Time to Pay 2019 Dues

Lawyers and firms wishing to expense 2019 BCBA dues in 2018 may send $50/lawyer dues to Treasurer Dan Beckett at Boone County Bar Association, 705 E. Walnut, Columbia, MO 65201. Make checks payable to “Boone County Bar Association.” Dues become payable January 1, and members will be removed from the rolls if they have not paid dues by April 1, 2019. Dues are waived for members who have reached 75 years of age or have been licensed for 50 years. Please provide the 2019 Boone County Bar Association Dues Payment/Waiver Form with your payment or exemption. This is especially important if you would like your areas of practice listed with your name in the Membership Directory. On the form, each attorney may list up to two areas of practice. The form can be found at https://boonecountybar.org/dues/.

BCBA Holiday Party set for Wednesday, December 12

Our next group activity will be the BCBA Holiday Party, which will be held at the Country Club of Missouri (off Forum Blvd.) Wednesday, December 12, from 6-8 p.m. The event will begin at 6:00 pm with a social hour (drinks and appetizers provided) cash bar for mixed drinks, with a buffet dinner featuring Maple Brined Pork Loin with Apple Jus and Peppered Beef Medallions with Raspberry demi-glace beginning at 7:15 pm. There is also a vegan option if requested at the time of your RSVP.

The bestowment of the BCBA’s 4th Annual “Distinguished Professional” Award and “Outstanding Service” Award also will be presented.

RSVP: Cost will be $25 per person and RSVP’s will be required. To reserve your spot for this meeting, click on the RSVP button on the Boone County Bar’s Website home page, or use this link: https://boonecountybar.org/rsvp/ by Noon, Wednesday, December 5. RSVP’s are important for this meeting so management at CCMO can prepare sufficient food and seating. You can mail your payment to Boone County Bar Association, 705 E. Walnut, Columbia, MO 65201, or you can pay at the door. Please Note: If you RSVP but end up not being able to come, we will still need for you to pay since the BCBA will have to pay the Country Club based on the number who made reservations. You can review the invite here. Country Club of Missouri Event Center and parking information can be found here.

The Young Lawyer’s Committee Holiday Lunch December 20

Thursday, December 20, at 11:45 a.m. The Young Lawyer’s Committee will meet for its annual holiday lunch gathering at the Barred Owl, 47 East Broadway, Columbia. Those attending are asked to bring a gag/white elephant gift for the always entertaining gift exchange. Please RSVP by December 18 at 12:00 p.m. to Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or by email. The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council has generously sponsored this event so food and drink will be provided while funds last.

Mid-Missouri Mock Trial Invitational Tournament January 25-27

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 25 through Sunday January 27 2019. We began hosting AMTA events in 1999 and we look forward to our 21st year of hosting. This is a four round, three-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 civil case, with a fact pattern involving negligence. Judges are needed for any and all of the rounds, which begin Friday at 6:00pm; 9:00am and 2:00pm on Saturday; and 9:30 am on Sunday. 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 via email or call (573-875-7484). Further information about intercollegiate Mock trial may be obtained at http://www.collegemocktrial.org

 

Other News

By order of the Presiding Judge, the 13th Circuit Court will be closed on Monday, December 24.

 

Effective January 1, 2019, Division XI, Judge-elect Tracy Gonzalez will be hearing the court dockets currently assigned to Division XI, Judge Devine. Judge-elect Stephanie Morrell, Division XI, will be hearing the court dockets currently assigned to Division IX, Judge Bradley. Therefore, Judge-elect Tracy Gonzalez will be hearing the cases of Landlord Tenants, Criminal Dockets, Bond Forfeitures, Civil Returns and Trials, and DUR/DUS. Judge-elect Stephanie Morrell will be hearing the cases of Probate, DWI/DOR, Criminal Dockets, and the Centralia Municipal Docket. For the rest of 2018, any cases being heard by Judge Devine and Judge Bradley will remain set in their division as effective January 1, 2019, the computer system will automatically move cases assigned to Judge Devine to Judge-elect Gonzalez, and cases assigned to Judge Bradley will automatically be assigned to Judge-elect Morrell. Please feel free to contact Christy Blakemore, Sherry Seiling, Mary Epping or Cindy Garrett if you have any questions or concerns.

