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Meet the Deposition Skills Faculty

The Deposition Skills Workshop teaches students the art of taking and defending depositions. This intensive simulation workshop is one of several offered through the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Trial Advocacy. Below, meet the faculty for the 2019 workshop.

Sarah Lynn Baltzell, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

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Sarah’s practice focuses on complex litigation and appellate matters. Since joining Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Tort Section, she has assisted regional, national and multinational clients with products liability, property damage, employment discrimination, insurance coverage disputes, and consumer fraud cases. In this capacity, Sarah has managed all phases of litigation, including discovery, expert witnesses and dispositive motions, as well as trial. She has also represented these clients at the appellate level in state and federal courts, handling amicus briefs, extraordinary writs, appeals, and oral arguments.

Sarah currently represents multiple motor fuel refiners and retailers in multidistrict consumer-fraud class action litigation and recently obtained summary judgment in favor of these clients on a civil conspiracy claim. She also serves as national counsel handling all phases of litigation in products liability matters for a Fortune 50 company under an alternative fee structure.

She has also represented the Kansas City Missouri School District and its former superintendent in a retaliation case brought under the Missouri Human Rights Act at the trial and appellate level. She has also handled discovery, motion practice and settlement negotiations for a major automotive manufacturer in its warranty cases; prepared scientific and medical defense experts for a toxic tort trial involving an animal health company; and drafted amicus and merits briefs to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

This is Sarah's fourth year serving as a Workshop faculty member.

Amii Castle, KU Law

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Amii Castle teaches electronic discovery at KU’s law school and business law at KU’s business school. Castle brings knowledge from private practice and unique perspectives from the federal bench. Since graduating law school in 1997, Castle served as a law clerk for three federal judges: Judge Pasco M. Bowman, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; District Judge Carlos Murguia, District of Kansas; and Chief Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara, District of Kansas. In addition to clerking, Castle practiced law in the private sector at both plaintiff and defense firms, specializing in commercial and class-action litigation in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

This is Amii's second year serving as a Workshop faculty member.

Mitch Chaney, McGinnis Lochridge, Austin, Texas

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A seasoned litigator, Mitchell Chaney's practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation. His career, spanning over 30 years, includes trying cases on both the federal and state level for leading manufacturers of automotive products, ATVs, firearms and other product liability cases in South Texas. Additionally, Mitchell has tried railroad crossing cases as well as legal malpractice cases on the defense side. Before joining McGinnis Lochridge he was a partner in his own firm in Brownsville, Texas and was the managing partner of his firm from 2009-2015.

Mitchell has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer, a Thomson Reuters service, since 2004 and has been listed in Best Lawyers© since 2009. This is his ninth year serving as a Workshop faculty member.

Stan Davis, Stan Davis Consulting

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Stan has represented businesses, professional people, and educational institutions in court in a wide variety of commercial, business and toxic tort, products liability, environmental, employment and regulatory disputes.

Stan retired from Shook, Hardy & Bacon, where he was a member of the firm's Executive Committee and served as chair of SHB's Business Litigation Section, comprising over 90 lawyers in all of SHB's national offices. He also served as coordinator of SHB's Professional Development Program, which includes trial, deposition, negotiation and other practice skills programs for lawyers at all stages of their careers. Stan has designed and implemented professional development programs for many national and international law firms and has taught in over 200 external skills courses.

Business Litigation - Has handled cases for businesses across the country at both trial and appeal. Cases have centered on such issues as business torts, contract claims, qui tam actions, franchise disputes, insurance coverage and bad faith, commercial leases, products liability, product recalls, consumer fraud and regulatory compliance.

Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation - Has represented clients in claims involving personal injury from exposure to environmental toxins, damages to natural resources, and environmental cost recovery.

Employment and Education Law Litigation - Has represented employers in claims of discrimination based on age, gender, national origin, religion, race, sexual preference and disability. Under Stan's guidance and based on his years of teaching, the firm provides litigation and counseling representation to over 30 institutions of higher education in Missouri and Kansas.

