KALAP Annual Spring Seminar 2021 – Getting Back to the Basics

When: April 9, 2021
Where: Virtually

Seminar Agenda

  • 12:45 – 1:00 p.m. Welcome
  • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. KALAP Update: You’re a KALAP Volunteer, Now What?
    Speakers: Bryan Smith and Jeb Benfer, KALAP Board Members, Danielle M. Hall, KALAP Executive Director, Bryn Mroz, KALAP Program Director

    During this panel discussion, attendees will receive an overview of the monitoring process and the role a KALAP volunteer plays in accordance with Supreme Court Rule 233. Recent proposed rule changes, monitoring a KALAP client involved in a disciplinary proceeding, and other common issues within the monitoring process will be discussed.
  • 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Wellness in the Legal Profession: Ways to Practice Self-Care and Achieve Long Term Wellness
    Speaker: Janet Thompson Jackson, Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law

    How are you handling pandemic uncertainty and isolation, nationwide racial tensions, and political unrest on top of everyday work and life demands? Lawyers and law students experience chronic stress, severe anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, and mental health challenges at rates disproportionately higher than the general population. This is especially true for lawyers in their first 10 years of practice. To compound the problem, many law students and lawyers are reluctant to seek help. This CLE will address those concerning trends, especially in the context of our current national and global landscape and will offer solutions that can be incorporated into daily life to improve overall well-being.
  • 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Kansas Disciplinary Administrator’s Office Update
    Speaker: Stan Hazlett, Disciplinary Administrator

    During this panel discussion, attendees will receive an overview of the recently adopted changes to the disciplinary rules and how these changes affect the disciplinary process. Additionally, the panel will discuss the interaction between attorney impairment and the current state of attorney discipline.
  • 4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Getting Things Done: Overcoming Stress and Managing Productivity
    Speaker: Danielle M. Hall, KALAP Executive Director

    One of the major ways that stress affects your productivity is by causing you to lose focus. A lack of organization and poor time management can lead to self-inflicted stress. While stress can be a tremendous motivator for some, it is often counter-productive. During this session we will look at how poor time management and waning productivity can have a profound impact on attorneys and their well-being and how it can negatively affect an attorney’s ethical obligations to their client. Topics covered during this program will include: The science and link between stress and productivity, how thoughts and emotions affect productivity, and Strategies for reducing stress and improving time management and productivity.

For more information and to register for this program, please email Ellen Bayless at