Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium set for April 26-27, 2018

The 37th Annual Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium will be held on April 26th and 27th, 2018, at the Overland Park, Kansas Convention Center. This continuing education seminar is sponsored by the Estate Planning Society of Kansas City and the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law and will provide an entire year’s worth of CLE (16 total hours, including 2 hours of ethics credit). The curriculum, presented by nationally renowned speakers, is geared towards estate planning, business and tax attorneys; CPA’s; Trust Officers; Planned Giving Professionals and Financial Planners. Cost for two-day attendance with digital course materials is only $375! For more information, contact Jason Simmons, Regional Ambassador, at (573) 447-3355, or www.KCEPS.org.

U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts to Upgrade CM/ECF Systems

On April 23, 2018, the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Western District of Missouri will upgrade their to the Next Generation of Case Management and Electronic Case Files (“CM/ECF”) system. The District Court’s CM/ECF system will NOT be available from Friday, April 20th, at 3 p.m. until Monday morning, April 23rd.

Once upgraded, filers will need to perform two simple actions in order to file in Federal Court, including 1) Obtain a PACER account and/or upgrade it to the new system (shared accounts cannot be used), and 2) link the upgraded PACER account to their current District Court CM/ECF account.

For more information contact U.S. District Court Divisional Manager Carrie James at 573-636-4015 or carrie_james@mow.uscourts.gov

14th Annual Tim Heinsz 5K & 10K Run/Walk and Jim Devine Dog Walk April 22

The Mizzou Law School’s 14th Annual Tim Heinsz Memorial 5K & 10K Run/Walk and Jim Devine Dog Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in the Carnahan Quadrangle, and will happen rain or shine, to honor two of Mizzou Law School’s most beloved deans. Each event is $25.00 per person. All proceeds raised will benefit the Timothy J. Heinsz Scholarship Fund.

Feel free to participate in the dog walk through Peace Park even if you don’t have your own dog. This event also includes a kids’ fun run and a “just for health” option for those who want to walk or run without being timed. This event is always well-attended and well-supported by students, alumni and friends.

For more information, you can go to http://law.missouri.edu/th5k/.

Mizzou Law Day 2018, April 20-21

All Mizzou Law alumni and friends are invited to attend Law Day 2018, held on April 20 & 21 on the University of Missouri campus.

Events for Friday, April 20, include: Distinguished Alumni Luncheon, Law Day Reception, Law Day Awards Ceremony, Law School Foundation Annual Meeting. Events for Saturday April 21st include: 14th Annual Tim Heinsz 5k/10k & Jim Devine Dog Walk and Law Day Picnic.

All events are open to the public, all events except for the run/walk are free. In lieu of registration fees, alumni and friends are asked to consider a donation to the law school’s scholarship fund.  All events except for the Distinguished Alumni Luncheon will be held in or outside of Hulston Hall; the luncheon will be held at The Tiger Hotel in Columbia.

The Law Day Awards Ceremony and Law School Foundation Annual Meeting will be held in the Courtroom at Hulston Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20. Awardees include: Anita R. Estell, David L. Steelman, Elijah J.L. Haahr, Professor Emeritus Peter N. Davis, Herbert E. Hardwick, Melodie A. Powell, Robert T. Adams, Professor Thom Lambert, Professor Amy J. Schmitz, Professor David English, Professor Erika Lietzan, and 2L Sarah Rowan. For a full schedule, downloadable brochure or online registration, please visit: http://law.missouri.edu/alumni/lawday.html

Missouri Attorney General to Launch New Military Legal Assistance Team

The Office of the Attorney General is pleased to announce the launching of its Military Legal Assistance Team. The team consists of four prongs: (1) legal assistance/will workshop clinics for veterans at VA hospitals/MVC veterans homes; (2) referrals for pro bono legal services for active duty, guard and reserve personnel facing legal issues which arise within the state and that impede their military readiness or reintegration into civilian life after deployment/activation; (3) combating predatory commercial practices aimed at victimizing military and veteran Missouri citizens; and (4) representing guardsmen experiencing employment discrimination stemming from their service performing state emergency duty.

For more information, or to volunteer for the program, please contact Scotty Allen at (573) 751-6733, scotty.allen@ago.mo.gov, or visit https://ago.mo.gov/home/working-for-you/military-legal-assistance-team.

Transitions

Effective 1-1-18, Rotts & Gibbs, LLC separated into two distinct legal practices. The new law firm is Rotts & Greenwade, LLC, with partners Bill Rotts and Marcy Greenwade. Kim Force remains an associate attorney within Rotts & Greenwade, LLC. Address, phone and fax data all remain unchanged. Email addresses are now Bill@RGcounsel.com, Marcy@RGcounsel.com, and Kim@RGcounsel.com. The new website can be found at www.rgcounsel.com. Also effective 1-1-18, Finley Gibbs is doing business as Gibbs Legal Consulting, LLC at 1001 E. Walnut St., Ste. 200, Columbia, phone 573-607-9463, fax 573-340-6976 and email of finley@gibbslegal.com. Both new legal practice groups will remain close, good neighbors. Rotts & Greenwade will continue its practice areas of personal injury, insurance disputes, workers’ compensation claims, product liability, commercial disputes, commercial transactions and intellectual property. Gibbs Legal Consulting will continue to represent small business clients and represent whistleblowers in qui tam claims. Finley will also commence his career as a professional mediator and will provide other services regarding early legal dispute resolution.

