Current BCBA Newsletter
The December 2013 Newsletter, Volume 28, Number
12, dated November 25, 2013, can be downloaded and viewed/printed in
PDF format by clicking here. The
contents also appear immediately below in browser-readable format.
Holiday Party to Benefit Food Bank December
11; RSVP’s Due December 4
Food banks nationwide are continuing to struggle to
feed hungry people in this difficult economy, so the BCBA Holiday Party has
been designed to help our local Food Bank for a third time again this year,
at the same time as we enjoy this annual social gathering with other lawyers
and judges and their spouses and dates.
We must have RSVPs for the Holiday Party by Noon on
December 4, to ensure there will be sufficient food. Please RSVP to BCBA
Secretary Marjorie Lewis at 442-3181 or
email@example.com. The party will
be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11 at the Columbia
Country Club, 2210 Country Club Dr. Spouses and dates are invited and
The format will be a mixer with heavy hors
d'oeuvres. There will be a host bar providing soft drinks, beer and wine.
Mixed drinks will be available for purchase. A very brief program will take
place at 7 p.m.
The Food Bank collection will help us focus on
giving to others in the holiday spirit. The Food Bank helps feed about
121,000 people in central and northeast Missouri identified as “food
insecure”. More information on the Food Bank can be found at
http://sharefoodbringhope.org/give-food/. The food drive will work like
! We're asking each person to bring about $5 worth
of non-perishable food items to the party -- packages, bottles, cans. Norm
has arranged for The Food Bank to provide and pick up six collection bins.
If you bring food, your admission price will be $20 per person.
! If you prefer not to bring food or cannot do so
for some reason, your admission price will be $25, and the bar will donate
$5 to the Food Bank on your behalf. Here is a list of items specifically
needed by the Food Bank:
- Canned vegetables, fruit, soup and meats
such as tuna, chicken or beef
- Boxed meals such as Hamburger Helper
Pasta or rice
- Hot and cold cereal
- Peanut butter and jelly
Last year, a total of 120 bar members, spouses and
guests attended the Holiday Party, and brought with them a total of
approximately 140 pounds of food and $460.00 to donate to the Food Bank.
Even with the Food Bank contributions, the cost of this year's Holiday Party
is a bargain. The per-person cost in previous years has been as much as $35.
You can pay at the door. However, if you RSVP but
end up not being able to come, we will still need for you to pay since the
bar will have to pay the Country Club based on the number who made
reservations. We hope to see an even larger attendance this year so we can
have a great turnout and a fantastic collection for the Food Bank!
E-Filing is Coming – Will You Be Ready?
By Steve Scott, Past President
In a little over two months from now, on Monday,
February 3, 2014, e-filing will become mandatory in Boone County for almost
everything lawyers now file with the court on paper.
Lawyers will be required to e-file new filings and
additions to pending cases in circuit civil, associate civil, small claims,
domestic relations and probate cases. For juvenile cases, additions to
pending cases will have to be e-filed, and the initial filing will need to
be e-filed if filed by an attorney. Criminal cases will continue to be
paper-filed initially, but subsequent pleadings will have to be e-filed.
Only non-lawyer self-represented parties will be allowed to make paper
filings in these cases.
I am serving on the court's Boone County E-Filing
Committee which is planning for the transition, as well as an OSCA e-filing
committee which seeks feedback from lawyers and judges statewide, so I have
some perspective on the main things lawyers need to be doing now to get
You'll find general information on e-filing at:
If you have not already done so, you should go ahead
and obtain your log-in credentials (a username and password) for e-filing.
These credentials also are necessary to log-in to Case.Net so you can view
documents associated with cases. You can obtain your credentials at:
When you register, you will need to provide an email
address to which notices regarding your cases will be sent. You may want to
consider setting up a special email address for notices so you can keep them
separate from your regular email. You should be aware that when e-filing
starts, all notices will be sent by email.
Our court will provide weekly training sessions in
January for lawyers and their staff members to learn how to e-file. The
first session will be held in the afternoon on Jan. 9, and subsequent
sessions will be announced later. In the meantime, you and your staff can
become familiar with the process by reviewing the training materials
You will need to acquire one or more high-speed
document scanners to scan pleadings and other documents to PDF format so
they can be e-filed. Scanners made by Fujitsu and Canon have earned high
marks from lawyers already doing e-filing.
You will also need capable PDF software to manage
the documents you plan to e-file. Most scanners come with Adobe Acrobat
Standard, which should meet all your needs. Even more capable is the more
expensive Acrobat Professional. There are also a number of lower-cost
alternatives, but test them first to make sure they will suffice. Most of
these programs also allow you to create a PDF file directly from your word
processor so you don't have to scan the document.
