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2014 KBA Federal & Ethics CLE


When: Friday, November 14, 2014
AM Session: 8:30 - noon PM Session: 12:30 - 3:45
Where: Marriott Country Club Plaza
4445 Main St.
Kansas City, Missouri  
Dawn Phoenix

Phone: 785-861-8811

Registration Information
Online registration is closed.
Morning Session (Federal) is approved for 3.0 CLE credit hours in Kansas and Missouri.
Afternoon Session (Ethics) is approved for 3.0 CLE credit hours, including 3.0 hours of ethics and professionalism in Kansas and Missouri.


Kansas Bar Association

November 14, 2014

Marriott Country Club Plaza, Kansas City



Morning Session:

Federal CLE


9:00 a.m.

Registration for Morning Session – Federal


9:30 a.m.

Views From the Bench - Representing Each Division in the District of Kansas

Judge Daniel D. Crabtree

Judge Karen M. Humphreys

Judge Teresa J. James

The Judges will discuss similarities and differences among the divisions, offer observations and tips, and answer questions on a broad range of topics including scheduling, discovery disputes, protective orders, status and scheduling conferences, motions to compel, other nondispositive motions, and consents and referrals to magistrate judges. Discussion will include the pertinent Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the applicable Local Rules.


10:20 a.m.

An Overview and Report on Kan-TRAC: A Reentry Court in the District of Kansas: A Pilot Project -- History and Issues in Treatment and Reentry Assistance

This session will address the experience of the Kansas reentry court since its inception in 2009. The presentation will include a video of a typical court session and the observations by the participants (individuals who volunteer and are on supervised release from federal sentences) and a team of lawyers, judges, probation officers, and counselors. The report will incorporate information about the use of these "specialty courts" in the federal judiciary and the studies underway to evaluate the courts. Reentry courts have expanded since their introduction in 1989 and the focus on procedural fairness has contributed to their success.


11:10 a.m.



11:25 a.m.

Views From Chambers

Law clerks and court staff from the District of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri will discuss from their unique perspective the similarities and differences between their Districts and will answer questions regarding the same and similar issues to those discussed by the Judges. Again, discussion will include the pertinent Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the applicable Local Rules.


12:15 p.m.

Adjourn Federal Session

  Judge Teresa J. James, District of Kansas, Kansas City
Teresa J. James was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1959, and has lived her entire life in Kansas.  In 1981, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a BS in Business Administration.  She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate in 1984 from the University of Kansas School of Law,becoming the first lawyer in her family.

After law school, Judge James practiced law in Wichita and was actively involved in the Wichita Bar Association for 20 years, ultimately serving as the Association’s Vice-President.  In 2003, before she moved to the Overland Park branch of Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, LLP.  Judge James was a partner in the firm and specialized in Energy, Oil and Gas, Condemnation and Real Property law, and Complex Litigation. She is the author of Real Property Interests Subject to Oil and Gas Interests, which was published in the April 2012 volume of the Journal of the Kansas Bar Association.  Judge James has served on the Kansas Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Commission, the Bench-Bar Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, and the Board of the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation. In 2011, she received the Most Outstanding Person award from the University of Kansas women’s basketball program. Judge James is a member of the Johnson County and Wichita Bar Associations and is a Kansas Bar Association Fellow.



Afternoon Session:

Ethics & Professionalism


12:45 p.m.

Registration for Afternoon Session – Ethics & Professionalism


1:15 p.m.

Multijurisdictional Practice 

Barbara Glesner Fines, Associate Dean, UMKC School of Law, KCMO

As the practice of law has become more mobile and global, issues of multijurisdictional practice have become increasingly difficult challenges for attorneys.  This program will examine the new Kansas Rule of Professional Conduct 5.5, which is designed to bring clarity to this question.


2:05 p.m.

The Kansas Ethics Procedure from a 30 Year Insider

Arthur Palmer, Goodell Stratton Edmonds & Palmer LLP, Topeka

The presentation is a discussion of the procedure from the initial Complaint through the Kansas Supreme Court with an emphasis on representing respondents.


2:55 p.m.



3:10 p.m.

Common and Not-So-Common Ways to Violate the Rules of Professional Conduct

Sara Rittman, Rittman Law LLC, Jefferson City, MO

Rules 1.3 and 1.4 form the basis for most complaints.  What do those rules require and how can you avoid getting complaints based on them?  Despite the fact that these are the rules most often complained about, attorneys are creative people and don’t always stick to the most common rule violations.  Relatively recent cases will illustrate some of these other violations.


4:00 p.m.

Adjourn Ethics

  Barbara Glesner Fines, Associate Dean, UMKC School of Law, KCMO
Barbara Glesner Fines has been on the faculty of UMKC Law School since 1986 and currently serves as the associate dean for faculty development. Glesner Fines’ research interests focus on professional responsibility issues and family law, as well as aspects of legal education.  Professor Glesner Fines received her masters of law degree from Yale University in 1986 and her J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1983. She holds a bachelors of philosophy degree from Thomas Jefferson College of Grand Valley State University (1980), and was selected as that school's distinguished alumna in 1998. Prior to joining the faculty at UMKC, Professor Glesner Fines taught at the law schools of the University of Oklahoma and the University of Cincinnati.  She teaches the courses Professional Responsibility, Family Law, Ethical Issues in the Representation of Families and the Seminar in Family Violence.

  Arthur Palmer, Goodell Stratton Edmonds & Palmer LLP, Topeka
Palmer is with Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLP where he was the managing partner for twenty years. He joined the firm in 1964 after serving as the Kansas Assistant Attorney General. A Practitioner of employment and traditional labor law, Palmer has tried cases ranging from negligence and professional malpractice to commercial contract and white collar criminal cases. As a trained mediator for the U.S. District Court of Kansas and the Kansas Supreme Court, he devotes much of his time serving in this capacity. Appointed in 1987 by the Kansas Supreme Court, Palmer has served many years on the Board for Discipline of Attorneys and was Chairman from 1992-96. He is also a member of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for Kansas, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri and both the Kansas and Missouri state bars. He also belongs to the American Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association (former Employment Law Section President) and Topeka Bar Association (former president and 2005 Warren W. Shaw Distinguished Service Award recipient).

  Sara Rittman, Rittman Law LLC, Jefferson City, MO
Ms. Sara Rittman is in private practice providing ethics consultation and advice to attorneys as well as representing attorneys in disciplinary and reinstatement matters.  She represents applicants in attorney admission matters.  She also represents other licensed professionals in disciplinary proceedings.  She was Missouri’s first Legal Ethics Counsel from 2003 to 2012.  She became Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel in 2000 after becoming Staff Counsel for the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel in 1993.  Beginning in 1985, Ms. Rittman was the Unit Chief of the Professional Licensing Unit of the Attorney General's Office.  Ms. Rittman became an Assistant Attorney General for Missouri in 1981.  She served as an officer of the National Organization of Bar Counsel from 2008 to 2012.  She served as President from 2011 to 2012.  She received her B.S.Ed. in 1978 from The University of Missouri at Columbia.  In 1981, she received her J.D. from The University Of Missouri-Kansas City.



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