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Approved for 7.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism credit in Kansas and Missouri.

When: Friday, April 21, 2017
Check in begins at 8:30. Seminar is from 9:00 until 4:05. (lunch is provided)
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton
(formerly Holiday Inn)
200 McDonald Drive
Lawrence, Kansas  66044
United States
Contact: Nancy Burghart

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Approved for 7.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism credit in Kansas and Missouri.

Course Schedule   

8:30 a.m. • Check-in & Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. • The Intersection of Divorce and Bankruptcy: Collision Course or Roundabout Ballet
Jonathan C. Becker,
Attorney at Law P.A., Lawrence

We have now had twelve years of new bankruptcy law supposedly supporting state family law and making collection of child support, alimony, maintenance and support easier and the division of property and debts clearer.  The laudable goal of Congress remains elusive.  More often results contrary to congressional intent govern both family and bankruptcy practitioners.  This session takes a look at what Congress wrote, what Courts have opined and what issues remain unresolved.  Some suggestions will be made to avoid collisions in divorce and bankruptcy and steer your clients safely through the roundabouts of divorce and bankruptcy

9:50 a.m. • Farm Divorces:  It Takes More Than Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers to Fix These Problems
Robert S. Jones,
Norton Wasserman Jones & Kelly LLC, Salina

We will discuss Farm Divorces and how they create unique and complex problems for the practitioner.  From calculating child support and considering spousal maintenance to dividing the Marital Estate when there is not sufficient liquidity.  This will cover everything from preparation to negotiation to settlement and trial.

10:40 a.m. • Break

10:55 a.m.  Kansas Family Law Case Law and Legislative Update - 2017
Ronald W. Nelson,
Ronald W. Nelson P.A., Overland Park

11:45 a.m. • Lunch (provided)

12:30 p.m. • KPERS QDROs 101
Kathleen Billings,
Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS), Topeka

Navigating the limitations of the Kansas Public Employee’s Retirement System when negotiating a divorce – what is the “value” of the pension, when can it be paid, and how to draft an agreement that covers all the bases.

12:55 p.m. • Divorcing the Military: How to Attack, How to Defend
Marshal S. Willick,
Willick Law Group, Las Vegas

CLE will cover the military benefits that can be divided, a brief history of the division of military retirement, and recent changes to the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA) that make the division of military benefits subject to federal law.

2:10 p.m. • Break

2:25 p.m. • Using GAL in Custody Cases
Tish Morrical,
Hampton & Royce LC, Salina
Ashlyn Yarnell, Ronald W. Nelson P.A., Overland Park

3:15 p.m. • A Judge’s Perspective on Domestic Law Practice and Ethics
Hon. Ryan W. Rosauer,
Judge, Geary County District Court, Junction City

This class is designed to highlight effective ways of advocating your domestic case in court and in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. Much of that advocacy occurs prior to coming to Court, and Judge Rosauer will discuss what he and judges he has talked to like and do not like regarding the presentation of a domestic cases via briefs and presentation of evidence in trial.

4:05 p.m. • Adjourned


Registration Information

~~ Lunch is included in registration fee ~~
  • KBA Member Registration     $275
  • KBA Family Law Section Member     $245
  • Non-member Registration     $345
  • Paralegal Registration     $205
  • Paper Materials (optional)     $25


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Presenter Information

Jonathan Becker is a sole practitioner specializing in consumer bankruptcy, tax, and trial litigation.  A popular CLE speaker, Jonathan has lectured extensively regarding bankruptcy and landlord/tenant issues to many organizations and schools including, the Johnson County Bar Association, UMKC, Johnson County Community College, and St. Mary’s College.  He has worked as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous state arts agencies. He is the former president of the Association of Community Arts Agencies of Kansas and is past President of the Judge Hugh Means American Inn of Court. He is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Legal Services Panel and has represented airmen before the FAA and the NTSB, particularly relating to alcohol-related offenses. He holds a private pilot’s license with instrument and multi-engine ratings. A graduate of Kalamazoo College (B.A.) and the University of Kansas (J.D.), Jonathan also studied theater and communications at the Goodman School of Drama and University of Illinois.  He toured for four years with the Free Street Theater, winning a Jefferson Award and a Regional Emmy for the PBS Show “Colors of Grey.” He was Director of Performing Arts for Mid-America Arts Alliance in Kansas City for ten years.  Jonathan spent two years as an on-air personality with KCMO 810 Radio.

Professionally, Jonathan is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He is currently on the Lawrence Airport Advisory Board.


Kathleen Billings is the staff attorney for the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) in Topeka, KS.  She has a B.A. in Speech Communications from Colorado State University and a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law.  Kathleen joined the Retirement System in May 2004 as a legal intern and became staff attorney in 2005.




