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Your KBA Weekly - January 14, 2014
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Site Byte: Newsletters: What are they? Do I need them?

Have you been receiving email notifications with "Newsletter" but doesn't contain much more than that? Below, we'll try to explain some of the questions we've encountered.


What is a Newsletter?

Newsletters are an automatic, subscription-based, feature provided by our website. It is sent monthly as a summary or digest of what's happening in a Section and/or committee you belong to. This is separate from an individual Section's monthly or quarterly newsletter containing articles and advertisements for upcoming events.

What's inside a Newsletter?

Newsletters digest a few items: new members to a section, profile updates of members in the section, blog posts, photo uploads, and popular forum topics and discussions. 


If a newsletter you receive seems to be blank or close to it, that means your Section hasn't been communicating with each other. Please introduce yourself in the forum. As a member of a section, you are part of something several others are a part of. Help be an active part of this community!


Yea, that's cute and all. How do I stop getting these Newsletters?

Newsletters are subscription based, so you can update whether you receive these emails via a few clicks in your user profile settings.


To turn off all Newsletters, go to Manage Profile and then Preferences. Near the very bottom, uncheck the "Group Digest" to stop getting a monthly Newsletter (digest of your groups/Sections). Once you uncheck, click the orange button that says "Save My Settings" 


ABA TECHSHOW, March 27-29, 2014

Once again the KBA is offering its members a special discount to the ABA TECHSHOW 2014 in Chicago. Members can save hundreds of dollars if registering before the early bird deadline of February 10. Attendees of the ABA TECHSHOW can learn about the most useful and common technologies available to lawyers today, including practice management, social media, iPad/cloud, and litigation.

KBA members may receive a discount on your registration by using event promoter code EP1418 and the following form: The deadline to receive the early bird rate of $695 is Monday, February 10; after February 10, the price increases to $895. If looking to save a little bit more money, the KBA is offering its members the SuperPass. When 10 members sign up by March 17, registration can cost as little as $499.50 per person. For more information on the SuperPass, contact Beth Warrington at bwarrington@ksbar.orgor (785) 234-4695.

For more information about the ABA TECHSHOW, including registration, visit

3rd Annual KBA YLS Topeka Roadrunners Hockey Event

For the third year in a row, the KBA Young Lawyers Section will be sponsoring an event at a Topeka Roadrunners hockey game at the Kansas Expocentre. The event is scheduled to be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014, with a game time of 7:05 p.m. The YLS has reserved the Coors Light Party Zone, which is a private bar and has seating next to the glass, down on the ice.


Tickets to the event are $5 (includes your first drink) and may be reserved online at


This is event to limited to 70 tickets; last year's event sold out, so don't wait to buy your tickets! Tickets will available for pick up at the KBA from January 21-24 or you can pick them up at will call prior to game.


High School Mock Trial Competition: We Need Judges!

The KBA YLS is organizing state High School Mock Trial competitions, and we need judges! Judge as little as one round (lasting about two hours) or several! To find out more, go to


Judges are needed for regional competitions this year on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Olathe and Wichita!**

  • Round 1: 8 a.m.
  • Round 2: 10 a.m.
  • Round 3: 1 p.m.
  • Round 4: 3 p.m.

Judges are needed for the State Championship in Topeka on March 28-29, 2014.**

  • Round 1: 4 p.m. (Friday)
  • Round 2: 6 p.m. (Friday)
  • Round 3: 8 a.m. (Saturday)
  • Round 4: 10 a.m. (Saturday)
  • State Championship Round: 1:30 p.m. (Saturday)

**all times are approximate.



Come support this valuable high school program with the KBA YLS! If you are interested in Judging, go to, and complete the form—indicate the dates/times of your interest in the comments section please. Have questions before you decide? Email Shawn Yancy, We look forward to your assistance in this exciting program!


