Current BCBA Newsletter
The June 2015 Newsletter, Volume 30, Number
6, dated May 31, 2015, can be downloaded and viewed/printed in
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Ethics CLE Credit Available at the June 10
The presentation at the next BCBA meeting will
consist of a panel, including Helen Wade, Josh
Oxenhandler, and Judge Leslie Schneider,
discussing 'Ethics in Divorce Discovery'. The presentation will qualify for
1.2 hours in Ethics 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 Treasurer Jason Simmons at 447-3355 or
by 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 9. RSVP’s are important for Bleu to provide
sufficient food and adequate seating.
Visitation for Judge Horner Set for Monday,
June 1 in Auxvasse
Judge Patrick A. Horner passed away
on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics. He
was 81 years old. Judge Horner earned his Bachelor of Law from the
University of Missouri School of Law. He was admitted to the Missouri Bar on
the 5th of September in 1959. He practiced law as a general practitioner for
ten years until his appointment as a member of the judiciary of the State of
Missouri in 1973.
Judge Horner served as President of the
Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association in 1979-1980. He
retired from the active judiciary and became a Senior Judge in 1998. He
was a member of MIZZOU Alumni Association receiving the Chapter Award in
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on
Monday, June 1, 2015 at Grand Prairie Baptist Church in Auxvasse. The
family will receive friends from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the church. In
lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Grand Prairie
Baptist Church or the Lion’s Club International Eye Bank, c/o Maupin
Funeral Home, 301 Douglas Boulevard, Fulton, MO 65251.
Volunteers sought for Nominating Committee
It's that time of year again when we need to start
thinking about BCBA officers for next year, and the process starts with the
appointment by the President of a Nominating Committee.
If you would like to serve on the Nominating
Committee, please contact Jennifer Bukowsky at 443-2288
or firstname.lastname@example.org. Per the BCBA
Bylaws, the President has until June 1st to appoint the members of the
Nominating Committee. Members of the committee will be announced in an
upcoming newsletter, and members interested in serving as an officer of
the BCBA or member of the Executive Committee can then express their
interest to committee members.
The Nominating Committee will be instructed not
to follow past practice of trying to nominate the top officers in order
of seniority in the bar.
Still Time to get Your Composite Photo Taken
Creative Photo is still doing make-up composite
photos for the next two weeks. If you haven't gotten your composite photo
taken call them and set up a time to stop by. You won't look any younger at
our next composite so act now.
You can schedule a photo at Creative Photo's
Studio by contacting
Marvin at Creative Photo, 2201 Old Hwy 63 South, Columbia, MO 65201,
phone (573) 875-1841, or
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.
here on the web version of this Newsletter for an
In last monht's Newsletter, when noticing
Jennifer Bukowsky for receiving the University of Missouri
Law School’s Distinguished Recent Graduate Award, Jennifer’s biography
mentioned that she had received the only not guilty verdict on a Boone
County murder jury trial in the last 50 years.
There are two things to
note regarding the article. First: The biography was published without
Jennifer’s review, knowledge or consent. Second: The article neglected to
remember Gary Stamper’s 1987 not guilty verdict received after the jury
trial of Lee McDonald.
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.
Remembering Judge Horner
In September 2012, Judge Oxenhandler honored Judge
Patrick Horner at the Presiding Judge's State of the
Judiciary remarks to the Boone and Callaway Bar Associations. Judge
Oxenhandler’s remarks were as follows:
"Judge Horner, please indulge me.
I want to share a poem with you.
If with pleasure you are viewing
Anything a man is doing
If you like him or you love him
Tell him now.
Don't withhold your approbation
Till the parson makes oration
lies with snowy lilies on his brow.
For no matter how you shout it
won't really care about it.
He won't know how many teardrops you have
If he earns your praise, bestow it.
If you love him, let him
For he cannot read his tombstone when he's dead.
