Gene Hamilton 1942 – 2019

Judge Clifford Gene Hamilton passed away on April 29, 2019. Judge Hamilton was born on October 31, 1942. He was a graduate of Westminster College in 1964 and the University of Missouri Law School in 1967. Judge Hamilton was a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army and he served in Germany after completing law school. Upon return from Germany, the Governor appointed him as Prosecuting Attorney for Callaway County in 1969. He held this position until 1980.

Judge Hamilton was elected Circuit Judge, Division I, in 1982 and served until his retirement in September 30, 2010. Judge Hamilton served as Presiding Judge from October, 2002 through September, 2010. His service to the 13th Judicial Circuit is deeply appreciated.

A visitation will be held from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Maupin Funeral Home, 301 Douglas Blvd., Fulton, Missouri, 65251

BCBA Creates Black Lawyer’s Committee

The BCBA executive committee is pleased to announce the creation of the Black Lawyers Committee, chaired by Robin Winn. Robin is a Columbia native, graduate of the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, and a recent recipient of the NAACP Trail Blazer Award for Outstanding Accomplishment.

An initial goal of the Black Lawyers Committee is to encourage local black lawyers to rededicate and recommit themselves to being active participants of the bar. The BCBA needs a strong and vibrant membership to improve our profession, eliminate bias, and advance the rule of law.  If you know any attorneys who might like to join this committee, please have them contact Robin at rwinn@thewinnlawfirm.com or by phone at 314-335-0067.

The first event of the Black Lawyers Committee will be a ‘meet and greet’ from 4:30 – 5:30 pm, on April 25th, at the Boone County Historical Society (immediately prior to the Bench-Bar). All BCBA attorneys are welcome to attend this inaugural event.

Judge Shaw to Start Child Support Court in Boone County

Judge Kimberly Shaw will be starting a Child Support Court in Boone County, with the first docket being heard on April 11, 2019. “This has been something I’ve wanted to start for some time now,” said Judge Shaw. “By filing these cases as civil, working with parents to help them with job skills, parenting skills, life skills and needs such as getting a driver’s license back; this, to me, approaches back owed child support in a way that’s better for the children and our community.”

This docket is in collaboration with Assistant Prosecutor Steve Gunn, Charles Stephenson of Powerhouse Community Development Corporation, and Damian Dean of United Community Builders. The goal of this court is to get non-custodial parents to start paying child support and working on arrearages (back owed child support), as well as working on their relationship with their children.

Participants in the court will be in the Fathers Committed to Families program, which is also available for mothers. Participants will have a goal 90 days from enrollment to get a full or part-time job. Other services such as substance abuse groups/support, recovery support, parent education, anger management, case management, child support guidance/assistance, employment assistance and job readiness skills, life skills and financial management are provided. The prosecuting attorney’s office will decide whether a case will be filed in this court, verses a criminal case being filed. Noncustodial parents not involved in the court can still be referred to Fathers Committed to Families by contacting Jeanine Falls at United Community Builders Office,

611 N. Providence, Columbia, MO 65201.

In addition to helping children and families, it is anticipated the development of this program may help people who may otherwise be put on the Public Defender’s waitlist which has more than 700 cases on it (criminal cases where the defendant is not in custody and waiting for the Public Defender’s office to enter an appearance). As of the last report there were 20 criminal nonsupport cases listed on the waitlist. Some defendants on the waitlist have been waiting more than a year for an attorney.

13th Circuit Unveils New Procedure for Traffic Citations

The Fine Collection Center Ending. Effective April 1, 2019, the Boone and Callaway county prosecuting attorneys (PA) will begin receiving Violations Bureau uniform citations (UC) from the Missouri State Highway patrol through the “PA Portal.” Violations Bureau citations written in Boone and Callaway counties after April 1 will no longer be processed by the Fine Collection Center.

Violations Bureau citations received and processed by the prosecuting attorney will be electronically filed by the PA to the court. Defendants must respond to their ticket by the court date shown on the citation by either pleading guilty and paying the fine or by appearing in court on the date specified and pleading not guilty. To plead guilty and pay a fine, a defendant can:

  1. Use the Plead and Pay feature on Case.net. The Plead and Pay icon will only display if the case is eligible for a non-court appearance.
  2. Mail the signed Plea of Guilty, Appearance and Waiver that appears with the citation and return it along with money order or cashier’s check (in U.S. dollars) for the full amount due payable to the court listed on the citation.
  3. Pay at the court listed on the citation.

To plead not guilty, the defendant must appear on the court date and time provided on the citation.

Mid-Missouri Legal Services – Judicare Hourly Rate Increase

Mid-Missouri Legal Services increased its reimbursement rate for Judicare (reduced-fee) attorneys to $70 hourly effective January 1, 2019. The 2019 Judicare Fee Schedule is available here which reflects the maximum amounts for the types of cases assigned to Judicare attorneys. The maximum fee may be exceeded, up to 50% of the standard maximum amount, by obtaining a Waiver from MMLS. A Judicare Application for attorneys who currently do not participate in the Judicare program is available here, the MMLS Pro Bono Application for attorneys who would like to provide pro bono services to low-income people is available here.

 

BCBA Member Scott Wilson Named Fellow The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Scott Wilson of The Hines and Wilson Law Firm recently became a Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers (CWCL). Wilson is one of only twenty of the college’s fellows in Missouri. , in becoming a fellow, Wilson proved that he stands out as a model of professionalism in deportment and advocacy. He earned the respect of the bench, opposing counsel and the community; actively participates in the state, local and national bar. He demonstrates an active interest in resolving issues; displays civility in adversarial relationships, and has a thirst for knowledge in all areas of law that affects his representation of clients in workers’ compensation.

Four Members Receive BCBA Awards

The BCBA recognized four members with awards at this year’s annual Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic and Election of Officers on September 22, 2016. The awards were:

Distinguished Professional Award– 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 was presented to two members: Hamp Ford, of Ford, Parshall & Baker, and Herbert C. Willbrand of Brown Willbrand, P.C.

Outstanding Service Award– 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 was presented to two members: Rusty Antel of Walther, Antel & Stamper, and Glen R. Ehrhardt of Rogers, Ehrhardt & Weber, LLC.

Retirement of 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 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.

In Memoriam: Sanford “Frank” Conley (1932 – 2017)

    The Honorable Frank Conley passed away, after a brief illness, on April 11, 2017. He was 84 years-old. Judge Conley began his career in 1962, as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Boone County. He won all 60 Boone County precincts to become a 13th Circuit Judge in 1970, when a second judicial seat was created. In 1979, he was elected presiding judge, and held that position until his retirement in 2002.

Judge Conley is survived by his wife, Carla, and their three children, Brian, Allison, and Ann.