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Approved for 7.0 hours of CLE credit, including 2.0 hours of ethics and professionalism credit in Kansas and Missouri.

When: Friday, April 22, 2016
Registration begins at 8:30. Seminar is from 9:00 until 4:15. Lunch is provided.
Where: The Oread
1200 Oread Ave.
(Griffith Room, Level "B1")
Lawrence, Kansas  66044
United States
Contact: Dawn Phoenix

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Approved for 7.0 hours of CLE credit, including 2.0 hours of ethics and professionalism credit in Kansas and Missouri.


Course Schedule   

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

9:00 a.m. • Obergefell Aftermath: Concerns for LGBTQ Families
David J. Brown,
Law Offices of David J. Brown LC, Lawrence
The United States Supreme Court answered two questions in its Obergefell v. Hodges 576 US __,135 S. Ct. 2071, 191 L. Ed. 2d 953 (2015). Now states must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere and must issue marriage licenses to persons living within those states. As a result, the general public, and many LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer or questioning) couples, think the struggle for LGBTQ equality is over. Not so fast. New cases, statutes, rules and regulations involving common law marriage, inheritance rights, Social Security benefits, parenting, adoption, artificial reproductive technology, workplace benefits and educational issues in the LGBTQ context are emerging. New lines are being drawn in the legal sand. This program will examine some of these issues an attempt to inform and warn family law attorneys about landmines they should be alert for if their work should lead them into these battle zones.

9:50 a.m. • E-Filing 101
Angela Meyer,
Reynolds Law Firm PA, Fort Scott
With the development of the statewide Eflex electronic filing system, this CLE will point out helpful hints and tips for signing up, setting up a wallet account, filing in existing cases and filing a new case. The segment will also address service and supreme court rule requirements.

10:40 a.m. • Break

10:55 a.m. • Kansas Family Law Case Law and Legislative Update - 2016

Ronald W. Nelson, Ronald W Nelson PA, Shawnee Mission
The 2016 Kansas Legislative Session of the Kansas Legislature has (again) been tumultuous and dramatic — and it’s an election year. Learn what the Legislature did to whom and how it affects you and your clients — as well as about the recent family law appellate cases and trends.

11:45 a.m. • Lunch (provided)

12:30 p.m. • Special Considerations in Adoption
Martin W. Bauer,
Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer LLP, Wichita
There have been some major changes in adoptions related to when adoptions can be finalized, how this timing impacts the ICPC, same sex adoptions, the application of the Indian Child Welfare Act, how guardianship language can impact a later adoption, international adoptions and continuing problems with the UCCJEA. This section will address these and any emerging adoption issues

1:20 p.m. • Child Support Guidelines Update
Hon. Thomas E. Foster, District Judge, Johnson County, Olathe
Charles F. Harris, Law Office Of Charles F. Harris, Wichita
Update of recent changes to the Child Support Guidelines, including helpful materials

2:10 p.m. • Break

2:25 p.m. • Judicial Frustrations with Family Law Advocacy (Ethics)
Hon. Glenn Braun,
District Judge, Ellis County, Hays
Hon. Thomas E. Foster, District Judge, Johnson County, Olathe
Hon. Gunnar A. Sundby, District Judge, Leavenworth Justice Center, Leavenworth

4:05 p.m. • Adjourned

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Presenter Information

Martin Bauer is a partner at the law firm of Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, LLP. He graduated from Kansas State University and went on to complete his law degree at the University of Kansas School of Law. He clerked for US Federal Judge Richard Rogers before joining Martin Pringle in 1977. Martin focuses his practice on matters involving permanency for children through adoptions, guardianships and CINC cases. Additionally, he focuses on commercial litigation, including condemnation and probate litigation matters. Martin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and a past president of the organization as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Reproductive Technology Attorneys. He served on the national task force to seek changes to the ICPC and was on the negotiation team seeking amendments to the Indian Child Welfare Act with representatives of the 5 civilized Indian Nations. He has authored and edited the chapter on adoption for the Kansas Bar Association for more than 15 years, and serves on the Ethics Committee of the Wichita Bar Association which investigates and reports on ethics complaints.

David J. Brown began his professional career as a journalist. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a journalism degree in 1976. Then, he had a ten-year career as an award-winning reporter and editor before going to law school. His last post was as a copy editor at the Albany Times Union working for Harry Rosenfeld, the former Washington Post editor famous for his role in coverage of the Watergate scandal. After graduating in 1989 from Albany Law School in New York, David moved to Lawrence. He taught for one semester at the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. Then he went to work for the Kansas Court of Appeals as a research attorney. He worked on that appellate court’s central research staff for about 18 months and then was hired as the research attorney for then Chief Judge Mary Beck Briscoe. (Judge Briscoe is now Chief Judge of the 10th Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals.) He held that post until August 1992. The Law Office of David J. Brown opened in August 1992. Since that time, David has been an active advocate for his clients as well as a promoter of professionalism for the bar. He has held various legal leadership roles in the community and has been an involved board member and advisor for non-profit organizations working to better life in Douglas County. At the same time, he has written and lectured extensively on the areas of privacy, family law, and ethics. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas Law School where he teaches an LGBTQ seminar.

