Approved for 12 CLE hours, including 2 hours of ethics and professionalism in Kansas.
Approved for 11 CLE hours, including 1 hour of ethics and professionalism in Missouri.
Friday, February 19, 2016
8:00 AM • Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:40 AM • Paying for Long-Term Care: Medicaid and Veteran’s Benefits
Emily Donaldson, Stevens & Brand LLP, Topeka
You, your spouse, and every one of your clients has a better that 50/50 chance of needing nursing facility care, but few of us have planned to have $ 7,000 per month extra income to pay for it. This program will orient you to two planning (and crisis management) strategies when disability or dementia (or both) overtake you.
9:30 AM • National Trends in Workers Compensation Law
Jan Fisher, McCullough Wareheim & LaBunker PA, Topeka
In 2011 the Kansas legislature made significant changes in the Workers Compensation Statutes. Virtually, all of these changes either reduced the types of claims which are considered work related or reduced benefits for those accidents still covered under the law. This is part of a national trend to reduce and/or eliminate workers compensation benefits. This national reduction in benefits has been characterized as "the race to the bottom". This presentation will give an overview concerning the changes in workers compensation statutes, nation-wide. It will also discuss possible further changes such as the push for opt out legislation. The presentation will also discuss some of the reactions to "reform" such as the Constitutional challenges and effect on "exclusivity".
10:20 AM • Break
10:35 AM • Tips from the Bench
Hon. Glenn Braun, District Judge, 23rd Judicial District, Ellis County District Court, Hays
Hon. Teresa Watson, District Judge, Shawnee County District Court, Division 3, Topeka
Hon. Meryl Wilson, Chief Judge, Riley County District Court, Division 2, Manhattan
Each Judge will address a particular area of concern. The topics discussed include; the effective uses of social media, photos, videos and texts as evidence, protection from abuse/stalking trends and tactics, keeping up with changes to the Kansas Child Support Guidelines and preparation of the attorney and the client/witness for trial.
11:25 AM • It’s All About the Kids: The Nobility of Amateurism
L.J. Leatherman, Palmer Leatherman White & Dalton LLP, Topeka
Ethics, sometimes known as philosophical ethics, ethical theory, moral theory, and moral philosophy, attempt to defend and recommend concepts of right and wrong conduct, often addressing disputes of moral diversity. Legal ethics have evolved overtime to address the traditional protections of clients within the confines of modern pressures of private practice. Each evolution brings a negotiation of conflicting interest between the clients, judges and lawyers. Like the modernization of divorce, to no fault, in our society, legal ethics evolves to meet these new challenges. In codes of conduct, or ethics the rules of engagement seem to tack a midline of fairness between the conduct being proscribed and the mission of the profession. This presentation looks to contract the structure and development of ethics to evaluate the corruption of “ethical” conduct when the power of the rule makers completely disenfranchises those who are required to follow the ethics, using as examples of ethical codes of conduct Pirates and College Athletics.
12:15 PM • Lunch (provided)
1:30 PM • Legislative Update
Joseph N. Molina, III, Director of Legislative Services, Kansas Bar Association, Topeka
This course will provide attendees with an up-to-date list of all legislative proposals that affect the practice of law in Kansas. The update will briefly explain pending legislation, provide background information pertaining to the interest group involved in the legislation and a provide the current status of each proposal. Attendees can expect to learn more about the legislative process and as well as how to contact their representative.
2:20 PM • Recent Developments in United States Supreme Court Cases, 2015-16
Prof. Jeffrey “Jeff” Jackson, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka
In this session, Professor Jeffrey D. Jackson will discuss recent important United States Supreme Court decisions and highlight important cases that will be decided during the current term of the Court. He will place special emphasis on those cases that have the potential to affect Kansas practitioners, as well as those with national import.
3:10 PM • Break
3:25 PM • A Refresher Course on Minimum Required Distributions (with an emphasis on distributions to trusts)
Prof. Christopher R. Hoyt, UMKC School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
There will be a concise summary of the rules governing required distributions from retirement accounts, including the requirements for an inherited IRA to qualify as a “stretch IRA.” The program will also examine the pros and cons of naming a trust as a beneficiary of a retirement account, especially a trust for a surviving spouse.
Also addressed will be:
● Estate planning for retirement assets in second marriages
● For the wealthiest clients whose estates will be subject to the federal estate tax, what is the interaction of estate taxes and income taxes on inherited accounts and what strategies can reduce those taxes?
● Charitable use of retirement assets: maximizing tax savings and avoiding traps.
5:05 PM • Adjourn
5:10 PM • Reception at Bluemont Hotel (open to all)
Saturday, February 20, 2016
8:00 AM • Registration and Full Breakfast
8:30 AM • Name that Ethics Rule
Anne McDonald, Kansas Lawyer Assistance Program, Topeka
Can pop tunes from years past really remind us of the tenets of the Rules of Professional Responsibility? Listen as we play the tunes and talk about the Rules.
9:20 AM • The Kansas Spousal Elective Share Statute: Two Case Studies
Theron “Terry” Fry, Triplett Woolf & Garretson LLC, Wichita
This presentation will cover the requirement of the estate’s personal representative to give notice to the surviving spouse of his/her elective share rights, the effect of the failure to give notice, whether a consent to a will that was executed before the elective share statutes became effective is a waiver of elective share rights, and whether fair value or fair market value is the valuation standard in determine the value of the augmented estate and how the unsatisfied balance owed to the surviving spouse is to be funded.
10:10 AM • Break
10:25 AM • Braving the Emotional Tides of Family Law: Advising and Assisting Family Law Clients in High Conflict Family Law Cases
Ronald “Ron” Nelson, Ronald W. Nelson P.A., Shawnee Mission
Ashlyn Yarnell, Ronald W. Nelson P.A., Shawnee Mission
This presentation will discuss how to advise clients in high conflict and complex family law cases, including dealing with special needs children and families, psychological issues and management of those issues from the beginning to end of the case, and properly advising clients about communications and interactions with others
11:15 AM • Bankruptcy? I don’t practice bankruptcy. I think I’ll get a cup of coffee and return some calls.
Wesley “Wes” Smith, Stevens & Brand LLP, Lawrence
All practice areas intersect bankruptcy in some fashion. This session will familiarize practitioners on protocols when an adverse party or client files bankruptcy, non-bankruptcy workouts between distressed borrowers and banks, the tax implications of both bankruptcies and workouts and the new December 1, 2015 Forms.
12:05 PM • Adjourn
Hotel Room Blocks
Sleeping rooms at the Bluemont Hotel are available to program participants at a rate of $100 per night plus tax based on availability. The last day to make reservations at this rate is Sunday, Jan. 24. Please note, after that time the hotel may not honor the special rate. Call (785) 473-7091 and give the operator the code "CLE Slam Dunk" to receive the special rate.
Sleeping rooms at the Holiday Inn at Campus are available to program participants at a rate of $99.95 per night plus tax based on availability. The last day to make reservations at this rate is Monday, Jan. 25. Please note, after that time the hotel may not honor the special rate. Call (785) 539-7531 and give the operator the code "SLA" to receive the special rate.
Sleeping rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn are available to program participants at a rate of $114 per night plus tax based on availability. The last day to make reservations at this rate is Monday, January 18. Please note, after that time the hotel may not honor the special rate. Call (785) 532-9116 and give the operator the code "CLE Slam Dunk" to receive the special rate.