I want to take a moment and talk about a long
and dear and dedicated friend of the 13th Judicial Circuit. The
Honorable Patrick J. Horner. Judge Horner graduated the
MU law School in 1959. He was a sole practitioner in Auxvasse until 1973
when he was appointed to the Bench by Governor Kit Bond. He ran in 1974
and won. Judge Horner was on the Bench for 24 years and 5 months but
who’s counting. He started as Probate Judge and with the Court
Re-Organization, he heard everything. Since his retirement, he continues
to serve as Senior Judge. Last week, he was on the Bench in Boone.
There are so many wonderful stories about Judge
Horner. Great stories. Stories of a judge with gumption, compassion and
humor. But before I share a couple with you, I want you to know that I
share these stories with the utmost respect for someone I believe who
is, has been and will continue to be the consummate, unflappable judge.
No matter what docket or What cases he may be assigned, whether it is a
simple trespass or 40 students being arrested for demonstrating against
South African apartheid policies in the Francis Quadrangle, the Judge
just steps up to the Bench and does what he does best: be a judge.
Everyone has heard the story about how Judge
Horner held court on the front steps of the Boone County Courthouse.
Well, here’s the truth: One morning, Judge Horner had a Boone Probate
docket. It was a busy at the front door and though he was not obligated
to go through security, that’s just the kind of guy he was . . . he went
thru security but no matter what he took off, the metal detector
wouldn’t stop going off. The marshal, maybe being a tad bit too
officious or simply having too good of time, refused to let Judge Horner
in. So, after being inspected, detected and rejected, the good Judge
walked out of the Courthouse and much to the chagrin of the marshals
called his docket on the front steps. Judge Daniels, please don’t get
I had a lot of personal experiences before the
judge. But there is one that really stands out. I was trying a contested
divorce. The attorney on the other side endeavored to introduce evidence
of maintenance. I timely objected . . . and Judge Horner sustained the
objection. It was one of the few times in my legal career that I had a
meaningful, law based objection sustained. I was pretty excited.
However, the attorney on the other side had an un-thought-of legal ploy.
The attorney began to cry. After a few moments of open sobbing, Judge
Horner said Well, if you’re gonna cry, I’ll let in . . . and he did. At
that moment, I had no idea what had happened to me. I had never studied
the BooHoo maneuver. In retrospect, Judge Horner knew exactly what he
was doing. What difference did it make it he let the evidence in? He was
allowing an attorney to save some face in front of a client and he knew
he would follow the law. Which he did: He didn’t award maintenance.
Today, on behalf of all us I want to thank Judge
Horner for his unbending loyalty to our court and the citizens of our
community. Before I made these remarks, I chatted with Judge Horner. I
didn’t want to embarrass him. I didn’t want him to interpret my remarks
as a goodbye. I wanted him to know that we value his body of work and
that we expect his helping hand for many years to come. He understood.
The day following our conversation, I received an email from the Judge.
It enclosed the poem that I read to you a moment ago. Judge Horner
shared with me that it was a poem that his Mother, Mary Haun Horner,
often quoted to him. She was born in Whitesburg, Tennessee, October 13,
1897; Died Fulton, Missouri, October 12, 1994. It was a poem from the
McGuffey reader. Mary must have been very proud of her son.
If with pleasure you are viewing
a man is doing
If you like him or you love him
Tell him now. . . .
Judge Horner, thank you.
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: 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 . . .
Friday, June 5, 11:45 a.m.: The
Criminal Law Committee will meet at Trey Bistro, 21 North 9th Street. The
Committee intends to meet at Trey Bistro the first Friday of each month
(except July) in 2015. For more information, contact Kevin O’Brien
at 442-5944 or
Tuesday, June 16, 5 p.m.: The
Young Lawyers Committee will meet for happy hour at Snapper’s Bar, 12
South 7th Street. 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.
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
May 29, 2015. The updated list can be found on the website at
May 2015 Treasurer's Report by Jason
Account balance of as April 30, 2015
Receipts 4/30/15 to 5/31/15
5/29 2015 Dues
Expenses 4/30/15 to 5/31/15
Account Balance as of May 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 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