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Approved for 1.0 hour of CLE credit in Kansas. Pending CLE approval in Missouri.

When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Webinar begins at Noon
Where: From the comfort of your desk using your computer and phone
United States
Contact: Nancy Burghart

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 Approved for 1.0 hour of CLE credit in Kansas.  Pending CLE approval in Missouri.


John E. Shamberg Memorial Webinar Series

Why Is the First Amendment So Clearly Written, But So Confusing?

June 12, 2018




12:00 PM • Why Is the First Amendment So Clearly Written, But So Confusing?
Alan L. Rupe,
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, Wichita
Jeremy Schrag
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, Wichita

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides, “Congress shall make no law. . . abridging the freedom of speech. . .”  Court decisions concerning the First Amendment have created a mess of conflicting interpretations and results.  Alan Rupe and Jeremy Schrag will work to untangle these First Amendment interpretations.  They will not succeed, but their attempt should be interesting. 

12:50 PM • Program Adjourns

 Presenter Information:

Alan L. Rupe is a partner in the law firm Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, and is Co-Chair of the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group.  He is a trial lawyer whose demonstration of special knowledge, skills and proficiency in civil trial has earned him the title of “Board Certified Trial Specialist,” certified by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.  Mr. Rupe is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”).  Membership is by invitation only and granted only to those trial attorneys who are of “high personal character and honorable reputation.”  He is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only lawyer honor society representing less than one-half of one percent of American Lawyers.  Mr. Rupe has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” for Kansas and Missouri since 2005 and for Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel; and The Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment Law and Municipal Law.”  In 2010, he was selected by Best Lawyers as “Kansas Lawyer of the Year in Labor and Employment Law.  He has been characterized by clients and peers as “heading a formidable fighting unit. . . [he is] excellent on his feet and a man who clearly relishes the trial process.”  See Chambers USA, an international attorney-rating publication.  He frequently presents continuing education on topics such as school finance, civil rights, trial tactics and employment law.  Mr. Rupe receives ongoing national attention and recognition for his successful prosecution of cases relating to the constitutionality of the funding of K-12 public education.  Mr. Rupe received the Demetrio Rodriguez Champion of Educational Justice Award, awarded by Education Law Center, Inc. for "years of outstanding lawyering and lobbying and perseverance in the face of many obstacles, including brash insults" for his work on a series of lawsuits on behalf of Kansas school children.  The lawsuit culminated in a court ordering the State of Kansas to increase spending on public schools by nearly $1 billion each year from 2006-2009, and approximately $440 million in 2014 and 2015. Mr. Rupe earned a BA., with honors from the University of Kansas, and graduated from Washburn University School of Law.  He is admitted to practice in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, the United States Court of Appeals (Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Tenth Circuits), and regularly appears pro hac vice in state and federal courts across the country.


Jeremy Schrag is a partner in the Wichita office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment and Wage & Hour Class Actions Practices. He defends private business and governmental agencies in state and federal courts against a variety of employment law claims including workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other employment-related lawsuits. He has experience handling wage and hour class actions as well as single plaintiff discrimination complaints. He is a frequent presenter on employment law topics to attorneys and human resource professionals and regularly advises employers and local governments regarding their employment policies and practices. A significant portion of Mr. Schrag’s practice is devoted to higher education law and constitutional tort litigation. He is experienced in cases involving both public and private universities and understands the unique risks and benefits that come with higher education litigation including challenges and opportunities involving Title IX and sovereign immunity.

 Program Registration:

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