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Pending CLE credit in Kansas and Missouri.

 Export to Your Calendar 4/20/2018
When: Friday, April 20, 2018
Check in begins at 8:30. Seminar are from 9:00 AM until 5:00PM. (lunch is provided)
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DoubleTree by Hilton
200 McDonald Drive
Lawrence, Kansas  66044
United States
Contact: Nancy Burghart

Online registration is available until: 4/19/2018
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Pending CLE credit in Kansas and Missouri.

Course Schedule   

8:30 a.m. • Check-in & Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. • Limited Family Assessment: Forensic vs. Court Ordered Limited Evaluations
Wes Crenshaw, ABPP and Associates,

9:50 a.m. • Common Diagnosis and Common Treatments
Dan Claiborn,

10:40 a.m. • Break

10:50 a.m.  Immigration Law Intersecting with Family Law
Michael Sharma-Crawford,

11:40 a.m. • Lunch (provided)

12:40 p.m. • Reunification/Reintegration
Bud Dale
Sarah Barnes

1:30 p.m. • Special Needs Children/Special Needs Trusts
Stacy Jensen
AR Care

2:20 p.m. • Break

2:30 p.m. • Daubert and Mental Health Testimoney - A Practical Approach
John Zervopoulos,
PhD, J.D., ABPP, Psychology Law Partners, Dallas TX
Kansas courts are among many state courts that use Daubert to test the admissibility of expert evidence and testimony, raising important evidentiary and practical questions in family law cases. How can lawyers use Daubert requirements in their admissibility arguments to the court? How can lawyers effectively apply Daubert principles to critique already admitted mental health evidence and testimony?

This talk will address these questions with two objectives:

1. Review Ten Key Daubert Questions.

Daubert’s concepts seem difficult to apply, particularly with mental health testimony. Ten key Daubert questions highlight Daubert’s demands and its flexibility, providing bases for critiquing social science testimony and offering legal arguments when challenging or defending that testimony.

2. Introduce the PLAN Model.

The PLAN Model, a practical four-step model based in Daubert caselaw and psychology’s literature, provides a structure to organize and critique the work and testimony of mental health experts.

4:10 p.m. • Ethics

5:00 p.m. • Adjourned


Registration Information

~~ Lunch is included in registration fee ~~
  • KBA Family Law Section Member     $280
  • Young Lawyers Section Member       $290
  • KBA Member Registration     $310
  • Non-member Registration     $590
  • Paralegal Registration     $230
  • Student Registration   $25
  • Paper Materials (optional)     $30


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Presenter Information

Jonathan Becker is a sole practitioner specializing in consumer bankruptcy, tax, and trial litigation.  A popular CLE speaker, Jonathan has lectured extensively regarding bankruptcy and landlord/tenant issues to many organizations and schools including, the Johnson County Bar Association, UMKC, Johnson County Community College, and St. Mary’s College.  He has worked as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous state arts agencies. He is the former president of the Association of Community Arts Agencies of Kansas and is past President of the Judge Hugh Means American Inn of Court. He is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Legal Services Panel and has represented airmen before the FAA and the NTSB, particularly relating to alcohol-related offenses. He holds a private pilot’s license with instrument and multi-engine ratings. A graduate of Kalamazoo College (B.A.) and the University of Kansas (J.D.), Jonathan also studied theater and communications at the Goodman School of Drama and University of Illinois.  He toured for four years with the Free Street Theater, winning a Jefferson Award and a Regional Emmy for the PBS Show “Colors of Grey.” He was Director of Performing Arts for Mid-America Arts Alliance in Kansas City for ten years.  Jonathan spent two years as an on-air personality with KCMO 810 Radio.

Professionally, Jonathan is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He is currently on the Lawrence Airport Advisory Board.


Kathleen Billings is the staff attorney for the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) in Topeka, KS.  She has a B.A. in Speech Communications from Colorado State University and a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law.  Kathleen joined the Retirement System in May 2004 as a legal intern and became staff attorney in 2005.




