including the Aerospace Division’s Mergers and Acquisitions Team. In 2007, Sheila formed Seck & Associates, a firm that focuses on becoming a strategic partner with growth and emerging companies.


Mira Mdivani, Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm, Overland Park

Mira Mdivani is a business immigration lawyer with Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm. Her areas of expertize are corporate immigration compliance, I-9 audit defense, and visas for international personnel.  She is the founding member of the Corporate Immigration Compliance Institute. Ms. Mdivani has served as President of the Missouri Bar Association's Immigration Law Committee and Chair of the Kansas Bar Association's Immigration Law Section.  Ms. Mdivani serves on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Bar Association and of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, where she is Co-Chair of the International Law Committee.  Ms. Mdivani’s professional work and leadership have been recognized by the Missouri Bar Association’s President Award, Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City President’s Award, Outstanding Service Award by the Kansas Bar Association, Business Practitioner of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Media, Best of the Bar by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyer in Corporate Immigration Law, Robert Gernon Award for Excellence in Continuous Legal Education, and pro bono recognition from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Law Foundation, the Kansas Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  

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