HASGC 2020
Heart of America Sentencing Guidelines Conference
Spring 2021 | Kansas City

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Program Update (COVID-19)

2020 Heart of America Sentencing Guidelines Conference (HASGC)
Currently Set for June 24th and 25th, 2020

The Districts of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri continue to closely monitor the outbreak of COVID-19, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts as well as from the Office of Personnel Management.

Both Courts have adopted orders to reduce the congregation of large numbers of people in courthouses. We also recognize the need for high-quality CLE remains, even in the face of this pandemic. We remain committed to the Sentencing Commission CLE that is currently scheduled for June 24 and 25. We are also aware that both Missouri and Kansas have extended their CLE deadlines until the end of September. The Courts anticipate making a decision shortly as to whether the conference occurs live as scheduled, on a video conference platform or live at a later date. For now, please save the June dates for this important event. Thank you and please stay safe. .

Program Summary

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 and Federal Public Defenders' Offices. There is no registration fee. Attendees may register for one or both days.

CLE approval for this conference is pending on MO and KS.

Program Target Audience

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.

Keynote Speakers

Father Greg Boyle
Father Greg Boyle is a Jesuit priest, known nationally for his work with gangs in the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles, California. Father Boyle has worked with gang members for 30 years and established Homeboy Industries 28 years ago. He is the author of the book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.

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Sponsored By

The United States Sentencing Commission

U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

Federal Bar Association

HASGC Planning Committee

The court would like to thank the following people who served on the Planning Committee.

  • Hon. Stephen Bough
  • Tim O'Brien
  • Melody Brannon
  • Laine Carderella
  • Shazzie Naseem
  • Jeff Valenti
  • Carla Brogdon
  • Hon. Daniel D. Crabtree
  • Ingrid Campbell
  • Shane Cantin
  • Shari Catania
  • Julie Sickles
  • Raquel Wilson

Conference Questions

If you have any questions prior to or during the conference please don't hesitate to contact:

Clerk of Court Tim O'Brien
Office 913-735-2222
Logistics Coordinator Carla Brogdon
Office 913-735-2223