2016 BTG Speaker form and Information
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Please take a few minutes to fill out the speaker form. Thank you.

9/8/2016 to 9/9/2016
When: Sept. 8-9
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: West Des Moines Marriott
1250 Jordan Creek Pakway
West Des Moines, Iowa  50266
United States
Contact: Christy Cronin

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2016 BTG Speaker Form and Information
September 8-9, 2016

Thank you again for agreeing to participate in the 2016 Bridge the Gap that will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, and Friday, Sept. 9.  Just a reminder that the program will be held at West Marriott Hotel, 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266.  Please register as a speaker and fill out the requested speaker information (short bio, title of your presentation, short paragraph about the topic you will be covering, contact information you would like listed on the cover page, AV and etc.).  If you are having problems logging in and registering as a speaker with the link on this page then click here to download a speaker form to fill out.  Thank you.  Outlines are due August 19 

Additional Outline Information

All materials must be submitted to the Bar office in electronic format.  We are able to open the following software:  Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, Corel and Power Point.

You can e-mail your outline to ccronin@iowabar.org

The Final copy is due August  19 by 5:00 p.m. for assembling and distributing purposes.  It is very important that you submit an outline since the attendees are expecting your materials. 

Page Margins:  No less than one (1) inch margin on top, bottom and sides.          

Title Page:

The first page of the written materials will include a title page.  The Bar office will prepare the title page.  Please furnish the following information: The exact title of your presentation, your name, address, phone, and fax. (We typically do not put

e-mail addresses on title page, however if you would like us to include your e-mail address please let us know).


The maximum length is thirty (30) pages.  This includes any reference materials, forms or bibliographies.  If the outline exceeds 30 pages, please call the Bar office at 515-697-7874.

An agenda is below for your information.

8:00 - 8:30 - Legislative Update – Speaker: TBA
8:30 - 9:00 - Estate Recovery – Speaker: Benjamin Chatman, SUMO Group Inc.
9:00 - 9:30 - eDiscovery Rules – Speaker: James Weston, Tom Riley Law Firm PLC
9:30 - 10:00 - Adoption – Speaker: David Grooters, Pappajohn Shriver Eide & Nielsen PC
10:00 - 10:15 - Alimony – Speaker:  Mary Zambreno, Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen PC
11:00 - 12:00 - Trial Topic – Tim Semelroth, RSH Legal
12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch (not provided with registration)
1:00 - 2:00 - Federal Case Law Update – Speaker: Hon. Helen Adams, United States Magistrate Judge for Southern District of Iowa
2:00 - 2:45 - Farm valuation and Farm Lease Terms – Speaker: Fred Greder, Benchmark Agribusiness
2:45 - 3:00 - Break
3:00 - 4:00 - Ethics of Technology
– Speaker: Nick Critelli, Critelli Law PC
4:00 - 5:00 - Search and Seizure – Speaker: Robert Rehkemper, Gourley Rehkemper & Lindholm PLC

8:00 - 9:00 - Concurrent Jurisdiction – Speaker: Sara Strain Linder, Bray & Klockau PLC (Approved for juvenile law credit. Additional two hours of juvenile law credit may be taken from the ISBA On-Demand CLE Catalog at no charge.) 
9:00 - 10:00 - Federal Sentence Guidelines – Speaker: TBA
10:15 - 10:45 - Elder Abuse – Speaker: Chantelle Smith, Iowa Attorney General’s Office
10:45 - 11:45 - Business Continuity Planning
– Speaker: TBA
11:45 - 12:45 - Lunch (not provided with registration)
12:45 - 1:45 - State Case Law Update
– Speaker: Hon. Paul Ahlers, District Associate Judge, District 2B
1:45 - 2:15 - Practical Resolution of Estate and Trust Dispute – Speaker: Christine Halbrook, Bradshaw Fowler Proctor & Fairgrave, PC
2:15 - 2:30 - Drones – Speaker: TBA
3:00 - 4:00 - Substance Abuse – Speaker: Hugh Grady, Director, Iowa Lawyers Assistance Program
4:00 - 5:00 - Ethics Panel

Please check-in with the staff at the registration desk to receive your complimentary Bridge the Gap materials and pick-up your name badge and any other Bridge the Gap materials.
As a speaker, you automatically receive complimentary registration for the seminar as well as one night hotel accommodation if you are traveling over 100 miles.  Room and tax will be paid for by the Bar Association.

Again, thank you again for agreeing to speak.  If you have any questions or if we can be of additional assistance please call Christy Cronin at 515-697-7874/800-457-3729 or
e-mail ccronin@iowabar.org.

Thank you!