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Seminar to Benefit Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

In 2005, The Simon Law Firm, P.C. founded a trial practice seminar designed to do two things. First, provide ongoing education for local attorneys. Second, we wanted this seminar to raise money for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM). Since its inception, the seminar has grown dramatically, regularly attracting more than 200 attendees. Lectures are given by attorneys and judges recognized as experts in their fields on a diverse range of topics. Every dollar earned by the seminar is donated directly to LSEM. Since the launch of this project we have raised nearly $400,000.00!

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Virtual Seminar: June 20, 2023

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The Hon. Richard B. Teitelman Memorial Seminar to Benefit Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Registration is $100 per person.


8:30 – 8:35 am Welcome Introduction
The Simon Law Firm, P.C.

8:35 – 9:25 am The Flourishing Lawyer
This presentation offers guidance for members of the legal profession to cultivate their personal and professional well-being, identify and develop their individual strengths, and define success on their own terms. This endeavor starts by re-defining what it means for lawyers to possess the requisite “character and fitness” to practice law, including (1) exploring how to cultivate individual and collective “character strengths” (based on a scientifically-validated assessment designed by the VIA Institute on Character), and (2) fostering multi-dimensional “fitness” to practice law, by nurturing physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, social, occupational, intellectual, moral, and artistic well-being dimensions. Drawing from lessons and research from the fields of psychology, health care, sports, and medicine, this presentation provides practical techniques for lawyers to design a flourishing professional and personal life.

9:30 – 10:20 am Beyond Unconscious Bias
Beyond Unconscious Bias – Dr. Banks’ decades of experience allow her to help individuals and institutions in corporate America, Hollywood, Broadway, non-profits, K-12 schools, colleges, and communities. She is known for making complex and controversial topics accessible. She co-founded the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity at Saint Louis University, where she is a professor of psychology. In the St. Louis region, Dr. Banks’ thinking helped shape racial equity initiatives as a consultant for the Ferguson Commission.

10:20 – 10:35 am Break

10:35 – 11:25 am Selecting and Presenting a Bulletproof Expert Witness
An expert witness can make or break your case. If your expert does well, your case is strong; but if your expert is weak—and fails to impress your jury—it can be devastating.

John will discuss how to identify the known pitfalls that await your expert and how to avoid them with proper preparation. Finally, he will provide several real-life examples of how these selection and preparation methods have been used to build a winning case.

This comprehensive seminar will also cover:

  • Reviewing your expert’s qualifications
  • Evaluating your expert’s ability to communicate
  • Background checks, as well as reference checks
  • Discoverability of written communications
  • When your expert’s opinions were formulated
  • Keeping track of materials sent to your expert
  • The difference between a consulting versus testifying expert
  • Being asked to assume facts not in evidence
  • Interpreting expert witness reports
  • Standing your ground and defending your opinions

As your expert witness goes, so does your case. A well-qualified and properly prepared expert is one of the most important things you can do to advance your client’s case.

11:20-12:20 pm AI, ChatGPT, and Comment 8 to Model Rule 1.1
Comment 8, Model Rule 1.1: To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.

40 States have adopted the duty of technology competence for lawyers, codified in Comment 8 in Model Rule 1.1 of the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct. In an age of AI, ChatGPT, legal tech boom and bust, how should the legal profession navigate the deluge of technology that is upon them? What’s real, what’s possible, and what’s hype?

12:20 – 12:30 pm Questions and Close



Professor Heidi K. Brown

Brooklyn Law School, former litigator

Professor Heidi K. Brown is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, and a former litigator in the construction industry. Heidi is the author of three books about well-being for law students and lawyers, including The Introverted Lawyer, Untangling Fear in Lawyering, and The Flourishing Lawyer: A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Performance and Well-Being. In 2021, Heidi earned a master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the 2023 Recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Well-Being in Legal Education from the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) Section on Balance and Well-Being in Legal Education.

Building on a foundation of thirty years of experience in legal practice and academia, Heidi champions the importance of openly discussing stressors, anxieties, and fears in lawyering, and helping quiet and anxious law students and lawyers tap into individual strengths to become profoundly effective advocates—in their authentic voices. Heidi’s website is

Twitter: @introvertlawyer

Instagram: @introvertedlawyer


Dr. Kira Banks

Professor of Psychology at Saint Louis University

Dr. Banks’ work has influenced the thinking of producers, executives, showrunners, actors, writers, and crews across the entertainment industry. From the inception of an idea through the finished product, Dr. Banks works with productions to ensure they are cultivating an inclusive climate. She has also contributed to children’s programming through her work with Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. In addition to helping organizations integrate equity and inclusion into their work for long-term change, she also helps organizations authentically navigate publicity crises and current events.