Also, be thinking now about how you will pay filing
fees and how that will interface with your accounting system. There will be
three options for paying filing fees when you e-file a new case:
• You can set up a debit account with the court to
which you can deposit money. Filing fees will be deducted from the debit
account. There no fees associated with using a debit account. You will find
a form to set up the account at
• You can pay filing fees by "eCheck," which will
result in an ACH transfer of funds from the checking account you specify to
the court. Your bank account number and bank routing number can be saved in
your online e-filing account so you won't have to re-enter those each time
you file. Each eCheck transition will cost 60₵.
• You can charge filing fees to a credit card
(Mastercard, Visa, Discover or American Express). Your credit card
information can be stored in your e-filing account so you don't have to
re-enter it for each filing. Using a credit card will incur a fee of 3% of
the transaction amount, with a minimum charge of $1.
If you have questions or concerns about e-filing,
let me know so I can bring them to the attention of the Boone County
Time to Pay 2014 Dues
Lawyers and firms wishing to expense 2014 BCBA dues
in 2013 may begin sending $50/lawyer dues to Treasurer Clark Jones
at 11 N. 7th St., Columbia, MO 65201-4423. 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, 2014.
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 your Payment/Waiver form with payment
or exemption. This is especially important if your contact information has
changed, or if a firm is adding a new member. The form can be clipped from
Page 1 of this Newsletter or downloaded from the BCBA website.
Message From Christy Blakemore RE: E Filing
In Boone County
Everyone in the Boone County judiciary has been
working very hard on our fast approaching deadlines regarding the upcoming
implementation of eFiling. The first deadline is January 1, 2014, when the
court will go electronic. This means all new filings will be scanned
therefore no files will be made and all pending cases will be scanned. We
will not be sending files to the courtroom. The second deadline is February
3, 2014. This is when the switch will be flipped and attorneys will be
required to file electronically.
As you are probably aware, we are holding some
“practice” e bench dockets. This will allow time for the judges and court
staff to see e bench in the works in a live setting and working out some
issues before we go live.
We have noticed that you will want to look at the
docket and find your case(s) and get the number it has been assigned. It
seems that the court will go by that number more than the actual case
number. We will have several copies in the courtrooms for your reference.
Presiding Judge Jodie Asel has
signed the administrative order regarding eFiling. The court has also
drafted a local court rule regarding e filing. The court agreed on the first
two paragraphs at the last court en banc, however, they are leaving the
third paragraph open for discussion. Both are attached for your reference.
There will be some training sessions available
during the month of January here locally. Please watch for more information
on this from Steve Scott.
We have been advised that the first week using
Missouri eFiling System can be a trying time for everyone. OSCA will provide
support to help ease our transition to the new system and reduce the
potential for technical problems. During this time, it will be helpful to
have your case number available when you call to inquire about a case. This
will reduce our need to search in the system and allow us to access your
information more quickly.
Despite the temporary complications that accompany
this implementation, we believe it will have long term benefits for you and
your clients. It will make it possible for you to access current case
information, submit filings and view documents after normal business hours
and from any location with Internet access. For those who practice in
several locations, you may find some divisions of a court with which you
work using electronic filing while other divisions are not. This will change
over time as more courts implement the Missouri eFiling System.
We appreciate your patience as we embark on this new
endeavor. We will do our best to continue to provide you with quality
service and timely justice throughout the transition. If you have any
questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Christy Blakemore,
Lana Brooks, Kathy Lloyd or Steve Scott.
Additional Clarification of E-Filing Rule
Except for documents filed by pro se litigants,
documents originally filed in the Municipal Division and documents prepared
within a courtroom during trials and hearings, all filings in all types of
cases shall comply with Missouri Supreme Court Rule 103.09 and Court
Operating Rule 27 as further delineated as the Missouri Electronic Filing
System found on the “Your Missouri Courts” homepage
(http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=23) and as described at
http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=46542. Any attempted filing that
does not meet the requirements of the System or any other rules promulgated
by this Court shall be summarily rejected and shall be deemed as not filed.
With regard to documents filed by pro se litigants,
documents originally filed in the Municipal Division and documents prepared
within a courtroom during trials and hearings, the Clerk shall be
responsible for determining the procedures for the proper filing of and
preservation of the same.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, in Boone County, in
the event a person shall be taken into custody and shall post a bond for his
release on an “on view” bond, the bond shall be delivered to the Clerk and
the Clerk shall hold the bond in a separate paper file and receive any
entries of appearance filed by counsel and upon the filing of the charges,
if any, an E-File shall be opened and the same shall reflect the entry of
Mid-Missouri Legal Services Thanks BCBA for
Mid-Missouri Legal Services extends its sincere
thanks to the BCBA Young Lawyers' Committee for designating MMLS as the
recipient of the 2013 "Chippin' in for Charity" Golf tournament proceeds.
