Current BCBA Newsletter

The February 2016 Newsletter, Volume 31, Number 2, dated February 5, 2016, can be downloaded and viewed/printed in PDF format by clicking here. The contents also appear immediately below in browser-readable format.

Next BCBA Meeting/CLE Set For February 10

MU Law Professor David English will be the presenter at the next BCBA meeting on Wednesday, February 10. The title of the presentation is “Current Issues in Guardianship and Conservatorship Law” The program has been approved for 1.2 hours of MCLE credit.

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the County Room at Bleu, 811 E. Walnut. The presentation will begin about noon. A brief business meeting will precede the program. Lunch will be $14, with checks made out to Bleu. PLEASE NOTE: The price of lunch has been raised to $14.00.

RSVP: To reserve your spot for this meeting, contact BCBA Secretary Jennifer Riedy at 882-0940 or by Noon, Tuesday, February 9. RSVP’s are important for this meeting because there may be a large turnout in light of the Ethics CLE credit, and management at Bleu want to prepare sufficient food and seating.

Time to Pay 2016 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 Treasurer Jason Simmons at P.O. Box 7068, Columbia, MO 65205-7068. 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, 2016. 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 2015 Boone County Bar Association Dues Payment/Waiver Form with your payment or exemption. (It may be updated to the 2016 form if the website administrator can figure out his PDF software.) This is especially important if you would like your areas of practice listed with your name in the Membership Directory. On the form, each attorney may list up to two areas of practice. The form can be found at

Volunteer Judges Needed for High School Mock Trial Competition February 27  

Volunteer Judges are needed for the Outstate Regional High School Mock Trial competition set for Saturday, February 27th at the Mizzou Law School. There will be two rounds of competition, one in the morning and one in the early afternoon. The morning session begins at 9:00 a.m. and the afternoon session should conclude by approximately 3:30 pm. Please contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or if you are able to volunteer. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Courtroom Technology Trainings Being Provided February 5 and 19

Boone County Technology Services Supervisor Steve Smith will be providing two 1-hour trainings on the technology available to attorneys in the Boone County Ceremonial Courtroom. The trainings are scheduled for Friday, February 5, at 3 p.m., and Friday, February 19, at 3 p.m. No reservation is necessary. The training will focus on how to use the technology at the lectern and attorneys' tables.   

Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium set for April 21-22

The 35th Annual Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium will be held on April 21st and 22nd, 2016, at the Overland Park, Kansas Convention Center. This continuing education seminar is sponsored by the Estate Planning Society of Kansas City, the Financial Planning Association of Greater 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.
For more information, contact Jason Simmons, Regional Ambassador, at (573) 447-3355, or   

BCBA Committee Directory is being Updated

The BCBA Committee Directory is being updated. So far, the only members that have signed up or made their interest known to BCBA President Josh Oxenhandler are those included below. If you would like to join a committee, please fill out and forward the BCBA Committee Signup Form found on the website at

If you are currently serving on a committee, and would like to continue to serve as either the Chair or a member, or if you would like to join a committee, please contact Josh at There is not an arduous acceptance process to being on a committee, but we need to know if you still are participating, and if you wish to be included for the 2015-2016 year.  

MEDIATION Finley Gibbs, Lorri Kline
BAR/SCHOOLS PARTNERSHIP CHAIR: Finley Gibbs. Members- Kate Busch
FAMILY LAW CHAIR: Amy Markel. Members- Casey Berndt, Lorri Kline, Anna Lingo, Tana Benner, Rachael Kennedy, Josh Oxenhandler, Helen Wade
JUVENILE LAW CHAIR: Casey Berndt. Members- Amy Markel
PICNIC CHAIR: Mark Langworthy. Members- Kate Busch
PROBATE CHAIR: Veronica Manahan. Members- Jason Simmons, Thad Taylor

Mizzou Law School’s Small Firm and Public Interest Expo on February 25

Mizzou Law School would like to extend a personal invitation to your organization to participate in the University of Missouri School of Law Career Expo to be held Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in the Columns Ballroom and Great Room located in the Reynolds Alumni Center on the University of Missouri campus. The Expo will enable representatives from law firms, public interest, governmental organizations, corporations and other legal employers to meet with current J.D. students for informational interviews and networking.

This free event is scheduled from 11:30 to 2:00 and will include a light lunch. Beginning at 2:30, employers are invited to a complimentary Ethics CLE Workshop (2.2 hours) to be held in the Courtroom in Hulston Hall.

The law school will also provide:
• Ability to post job openings and internships opportunities on our job board
• Resume collection in advance of the Expo
• Private rooms to conduct interviews

We hope you will consider attending the Career Expo and take advantage of this opportunity to network with our law students. To reserve your spot, you may download the form at Send the completed registration form to the attention to Jennifer Riedy, , fax number 573-882-9625. Space is limited!
If you have any questions regarding this event or would like to reserve an interview room, have resumes collected or post a position, please feel free to contact Jennifer.      