This is Stan's ninth year serving as a Workshop faculty member.

Jennifer Harrison, University of Kansas School of Business

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Jennifer Harrison lectures in business law and serves as coordinator of the business law curriculum at KU’s School of Business. Jennifer was raised in Ulysses, Kansas, and received her B.A. from KU in Philosophy and Political Science. She earned her JD at Harvard Law School, where she co-authored a book on tort law with Prof. Jonathan Zittrain. Before returning to KU in 2015, she practiced as a litigator in Faegre Baker Daniels LLP’s Denver office for more than a decade. At Faegre, Jennifer litigated a broad range of business disputes—from contract law and trade secret misappropriation to insurance and banking cases. She enjoyed working with clients ranging very small enterprises to very large business, insurance, and financial institutions.

This is Jennifer's second year serving as a Workshop faculty member.

Chuck Marvine, Deputy Director & Regional Administrator, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Division of Enforcement, Kansas City, Missouri Regional Office

Chuck Marvine is a Deputy Director in the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement. He supervises teams of attorneys and investigators who investigate and prosecute alleged violations of federal commodities laws. Chuck is also the Regional Administrator for the CFTC’s Kansas City, Missouri office. In that role, he serves as the principal advisor to the Commission and staff on regional issues that cut across CFTC Division lines and as the Commission’s official liaison in dealing with other agencies, the industry, and the general public. Chuck joined the CFTC in 2004 and served as a trial attorney and chief trial attorney prior to his current roles.

Chuck has degrees in accounting, business administration and law from the University of Kansas. He clerked for the Honorable Pasco M. Bowman, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Before joining the CFTC, Chuck practiced law with the Kansas City, Missouri law firms of Stinson, Mag & Fizzell and Berkowitz Feldmiller. His practice focused primarily on commercial litigation, with an emphasis in accounting malpractice, securities litigation, antitrust, and appellate work.

This will be Chuck's eleventh year serving as a Workshop faculty member.

Rob McCully, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Rob graduated from KU Law in 1985, having previously earned a Computer Science degree from Kansas State University in 1982. Rob has a wide variety of trial and litigation experience, including practicing as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force (criminal prosecution and defense), as a member of Shook’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Practice (products liability litigation), as senior litigation counsel for Koch Industries, the country's second-largest privately held corporation (environmental, commercial, and compliance litigation and issues from the in-house perspective), and now as a member of Shook’s Business Litigation Section, where he heads the firm’s Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance practice group. His experience ranges from government enforcement matters, to commercial and complex litigation, to environmental and products liability litigation.

Rob has represented companies in responding to administrative, civil and criminal investigations by federal and state governments, as well as representation of companies in connection with congressional inquiries and investigations. He has represented companies in diverse types of commercial and complex litigation and served as lead counsel in the then-largest Clean Water Act case ever filed by the U.S. Department of Justice. Rob was lead counsel for numerous farm cooperatives in groundwater contamination cases. He served as lead counsel in a federal class action matter alleging loss of fishing/shrimping habitats due to an oil spill and represented pharmaceutical companies in nationwide defense of cases involving allegedly defective products.

Rob and his wife, Stacey, have four children and five grandchildren. In his spare time, Rob enjoys backpacking in Colorado and makes annual missions trips to India.

This will be Rob's second year serving as a Workshop faculty member.

Shon Qualseth, Office of the Attorney General of Kansas

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Shon Qualseth serves as Assistant Attorney General/Senior Trial Counsel for the Attorney General of Kansas. His role involves defending the State of Kansas, its agencies, and its employees against civil tort claims and defending the State in actions regarding the constitutionality of state legislation. Prior to his role with the Attorney General's office, Shon served as Shareholder at Thompson Ramsdell Qualseth & Warner, P.A., where his practice focused primarily on civil litigation, including construction litigation, fair housing, bodily injury, real estate, employment discrimination and creditors’ rights. Shon has successfully tried several jury and bench trials in northeast Kansas counties. He also advises businesses on employment matters, as well as contractual and other commercial issues.

