From the very beginning, EBI has incorporated professionals with expertise in labor and employment law as well as the practitioners who actually work with the employee benefits at their particular company. By incorporating both attorneys who specialize in ERISA as well as the company executives and HR personnel impacted by the provisions of ERISA, the group has maintained the balance between academia and practical application allowing them to become the premier resource for employee benefits in the Midwest. What started through the UMKC CLE program has expanded to work with other law schools throughout the area, including Creighton University and Drake University. With regional workshops held in Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma and throughout Kansas and Missouri, the focus is truly regional in scope.