Next BCBA Meeting Scheduled for January 8

The next scheduled event for Boone County Bar Association members will be the regular BCBA meeting, Wednesday, January 8. Our Speaker for the January 8th meeting will be Brent Filbert, recent Deputy Chief Defense Counsel at GTMPO. Mr. Filbert will speak about the war crimes trials at Guantanamo Bay. The CLE program has been approved for 1.2 hours of CLE credits.

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Columbia Country Club, 2210 N Country Club Dr, Columbia, MO. The presentation will begin about noon. A business meeting will precede the program.

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, January 3. 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. [NOTE: RSVP REMINDER EMAIL previously sent.]

In Memorium: Edward William “Bill” Brandecker (1921- 2020)

On January 2, 2020, Bill Brandecker passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 98. The full obituary can be found at https://www.columbiamissourian.com/obituaries/family_obituary/edward-william-brandecker-jr-july-jan/article_ba845044-2fe3-11ea-88fc-1b35acef78f2.html. Excerpts from his obituary follow:

Bill was born in Marshall, Missouri, and was the only child of Clara and Edward Brandecker. He served in the Air Force in World War II, and was distinguished with the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic service in the line of duty when he returned his crew from a mission despite the loss two engines and inclement weather.

Bill married Betty Hinnenkamp on November 30, 1946, and was married for 53 years before her death in June 2000. He graduated from University of Missouri Law School in 1950, and served as an assistant prosecuting attorney before opening his own law practice that lasted over 60 years in Columbia.

Services include a funeral prayer vigil at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 903 Bernadette Drive, with family receiving visitors there from 5 to 7 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at Our Lad y of Lourdes Church, followed by a military service at Columbia Cemetery concluding with a luncheon for all guests at the church.

2020 BCBA Officers Begin Term January 1

Former BCBA Vice President, Randall Johnston, of Randall B. Johnson, P.C., began his term as 2020 BCBA President January 1, along with the following officers and Executive Committee members: Vice President Gretchen Yancey, Carson & Coil, P.C.; SecretaryKirsten Dunham, Mid-Missouri Legal Services, and TreasurerDan Beckett, of Smith Lewis, LLP.

The remainder of the 20202 Executive Committee consists of Jill Jackson as Immediate Past-President, Jeff Basinger and Katie McMurtrey, and Thad Taylor as Newsletter Editor.

Time to Pay 2020 Dues

Lawyers and firms wishing to pay their 2020 BCBA dues 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, 2020. Dues are waived for members who have reached 75 years of age or have been licensed for 50 years. Please provide the 2020 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/.

Mid-Missouri Mock Trial Invitational Tournament January 18-19, 2020

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 Saturday, January 18 through Sunday January 19 2019. We began hosting AMTA events in 1999 and we look forward to our 22nd year of hosting. 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 homicide. Judges are needed for any and all of the rounds, which begin Saturday at 9:00am and 2:00pm and 8:30 am and 1 pm 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 brlangford@ccis.edu (573-875-7484)Further information about intercollegiate Mock trial may be obtained at http://www.collegemocktrial.org.

RSVP By Tuesday, December 3 For BCBA Holiday Party December 12

Our next group activity will be the BCBA Holiday Party, which will be held at the Columbia Country Club Thursday, 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 tender braised beef brisket with natural jus served with horseradish sauce or Roast Herb Chicken, crispy and tender covered in a natural glaze with a touch of Grand Marnier and butter at 7:00 pm. There is also a vegetarian option if requested at the time of your RSVP.

The bestowment of the BCBA’s 5th 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 12:00 pm, Tuesday, December 3.

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 Columbia Country Club based on the number who made reservations.

Applications Needed for Family Court Mediators

The 13th Judicial Circuit is now accepting applications for their 2020 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. Forms can be found here. Please submit your completed application by December 16, 2019 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.

Mid-Missouri Mock Trial Invitational Tournament January 18-19

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 Saturday, January 18 through Sunday January 19, 2019. We began hosting AMTA events in 1999 and we look forward to our 22nd year of hosting. 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 homicide. Judges are needed for any and all of the rounds, which begin Saturday at 9:00am and 2:00pm and 8:30 am and 1 pm 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 brlangford@ccis.edu (573-875-7484). Further information about intercollegiate Mock trial may be obtained at http://www.collegemocktrial.org.