Tournament funds will be used to support the MMLS Veterans' Law Project
which conducts a weekly clinic at the Truman V.A. Hospital in Columbia. The
Clinic was launched this year with the proceeds of the 2012 Golf Tournament,
and MMLS already has nearly doubled the number of veterans it served last
year. The Clinic, the first of its kind in Missouri, has been given space at
the V.A. Hospital and was honored by the Missouri Bar in September.
MMLS thanks the YLC for recognizing the tremendous
need for legal services that our veterans have as they return home. Without
the YLC's support, the Clinic could not have been initiated. Many thanks to
all of the attorneys and friends who supported our veterans by participating
in the Tournament again this year! Special thanks to Sander Sowers for his
tremendous efforts in making the Tournament such a great success!
13th Circuit Accepting Applications 2014
Court Approved Mediators
The 13th Judicial Circuit is now accepting
applications for their 2014 list of Court Approved Family Court Mediators.
Supreme Court of Missouri Rule 88.05 requires a mediator in a contested
child custody matter to be an attorney or to possess graduate degree in a
field that includes the study of psychiatry, psychology, social work,
counseling or other behavioral science substantially related to marriage and
family interpersonal relationships. This rule also mandates that a mediator
has received a minimum of 20 hours of child custody mediation training in a
program approved by the court. Local Court Rule 68.12(C) requires mediators
to obtain an additional 6 hours of mediation-related training every two
years, using The Missouri Bar's reporting period.
Applicants must submit an application form and
certificate of completion of hours taken. Please submit your completed
application by December 31, 2013, to Mary Epping, Assistant
to the Court Administrator, 13th Judicial Circuit, Boone County Courthouse,
705 E. Walnut St., Columbia, MO 65201. Application forms are available by
calling Mary at 886-4059 or e-mailing her at
link to the application form also can be found on the Other News page of the
Attorneys and Law Students Needed January
17-18 for Mock Trial Tournament
Columbia College and the University of Missouri
Columbia are hosting an Undergraduate Mock Trial Invitational Tournament
competition at the University of Missouri Columbia on Friday January 17 and
Saturday January 18, 2014. The tournament hosts need attorneys and law
students to serve as judges for this four-round tournament, which serves as
a forum for teams to practice their skills for the regional tournament held
in Kansas City in February. Judges will score a printed ballot with
established criteria and rule on evidentiary objections governed by an
evidence code similar to the Federal Rules of Evidence.
This year’s case is a civil wrongful death case
involving a death during a scuba diving expedition. Judges are needed for
any and all rounds, which are as follows:
Round 1 – Friday, January
17 - 1:30 p.m. –4:30 p.m
Round 2 – Friday, January 17 - 7:00 p.m. – 10:00
Round 3 – Saturday, January 18 - 9:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Round 4 –
Saturday, January 18 - 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Food and ample non-alcoholic beverages will be
provided for judges. Those interested in judging can contact Professor Barry
Langford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about intercollegiate Mock trial can be obtained at
Thank you in advance for your assistance with this competition!
Volunteer Opportunities Provided Through
BCBA PIE and ADR Committees
Attorneys are needed to assist in the three Mock
Trial Programs that take place here in Boone County. These programs, from
whence come our future lawyers, cannot exist without volunteer lawyers to be
evaluators and judges. Contact Norm Lampton at
Sarah Read at
email@example.com for more information or to announce your availability.
The three programs are:
1) Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition- high
school students actually try a civil or criminal case under mock conditions.
The competition will take place on a Friday and Saturday at the Law School -
2) Missouri College Mock Trial Competition- college
students try a civil or criminal case under Mock conditions. Dates tba.
3) Law School Board of Advocates. Law students
advocating in cases of all types. CLE credit and food provided! Current
dates as follows:
Negotiation (October 1-3); Client Counseling (October 28-30); Mediation
(January 25-26); 1L Moot Court (April 14-16, 21).
BCBA Upcoming CLE Programs Announced
Mark Your Calendars! BCBA Vice President
Jennifer Bukowsky has lined up the following programs so far for
the upcoming fiscal year: January 8, 2014- Attorney General Chris Koster;
February 12, 2014- State Auditor Tom Schweich; June 11, 2014- Missouri
Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell. 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 . . .
