The Family Law Committee Hosting Judicial Panel June 13

The Family Law Committee is hosting a judicial panel for a CLE on Wednesday, June 13.  The brown bag lunch will be held at the Boone County Courthouse in the 4th Floor Conference room at noon.  Judges Schneider, Harris, Jacobs and Commissioner Miller are slated to attend.  Topics for discussion will be Chapter 453 adoptions, discussion of use of pretrial/scheduling orders, Judges’ views on what they would like to see from attorneys for clear case presentation, and other pre-approved Q&A.  The session has been approved for 1.2 hours of CLE credit.  If you have a question you would like to put to the panel, please email it to committee chair Gretchen Yancey Gretchen.Y@CarsonCoil.com

Job Opening at Mid-Missouri Legal Services

Mid-Missouri Legal Services seeks a full-time attorney in its Columbia office to represent victims of domestic and sexual violence in order of protection proceedings and in family law cases including, divorce, custody, and modification proceedings. The attorney will assist victims in six counties, including Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Chariton, Howard and Randolph. The attorney must be licensed in the State of Missouri. MMLS provides a competitive salary and excellent benefit package, including fully paid health, dental, long term disability and life insurance premiums; generous holiday, health and vacation days; employer contributions to the MMLS 401(k) plan; all Bar dues, CLEs and malpractice insurance. Please submit cover letter, resume, three references, and a brief writing sample by email to: legalaid@mmls.org  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  MMLS is an equal opportunity employer.

 

13th Circuit’s Implementation of New Online System Underway for Jury Duty

Boone and Callaway have now both implemented the “eJuror” or “Show-Me Jury.” The new system allows potential jurors to fill out a questionnaire and update their information online. With this new system, those who have been summoned for jury services may receive some notifications through a text or an e-mail. The first jurors in Boone effected by received a jury notice from the court starting February 28, 2018; Callaway’s are being released this week. Show-Me Jury is available online at: https://www.courts.mo.gov/ejuror/

Potential jurors will still receive a jury notice in the mail from the court, directing them to go on-line to fill out the qualification form and questionnaire. If a juror believes they are not qualified to serve under Missouri law, they can submit documentation online. For instance, if someone has moved to another state, they can electronically submit a copy of their driver’s license as proof.

As the capability of this program grows, it is anticipated that jurors who provide electronic contact information will be able to receive e-mail or text alerts whether or not they need to report for service. Currently, jurors need to call the court’s automated phone message or look on the court’s website to find out if their service is no longer required, as the only contact information the court has is their home address.

The court reminds the public that they should be aware of jury scams where someone may call you and say you owe money for not appearing for jury service. Even with this new system the court will not call you for confidential information and will never call asking for money for a fine.

 

BCBA Recognized for 30 Years of Service with Columbia Public Schools’ Partners in Education Program

On May 4, 2018, the BCBA received this morning in recognition of serving as a Partner in Education (“PIE”) with the Columbia Public Schools for the past Jason Simmons and Brian Hajicek, the PIE chairperson, attended the banquet to receive the award. Photos of the Bowl received by the BCBA can be viewed on the BCBA website by clicking here.

Thank You from Judge Daniels

April 23, 2018

Dear Members of the Boone County Bar Association:

I write to thank you for the tribute that you gave me when I retired. I am communicating electronically so I may include a photograph of the glass sculpture, in case some of you have not seen it, and because my hand writing is bad.  My friend Judge Oxenhandler use to remind me to “keep it short, “which is sage advice. But, I want to expand on my thank-you and borrow an idea from a literary work to share with you my sentiments about being a member of the Boone County Bar.

If the ghost from the past appeared to me to discuss my association with the Boone County Bar, we would start the conversation with noting the value of the Boone County Bar in shaping my development as a professional and rewarding me with professional and personal friendships that prepared me to be a judge.

If the ghost of the present appeared to me, we would discuss how grateful I am for the professional strength of the Boone County Bar and how “good lawyers” always make a judge look better. I had, and have, a passion, for the good work that an attorney can do, and all of you helped me to be a public servant that helped the community.

If the ghost of the future appeared to me, it would be a shorter conversation. But, the glass sculpture is on my breakfast table where I will be able to see every day a reminder of how lucky I have been to be a lawyer, a judge, and a retired “something” as a member of the Boone County Bar.

I appreciate your generosity and your kind sentiments to me. (And, I am sorry that I “failed” the receiving line at the reception line because I saw some of you from a distance but never had an opportunity to speak to you.) With this “send off”, I will look forward to a longer conversation with the ghost of the future.

DD

13th Circuit’s Implementation of New Online System Underway for Jury Duty

Boone and Callaway have now both implemented the “eJuror” or “Show-Me Jury.” The new system allows potential jurors to fill out a questionnaire and update their information online. With this new system, those who have been summoned for jury services may receive some notifications through a text or an e-mail. The first jurors in Boone effected by received a jury notice from the court starting February 28, 2018; Callaway’s are being released this week. Show-Me Jury is available online at: https://www.courts.mo.gov/ejuror/

Potential jurors will still receive a jury notice in the mail from the court, directing them to go on-line to fill out the qualification form and questionnaire. If a juror believes they are not qualified to serve under Missouri law, they can submit documentation online. For instance, if someone has moved to another state, they can electronically submit a copy of their driver’s license as proof.

