Current BCBA Newsletter

The August 2015 Newsletter, Volume 30, Number 8, dated August 10, 2015, 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 the August 12 BCBA Meeting

Supreme Court Justice Paul Wilson will present the program at the next regular BCBA meeting on August 12, 2015. The presentation will qualify for 1.2 hours in 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 payable to Bleu.

RSVP: To reserve your spot for this meeting, contact BCBA Secretary Chrissy McCartney at 886-8913 or by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 11, 2015.RSVP’s are important for Bleu to provide sufficient food and adequate seating.

Date Set for 2015 Annual Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic

The 2015 Annual Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic will take place on Friday, September 11, 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, Sander Sowers, and Norm Lampton. The picnic is free to all members and their families/significant others, and RSVP’s are not required.

Nominating Committee Appointed; Apply for Positions

Kevin O’Brien, Mark Langworthy, and Clayton Thompson have been appointed to this this year’s Nominating Committee to select next year’s officers and Executive Committee members.

BCBA members interested in being an officer or Executive Committee member for 2015-16 should contact any one of the Nominating Committee members. Their contact information is:

Kevin O’Brien: [phone 442-5944]
Mark Langworthy: [phone 884-3083]
Clayton Thompson: [phone 449-2518]

The former system of selecting the next Vice President on a seniority basis no longer applies. Normally the Vice President is nominated to be the following year's President. Other positions available are Secretary, Treasurer and two at-large members of the Executive Committee. The election will be held at the annual meeting/picnic in September.

Nominations Sought for First Annual BCBA Member Awards 

The BCBA will recognize two members with awards at this year's annual Picnic, on September 11th. The awards will be:
- Distinguished Professional Award- to a BCBA member in practice 15 or more years who exemplifies the highest legal and ethical standards to which all legal professionals should strive.
- Outstanding Service Award- to a BCBA member who has made significant contributions to the benefit of the legal profession, the justice system, and/or our community.

The awards committee consists of Jennifer Bukowsky (443-2288 or, Judge Gary Oxenhandler (886-4050), Marjorie Lewis (442-3181 or, Emily Little (449-2613 or, and Bob Buckley (443-3134 or If you would like to nominate a BCBA member for either award, please contact one of the awards committee members as soon as possible. 

Law School Alumni Golf Tournament Set for Monday, August 24

The MU School of Law is hosting the second annual Law Alumni Golf Tournament on Monday, August 24, 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.

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

Date for Annual Chippin’ in for Charity Golf Tournament Set for October 12

The 9th annual Chipping in for Charity golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, October, 12, 2015 (Columbus Day - a court holiday). This year's tournament will be held at Columbia Country Club, 2210 Country Club Drive. 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 28th.

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. You may also download the registration flyer from the BCBA website at

The golf tournament has raised more than $68,000.00 for charity since its inception thanks to the many donors, participants, and sponsors.

Professor Hundvald’s Memorial Set For September 20 

Long-time faculty member Ed Hunvald passed away on June 27. Ed taught generations of law students in his 50-year career at the law school. Alumni describe Ed as revered, beloved and deeply respected. These terms apply not only for our graduates, but for the entire legal community in Missouri.

A memorial service is planned on September 20th from 2-4 p.m. This will be held on the MU campus at Reynolds Alumni Center. You are invited to share in this celebration of Ed’s life. If you are able to attend, please register using the electronic invitation:

Ed’s obituary can be viewed at

If you would like to share your memories of Ed with his family, please send those to Casey Baker at

Eileen Moore Recognized for 20 Years of Service

Eileen Moore, Civil Division Supervisor in the Boone County Circuit Clerk's Office, celebrated 20 years with the judiciary on July 17th. Her service over the years has been an example of hard work and dedication. Thank you Eileen for your endless contribution on a daily basis, it is greatly appreciated!!

Around the bar . . .


Thursday, August 20. 5 p.m. : Young Lawyers Committee happy hour: The Young Lawyers Committee will meet for happy hour at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, 115 S. 5th Street. The committee will continue planning for the annual Chipping in for Charity golf tournament fundraiser benefitting Mid-Missouri Legal Services. Please contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or for more information.