KBA CLE is Going Green January 1

In moving forward with an initiative to go green, effective January 1, 2014, KBA CLE will start providing registrants their CLE materials in electronic format. Materials will be sent to the email address on file with the Bar. Please make sure your email is updated on your profile page to ensure receipt of materials. If you wish to still receive a hard copy, you must mark that on your registration, as hard copies will only be available at the door for walk-in registrants and those who made a request. 

Upcoming CLEs

Check Out These Opportunities for CLE 

Reading Long Term Care Contracts

Wednesday, January 15, 2014




Dr. Stana Martin, Mrs Ltc Inc., Liberty, Mo.


Long term care contracts are filled with specialized jargon and helping clients evaluate policies requires at least minimal fluency in this vocabulary set. This is further complicated by the long window from purchase to use on these – clients have often forgotten exactly what they were told when they bought. This seminar is the first of a two part series on reading contracts and filing claims. This first part will cover how to read and understand the declaration page of benefits provided, give basic understanding of what to look for on what will trigger the claim, and identify some of the finer points that can cause confusion and problems for clients trying to make claim.


Approved for 1.0 CLE credit hour in Kansas and Missouri. Register online today!


Processing Long Term Care Claims

Thursday, January 16, 2014




Dr. Stana Martin, Mrs Ltc Inc., Liberty, Mo.


Unlike traditional health insurance where the claim process is managed by doctors and hospitals, long term care contracts rely on inexperienced family members to both file the claim and shepherd the process thru to successful completion. This seminar is the second in a two-part series to help professionals understand how the claim process works. It will identify how to know if a claim is likely to be successful (i.e., does the owner meet the contract triggers), give an overview of the filing process, review how HIPAA and a DPOA work in conjunction, and identify some of the most common mistakes people make when filing a claim.


Approved for 1.0 CLE credit hour in Kansas and Missouri. Register online today!


Guardian ad Litem 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Representing Children as GAL

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Erna K Loomis, Loomis Law Offices LLC, Olathe

This presentation will provide an overview of the duties and responsibilities involved in representing children in Child in Need of Care and other family court matters as a guardian ad litem.

Pending 1.0 hour CLE credit in Kansas and Missouri.Register online today!



Pardon Our Dust: Reconstructing Appellate Jurisdiction Under the Revised Kansas Code for Care of Children and Other Odds and Ends (Part One)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014




Dennis Stanchik, Dennis J. Stanchik P.A., Olathe

The presentation will focus on three areas of the RKCCC that present potential problems to the practitioner. Specifically, the presentation will focus on: (1) K.S.A. 38-2272(d) and the possible unintended consequences when the court retains jurisdiction after appointing a permanent custodian; (2) whether K.S.A. 38-2286 provides any effective relief for a grandparent who has not been appointed as custodian or designated as placement for a grandchild; and, (3) whether the line of cases interpreting the provisions of K.S.A. 38-2273(a) have established a two pronged test for determining whether a particular order entered in a case governed by the RKCCC may be appealed. If time permits, the presentation will also discuss appellate opinions interpreting the RKCCC published in 2013.

Pending 1.0 hour CLE credit in Kansas and Missouri. Register online today!


Pardon Our Dust: Reconstructing Appellate Jurisdiction Under the Revised Kansas Code for Care of Children and Other Odds and Ends (Part Two)

Thursday, January 30, 2014



Dennis Stanchik, Dennis J. Stanchik P.A., Olathe

This program is the part two continuation of the January 29, 2014 presentation of Interpreting the Revised Kansas Code for Care of Children—Where are the Pitfalls? These two phone CLEs can be viewed independently of one another and do not have to be viewed together in order to receive full credit.

Pending 1.0 hour CLE credit in Kansas and Missouri. Register online today!


Need CLE Hours? No Time to Attend a Program? Try KBA On Demand CLE

On Demand CLEs are previously recorded presentations that you can replay on your computer as streaming video files, accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Accompanying course reference materials are included in a downloadable PDF. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email that includes instructions, a link to course materials, and an access code to the streaming video. An access code and link to the certificate of completion/evaluation form will be available during the presentation. Try On Demand CLEs today!


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