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Return to Green 2018

2018 Return to Green CLE

Friday, April 20, 2018 | 1 - 4 pm
Stinson Leonard Street LLP Lecture Hall | 104 Green Hall

We invite you to "Return to Green" for our 11th annual spring CLE.

Return to Green CLE

Presenters will include:

  • Curtis Barnhill, L'90, Attorney, Barnhill & Morse PA
  • Christopher Joseph, L’00, Attorney, Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC
  • Anne McDonald, L'82, Executive Director, Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program
  • Adina Morse, Attorney, Barnhill & Morse PA and KU Law Adjunct
  • Dionne Scherff, L'91, Attorney, Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC

CLE Credit

3 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics, are approved for Kansas and Missouri. Downloadable materials will be available in mid-April and must be accessed electronically. Paper materials will not be available during the conference. 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100 percent. No refunds will be allowed after that time.


We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please submit your request no later than April 6 to cmai@ku.edu or 785-864-9208 TTY: 711.

Walk to Old Green Hall

Please join us for the annual pilgrimage to Old Green Hall (now Lippincott) immediately following the program. Longtime Professor Webb Hecker will lead the walk to KU Law's original home, sharing his reflections along the way. Students, alumni and faculty will gather to connect and reminisce at The Wheel afterward. 


Contact Emily Sharp at emily.sharp@ku.edu or 785-864-2388.

1:00-1:05 pm Welcome
Lou Mulligan, Associate Dean, Faculty 
1:05-1:55 pm Competence: It's Not Just Black Letter Law Anymore | CLE materials
Anne McDonald, L‘82
The Report of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being provides strong arguments for the need to make comprehensive wellness a priority in the legal profession. In addition to touching upon basic competency and disciplinary ramifications, the presentation will look at this report and the recommendations and benefits of implementation.
1:55-2:10 pm Break
2:10-3:00 pm Recent Changes to Civil Forfeiture in Kansas | CLE materials
Dionne Scherff, L’91 & Christopher Joseph, L’00
This presentation will involve an examination of the current Kansas Civil Asset Forfeiture laws. The session will also highlight the proposed reforms submitted by the Kansas Judicial Council Committee to the Kansas Legislature this session.
3:00-3:10 pm Break
3:10-4:00 pm
Dividing Federal Retirement Benefits in Divorce: Civil Service, Military Retired Pay & Railroad Retirement | CLE materials | Additional references
This presentation will discuss federal retirement benefit issues that should be considered for mediation and property settlement negotiations; or presented to the court at trial. Federal retirement plans that have divisible benefits include: Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), Military Retired Pay, and Railroad Retirement System. The first four cover present and former federal employees or military personnel. Railroad retirement covers employees and former employees in therailroad industry. 


Speaker bios 

Curtis B. Barnhill, L’90, 
Barnhill & Morse, P.A.

Curtis Barnhill has over 2 decades of experience in employee benefit law and plan administration. He received his JD from the University of Kansas in 1990. Additionally, he has an M.A from KU in Political Science (1981) and a B.A. in Education and Political Science from ASU (1976).  Mr. Barnhill also has a certificate in Employee Benefit Plan Administration from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEPB) and a certificate in Employee Benefit Plans Portfolio Concepts and Management jointly conferred by the Wharton School of Business and the IFEPB. He has administered a defined benefit pension plan and a defined contribution pension plan, as well as a nation-wide Taft-Hartley health benefit plan. He is the past President of the Douglas County Bar Association and the Vice-President of the Judge Hugh Means Inn of Court. Prior to going to law school, Mr. Barnhill taught junior high and middle school in U.S.D. 501 in Topeka.

Christopher Joseph, L’00
Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC

Christopher Joseph represents individuals and businesses in complex civil litigation and during the investigation and prosecution of criminal charges. He received his juris doctorate in 2000 from the University of Kansas School of Law. While attending law school, he wrote for the Kansas Law Review and served as an Associate Editor. Mr. Joseph graduated summa cum laude from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997.  After graduating from law school, Mr. Joseph was appointed by Chief United States District Judge John Lungstrum, District of Kansas, to serve as his law clerk from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Joseph joined Joseph, Hollander & Craft in August of 2002​.

Anne McDonald, L’82
Executive Director, Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program

Ms. McDonald graduated from KU Law School in 1982.  She was in private practice before being appointed Court Trustee in Wyandotte County.  She retired from there in 2006, and served as a Judge Pro Tem in District and Municipal Court in Wyandotte County.   She was appointed to the Lawyers Assistance Program Commission when it began in 2001.  She has served as the Executive Director of KALAP since 2009.  Anne has been a CLE presenter on child support and lawyers assistance topics around the state.   She received the Chief Justice McFarland Award from the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka in 2017 and the Justinian Award from the Johnson County Bar Association in 2018.  Anne lives in Kansas City, Kansas and enjoys traveling with her husband and friends.

Adina Morse
Barnhill & Morse, P.A.

Adina Morse is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and practiced with the firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens and Young in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before joining the firm here in Lawrence, Kansas. She is also a mediator with the firm of Associates in Dispute Resolution, LLC.  She volunteers with numerous community organizations, including the Lawrence Public Schools, Douglas County Small Claims Court, 100 Good Women, and is a past USD 497 Board of Education member. Adina has been an adjunct faculty at  William Mitchell School of Law, Washburn University School of Law, and is currently an adjunct at the University of Kansas School of Law, teaching Civil and Family Mediation courses.  

Dionne Scherff, L’91
Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC

Dionne Scherff has a law practice dedicated to criminal defense. She started her trial attorney career as a prosecutor in the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office then moved to the Johnson County District Attorney's Office. As a prosecutor, Scherff specialized in child abuse and sex crimes. Her current practice takes her to federal and state court on criminal matters in Kansas and Missouri. She is death penalty qualified in the state of Kansas and has enjoyed the victory of a death penalty case dismissal on the morning of jury trial. Scherff has extensive jury trial experience in both state and federal court. She also has a healthy appellate practice. She writes and argues briefs in the state of Kansas appellate courts as well as the 8th and 10th federal circuit courts. She also handles civil forfeitures relating to property seized during criminal investigations. Scherff is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education seminars. Finally, she is frequently asked to serve as a judge pro tem in Johnson County District Court.


Rebecca Clayton
Events Coordinator