Shon is a graduate of South Dakota State University (B.S. 1993) and the University of Kansas School of Law (J.D. 1997). He is admitted to the Kansas Bar, and to practice in the U.S. District Court of Kansas and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. At KU, Shon was a staff member for the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy in 1995-96 and an editor in 1996-97. Shon is a past Board member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, and he is a member of the Judge Hugh Means American Inn of Court and the Defense Research Institute. Shon authored Your House Is My Castle – Or Is It? A Guide To Housing Discrimination Law, Kansas Defense Journal (Fall 2007). He was also a presenter of a continuing legal education program for the Douglas County Bar Association, “Facebook Ethics,” (September, 2010); and a presenter for a community education program at the Lawrence Public Library, “My Child Just Got A Driver’s License ... Now What? Legal Concerns For New Drivers and Their Parents,” (June, 2005; and June, 2006). Shon has volunteered for the Douglas County United Way Campaign and serves on the Grant Review Board for the City of Lawrence. Shon also is a past president and of the Lawrence Central Rotary club.

This will be Shon's eleventh year serving as a Workshop faculty member.

Joyce Rosenberg, KU Law

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Joyce Rosenberg graduated from the KU School of Law in 1996. While in law school, she served as editor-in-chief of the Kansas Law Review. She enjoyed an extensive practice in labor and employment law with several Kansas City firms. She joined the law faculty in 2005 as an instructor in the Lawyering program. She currently teaches Lawyering Skills and the Externship Clinic.

This will be Joyce's eleventh year serving as a Workshop faculty member.

Suzanne Valdez, KU Law

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Prior to joining the KU Law faculty in 1999, Suzanne Valdez was an attorney with Kansas Legal Services in Kansas City, Kan. Suzanne graduated from the KU School of Law in 1996. She was a member of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, a research and teaching assistant, a participant in the Legal Aid Clinic, and winner of a Foulston & Siefkin Excellence in Appellate Advocacy Award and the 1996 Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award. An outstanding teacher, Suzanne was the recipient of the 2000 and 2015 Immel Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2002 Moreau Award for commitment to advising students.

The Deposition Skills Workshop is Suzanne's brainchild, which she created in order to give KU Law students exposure to more practical legal skills. She serves as the Workshop administrator, classroom component instructor, and as Workshop faculty. While serving on the KU Law faculty full time, Suzanne also maintains a part-time private practice focusing on civil litigation.

Marie Woodbury, Shook, Hardy & Bacon (Retired)

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Throughout her 35-year career with Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Marie prepared and tried complex and mass tort litigation, specializing in the defense of products liability claims involving pharmaceutical and medical device companies. She handled litigation in state and federal courts nationwide, advised Fortune 500 companies on defense strategies, and argued appeals in state and federal appellate courts. Marie served as division managing partner for a 100-lawyer practice group, managing strategic planning, personnel, budgeting and marketing issues.

Marie is the past chair of the SHB Search Committee and past chair of the SHB Professional Development Committee. In addition, she was actively involved in the firm’s diversity efforts and organized and chaired the SHB Women’s Management Council to address specific issues related to retention and development of women attorneys. She currently serves as chair of the UMKC Chancellor’s Advisory Board for the Women’s Center and is actively involved with the ACLU of Kansas.

Marie received KU Law's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017. She was named a Best Lawyer in America from 2018-16, a Missouri Super Lawyer from 2005-2016, and a Top 50 Kansas & Missouri Women Super Lawyer from 2015-16. In 2008, the Kansas City Business Journal recognized Marie as one of 25 "Women Who Mean Business" for her career accomplishments and her contributions to the success of other women in the community.

This is Marie's eighth year serving as a Workshop faculty member.