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2017 Catholic Bar Association Conference

  • Thu, November 02, 2017
  • 12:15 PM
  • Sat, November 04, 2017
  • 3:00 PM
  • Kansas City Marriott Downtown200 W. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105


  • Table of 10 for the keynote dinner with recognition as a table sponsorship (either company or personal name) during the dinner.
  • One ticket for the keynote dinner at the Downtown Kansas City Marriott starting at 7:30 pm (immediately following the Red Mass).
  • Includes:
    - All Talks
    - Friday Night Dinner
    - Social Events
    - One-Year membership to the CBA

Registration is closed

Special Hotel Rate


November 2-4, 2017

Start time on 11/2 at 12:15 pm with Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception       

End time on 11/4 at 3:00 pm

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 W. 12th StreetKansas City, MO 64105

For More information Contact us at
(913) 575-1776

Registration fee $200.00 (includes all talks, Friday night dinner, social events and one year membership in the CBA)

Hotel room block at the Kansas City Marriott for $169/night (ask for the Catholic Bar Association)Click here to access your special rate.  The KC Marriott can be reached at (816) 421-6800.

Speakers include:

Archbishop William Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

Jan Figel, European Union Special Envoy for Religious Liberty

Joshua McCaig, President of the Catholic Bar Association and Shareholder at Polsinelli, PC

Hillary Byrnes, Assistant General Counsel of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Ron Rychlak, Professor at Ole Miss Law School

Robert Destro, Professor at Columbus School of Law

Kellie Fiedorek, Alliance Defending Freedom

Michael Scaperlanda, President of St. Gregory's University

Martin Nussbaum, Counsel for Colorado Catholic Conference

William Quatman, President of the Ephesus Foundation

Phillip Thompson, Aquinas Institute at Emory University

Bradley Hahn, President of Solidarity HealthShare

Elizabeth Kirk, Former Law Professor and Adoption Expert

Eddie Greim, Partner at Graves Garrett, LLC

Dress is business casual during the day and business for the evening events, including the Red Mass and Keynote Dinner Event on Friday evening, November 3rd.   

The Kansas City Downtown Marriott does not have an airport shuttle service but a SuperShuttle can be ordered at 800-243-6383 or 816-243-5000; fee: 18 USD (one way).  Taxi and Uber services are also available. 

Conference Schedule:

  • Thursday November 2, 2017
    • 10:00 am Registration table open at Marriott
    • 12:15 pm Opening Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
    • 2:00-2:50 pm Martin Nussbaum: Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae) and the American Legal Experience
    • 3:00–3:50 pm Michael Scaperlanda: First Choice, setting US constitutional history within the context of the intellectual history of the West
    • 4:00–4:50 pm William Quatman: Practicing Law and Serving the Church – Mary’s House in Ephesus and International Law
    • 5:00 pm Break for Dinner
    • 6:30 – 9:00 pm Opening Social at the Marriott
  • Friday November 3, 2017
    • 8:00 am Registration table open
    • 8:30-9:20 am Kellie Fiedorek: When Religious Freedom Diminishes: The Human Cost
    • 9:30–10:20 am Phillip Thompson: Against Sterile Justice: Catholic Opposition to Eugenics and Buck v. Bell
    • 10:30-11:20 am Eddie Greim: Model Rules of Professional Conduct Applied to Election and Political Activity
    • 11:30 pm Break for Lunch
    • 1:30-2:20 pm Ron Rychlak: Disinformation: Soviet Bloc Intelligence Efforts to Undermine the West
    • 2:30-3:20 pm Bob Destro: The Law and Geopolitics of Genocide – What Every Lawyer Needs to Know
    • 3:30-4:20 pm Bradley Hahn: Healthcare and Non-Profit Law Considerations for Catholic Institutions
    • 5:30 pm Red Mass – Archbishop William Lori
    • 7:00-7:50 pm Jan Figel: The International Political and Legal Response to Religious Persecution
    • 9:00 pm Social at Marriott
  • Saturday November 4, 2017
    • 8:00 am Registration table open
    • 8:30-9:20 am Hillary Byrnes: The Supreme Court and 2017 Religious Liberty Cases
    • 9:30-10:20 am Joshua McCaig: ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) Considerations
    • 10:30-11:20 am Elizabeth Kirk: Adoption law and Catholic Social Teaching
    • 11:30 am Committee Meetings
    • 12:00 pm General Assembly Luncheon and Closing Session
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