Judge Braun obtained his B.S. from Kansas State University in 1978. He graduated with honors and received his J.D. from Washburn Law School in 1981. Braun has been District Judge since 2011. Before becoming judge, he was in private practice for 31 years, having also served two terms as the Ellis County Attorney, the City of Hays prosecutor, and 7 years as a commissioner with the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission. He was appointed Chief Judge in January, 2016. He was the President of the Washburn Student Bar Association from 1980-1981. He was on the Board of Governors of the Kansas Bar Association from 2005-2008 and was President from 2010-2011.



Judge Thomas E. Foster was appointed in June of 1999 by Governor Bill Graves. He received his B.A. from Regis University. He received his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law. Judge Foster was in private practice in Overland Park from 1978-1999. He was appointed Chief Judge of the 10th District from 2010 – 2014. He was the President of the Kansas District Judges Association in 2013-2014. Judge Foster has been a member of the Kansas Child Support Guideline Committee since 2001 and has been Chair of the Committee since 2009. He is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the American Judges Association, the Kansas District Judges Association and the Johnson County Bar Association. He is also a member of the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Charles F. Harris received his B.A. from Wichita State University in 1971. He was in active duty in the U.S. Army from 1971 – 1975. He received his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law in 1978. Harris was a partner of Kaplan, McMillan and Harris in Wichita from 1978 – 2009. He became a sole proprietor, the founder of the Law Office of Charles F. Harris in 2010. Harris was the Family Law Section President for the KBA from 1989-1990. Harris has been a member of the Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee since 1989. He has been the chairman for the Family Law Advisory Committee to Kansas Judicial Counsel since 2000, and was a member from 1992-2000. He was chairman of the Family Law Committee for the Wichita Bar Association from 1992-1993 and again from 1997-1998. He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1995. Harris has authored several publications, including the child support chapter of the Kansas Bar Association Family Law Handbook and an article, ‘Catalyst for Terror, Collapse of Women’s Prison in Kansas City’. He is the author of the books, ‘Alias Charlie Hart’, ‘Under the Black Flag’, ‘Captain Tough, Chief of Scouts’ and Blood is the Border’.

Angela Meyer is a partner at The Reynolds Law Firm, P.A. Angela has been in private practice in southeast Kansas since February 2010. Angela’s practice includes all aspects of family law as well as a general litigation practice. Angela graduated from Pittsburg State University and obtained her law degree from the University of Tulsa. Angela presently serves on the KBA Family Law Section Committee and participates in many charitable and civic organizations in Southeast Kansas.



Ronald W. Nelson is a principal of Ronald W. Nelson PA, where he focuses his practice on complex family law issues, with special emphasis on disputes involving high conflict, interstate and international child custody and support, jurisdiction and conflict of laws, and children/families with special needs. Mr. Nelson has an extensive appellate practice, having handled over 100 appeals. Mr. Nelson graduated from Washburn University Law School in 1981 (with honors), is admitted to practice before the Kansas Supreme Court, the federal district courts for Kansas and the Western District of Missouri, the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He served two terms on the American Bar Association Family Law Section Governing Council and three terms as Chair of the KBA Family Law Section. He continues to serve in leadership positions in the ABA Section of Family Law, serves as Legislative Liaison for the KBA Family Law Section monitoring family law issues in the Kansas Legislature, is Chair of the Johnson County (Kansas) Family law Bench-Bar Committee, and is on the Family Law Advisory Committee of the Kansas Judicial Council. He was the ABA Family Law Section Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission‘s Committee drafting amendments on Implementation of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children, including the 2013 revisions to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). He participated on an American Bar Association Family Law Section Committee drafting Standards of Practice for Lawyers Representing Children in Custody Cases, a committee drafting the a Model Relocation of Children Act, and various other committees within the Section. He also participated on the Uniform Law Commission’s Study Committee exploring the possibility of a Uniform Third Party Custody and Visitation Act and is an Observer to the resulting drafting committee.

Judge Sundby received his B.B.A. at Washburn University in 1975. He received his J.D. at Washburn School of Law 1978. From 1978-1980, he was in private practice with Stillings and Caplinger. From 1980-1992 he was elected as County Attorney for Atchison County, Kansas. From 1992-1999, Sundby was in private practice with Dave Farris in Atchison Kansas; also City Prosecutor for Atchison, Kansas. In the past, Sundby was on the Kansas Bar Association Legislative Committee for 6 years, the Sentencing Commission for around 4 years and the Dispute Resolution Committee for approximately 5 years. Judge Sundby was sworn in as District Judge, Position #1 for Judicial District #1, assigned to Leavenworth County in 1999. He handled domestic cases (primary responsibility) probate and traffic courts for 9 years. The past 8 years, he was assigned the criminal docket and prisoner docket. Also conflict domestic cases. Judge Sundby has tried 105 jury trials as a prosecutor, 40 as defense counsel and nearing 150 as a District Judge.


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