Boone County Bar Association

The Boone County Bar Association, Inc. is a voluntary association of lawyers and judges who practice and/or reside in Boone County, Missouri. It is incorporated as a Missouri not-for-profit corporation. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Aug. 9, 2017 – Regular Monthly BCBA Meeting

A regular monthly meeting of the Boone County Bar Association will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at The Broadway. RSVP here (between July 30 and Aug. 4).

Professor James Levin with the MU Law School will present a program titled “Effective Use of Mediation in Your Practice”  (1.2 hour CLE credit approved).


Aug. 18, 2017 – Marla Gunn Retirement Party

After 37 years of service, Marla Gunn will be retiring. Marla has served as the Secretary to the Presiding Judge to Judges Conley, Hamilton, Oxenhandler and Asel. In that position, she has seen a number of significant changes both to the bench and the physical courthouse in Boone County. Marla was hired as the Jury Supervisor in March 2014. Join Marla at her retirement party on Friday August 18 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. in the Boone County Jury Assembly Room. There will be a formal presentation at 3:30 p.m.

If you would like to make a donation towards a group gift, please contact Susan Tatters at 573-886-4067. Also, please let anyone else know who may want to attend. A copy of the Invitation can be found here.

Aug. 21, 2017 – Boone County Court House Closing (Solar Eclipse)

On Monday August 21st from 12 p.m. till 2 p.m. the Boone County Court House will be closed for the Solar Eclipse, afternoon dockets will also begin this day at 2:30 p.m.


Sept. 8, 2017 – Retirement Reception for Judge Christine Carpenter

      Circuit Judge Christine Carpenter announced her retirement date will be August 31, 2017, her last working day. She was first sworn in as a judicial officer on September 1, 1999. Judge Carpenter’s statutorily mandated retirement date is October 19, 2017. She plans to continue to be available to serve as a senior judge. Judge Carpenter and her family will host a retirement reception from 5-8 p.m. at the Riechmann Pavilion at Stephens Park in Columbia, on September 8, 2017.

      Judge Carpenter first was appointed to the bench by the 13th Circuit Court en Banc as a Drug Court Commissioner. At that time, the new Drug Court program had about 20 participants. Under her leadership, the 13th Circuit developed an additional Drug Court in Callaway County as well as DWI Courts in both Boone and Callaway counties. Boone County started a Mental Health Court in 2003, and a Veterans Treatment Court in 2013. More than 1,400 participants have successfully completed those programs.

In 2001, Judge Carpenter was appointed to a newly created associate circuit judge position, Division IX, by Governor Bob Holden. She was re-elected to that position three times. In 2010, Governor Jay Nixon appointed Judge Carpenter to fill the vacancy as circuit judge, Division I, after the retirement of Judge Gene Hamilton. She was subsequently elected to that position. Judge Carpenter served as the Presiding Judge of the 13th Circuit from January 30, 2015 to January 31, 2017.

Throughout her tenure on the bench, Judge Carpenter has been a leader in both Missouri and the U.S. in the field of recovery courts. She presided over the various treatment courts as well as maintaining an active trial docket in both civil and criminal cases. She served on the Board of Missouri Association of Treatment Court Professionals and has been a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Treatment Courts since it was created in 2007. Judge Carpenter is a faculty member of the National Drug Court Institute and the National Judicial College. The Boone County Drug Court was selected as a National Mentor Court for three years under her supervision.

Judge Carpenter is married to Attorney Joe Bindbeutel and they have four sons. She was formerly in private practice in both Boone and St. Louis counties and worked in the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office. She is a 1980 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law and has B.A. in art history and archaeology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Sept. 22, 2017 – Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic and Annual Meeting (DATE CHANGE)!!!!

The 2017 Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic and Annual Meeting will take place on Friday, Sept. 22, at the Dexheimer Shelter at Cosmos Park. A social hour will begin about 5 p.m., followed by dinner about 6 p.m. BCBA officers for 2017-18 will be elected during a brief business meeting.

Smoked ribeye, bratwurst, hot dogs and traditional side dishes will be served, along with beverages including beer, wine and soft drinks.

Jim Butcher organized our annual picnic for many years before his untimely death in the late 1980s. After his death, the event was renamed the Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic in his honor, and we have invited his widow Joan to attend as our guest every year since. Mrs. Butcher has graciously accepted our invitation to attend again this year.

The Picnic Committee includes Mark Langworthy, Chair, Stan Clay, Judge Mark Pfeiffer, Josh Oxenhandler, Christina Devine, Gretchen Yancey, Lisa Key, Jason Simmons, Christina McCartney, Sander Sowers, Carlyle Foley and Norman Lampton.

The picnic is free to all members and their families/significant others. This year, as the picnic draws near, RSVPs will be requested to help the Picnic Committee plan the perfect event.

Oct. 9, 2017 – 11th Annual Chippin’ in for Charity Golf Tournament

 Annual Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament Set for October 9th. The 11th annual Chipping in for Charity golf tournament organized by the Community Involvement Committee is scheduled for Monday, October 9, 2017 (Columbus Day – a court holiday). This year’s tournament will be held at Gustin Golf Course, 18 East Stadium Boulevard.  Net proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Mid-Missouri Legal Services, which plans to use the funds for its Veterans Law Project.

The tournament is a four-person scramble format, open to both lawyers and non-lawyers.  The entry fee is $125/person and $500/team, which includes green fees, range privileges, cart, lunch, beverages (beer, soda, water), post-tournament reception at Truman’s Bar & Grill, etc.  Prizes will be awarded to winning teams and for various on-course games and contests.  There will also be hole-in-one prizes.

The registration deadline for the tournament is Monday, September 25th. To make the tournament a success and raise as much money as possible, sponsorships and prize donations for the tournament are needed.  Attached is the sponsor information letter, the listing of the sponsorship opportunities, and the flyer to register for the tournament.  Please contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or to sign up, donate, participate, and arrange sponsorships. You may also download the registration flyer from the BCBA website

The golf tournament has raised $95,091.77 for charity since its inception thanks to the many donors, participants, and sponsors.  The Committee is excited to be in a position to eclipse the $100,000.00 mark this year! The Committee would like to thank the following businesses that have already committed to sponsor this year’s tournament: Ace Sponsor: Lear Werts LLP; Eagle Sponsors: Midwest Litigation Services, The Bar Plan, Allen & Nelson, P.C., Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council; Birdie Sponsors: GilsbarPro; Hospitality Sponsor: Truman’s Bar & Grill.