Plenary Sessions

Polsinelli ShughartAffordable Healthcare Act - The Issues, the Decision and What Comes Next

Thursday, October 18
8:30 – 10 a.m.

1.8 MCLE Hours
Special thanks to our Silver Sponsor: Polsinelli Shughart, P.C. - Kansas City/St. Louis

Want to learn more about the health care reform act – and the historic 5-4 ruling that ended the 2012 term of the U.S. Supreme Court – without reading all 2,700 pages? Make plans to attend what is sure to be an informative, lively, and thought-provoking moderator-led panel discussion among national experts focusing on the constitutional issues, the details of the Court decision that surprised many, insights about what may come next politically, and how the law’s implementation will impact your clients, your cases, you and your family.

Hon. Michael A. Wolff
, Former Judge, Supreme Court of Missouri, Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis


Jay Angoff, Regional Director, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Kansas City
Prof. Thomas (Tim) L. GreaneySaint Louis University School of Law, Health Law Studies, St. Louis
Ron Levy, Executive-in-Residence at St. Louis University School of Public Health, St. Louis  
Prof. Sidney D. WatsonSaint Louis University School of Law, Health Law Studies, St. Louis 

 Wolff, Michael Angoff, Jay  Greaney, Thomas Levy, Ron  Watson, Sidney
Michael Wolff Jay Angoff Thomas Greaney Ron Levy Sidney Watson


Citizens United: SuperPACs, Free Speech, Money and Influence in Elections and the Impact on Democracy

Thursday, October 18
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
1.8 MCLE Hours
Special thanks to our Silver Sponsor: Polsinelli Shughart, P.C. - Kansas City/St. Louis 

In the historic Citizens United v. FEC decision, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations and unions are entitled to the protection of the First Amendment for political speech and that there was no compelling government interest for prohibiting direct use of general treasury funds to make election-related independent expenditures. The decision has opened up a firestorm of controversy over how it will increase the influence of money in the political process. This panel program will tackle the issues and the facts head-on, all with the first election since the Court’s 5-4 ruling looming in the background.

Prof. Joel K. Goldstein, Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis 

Mark "Thor" F. Hearne, Arent Fox LLP, Washington, D.C.
Hon. Wm. Ray Price, Jr., Former Judge Supreme Court of Missouri; Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis
David J. Klarich, Former Missouri State Senator; Riezman Berger, St. Louis 
Prof. Ronald M. Levin, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis


Goldstein, Joel    Hearne, Mark   Price, Ray Klarich, David Levin, Ronald
Joel K. Goldstein Mark "Thor" Hearne Wm. Ray Price, Jr. David J. Klarich Ronald M. Levin


Freedom Suits, the Dred Scott Decision, and How the 19th Century Case Remains Relevant to Contemporary Constitutional Issues

Friday, October 19
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon

1.8 MCLE Hours 

The years between 1824 and 1844 are considered the “golden age” of freedom suits, a time when many slaves won their freedom through an 1807 territorial statute that became Missouri law in 1824. But that “age” came to a halt with the historic Dred Scott decision. Join this expert panel – assembled in the shadows of St. Louis’ Old Courthouse – for an interactive dialogue filled with insights from the historic era that produced Dred Scott and observations about how issues similar to those addressed in this historic case may once again be surfacing in contemporary matters currently under national debate. 

Prof. David KonigWashington University School of Law, St.. Louis

Hon. David C. Mason, 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, St. Louis
Robert J. Moore, Jr., Ph.D., Historian, National Park Service, St. Louis
Lynne M. JacksonDred Scott Heritage Foundation, St. Louis
Prof. Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School, Albany, New York


   Konig, David    Mason, David    Moore, Robert  Jackson, Lynne  Finkelman, Paul
David Konig David Mason Robert Moore Lynne Jackson Paul Finkelman