On Saturday November 17, 2018, Gary and Christine Stamper earned silver medals at the 36th Annual Tour of Tucson. The 102-mile bike races weaves through and around the city of Tucson, which is surrounded by 5 mountain ranges, three of which rise over 9,000 feet.

The 13th Circuit Associate Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule, effective November 30, 2018, The 13th Circuit Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule, effective November 9, 2018 has been uploaded to the website and can be found at https://boonecountybar.org/docket-schedules/.

OTHER NEWS

Columbia Family Law Group LLC announces that Aaron McClintic has joined the firm. Aaron is originally from mid-Missouri and has moved back to Columbia after practicing as an attorney at Legal Aid of Western Missouri in their family law division. Aaron will be handling a variety of matters including guardianships, divorce, custody and child support. He will also be serving as Guardian ad Litem. He and his wife have two children and she is employed by the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The in-coming Vice President would like to welcome any input from the Bar members for potential CLE programs that may be of interest to the members for the 2019 year.

The Boone County Counsel Chambers have been relocated from the 2nd floor by the clerk’s office to the 3rd floor by the Ceremonial Courtroom, currently marked “Grand Jury Room.” The may be periodically still be used as for Grand Jury purposes, but there will be signs indicating if it is not available.

Mid-Missouri Legal Services is reviewing its Judicare (reduced fee panel) reimbursement rate and the case hour maximums for several case types. MMLS is asking for attorneys to fill out a fee review form if interested in helping them adjust their fee accordingly. The review form and be found here. Those who fill out the form are asked to send their response by email here, or if you prefer, mail the review form to Susan Lutton, Executive Director, Mid-Missouri Legal Services, 1201 West Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203 All responses will be kept confidential. Thank you in advance.

The 13th Circuit is seeking attorneys interested in taking Juvenile cases at a flat fee rate. Those interested should contact Cindy Garrett at 573-886-4059.

 

NEW MEMBERS

Williams, Alesha, Missouri State Public Defender, 1000 W. Nifong, Columbia MO, 65203, phone: 573-777-9977, email: alesha.williams@mspd.mo.gov, Practice Area: Criminal Defense

Greaves, Drew, Supreme Court of Missouri, 207 W. High Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101, phone: 573-526-6232, email: drew.greaves@courts.mo.gov, Practice Areas: Government. Drew is a Columbia Native. He graduated from Hickman High School in 2010 and went to college at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Drew received his law degree from UMKC, graduation this past May. Drew currently serves as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Judge Brent Powell on the Supreme Court of Missouri. While in law school, Drew worked as a research assistant to Professor Nancy Levit and as managing Editor of UMKC Law Review. Drew also has interned with Legal Aide of Western Missouri and the Governmental Affairs Division of the Missouri Attorney General’s office.

Next BCBA Meeting Scheduled for November 14

The next scheduled event for Boone County Bar Association members will be the regular BCBA meeting, Wednesday, November 14. We will have speakers from the Attorney General’s office and the MU School of Law. The CLE program has been approved for 1.2 hours of CLE credits.

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. the Broadway Hotel, 1111 E. Broadway. The presentation will begin about noon. A business meeting will precede the program. Lunch will be $14, with checks made out to BCBA. There is metered parking available in the covered lot next to the hotel.

RSVP: To reserve your spot for this meeting, click on the RSVP button on the Boone County Bar’s website home page, or use this link: https://boonecountybar.org/rsvp/ by 4:30 P.M., Friday, November 9. If you RSVP for the lunch and do not attend, you will be expected to pay the ticket price anyway because the BCBA will have be charged based on the number of reservations.

Guardian ad Litem Training on November 12

The 13th Circuit will host its annual Guardian Ad Litem training on Veterans Day (Monday, November 12). It is anticipated it will be 3 hours of GAL training, and 3 hours of Mediation for 7.6 hours of CLE, including 1.2 hours of ethics credit. The training will be from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 at the Boone County Courthouse. Registration is $20.00 per person. Please RSVP here by November 5th. The training this year will include Mediator topics to help receive the required annual mediation training.

