Current BCBA Newsletter
The May 2015 Newsletter, Volume 30, Number
5, dated May 5, 2015, can be downloaded and viewed/printed in
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Missouri Bar President Reuben Shelton
Featured at May 13 Meeting
Missouri Bar President Reuben Shelton will speak at
the next regular BCBA meeting at lunchtime Wednesday, May 13. Shelton has
served as a Missouri Bar delegate to the American Bar Association, a member
of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, the
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, the Missouri Lottery Commission, the Bi-State
Development Agency, Children’s Hospital, Saint Louis University Board of
Regents and the University City School Board. He was president of the
Lincoln University Board of Curators, as well as past president of BAMSL,
the Saint Louis Bar Foundation and the Mound City Bar Association.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 12. RSVP’s
are important for Bleu to provide sufficient food and adequate seating.
Date Set for 2015 Annual Jim Butcher
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
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.
Elwood Thomas Inn of Court is Accepting
Applications for Membership
The Elwood Thomas Inn of Court is accepting
applications for new members. The Elwood Thomas Inn is a legal organization
which meets approximately seven times each year (September to April)
alternating between Columbia and Jefferson City. The members meet at the
United States Courthouse in Jefferson City, the University of Missouri
School of Law and at the Missouri Supreme Court. Included in the membership
are Judges from the United States District Court, Missouri Supreme Court,
and the Circuit Courts of Boone and Cole Counties. In addition, there are
many outstanding and experienced litigators in the Inn. The Elwood Thomas
Inn is a litigation-based Inn with a focus on mentoring less experienced
lawyers. This year’s Inn President is Professor Larry Dessem
of the University of Missouri School of Law.
Inn membership consists of Pupils (3d year law
students), Associates (lawyers with 0 to 5 years in practice),
Barristers (lawyers with 6 to 15 years in practice), and Masters (15
years or more in practice). The Inn has a dinner before each meeting and
it is an informative, fun, and professional experience for all.
Barristers serve a three year term and Associates serve a two year term.
There is no set term for Masters.
If you are interested in applying please
complete the attached form and email to:
The application deadline is June 30.
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University of Missouri School of Law
Presents Distinguished Recent Graduate Award to Jennifer K. Bukowsky
On April 17, 2015, the University of Missouri School
of Law presented the Distinguished Recent Graduate Award to Jennifer
K. Bukowsky, a graduate of the Class of 2006.
The award, which recognizes contributions made
to the university, the law school, the legal profession and the
individual’s community by graduates of ten years or less, was presented
at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the university campus. Bukowsky was
introduced by Nicole Volkert.
In her career as a criminal defense attorney,
Bukowsky has handled more than 1,400 cases ranging in seriousness from
speeding to first degree murder. She learned trial practice from late
Mizzou Law Professor Gregory J. Scott, Class of 1988, and has used those
skills in 22 jury trials to date. One of her jury trials resulted in the
only not guilty verdict on a Boone County, Mo., murder case in the last
Arguably the best decision Bukowsky made in her
entire life, she says, was to quit her job as a CPA at a big accounting
firm and to attend law school at the University of Missouri School of
Law. She loved law school. During law school, Jennifer was on the
Missouri Law Review (two articles published) and she won first place in
the Mock Trial competition, “Top 10 Oralist” in the Moot Court
competition, the Wallace Walter Prize for being first in the class after
first year, and numerous other awards for academic achievements in
specific courses. She worked as a summer associate for Armstrong
Teasdale in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, she graduated cum laude from the
School of Law and received Order of the Coif. She then spent a year
clerking for The Honorable Mary Rhodes Russell, Class of 1983, at the
Supreme Court of Missouri. After that she spent a little more than three
years at the trial office of the Missouri State Public Defender in
In the fall of 2010, Bukowsky left the public
defender’s office and opened her own law firm in Columbia. The Bukowsky
Law Firm team has grown to three attorneys, two paralegals, two clerks
and two interns. The firm focuses exclusively on criminal law.
