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2014 KBA Membership Renewal

Renewing your KBA membership is just a couple clicks away!

  • Log in to the website at
  • Once logged in, you should then be on your Manage Profile page; if not, click Manage Profile (in the upper left of your screen). Click on the Membership icon (located in the right column).
  • Click "Securely renew your membership now."

Enjoy the rewards of renewing online by December 31. When you renew online, you will receive one free 50-minute "on-demand” CLE.


Kansas attorneys admitted to the Kansas Bar in 2009 or prior (excluding government attorneys) are eligible for one included section membership. The KBA has 25 practice specific sections to enhance your practice. You may belong to more sections for an additional fee. For a complete list of sections, visit The promo codes, if eligible, for an included section is Includedsection14 and YLSIncsection for the Young Lawyers Section.


Thank you for being a member!


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Comments Accepted on Model Rules of Professional Conduct in Kansas

The Kansas Supreme Court appointed and directed a Commission to undertake a review of recent changes to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) adopted by the American Bar Association as a result of the work of the ABA’s Ethics 20/20 Commission. The Commission reviewed those changes and unanimously approved proposed amendments to Kansas Supreme Court Rules. A brief summary memorandum from Kansas chair Nick Badgerow is on the Court’s website at The recommendations themselves are available at Please send your comments on the recommendations to by November 11, 2013.


Southeast Kansas Attorneys ... Join LRS

It is a great time to join the KBA Lawyer Referral Service. We have experienced an increase of cases in the area and need your assistance. Join today!


Wrap Up a Gift to the KBF

With the holidays just around the corner, it's a perfect time to consider the Kansas Bar Foundation in your plans. The KBF provides many programs that support access to justice, law-related education, and scholarships. Giving online is the easiest way to donate. Click here to make your donation.

KBA Annual Meeting

The KBA Annual Meeting has a new date: September 19-20, 2014, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. If you have ideas for the planning committee, please do not hesitate submitting them to the Idea Box on our website at


Kansas Specialty Courts Survey

The Kansas Specialty Courts Commission asks for feedback on specialty courts in Kansas. In March 2013, the Kansas Supreme Court established the Specialty Courts Commission and appointed Judge Steve Leben, of the Kansas Court of Appeals, as chairperson. Supreme Court Order No. 2013 SC 14, which appoints the Commission members and outlines its duties, can be found on the Kansas Judicial Branch website at

The duties of the Commission include:

  1. Study the status of specialty courts in Kansas;
  2. suggest procedures for judicial districts to consider in the establishment of specialty courts; and
  3. consider whether statewide guidelines or standards for specialty courts should be established and if so, develop recommendations for such.

Specialty courts generally use problem-solving methods to address the underlying problems that bring litigants to court. These problem-solving methods may include the integration of treatment or other services with judicial case processing, ongoing judicial monitoring, and a collaborative, less adversarial court process.

Currently, a majority of the specialty or problem-solving courts in Kansas are drug courts. Other examples of specialty courts are DUI courts, mental health courts, domestic violence courts, veterans’ courts, and truancy courts.

It should take approximately five minutes to complete the survey, which may be found at Please respond by Friday, November 22. If you have questions, please contact Lana Walsh at (785) 296-3059 or email at


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

Legal Rights and Remedies for Victims of Sexual Assault

Wednesday, November 6, 2013



In partnership with Kansas Coalition of Sexual and Domestic Violence



Sara Zafar, Staff Attorney, KCSDV, Topeka


Often, the civil legal rights and remedies for victims of sexual assault are overlooked during the investigation and prosecution process. This training will cover many civil legal remedies for those victims, and how attorneys can help clients navigate the different systems. The training will also examine the connections between the systems and how they are affected by the sexual assault of a victim.

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


Language Access and the Court System

Thursday, November 7, 2013



In partnership with Kansas Coalition of Sexual and Domestic Violence



Gary West, Senior Counsel for Legal Projects, KCSDV, Topeka

Jessica Vanderweide, Special Immigration Legal Advocate, KCSDV, Topeka


This training will address language access requirements at both the federal and state level, as well as best practices when working with Limited English Proficient clients in court settings. Topics include assessing a client’s needs for an interpreter; interpreter qualifications; and issue spotting when utilizing an interpreter to communicate with a Limited English Proficient client.

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


2013 KBA Agricultural Law CLE

Friday, November 8, 2013

Kansas Farm Bureau, Manhattan


Topics for this seminar include:

  • KDHE Environmental Permitting for Confined Feeding Facilities
  • General Ag Update
  • Water Law Update
  • "Agricultural Estate Planning"
  • Disaster Plans for Solo & Small Firms
  • Biotechnology

Approved for 6.0 CLE credit hours (including 1.0 hour ethics and professionalism) in Kansas and Missouri. Register online today!


Self-Defense in Domestic Violence Cases

Wednesday, November 13, 2013



In partnership with Kansas Coalition of Sexual and Domestic Violence



Sara Rust-Martin, Director of Legal Policy, KCSDV, Topeka


This training will help attorneys work with clients who are victims of domestic violence and have been arrested as aggressors or who have used violence against their attackers. We will go through the self-defense laws in Kansas, and how an attorney can best address the impacts of using violence. We will also go over the dynamics of domestic violence and why victims may use violence to defend themselves.

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


2013 Alternative Dispute Resolution CLE

Friday, November 15, 2013

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lenexa


Co-sponsored by Heartland Mediators Association and Associates in Dispute Resolution


Topics for this seminar include:

  • Mars & Venus Collide: How Does Gender Impact Settlement Negotiations?
  • Starting Up a Mediation Practice
  • SIRJ Toward Restorative Justice: Victim-Juvenile Offender Mediation in Central Kansas
  • Confidentiality & Privilege
  • Arbitration 101: Practice Tips for Litigators and Mediators Alike

Approved for 6.0 CLE credit hours (including 1.0 hour ethics and professionalism) in Kansas and Missouri and approved for 6.0 hours mediation (CME) credit with the OJA. 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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