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2013 Family Law Seminar Materials


2013 Family Law Seminar
October 24 - 25, 2013
West Des Moines Marriott
1250 Jordan Creek Pkwy.
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Download or print the materials below before attending the event. You will also be provided a USB drive of the materials at the Family Law Seminar.  Simply click on the the topics below you wish to print or download materials by topic.  To download the complete PDF of the Family Law Seminar click here.  Please remember no written materials will be provided at the seminar.

If you have any questions, please contact ISBA CLE Director Christy Cronin at 515-697-7874 or

7:30 - 8:00 AM - Registration
8:00 - 9:15 - Shared Care-To Presume or Not To Presume? That is the Question.
Speakers: Maria Cognetti, President-Elect of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Stacey Warren, Babich Goldman, PC.  (updated materials click on the name of topic)
9:15 - 10:15 - New Ways for Families: A New Method for Managing High Conflict Clients
Speaker: Bill Eddy, High Conflict Institute
10:15 -10:30 - Break
10:30 - Noon - New Ways for Families: Self-Management Skills Lawyers Can Teach Clients
Speaker: Bill Eddy, High Conflict Institute
Noon - 1:00 - Lunch (provided with registration)
1:00 - 2:15 - Protecting Clients, Children and Lawyers from Violence, Kidnapping, and Stalking
Speakers: Bill Eddy,High Conflict Institute; Tom Langlas, Gallagher Langlas & Gallagher PC; Laura Roan, Attorney General’s Office, DCI, Law Enforcement, Domestic Violence Shelters, etc.
Additional information for the 1:00 pm topic.  Click here to download.
2:15 - 3:15 - Lawyer and Client Preparation to Make Mediation Work
Speakers: Bill Eddy, High Conflict Institute; Lora Mccollom, McCollom Law Firm PLLC; and Chad Kepros, Bray & Klockau PLC
Additional information for the 2:15 p.m. topic.  Click here to download.
3:15 - 3:30 - Break
3:30 - 4:15 - Business Valuation: What is Hiding Behind the Curtain-Tips to Guide You Through Haunted Forest
Speakers: Alan Ryerson and/or James Nalley, BCC Advisers
4:15 - 5:00 - Back to Basics: Discovery – Draft and Respond Effectively
Speaker: David Jungmann

5:00 - Chair’s Reception (sponsored by BCC Advisers) - Join us for complimentary drinks and snacks, greet old friends, make new acquaintances, meet our speakers, discuss the day's events and tomorrow's topics.
6:30 - Dine-Arounds
With tables reserved at some of the best eateries in Des Moines and West Des Moines, this fun "Dutch treat" event is an excellent opportunity to enjoy dinner at an excellent restaurant while networking with old friends and other conference attendees. Sign up at the registration desk.

8:00 - 9:00 AM - Family Law Update
Speaker: Jim Meade, Meade Law Firm
9:00 - 10:00 - Dividing Retirement Benefits: Drafting Settlement Agreements & QDROS That You and The Plan Administrator Won't Regret
Speakers: Wendy Drefahl, WFA Econometrics

10:00 - 10:15 - Break (sponsored by HDH Advisors LLC)
10:15 - 11:00 - Disestablishment of Paternity
Speakers: Sharon Mellon, Mellon & Spies and Joe Pavelich, Mellon & Spies
11:00 - Noon - The Dream & Reality: Expectations Placed on Those Who Represent Children in Family Court
Speakers: Jenny Schulz, Kids First Law Center; Barbara Davis; and Ellen Ramsey Kacina
Noon - 1:00 - Lunch (provided with registration)
1:00 - 2:00 - Dealing with Special Needs Clients and Dependents in Family Law Cases
Speakers: Diane Dornburg, Carney & Appleby, PLC; Amy Botkin, Vocational Resources Plus LLC; Dennis Burns, Connect the Dots 4 Life; and Polk County Probate Judge Craig Block
2:00 - 3:00 - Lawyers’ Mental Health and Depression Issues [1 Hour Ethics Credit]
Speaker: Hugh Grady, Lawyer Assistance Program Director
3:00 - 3:15 - Break
3:15 - 4:00 - Unraveling the Mysteries of Social Security Which Family Lawyers Need To Know
Speakers: Joe Basque and Elizabeth Norris, Iowa Legal Aid
4:00 - 5:00 - Appellate Advocacy: How to Win on Appeal
Speaker: Andrew Howie, Hudson Mallaney Shindler & Anderson PC