Next BCBA Meeting Scheduled for June 12

The next scheduled event for Boone County Bar Association members will be the regular BCBA meeting, Wednesday, June 12th. Our Speaker for the June 12th meeting will be Whittney Dunn, Risk Manager for The Bar Plan. The CLE program has been approved for 1.2 hours of Ethics 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. 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, June 7. 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.

Boone County Young Lawyer’s Committee Happy Hour Re-Launch June 6

New Young Lawyers’ Committee President Jackie Rodgers would like to invite everyone to The Boone County Young Lawyer’s Committee Happy Hour Re-Launch is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. (ish) at the Heidelberg roof. The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section has graciously agreed to sponsor the event. Please come join us if you can. The intent is to have a happy hour on the first Thursday of each month, and subsequent happy hours and sponsors are already in the works.

Membership Rolls Have Been Updated

The email distribution list and membership directory has been updated. Members who records indicate have not paid dues have been removed from the rolls. There currently are 301 people on the email distribution list. Twenty-five (25) are included for reasons other than being members, and some of our members are exempt from paying dues. Dues are waived for members who have been licensed for 50 years or more or who are at least 75 years old.

If you believe your membership is currently in good standing and you do not receive the notice of May Newsletter published May 8, please contact Thad Taylor at thad@midwestelderlaw.com. There is a chance you will have been mistakenly removed from the distribution list.

Please provide the 2019 Boone County Bar Association Dues Payment/Waiver Form with your payment or exemption https://boonecountybar.org/dues/.

TRANSITIONS

TGH Litigation LLC is proud to announce its new offices in the Guitar Building, Suite 500 at 28 N. 8th Street in downtown Columbia. TGH made the move at the end of the winter and is now happy to invite its friends and clients to come see us at the new location. Also, TGH would like to announce three recent hires to the firm: Aaron Wynhausen (2019 MU Law Grad) has accepted a position with TGH to begin after the bar exam later this summer; Brooke Davids (2011 Iowa Law Grad) has accepted a position to begin with TGH this summer; and Annalisa LaBoube is a recent hire with the firm as part-time paralegal.

OTHER NEWS

Christine Stamper biked and ran her way to a second place age-group finish in the 37th Annual Memphis in May Triathlon on Sunday, May 19th.  The event consisted of a 1500 M swim, 40K bike and 10K run.

Treatment court screenings: Commissioner Clevenger announces that attorneys or defendants have one week from the date the screening is ordered to contact the Treatment Court Center and arrange for the screening.  Failure to contact the Treatment Court Center within one week of the order could result in a determination of ineligibility.

The 13th Circuit Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule, effective May 17, 2019 and the 13th Circuit Associate Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule, effective May 31, 2019, has been uploaded to the website and can be found at https://boonecountybar.org/docket-schedules/.

Next BCBA Meeting Scheduled for May 8

The next scheduled event for Boone County Bar Association members will be the regular BCBA meeting, Wednesday, May 8th. Our Speaker for the May 8th meeting will be Retired Associate Judge Deborah Daniels will present on “Eyewitness Identification”. 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.

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

Bench-Bar Social

The 2019 Bench-Bar Social was a huge success. Despite the uncooperative weather, the event had its strongest attendance in many years! The goal to promote camaraderie amongst those involved in the legal profession was certainly achieved the evening of April 25 and will surely continue.

The Bench-Bar Social was held in the Montminy Art Gallery of the Boone County History & Culture Center. Cocktail sandwiches, dips and appetizers were provided by bleu events catering. If you didn’t get a chance to look through the galleries in the History & Culture Center, you should return to do so; the Boone County Portraits 1886-1940 is particularly interesting. The exhibits are open Wednesday to Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Sunday, 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. The Bench-Bar Social provided an opportunity for lawyers, judges and courthouse personnel to socialize in a relaxed setting. BCBA members were joined by judges Kevin Crane, Jeff Harris, Christine Carpenter, Brouck Jacobs, Leslie Schneider, Kimberly Shaw, Tracy Gonzalez, Stephanie Morrell, Gary Oxenhandler (ret.), Cavanaugh Noce, Willie Epps, Ted Ardini, and Brent Powell, as well as several dedicated personnel from the Boone County Courthouse.

