2020 KCDAA Fall Virtual Conference
October 19-20, 2020

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CLE Approved:

October 19: 8 CLE hours including 2 hours of Ethics

October 20: 4 CLE hours including 2 hours of Ethics

Total CLE: 12 CLE hours including 4 hours of Ethics

Registration Fees:

Members: $50

Associate: $77.50

Non-Member: $142.50

Other Registration Information:

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:  All cancellation/refund requests must be made in writing to the KCDAA office to: melissa@kearneyandassociates.com

SPECIAL NEEDS: Please contact the KCDAA office at (785) 232-5822 or melissa@kearneyandassociates.com if you have any special needs. Provisions will be provided for participants with special needs as long as we are notified in advance.

Questions? Contact Melissa Munoz, event planner, at 785-232-5822 or melissa@kearneyandassociates.com

Fall Conference Featured Exhibitors:

Featured Speakers:

Nelson Bunn   

Nelson Bunn Executive Director National District Attorneys Association Nelson is the Executive Director of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), having previously served 3 years as NDAA’s Director of Government Affairs bringing comprehensive experience across Congress, federal agencies, and the criminal justice system stakeholder community. Prior to NDAA, Nelson served as the Director of Government Affairs for The Charles Group in Washington, DC, where he represented the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA), an organization representing elected sheriffs from counties with populations over 500,000 people. Nelson also brings federal agency experience as he spent time in the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. With that experience, he brings insight into crisis response programs and emerging technologies in the first responder community.

 Natalie Chalmers 

 Assistant Solicitor General  Natalie Chalmers joined the  Office of the Kansas Attorney  General in November of 2011  after previously working as an  Assistant District Attorney in  Shawnee County and a Central  Staff Research Attorney for the Kansas Court of Appeals. 

Most KCDAA members familiar with Natalie know her from the brief approval process.  In 2013 she was awarded KCDAA’s Associate Member Prosecutor of the Year for her work on the Hard-50 legislation in light of Alleyne.

Kristine Hamann

Kristine Hamann is the Executive Director and founder of Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence (PCE). PCE provides consulting and research services for prosecutors to promote best practices, spur innovations and implement solutions. PCE conducts full-office assessments, consults on specific topics and supports statewide prosecutor-led Best Practices Committees that have formed in 20 states.  PCE publishes articles on a wide variety of criminal justice issues.  PCE hosts regular national meetings for prosecutors.  For more information about PCE see www.pceinc.org.  

From 2013 to 2016, Kristine Hamann was a Visiting Fellow at DOJ/Bureau of Justice Assistance.  She chairs the NY State Best Practices Committee for prosecutors, and teaches at Georgetown Law School.  She is a member of the ABA Criminal Justice Council and is on the ABA Criminal Justice Journal Editorial Board.  She does assessments of prosecutor offices and presents on various prosecutor-related topics including body worn cameras, ethics, eye-witness identification, community outreach and witness intimidation.

From 2008 to 2013, Ms. Hamann was the Executive Assistant District Attorney for the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York.  From 2007 to 2008, Ms. Hamann was the New York State Inspector General.  From 1998 to 2007, Ms. Hamann served as the Executive Assistant DA to DA Robert Morgenthau in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in NYC.  Prior to 1998, Ms. Hamann held a number of other positions in that office including Deputy Chief of the Trial Division and Director of Training.  She started her career as a violent crime prosecutor.  

Ms. Hamann has received several awards for her public service. 

Emily LaGratta, JD

Emily LaGratta, JD, is a justice reform consultant and innovator who has worked with criminal justice agencies across the country since 2009. Before starting Emily was the Director of Procedural Justice Initiatives at the Center for Court Innovation where she oversaw a national consulting practice on the topics of procedural justice and community justice. She has designed and guided the implementation of innovative programming in courts, prosecutor and defender offices, and corrections agencies, developed practitioner resources, and trained hundreds of justice system professionals on these topics. She is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of Wisconsin Law School. 

