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2022 Missouri Chapters Conference

Freedom of Thought

January 24, 2022
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2022 Annual Missouri Chapters Conference

"Freedom of Thought"

Our annual Missouri Chapters Conference will take place on Monday, January 24, 2022. The conference will feature a keynote address given by Vivek Ramaswamy, morning and afternoon panels, and a luncheon. Panels will be held in the House Chambers.

January 24, 2022

8:00 AM - 2:30 PM CT

CLE Credit expected, including Ethics and Diversity CLE Credit*

 

Schedule is subject to change.

Breakfast & Registration - Senator Bob Onder's Office, Rm. 416
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Panel One: Government Regulation of Social Media Content Moderation by Big Tech: Good or Bad?
9:05 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Featuring:

  • Josh Divine, Chief Counsel to Senator Josh Hawley, United States Senate
  • Lyrissa Lidsky, Dean and Judge C.A. Leedy Professor of Law, University of Missouri
  • Amy Peikoff, Chief Policy Officer, Parler
  • Moderator: Edward Greim, Partner, Graves Garrett LLC and President, Kansas City Lawyers Chapter

Panel Two: Defending Unpopular Clients - The Ethics of Targeting Attorneys, Firms, and Clients for Reprisals
10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Featuring:

  • Stephen Davis, Partner, True North Law
  • Charles Hatfield, Partner, Stinson LLP
  • Gary Myers, Earl F. Nelson Professor of Law and former Law School Dean, University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Moderator: Jennifer Bukowsky, Executive Director, Show-Me Defenders and President, Jefferson City Lawyers Chapter

 

Lunch - Second Floor, just outside the office of the Secretary of State

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

 

Panel Three: Critical Race Theory in K-12 Public Schools
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Featuring:

  • Reverend Michael Barber, S.J., Professor of Philosophy, St. Louis University
  • Josh Hammer, Opinion Editor, Newsweek and Research Fellow, Edmund Burke Foundation
  • Kimberly Hermann, General Counsel, Southeastern Legal Foundation
  • Dave Roland, Director of Litigation, Freedom Center of Missouri
  • Moderator: Mark Bremer, Partner, Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum, LLP and President, St. Louis Lawyers Chapter

Keynote Address
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Featuring:

  • Vivek Ramaswamy, Entrepeneur and Author, WOKE, INC.

           Introduction by Senator Bob Onder

Reception and Book Signing with Vivek Ramaswamy
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
High Rise Bakery

Featuring:

  • Vivek Ramaswamy, Entrepeneur and Author, WOKE, INC.

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Missouri: 2.9 CLE Credits and 1.2 Diversity OR Ethics Credits pending

Kansas: 2.9 CLE Credits and 1.2 Diversity OR Ethics Credits pending

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8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast & Registration
Senator Bob Onder's Office - Room 416
Missouri State Capitol
201 W Capitol Ave.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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9:05 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Panel One: Big Tech

Government Regulation of Social Media Content Moderation by Big Tech: Good or Bad?

Missouri State Capitol - House Chambers
201 W Capitol Ave.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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Some social media companies are inviting the government to impose new content moderation and censorship requirements. Others say that in a free market system, consumers should be able to choose social media networks based on those networks’ content moderation policies. Still others suggest that Big Tech could be regulated as a common carrier, barring large platforms from discriminating against messages based on their content. Which is the best approach?

Featuring:

  • Josh Divine, Chief Counsel to Senator Josh Hawley, United States Senate
  • Lyrissa Lidsky, Dean and Judge C.A. Leedy Professor of Law, University of Missouri
  • Amy Peikoff, Chief Policy Officer, Parler
  • Moderator: Edward Greim, Partner, Graves Garrett LLC and President, Kansas City Lawyers Chapter

 

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10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Panel Two: Defending Unpopular Clients

The Ethics of Targeting Attorneys, Firms, and Clients for Reprisals

Missouri State Capitol - House Chambers
201 W Capitol Ave.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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How should we think about “lawyer-shaming”? At the close of the Trump administration, we saw an effort to deter law firms from re-hiring attorneys leaving the Department of Justice and to encourage corporate America to decline to work with firms that had re-hired such attorneys. And efforts have since moved on to targeting firms with clients involved in the fossil fuel industry.

Further, in the past year we have seen a spate of bar complaints filed against both lawyers holding or seeking political office and against lawyers representing or even merely advising political candidates and officeholders.

There has been controversy in years past over attorney pro bono work on behalf of detainees accused of terrorism.

As a matter of legal ethics and as a matter of industry norms, how should we think about such efforts and is there a consistent principle that should govern? Should law firms hire attorneys with a diversity of viewpoints? When are politically motivated bar complaints appropriate and when are they unethical?

 

Featuring:

  • Stephen Davis, Partner, True North Law
  • Charles Hatfield, Partner, Stinson LLP
  • Gary Myers, Earl F. Nelson Professor of Law and former Law School Dean, University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Moderator: Jennifer Bukowsky, Executive Director, Show-Me Defenders and President, Jefferson City Lawyers Chapter

 

 

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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch
Second Floor, just outside the office of the Secretary of State
Missouri State Capitol
201 W Capitol Ave.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Panel Three: Critical Race Theory in K-12 Public Schools
Missouri State Capitol - House Chambers
201 W Capitol Ave.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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Description

Public K-12 schools across the country have introduced elements of critical race theory into their curriculums. The Biden Administration has produced a federal rule that would prioritize funding for history and civics programs shaped by CRT. Meanwhile, lawmakers in 16 states have introduced or passed legislation seeking to limit the teaching of critical race theory within public institutions. And parents across the country have pushed back against school boards adopting CRT and filed litigation to that effect. What is critical race theory? And are states and localities within their rights in designing and limiting curricula and what can and cannot be taught in public schools, or do laws that do so potentially violate First Amendment rights or other applicable law?

Featuring:

  • Reverend Michael Barber, S.J., Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University
  • Josh Hammer, Opinion Editor, Newsweek and Research Fellow, Edmund Burke Foundation
  • Kimberly Hermann, General Counsel, Southeastern Legal Foundation
  • Dave Roland, Director of Litigation, Freedom Center of Missouri
  • Moderator: Mark Bremer, Partner, Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum, LLP and President, St. Louis Lawyers Chapter

Speakers

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Keynote Address
Missouri State Capitol
201 W Capitol Ave.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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Vivek Ramaswamy, New York Times bestselling author of WOKE, INC., will be giving the keynote address. He will be introduced by Senator Bob Onder.

Speakers

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Reception and Book Signing with Vivek Ramaswamy
High Rise Bakery
118 East High St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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