OTHER NEWS

Gary Stamper and Christine Stamper competed in the Big Island Marathon on Sunday, June 29, 2019. Gary won his age division in the quarter marathon and Christine finished third in her marathon age division. Christine ran her way to the front of the field of women to finish 11th out of 86 overall. The course took all runners through the Waikoloa Beach resort onto the Queen K Highway and through the lava fields of the Kohala coast.

The 13th Circuit Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule, effective July 1, 2019 and the 13th Circuit Associate Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule, effective June 14, 2019, has been uploaded to the website and can be found at https://boonecountybar.org/docket-schedules/.

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/.

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.

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/.

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.

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.

Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium April 25-26

The 38th Annual Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium will be held on April 25th and 26th, 2019, 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.

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.

 

Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Opening

The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has an opening for a full-time Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. This position will begin immediately. The Assistant Prosecuting Attorney will represent the State of Missouri in criminal prosecutions. The compensation includes a salary of $52,624 – $87,131 per year and benefits.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. If interested, please complete an online application at https://www.showmeboone.com/hr/webpublish/jobs/207-1261.html>.