BCBA’s 13th Annual Chippin’ in for Charity Golf Tournament raised approximately $16,765.35 for Charity

The final numbers are in for the 13th Annual Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament held on October 14th with $16,765.35 raised. Since its inception, the tournament has now raised a total of $144,081.95 for charity. The funds from this year’s tournament will be donated to Mid-Missouri Legal Services’ Veterans Law Project, which provides pro bono legal services for low income veterans in our community. The BCBA Community Involvement 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 Sponsors: Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer, Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council; Birdie Sponsor: GilsbarPro; Hospitality Sponsors: Truman’s Bar & Grill, Lilly’s Cantina Food Truck, and Alaris. Please mark your calendars for the 2020 tournament which is scheduled for Monday, October 12th (Columbus Day) at Columbia Country Club. Here are some photos from this year’s tournament.

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 Sponsors: Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer, Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council; Birdie Sponsor: GilsbarPro; Hospitality Sponsors: Truman’s Bar & Grill, Lilly’s Cantina Food Truck, and Alaris. Please mark your calendars for the 2020 tournament which is scheduled for Monday, October 12th (Columbus Day) at Columbia Country Club.

Next BCBA Meeting Scheduled for November 13 at the TIGER HOTEL

The next scheduled event for Boone County Bar Association members will be the regular BCBA meeting, Wednesday, November 13th. The Western District Court of Appeals will hold a judicial forum. Bring your questions for a great CLE and a fantastic Italian themed lunch at the Tiger Hotel. The CLE program has been approved for 1.2 hours of credit. After the BCBA meeting, the Judges will hear cases in the Ceremonial Court Room at the Boone County Courthouse.

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE: Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m at TIGER HOTEL. 23 S. 8th Street. The presentation will begin about noon. A business meeting will precede the program. The Executive Committee decided that there is a $15 fee for the CLE and future CLE presentations with lunch included. Checks should be 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 8. 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 11

The 13th Circuit’s Annual Advanced Guardian ad Litem/Mediator Training will be held at the Boone County Courthouse on November 11, 2019.  Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and the training will conclude at 4:30 p.m.  8 hours of MCLE credit are being requested by The Missouri Bar.  Please contact Cindy Garrett at 886-4059 or Cindy.L.Garrett@courts.mo.gov for a copy of the registration form.  There will be a $20.00 registration fee, which includes lunch.

Missouri Public Defender System Seeking A Director

      The Missouri State Public Defender System is seeking a Department Director. The State Public Defender Director is responsible for oversight of an annual budget of approximately $53 million and direction of 615 employees in 46 offices across Missouri. The Director testifies before legislative bodies regarding legislation that impacts the system and in accordance with the requirements set forth by the Commission.

This position will be based in Columbia or Jefferson City, Missouri. Applicants must complete the Director Application to be eligible for employment consideration.  Applications must be received no later than November 15, 2019. Visit the MSPD website at www.publicdefender.mo.gov for more information and to obtain the Director Application.

Nominations for BCBA Awards Needed

Nominations for this year’s BCBA Awards are needed for the 4th annual awards for Distinguished Professional and Outstanding Service. 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.

2018:   Marvin E. “Bunky” Wright, University Counsel Emeritus for the University of Missouri.

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:   Steve Scott, Scott Law Firm, P.C.

BCBA’s 13th Annual Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament raised approximately $16,000 for Charity

The 13th Annual Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament held on October 14th at Columbia Country Club was a resounding success.  The tournament raised approximately $16,000.00 (final numbers are not available yet but will be reported soon) for Mid-Missouri Legal Services’ Veterans Law Project, which provides pro bono legal services for low income veterans in our community.  Congratulations to the Rogers Ehrhardt team for winning Championship Flight this year by shooting a sixteen under par score of 55.  Other winners were: A Flight – Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer team with a score of 60; B Flight – Commerce Trust Company team with a score of 63; C Flight – Oxenhandler/Gerding team with a score of 66; D Flight – Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council team with a score of 69; and, E Flight – Lear Werts LLP team of Brad Lear and friends with a score of 73.

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: Jim Evans; closest-to-the-pin on hole 11: Bob Gerding; closest-to-the-pin on hole 13: Jim Howard; closest-to-the-pin on hole 16: (again!) Jim Howard; longest putt on hole 9: Matt S.; longest drive (women) on hole 1: Jill Harper; longest drive (men) on hole 1: Tim Gerding.  Bill Ellis was the winner of the putting contest.  The BCBA Community Involvement Committee would like to thank all of the generous sponsors, participants, and volunteers who helped make this year’s tournament a success.

