11th Annual Family Law Case Management Training

Washburn University School of Law's Children and Family Law Center is hosting the 11th annual family law case management program on August 17-18, 2017.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

8:00 a.m. – Registration (Room 119)

8:30-10:10 a.m.
The Difficult Case Management Parent: How to Understand & Work with a Parent Who has a Personality Disorder (2 hours)

  • Bud Dale, Ph.D., J.D., Law Offices of Bud Dale, Topeka, Kansas

This presentation will review the DSM-5 classification of personality disorders including how to identify these issues and how people with different personality characteristics present in court and ADR settings. The presenter will explain ways for understanding these dynamics as reflections of the party’s identity or sense of self, as the lens through which a party views the world, and as necessary for emotional and self-regulation. Techniques for keeping the process child- and task-focused will be outlined and illustrated.

10:10 a.m. – Break

10:20 a.m.-Noon
Domestic Violence Safety Planning in the Post-Divorce Context (2 hours)

All too often one of the myriad of issues in high conflict families is domestic violence. Even when the parties have separated and the marriage has ended, the cycle of violence can continue. This presentation looks at ways to safety plan for the family to protect not only the survivor and children's physical safety but also the psychological well-being of the parties and children. The issue is examined from the perspective of a case manager, a victim's advocate and a mental health professional facilitating a batter's intervention program.

Noon-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (provided)

1:00-1:50 p.m.
Social Media and Ethics for Lawyers and Mediators (1 hour)

  • Linda Elrod, Richard S. Richter Distinguished Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas

In May 2017, the American Bar Association provided a formal ethical opinion about the lawyer’s responsibility when using email. Recently, several lawyers across the country have found themselves in disciplinary difficulty because of their use of social media. This program will survey the ethical responsibilities of representing clients or being a neutral in the age of social media.

1:50 p.m. – Break

2:00-2:50 p.m.
What Its Like to be Parent Coordinated (1 hour)

  • Ronnie Beach, Conflict Resolution Services, Inc., Olathe, Kansas

This presentation will focus on how parents experience parenting coordination. The presenter will facilitate discussion with two parents who have received parenting coordination services, comparing the emotional demands of "being PC'ed" with stresses associated with case management and /or litigation. This presentation will also illustrate how to effectively use two parenting coordinators in the same case to resolve conflict in ways that benefit children and families.

2:50 p.m. – Break

3:00-3:50 p.m.
Update on Dispute Resolution and Case Management Rules (1 hour)

  • Larry Rute, Esq., Associates in Dispute Resolution, Topeka, Kansas
  • Dawn Rouse, Dispute Resolution Coordinator, Office of Judicial Administration, Topeka, Kansas

This presentation will provide an update on progress in developing court rules for domestic case management. In an effort to bring uniformity to how case management and other alternative dispute resolution interventions are used across the state, the Advisory Council on Dispute Resolution has promulgated potential rules for case managers. These rules distinguish case management from mediation, conciliation, and parenting coordination. These potential rules are expected for be released for public comment sometime in 2017.

3:50 p.m. – Break

4:00-4:50 p.m.
Why Therapists Can't Do It All: Containing Rogue Therapists in Child Custody Disputes (1 hour)

  • Bud Dale, Ph.D., J.D., Law Offices of Bud Dale, Topeka, Kansas
  • Dane Frazier, Third-year Law Student, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas

Therapists can be enormously useful to child custody litigants and their children, but they can also disrupt a case by aligning with a party and inappropriately making recommendations. This presentation will review legal research on rules for therapist-patient relationships and survey research on the problems that accompany therapists making recommendations. Knowing these rules can help courts and case managers make appropriate and effective therapy referrals.

4:50 p.m. – Adjourn

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Friday, August 18, 2017

8:00 a.m. – Registration (Room 119)

8:30-9:20 a.m.
Parenting Plans for High Conflict Families (1 hour)

  • The Honorable Keven O'Grady, Division I, Johnson County District Court, Olathe, Kansas

Model parenting plans can work well for cooperative, committed parents. When the parties are engaged in a high conflict relationship, parenting plans need to be tailored to fit the family. A judge provides insights into what kinds of provisions help high conflict families stay out of court.

9:20-10:10 a.m.
Overcoming Impasse and Building Trust When Mediating with Never Married Parents (1 hour)

  • Larry Swall, Gates, Shields, Ferguson, Swall, & Hammond, P.A., Overland Park, Kansas

Mediating with never-married parents often differs from processes with parents who have been married. This presentation will focus on how to overcome mediation impasse, or where the parents get stuck in inflexible positions. Techniques for developing working co-parenting relationships and building trust will be outlined and illustrated.

10:10 a.m. – Break

10:20-11:10 a.m.
Nightmare on Case Management Street (1 hour)

Case managers have a seemingly impossible task of helping parents make decisions that they cannot or will not make themselves. This session looks at challenges facing case managers, how those challenges potentially impact case managers, and ways to address such challenges to effectively provide assistance to families. What does successful case management look like? How does case management fit into the toolkit for high conflict parents?

11:10 a.m.-Noon
Providing Ethical Representation in the ADR Setting (1 hour)

The presenter will analyze the Kansas Model Rules of Professional Conduct 2.3 (Counselor: Lawyer Serving as Third Party Neutral), 3.4 (Advocate: Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel), and 3.5 (Advocate: Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal) using disciplinary cases and the Kansas Bar Association Legal Ethics Opinion 95-10.

Noon-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (provided)

1:00-2:40 p.m.
Dealing with Allegations of Child Abuse: Investigation and Assessment (2 hours)

  • Rebecca Gerhardt, Staff Counsel, Kansas Department for Children and Families, Lawrence, Kansas

Case Managers are mandated reporters who are required to report acts of abuse or neglect under K.S.A. 38-2223. What should be reported and how? After a report is made, what happens? This session will cover how and when to make a report, as well as the investigation process and the three-tiered finding structure effective July 1, 2015.

2:40 p.m. – Adjourn

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Dates / Location

Thursday, August 17, 2017 and
Friday, August 18, 2017

Washburn University
School of Law, Room 120
Parking: north, south and east of the law school.
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Registration Fee
  • $250 both full days
  • $200 Thursday only
  • $200 Friday only

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Program fee includes reporting hours of attendance to the Kansas CLE Commission and written materials.

Registration Deadline:
Registrations will be accepted until all seats are full. Attendees must pay the registration fee prior to start of the CLE.

Continuing Education Credit

CLE, CME, and other professional continuing education hours pending.


If you cannot attend the program, you may send a substitute. If you cancel your registration at least two (2) business days prior to the seminar, your registration fee will be refunded. After that date, non-attending registrants will receive the course materials. Please allow two weeks for delivery. The sponsors reserve the right to cancel this seminar and return all fees.

Assistance for Special Needs

Assistance for Special Needs:
If you require special services or auxiliary aids to assist you while attending the event, please call Donna Vilander at (785) 670-1105.

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