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Your KBA Weekly - March 18, 2014
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State High School Mock Trial

On March 1, 2014, the Young Lawyers Section hosted two regional tournaments for High School Mock Trial teams. A total of 27 teams competed from 19 different schools. Of those teams, 19 were eligible to advance to State as part of the varsity division. After all rounds of competition, six teams advanced to the state tournament. Congratulations to the following schools:
  • Blue Valley Northwest
  • Shawnee Mission East
  • Washburn Rural
  • Sunrise Christian Academy
  • The Independent School
  • Northeast Magnet High School
These schools will compete at the State Championship on March 28-29, 2014, in Topeka. The winner will advance to Nationals, which are being held in Madison, Wis., this May. We are still seeking individuals to act as judges during the State Championship. Contact Shawn Yancy at or visit if you have questions or are interested in volunteering for this great program.


2014 KBA Awards Nominations

The KBA is looking for the best and brightest attorneys. Spotlight fellow attorneys with a nomination of a KBA Award. Learn more about the awards online at The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, April 4.


Don't Miss Jim Calloway at the KBA Solo and Small Firm Conference

The KBA Solo and Small Firm and Law Practice Management sections will host the KBA Solo and Small Firm Conference May 9-10 in Manhattan at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center. The conference will feature Jim Calloway, law practice tips blog writer and co-author of American Bar Association books on law practice management, "How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times" and "Winning Alternatives to the Billable Hour: Strategies That Work," 2nd and 3rd ed.


Topics for this conference will include: The Future of Law Practice, The Secrets of Client Satisfaction, Document Assembly, Alternative Billing, plus many other substantive topics. Register today at


Save the Date: Ethics for Good XV

Now in its 15th year, Ethics for Good will be held June 20 at the Polsky Theatre, JCCC Carlsen Center, in Overland Park and June 26 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Atkins Auditorium, in Kansas City, Mo. Register online for either the Overland Park or Kansas City programs.


5th Annual KALAP Spring Seminar

The Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program will be presenting their 5th annual spring seminar on April 4, 2014, at the Ramada Inn in Topeka. This year’s event will include such topics as aging issues for attorneys, co-dependence, and attorney discipline as it relates to aging and impairments. As always, the KALAP Annual Seminar offers a FREE LUNCH and FREE CLE. This event is usually offered to KALAP volunteers, but this year it will be open to all Kansas attorneys; although space will be limited. Please contact Brynn or Sarah at (785) 368-8275 to register or for more information


Site Byte: KBA Leadership Guide

Each year the KBA/KBF publishes a guide for bar association and foundation leaders – the officers and members of the boards of trustees and governors, section officers, and committee chairs. This guide contains information about the history, bylaws, policies, and operation of the foundation and association, as well as rosters for boards and committees at work for the year, and contact information for local and specialty bars throughout the state. The guide is now available online to all members of the KBA at


Upcoming CLEs

2014 Employment Law CLE

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Dodge House, Dodge City


Approved for 4.0 CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour ethics and professionalism, in Kansas and Missouri. Register online at


Topics for this seminar include:

  • The Essentials of Wage and Hour Laws in Kansas
  • Avoiding the Monkey Wrench in Your Practice: Answers to the Most Common Employment Law Questions
  • Representing the Employee
  • Compliance Tools for Professional Conduct in Employment Cases

Brown Bag Ethics

Social Media for the Family Lawyer (and anyone else, for that matter). From Start to Finish: Ethics, Evidence, Investigation and Discovery

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Kansas Law Center, Topeka


Approved for 1.0 CLE credit hour, including 1.0 hour ethics and professionalism, in Kansas and Missouri. Register online at



Ronald W. (Ron) Nelson, Ronald W Nelson P.A., Shawnee Mission
Ashlyn Yarnell, Ronald W Nelson P.A., Shawnee Mission


This program will review social media from the start to the finish in family law practices (presented in a way open to any lawyer no matter the practice area). From the initial client interview, to the gathering of evidence and background information, discovery techniques, and trial evidence to general marketing and ethical considerations. Why is social media important? Who uses social media? How is it used by clients and professionals? What are the risks? What are the benefits? Where do you go to get information?


2014 Bankruptcy & Insolvency CLE

Friday, April 4, 2014

DoubleTree by Hilton, Overland Park


Approved for 7.0 CLE credit hourd, including 1.0 hour ethics and professionalism, in Kansas and Missouri. Register online at


Topics for this seminar include:

  • Chapter 13 Trustee Panel
  • Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Someone Blue: Bankruptcy Practice Tips
  • Fore! Beware Ethical Traps in Bankruptcy Practice (Ethics)
  • Tickle me ELMO: Using Electronic Devices in the Courtroom
  • The Elusive Prey of the Student Loan Discharge
  • Property of the Chapter 13 Estate: Hot Answers to Questions that Burn
  • Judges Panel

Sponsors for this program include: The Bar Plan, Case Moses Zimmerman P.A., Cloon Legal Services, Cricket Debt Counseling, Depew Law Firm, Fleeson Gooing Coulson & Kitch LLC, Gary E. Hinck P.A., Gay Riordan Fincher Munson & Sinclair P.A., Klenda Austerman LLC, Lentz Clark & Deines P.A., Mark J. Lazzo P.A., Redmond & Nazar LLP, Stevens & Brand LLP, Stumbo Hanson LLP, Topeka Area Bankruptcy Council Inc., Woner, Glenn, Reeder & Girard, P.A.


Brown Bag Ethics

Disciplinary Case Update

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Kansas Law Center, Topeka


Approved for 1.0 CLE credit hour, including 1.0 hour ethics and professionalism, in Kansas and Missouri. Register online at



Kimberly Knoll, Office of Disciplinary Administrator, Topeka


This one-hour of ethics reviews the disciplinary cases handed down from the Kansas Supreme Court between March 1, 2013 and March 1, 2014.


Brown Bag Ethics

Addressing Bad Behavior in Depositions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kansas Law Center, Topeka


Approved for 1.0 CLE credit hour, including 1.0 hour ethics and professionalism, in Kansas and Missouri. Register online at



Prof. Suzanne Valdez, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence


The accelerating decline in professionalism has been the subject of increasing concern to the law profession for many years. In particular, bad behavior in depositions has increased, and courts have reacted by imposing appropriate sanctions. This 1-hour ethics presentation will highlight cases involving bad behavior in depositions and the courts’ use of ethics rules and professionalism codes to address such bad behavior.


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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