BCBA Holiday Party set for Tuesday, December 5

Our next group activity will be the BCBA Holiday Party which will be held at the Country Club of Missouri (off Forum Blvd) Tuesday, December 5, from 6-8 p.m. Several types of appetizers will be served with cocktails before a dinner buffet. Wine, beer and soft drinks will also be available. Cost will be $25 per person and RSVP’s will be required.

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 Noon, Monday, December 4 [RSVP reminders previously sent by separate emails.]. 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.

Time to Pay 2018 Dues

Lawyers and firms wishing to expense 2018 BCBA dues in 2017 may send $50/lawyer dues to Treasurer Andrew Kopp 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, 2017. Dues are waived for sitting and retired judges, and members who have reached 75 years of age, or have been licensed for 50 years. Please provide the 2018 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/

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

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.

CLE Credit Available at November 8 BCBA Meeting

The next regular BCBA meeting will include presentations from CASA, Mid-Mo Legal Services and the Veteran’s Clinic. The program has been approved for 1.2 hours CLE credit.

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 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 3 [RSVP Reminder E-Mails were sent out prior to the RSVP deadline]. 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.

BCBA Holiday Party set for Tuesday, December 5

This year’s Holiday Party will be held at the Country Club of Missouri (off Forum Blvd) on Tuesday, December 5, from 6-8 p.m. Several types of appetizers will be served with cocktails before a dinner buffet. Wine, beer and soft drinks will also be available. Cost will be $25 per person and RSVP’s will be required. This is an enjoyable annual social gathering for members to mingle with other lawyers and judges and their spouses and dates. Spouses and dates are invited and welcome.

MMLS Thanks BCBA for Funds Raised through Golf Tournament

The 11th Annual Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament held on October 9th at Gustin Golf Course was a resounding success.  It is estimated that the tournament raised approximately $16,000.00 for Mid-Missouri Legal Services’ Veterans Law Project, which provides pro bono legal services for low income veterans in our community.  Through the 2016 tournament, $95,091.77 has been raised for charity.

Congratulations to the Bush & Patchett, LLC team which successfully defended their 2016 victory by again winning Championship Flight this year by shooting a scorching nineteen under par score of 51.  Other winners were: A Flight – Atwill & Montgomery, LLC team; B Flight – Allen & Nelson, P.C. team; C Flight – Spencer Bartlett, Richard Hicks, Garrett Taylor, and Nick Komoroski team; D Flight – McCausland, Barrett & Bartalos, P.C. team; and, E Flight – Veterans United Home Loans team.  Congratulations are also in order for the Edward Kolkebeck and friends 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.

The BCBA Community Involvement Committee would like to thank all the generous sponsors, participants, and volunteers who helped make this year’s tournament such a success.  The Committee would like to thank the following sponsors that were especially significant contributors to the tournament: Ace Sponsor: Lear Werts LLP; Eagle Sponsors: Alaris – formerly Midwest Litigation Services, The Bar Plan, Allen & Nelson, P.C., Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, and Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council; Birdie Sponsors: GilsbarPro; Hospitality Sponsors: Truman’s Bar & Grill and Lilly’s Cantina Food Truck.  Please mark your calendars for the 2018 tournament which is scheduled for Monday, October 8th (Columbus Day).

‘State of the Court’ Address Planned for October 11 Meeting

13th Circuit Presiding Judge Kevin Crane will deliver the ‘State of the Court’ address at the next regular BCBA meeting at lunchtime on Wednesday, October 11. Judge Crane will speak about current and anticipated court programs, the 13th Circuit budget, civil and criminal caseloads, the anticipated appointments of attorneys for criminal defense, and other topics of interest to the 13th Circuit. The program will approved for 1.2 hours CLE credit.

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. the Broadway Hotel, 1111 E. Broadway. The presentation will begin about noon. A business meeting, including a vote on amendments to the by-law 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 keep the lunch price at $14 at the new venue, the BCBA must guarantee a minimum number of attendees by 4:00 p.m. the Friday preceding the meeting. 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. 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 4:00 p.m., Thursday, October 5.

Date for 11th Annual Chippin’ in for Charity Golf Tournament Set for October 9

    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 sowers@learwerts.com to sign up, donate, participate, and arrange sponsorships. You may also download the registration flyer from the BCBA website https://boonecountybar.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-08-03-BCBA-Golf-Tournament-Flyer-00267867xBDC2C-002.pdf.

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.

A Note from Judge Carpenter

To the members of the Boone County Bar Association:

Being retired is a very confusing state of affairs. Should I still do the laundry on the weekend? Where is my office? More importantly, where is my IT support? I love the lack of structure at the same time I am missing it. The thing I miss most of all, even in these few short weeks, is my daily interaction with my colleagues on the bench, and the members of the Bar. I was so grateful for the recognition of my work by the monetary gift and the extremely beautiful engraved crystal bowl. Thanks to the generous gift, I have a brand new camera and a ticket to Marrakesh. I am sure this trip will go a long way toward making the state of retirement more acceptable. Thanks to all of you.

Attorney/Judges Needed October 13-14 for AGO Cup

The Attorney General’s Office is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2017 AG Cup Mock Trial Competition:

Round 1       Thursday, October 12, 2015      9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Round 2       Thursday, October 12, 2015      1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Round 3      Friday, October 13, 2015           8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Round 4       Friday, October 13, 2015           1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

As you may recall, Missouri’s four law schools send their best and brightest students to Jefferson City to compete for the honor of the AG Cup traveling trophy. It would be a privilege to have you serve as a judge if your calendar permits. Please contact Laura.Elsbury@ago.mo.gov if you would like to judge one or more rounds of the competition or if you would like more information.

Guardian ad Litem Training on November 10

The 13th Circuit’s Annual Advanced Guardian ad Litem Training will be held at the Boone County Courthouse. Registration starts at 8:45 a.m. and the training will conclude at 12:40 p.m. 3.8 hours of MCLE credit are being requested by The Missouri Bar. Registration forms will be available in the near future. You can contact Cindy Garrett at 573-886-4059 or email Cindy L. Garrett for a copy of the registration form. There will be a $10.00 registration fee.