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​Emily A. Hartz

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Paralegal - Melanie Weaver

Emily A. Hartz joined Sloan Law Firm in an Of Counsel position in 2010.

Primarily working from our Lawrence office, Emily is a native of Illinois who joined the firm with a wealth of experience, having worked for the Shawnee County District Attorney's office prosecuting domestic violence cases during her last year of law school and, upon graduation, having opened a law office focusing on general trial practice, namely family, criminal and juvenile law.

Before Emily joined Sloan Law Firm, she also practiced law in Kansas City, Missouri as national trial counsel defending personal injury and toxic tort cases in a variety of jurisdictions throughout the country. Emily presently focuses her practice in the areas of domestic relations, mediation, conciliation, civil mediation, juvenile law, guardianships, wills, and small estates. Emily is a trained Guardian Ad Litem practicing in both juvenile and domestic courts. She is also a Supreme Court approved civil mediator and a Supreme Court approved domestic relations mediator as well as a domestic relations conciliator for high conflict domestic cases.

She is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas Women's Attorney's Association, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Counsel for Children.

Practice Areas

  • Domestic Mediation, Conciliation and Guardian ad Litem
  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Guardianships
  • Probate
  • Wills
  • Civil Mediation
  • Small Business Formation

Education

  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D. with Dean’s Honors, 2001
  • Millikin University, Bachelor of Science in Marketing Suma Cum Laude, 1998

Admissions and Certifications

  • Kansas
  • United States District Court, District of Kansas
  • Kansas Supreme Court Approved Domestic Relations Mediator
  • Kansas Supreme Court Approved Domestic Relations Case Manager
  • Guardian ad Litem

Professional Activities

  • Douglas County Domestic Mediation Project
  • Kansas Association of Counsel for Children
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas Women Attorneys Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • Defense Research Institute (past member)
  • American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association) (past member)

In the Community

  • Washburn University School of Law Adjunct Faculty teaching Domestic Violence
  • Kansas Lawyer's Assistance Program Volunteer
  • Kansas Attorney Wellness Taskforce
  • Willow Domestic Violence Center - Governance Committee Member
  • Lawrence Douglas Humane Society

Awards and Recognition

  • 2011 Recipient, Kansas Bar Association Pro Bono Certificate

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • CLE Presenter 2019 Guardian Ad Litem Training, Child Advocacy Center at Washburn Law School, Topeka in May 2019 addressing a systems overview of the process and the concept of Reasonable Efforts under the Kansas Code for the Care of Children.
  • Guest Speaker at Divorce Seminar at Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kansas, in February 2019, addressing financial distribution and considerations for settlement.
  • Guest Speaker at Child Welfare class at Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kansas, in January 2019, addressing an evaluation of reasonable efforts throughout the Child in Need of Care process from the perspectives of a parents' attorney as well as a Guardian Ad Litem under the Kansas Code for the Care of Children.
  • CLE Presenter at Domestic Case Management Training, Washburn Law School, Topeka, Kansas in December 2018, regarding Kansas Vicarious Trauma and wellness for domestic case managers.
  • Guest Speaker, Child Welfare class at Washburn Law School, Topeka, Kansas in January 2018, addressing an evaluation of reasonable efforts throughout the Child in Need of Care process and from the perspectives of a parents' attorney as well as a Guardian ad Litem under the Kansas Code for the Care of Children.
  • CLE Presenter at December 2017 Case Manager Training at Washburn Law School, Topeka, Kansas, addressing Domestic Violence and Safety Planning in Post-Decree cases.
  • Willow Domestic Violence Training on Child in Need of Care process and procedures for staff and volunteers, November 2016.
  • CLE Presenter at July 2015 Kansas Women's Attorneys Association Conference in Lindsborg, Kansas on Reasonable Efforts under the Kansas Code for the Care of Children from the perspective of a parents' attorney.
  • CLE Presenter for May 2015 Kansas Bar Association GAL Webinar Series on Reasonable Efforts under the Kansas Code for the Care of Children from the perspective of a parents' attorney.
  • CLEK Presenter at January 2015 GAL Training at Washburn Law School on Reasonable Efforts under the Kansas Code for the Care of Children from the perspective of a GAL.
  • "Reasonable Efforts: We Know It When We See It?" Presented at Children and Parents in Need of Care: Constitutional Rights and Reasonable Efforts, Washburn University School of Law Continuing Legal Education, Topeka, Kansas, September 12, 2014
  • CLE Presenter at August 2014 Case Manager Training at Washburn Law School on the topic of choosing between a parent coordinator, Guardian ad Litem or Case Manager in high conflict domestic cases.
  • "Marriage and Family Stability: Promising Interventions" (with Bethany Roberts). Presented at Kansas Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect, November 2013
  • "Navigating Domestic Court Options for High Conflict Families." Presented at Kansas Legal Services Children’s Advocacy Resource Center Guardian ad Litem Training, Lawrence, Kansas, December 14, 2012
  • CLE Presenter at October 2012 Kansas Legal Services Family Law Training, Topeka, Kansas, on the topic of modifying parenting plans and the statutory requirements and case law interpretations under K.S.A. Chapter 23.
  • CLE Presenter at August 2012 Case Manager Training at Washburn Law School, Topeka, Kansas, on the topic of modifying parenting plans and the statutory requirements and case law interpretations under K.S.A. Chapter 23.

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