Division of Legal Services in Jefferson City Trial Attorney

Department of Social Services, Division of Legal Services has as opening in its Litigation Section, located in the Jefferson City, Missouri Office. The position provides legal advice to the Department of Social Services and its divisions for the central region of the State of Missouri. Majority of caseload involves active representation of Children’s Division in child protection cases. Candidate must currently be licensed in Missouri. Overnight travel required. Experience in juvenile, family and administrative law preferred. Litigation experience preferred. Excellent research and writing skills are required. This position qualifies for full benefits. For more information: The deadline to apply is January 2, 2018. Submit the DSS Application https://dss.mo.gov/hrc/pdf/mo886-1315.pdf, a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and three references via email to: DLS.ReferralsJC@dss.mo.gov, or Department of Social Services/Division of Legal Services Shannon Mills P.O. Box 1527, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1527 Or Email: Shannon.Mills@dss.mo.gov.

Temporary Public Defender Position Open with City of Columbia

The City of Columbia has the position of Temporary Public Defender open until it is filled. Perform the duties of a Public Defender for City of Columbia for the Community Support Docket, who are often homeless or veterans. The goal of this docket is to match available services in the community, so that defendants are less likely to come back to municipal court. The Public Defender will protect the legal rights of the defendant while finding creative and innovative solutions that lead to more potential positive outcomes for both the defendant and society.

For more information, or to begin your application, click on this link: https://www.gocomojobs.com/postings/17434.

Applications for Family Court Mediators Now Being Accepted

The 13th Judicial Circuit is now accepting applications for their 2018 list of Court Approved Family Court Mediators. Supreme Court of Missouri Rule 88.05 requires a mediator in a contested child custody matter to be an attorney or to possess graduate degree in a field that includes the study of psychiatry, psychology, social work, counseling or other behavioral science substantially related to marriage and family interpersonal relationships. This rule also mandates that a mediator has received a minimum of 20 hours of child custody mediation training in a program approved by the court. Local Court Rule 68.16(C) requires mediators to obtain an additional 6 hours of mediation-related training every two years, using The Missouri Bar’s reporting period.

Applicants must submit an application form and certificate of completion of hours taken. Please submit your completed application by December 29, 2017 to Cindy Garrett, Deputy Court Administrator, 13th Judicial Circuit, Boone County Courthouse, 705 E. Walnut St., Columbia, MO 65201. Application forms are available by calling Cindy at 886-4059 or e-mailing her at Cindy.L.Garrett@courts.mo.gov, or by clicking on the link found here (on the web version of this Newsletter; not on archived version).

Mid-Missouri Legal Services – CoMoGives Campaign

DID YOU KNOW? Mid-Missouri Legal Services is one of 114 local agencies participating in the 2017 CoMoGives Campaign during the month of December, 2017. You can make a tax-deductible gift to MMLS by credit card on the CoMoGives website [ www.comogives.org ] between now and 11:59:59 p.m. CST on December 31, 2017.  MMLS will send letters to all donors, acknowledging the amount of their gifts for tax-related purposes. Thank you for your support!

Attorneys Needed January 12-13 for Mock Trial Tournaments

Columbia College and the Board of Advocates at the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School will host the Mid-Missouri Mock Trial Invitational tournament on Friday, January 12th and Saturday, January 13th 2018. This is a four round, two day tournament which is limited to 28 teams. The tournament hosts need attorneys to serve as Judges for this four round Tournament, which serves as a competitive forum for teams to earn bids to the National Championship tournament. Judges will score a printed ballot with established criteria and rule on evidentiary objections governed by an evidence code similar to the Federal Rules of Evidence.

There are 28 teams from Colleges in the region attending this event. This year’s case is a criminal case, with a fact pattern involving an attempted homicide. Judges are needed for any and all of the rounds, which begin at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Food and ample non- alcoholic beverages will be provided. Those interested in Judging or in need of further information may contact Professor Barry Langford at Columbia College brlangford@ccis.edu (573-875-7484). Further information about intercollegiate Mock trial may be obtained at http://www.collegemocktrial.org.

New Members


Kirsten Dunham, Mid-Missouri Legal Services, 1201 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203, phone: 573-442-0116, email: dunhamk@mmls.org Practice Areas: Consumer Law.

Heather K. Ford, Mid-Missouri Legal Services, 1201 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203, phone: 573-442-0116, email: fordh@mmls.org Practice Areas: Family Law, specializes in family law cases involving domestic and/or sexual violence.

Robin Winn, Winn Law Firm, 1407 Paris Rd, Unit O, Columbia, MO 65201, phone: 314-335-0067, email: attorneyrobinwinn@gmail.com. Practice Areas: Civil Litigation-Plaintiff, Civil Ligation-Defense, Criminal Defense, General Practice.