Upcoming Events

Webinar with Judge Robert E. Bacharach

Date & Time:
July 9, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Join Judge Robert E. Bacharach for a talk about his new book: “Legal Writing: A Judge’s Perspective on the Science and Rhetoric of the Written Word.”
1 CLE Credit
Please register here:

Book description:
In this synthesis of his experience on the bench and his own research into the science and art of written communications, Robert E. Bacharach, a federal court judge, shares his insights on ways language can determine different responses — and how to use this knowledge to craft a powerful and persuasive message.



Cancelled Events

*Due to recent events and growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the Federal Bar Association of Kansas and Western Missouri has decided to cancel all events through April. We will do our best to reschedule as soon as it is safe to do so *

2020 “New Year, New You” CLE Series:
A legal-professional well-being awareness initiative

(CLE credit 2 hours  for Ethics in KS and MO)

Date & Time:
March 27, 1:30pm – 5:00pm 


Wichita U.S. Courthouse, Federal Courthouse Room
401 N Market St, Wichita, KS 

2:10-3:00:  Occupational wellbeing – Danielle Hall, Executive Director of KALAP
3:00-3:50:  Physical wellbeing – Shawn Strickland, Opti-Life (Nutrition, Activity, Recovery) 
3:50:  Reception with healthy snacks and drinks (no alcohol)


Federal Criminal Defense 101: How to Get Your First Criminal Justice Act Appointment

A free CLE to learn the basics of federal criminal defense (lunch provided)

Date & Time:
Monday, March 30, noon – 1 pm

Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse, Western District of Missouri
400 E 9th St, Kansas City, MO 64106
4th Floor Conference Room 

Chief Judge Julie A. Robinson – District of Kansas
Magistrate Judge Willie Epps, Jr. – Western District of Missouri

· Learn about the CJA Panel, comprised of appointed, paid attorneys to serve as counsel

· Get involved in Second Chair mentoring programs for young attorneys in Kansas and Missouri Panelists:

 RSVP by March 23 to Jordan Carter at jordan_carter@ksd.uscourts.gov

Intellectual Property CLE Lunch & Learn

(CLE credit 1 hour ethics/diversity/implicit bias Kansas and Missouri)

Date & Time:
April 1, 2020, noon to 1pm

UMKC School of Law
500 E 52nd St, Kansas City, MO 

Topics: “20 Entities in IP” and “The Impact of Implicit Bias on Female Patent Applications.”  Presented by Mary Jane Peal and Jaclyn Alcantara

Cost – free for students
$10 for attorneys


2020 “New Year, New You” CLE Series:
A legal-professional well-being awareness initiative

(CLE credit 2 hours for ethics in KS and MO)

Date & Time:
April 10, 2:30-5:00pm

UMKC School of Law (student lounge)
500 E 52nd St, Kansas City, MO 

2:30-3:20: Intellectual wellbeing – Dr. Kathryn Brewer, Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
3:20-4:10: Spiritual wellbeing – Whitney Casement, Goodell Stratton Edmonds & Palmer LLP
4:10: Reception


Education Law CLE
Presented by the FBA Chapter for the Districts of Kansas and Western Missouri with Washburn University School of Law and The FBA Student Divisions at MU, UMKC, KU and Washburn. 

(CLE credit 6 hours,  2 of which are ethics, 1 hour approved for new MO diversity/implicit bias requirement)

Friday April 3, 2020 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Washburn University School of Law 

8:30 Continental Breakfast

9:00 Welcome (David Braun, FBA Student Division Presidents, Washburn dignitaries, FBA welcome)

9:10-10:00 Panel I: First Amendment Issues in Education (Lauren Bonds, Director of ACLU of Kansas)

10:00- 10:50 Panel II: Background Special Education and Disability Law (Ashley Rohleder, Kansas Association of School Boards)

10:50-11:00 break

11:00-11:50 Panel III: IDEA Update (Greg Goheen, MVP Law)

11:50-1:10 (1 hour 20 minutes) lunch on your own

1:10-2:00 Panel IV: Ethics CLE I – Digital Addiction (Danielle Hall, Kansas Lawyer Assistance Program)

2:00-2:50 Panel V: Title IX (New regs coming out any day, Demetrius Peterson & Michael Raupp, Husch Blackwell)

2:50-3:10 break

3:10-4:00 Panel VI: Ethics CLE II – Explicit & Implicit Bias and How to Address these in Educational Settings (Professor Betsy Brand Six Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Academic Resources, and Professor Kyle Velte, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kansas, Rita Holmes-Bobo Chief Diversity Officer)

4:00 Reception 

The CLE is free for FBA Members, Law Students, Judges & their staff, $100 for public-sector attorneys, and $150 for private sector attorneys


From Murder To Museums: Abraham Lincoln, Adolph Hitler and the Hunt For Nazi Looted Art In America

(CLE credit 2 hours of in KS and MO)

Date & Time:
April 22, 2020 5:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas
1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, KS


5:15: Registration, 2nd floor auditorium lobby

5:30 – 6:20: Introduction to Art Law
Moderated panel discussion , 2nd floor auditorium

6:20-7:10: Keynote Speaker (speaking on the title topic)
Raymond J. Dowd, Partner at Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP, New York City 
2nd floor auditorium

7:10-8:00: Reception w/ optional gallery tours every 15 minutes
Reception: 3rd floor galleries
Tours: 4th floor galleries

Register: Visitors@KU.edu or 785.864.4710

Questions: Brent Dwerlkotte – dbdwerlkotte@shb.com

Parking available in the Mississippi Street Garage for an hourly fee and free parking is available along Mississippi Street.