The highlight of Bukowsky’s career to-date was
on July 3, 2014, when she won the release of Anthony Williams, who was
only 14 years old when he was arrested and subsequently spent more than
20 years wrongfully incarcerated prior to his release. He now works full
time as a clerk at the Bukowsky Law Firm. Next week, Bukowsky and
Williams are serving on the training faculty of the Missouri State
Public Defender’s Conference, where she has the honor of both giving the
keynote address and receiving the Director’s Award.
Unfortunately, Bukowsky has yet to win the
release of Jessie McKim -- her other actual innocence habeas client --
despite more than two years of litigating on his behalf. As of today,
McKim has spent 18 years and three days incarcerated for a murder that
never happened. In 2013, The Missouri Bar honored Jennifer for her pro
bono service by awarding her their Young Lawyers Section Pro Bono
Bukowsky is currently the president of the Boone
County Bar Association and she is told that she is the youngest person
to ever hold that position. She previously served as vice president and
Criminal Law Committee chair for that organization.
Bukowsky served on The Missouri Bar Criminal
Code Revision Subcommittee, where she assisted in revising Missouri’s
criminal code. The criminal code revision was passed by the Missouri
Legislature in 2014. After the legislative session ended in 2014, she
was one of five criminal defense attorneys appointed (along with five
prosecutors) to the drafting subcommittee of The Missouri Bar’s Criminal
Law Committee. At the request of the state legislature, that
subcommittee drafted an expungement bill which will hopefully be passed
by the Missouri Legislature in 2015.
Bukowsky has been a weekly guest on “The Gary
Nolan Show” on 93.9 the Eagle for more than three years. She has served
on the boards of directors for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the
Heart of Missouri United Way. She lives in Columbia with her husband
Brant and their two sons, Blake and Gus.
Other University of Missouri
School of Law’s 2015 Law Day Awardees include:
Husch Blackwell Distinguished Faculty Award: Ben
Trachtenberg, Associate Professor of Law, University of Missouri School
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP Excellence in Research
Award: Martha J. Dragich, James S. Rollins Professor of Law, University
of Missouri School of Law; and
Loyd E. Roberts Memorial Prize in the
Administration of Justice: Philip G. Peters Jr., Ruth
L. Hulston Professor of Law, University of Missouri School of Law
13th Circuit Awarding GAL/IP Contract
The 13th Circuit is renewing its Guardian ad Litem
and Parent Attorney contracts for the 2015-2016 contract year. All contract
attorneys must meet the qualifications of the 13th Circuit, the Missouri
Supreme Court and the state statutes for serving as a Guardian ad Litem.
Attorneys interested in a GAL or Parent Attorney contract in Boone County
and/or Callaway County must turn in an interest form to the Court
Administrator’s Office no later than 5:00 pm Friday, June 5. If you have
questions or would like an interest form, please call or e-mail the newly
appointed Deputy Court Administrator Cindy Garrett at 573-886-4059 or
Retirement Reception to Honor Loretta
Gilman, BC Family Court, 5-29-15, 4:00 PM
Boone County Family Court Supervisor Toni Kardon
warmly invites you to a cake and punch reception honoring Loretta Gilman for
her 15 years in the Family Court Division office where Loretta performed
duties involving the juvenile caseload all 15 years. Loretta’s loyal
service, commitment to her work, and faithfulness to the office will be
missed. The reception will take place on the 3rd Floor Jury Assembly Room at
4:00 pm on May 29, 2015. Please join the Family Court Division in wishing
Loretta the best in her new adventures.
Notes from the 13th Circuit
Every Friday at 8:30 a.m., one of the 13th Circuit
Judges is scheduled to hear, among other things, a video docket with the
Boone County Jail. Private defense counsel should be aware that their
clients may be on the Friday video docket as opposed to Monday law day. They
will receive notice, but it may not be given until Thursday.
remember the deadlines to file motions/certificates following about
Settlement Conferences is no later than 4:00pm on Wednesday, as stated in
Local Court Rule 68.12, which states in part:
When all parties agree
that the length of trial shall not exceed 3 hours and all parties desire to
opt out of the settlement conference pursuant to paragraph A, above, the
joint certification required by said Rule shall be filed no later than 4 PM
on the Wednesday before the date of the settlement conference. At noon on
the Thursday before the settlement conference, the Court shall post by email
or through the Clerk’s office the specific time of each conference.
