Date:  Friday, June 14, 2019

Location:  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 200 McDonald Drive, Lawrence, KS 66044

Schedule of Events:

7:00 AM - Vendor Set up

7:45 AM - Breakfast and Registration

8:00 AM - KPA 42nd Annual Membership Meeting (open to current KPA members only)

9:00 AM - Early Morning CLE Sessions

 General Track           Life Planning/Elder Law Track
TOPIC: Immigration Law, Part 2... How to Become a U.S. Citizen

Speaker: Valerie Sprout, McCrummen Immigration Law Group

Session Overview:

  • Introduction to the pathways of U.S. citizenship
  • Maybe she's born with it? - Consular Reports of Birth Abroad
  • Naturalization
  • Explaining the "pathway to citizenship" debate
  • Denationalization                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
TOPIC: Long Term Care & the Elderly (Medicaid)

Speakers: Molly Wood and Denise McNabb, Stevens & Brand

Session Overview:

        Although most of us (and our parents and grandparents) will need personal care services as we age, most of us are unprepared for the cost and the complexity involved in obtaining such services.  This program will describe the public benefits programs, the crisis management approaches, and the planning strategies available and how we can assist.

          10:00 AM - Break

          10:20 AM - Late Morning CLE Sessions

           General Track             Life Planning/Elder Law Track
          TOPIC:Mass Tort Litigation

          Speaker: Jeff Kuntz, Wagstaff & Cartmell, LLP

          Session Overview:
                • What is an MDL
                • Current Pharma, Medical Device, Environmental and Toxic Tort
                • Document Management in an MDL
                • Management of a firm’s individual clients in an MDL
                • Litigation/Bellwether Case Management of MDL
                • Managing Settlement
                   TOPIC: Kansas Probate in a Nutshell

                  Speaker: Anne-Linton Pond Hendrickson, Van Osdol                             

                  Session Overview:
                  • Preparing for Estate Administration
                  • Managing Estate Assets
                  • Handling Creditors and Other Interested Parties                
                  • Ensuring Payment of Taxes
                  • Document Management Tips
                  • Ethical Considerations
                  11:20 AM - Break

                  11:40 PM - Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Stanton A. Hazlett, Kansas Disciplinary Administrator's Office: "The Applicable Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct in the Attorney/Paralegal Relationship"

                  12:40 PM - Luncheon, Presentation to Seminar Charity (Lawrence Community Shelter), Award Presentations, and Induction of 2019-2020 KPA Board of Directors

                  1:10 PM - Break

                  1:30 PM - Early Afternoon CLE Sessions

                  General Track     
                   Life Planning/Elder Law Track
                   TOPIC: Ethics and Information Security                                                  

                  Speaker: John Benson, Stinson Leonard Street, LLP                              

                  Session Overview:
                  • This presentation will cover the ethics rules that relate to information security, examine common law firm threat models, and will explore strategies for hardening security to comply with the rules and the general obligations of maintaining client confidentiality.
                   TOPIC: Paralegals in an Estate Planning Practice                                

                  Speaker: Brian M. Jacques, Sloan Law Firm

                  Session Overview:
                  • Standard Provisions in Wills and Trust Agreements
                  • Protective Clauses for Minors
                  • Special Needs Trusts
                  • Unique Estate Planning Challenges – Drafting Special Provisions
                  • Common Tax Considerations
                  • Accounting Practices
                  • Dealing with Trust Beneficiaries                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

                  2:30 PM - Break

                  2:50 PM - Late Afternoon CLE Sessions

                   General Track 
                   Life Planning/Elder Law Track
                   TOPIC: Insurance Defense Litigation - Tips and Strategies for a Trial Paralegal

                  Speaker: Christopher B. Turney and Kristen Wagner, Van Osdol

                  Session Overview:
                  • Basics/Overview Responding to a Claim or Lawsuit
                  • Common Policy Issues
                  • Document Review and Management Tips
                  • Cyber Liability and Data Breach
                  TOPIC: DPOA's and Conservatorships/Guardianships    

                  Speaker: Aaron R. Bailey, Sloan Law Firm

                  Session Overview:
                  • Guardianships/Conservatorship basics
                  • Durable Power of Attorney (health care and financial)
                  • DNRs vs Living Wills
                  • Long term health care planning
                  • Right to Die Legislation/court decision                                                                     

                  4:00 PM - Social Hour

                  The CLE sessions offered at this event are anticipated to be approved by NFPA for 1 hour of CLE credit each (1 hour of ethics CLE credit for the ethics topic(s)).

                  2019 Annual Seminar Featured Charity

                  The Kansas Paralegal Association is pleased to announce that the Lawrence Community Shelter has been chosen as the featured charity of the 2019 Annual Convention.  The Lawrence Community Shelter is the only emergency homeless shelter serving Lawrence and Douglas County in Kansas.  Their mission is to provide a safe shelter and comprehensive programs that set individuals and families facing homelessness on a path to a positive future.  Monetary and item donations will be collected and presented.

                  Please contact Pat Pappaceno, KPA Community Service/Pro Bono Coordinator at with any questions regarding this opportunity.

                  Marketing Opportunities:

                  Contact KPA Marketing Director Crystal Sixbury at for more information about options for this event.


                  Kansas Paralegal Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. PO Box 1902, Topeka, KS  66601

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