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Young Lawyer CLE & Social Event (this event is open only to YLS section members) This program is pending CLE credit in Kansas and Missoui

When: Friday, April 17
4:00 PM until 6:00 PM
Where: Blue Skye Brewery
116 N. Santa Fe Avenue
Salina, Kansas  67401
United States
Contact: Leslie Garwood

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Approved for 1 hour CLE credit in Kansas and Missouri.

This event is exclusively for young lawyers.

Learn from the Judges’ years of experience as they present, “Does the Judge Think I Know What I am Doing? (Tips from the Bench for New Attorneys)”


Judges Thompson and Hellmer will offer guidance geared towards young attorneys on a number of topics about effective advocacy in district court, ranging from first appearances to the submission of briefs and oral arguments.  They will also draw on their experiences from the bench and in private practice to illustrate their advice.

Following the CLE presentation stay to socialize and enjoy beverages, appetizers and pizza.

Course Schedule:

 4:00 - 4:15 PM    Registration

 4:15 - 5:05 PM    Does the Judge This I Know What I am Doing? (Tips from the Bench for New Attorneys)

 5:05 - 6:00 PM    Social Hour with beverages, appetizers and pizza (provided)


An event jointly sponsored by the KBA Young Lawyers Section and the Saline-Ottawa County Bar Association


The Honorable Patrick H. Thompson has served as District Court Judge in the 28th Judicial District since 2008.  Although he has seen many different types of matters while on the bench, he primarily presides over criminal cases.  Prior to his appointment to the judiciary, Judge Thompson was in private practice, focusing on juvenile, criminal, and domestic cases.  He earned his law degree from the University of Kansas in 1980.


The Honorable Jerome P. Hellmer served as District Court Judge in the 28th Judicial District for 15 years from 1996 until 2011 and as Chief Judge from 2011 until January 2015.  While on the bench, he presided over a wide variety of matters, including criminal, civil, domestic, juvenile, and probate cases.  Judge Hellmer has also served on the Client Protection Fund Commission for the Kansas Supreme Court, on a federal commission that audited the Kansas child welfare system, on the Executive Committee of the Kansas Bar Association, and as a presenter for the Kansas Bar Association’s Daubert series about the admissibility of expert testimony.  Prior to assuming the bench, he spent 22 years in private practice.  Judge Hellmer earned his law degree from Washburn University, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas.