Current BCBA Newsletter

The August 2014 Newsletter, Volume 29, Number 8, dated August 6, 2014, can be downloaded and viewed/printed in PDF format by clicking here. The contents also appear immediately below in browser-readable format.

CLE Credit Available at August 13 Meeting

Nicole Volkert will present the next program entitled “The Fourth Amendment in a Changing World” at the next regular meeting, lunchtime on Wednesday, August 13. Nicole is an Assistant City Counselor and Police Advisor for the City of Columbia. This program has been approved for 1.2 hours of CLE credit.

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the lower level at Bleu, 811 E. Walnut. The presentation will begin about noon. A brief business meeting will precede the program. Lunch costs $10, with checks made out to Bleu. RSVP: To reserve your spot for this meeting, contact BCBA Secretary Marjorie Lewis at 442-3181 or by 5 p.m., Tuesday, August 12. RSVP’s are important so management at Bleu can prepare sufficient food and seating.

Jennifer Bukowsky nominated for 2014-15 BCBA President

Current BCBA Vice President Jennifer Bukowsky has been selected by the Nominating Committee as the nominee for 2014-15 BCBA President.

Other nominees are Josh Oxenhandler for Vice President, Chrissy McCartney for Secretary, Jason Simmons for Treasurer, and Steve Richey and Kristen Dickinson for at-large members of the Executive Committee.

Next year's Executive Committee will consist of the officers, at-large members, immediate past-President Russ Still, and Editor/Webmaster Thad Taylor.

The election of 2014-15 officers will take place at the Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic and Annual Meeting to be held in September [more information will be available on the picnic in the next Newsletter.] At the election, nominations also may be made from the floor with the consent of those so nominated.

Many thanks for the hard work of this year's Nominating Committee, which was chaired by Marvin Tofle. Other committee members were Sander Sowers and Christina Devine.

More Information on the 2014 Annual Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic

The 2014 Annual Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic will take place on Friday, September 5, at Twin Lakes Park. A social hour will begin about 5 p.m., followed by dinner about 6 p.m. Smoked ribeye, bratwurst, hot dogs, and traditional side dishes, and beverages including beer, wine and soft drinks will be served. The picnic will substitute for the meeting in September.

Jim Butcher organized our annual picnic for many years before his untimely death in the late 1980s. After his death, the event was renamed the Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic in his honor, and we have invited his widow Joan to attend as our guest every year since. Mrs. Butcher has graciously accepted our invitation to attend again this year.

The Picnic Committee consists of Mark Langworthy, Chair, Stan Clay, Christina Devine, Jason Simmons, and Sander Sowers. The picnic is free to all members and their families/significant others, and RSVP’s are not required..   

MMLS Needs Local Attorneys to Assist with Basic Estate Plans

The Mid Missouri Legal Services has funds available to pay private attorneys to prepare Powers of Attorney and Beneficiary Deeds for low-income elderly or disabled people. The clients have almost no assets and rarely have real property, and they are often targeted for financial exploitation by children and caregivers, usually Social Security checks.

These are reduced fee cases whether than pro bono cases. MMLS has appropriated about $5,000 for 50 cases, or $100 each. MMLS is able to do this because they are receiving a portion of the Supreme Court fees ($30) paid by attorneys annually, and they are using the funds to pay private attorneys to handle the cases. There also are funds available to pay private attorneys for family law cases – usually affirmative divorces that do not involve domestic violence.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Susan Lutton, Executive Director, at   

Date for Annual Chippin’ in for Charity Golf Tournament Set for October 13

The 8th annual Chipping in for Charity golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, October, 13, 2014 (Columbus Day - a court holiday). This year's tournament will again be held at The Club at Old Hawthorne, 6221 E. Hwy. WW. Net proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Mid-Missouri Legal Services Corporation. 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), 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 29th.

To make the tournament a success and raise as much money as possible, sponsorships and prize donations for the tournament are needed. Please contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or to sign up, donate, participate, and arrange sponsorships. The registration form is available on the website at link or by clicking here.

Last year's golf tournament raised more than $11,600 for Mid-Missouri Legal Services Corporation thanks to the many donors, participants, and sponsors.   

Law School Alumni Golf Tournament Set for Monday, August 18

The MU School of Law is hosting the first annual Law Alumni Golf Tournament on Monday, April 18, 2014, with registration beginning at 11:00, lunch at 11:30, and a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the MU Law Scholarship fund. The tournament is at the Columbia Country Club, and will be in a four person scramble format. Fees are $150 for an individual ($125 if the individual has graduated within the last ten (10) years, or $500 for a team. It’s not too late to sign up!

Registration form can be found at Any questions? Please contact Traci Fleenor at or at 573-882-4657.    

Law School Needs Judges for Fall Moot Court Competition August 25-27

The MU School of Law is hosting its 2014 Fall Moot Court Competition the evenings of August 25, 26, and 27, between 7-10 p.m. each night. The law school needs a lot of attorneys to serve as judges to help make the competition a success. For those attorneys willing and able to volunteer, dinner will be provided prior to the judges meeting, and CLE credits will be earned for your time.
If you have any questions or would like to sign up to volunteer, go to  If you have questions, you may contact Casey Baker at    

Around the bar . . .


Tuesday, August 26, 5:00 p.m.: The Young Lawyers Committee happy hour with Special Guest Mike Whitworth. The Young Lawyers Committee will meet for happy hour at Bleu Restaurant & Wine Bar, 811 E. Walnut. Special guest Mike Whitworth will be in attendance to visit with the YLC and to discuss his candidacy for the Division 5 Associate Circuit Judge position. Please contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or for more information. The committee will also continue planning for the annual Chipping in for Charity golf tournament fundraiser benefitting Mid-Missouri Legal Services. 


Michael Barrett, General Counsel and Public Information Officer, Missouri Public Defender System, 1000 W. Nifong, Bldg. 7, Ste. 100, Columbia, MO 65203, phone 355-6030, fax 777-9975, email Michael attended Southern Illinois University and graduated in 2002. Prior to his current appointment, Michael served as Deputy General Counsel for Governor Jay Nixon.


Scott Snipkie and Andrew Withington have changed the name of their practice to Withington Litigation Group. Their e-mail addresses have changed to and, respectively. Their physical address remains 903 Old Hwy 63 North, Suite C, Columbia, MO 65201. The phone number is 573-817-2053. Their website can be found at   


The Boone County Associate Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule has been updated effective June 30, 2014. The updated list can be found on the website at

About 65 BCBA members and guests attended the regular monthly meeting, which was a Judicial Candidates Forum. No CLE credits were awarded for the July meeting. 

August 2014 Treasurer's Report by Clark Jones

Account balance of as June 30, 2014


Receipts 6/30/14 to 7/31/14

6/30     Interest Payment $0.10
7/8        Bar Dues - 2014 $87.50
7/31     Interest Payment $0.08

Total Receipts


Expenses 6/30/14 to 7/31/14

7/2      Check #1549 - Univ. of Alabama -Rock Bridge Scholarship $1,000.00
7/8      Check #1550 - SLU - Southern Boone Scholarship $500.00
7/22    Check #1551 - Hannibal-LaGrange - Sturgeon Scholarship $500.00

Total Expenses


Account Balance as of July 31, 2014


The Boone County Bar Association Newsletter is published monthly by the Boone County Bar Association, Inc. Beginning August 1, 2011, send items for publication to the Editor/Webmaster, Thad Taylor, 1121 Bus. 70 E, Ste. 2B, Columbia, MO 65201, phone 445 4755, fax 445 4756, email Annual dues are $50 and may be sent to the Treasurer, Clark Jones, 11 N. Seventh St., Columbia, MO 65201-4423, phone 449-2451. 2012 13 BCBA officers are: President, Russell Still, 515 Cherry St., Ste. 300, P.O. Box 933, Columbia, MO 65205-0933, phone 874-2402; Vice President, Jennifer Bukowsky, 810 E. Walnut, Columbia, MO 65201-4863; Secretary, Marjorie Lewis, 601 E. Broadway, Ste. 203, P.O. Box 1304, Columbia, MO 65205-1304, phone 442-3181; and Treasurer, Clark Jones, address above. Executive Committee members are the officers and Steve Scott, Josh Oxenhandler and Wally Bley. The BCBA web site is at