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Approved for 8.0 CLE credit hours including 3.0 ethics & professionalism in Kansas, pending approval in Missouri

12/7/2017 to 12/8/2017
When: 12/7/2017, 12/8/2017
11:30 AM
Where: InterContinental, Kansas City
401 Ward Pkwy
Kansas City, Missouri  64112
United States
Contact: Angie Harris

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Approved for 8.0 CLE credit hours including 3.0 ethics & professionalism in Kansas, pending approval in Missouri 


Plaza Lights Institute
December 7th & 8th
Kansas City On the Plaza
Rooftop Ballroom


Thursday, December 7

11:30 AM-1:00 PM ● Networking Luncheon (optional)

12:30 PM-1:00 PM Registration

1:00 PM ● Managing the Risk of a Data Breach: Ethical Obligations and Cybersecurity
Danielle Hall, Office of the Disciplinary Administrator, Topeka, KS
Data breaches are the new normal for businesses, entities, and agencies of all types and sizes. Law firms, legal departments, and governments and their agencies are sure to be in the crosshairs as cyber attackers widen their scope to find new “high value” targets. While we might classify data breaches as an IT issue, our ethics rules impose duties upon us to protect the confidentiality of client data. They also require attorneys to practice competently and to supervise office staff and third parties with access to client data. During this session, we will discuss your ethical obligations relating to data breaches and you will learn how to manage the risk of a data breach, how to train your staff on what to look for and avoid, and the best practices for working with third party vendors.

1:50 PM   ● Break (10 minutes)

2:00 PMIntroduction to Special Needs Trusts
                  Craig C. Reaves, CELA, Reaves Law Firm, PC, Kansas City, MO 
Do you ever work with people who have a disability, or with someone who wants to prepare estate planning documents and leave money to a person who has a disability?  If so, you should know about special needs trusts. This session will provide an overview of what a special needs trust is, how to distinguish between the various types of special needs trusts, and when to consider using one

2:50 PM ● Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
                 Sara Rust-Martin, Sections and LOMAP Services, KBA, Topeka, KS
The description of this program is best summarized by the ABA Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness when they stated: “Disaster planning is especially important for lawyers. Not only is it necessary to protect, preserve, and in extreme cases rebuild one’s practice or firm, lawyers also have special obligations to their clients. Lawyers must represent the client competently and diligently, safeguard client’s property, and maintain client confidentiality and communications. These obligations are neither excused nor waived following a disaster.”

3:40 PM ● Break (15 minutes)

3:55 PM ● A Short Primer on Powers of Attorney and Living Wills in Kansas

                 Kirk Nystrom, Nystrom Law Office, Topeka, KS

DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR FINANCES - Gives authority to an agent to act for n financial matters.  Be sure that your Powers of Attorney are “Durable” so they will continue to be effective even after incapacity.  Also, be sure it has been updated recently to comply with current Kansas Law.
DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH CARE - Allows one to appoint an agent to make medical decisions when unable to do so.  The agent is also able to obtain medical records and talk with medical providers.  Be sure it has been updated to reference the HIPAA privacy act.
LIVING WILL -  Expresses wishes about “end of life decisions,” when one is unable to communicate wishes.  It should discuss “terminal condition,” “ongoing coma,” and “dementia.”  Be sure that nutrition and hydration are not cut off arbitrarily, thus hastening death.
ANATOMICAL GIFTS - Allows for donation of needed organs to others.  May authorize the use of the body for medical research.


4:45 PM ● Day 1 Adjourns


Friday, December 8

9:00 AM ● Hot Breakfast

10:00 AM ● Ethics in the Context of Practice
                   Sara Rust-Martin, Sections and LOMAP Services, KBA, Topeka, KS
As solo and small firm practitioners it is important to stay informed of ethical implications for our practice. In this presentation, attorneys will learn about the rule changes made by the ABA to rule 1.6 and discuss how that can impact their practice standards. Next, attorneys will learn about KRPC rules related to marketing their firms online and how to have an online presence within the scope of the professional rules. Also, attorneys will learn about ethical considerations for outsourcing parts of their practices as they want to focus more on the important part of client interaction. And, finally, attorneys will learn about maintaining the integrity of the profession through scenarios and rule discussion points.

10:50 AM ● Break (10 minutes) 

11:00 AM ●  Identifying and Managing Cyber Risk

                     Karen Virgillito, TIFEC (The Illig Family Enterprise Company), Leawood, KS

                     Travis Holt, Brush Creek Partners, Kansas City, MO

Review the latest developments in cybercrime and identify methods to manage risk and mitigate damages after a breach. In particular, we will discuss the current environment and threats to cybersecurity that impact businesses of every size. Strategies will be presented to assist businesses and their attorney advisors minimize the likelihood of a breach  and transfer risk through vendor contract management and cyber insurance.


11:50 AM ● Estate Planning and Administration for Digital Assets

                   Kent Meyerhoff, Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, L.L.C., Wichita, KS
Traditionally, estate planning and administration has focused on assets such as real estate, stocks, mutual funds, cash in the bank, vehicles, and other tangible personal property.  But what about digital assets, such as digital photographs, social media accounts, email accounts, streaming music and video accounts, and online financial accounts?  In today’s world, more and more of our clients’ lives and assets exist in digital formats, whether on a computer hard drive or in a cloud somewhere.  This session will consider how to identify, plan for, and administer a client’s digital assets.  It will include a discussion of the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, which became law in Kansas on July 1, 2017.

12:40 PM ● Break (15 minutes)--Snacks 

12:55 PM ● Compassion Fatigue: An Occupational Hazard for Lawyers
                    Anne McDonald, Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program, Topeka, KS 
Compassion Fatigue is also known as secondary or vicarious trauma. It can change our view of the world and not for the better.  Get out in front of this potential career spoiler and keep your good cheer and unblemished ethical record.

1:45 PM ● Day 2 Adjourns


Registration Cost:

KBA-Member Plaza Lights Thursday Only  $170
KBA-Member Plaza Lights Friday Only       $170
KBA-Member Plaza Lights Both & Save     $240

Non-Member Plaza Lights Thursday Only  $210
Non-Member Plaza Lights Friday Only       $210
Non-Member Plaza Lights Both & Save     $370

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Kansas City On the Plaza

401 Ward Pkwy

Kansas City, MO 64112


(Reference KBA to receive group rate of $179)


Thank you to our Co-Sponsor