Current BCBA Newsletter

The September 2015 Newsletter, Volume 30, Number 9, dated August 31, 2015, can be downloaded and viewed/printed in PDF format by clicking here. The contents also appear immediately below in browser-readable format.

Annual Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic on September 11

The next scheduled event of the Boone County Bar Association is the annual Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic and Election of Officers the evening of Friday, September 11, at Twin Lakes Park, 2500 Chapel Hill Road. Bear right after entering the park to go to the shelter area.

A social hour will begin about 5 p.m., followed by dinner about 6 p.m. The usual menu will be served, including smoked ribeye, bratwurst, hot dogs, and traditional side dishes, and beverages including beer, wine and soft drinks will be served. The picnic is free of charge, RSVP’s are not necessary, and families/significant others are welcome. 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. 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

Josh Oxenhandler nominated for 2015-16 BCBA President

Current BCBA Vice President Josh Oxenhandler of Holder Susan Slusher Oxenhandler has been selected by the Nominating Committee as the nominee for 2015-16 BCBA President.

Other nominees are Marjorie Lewis of Brown, Willbrand, Simon, Powell & Lewis, for Vice President, Jennifer Riedy of University of Missouri Law School, for Secretary, Jason Simmons of Cripps & Simmons for Treasurer, and Gretchen Yancey of The Yancey Law Firm, and Rusty Antel of Walther, Antel & Stamper, for at-large members of the Executive Committee.

Next year's Executive Committee will consist of the officers, at-large members, immediate past-President Jennifer Bukowsky, and Editor/Webmaster Thad Taylor.

The election of 2015-16 officers will take place at the Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic and Annual Meeting to be held in September. At the election, nominations also may be made from the floor with the consent of those so nominated.
Many thanks for the hard work of this year's Nominating Committee, consisting of Kevin O’Brien, Mark Langworthy and Clayton Thompson.

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. 

New Bond Policy and Procedures Effective August 28

On August 28, Judge Robert D. Aulgur signed into effect new Bond Policy and Procedures for the 13th Circuit Municipal Division – City of Columbia, which repealed the policy that had been in effect since December 13, 2010. A copy of the new policy can be found on the BCBA website at

13th Circuit to Hire a Drug Court Commissioner 

13th Circuit Presiding Judge Christine Carpenter is pleased to announce she received notice on Tuesday, August 25, from the Circuit Court Budget Committee that the 13th Circuit may hire a Drug Court Commissioner. This announcement comes after a two year process in which the circuit was able to work with local legislators, especially Senator Kurt Schaefer and former Representative Chris Kelly, to change statutory authority to allow the circuit to request a commissioner and obtain funding.
“The 13th Judicial Circuit has established a reputation as a leader in Missouri and the U.S. in the growth and development of treatment courts,” said Judge Carpenter. “The addition of a Drug Court Commissioner helps ensure the programs we have developed since 1998 will continue to benefit the citizens of Boone and Callaway County for years to come. We are fortunate to have such forward thinking bipartisan representation.”

The circuit currently has six treatment courts between its two counties, overseen by four judges. The commissioner may oversee all treatment courts, therefore all of these dockets may be consolidated onto that one person’s schedule. 

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  (If you have difficulty with the link, try accessing it with Google Chrome browser). The golf tournament has raised more than $68,000.00 for charity since its inception thanks to the many donors, participants, and sponsors.

The Young Lawyers Committee has teamed up with the Blue Goose of Mid-Missouri to promote its tournament on October 5, as well, which is at A.L. Gustin. Golfers who register for both events will be given a $10 discount off each entry fee. For a team of four (4), that translates into $80 total savings. If you would like to register for both events, be sure to mention as much when you register for each event.

Around the bar . . .


Wednesday, September 16, 5 p.m.: Young Lawyers Committee happy hour: The Young Lawyers Committee will meet for happy hour at DogMaster Distillery, 210 St. James 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.

Saturday, September 19: The University of Missouri Law School welcomes alumni and friends to register for our tailgate, which will be held on September 19th before the Mizzou - UConn football game. The game starts at 11:00 a.m. Registration is requested by September 11th. Here is the link:

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 Jim Howard at or 442-0131.


Manuel Tatayon is no longer working for the Public Defender’s office, and is in transition. More information will be provided at a later date. In the meantime, Manuel’s phone number is 573-864-7164, and current email address is  


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.

More information is available on Todd T. Smith. Todd is very pleased to join the BCBA. He graduated from Drake University Law School in 2008 and received his Master’s of Laws (LL.M) in Law and Government from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2009. Prior to joining Ford, Parshall & Baker, I worked in the Missouri’s Attorney General’s Office in the labor and criminal divisions. At FPB, Todd’s practice is focused on insurance defense and appellate litigation. His academic specialty is constitutional law, particularly the decision-making processes of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Charles Bender, contact information will be provided once it is received.

Casey Forbis, 201 Caribou Drive, Columbia, MO 65202.  


The Boone County Associate Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule has been updated effective August 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  

August 2015 Treasurer's Report by Jason Simmons

Account balance of as July 31, 2015



Receipts 7/31/15 to 8/30/15

8/19  2015 Membership Dues $50.00
8/19  Lunch Reimbursements $30.00
8/28  2015 Membership Dues $75.00

Total Receipts


Expenses 7/31/15 to 8/30/15

8/19  Bleu - Speaker lunches & Reimbursements $50.00

Total Expenses


Account Balance as of August 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  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