As the capability of this program grows, it is anticipated that jurors who provide electronic contact information will be able to receive e-mail or text alerts whether or not they need to report for service. Currently, jurors need to call the court’s automated phone message or look on the court’s website to find out if their service is no longer required, as the only contact information the court has is their home address.

The court reminds the public that they should be aware of jury scams where someone may call you and say you owe money for not appearing for jury service. Even with this new system the court will not call you for confidential information and will never call asking for money for a fine.

Job Opening at Mid-Missouri Legal Services

Mid-Missouri Legal Services seeks a full-time attorney to join its Family Law Unit in its Columbia office. Family law or other litigation experience is preferred. MMLS offers a competitive salary, excellent health/ancillary benefits and a retirement plan. MMLS is an equal opportunity employer. Please submit your letter of interest and resume to legalaid@mmls.org

TRANSITIONS

David Kirshner has accepted a position with the Boone County Public Defender’s Office. His new contact information is Missouri State Public Defender’s Office, 601 E. Walnut, Columbia, MO 65201, phone 573-447-8087, email David.Kirshner@mspd.mo.gov.

Emily Little, as of April 16, 2018 has accepted a new position with the University of Missouri General Counsel’s Office. Her new contact information is: University of Missouri, Office of the General Counsel, 227 University Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, phone: 573-882-3211, email: littleew@umsystem.edu.

Charlie Sticklen and Shelly Dreyer, as of Feb 15, 2018, have moved their Columbia office to 1001 Cherry St, Suite 104, Columbia, MO 65201. The phone number remains 573-303-3848, fax number 417-626-7686, emails charlie@stricklenanddreyer.com and shelly@stricklenanddreyer.com, website www.stricklenanddreyer.com.

NEW MEMBERS

John Bandy, FCS Financial, 1934 E. Miller St, Jefferson City, MO 65101, phone: 573-291-5875. email: john.bandy@myfcsfinancial.com Practice Areas: Corporate, Employment and Labor.

Christine Stamper, 700 Cherry Street, Columbia, MO 65201, phone: 573-514-5340, email: mcglstamper@gmail.com Christine graduated from Mizzou’s law school in 2014. Prior to law school, she taught high school English. In 2016, she earned an LL.M in food and agriculture law from the University of Arkansas, also while at Arkansas, she was an adjunct professor and taught judicial process.

Keegan Tinney, Sticklen & Dreyer, P.C., 1001 Cherry St., Suite 104, Columbia, MO 65201, phone: 573-303-3848. Email: keegan@sticklenanddreyer.com Practice Area: Civil Litigation-Plaintiff.

The Elwood L. Thomas American Inn Of Court

THE ELWOOD L. THOMAS AMERICAN INN OF COURT — SEEKING APPLICATIONS —

The Elwood L. Thomas Inn of Court is seeking applications for both new and seasoned attorneys for the 2018-2019 Inn year, which corresponds with the academic calendar year at the University of Missouri School of Law.

An application form is attached. Please return completed forms electronically to Elwood.L.Thomas.Inn@gmail.com not later than May 23, 2018.

The Elwood L. Thomas Inn was formed during the last decade by judges from the Missouri Supreme Court, a judge from the Eighth Circuit, trial judges from Columbia and Jefferson City, members of the University of Missouri School of Law, and leading trial attorneys from Columbia and Jefferson City.

The Inn is one of 379 charted American Inns of Court in the United States. All American Inns of Court have a mission of inspiring the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education, and mentoring.

The Elwood L. Thomas Inn meets approximately once a month during the academic year. The meetings feature meals and engaging programs on litigation and professional responsibility topics that are presented by smaller “pupilage teams” that consist of a mix of judges, senior attorneys, junior attorneys, and law student members of the Inn. Meetings rotate between Columbia, usually at the University of Missouri School of Law, and Jefferson City, sometimes at the Missouri Supreme Court or the U.S. District Courthouse. Pupilage teams are encouraged to meet outside of the monthly meetings on an informal basis.

The first meeting during the 2018-2019 term will be held August 23, 2018 at the Reynolds Alumni Center, and a final banquet and program is traditionally held in mid-April at the same location. There are five Inn meetings between those dates, typically on the 2nd or 3rd Thursday of the month in September, October, November, January, and February or March. The 2018-2019 calendar will be finalized during the summer. Annual dues cover the cost of meals. Most programs qualify for CLE credit.

The Elwood L. Thomas Inn is seeking attorney applicants in the following categories:

 Associates (attorneys with zero to five years of experience), who are members of the Inn for a two-year term. Annual dues are $125.

 Barristers (attorneys with at least five years of experience), who are members of the Inn for a three-year term. Annual dues are $155.

 Masters (attorneys, law professors, and judges with at least 10 years of experience who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in their field), who are admitted without a term limitation, but can be granted emeritus status after five years. Annual dues are $225.

The American Inns of Court system was conceived by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and is modeled on the Inns of Court in England and Ireland. The first American Inn of Court was founded in 1980. For more information see https://home.innsofcourt.org/.

Applications can be found here.

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.