Plenary Sessions 

— Lively, moderator-led give-and-take format, offering diverse, knowledgeable viewpoints on timely issues that impact legal practices, the legal profession, society, democracy and justice.

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Same Sex Issues: Navigating the Conflicting Legal Landscape of Marriage and the Broader Implications for Other Areas of Law

Thursday, September 11
8:30 – 10 a.m.

1.8 MCLE Hours

Hon. Michael A. Wolff, Dean, Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis

Linda Henry Elrod, Richard S. Righter Distinguished Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, KS
James R. LaytonSolicitor General, Office of Missouri Attorney General, Jefferson City
Lori W. Jones, Thompson Coburn, LLP, St. Louis
H. Elvin Knight, Jr., Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP, Kansas City

Hon. Michael A. Wolff  Linda Henry Elrod James R. Layton Lori Jones  Elvin Knight, Jr.
Hon. Michael A. Wolff Linda Henry Elrod James R. Layton Lori W. Jones H. Elvin Knight, Jr.


If You Have Nothing to Hide, You Have No Problem … Really?
Evolving Expectations and New Realities When It Comes to Privacy

Thursday, September 11
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

1.8 MCLE Hours
Special thanks to our Platinum sponsor:
Polsinelli P.C., Kansas City/St. Louis/Jefferson City


Ellen Y. Suni, Dean, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City

Thomas Brown, FTI Consulting, Global Risk & Investigation Practice, New York; former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York
Neil Richards, Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis
Rachel L. Brand, United States Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight BoardWashington D.C.
Daniel C. Nelson, Partner and Co-Chair, Data Security and Privacy Practice Group, Armstrong Teasdale, LLP, St. Louis

  Ellen Y. Suni Neil Richards Rachel Brand Daniel C. Nelson
Ellen Y. Suni Neil Richards Rachel L. Brand Daniel C. Nelson

The Future of Lawyers: Challenges and Solutions to Practicing in a Rapidly Changing Profession

Friday, September 12
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon

1.8 MCLE Hours 

James W. TippinJames W. Tippin & Associates, Kansas City

Laurence R. Tucker, Armstrong Teasdale, LLP, Kansas City
Koriambanya (Kori) Carew, Director of Strategic Diversity Initiatives, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Kansas City
Andrenna Taylor, Associate Counsel, Port Authority of Kansas City, Kansas City
Barbara Glesner Fines, Associate Dean, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City

James W. Tippin Laurence R. Tucker  Koriambanya (Kori) Carew Andrenna Taylor  Barbara Glesner Fines
James W. Tippin Laurence R. Tucker Koriambanya (Kori) Carew Andrenna Taylor Barbara Glesner Fines



This Year’s Annual Meeting is Going Green

Going GreenThe Missouri Bar is taking initiatives to reduce our  “carbon footprint” at this year’s Annual Meeting  by not printing course materials for each CLE session.  Instead, we are making all course materials for every program available to every registered attendee who comes to the conference accessible before, during and after the conference. What this means:


  • All registered attendees will receive an email message by September 4 with a link to all of the course materials that have been submitted by presenters (as of August 27).
  • Any additional course materials that are received after August 27 will be added to this site.
  • Use the Annual Meeting app to access and download the course materials - before , during and after the conference.
  • Attendees can make copies of the materials for the sessions they plan to attend prior to coming to the Annual Meeting.
  • All attendees will receive a CD in their meeting packet containing all course materials received from presenters as of August 27)
  • Everyone who attended the meeting will receive an email with an updated link containing all course materials received for the conference following the Annual Meeting and have access to these materials for one full year!

 A Few Revealing Fun Facts About the Positive Impact We Will Make by Going Green:

  •  1 tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,333.3 sheets
  •  1 ream (500 sheets) uses 6% of a tree (and those add up quickly!