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2014 Criminal Law CLE

5/16/2014

When: Friday, May 16, 2014
Registration: 8:30 a.m. - Adjourns: 4:20 p.m.
Where: The Oread
1200 Oread Ave.
Lawrence, Kansas  66044
Contact:
Dawn Phoenix

Phone: 785-861-8811

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Approved for 7.0 CLE credit hours, including 2.0 hours of ethics and professionalism in Kansas.
Approved for 6.0 CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism in Missouri.

 

COURSE SCHEDULE 

8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Criminal Grand Jury in Kansas:  State & Federal Court

Chadwick J. Taylor, Shawnee County District Attorney, Topeka

Jacquelyn E. Rokusek, Rokusek Law Office, LLC, Lenexa


9:50 a.m.

New Human Trafficking Laws

Patricia N. Colloton, Assistant Attorney General,  Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, Office of the Attorney General, Topeka

The laws relating to human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children in Kansas have changed substantially.  This presentation will outline changes that affect law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and employers.  


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 (on your own)


12:45 p.m.

Legislative Update

Joseph N. Molina III, Director of Legislative Services, Kansas Bar Association, Topeka

This course will provide attendees with an up-to-date list of all legislative proposals that affect the practice of law in Kansas.  The update will briefly explain pending legislation, provide background information pertaining to the interest group involved in the legislation and a provide the current status of each proposal.   Attendees can expect to learn more about the legislative process and as well as how to contact their representative.


1:35 p.m.

DUI Issues

Brian L. Leininger, Leininger Law Offices, Leawood


2:25 p.m.

Break


2:40 p.m.

Dear Percival: The Crimmigration Version

Michael Sharma-Crawford, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys At Law LLC, KCMO

Rekha Sharma-Crawford, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys At Law LLC, KCMO

A variety of real life scenarios will be examined in order to determine the immigration consequences for noncitizens facing criminal consequences.  


3:30 p.m.

It’s All About the Kids: The Ethics Of Amateurism in Modern College Athletics

L.J. Leatherman, Palmer Leatherman White & Girard LLP, Topeka

Ethics, sometimes known as philosophical ethics, ethical theory, moral theory, and moral philosophy, attempt to defend and recommend concepts of right and wrong conduct, often addressing disputes of moral diversity.  Legal ethics have evolved overtime to address the traditional protections of clients within the confines of modern pressures of private practice.  Each evolution brings a negotiation of conflicting interest between the clients, judges and lawyers.  Like the modernization of divorce, to no fault, in our society, legal ethics evolves to meet these new challenges.  In codes of conduct, or ethics the rules of engagement seem to tack a midline of fairness between the conduct being proscribed and the mission of the profession.  This presentation looks to contract the structure and development of ethics to evaluate the corruption of “ethical” conduct when the power of the rule makers completely disenfranchises those who are required to follow the ethics, using as examples of ethical codes of conduct Pirates and College Athletics.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES:


Chadwick J. Taylor, Shawnee County District Attorney, Topeka
Taylor received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.  After graduating from law school, he worked in the Public Power Industry.  Before becoming a public servant, he operated his own private practice, arguing a broad range of cases in both federal and state court. Taylor has served the City of Topeka as a Municipal Court Judge ProTem, and as an administrative hearing officer. Additionally, he serves the State of Kansas as an administrative hearing officer for the state worker’s compensation fraud and abuse unit.  Taylor has served as chairman of the Shawnee County civil service board and as a member of the Shawnee County planning commission.  He lives in Topeka with his wife Karily and their two dogs.

