Male speaker to large group

2017 Annual Family Law Seminar

Sponsored by the NSBA’s Family Law Section

Thursday, May 18, 2017

8:30 am – 4:30 pm CST
Embassy Suites – La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista, NE
*Also available via live webcast*

6.25 hours of Nebraska and Iowa CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics
Find out more and register at

8:00 am:

8:30 am:

8:35 am:


Welcome and Introductions

Parental Alienation

Dr. Amy Baker, Ph.D, PAS Expert

Dr. Baker will discuss the latest diagnostic developments regarding parental alienation, why the court should intervene, and what can be done when alienation is identified. Dr. Baker is the leading expert on this subject and will be providing information that can be used by attorneys, mental health professionals and judges.

10:35 am:


10:50 am:

Ethics in the Courtroom – A Judicial View

Hon. John Samson, Washington County District Court; Hon. Shelly Stratman, Douglas County District Court; and Hon. Rachel Daugherty, Hamilton County District Court

The judges will discuss ethical issues that arise in their courtrooms, what attorneys can do to avoid ethical pitfalls, and common ethical missteps from a judge’s perspective.

11:50 am:

Lunch (included with your registration)

12:40 pm:

Emotional Abuse Topics in Family Law Explained

Dr. Amy Baker

Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of emotional abuse, with a focus on how this impacts families and children in the context of divorce and custody.

1:40 pm:

Using Tax Returns to Determine Income for Farmers and Small Business Owners

Reed Samson, CPA, Lutz & Company, PC

Reed Sampson will provide practical tips for utilizing tax returns to help determine income available for purposes of determining child support and alimony. The focus will be on farming income and small business income and how to interpret those specific tax returns and schedules.

2:40 pm:


3:00 pm:

Top Ten Tax Tips for 2017

John Ballew Jr., Ballew Covalt Hazen, PC LLO & John Slowiaczek, Slowiaczek Albers & Astley, PC, LLO

The Johns will be discussing the top tax issues that every divorce lawyer should know, including the latest changes and developments impacting divorce decrees and settlement agreements.

3:45 pm:

Case Law Update

Adam Astley, Slowiaczek Albers & Astley, PC, LLO

Adam will cover the latest need-to-know cases for Nebraska family law practitioners.

4:30 pm:


Dues-paying members of the NSBA can attend for only $325. Regular registration is $425.

Not a dues-paying member of the NSBA? Pay your voluntary dues now at or by calling the NSBA at 402-475-7091 and receive the dues-payer rate! Visit to learn about all the benefits you get by being a dues-paying member of the NSBA.

Non-attorneys are also welcome to attend. For non-attorney pricing, contact the NSBA at 402-475-7091.

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