The Boone County Judicial and The Law Enforcement Force CLE Program 11-28

The Boone County Bar Association and the Boone County Judicial and Law Enforcement Task Force will be presenting a CLE program on Wednesday November 28, 2018 in the chambers at the Boone County Government Center. The program will run from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM and has been approved for one-hour CLE credit. There is no cost to attend.

The presenters will be 13th Circuit Alternative Sentencing Courts Commissioner Casey Clevenger and Boone County Community Services director Kelly Wallis.

The program will be part of a celebration of the 20th anniversary of our treatment courts. Commissioner Clevenger will share a summary of the seven treatment courts offered in the 13th Circuit and will discuss recent legislation passed in the special session by the General Assembly and signed by the governor along with changes in the treatment courts on the horizon. Commissioner Clevenger and Kelly will also talk about their work with the Best Practices Implementation Academy, the Stepping Up mental health initiative and the Data Driven Justice initiative. All of this work is being done to reduce the mentally ill and substance dependent people who are incarcerated and making treatment more accessible to those in the criminal justice system.

For those who are criminal defense attorneys, it will be a chance to get the most current information about our treatment courts. For those who don’t practice in this area, it will be an opportunity to learn about one of the very best things that we are doing in the criminal justice system.

MMLS Thanks BCBA for Funds Raised through Golf Tournament

Mid-Missouri Legal Services extends its sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the 12th Annual Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament that was held on Monday, October 8, 2018 at the Columbia Country Club. After a series of cold, rainy days, we were fortunate to enjoy a sunny, warm day. Committee organizers project that the Tournament again raised approximately $16,000 which will be used to fund the MMLS Veterans’ Law Project at the V.A. Hospital in Columbia. Including these funds, the BCBA has donated Golf Tournament proceeds totaling more than $127,000 to charities since its inception!

Congratulations to the Bush & Patchett, LLC team which successfully defended their 2017 victory by again winning Championship Flight this year by shooting a scorching nineteen under par score of 52; their winning score was nineteen under par last year, as well. Other winners were: A Flight – Eng & Woods team of Adam Dowling and friends with a score of 62; B Flight – Lilly’s Cantina Food Truck team with a score of 64; C Flight – Holder Susan and Slusher team with a score of 66; D Flight – The Insurance Shop team with a score of 68; and, E Flight – Smith Lewis LLP team with a score of 72. Congratulations are also in order for the Mid-Missouri Legal Services team for winning the consolation prize for last place/highest score (but probably most fun had) in the tournament which is among the more coveted prizes given away at the tournament. Additional prize winners were: closest-to-the-pin on hole 6: Tim Wilson; closest-to-the-pin on hole 11: Lowell Pearson; closest-to-the-pin on hole 13: Don Hinshaw; closest-to-the-pin on hole 16: Tom Schauwecker; longest putt on hole 9: Don Hinshaw; longest drive (women) on hole 1: Ashley Veatch; longest drive (men) on hole 1: Steve Wilson. The putting contest resulted in a tie between Andrew Kopp and Steve Wilson. MMLS is honored and grateful to receive the Tournament proceeds in 2018 for its Veterans’ Law Project.

MMLS thanks all of the Tournament contributors, sponsors, volunteers and players who made the event such a success in 2018. The Committee would like to thank the following sponsors that were especially significant contributors to the tournament: Presenting Sponsor: Lear Werts LLP; Ace Sponsor: Allen, Nelson & Wilson, P.C.; Eagle Sponsor: Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council; Birdie Sponsor: GilsbarPro; Hospitality Sponsors: Truman’s Bar & Grill, Lilly’s Cantina Food Truck, and Alaris.

We send special thanks to the BCBA Golf Tournament Committee, led again this year by Sander Sowers. Please mark your calendar for the 2019 Tournament which will be held on Monday, October 7, 2019!

Betty Wilson’s Going Away Party October 2

Longtime Boone County attorney and BCBA member, and the 2016 winner of the BCBA’s Distinguished Professional Award, Betty Wilson, is leaving us in November. Betty is moving out of state. There is a going away party for her Tuesday, October 2, between 5-7 p.m., at Shiloh Bar and Grill, 402 East Broadway. Everyone is invited to come by and wish her well, both in and outside of the legal profession, so please share this invitation freely with everyone whose lives Betty has touched. If you have any questions, please contact Kellie Campbell at Wingatecampbell@gmail.com.