Jacquelyn E. Rokusek, Rokusek Law Office, LLC, Lenexa
Jacquelyn Rokusek has been in private practice since 2005 serving the needs of her criminal defense clients in federal, state and municipal courts.  Ms. Rokusek has been practicing criminal law for the last twenty years, first as an Assistant District Attorney with the Johnson County District Attorney's Office where she prosecuted general felony cases.  Ms. Rokusek then accepted a position as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Kansas where she was charged with prosecuting federal methamphetamine conspiracy cases. In 2005, Ms. Rokusek opened Rokusek Law Office, LLC, an office dedicated primarily to complex federal and state criminal defense cases.   Ms. Rokusek regularly practices in federal court in the District of Kansas (Topeka and Kansas City, Kansas) and the Western District of Missouri.  Jacquelyn is married to Lt. Mark Rokusek and they have a daughter, Annabelle and twin boys, Max & Henry.   

Patricia N. Colloton, Assistant Attorney General,  Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, Office of the Attorney General, Topeka
Pat Colloton was appointed Assistant Attorney General in 2013, charged with leading the newly created Anti-Human Trafficking Unit in the Kansas Attorney General's Office. She is Chair of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Advisory Board, the official state board for human trafficking issues in Kansas.  Previously, she served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2004 to 2012 and chaired the Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee.  Pat currently serves on the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Delinquency Prevention, the Johnson County Criminal Justice Advisory Council and the Executive Committee of the Council of State Governments Justice Center. 

John J. Ambrosio, Ambrosio & Ambrosio Chtd., Topeka
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. 

Joseph N. Molina III, Director of Legislative Services, Kansas Bar Association, Topeka
Molina is the director of legislative services for the Kansas Bar Association. Prior to joining the KBA, he was chief legal counsel for the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority, where his practice involved insurance subrogation, labor and employment law. He also previously served as an assistant attorney general, acting as the director of the Kansas No-Call Act. Molina holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science, philosophy, and economics from Eastern Oregon University. Molina is a native of Hawaii, moving to Kansas in 1999 to attend law school at Washburn. 

Brian L. Leininger, Leininger Law Offices, Leawood
Brian Leininger defends those accused of DUI, driving under the influence of drugs (DUID), and DUI-related batteries and homicides.  He was formerly General Counsel to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Special Assistant Attorney General and a state and municipal prosecutor.  Brian is certified to administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and as an SFST Instructor.  He is a trained operator of the Intoxilyzer and is the only defense lawyer in Kansas, and one of few anywhere, to have completed training as a Drug Recognition Expert, which is the police training used to detect DUID drivers.  Brian is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and is a frequent local and national lecturer on DUI and DUID.   

Michael Sharma-Crawford, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys At Law LLC, KCMO
Michael Sharma-Crawford is an aggressive litigator and compassionate advocate of fairness in immigration law. As a former law enforcement officer, Michael has a deeper understanding of the challenges of immigration law enforcement, detainment issues and litigation. Michael specializes in complex immigration proceedings where current statutes require greater experience and understanding. Michael received his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University in 2002. The practice of law, while a second career, was not far from his beginnings as a law enforcement officer. Michael “served and protected” the citizens of Sedgwick County for 15 years before he went on to fulfill his dream of becoming a member of the Bar. He is admitted to the District of Kansas, and the Federal Appeals Court for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits. He is admitted to the District of Kansas, and the Federal Appeals Court for the Second, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits. He is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, Kansas Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association andJohnson County Bar Association.

Rekha Sharma-Crawford, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys At Law LLC, KCMO
Rekha Sharma-Crawford is a passionate advocate for immigration rights as it applies to the fair application of the law. With broad experiences as an assistant district attorney and practicing attorney, Rekha is a frequent speaker and lecturer on matters of immigration law. Representing clients whose cases garnered high-profile media attention, Rekha has the ability to articulate the law and its implications to all audiences. She received her Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law in 1993. She has been an assistant district attorney in Sedgwick County, Kansas and in Douglas County, Kansas. Rekha is licensed to practice law in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Texas, and Michigan, and has been practicing in the immigration litigation field since 2000. She is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, District of Kansas, Western District of Missouri, and the Federal Appeals Court for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits. Rekha is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association, Texas Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

L.J. Leatherman, Palmer Leatherman White & Girard LLP, Topeka
Leatherman is a partner in Palmer Leatherman White & Girard 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.

 
 
 

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