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2016 Appellate & Administrative Law CLE
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Approved for 6.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism credit in Kansas and Missouri.

2/19/2016
When: Friday, February 19, 2016
Registration begins at 8:30. Seminar is from 9:00 until 3:15 (Lunch is provided)
Where: Kansas Law Center
1200 SW Harrison St.
Topeka 66612
United States
Contact: Dawn Phoenix
785-861-8811


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Approved for 6.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism credit in Kansas and Missouri.

 

Course Schedule  

8:30 a.m. • Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. • 21st Century Practice: Mandatory E-Filing in the Kansas Appellate Courts
Chelsey G. Langland, Kansas Court Of Appeals, Topeka
 
Electronic filing became mandatory for all licensed Kansas attorneys in November 2015. This session will cover tips, tricks, and suggestions for attorneys who practice in the Kansas appellate courts and who want to know how to maximize their electronic practice.
9:50 a.m. • DCF Substantiations: The After-Affects and Appeals
Catherine A. Zigtema, Law Office of Kate Zigtema, Lenexa
Amy R. Mitchell, Attorney At Law LLC, Olathe
 
How do you advise your client after a DCF substantiation? How does a substantiation affect your client and what is the administrative appeal process?

10:40 a.m. • Break

10:55 a.m. • Waiver and Forfeiture: Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid
Lydia H. Krebs, Chambers of the Honorable Nancy L. Moritz, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Lawrence
 
It doesn't matter how good your arguments are if the court can't--or won't--address them. We'll cover common mistakes that lead to findings of waiver and forfeiture, and discuss how to avoid them.
11:45 a.m. • Lunch (provided)

12:30 p.m. • Open Records:  Duty, Discretion and Due Diligence
Cheryl L. Whelan, Office of the Attorney General, Topeka
 
An informed citizenry is vital to a functioning democracy. In Kansas, the Open Records Act provides a mechanism for citizens to learn how their government is operating. This session will provide "nuts and bolts” information on the government’s duty to comply with the law and how to exercise proper discretion and due diligence when making records open and accessible to the public.
1:20 p.m. • Multidimensional KAPA Hearings (Panel)
Bob L. Corkins, Director, Kansas Office of Administrative Hearings, Topeka
Christopher J. Kellogg, Administrative Law Judge, Kansas Office of Administrative Hearings, Topeka
Michele L. Tunnell, Administrative Law Judge, Kansas Office of Administrative Hearings, Topeka
 
The height, depth, and breadth of OAH hearing services will be reviewed along with other dimensional aspects such as time, spatial positioning, and density of matter. In other words, we’ll offer wisdom for those who adventure into that segment of the space/time/legal continuum we affectionately know as KAPA proceedings.
2:10 p.m. • Break

2:25 p.m. • You Are What You Write! The Ethical Implications of Everyday Legal Writing
Paige A. Nichols, Research & Writing Specialist, Federal Public Defender, District of Kansas, Topeka
 
How far can you dangle a participle without violating the rule of competence? How much language can you borrow from a treatise consistent with your duty of candor toward the court? Is humor or vitriol ever a good idea in written advocacy? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this presentation about ethical risks you may not have anticipated with respect to your everyday legal writing.
3:15 p.m. • Adjourned

Course Presenters

Chelsey G. Langland, Kansas Court Of Appeals, Topeka
Chelsey Langland is the co-chair of the KBA Membership Committee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Grinnell College (Iowa) and her juris doctor from Washburn University. She spent nine years working in the chambers of Judge Christel Marquardt on the Kansas Court of Appeals. For the last seven years, she has been the Motions Attorney for the Kansas Court of Appeals. Yes, you can have more time to file your brief.
Catherine A. Zigtema, Law Office of Kate Zigtema, Lenexa
Kate Zigtema has eight years experience in appellate law and has submitted nearly 100 briefs to the Kansas Appellate Courts. Ms. Zigtema opened up her own solo practice in 2013 specializing in CINC, criminal and appellate practice based in Johnson County.
Amy R. Mitchell, Attorney At Law LLC, Olathe
Amy Mitchell has been working with cases involving DCF for 14 years of her 16 years of practice. After graduation from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1999, Amy was worked with three different firms and then went out on her own in 2005. Amy is the City Prosecutor in two jurisdictions, and maintains an active solo practice. Amy is married with two sons.

Lydia H. Krebs, Chambers of the Honorable Nancy L. Moritz, United States Court of Appeals for
Lydia graduated from KU Law in 2006. She spent the next eight years at the Kansas Appellate Defender Office, where she filed hundreds of appellate briefs and argued before the Kansas Supreme Court dozens of times. She currently clerks for the Honorable Nancy L. Moritz.
Cheryl L. Whelan, Office of the Attorney General, Topeka
Cheryl Whelan is an Assistant Attorney General in the office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.  Her primary duties include working on a variety of KOMA/KORA matters in the Attorney General’s Office, as well as conducting legal reviews of interlocal agreements and easements, writing opinions and representing the State of Kansas in litigation matters.  Cheryl previously served as the General Counsel for the Kansas State Department of Education and has many years of experience as an attorney with various governmental agencies including the United States Army, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office, and the Kansas Court of Appeals.  She has given presentations on a variety of topics related to governmental law and professionalism.  Cheryl earned both her Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Kansas.  Her undergraduate degrees in political science and communication studies are from Washburn University. 
Bob L. Corkins, Director, Kansas Office of Administrative Hearings, Topeka
Director Corkins assumed the reins of OAH in December 2013 and served the immediately prior three years as General Counsel for the Kansas Department for Children and Families. Before joining the Brownback administration, Corkins worked nine years as a lobbyist for the state Chamber of Commerce, nine years as a director of public policy think tanks, some occasional private law practice, and a one-year tour of combat duty as the Kansas Commissioner of Education. Corkins received his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and his J.D. from the KU School of Law. The same fine woman has tolerated him in marriage for over 31 years and he is the proud father to two Eagle Scouts.
Christopher J. Kellogg, Administrative Law Judge, Kansas Office of Administrative Hearings, Topeka
Judge Kellogg attended Kansas State University, earning a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree in Spanish. After graduating with honors from the Washburn University School of Law in 2004, he served as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York City. Following his time in New York, Kellogg spent five years in private practice where he focused on domestic law, civil litigation and bankruptcy. In 2010, he joined the Kansas Department for Children and Families where he served the Child Support Services Program as an establishment attorney, policy counsel and deputy director. Kellogg has been a regular presenter at the local, regional and national levels on child support issues.

Michele L. Tunnell, Administrative Law Judge, Kansas Office of Administrative Hearings, Topeka
Judge Tunnell has served as an Administrative Law Judge for the State of Kansas since October 2010. She earned her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma School of Law in 1989 and has a B.A. in Education from Wichita State University. Prior to becoming an ALJ, she served as a federal law clerk for nineteen years with U.S. District Court, District of Kansas.

Paige A. Nichols, Research & Writing Specialist, Federal Public Defender, District of Kansas, Topeka
Paige Nichols is a research & writing specialist with the Federal Public Defender of Kansas. She contributes to the Kansas Federal Public Defender blog, and hosts Just In Case, a twice-monthly podcast of criminal-law cases just in from the United States Supreme Court, the Tenth Circuit, and the Kansas appellate courts.

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