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Your KBA Weekly - November 19, 2013
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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!


Site Byte: Customizing Your Profile

It's nearing the end of the year, is your profile up-to-date? If you have been having some problems updating your profile, here are some simple steps to help you change your password, update your personal/professional information, and upload a profile photo. (continued)


KBA Seeks Governance and Board Services Coordinator

The Kansas Bar Association is seeking a Governance and Board Services Coordinator to provide administrative support for the Executive Director, Board of Governors, Board of Trustees, and select committees. Applicants should have strong organization and communication skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office products. Send resume, cover letter addressing qualifications, three professional references, and salary needs to Review begins Monday, November 25.


For complete job description, visit


$1,000 is a Great Start

The first year of Jeans for Justice raised more than $1,000 for pro bono programs at Kansas Legal Services. It is a great start! Please consider continuing your support with a year-end gift to the Kansas Bar Foundation or by volunteering your time in 2014 to pro bono programs that provide equal access to justice. Giving online is the easiest way to donate. Click here to make your donation. To volunteer for pro bono programs visit Thank you for your support of time and money!

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

KBA LOMAP Lunch and Learn Series Presents:

Branding for Lawyer: Building a Brand is No Longer Optional When Your Competition is Thousands of Lawyers

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Kansas Law Center, Topeka


Co-sponsored by The Bar Plan



Mira Mdivani, Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm, Overland Park
Tracy Bornman, Hovey Williams LLP, Overland Park
Angel Zimmerman, Zimmerman & Zimmerman P.A, Topeka


Corporate Immigration Attorney Mira Mdivani will lead an interactive session on how lawyers can build outstanding professional brands within applicable rules of ethics.


Approved for 1.0 CLE credit hour (including 1.0 hour of law practice management credit) in Kansas, and 1.0 CLE credit hour in Missouri. Register online today!


Investigating Workplace Complaints: How and Why

Tuesday, December 3, 2013



Co-sponsored by the Kansas Human Rights Commission



Ann Molloy, President, Encompass Resolution LLC, Kansas City, Mo.


Your client just received an employee complaint. What do you do? Do you have to do anything? Who should take action: you, in-house HR, someone else? This webinar will help answer these and many more questions to help you protect both the business and its employees and will provide detailed guidance on conducting investigations.


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


Putting It All in Writing: Best Practices for Policies and Employee Evaluations

Tuesday, December 4, 2013



Co-sponsored by the Kansas Human Rights Commission



Stacia G. Boden, General Counsel, Mission Group of Kansas Inc., Overland Park


This session will be a review of personnel policies, including why employee handbooks are important, tips on what should be and should not be included as well as best practices in drafting. Stacia Boden will also review the basics and best practices of employee evaluations.


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


31st Annual Plaza Lights Institute

Friday, December 6, 2013

Marriott Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.


Topics for this seminar include:


  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Spousal Portability – When It Works and When It Doesn’t
  • Gifts or Lumps of Coal: Overview of the Current Immigration System and Possible Reforms
  • Banking Industry Overview
  • Dodd-Frank Mortgage Reform
  • Lawyer's Ethical Duties of Information Technology Security

Approved for 6.0 CLE credit hours (including 1.0 hour ethics and professionalism) 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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