Robert S. Jones, Norton, Wasserman, Jones & Kelly, L.L.C., Salina, Kansas.  Senior Partner with over 40 years of experience handling domestic/family cases, and in particular, Agri-divorces, business valuation and other highly complex domestic/family law cases; child custody, child support and spousal maintenance.  Spoken on a variety of subjects regarding divorce, child support, handling complex divorce cases, ethics in divorce, and numerous other family law issues/subjects.  Currently about to begin my 41st year of practice.  I am a member of the Kansas Bar Association, Saline/Ottawa County Bar Association, Past President (1996), Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (current Treasurer and President-Elect of Kansas Chapter); Practice is currently limited to Domestic/Family Law cases, focusing on complex domestic/family law cases; also some commercial law litigation.



Tish Morrical's law practice focuses on Civil Litigation, Family Law, Mediation, and Elder Law. She is an mediator approved by the Kansas Supreme Court, and is often appointed to represent children in their parents' divorce case, as well as serve as Case Manager in high conflict cases.  Morrical is currently the President of the KBA Family Law Section.





Ronald W. Nelson is a principal of Ronald W. Nelson PA, where he focuses his practice on complex family law issues, with special emphasis on high conflict, interstate and international child custody and support disputes and issues involving special needs families. Mr. Nelson has an extensive appellate practice, having handled over 100 appeals. Mr. Nelson graduated from Washburn University Law School in 1981 (with honors),  is admitted to practice before the Kansas Supreme Court, the federal district courts for Kansas and the Western District of Missouri, the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He served two terms on the American Bar Association Family Law Section Governing Council and three terms as Chair of the KBA Family Law Section. He continues to serve in leadership positions in the ABA Section of Family Law, he serves as Legislative Liaison for the KBA Family Law Section, as a member of the Johnson County (Kansas) Bench-Bar Committee, and the Kansas Judicial Council, Family Law Advisory Committee. Mr. Nelson regularly lectures at national, state and local family law conferences, is a contributing author to the Practitioners Guide to Kansas Family Law, and contributes to national, state, and local publications.


A graduate of the University of Iowa School of Law, Judge Rosauer began practicing law in 2000 when he entered active duty in the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate. From 2001 to 2008, Judge Rosauer served as an Army prosecutor, defense counsel and the chief of both prosecutor and defense offices, including four years as a defense counsel and senior defense counsel at Fort Riley from 2003 to 2007. He left active duty in 2008 and served as a public defender in Junction City until joining Weary Davis, LC, in Junction City in September 2009. In March 2015, he became a district court judge in the 8th Judicial District, and a high percentage of his court work involves domestic law.  Judge Rosauer is also a lieutenant colonel and military judge in the U.S. Army Reserves. Before becoming a judge, his primary areas of practice involved criminal defense and domestic law.


Marshal S. Willick is the principal of the Willick Law Group, an A/V rated Family Law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada, and practices in trial and appellate Family Law.  He is a Certified Family Law Specialist, a Fellow of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAML), former Chair of the Nevada Bar Family Law Section and former President of the Nevada chapter of the AAML.  He has authored many books and articles on Family Law and retirement benefits issues, and was managing editor of the Nevada Family Law Practice Manual.  He is frequent teacher of continuing legal education classes and is often sought as a lecturer on family law issues.

In addition to litigating trial and appellate cases in Nevada, Mr. Willick has participated in hundreds of divorce and pension cases in the trial and appellate courts of other states, and in the drafting of various state and federal statutes in the areas of divorce and property division.  He has chaired several Committees of the American Bar Association Family Law Section, AAML, and Nevada Bar, has served on many more committees, boards, and commissions of those organizations, and has been called on to sometimes represent the entire ABA in Congressional hearings on military pension matters.  He has served as an alternate judge in various courts, and frequently testifies as an expert witness.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

Mr. Willick received his B.A. from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 1979, with honors, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in 1982.  Before entering private practice, he served on the Central Legal Staff of the Nevada Supreme Court for two years.


Ashlyn Yarnell is the Senior Associate with Ronald W. Nelson PA and is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law. Ashlyn is engaged in a civil trial and appellate practice emphasizing divorce, parentage, non-marital, and post-decree matters, and Child In Need of Care proceedings. She is admitted to practice law before all trial, appellate, and federal courts in the State of Kansas. She is a member of The Johnson County, Kansas Family Law American Inn of Court, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). She is a member of the Johnson County, Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section), and the American Bar Association(Member, Family Law Section). She has taught continuing legal education presentations for the Kansas Bar Association and the Johnson County Bar Association.