CLE Speakers

Prof. Rodney J. Uphoff was the first Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Missouri, where he also served as the associate dean of academic affairs for three years. Before joining the MU faculty in 2001, Uphoff taught at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he served as a professor and director of clinical legal education and ran a criminal defense clinic for 10 years. From 1984 to 1988, he directed a criminal clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Before becoming a law professor, Uphoff was a public defender from 1978-1984, including service as the chief staff attorney of the Milwaukee Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender.

Uphoff has written numerous articles on criminal defense practice, the delivery of indigent defense services and ethical issues facing those involved in the criminal justice system. In 1995, he edited a book for the American Bar Association, Ethical Problems Facing the Criminal Defense Lawyer.

In 1995, Uphoff was appointed by Gov. Frank Keating to the Oklahoma Indigent System Board, which oversees the operation of Oklahoma’s system for delivering defense services in all counties except for Tulsa and Oklahoma County. He currently is a member of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Criminal Procedure Committee.

Uphoff was one of four attorneys appointed to represent Terry Nichols in Oklahoma state court. Nichols was convicted of 161 murders based on the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995, but did not receive the death penalty. 


John Lynch is a former law-enforcement officer who now runs a growing law practice  with locations in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.  Mr. Lynch’s law enforcement experiences is comprised of several years working as a police investigator and federal drug task force agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.  This experience, paired with his legal degree from St. Louis University School of Law, allows Mr. Lynch to provide a unique and candid perspective for people charged with a full range of criminal activities. His practice includes federal criminal defense, DUI/DWI defense, drug possession defense and white-collar crime defense.  In this capacity, Mr. Lynch has secured acquittals in a multitude of criminal trials throughout the country.
Mr. Lynch has been invited to speak at Washington University regarding gun ownership rights, women’s rights and the associated legislative process.  Mr. Lynch has also lectured for Lindenwood and St. Louis Universities, the Missouri Bar, Lorman and MACDL on a wide-array of topics including constitutional law - search and seizure, cross examination, community policing, federal and state drug laws, and methamphetamine/drug production production.  He is also featured in many media publications.  Mr. Lynch concentrates in the areas of Federal and State Criminal Defense, Misdemeanor, Traffic/DWI and General Civil Litigation. With prior law enforcement experience as a police investigator and federal drug task force agent, Mr. Lynch provides a unique and candid legal perspective for those charged with the full myriad of criminal activities; from the inherently complex felony such as a white collar offense or criminal drug conspiracy, to routine traffic offenses and other ordinance violations.



Professor Thomas Stewart, Director of Trial Advocacy, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law.

Professor Stewart joined the full time teaching faculty at Saint Louis University School of law in August of 2009, where he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law for thirteen years. Professor Stewart teaches in the fields of Trial Advocacy, Evidence and Torts. Prior to joining the faculty full time, Professor Stewart was a trial lawyer representing both plaintiffs and defendants in products liability, medical negligence, and toxic torts cases.  Tom is a past recipient of the Missouri Bar’s Lon O. Hocker Award for excellence in trial advocacy, and he is a past President of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA).  Tom has been a guest lecturer and taught trial advocacy for The National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and Missouri Bar’s Trial College. Tom is on the teaching faculty for The Missouri Judicial College where he gives an update on Missouri Evidence for the Missouri Judiciary each year. In addition, Tom is a founding member and officer in The Theodore McMillan American Inn of Court. Professor Stewart is a coauthor of the book Missouri Evidentiary Foundations (Juris, 2012). 



Herschella G. Conyers 
Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the-Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic University of Chicago Law School

Herschella Conyers received her BA from the College and her JD from the Law School at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the law school Professor Conyers served as an assistant public defender, supervisor and deputy chief in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office in Chicago.  Professor Conyers teaches trial skills throughout the country and is on faculty at the National Criminal Defense College where she also serves as a board member. 


MACDL Webinars

Missouri Supreme Court New Pretrial Release Rules
Featuring the Honorable Brent Powell
When: August 7, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $40.00
Register: Online
CLE: 1 credit hour

Featuring Souder Tate
When: September 20, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $40.00
Register: Online
CLE: 1 credit hour

Taking on a Juvenile Case 101
Featuring Sarah Johnson
When: September 27, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $40.00
Register: Online
CLE: 1 credit hour


It's More Than Just Time: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Client from the Repercussions of Criminal Charge
When: Friday, October 11, 2019
Where: Camden on the Lake
Hotel: room block ends September 12, 2019
Register: Online
Paper Form: click here to print
CLE Speakers include: Ken Schwartz, Sarah Johnson, Danny Farroll, Michelle Monahan, Michael Sharma-Crawford, Jason Ludwig, & Blake Markus

MACDL Board Calendar

  • October 10, 2019- Camden on the Lake, Lake Ozark, MO 
  • January 2020- TBD
  • April 30, 2020- Branson Convention Center 
  • July 8, 2020-Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, MO
  • October 2020 TBD 
Be sure to RSVP to MACDL if you plan to attend.

CLE Calendar

MACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in Missouri.  In addition, MACDL  may apply for Kansas CLE credit.  Hours for each state will be identified at Seminar. 


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