Monday, October 5: SAVE THE DATE. The Blue Goose of Mid-Missouri will host its Inaugural Larry Fuller Memorial Blue Goose Golf Tournament on Oct. 5 at A.L. Gustin Golf Course. Proceeds will benefit the Larry Fuller Scholarship Fund and Mizzou Law School’s Veterans Clinic. To sponsor, or to enter a team, go to For more information, contact James Howard at or 442-0131.


James Ballard has joined Barchet & Jones as an associate. James graduated from UMKC School of Law in 2013. He will focus on elder law, Medicaid planning and probate matters. James’ contact information is 1203 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203; phone 573-441-9000; email

Mihaela Britt left her position of Assistant Director for International Student and Scholar Services at the University of Missouri, effective July 31, 2015. Mihaela has started Britt Immigration Law, LLC, and focuses on immigration and naturalization law. Her contact information is P.O. Box 30170, Columbia, MO 65205, Phone 573-234-5453, Fax 573-234-5401, email, website

Ron Sweet has accepted the position of Assistant Boone County Counselor II with Boone County. His new contact information is 801 E. Walnut, Ste. 211, Columbia, MO 65201, phone 573-886-4414, email  


More information is available on James Owen. James recently moved to Boone County to work at our State Capitol but also keeps a private practice open part-time. In 2003, James graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law and received his Missouri law license in 2004. After clerking for the Missouri Court of Appeals and working in private practice for two firms in southwest Missouri, James was appointed Webster County Associate Circuit Judge in 2014. James is currently working for the Missouri's Office of Administration in Jefferson City in developing the State's contract oversight office. His current part-time practice focuses on estate planning, probate and trust administration, and uncontested family law matters. He may be reached by phone at (417) 496-1924 or email at

Todd T. Smith, Ford, Parshall & Baker, L.L.C., 3210 Bluff Creek Dr., Columbia, MO 65201-3525, Phone 573-449-2613, Fax 573-875-8154, email, website

Kirk Stange, Stange Law Firm, PC, 1506 Chapel Hill Rd., Ste. H, Columbia, MO 65203-5457, Phone 573-303-0595, Fax 855-420-6951, email, website

Stephen Wyse, Wyse Law Firm, P.C., 609 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201, phone 573-449-7755, fax 573-449-7557, email, website, practice areas: civil litigation, criminal, family.  


The Columbia office of McCausland, Barrett & Bartalos, is moving to a new location in Columbia and has quality used office furniture to sell including desk sets, metal file cabinets, and a large receptionist station. Please contact Amanda at 445-8990.

The Boone County Associate Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule has been updated effective July 31, 2015. The Boone County Circuit Court’s list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule has been updated effective July 30, 2015. The updated lists can be found on the website at 

July 2015 Treasurer's Report by Jason Simmons

Account balance of as June 26, 2015



Receipts 6/26/15 to 7/31/15

6/30  Interest $0.10
7/17  Bench/Bar Mixer $35.00
7/27  2015 Membership Dues $100.00
7/31  Interest $0.10

Total Receipts


Expenses 6/26/15 to 7/31/15

7/06  Jackson C. Atkins - Scholarship Recipient $250.00
7/06  Glen Decker - Scholarship Recipient $250.00
7/06 William Roberts - Scholarship Recipient $250.00
7/06 Hannah Taylor - Scholarship Recipient $250.00
7/06  Mary Cleavinger - Scholarship Recipient $250.00
7/06  Isabella Beard - Scholarship Recipient $250.00
7/06  Michael Vu - Scholarship Recipient $250.00
7/06  Thad Taylor - 2nd Quarter Newsletter Editor/Webmaster stipend $750.00
7/31  Creative Photo - Bar Composite and Framing $1,653.25

Total Expenses


Account Balance as of July 31, 2015


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. 2012 13 BCBA officers are: President, Jennifer Bukowsky, 810 E. Walnut, Columbia, MO 65201-4863, phone 443-2288: Vice President, Josh Oxenhandler, 107 N. 7th St., Coumbia, MO 65201-4425, phone 499-1700; Secretary, Chrissy McCartney, 3610 Buttonwood, Ste. 200, Columbia, MO 65201-3721, phone 886-8913; and Treasurer, Jason Simmons, address above. Executive Committee members are the officers and Russell Still, Stephen Richey and Kristen Dickinson. The BCBA web site is at