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Jessica Szenher, 501-413-9212

Beth Deere, UMFA Board Chair and U.S. Magistrate Judge in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (July 5, 2018) – United Methodist attorneys in Arkansas are invited to attend the annual Lawyers Conference Sept. 19 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Little Rock. Financial sponsor is the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas, and there is no cost to attend the full-day event.

“Bill Waddell began this conference in 2008, and largely through his efforts, it has grown to be an annual event that attorneys throughout the state look forward to,” said Beth Deere, UMFA Board Chair and U.S. Magistrate Judge in Little Rock. “I’ve attended every conference, and I’ve always learned something new. Presentations at the conference provide legal updates as well as information about resources available to lawyers through the Foundation to better serve their local United Methodist churches and their clients.”

Lawyers Conference sessions help lawyers understand how to best apply the Discipline and handle issues and roadblocks they may face in helping their local churches. Fellowship among the attorneys who participate creates valuable relationships and builds community. In addition to earning free CLEs, lawyers gain confidence in their ability to help their local churches and develop resources to call upon if they need help during the year.

“Part of an attorney’s job is to counsel clients about financial and estate planning. I’ll be making a presentation this year about tools the United Methodist Foundation offers to help lawyers in advising their clients about effective ways to leave legacies to local churches or other United Methodist institutions,” Deere said.

For registration information, UM lawyers may email Haley Klein at hklein@umfa.org or call 501-664-8632 before the Sept. 12 deadline. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be awarded to those who attend.

The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages $165 million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local churches and United Methodist ministries. UMFA is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, the Foundation is responsible for over 800 funds that support United Methodist ministries.