Dr. Banks is co-principal of The Mouse and the Elephant, a firm which develops customized curriculum for diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives. In addition to her consulting work, Dr. Banks has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed outlets, including American Psychological Association journals such as American Psychologist, Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. She has also contributed to The Harvard Business Review and popular media outlets like CNN, The Atlantic and The Guardian. Dr. Banks received her BA from Mount Holyoke College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and is currently a trustee and received her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Today, Dr. Banks’ podcast— Raising Equity —helps people develop an equity mindset at home and in the workplace.

John G. Simon

The Simon Law Firm, P.C.

John G. Simon’s work as Managing Partner at the firm has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars for past clients. Well-respected in his field, John’s career includes several published works, frequent community involvement, and the role of adjunct professor at Saint Louis University School of Law

For 30 years, John Simon has devoted himself to fighting for the victims of negligence in St. Louis and across the nation. Because of his unparalleled skill and belief in the power of the law, John has secured over 150 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million or more for his clients.  John’s conviction and passion for the law form the cornerstone of our practice. His belief in the power of hard work, persistence, and dedication allows him and his fellow attorneys to achieve incredible results. Above all, he knows that a group of committed individuals working together can accomplish great things—that’s the heart of his firm.

Kevin Miller

CEO of Legal Sifter, Inc.

Kevin Miller, CEO of LegalSifter, Inc., Kevin joined LegalSifter after nearly nine years at Industrial Scientific Corporation, a global safety company committed to ending death on the job by the end of the century. Kevin completed his tenure as Chief Operating Officer. Kevin also spent nearly six years in a variety of roles at FreeMarkets and Ariba, its acquirer, in the global sourcing and procurement software space. Kevin holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, a Master of Business Administration degree from the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Davidson College. Kevin is also a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio.


This year’s seminar is a limited seating in person and virtual event.
  • In person seating is limited to 50 seats. Live tickets are $125 each.
  • Pending approval for MO and IL CLE 4.3 hours, includes 2.0 hour of ethics and 1.0 hour of implicit bias / diversity
  • Zoom link will be sent to your email address a week prior to the seminar
  • Simon Law Firm – LIVE VIEWING – 800 Market Street, Suite 1700
  • Contact Laura Dover for donation information at (314)241.2929 or via email at

“Since 2005, we have raised nearly $400,000 for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Thank you for your continued support.” ~ John G. Simon


September’s Seminar Recording

Captured Tuesday, September 22, 2020


(PAST) – Virtual Event Details

Be sure to join us for our VIRTUAL seminar for the Hon. Richard B. Teitelman Memorial Seminar to Benefit Legal Services of Eastern Missouri on September 22, 2020 – 1 pm through 5 pm, through ZOOM.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – VIRTUALLY via the Zoom platform


1:00 – 1:05 pm Welcome and Introduction

Elizabeth Lenivy, The Simon Law Firm, P.C.

1:05 – 1:55 pm The Art and Science of Picking a Jury

John G. Simon, The Simon Law Firm, P.C.

2:00 – 3:00 pm Addressing Implicit Bias and Improving Diversity in the Practice of Law

Paige Tungate, Downey Law Group, LLC

3:05 – 3:55 pm Digging up Expert Dirt

Johnny M. Simon, The Simon Law Firm, P.C.

4:00 – 5:00 pm The Bar Plan Ethics Quiz

Whittney A. Dunn, The Bar Plan


Registration is $100 per person.

100% of all registration fees go to benefit Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM).

Gifts are encouraged.

Pending approval for MO CLE 4.4 hours, includes 1.2 hour of ethics and 1.2 hour of implicit bias/diversity

Pending approval for IL CLE 4.4 hours, includes 2.2 hours of ethics

Updated July 2020

If preferred, you can print the following form and mail or fax with payment. – Registration Form
Contact Laura Dover for donation information at (314) 214-2929 or via email at

Once you are registered you will be receiving an email with the zoom information the week prior to the event – we look forward to seeing all of you. You can register up to one hour prior to event start.

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