Missouri AFCC Lunch & Learn – May 10

Missouri AFCC is hosting a lunch and learn May 10 at the Boone County Courthouse Noon to 1:30 p.m. The topic of the lunch is “Functionality of the Family – The Mental Health Professional’s Role in Family Court Cases” Speakers for the lunch are Larry V. Swall, JD, Simone A. Haberstock, JD LLM and Nicole Pace LCSW. There will be a discussion of interventions provided in family court, participation in litigated cases, roles of the expert of fact witness, what judges/courts expect and resources for mental health professionals and attorneys.

Military Estate Clinic

Mid-Missouri military service members and veterans received free estate planning services provided by local attorneys at a clinic held on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Ten volunteers from the Boone County Bar Association joined with the Military Legal Assistance Team of the Attorney General’s Office and the Harry S. Truman Veteran’s Hospital, to put on this estate planning clinic.

47 individuals were provided with estate planning services. 165 legal documents, including wills, living wills, and durable powers of attorney for healthcare, were prepared at no cost to the service members and veterans. “It was an honor to work with these military heroes to ensure their loved ones are taken care of,” said attorney Molly Metza. The attorneys who participated in the estate planning clinic were: Brian Dollar, Heather Ford, Tom Harrison, Jim Howard, Jill Jackson, Molly Metza, Mary Beth Mueller, Jason Simmons, Robin Winn and David Zerrer.

On April 25, 2019, the Black Lawyers Committee hosted a ‘Meet and Greet’ event at the Boone County History and Culture Center. Following brief remarks from Chair Robin Winn and BCBA President Jill Jackson, guests introduced themselves and got to know each other while enjoying wine donated from Randall Johnston’s private collection.

The event was well attended by many local attorneys, judges and honored guests, including 13th Circuit Judges Jeff Harris, Christine Carpenter, Brouck Jacobs, Leslie Schneider, Kimberly Shaw, Tracy Gonzalez, Stephanie Morrell; Columbia Municipal Judge Cavanaugh Noce; U.S. District Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps; Western District Court of Appeals Judge Ted Ardini; Jill Jackson, BCBA President; Randall Johnston, BCBA Vice-Pres.; Molly Metza, BCBA Secretary; Michael Middleton, Univ. of Mo. President Emeritus; S. David Mitchell, Assistant Dean, Univ. of Mo. Columbia Law School; Lauren Smith, President, Mizzou Black Law Students Assoc.; Tyler Brumfield, President, Missouri Black Pre-Law Students Assoc.; and Mary Ratliff, President, Columbia NAACP.

One of the initial goals of the BLC is to encourage local black lawyers to rededicate and recommit themselves to being active participants of the BCBA. Judging by the turnout of the Meet and Greet event, it appears the BLC is off to a great start! Photos of the event can be viewed on the BCBA Facebook page

CLE’s

Beginning in June, the cost to attend the regular, monthly CLE program will increase one dollar, to $15.00.  The CLE program will continue to include a lunch buffet.  The June CLE will be presented by Bar Plan for 1.2 ethics hours. To clarify for tax purposes, the fee is payment for the CLE program.  A complimentary lunch is provided to all who attend the noon CLE program.  In addition to the monthly, noon CLE programs, BCBA plans to offer no-cost and low-cost CLEs at other times.  If you have CLE program suggestions, please contact BCBA vice-president Randall Johnston, chair of the CLE Committee.

TRANSITIONS

Effective May 6, 2019, James M. Powell, formerly of Brown Willbrand P.C., relocated his practice to and is now a member of the law firm of Jones, Schneider and Stevens, LLC, 11 N. Seventh Street, Columbia, MO 65201, telephone number: 573-449-2451, fax number: 573-443-8620, email: jpowell@11-7law.com. His areas of practice continue to be banking, estate planning, real estate, business organizations and probate, estate and trust administration.

Harper Evans Wade & Netemeyer is very pleased to announce that Marjorie Lewis has become a Partner of the Firm practicing General Civil Litigation with emphasis in Estate Planning and Business Law, her updated contact information, 401 Locust Street, Suite 401, Columbia, MO 65201, phone 573-442-1660, email mlewis@lawmissouri.com.

NEW MEMBERS

Barton, Jr., James P., Attorney at Law, 2606 Lloyd Drive, Columbia, MO 65203, phone 660-815-1340, email jaybarton@gmail.com. Practice Areas: Civil Litigation-Plaintiff, Civil Litigation-Defense.

