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

When: Friday, May 20, 2016
Registration begins at 8:30. Seminar is from 9:00 until 3:35
Where: Kansas Law Center
1200 SW Harrison St.
Topeka, Kansas  66612
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 in Kansas.

Pending CLE credit in Missouri.

Course Schedule

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

9:00 a.m. • What to Look for in Jury Selection
Frederick L. Meier II,
Law Offices of Frederick L. Meier II, Emporia

This presentation will give advice and tips on selecting jury members.

9:50 a.m. • Death of Criminal Refusal, DUI Practice after Ryce and other Recent Developments in DUI Law
Troy V. Huser,
Huser Law Offices PA, Manhattan

On February 26th, the Kansas Supreme Court handed down its decisions in State v. Ryce and State v. Nece. This portion of the program will explore their impact to DUI practice in both litigation of refusals and chemical test failures. Other recent developments will be discussed as time permits.

10:40 a.m. • Break

10:55 a.m. • General Ethics
John J. Ambrosio,
Ambrosio & Ambrosio Chtd., Topeka

This is a simple presentation advising lawyers how to handle disciplinary complaints in this day and age.

11:45 a.m. • Lunch (provided)

12:30 p.m. • Liberty v. Livelihood
Diane L. Bellquist,
Joseph, Hollander & Craft, LLC, Topeka

When defending licensed professionals in the criminal arena it is important to consider the impact of the matter upon their lives globally. The outcome in criminal matters may cause a falling domino effect with regard to their professional licensure and ultimately their livelihood. This presentation will correct some common misperceptions regarding the scope of regulatory authority. It will also provide some strategic tips for practitioners to thoroughly counsel clients and to achieve the best possible global outcome.

1:20 p.m. • 2016 Kansas Criminal Law Legislative Update
Jennifer C. Roth,
1650 Law and Policy Group LLC, Lawrence

Ms. Roth will discuss the statutes that were changed as well as bills that did not pass and things to watch for next year.

2:10 p.m. • Break

2:25 p.m. • Annie Get Your Gun – Post Conviction Firearms Rights Explained
Catherine A. Zigtema,
Law Office of Kate Zigtema, Lenexa

Whether or not your client maintains their firearms rights is tricky. This presentation will cover firearms rights under federal and state law, restoration of rights, and other issues affecting lawful possession or ownership of firearms.

3:15 p.m. • In God We Trust – The Ethics of Candor
L.J. Leatherman,
Palmer Leatherman White Girard & Van Dyk LLP, Topeka

In Solomon, v. State of Kansas, Appellant. No. 114,573. Dec. 23, 2015, District Court Judge Sullivan brought declaratory judgment action, seeking determination that house bill that amended statute governing duties of chief judge of judicial districts was an unconstitutional encroachment on the constitutional authority of the Supreme Court to administer the judiciary. The District Court, Shawnee County, Larry D. Hendricks, granted summary judgment in favor of judge. State appealed. The Supreme Court Rosen held that: judge had standing to challenge constitutionality of house bill, and that house bill violated separation of powers clause of state constitution. This latest attempt in Kansas to usurp the independence of our judiciary.
To understand the assault on our court system and its historical evolution, a historical refresher is helpful. The Declaration of Independence, was a direct shot King George and his control of the American Judicial system. Independent courts were established and remain necessary today to forestall the concentration of power weather public or private. At each point of significant social change in American History citizens have mounted challenges the judiciary, seeking legislative action to eliminate judicial independence and slow ark of history as it bends toward justice.

4:05 p.m. • Adjourned


John J. Ambrosio was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in the Bronx. He headed off for the Midwest for College and Law School and never returned. Upon graduating law school, he secured a job with the State Public Defender’s Office and remained for three years. He then opened up his private practice and has been involved in that practice for the last 35 years. His practice consists of criminal defense cases in State and Federal Courts. His practice runs the gambit from appointed homicides to white collar cases. He was the first President and a founding member of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He lectures to Kansas Bar and Criminal Defense groups. For the last ten years, John has handled many cases concerning lawyers involved in serious disciplinary cases. He regularly appears before the Disciplinary Board and the Supreme Court on serious disciplinary matters.

Diane L. Bellquist is an attorney with Joseph, Hollander & Craft. LLC whose practice is focused on providing quality defense services for licensed professionals and entities involving their respective administrative regulatory agencies. She received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. Ms. Bellquist also currently serves as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, Topeka, Kansas. Prior to joining the firm, Diane served as General Counsel for the Office of the State Bank Commissioner and prior to that as Assistant General Counsel for the Kansas Board of Healing Arts.



Huser practices DUI and criminal defense in Manhattan, Kan. Huser is one of only two attorneys in Kansas who are board certified in DUI defense by the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). NCDD certification program is approved by the American Bar Association. He also is presently serving as the Vice President of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1986 and received his law degree from the University of Kansas in 1989.



Leatherman is a partner in Palmer Leatherman White Giirard & Van Dyk LLP. He specializes in plaintiff’s tort litigation in automobile negligence, wrongful death, third-party claims against insurance companies and insurance bad faith. He is a graduate of Washburn Law School, 1992. He is an active member of the Kansas Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, Topeka and American bar associations, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. He serves as a member of the Topeka/Shawnee County Ethics Committee.



Rick Meier is a lawyer with his practice in Emporia, focusing almost exclusively on criminal defense. Since opening the practice in 2002, he has tried over 150 felony jury trials, as well as countless preliminary hearings, bench trials and other hearings. He is a 1984 graduate of Fort Hays State University and graduated from Washburn Law School in 1987. Prior to his defense practice, Rick was a prosecutor in Miami and Franklin Counties for 11years, and began his career in a civil practice in Olathe. A native of Olathe, Rick lives in Ottawa with his wife, Linda, who is the Clerk of the Franklin County District Court. They have two married daughters and three (incredibly adorable) grandkids.


Jennifer Roth founded 1650 Law and Policy Group LLC in 2015, through which she provides consulting, lobbying, and research services. Roth was a public defender in Kansas for fifteen years. She is a former member of the Kansas Sentencing Commission (2009-2015) and the former legislative committee chair for the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2007-2015).



Kate Zigtema has eight years of 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 and specializes in criminal, domestic violence, and appellate practice in Kansas and Federal Courts.

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