Effective May 1, 2015, Divisions V and IX
(Judges Kimberly Shaw and Michael Bradley) will no longer schedule
"Counsel Status" hearings after arraignments. Instead, after
arraignment, defendant and counsel (if any) will receive notice of the
date for a "Case Review" hearing. This is an effort to move cases more
efficiently, and to make the title of the scheduled event more closely
match what parties can expect to happen in court that day.
Fingerprints costs for the probate division have
gone down to $33.50 per person printed effective immediately.
Additionally, the Caregiver Background Screening Form that is out on the
13th Judicial Website has been updated. Probate Supervisor Sandra Oswalt
asks that attorneys please dispose of previously made copies and begin
using the new form immediately. The Highway Patrol has been accepting
the old form thus far, but that is likely to change.
Editor’s Note: E-Mail Distribution List to
The email distribution list and membership directory
is being updated this month. Members who owe dues and have not paid will be
removed from the rolls. There currently are just over 400 people on the
email distribution list. Some of you are included for reasons other than
being members, and some of our members are exempt from paying dues. Dues are
waived for sitting and retired judges and 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
June Newsletter to be published June 1, please contact Thad Taylor
email@example.com. There is a chance you will have been
mistakenly removed from the distribution list.
BCBA Upcoming CLE Programs Announced
Mark your calendars! BCBA Vice President
Josh Oxenhandler has tentatively lined up the following programs
for the upcoming fiscal year: June: Ed Orr, Helen
Wade, Josh Oxenhandler and Judge Leslie
Schneider, Ethics in Divorce Discovery; July: Judge
Christine Carpenter, current developments in alternative
sentencing; Aug: Justice Paul Wilson, MO Supreme Court; Sept.: 2015 Bar
picnic at Twin Lakes shelter, 9-11-15. Additional programs will be announced
as they are lined up.
Around the bar . . .
Wednesday, May 13, 5:30 p.m.: The
Blue Goose of Mid-Missouri will be hosting a social event/happy hour on May
13 at Grand Cru for current and prospective members. The speaker for the
event will be Professor Angela Drake from the MU Law School’s Veterans
Clinic. Professor Drake will be talking about the work her clinic does for
Veterans, as well what we can do to help. All are encouraged to attend.
Please contact Jim Howard
for more information or to RSVP.
Tuesday, May 19, 5 p.m.: The Young
Lawyers Committee will meet for a joint happy hour with the Mid-Missouri
Young Lawyers Association at Logboat Brewery, 504 Fay Street. The Missouri
Bar Young Lawyers Section Council and Midwest Litigation Services are
sponsoring the happy hour. Food and drink will be provided while funds last.
All are welcome to attend this fun-filled event. For more information
contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or
No transitions reported this month.
No new members this month.
Pat Eng has two newly remodeled
offices available, storefront and about 1100 sq. feet. Contact Pat at
874-4190 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Don Weaver announces that Jeff
Nichols has started a professional investigations firm
Don worked with Mr. Nichols for many years at CPD and can discuss his
reputation, skill and work quality with anyone interested.
Office share available in Guitar Building. Great
location across from Boone County Courthouse. Includes paralegal,
receptionist, office supplies, internet, Westlaw access, fax and
utilities. Contact Jenny Young at 573-442-1646.
The Boone County Associate Court’s current list
of conflicts to the regular docket schedule has been updated effective
April 30, 2015. The updated list can be found on the website at
The Boone County Circuit Court’s current list of
conflicts to the regular docket has been updated effective March 3,
2015. The updated list can be found on the website at
April 2015 Treasurer's Report by Jason
Account balance of as March 20, 2015
Receipts 3/21/15 to 4/30/15
4/14 2015 Dues
4/15 Bench/Bar Mixer Receipts
4/15 Bench/Bar Mixer Receipts
4/21 2015 Dues
Expenses 3/21/15 to 4/30/15
4/08 Thad Taylor - 1st Quarter
4/14 Gabe Meyer - Bench/Bar Mixer Entertainment
4/21 The Broadway - Bench/Bar Mixer
Account Balance as of April 30, 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 email@example.com. 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
above. Executive Committee members are the officers and Russell
Stephen Richey and Kristen Dickinson. The BCBA web site is at