Duckworth, Ethan, Lear Werts, LLP, 2003 W. Broadway, Suite 107, Columbia, MO 65203, phone: 573-875-1991, email: duckworth@learwerts.com. Practice Areas: Civil Litigation-Plaintiff. Ethan is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, 2017. Ethan has previously worked for Lewis Rice LLC in Kansas City before moving to Columbia and his current position with Lear Werts focusing on complex litigation and personal injury cases.

Jones, Sharon G., Jones Legal Consulting, 910 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203, phone:573-808-2156, email: sharon@joneslegalconsulting.com. Practice Areas: General, Cannabis Law

OTHER NEWS

Judge Kimberly Shaw was recently elected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges.

The 13th Circuit Associate Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule, effective May 3, 2019, has been uploaded to the website and can be found at https://boonecountybar.org/docket-schedules/.

RSVP By April 18 for the BCBA Bench/Bar Social Mixer April 25

Make your reservations now for the annual Thirteenth Circuit Bench-Bar Mixer to be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at The Boone County History and Cultural Center, 3801 Ponderosa, Columbia.

The event is open to members of the Boone County Bar Association and all 13th Circuit judges and courthouse staff members. Unlike the annual picnic and Holiday Party, spouses and dates are not invited. The mixer is designed to allow lawyers, judges and courthouse personnel to mingle and talk in an informal, relaxed atmosphere and get better acquainted.

The event will be a mixer-style affair instead of a formal dinner. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soda will be included.

      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-bench-bar-mixer/ by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 18. RSVP’s are important for this meeting so management at Bleu can prepare sufficient food. The cost per person is $10.00. 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, you will still need to pay since the BCBA pays the venue based on the number who made reservations.

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.

Last Chance to Keep Your BCBA Membership Active

The BCBA is one of the most active and connected local bar associations in Missouri. We provide our members with nearly all the required annual CLE requirements for the price of lunch, reach out to make our community better, and provide opportunities to keep up on our practice areas and local issues, as well as to socialize with each other outside of the courtroom. All of this for the more-than-reasonable fee of $50 per attorney.

If you have not already done so, please send in your annual dues ASAP to replenish the operating budget and keep the BCBA thriving. You may send $50/lawyer dues to:

Daniel Beckett, Treasurer

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. Pursuant to the recent Amendment to the By-Laws, dues are no longer waived for sitting and retired judges, but continue to be waived for members who have reached 75 years of age, or have been licensed for 50 years. If you are 75 or older, or have been licensed for 50 years, please notify the Treasurer and website administrator to ensure you are given the exemption and your name is not removed from the rolls. A link to the 2019 BCBA Dues Payment/Waiver Form can be found at https://boonecountybar.org/dues/.

Please note: You can mail checks to the Treasurer at that address, for Daniel to pick up in a mailbox reserved for the BCBA, BUT you cannot hand deliver a check to that address. The Clerk’s office, nor anyone else, is there to collect BCBA mail. If you wish to hand deliver your check, please make arrangements with Daniel.

As of April 1, out of 332 members of the BCBA, only 194 have submitted their annual dues. Those BCBA members that have not paid will receive an e-mail from the BCBA with one last reminder. Please pay attention to that email. If you have not paid, please submit payment a.s.a.p. If you receive the email and have paid, please respond to it so we can correct our records and keep you from mistakenly being removed from the rolls.

Boone County Clerk’s Office – Retirement Announcement

Shara Meyer will be retiring from the Boone County Circuit Clerk’s Office, last day will be April 30, 2019. This is Shara’s second retirement, she retired from the City of Columbia in 2013 after serving the last 25 of her 28 years as the City of Columbia Municipal Court Administrator.

Boone County Circuit Clerk’s Office was very fortunate she decided it just wasn’t for her at the time, and we have been lucky enough to have her with us for the past five years. Shara has worked all five years in the Probate Division

Shara is a team player and has assisted in many divisions of the Circuit Clerk’s Office. Because of her vast court knowledge, she has always been ready and willing to jump in and help when and where the need arose. She will be greatly missed by all, so let’s all wish Shara well as she joins her husband, Rick, in their camping and travel adventures. Please join us on April 30, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Boone County Probate Division where we will have a breakfast in her honor.