John M. Roodhouse, has opened The Law Offices of John M. Roodhouse, 806 Locust Street, Columbia, MO 65201, phone:573-449-4044, fax 573-443-4001, email: john@roodhouselawfirm.com, website https://roodhouselawfirm.com.

Gretchen Yancey: Effective March 1 2018, Gretchen has accepted a position as Of Counsel with Carson & Coil, P.C. Gretchen plans to continue her family law practice at 200 N. 9th Street, representing parents/family members, serving as GAL, and providing mediation services. She also will be keeping limited hours in Jefferson City, and will be more accessible in Cole County for referrals of clients, service as a GAL or mediation.

Gretchen’s mailing address will remain 200 N. 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65201. Her new email address is Gretchen.Y@carsoncoil.com; phone 573-636-2177, office cell phone 573-880-5299, fax 573-636-7199, website www.carsoncoil.com.

Message from Jason Simmons, BCBA President:

Greetings, Members of the Boone County Bar Association. I wanted to take a moment and give you an update on a couple of matters that the Executive Committee recently discussed and approved.

First, enclosed with this Newsletter are the Committee Assignments which have been approved. I did decide to defer the appointments for a couple months since we have a new fiscal year which will now match the calendar year. Incoming Committee Chairs will be receiving an e-mail from me shortly, if you have not already, with some additional comments. I would like to thank those Members who have agreed to serve in the leadership roles. If you would like to serve on a committee but were not appointed, I would invite you to send a request to the Chair and to me, so we can update our records. For those committees without any members, I will likely reach out to some members to see if they have an interest in serving. Serving on a committee is where you are likely to be able to make the most impact in the areas that you practice.

The Executive Committee also approved the budget for the 2018 year, which is also included in this Newsletter. I want to point out a couple of exciting changes regarding the scholarship program and gifts/honorariums to retiring judges. Regarding the scholarship program, the Executive Committee has decided to adopt, for 2018, a single scholarship in the amount of $2,500 that can be renewed for one year with adequate academic progress (3.0 gpa or equivalent). The scholarship will be a merit based scholarship that can be used by any student residing in Boone County at a two or four-year school with an interest in pursuing a career in the law. Like last year, it is our intention to invite the winner and their family to the Annual Picnic to receive recognition of their award and to provide them with a plaque. We hope to make this a desired scholarship to students in Boone County and think these changes will help promote our profession within the community.

 

Over the past several years, we have had several judges retire from the 13th Circuit. Historically, donations have been solicited privately and without any formal coordination. After discussion and in acknowledgment that Judge Daniels and Judge Bradley will be retiring this year, the Executive Committee felt that it would be a good idea to adopt a more formal program. It was agreed that a small gift in recognition of their service and $1,000 honorarium funded by the Association would be appropriate. If any retiring judge felt uncomfortable accepting the honorarium, then it was agreed to allow them to select a charity of their choice to receive the payment. This program would be used for retiring elected judges age 65 and over.

To help cover the initial expected costs for Judge Bradley and Judge Daniels, I would suggest that Members of the Association make a voluntary donation in the amount of $25.  The Treasurer is in the process of creating a second account to hold any donations received and to hold the initial seed money for the small gifts. If you choose to donate, please put “Judge Retirement Honorarium Fund” in the memo section of your payment and forward it to Andrew Kopp, Treasurer, Boone County Bar Association, 705 E. Walnut Street, Columbia, MO 65201.

Time to Pay 2018 Dues

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:

Andrew Kopp, 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, 2018. 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 https://boonecountybar.org/dues/

BCBA Committee Members Announced for 2018

Committee Chairperson Members
Practice, Procedure & Judiciary* Bill Powell Randall Johnston, Karen Hajicek, Amanda Miller, Jill Harper
Family Law* Gretchen Yancey Kristin Dickinson, Tana Benner, Amy Salladay
Criminal Law* Vote by Committee Andrew Popplewell, Nancy McKerrow
Program & Entertainment* Jill Jackson
Legal Aid* Susan Lutton
Partners In Education/Scholarships* Brian Hajicek
Public Relations & Social Media* Molly Metza
Community Involvement* Sander Sowers AJ Schragge, Susan Lutton
ADR/Mediation Vote by Committee Paul Ladehoff, Finley Gibbs
Commercial Law NO INTEREST
Juvenile Law/GAL Vote by Committee Kristin Dickinson
Picnic Committee Mark Langworthy Sander Sowers, Jason Simmons, Mark Pfeiffer, Brian Hajicek, Carlyle Foley, Josh Oxenhandler, Grace Shemwell
Probate Committee Karen Hajicek Mike Sukup, Jason Simmons, Thad Taylor, Drew Veatch
Young Lawyers Maggie Skinner Adrienne Spiller