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 Sponsors: Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer, Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council; Birdie Sponsor: GilsbarPro; Hospitality Sponsors: Truman’s Bar & Grill, Lilly’s Cantina Food Truck, and Alaris.  Please mark your calendars for the 2020 tournament which is scheduled for Monday, October 12th (Columbus Day) at Columbia Country Club.

December 12, 2019 – Save the Date for the BCBA Holiday Party

The annual BCBA Holiday Party will be at the Columbia Country Club of Thursday, December 12th.  The charge will be $25 per person and members must RSVP prior to 1:00 P.M. On Monday, December 2nd.  Social house will begin at 6:00 P.M. Event planned for 6 to 8 P.M. Buffet menu to follow with special email notice, and there will be a vegan option if requested in advance with your RSVP.

NEW MEMBERS -November 7, 2019

Forck, Marcella, McCausland Barrett & Bartalos, 414 E. Broadway, Suite 202, Columbia, MO 65201, phone: 573-445-8990, email: mforck@mbblawfirmkc.com, Practice Areas: Civil Litigation-Defense.

Henderson, Amy, Cripps and Simmons, LLC, 1109 Club Village Drive, Suite 101, P.O. Box 7068, Columbia, MO 65205, phone: 573-447-3355, email: amy@crippsandsimmons.com. Practice Area: Probate, Trust & Estate Planning. Amy Henderson has joined Cripps and Simmons, LLC, as an Associate Attorney. Amy is a 1998 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, MO. Since graduating from law school, she has worked in the private sector, and has more than 15 years of experience in the administration of trusts and estates within the financial services industry. Amy’s focus with Cripps and Simmons will be in the areas of estate planning, trust, probate and elder law. Amy is licensed in Missouri and Colorado (inactive status) and holds her CTFA from the American Bankers Association.  Amy serves on the board of directors for both the Boone County Historical Society and the Millersburg Fire Protection District.

Stensby, Julia, Mid-Missouri Legal Services, Corp,1201 West Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203, phone: 573-442-0116, email: stensbyj@mmls.org, Practice Areas: Civil Litigation-Plaintiff, Employment and Labor. Julia graduated from Fordham Law School in New York in May of 2007. Julia practiced in NY and VT from 2015-2019 before making her way to Missouri. Julia practiced insurance defense and employment litigation at a firm in St. Louis. Since August Julia has worked at Mid-Missouri Legal Services where she represents low-income individuals with consumer and employment issues.

Bentch, Cindy, Cindy A. Bentch, Attorney at Law, 12580 Highway E, P.O. Box 521, Versailles, MO 65084, phone: 573-569-2344, email: cindy@bentchlaw.com, Practice Area: Family Law.

OTHER NEWS (November 7, 2019)

The Boone County Circuit Clerk’s office will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 am on November 20th for an office wide meeting.

The 13th Circuit Associate Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule, effective August 2, 2019, has been uploaded to the website and can be found at https://boonecountybar.org/docket-schedules/.

About 75 members and guests attended the October 9 BCBA Meeting and CLE, where Presiding Judge Kevin Crane, and featuring Columbia Municipal Judge Cavanaugh Noce, delivered the State of the Judiciary for the 13th Judicial Circuit. 1.2 hours of CLE credit was provided for those attending.

13th Annual Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament October 14th

The 13th annual Chipping in for Charity golf tournament organized by the Community Involvement Committee is scheduled for Monday, October 14, 2019 (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 30th. To make the tournament a success and raise as much money as possible, sponsorships and prize donations for the tournament are needed.

The golf tournament flyer can be viewed here, sponsorship information can be viewed here. Please contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or sowers@learwerts.com to sign up, donate, participate, and arrange sponsorships. The golf tournament has raised $127,316.60 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: Presenting Sponsor: Lear Werts LLP; Ace Sponsor: Allen, Nelson & Wilson; Eagle Sponsors: Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer, Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council; Birdie Sponsors: GilsbarPro; Hospitality Sponsors: Truman’s Bar & Grill, Lilly’s Cantina.

Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium October 30th

The Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium is holding its program “Estate Planning Fundamentals 2019” on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.  Attendance can be in person in Kansas City, Missouri or via webcast at your home or office.  Cost is $125.  The program provides 8.0 hours of Missouri CLE, including 1.0 hours of ethics. For more information and online registration, visit www.KCEPS.org, or contact Regional Ambassador Jason Simmons at (573) 447-3355 or by email.