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Approved for 6.0 CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism in Kansas. Approved for 5.0 CLE credit hours in Missouri. (no ethics)

When: Friday, April 25, 2014
Registration: 8:30 a.m. - Adjourns: 3:45 p.m.
Where: The Oread
1200 Oread Ave.
Lawrence, Kansas  66044
Contact: Dawn Phoenix

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Approved for 6.0 CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism in Kansas.

Approved for 5.0 CLE credit hours in Missouri. (no ethics)


Course Schedule:

8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:00 a.m.

Social Media & Other Electronic Evidence: ‘I Move for the Admission of …. ‘   Really?!

Hon. Kelly Ryan, Johnson County District Court, Division 17, Olathe

Use (and abuse) of electronic evidence in the courtroom is presented more and more frequently with the advance of technologies from text messaging to Twitter and Facebook accounts.  This trend is perhaps seen more in family law matters than any other type of litigation.  Considerations for laying foundation for admission or proper objections to the various forms of electronic evidence will be demonstrated.


9:50 a.m.

Kansas Family Law Case Law and Legislative Update-2014

Ronald W. Nelson, Ronald W Nelson P.A., Shawnee Mission

The 2014 Session of the Kansas Legislature has been tumultuous and dramatic. Learn what the Legislature did and how it affects you and your clients — as well as about the recent family law appellate cases and trends.


10:40 a.m.



10:55 a.m.

Baby Veronica: Tribes, Trials & Tribulations

Noel Tucker, Tucker Law Firm, Edmond, OK


11:45 a.m.

Lunch (provided)


1:00 p.m.

It’s All About the Kids: The Ethics Of Amateurism in Modern College Athletics

L.J. Leatherman, Palmer Leatherman White & Girard LLP, Topeka

Ethics, sometimes known as philosophical ethics, ethical theory, moral theory, and moral philosophy, attempt to defend and recommend concepts of right and wrong conduct, often addressing disputes of moral diversity.  Legal ethics have evolved overtime to address the traditional protections of clients within the confines of modern pressures of private practice.  Each evolution brings a negotiation of conflicting interest between the clients, judges and lawyers.  Like the modernization of divorce, to no fault, in our society, legal ethics evolves to meet these new challenges.  In codes of conduct, or ethics the rules of engagement seem to tack a midline of fairness between the conduct being proscribed and the mission of the profession.  This presentation looks to contract the structure and development of ethics to evaluate the corruption of “ethical” conduct when the power of the rule makers completely disenfranchises those who are required to follow the ethics, using as examples of ethical codes of conduct Pirates and College Athletics.


1:50 p.m.

From the Bench – Judicial Pet Peeves

Hon. Benjamin J. Sexton, Dickinson County Courthouse Div 1, Abilene

Hon. Richard B. Walker, Harvey County Courthouse Div 2, Newton

Hon. Robert J. Frederick, Finney County Courthouse Div 1, Garden City

Hon. Phillip M. Fromme, Coffey County Courthouse Div 1, Burlington


2:40 p.m.



2:55 p.m.

Making Domestic Case Management and Parenting Coordination Better

Dr. Bud Dale, Law Offices of Bud Dale, Topeka

Ronnie Beach, Conflict Resolution Services Inc., Olathe

Domestic cases characterized by repetitive high conflict continue to demand alternative dispute resolution services post-adjudication.  Courts have traditionally assigned case managers to assist high conflict families with their parenting plans and have now begun to identify parenting coordinators to provide similar kinds of help.  This presentation will review recent developments in case management and parenting coordination practice. 


3:45 p.m.


Faculty Biographies:

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Ronnie Beach, Conflict Resolution Services Inc., Olathe
Beach, (Ed.S.) is the owner of Conflict Resolution Services, Inc., an entity specializing in serving high conflict families.  These services partially include mediation, conciliation, parent coordination, supervised parenting, parent coaching, educational training and mentoring.  He has mediated over 1500 domestic cases. As a certified school psychologist in Missouri and Kansas, he serves as a special education mediator.  Beach has three advanced degrees, two in psychology and the other in conflict management and dispute resolution.  He teaches mediation and social psychology at Avila University and in the graduate program at Park University Teaching Conflict Management and Mediation.  Beach is past president of Heartland Mediators Association (HMA) and president–elect of the Association of Missouri Mediators (AMM) and active in the Missouri Chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (MO-AFCC).
Dr. Bud Dale, Law Offices of Bud Dale, Topeka
Bud is an attorney and licensed psychologist whose work focuses on families demonstrating high conflict.  As a psychologist, he offers a broad range of evaluation and therapeutic services to children, parents, and families.  As an attorney, his practice encompasses child in need of care cases, family law, and juvenile law. He is a nationally-recognized speaker on dynamics and issues in high conflict divorce and parental separation.  He has published articles on attachment in child custody, attorney-expert relationships, and paradigm shifts in child custody in national journals.  He serves as a reviewing editor for the ABA Family Law Quarterly and the Journal of Child Custody, and also reviews articles for Psychology, Public Policy & Law.  In May, 2014, Bud will join the Board of Directors of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Hon. Robert J. Frederick, Finney County Courthouse Div. 1, Garden City
Judge Frederick received his Bachelor of Science in Education in May of 1972 from the University of Kansas.  He received his Juris Doctorate in August of 1975 from Washburn University.  Frederick was a member of his own general civil trial practice From March 1976 to October 2001 in Lakin, KS.  Areas of practice include real estate, oil & gas, commercial, corporate criminal, domestic relations, estate planning, probate and school law.  From October 2001 to the present, he has been a District Judge for the 25th Judicial District of Kansas.  
Hon. Phillip M. Fromme, Coffey County Courthouse Div. 1, Burlington
Judge Phillip M Fromme is Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial District which includes Franklin, Osage, Coffey and Anderson Counties.  Judge Fromme graduated from Washburn Law School in May of 1973.  He became County Attorney of Coffey County in July of 1973.  He was in private practice and served as County Attorney until August, 1983, when he was appointed District Magistrate Judge.  In February, 1996, he was appointed District Judge and has served in that position to present.  Judge Fromme handles primarily criminal and divorce cases and does a large number of post-divorce custody cases.
L.J. Leatherman, Palmer Leatherman White & Girard LLP, Topeka
Leatherman is a partner in Palmer Leatherman White & Girard LLP. He specializes in plaintiff’s tort litigation in automobile negligence, wrongful death, third-party claims against insurance companies and insurance bad faith. He is a graduate of Washburn Law School, 1992. He is an active member of the Kansas Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, Topeka and American bar associations, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. He serves as a member of the Topeka/Shawnee County Ethics Committee.
Hon. Kelly Ryan, Johnson County District Court, Division 17, Olathe
Ryan is a judge in the Johnson County, Kansas District Court.  Upon his appointment to the Court, he was one of three judges assigned to the Family Court for Johnson County (hearing divorce cases with minor children, paternity cases, child support matters and PFA/PFS cases).  He transferred to the Criminal Court in July 2013 but maintains a limited family law caseload, as well as handling mediations/settlement conferences in family law cases.  Ryan took the bench in November 2008 after concluding his private litigation practice of 20 years as a partner in the Overland Park firm of Gates, Biles, Shields & Ryan, P.A.  Ryan has presented education seminars for local and state bar associations, national organizations and various civic groups on family law and ethics issues.  Judge Ryan was appointed to the Supreme Court’s Advisory Council on Dispute Resolution and serves as vice-chair.  He also serves on the Judicial Education Advisory Council. Ryan is a member of the Johnson County (Family Law Section), Kansas (past president, Family Law Section) and American (member, Family Law Section) bar associations.  He received his B.A. from Creighton University and his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka
  Hon. Benjamin J. Sexton, Dickinson County Courthouse Div. 1, Abilene
Noel Tucker, Tucker Law Firm, Edmond, OK
Noel K. Tucker is a member of The Tucker Law Firm with her husband Phillip J. Tucker, in Edmond, OK. Noel is a past Chair of the Family Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association and continues to serve the Section as the Legislative Chair. She is also a member of the Oklahoma County Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta, and OTLA/ATLA. She has been published and regularly presents in the areas of Adoption, Paternity and Guardian Ad Litem representation, a contributing editor for the OBA/Family Law Section Practice Manual. She served as the President of the Oklahoma CASA Executive Committee Board, received the 2011 OBA Earl Sneed Award for Outstanding Contributions to CLE and she was one of five winners of the 2012 Monica Sayler Lambird Spotlight Award given at the 2012 OBA Women in the Law Conference. She currently sits on the OBA Guardian Ad Litem Project and Adoption Statutory Review Committee. Ms. Tucker is an active member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section (since 1995), where she currently sits on the Adoption, Law Office Management Technology and Genetic and Reproductive Technology committees. She was lead Oklahoma counsel in the “Baby Veronica case,” representing the adopting parents in Oklahoma proceedings resulting from the 2014 Supreme Court decision, Adoptive Couple vs. Baby Girl, 570 U.S. ___ (2014).” She a wonderful person, a tenacious litigator, an inspiring figure, and a great presenter. She ran in the 2013 Boston Marathon, ending the race a few blocks away from the finish line when the Marathon Bombing occurred. She will be running again in the 2014 Boston Marathon, returning a couple days before today’s presentation.
Hon. Richard B. Walker, Harvey County Courthouse Div. 2, Newton
Richard B. Walker is chief judge for Kansas' Ninth Judicial District (Harvey and McPherson Counties).  He has been a district court judge for 30 years.  Previously, Walker was in the private practice of law in Newton, Kansas.  He also has served 3 terms in the Kansas Legislature, was chief legislative assistant to U.S. Senator James Pearson in Washington, and spent 4 years as a full time member of the Kansas Parole Board.  Walker has chaired the Supreme Court's committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution and currently serves on the Access to Justice Committee.  He also served 12 years as member and chair of the Kansas Sentencing Commission.  Walker helped start the HOPE (Healthy Opportunities for Parenting Effectively) program in the Ninth Judicial District  to provide assistance and training for high conflict post-divorce families with children.  He also serves as a national adviser to the American Law Institute's Model Penal Code Sentencing revision project.