Next BCBA Meeting Scheduled for October 10

The next scheduled event for Boone County Bar Association members will be the regular BCBA meeting, Wednesday, October 10. Presiding Judge Kevin Crane will present the State of the Court Address. The CLE program has been approved for 1.2 hours of CLE credits.

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. the Broadway Hotel, 1111 E. Broadway. The presentation will begin about noon. A business meeting will precede the program. Lunch will be $14, with checks made out to BCBA. There is metered parking available in the covered lot next to the hotel.

RSVP: To reserve your spot for this meeting, click on the RSVP button on the Boone County Bar’s website home page, or use this link: https://boonecountybar.org/rsvp/ by 4:30 P.M., Friday, October 5. If you RSVP for the lunch and do not attend, you will be expected to pay the ticket price anyway because the BCBA will have be charged based on the number of reservations.

12th Annual Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament October 8th

The 12th annual Chipping in for Charity golf tournament organized by the Community Involvement Committee is scheduled for Monday, October 8, 2018 (Columbus Day – a court holiday). This year’s tournament will be held at Columbia Country Club, 2210 North Country Club Drive. 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 24th.

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 sowers@learwerts.com to sign up, donate, participate, and arrange sponsorships. You may also download the registration flyer from the BCBA website link to flyer here. For Sponsorship information you may also download the flyer link here. The golf tournament has raised $111,103.42 for charity since its inception thanks to the many donors, participants, and sponsors. The Committee would like to thank the following businesses that have already committed to sponsor this year’s tournament: Eagle Sponsors: Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council; Hospitality Sponsor: Truman’s Bar & Grill.

Nominations for BCBA Awards Still Being Accepted

There were a few nominations received at the picnic for the BCBA’s 3rd annual Distinguished Professional and Outstanding Service awards, but the nominations are still open until Friday, October 19. The awards this year will be announced at the Holiday Party in December.

The Distinguished Professional Award is given to a BCBA member in practice 15 or more years who exemplifies the highest legal and ethical standards to which all legal professionals should strive. The Distinguished Professional Award has previously been presented to:

2016:         Betty Wilson, of Oliver Walker Wilson

2017:         Hamp Ford, of Ford, Parshall and Baker and Herbert C. Willbrand of Brown Willbrand P.C.

The Outstanding Service Award award is given to a BCBA member who has made significant contributions to the benefit of the legal profession, the justice system, and/or our community. The Outstanding Service Award has previously been was presented to:

2016:         George Batek of Batek and Benson, LLC and Norm Lampton of the Lampton Law Firm;

2017:         Rusty Antel of Walther, Antel & Stamper, and Glen R. Ehrhardt of Rogers, Ehrhardt & Weber, LLC.

2018 Labor & Employment Law Symposium Oct 19

Sign up for the 2018 Labor & Employment Law Symposium to be held here in Columbia on Friday, October 19 at the Hampton Inn & Suites. This program qualifies for 7.8 MCLE Hours including 1.2 Ethics Hours. Join us to keep up to date with Missouri and Federal case law, the impact of the changes to the Missouri Human Rights Act on MAIs and administrative challenges to MCHR actions, and individual liability under the Missouri Human Rights Act, the evolution of McDonnell Douglas burden shifting, and “but-for” causation in retaliation cases under Nassar. The program will also include a skills session that will assist you inside and outside the courtroom, as well legal and ethical issues which impact labor and employment practices.

Register now here http://mobarcle.mobar.org/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=129858

 

Mid-Missouri Legal Services is Turning 40! Save the date Oct 25

Mid-Missouri Legal Services is commemorating its 40th Anniversary with a Celebration on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Country Club of Missouri, 1300 Woodrail Avenue, Columbia. The Honorable Paul Wilson, Missouri Supreme Court Judge, will deliver brief remarks at 7:00 P.M. Join us for heavy hors d’oeuvres, music and cash bar as we celebrate our accomplishments! Please RSVP to barnesb@mmls.org with the names of you and your guest (if any) by October 18, 2018.