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11th Annual KBA Fall Legislative Conference was a Great Success

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, November 20, 2018

On Monday, Nov. 19th, the KBA held its 11th Annual Fall Legislative Conference. Our Special Guest Speaker this year was Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. CJ Nuss discussed the incredible work the Kansas Judicial Branch has undertaken this past year, including its work toward a more efficient court system and implementation of the E-Courts project. He also discussed the need for pay increases for judicial branch staff and judges. Nuss reported that even after the two percent pay increase for judges last year, Kansas now ranks dead last in the nation for district court judge pay. Judicial branch staff pay also remain below market. Nuss asked for assistance in discussing these issues with the legislature. Nuss invited legislators to tour courthouses and meet with judges so they could better explain the nature of the court system’s functions. Pay increases for judicial staff and judges continues to be a significant issue for the judicial branch. CJ Nuss hopes this can be addressed this coming legislative session.

The Fall Conference was also excited that Prof. Burdett Loomis from KU and Brad Cooper from the Sunflower State Journal were able to join us to discuss the general elections results. The panel discussion focused on Governor-Elect Laura Kelly’s possible priorities in 2019. The panel believed that Kelly will take a measured approach on the big issues, including school finance, expanding Medicaid and reforming DCF. Kelly will also deal with tax policy issues ranging from cutting food sale tax to returning the federal tax windfall to Kansas taxpayers, the latter of which almost passed in 2018 session. The panel understands there is much work to be done, but believe Kelly—who has established a reputation for being a thoughtful and well-prepared legislator—will likely look to study the issues first rather than making rash decisions, so her agenda may take longer to implement.

The KBA was also fortunate to have Danielle Hall, deputy disciplinary administrator, provide an Ethics CLE to our conference attendees. Her program on technology competence is a must-see.

The KBA was very pleased to have several lawyer/legislators attend along with one Kansas Senator: Rep. Dennis “Boog” Highberger (D-Lawrence); Rep. Susan Humphries (R-Wichita); Rep. Vic Miller (D-Topeka); Rep. Fred Patton (R-Topeka) and Sen. Dinah Sykes (R-Lenexa). We appreciate these lawmakers’ time and interest in our KBA events.

Finally, we need to thank our sponsors. This group has generously supported the KBA Fall Conference since its inception. We could not provide these programs without them. We thank you.

Our sponsors include:

 Alderson, Alderson, Conklin, Burghart, Crow & Slinkard, LLC

John C.  Peterson, Bill Brady & Sean Miller/Capitol Strategies  Kansas Bankers Association

Sneed Law Firm, LLC  Whitney B. Damron, P.A.

R. E. "Tuck" Duncan/Kansas Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association

Foulston Siefkin LLP

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11th Annual Kansas Bar Association Fall Legislative Conference

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Monday, October 1, 2018

11th Annual Kansas Bar Association
Fall Legislative Conference

Monday, November 19, 2018
Robert L. Gernon Law Center
1200 SW Harrison Street • Topeka, Kansas  66612

All Kansas Lawyer/Legislators Invited!

Schedule of Events
2:00p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
1 free hour of CLE

3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Legislative Conference
Experts discuss pressing issues facing the 2019 Legislature

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

Special thanks and appreciation to our Reception Hosts:

Alderson, Alderson, Weiler, Conklin, Burghart & Crow, LLC
John Peterson & Bill Brady/Capitol Strategies  ♦  Kansas Bankers Association
Sneed Law Firm, LLC ♦  Whitney B. Damron, P.A.
R. E. "Tuck" Duncan/Kansas Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association
Foulston Siefkin LLP

Attendance is FREE for all events
RSVP by November 16th for each event you wish to attend.
Contact: Joseph N. Molina, KBA Director of Government Affairs

SPACE IS LIMITED

RSVP: (785) 234-5696 or jmolina@ksbar.org

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7th Annual KBA Fall Legislative Conference

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, October 21, 2014

7th Annual Kansas Bar Association
Fall Legislative Conference

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

 

Kansas Law Center

1200 SW Harrison Street,
Topeka, Kansas 66612

 

 

The Fall Legislative Conference will invite all newly elected

Lawyer-Legislators to participate

 

 

Schedule of Events

1:30p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

 

1 free-hour of CLE presented by

KBA Bench & Bar Committee

 

 

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Legislative Conference

 

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

 

Special thanks and appreciation to our Reception Hosts:

Alderson, Alderson, Weiler, Conklin, Burghart & Crow, LLC

John Peterson & Bill Brady/Capitol Strategies ♦ Kansas Bankers Association

Polsinelli Shughart, PC ♦ Whitney B. Damron, P.A.

R. E. "Tuck" Duncan/Kansas Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association

 

Attendance is free for all events

 

Please RSVP by November 14 for each event you wish to attend by
contacting Joseph N. Molina, KBA director of government affairs
(785) 234-5696 or jmolina@ksbar.org

 

SEATING IS LIMITED

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