* Denotes standing committee per by-laws

Boone County Bar Association Budget for Calendar Year 2018

REGULAR INCOME AND CARRYOVER    
Dues – Regular (405 Members @ $50) $ 20,250.00  
Dues – Public Service (9 Members @ $25) $ 225.00  
Dues – Exempt (Age/Judges @ 49 Members) $ 0.00  
Projected Interest $ 1.20  
2018 YLC Charity Golf Tournament Proceeds $ 18,000.00  
Miscellaneous Income/Donations  
Projected 2017 carryover funds $ 10,000.00  
 TOTAL REGULAR INCOME AND CARRYOVER   $ 48,476.20
     
COMMUNICATION EXPENSES    
Editor/webmaster $ 3,000.00  
Web site hosting & registration $ 48.00  
Web site plugins – annual expense $ 40.00  
Web site – miscellaneous/contingent $ 150.00  
 TOTAL COMMUNICATION EXPENSES   $ 3,238.00
     
COMMUNITY SERVICE EXPENSES    
Scholarship Program $ 2,700.00  
Partners-in-Education expenses $ 250.00  
High School Mock Trial Program support $ 250.00  
CASA $ 500.00  
YLC Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament Expenses $ 3,000.00  
MMLS Donation – Tournament Proceeds $ 15,000.00  
 TOTAL COMMUNITY SERVICE EXPENSES   $ 21,700.00
     
MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES    
Executive Committee lunch meetings $ 500.00  
Unpaid lunches at regular meetings $ 140.00  
Speaker Lunches $ 140.00  
Annual Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic – food, etc. $ 2,000.00  
Holiday Party subsidy $ 2,500.00  
Bench-Bar Dinner subsidy $ 2,000.00  
Awards and Recognitions $ 350.00  
Memorials/flowers for deceased members $ 300.00  
Annual corporate registration fee $ 15.00  
Retirement gift for judges $ 800.00  
Contingencies $ 14,793.20  
 TOTAL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES   $ 23,538.20
     
TOTAL OF ALL EXPENSES   $ 48,476.20

New Members

NEW MEMBERS

Judge Edward R. Ardini, Jr., Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, 4103 Melrose Drive, Columbia, MO 65203, phone: 816-889-3672, email: Ted.ardini@courts.mo.gov. Judge Ardini Graduated from New England School of Law in Boston in 1992. Following graduation, he worked at the Attorney General’s Office for 16 years during which he severed as Chief Counsel, Public Safety Division (1998-2002) and Counsel to the Attorney General (2002-2009). He then severed as Counsel to the Governor from 2009 until 2016. On July 15, 2016, Edward was appointed by Governor Nixon to his current position on the Western District Court of Appeals.

Sandy Davidson, Missouri School of Journalism, P.O. Box 55, Harrisburg, MO 65256, phone: 573-449-3853, email: davidsons@missouri.edu Practice Area: Media Law

Tamara Kopp, Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration, 301 West High Street, Room 530, Jefferson City, MO 65101, phone: 573-522-6115, email: tamara.kopp@insurance.mo.gov Practice Area: Insurance Receivership

Tim Opitz, Renew Missouri, 6395 S. Rangeline Road, Columbia, MO 65201, phone: 402-943-7938, email: timothyopitz@gmail.com Practice Areas: Administrative, Environmental Law.

Grace Elaine Shemwell, Ford, Parshall & Baker, 3210 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, MO 65201, phone: 573-449-2613, email: gshemwell@fpb-law.com Practice Areas: Civil Litigation-Defense, Health Care, Grace is a third generation Mizzou Tiger and no stranger to Columbia, she graduated Mizzou Law School in May of 2017. Ford, Parshall & Baker employed her to work with them to do civil litigation for which is she couldn’t be more grateful! She looks forward to being more involved with the BCBA.

CLE Credit Available at January 10 BCBA Meeting

Chris Stiegemeyer, the Executive Vice President of the Bar Plan Foundation will be the present at the next regular BCBA meeting, January 10. He will present his talk on the topic of “risk management, including recent rule changes related to the safekeeping of electronic information.”

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, January 5 [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.

Judge Bradley Not Seeking Re-Election

” I received my first paycheck when I was 13 years old, for detasseling corn. Two months after my 16th birthday, I joined the Teamsters Union and went to work as a warehouseman. Ever since, for almost 50 years, I have worked or been a full-time student.

For the past 32 plus years I have been fortunate to be married to the love of my life and my best friend, Katie. We are currently blessed to be in good health. There are a lot of things we would like to see and do.

In order to give us time to do and see some of those things, I have decided not to seek re-election for another term.”

— Judge Michael W. Bradley, Associate Circuit Judge

Time to Pay 2018 Dues

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/$25 for public service attorneys.

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:

Andrew Kopp, 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, 2018. 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 https://boonecountybar.org/dues/

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 by email or by phone at (573-875-7484). Further information about intercollegiate Mock trial may be obtained at http://www.collegemocktrial.org.