More Video Dockets May be to Come in the 13th Circuit

MThe 13th Circuit will be working the jail to evaluate what additional cases may be heard over video in Boone County. We wanted to alert the members of the Bar that the court may be doing more dockets by video. For more information, contact Mary Epping, 13th Circuit Court Administrator at 886-4058 or  

BCBA Upcoming CLE Programs Announced

Mark Your Calendars! BCBA Vice President Marjorie Lewis has lined up the following programs so far for the upcoming fiscal year: March 9, 2016- Judge Gary Oxenhandler, regarding his years of service as a judge. Additional programs will be announced as they are lined up. Please mark your calendars now so we can have a great turnout for these special speakers.   

Around the bar . . .


Thursday, February 18, 5:00 p.m.: The Young Lawyers Committee will meet for happy hour at Teller’s, 820 E. Broadway. Please contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or for more information.    


No transitions reported this month.


Jennifer Bard, Oliver Walker Wilson, LLC, 401 Locust St., Ste. 302, P.O. Box 977, Columbia, MO 65201, phone 573-443-3134, fax 573-442-6263, email  A native of Boonville, Jennifer graduated from Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in Buies Creek, North Carolina in May 2009. Jennifer most recently practiced law at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office as a Special Prosecutor – Public Safety Division.  

Claire Owen, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, 230 W. McCarty St., Jefferson City, MO 65101, phone 573-556-3605, email:, website 

Mike Sukup, Cripps & Simmons, LLC, 1109 Club Village Dr., Ste. 101, P.O. Box 7068, Columbia, MO 65203, phone 573-447-3355, email Mike is a graduate of Kansas State University (B.A. 2007) and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (J.D., 2010). He focuses his practice on estate planning, elder law, and business planning. Prior to moving to Columbia, Mike practiced in estate planning in the Kansas City area.

Please note, when applying for membership for the BCBA, please complete the BCBA Enrollment form and forward it to BCBA webmaster/Newsletter editor Thad Taylor if you would like to be listed in the Membership Directory and to receive occasional announcements through the secure listserve.


The Boone County Associate Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule has been updated effective February 1, 2016. The updated list can be found on the website at

There have been some changes to the 2016 Docket. The Associate Arraignment docket on Wednesdays is now in Division 5 rather than Division 9. Division 6 will no longer have the first Thursday of each month. Instead, every Thursday will be covered by Division 5. Please be mindful of these changes when setting new cases for arraignment/initial arraignment, issuing tickets and doing bond returns. The updated 2016 Dockets will be posted to the website soon.

The office of Clay, Kline & Young, LLC is offering an office share arrangement at the Guitar Building, 28 N. 8th St., Ste. 517, across from the Boone County Courthouse. The arrangement includes a paralegal, receptionist, internet access, Westlaw access, office supplies, conference room, fax line, utilities, and a kitchen area. For more information, contact Lorri Kline or Jenny Young at 442-1646.

Pat Eng has newly remodeled store front office space available (approximately 1100 square feet) at 903 East Ash Street, becoming available on February 10. Contact Pat at 874-4190 or for more information.

Glen Ehrhardt has been reappointed to the Board of Directors for Mid-Missouri Legal Services.

About 82 members and guests attended the BCBA meeting and Sara Rittman’s Ethics CLE presentation of “Ethics: Learning from Other’s Mistakes” on January 13. 

January 2016 Treasurer's Report by Jason Simmons

Account balance of as December 31, 2015



Receipts 12/31/15 to 1/29/16

12/31   Interest $0.11
1/13     2016 Membership Dues $1,075.00
1/15     2016 Membership Dues $675.00
1/29     Lunch Reimbursement $28.00
1/29     2016 Membership Dues $900.00

Total Receipts


Expenses 12/31/15 to 1/29/16

1/30     Thad Taylor- 4th  Quarter Webmaster/Newsletter Editor Fee ($750.00)
1/15     Bleu- Member Lunch Payments ($28.00)

Total Expenses


Account Balance as of January 29, 2016


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, Jason Simmons, P.O. Box 7068, Columbia, MO 65205-7068, phone 447-3355. 2014-15 BCBA officers are: President, Josh Oxenhandler, 107 N. 7th St., Columbia, MO 65201-4425, phone 499-1700; Vice-President, Marjorie Lewis, 601 E. Broadway, Ste. 203, Columbia, MO 65205, phone, 442-3181; Secretary, Jennifer Riedy, 103 Hulston Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, phone 882-0940; and Treasurer, Jason Simmons, address above. Executive Committee members are the officers and Jennifer Bukowsky, Rusty Antel and Gretchen Yancey. The BCBA web site is at