Robert S. Jones, Norton, Wasserman, Jones & Kelly, L.L.C., Salina, Kansas.  Senior Partner with over 40 years of experience handling domestic/family cases, and in particular, Agri-divorces, business valuation and other highly complex domestic/family law cases; child custody, child support and spousal maintenance.  Spoken on a variety of subjects regarding divorce, child support, handling complex divorce cases, ethics in divorce, and numerous other family law issues/subjects.  Currently about to begin my 41st year of practice.  I am a member of the Kansas Bar Association, Saline/Ottawa County Bar Association, Past President (1996), Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (current Treasurer and President-Elect of Kansas Chapter); Practice is currently limited to Domestic/Family Law cases, focusing on complex domestic/family law cases; also some commercial law litigation.



Tish Morrical's law practice focuses on Civil Litigation, Family Law, Mediation, and Elder Law. She is an mediator approved by the Kansas Supreme Court, and is often appointed to represent children in their parents' divorce case, as well as serve as Case Manager in high conflict cases.  Morrical is currently the President of the KBA Family Law Section.





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 high conflict, interstate and international child custody and support disputes and issues involving special needs families. 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, he serves as Legislative Liaison for the KBA Family Law Section, as a member of the Johnson County (Kansas) Bench-Bar Committee, and the Kansas Judicial Council, Family Law Advisory Committee. Mr. Nelson regularly lectures at national, state and local family law conferences, is a contributing author to the Practitioners Guide to Kansas Family Law, and contributes to national, state, and local publications.


A graduate of the University of Iowa School of Law, Judge Rosauer began practicing law in 2000 when he entered active duty in the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate. From 2001 to 2008, Judge Rosauer served as an Army prosecutor, defense counsel and the chief of both prosecutor and defense offices, including four years as a defense counsel and senior defense counsel at Fort Riley from 2003 to 2007. He left active duty in 2008 and served as a public defender in Junction City until joining Weary Davis, LC, in Junction City in September 2009. In March 2015, he became a district court judge in the 8th Judicial District, and a high percentage of his court work involves domestic law.  Judge Rosauer is also a lieutenant colonel and military judge in the U.S. Army Reserves. Before becoming a judge, his primary areas of practice involved criminal defense and domestic law.


Marshal S. Willick is the principal of the Willick Law Group, an A/V rated Family Law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada, and practices in trial and appellate Family Law.  He is a Certified Family Law Specialist, a Fellow of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAML), former Chair of the Nevada Bar Family Law Section and former President of the Nevada chapter of the AAML.  He has authored many books and articles on Family Law and retirement benefits issues, and was managing editor of the Nevada Family Law Practice Manual.  He is frequent teacher of continuing legal education classes and is often sought as a lecturer on family law issues.

In addition to litigating trial and appellate cases in Nevada, Mr. Willick has participated in hundreds of divorce and pension cases in the trial and appellate courts of other states, and in the drafting of various state and federal statutes in the areas of divorce and property division.  He has chaired several Committees of the American Bar Association Family Law Section, AAML, and Nevada Bar, has served on many more committees, boards, and commissions of those organizations, and has been called on to sometimes represent the entire ABA in Congressional hearings on military pension matters.  He has served as an alternate judge in various courts, and frequently testifies as an expert witness.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

Mr. Willick received his B.A. from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 1979, with honors, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in 1982.  Before entering private practice, he served on the Central Legal Staff of the Nevada Supreme Court for two years.


Ashlyn Yarnell is the Senior Associate with Ronald W. Nelson PA and is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law. Ashlyn is engaged in a civil trial and appellate practice emphasizing divorce, parentage, non-marital, and post-decree matters, and Child In Need of Care proceedings. She is admitted to practice law before all trial, appellate, and federal courts in the State of Kansas. She is a member of The Johnson County, Kansas Family Law American Inn of Court, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). She is a member of the Johnson County, Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section), and the American Bar Association(Member, Family Law Section). She has taught continuing legal education presentations for the Kansas Bar Association and the Johnson County Bar Association.

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