Approved for 4.0 CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism in Kansas.
Approved for 4.0 CLE credit hours in Missouri. (no ethics)
Moderated by: Robert J. Schmisseur, Moderator, Schmisseur Law Office, Pratt, KS
- 8:00 a.m. - Registration
- 12:05 p.m. - Lunch (provided)
- 1:15 p.m. - Optional clay shoot
- 3:00 p.m. - Reception sponsored by Whitney B. Damron P.A.
Registration & Continental Breakfast8:30 a.m.
2014: The Assault on Conservation An Overview of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, 2014 Legislative and Regulatory Update
Christopher J. Tymeson, Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, TopekaA first person account of the legislative and regulatory trials and tribulations of the conservation and wildlife communities in Kansas in 2014.9:20 a.m.
Lesser Prairie Chickens: Are we endangering them or are they endangering us?
Chris Steincamp, Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer LC, WichitaThe presentation will focus on several areas:
1. A Bird’s Eye view of the Endangered Species Act
2. Status of the Lesser Prairie Chicken listing
3. Status of the litigation currently surrounding the Lesser Prairie Chicken
4. Impacts of the listing on Landowners and Farmers
5. Impacts of the Listing on Oil and Gas Development
6. Are there any good Prairie Chicken Recipes? Living in a post-listing world
It's All About the Kids: The Nobility of Amateurism (Ethics)
L.J. Leatherman, Palmer Leatherman White & Girard LLP, TopekaEthics, 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.12:05 p.m.
Adjourn to Lunch (provided)
Optional clay shoot
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Christopher J. Tymeson, Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Topeka
Chris is the Chief Legal Counsel for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, and has been with the agency for 14 plus years. Prior to that, he was an attorney with the Kansas Department of Revenue, where he also interned while in law school. Chris is the Vice-Chair of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies legal committee, a position he has held since 2006. A graduate of Missouri Southern State College and the Washburn University School of Law, he proudly served in the United States Army as an airborne infantryman in Panama and a tour in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division. Chris is a 2013 Leadership Kansas graduate as well as a commissioned law enforcement officer with the KDWPT. He is an avid hunter and angler and has hunted and fished in most of the western United States, some Canadian provinces, Africa and Asia. He is a life member of Safari Club International and the National Rifle Association. Chris is also a hunter education instructor and is active in recruiting youths and novices to hunting. Chris and his wife, Jen, a Hill’s Pet Nutrition Associate Director, reside in Topeka, Kansas with their son and daughter, Gage and Taylor.
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Chris Steincamp, Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer LC, Wichita
Chris has been involved in complex environmental litigation, regulatory matters and environmental issues in mergers and land transactions in Kansas and across the country. He has authored numerous articles on environmental law and oil and gas law and spoken at seminars on environmental compliance and litigation and energy-related topics. Chris authored the environmental law chapter of the Kansas Annual Survey of Law for 15 years and is one of the authors of the Kansas Bar Association Environmental Handbook. He is a member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. Chris was born in Great Bend, Kansas, and received his B.S. degree in geology from Kansas State University in 1989 and Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from Washburn University in 1993. Chris is a licensed geologist and past Chairman of the Kansas State University Geological Advisory Council and past President of the Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section of the Kansas Bar Association. He is a member of the Wichita and Kansas Bar Associations, American Association of Petroleum Geologists and a member and officer of the Division of Environmental Geosciences. He also serves on the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce Water Resources Committee and is a member of the Wichita Area Petroleum Landmen and Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association (KIOGA). Chris has served two terms as Chairman of the Board of the American Heart Association, Sedgwick County Division, and is a past President of the Downtown Y’s Men’s Club of Wichita. He was selected for the 2003 Class of 40 Under 40 and the 2003 Class of Leadership Wichita. Chris has served on the Board of Directors of Wichita Festivals, Inc., and Friends of the Wichita Art Museum, Inc. as well as the Dean’s Council for the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University. He served as a trustee for Leadership Wichita, and is the current President of Wichita Crime Commission. Chris was listed as “Best Lawyers in America” in environmental law and was selected the 2014 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law.
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L.J. Leatherman, Palmer Leatherman White & Girard LLP, Topeka
Leatherman is a partner in Palmer Leatherman White & Giirard 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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