Wednesday, December 4, 6 p.m.: The
Women Lawyers’ Association of Mid-Missouri invites current and prospective
WLAMM members to their Holiday Party at Elena Vega’s home,
2815 North Oakland Gravel Road, Columbia. Elena's house is known as the
Guitar Mansion and is a Late Victorian Italianate home built in 1859. Her
home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. Members
may pay their $25 dues and we will be collecting donations for a Boone
County and Cole County charity. Suggested donation is $25 to be split
between the two charities. Questions? Contact Tamara Kopp
Wednesday, December 18, 11:45 a.m.:
The Young Lawyer’s Committee will meet for its annual holiday lunch
gathering at Coley's, 15 S. 6th Street. Those attending are asked to bring a
gag/white elephant gift for the always entertaining gift exchange. Please
RSVP by December 17 at 1:00 p.m. to Sander Sowers at
875-1991, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, February 28, 2014, 11:30 a.m.:
SAVE THE DATE- Mizzou Law School will hold its Small Firm and Public
Interest Expo, at Reynolds Alumni Center. Set up and lunch will be from
11:30- 12:00; Networking will take place from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 p.m., and a
complimentary Ethics CLE will be provided from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. For more
information, Public Interest Organizations should contact Linda Lorenz at
email@example.com or 882-0940,
and Law Firms should contact Kate Busch at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 882-6444. A
link to the Registration form can be found on the Other News section of the
Katie D. Whitman, Landmark Bank,
801 E. Broadway, PO Box 1867, Columbia, MO 65205-1867, 573-499-7360. Katie
attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and graduated in
2006. Since 2006, she has practiced with the Missouri Secretary of State,
Securities Division, where she was Chief Registration Counsel; she was an
associate with a boutique securities plaintiff’s firm in Kansas City; and
briefly practiced as an AAG for the Attorney General in Consumer Protection.
She is currently a Relationship Manager and Trust Officer for Landmark Bank
in their Wealth Management Department where she administers trusts and
advises customers on estate, retirement, and financial planning. Katie
teaches a course in State Securities Regulation as an Adjunct Professor at
MU. Prior to her legal career, Katie worked in financial services as a
broker-dealer registered representative, concentrating in operations and
compliance. She was recently married and has two sons at Rock Bridge High
School, although she is a Kewpie at heart.
More information is available for new member
Scott Snipkie. Scott graduated from Mizzou Law School in May 2012
and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in September 2012. Prior to law school,
Scott obtained his undergraduate degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania
State University, where he graduated with highest distinction and with
honors in 2008. He received a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Mizzou in
2013. He also served 6 years in the United States Navy where he worked in
the Engineering Department on the submarine USS Dallas until he was
honorably discharged in 2004. Scott’s main areas of practice include Medical
and Legal Malpractice as well as Bad Faith Insurance Litigation and Personal
Larry E. Tate is retiring after 43
years of practice. His office in Boonville will close effective December 20,
Greg Jones, formerly of Jones &
Watkins, LLC, has taken a position as Trust Officer at The Trust Company.
Greg's new contact information is 302 Campusview Drive, Suite 207, Columbia,
MO 65201, phone (573) 876-7000,
Cynthia Barchet announces that the
Barchet Law Office, L.L.C. will move effective December 2, 2013. Their new
location will be 1203 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203. The phone number will
remain 441-9000, e-mail Cynthia@barchetlaw.com and
website www.BarchetLaw.com. The fax
will be 875-5873.
Barchet Law Office is moving and will have premier
office space for rent beginning December 1, 2013. Located at 302 Campusview
Dr. Suite 201, in a very nice, fully leased professional building. Up to 3
private offices, fantastic reception area, kitchen, storage and access to
multiple conference rooms. The space can be rented fully furnished, if
desired. Call 573-441-9000 or email
email@example.com for more information.
Rachael F. Kennedy, president of
the Missouri Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (MO-AFCC),
announces that AFCC’s biannual AFCC Regional Training Conference will be
held in Kansas City, Missouri this year: “There’s No Place Like Two Homes:
The Complexities of Separation, Divorce and Co-parenting” at Westin Kansas
City at Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri, November 7-9, 2013. For more
information, go to
The Boone County Associate Court’s current list of
conflicts to the regular docket schedule has been updated effective November
15, and can be found on the website at
New toner has been installed in the printer in the
attorney suite in the courthouse.
About 88 members and guests attended the November 13
meeting and CLE program “State of the Court” presented by 13th Circuit
Presiding Judge Jodie Asel.
Treasurer's Report by Clark Jones
Account balance of as September 30, 2013
Receipts 10/1/13 to 10/31/13
Bar Dues Received
Bar Dues Received
Expenses 10/1/13 to 10/31/13
Thad Taylor, 3rd
Quarter Stipend for Newsletter Editor/Web Administrator services
HyVee [Picnic Expense]
University of Missouri Meat Sales
Account Balance as of October 31, 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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