The Heart of America Sentencing Guidelines Conference offers continuing legal education for both basic concepts training as well as advanced sentencing guidelines training. Conference sessions will be presented by experts from the U.S. Sentencing Commission, U.S. Attorneys' Offices, Federal Public Defenders' Offices, Law Professors and Bureau of Prisons officials. There is no registration fee. Attendees may register for one or both days.
The Kansas CLE Commission and Missouri CLE Commission have approved up to 3.0 hours of CLE credit for Day One and up to 7.0 hours of CLE credit for Day Two in Kansas City. The Kansas CLE Commission and Missouri CLE commission have approved the same hours of credit for the simulcasts in all locations (Topeka, Wichita, Jefferson City and Springfield).
Members of the federal bars of Western District of Missouri and District of Kansas and federal judges.
The Conference will be held live at the Robert J. Dole U.S. Courthouse, in Kansas City, Kansas and simulcast on both days to the U.S. Courthouses in Topeka, Kansas,Wichita, Kansas, Springfield, Missouri and Jefferson City, Missouri. Seating is limited in all locations.
Hon. Richard G. Kopf
Hon. Richard Kopf is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. He joined the court in 1992 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush (R). He assumed senior status on December 1, 2011 Kopf served as the chief judge of the District of Nebraska from 1999 to 2004. He assumed senior status on December 1, 2011.
Prof. Shon Hopwood
Prof. Shon Robert Hopwood is an appellate lawyer and professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. On October 28, 1998, then defendant Hopwood pled guilty to robbing several banks in Nebraska. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf to 12 years, three months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $134,544 in restitution. Shon Hopwood became well-known as a jailhouse lawyer. He studied in the prison law library and became an accomplished United States Supreme Court practitioner by the time he left prison in 2009.
The court would like to thank the following people who served on the Planning Committee.