Approved for 5.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism credit in Kansas and Missouri.
9:00 a.m. • Check-in & Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. • U.S. Businesses’ Option for Attracting and Retaining International Personnel Under the Immigration & Nationality Act
Mira Mdivani, Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm, Overland Park
Danielle Atchison, Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm, Overland Park
This presentation will be an overview of business and employment-based visa options available to U.S. business in hiring international personnel.
10:20 a.m. • Highlights of the 2016 Update to the Kansas General Corporation Code
William (Bill) Matthews, Foulston Siefkin, LLP, Wichita
In 2016 the Kansas Legislature adopted comprehensive updates to the Kansas General Corporation Code (KGCC). These updates enacted many of the changes made in Delaware since 2004 (the last major update to the KGCC) and made technical corrections and harmonized the KGCC with other statutory provisions. Mr. Matthews will discuss the legislative history leading to the update, highlight several of the more significant new provisions and changes, and discuss how these may impact the practice of business law in Kansas.
11:10 a.m. • Break
11:25 a.m. • Internal Investigations: Best Practices
Mark Thornhill, Spencer Fane LLP, KCMO
Internal investigations are conducted when an organization confronts significant potential liability arising from conduct that is not fully understood by management. The internal investigation is conducted to determine if the conduct actually occurred, its scope and the persons responsible. Through the internal investigation, the organization may identify corrective actions it should undertake. A successful internal investigation follows best practices. This program will discuss recognized best practices for internal investigations.
12:15 p.m. • Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m. • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: The 5th Year Anniversary Update
Lindsay Harden, Stinson Leonard Street, KCMO
C. Robert Monroe, Stinson Leonard Street, KCMO
2:20 p.m. • Nobody is Immune from Ethics Complaints
Diane L. Bellquist, Hollander & Craft, LLC, Topeka
Christopher M. Joseph, Hollander & Craft, LLC, Topeka
3:10 p.m. • Adjourned
Danielle Atchison is a business immigration attorney with MDIVANI CORPORATE IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM. She assists employers with immigration compliance plans, policies and procedures, I-9 audits, E-Verify compliance, and immigration related defense from ICE worksite enforcement investigations. Danielle assists the firm's clients with visas for international personnel, investors, and executives, including E-1, E-2, L-1, H-1B, P, O visas, and employment-based green cards. Danielle also assists with the firm’s substantial pro bono program by representing survivors of domestic violence in applications before USCIS under Violence Against Women Act. She also represents victims of crime in their U Visa applications. Danielle is a Vice Chair of the Missouri Bar Civil Procedure section and member of the Missouri Bar Leadership Academy class of 2016. Danielle a volunteer working with children at CASA of Jackson County.
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. 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.
Lindsay Harden is a Banking and Financial Services associate in the firm's Kansas City office. Recently, she assisted a special transaction committee during negotiation of a triangular merger transaction with the bank's parent holding company and counseled the full board of directors as to the terms of the merger agreement. Lindsay has also assisted clients with respect to consumer lending, bank regulatory and commercial loan documentation matters.
Christopher M. Joseph is the managing member of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC. His practice is focused on defending individuals and businesses against allegations of criminal misconduct. Along with Diane Bellquist, he also represents attorneys in disciplinary cases.
William (“Bill”) Matthews, is a partner with Foulston Siefkin LLP working out of its Wichita office. Matthews provides counsel to clients in the areas of general business, intellectual property, and health care, including technology licensing, mergers and acquisition, prosecuting federal trademark applications, and HIPAA and other privacy law compliance. He served as chair of the Kansas Bar Association committee that revised the Kansas General Corporation Code (2014-present), a member of the KBA committee that revised the Kansas Revised Limited Liability Company Act (2011-2014), and president of the KBA’s Corporation, Banking, and Business Law Section (2009-2010). He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University (B.S. 1994) and the University of Kansas (J.D. 1997).
Mira Mdivani practices business immigration law with Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm. Ms. Mdivani serves as immigration law counsel to U.S. and multi-national corporations, providing advice, representation, immigration compliance audits and training to ensure corporate immigration compliance and global workforce mobility. She has served as Chair of the Missouri Bar Immigration Law Committee, President of the Kansas Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section, and President of Kansas Women Lawyers Association. She serves on the Board of Governors of the Missouri and Kansas Bar Associations. Ms. Mdivani teaches corporate immigration law as an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law. Her books on business immigration law include: “Corporate Immigration Compliance Plans, Policies and Procedures” and “I-9 Self-Audits: Best Way to Prevent I-9 Disasters.” Ms. Mdivani’s pro bono practice is assisting immigrant women and children who are victims of domestic violence with obtaining legal immigration status in the U.S. Ms. Mdivani’s professional work and leadership have been recognized by numerous awards, including the Missouri Bar Association’s President Award, Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City President Award, Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Achievement Award, Business Practitioner of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Media, Best of the Bar by the Kansas City Business Journal, Robert Gernon Award for Excellence in Continuous Legal Education, and pro bono recognition from the UMKC Law Foundation, the Kansas Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Mr. Monroe, chairman of the firm's Banking & Financial Services Division, serves as counsel to more than 150 financial institutions. Bob has significant experience in matters involving bank and bank holding company mergers and formations, branch acquisitions, negotiating regulatory orders, bank examination issues, prompt corrective actions, reorganizations, succession planning, representing buyers of failed banks, interstate banking issues, director and officer liability issues, lender liability issues, and capital issues. Bob is on the faculty of the University of Colorado Graduate School of Banking, speaking on a variety of banking issues for many years. He also has spoken numerous times for the Missouri Bankers Association, Arizona Bankers Association and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. In addition, he has spoken in front of many groups on banking and corporate law. Finally, Bob has written many articles and booklets on various banking issues for numerous banking organizations.
Mark Thornhill represents individuals and organizations in white collar criminal and regulatory cases. His white collar work started as a prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice - Criminal Tax Section. At Spencer Fane, Mark has defended the full array of white collar cases - anti-trust, bank fraud, computer fraud, environmental, healthcare, mail fraud/wire fraud and tax evasion, among others. In regulatory cases, Mark has represented individuals and companies before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the Federal Reserve Bank and the Environmental Protection Agency. Mark has an active practice in internal investigations. In an investigation for a large Midwest bank, Mark uncovered more than $1 million in fraudulent transactions by the bank president. Mark’s investigation for an IT company revealed more than $200,000 in unauthorized payments to the CEO. Mark investigated allegations of corruption in connection with medical research grants and in connection with the pricing of securities. Mark recently worked with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy to develop an internal investigation instructional program.