The Kansas Bar Association Diversity Committee and Kansas Women Attorneys Association
Women in Law, the Public Interest Law Society, and the
Faculty Diversity Committee of the University of Kansas School of Law
1:30 pm • Event check-in
2:00 pm • People in Crisis: An Interactive Program*
The SPD's "People in Crisis" program is an interactive exercise with participants assuming the roles of different families living with limited resources. This exercise is designed to help participant's better understand what it might feel like to live in a low-income family trying to meet basic needs each month. While we may be intellectually familiar with the statistics of poverty, this exercise enables participants to experience some of the emotional stresses and frustrations created by having limited resources as well as the difficult choices people with few resources feel they may need to make in order to survive.
The experience includes an introduction, the interactive exercise, and a debriefing period in which the participants and volunteers share their feelings and experiences and talk about what they have learned during the exercise.
*Approved for 2.0 CLE credit hours in Kansas. Approved for 2.4 CLE credit hours in Missouri.
4:00 pm • Program adjourns & networking reception begins
Networking reception attendees are allowed 1 free drink ticket. Cash bar will be available for beer and wine purchase. Please indicate on the registration page if you plan to attend the networking reception.
5:00 pm • Networking reception ends
Tim Burdick is a public defender. He has been practicing as such for nearly 20 years. Tim spent the first 10 plus years with the Missouri State Public Defender and the last 9 plus with the Federal Public Defender for the District of Kansas. Tim first worked rural cases in Missouri with the state’s Harrisonville office. He then worked in the Kansas City Trial Office for a number of years. Tim shifted to the Commitment Defense Unit in 2006. He then became the District Defender of that unit until he left the state system in the beginning of 2009. Tim has spent the last 9 years working as an Assistant Federal Defender in the District of Kansas handling a trial and appellate caseload.
Tim is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law where he teaches a trial skills course and a sentencing mitigation clinic. As faculty for the Missouri Public Defender Trial Skills Training Program, Tim has instructed on topics such as evidentiary foundations, sentencing mitigation, effective sentencing presentations, collateral consequences of sex convictions, risk prediction, effective trial strategy, and evaluating scientific evidence under the Daubert Standard. Tim has instructed at Federal Training seminars on sentencing mitigation, effective use of investigation, maintaining effective client relationships, and challenging conditions of supervision for sex offenders.
Chekasha "Che" Ramsey has been practicing law for nearly eleven years. A seasoned criminal defense lawyer and civil rights advocate, she has dedicated her career to public service. Che began her legal career with the American Civil Liberties Union where she addressed cases involving constitutional violations. After law school, Che began working as a trial attorney with the Missouri State Public Defender System. She quickly became known as a staunch defender of constitutional rights, as she skillfully challenged unlawful searches and seizures, and other forms of police misconduct that arose in her cases. Today, Che is an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Kansas where she continues to vigorously advocate for justice, provide exceptional criminal defense and coordinates the Federal Public Defenders Office’s summer internship program. Che is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law where she teaches a trial advocacy I small group course. She also serves as secretary of the board for The Heartland Center for Jobs and Freedom and a member of the board for KC LEGAL.
Registration and Parking:
Cost: Free to attorneys, judges, and legislators, with preference given to KBA Members, KWAA Members, KU law alum, and KU Law Students. Please click on the orange register button to assure your place at this program. Attendance is limited to 80 participants.
There is an individual $5 valet parking fee at The Oread if you choose to utilize this service.