Rachel Lamm

Rachel Lamm is completing her first term as the Thomas County Attorney in Colby, Kansas.  She has worked in the office for a total of 7 years and has worked diligently to train law enforcement, provide better victim support, and be a community prosecutor. In 2019, Ms. Lamm was able to use forfeiture funds and her passion to rehabilitate rather than simply incarcerate to promote recidivism as inmates from the Norton Correction Facility reintegrated into their communities.  The new Colby Community College Telecommunications Network Technician Program provides fiber optic training to inmates who gain a certification and employment skills while serving their sentence.  Ms. Lamm was the speaker at the first graduation class and shared her mantra, “Do the right thing, for the right reason, at the right time.” 

Kathleen J. Selzler Lippert, JD

Kathleen Selzler Lippert, JD joined the Office of the Disciplinary Administrator in December 2019 and is a  Deputy Disciplinary Administrator.  Previously, she has served in a variety of roles for the Kansas State Board of Hearing Arts, Shawnee District Attorney’s Office, and Atchison County Attorney’s Office.  She is a wife, mother of three teen boys, and serves on the local school board.


Chief Justice Marla Luckert  

Chief Justice Luckert was Appointed to the court in November 2002 by Governor Bill Graves. She currently serves as the Chair, Kansas Judicial Council, Supreme Court liaison to the Commission on Judicial Qualifications, Judges Assistance Committee, and Language Access Committee.  She is the Second woman to be appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court and the First woman to be appointed Chief judge of a Kansas judicial district appointed by Governor Joan Finney. Former District judge, 3rd Judicial District, Former member, Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and Former ex-officio member, Kansas Children’s Cabinet. From 1980-92 Justice Luckert was a partner at Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, Topeka, Kansas.  She has served as the President of the Kansas District Judges Association, Kansas Women Attorneys Association, Kansas Bar Association, Topeka Bar Association, Sam A. Crow Inn of Court, Women Attorneys Association of Topeka, and the Johnson County Bar Association. Justice Luckert  is also active in the American Bar Association Wichita Bar Association, Wichita Women Attorneys Association, and is a fellow of the Kansas Bar Foundation and life fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Justice Luckert has a long history of service to her community and has received many honors for her outstanding achievements.


Robert Ruiz

Robert Ruiz has spent the last twenty years serving in the Military, in Law Enforcement and as a Private Military Contractor. He has been certified as an instructor through multiple courses issued by the U.S. Army and the State Department. Robert has served in a variety of units and roles that reinforce his ability to instruct from real world experience. He has served overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His Law Enforcement background started from the bottom up and progressed from a patrol officer to multiple pro-active enforcement units, Street Level Narcotics, Gang Unit and culminated with his involvement in creating a new type of team that focuses on gun crime using modern police strategies and concepts. Robert has instructed for his current department for over six years and has taught numerous courses to multiple agencies in multiple states. He has been invited to present successful case studies and instruction at the Naval Post Graduate School. Robert’s area of expertise for Law Enforcement training is focused on: National Integrated Ballistic Information (NIBIN) Investigations, Social Media Investigations, Social Network Analysis and Operational Planning for Police Operations. This expertise and base of knowledge is directly related to his successful use, practice and prosecution of these types of cases.

Jason Thompson

Senior Assistant Revisor of Statutes in the Kansas Office of Revisor of Statutes. Attorneys in the Office are responsible for drafting bills and other legislation, staffing legislative committees, publishing the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and offering legal consultation to members of the Kansas Legislature.

Mr. Thompson joined the Office of Revisor of Statutes in January 2007. Prior to that, he worked as a Research Attorney and Law Clerk at the Johnson County District Court in Olathe, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in May 2004 and received a B.A. degree in Political Science and American Studies from the University of Kansas in December 2000. He is a native of Hutchinson, Kansas, and a 1996 graduate of Hutchinson High School.

Todd Thompson

Current President of the Kansas County and District Attorney’s Association, Todd Thompson also serves as the third term Leavenworth County Attorney.  He is currently running unopposed for his fourth term.  Todd has also served KCDAA for many years as Legislative Committee Chair, in that role he has worked to advance multiple legislative measures that help Kansas Prosecutors and promote the safety of Kansas Citizens. Outside our organization Todd has chaired the Kansas CLE Commission,  and testified before US Congress. President Thompson was selected for Ingram Magazine’s Forty under 40  for his many accomplishments.  Todd says his proudest accomplishment is marrying his wife and raising their two children.


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