Current BCBA Newsletter

The October 2014 Newsletter, Volume 29, Number 10, dated October 6, 2014, 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 Next BCBA Meeting October 8

The Clerk of the Missouri Supreme Court, Bill Thompson, will be featured at the next regular meeting, lunchtime at Bleu, on Wednesday, October 8. The program will be presented in a Question and Answer format.

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 made out to Bleu.

RSVP: To reserve your spot for this meeting, contact BCBA Secretary Chrissy McCartney at 886-8913 or by Noon, Tuesday, October 7, so Bleu can prepare sufficient food and seating.

Annual Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament set for October 13th

The 8th annual Chipping in for Charity golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, October, 13, 2014 (Columbus Day - a court holiday). This year's tournament will again be held at The Club at Old Hawthorne, 6221 E. Hwy. WW. 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. 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. Last year's golf tournament raised more than $11,600 for Mid-Missouri Legal Services Corporation thanks to the many donors, participants, and sponsors. 

BCBA Members Invited to Sign-Up for 2014-15 Committees

Much of the work of the BCBA is performed by its committees. The BCBA committees provide a great opportunity for members to work with each other in their areas of interest and contribute to the growth of, and benefits offered by, the BCBA. The month of November is enrollment month for BCBA committees.

The current standing committees for the BCBA, with a list of last year’s members, can be found on the website at The 2014-15 Committee Signup Form also can be found on the page. If you would like to participate on a committee, print off and complete the Committee Signup Form, and forward it to BCBA President Jennifer Bukowsky, at

PLEASE NOTE: Even if you are currently serving on a BCBA committee, please turn in a Committee Signup Form if you wish to continue serving. 

Missouri Bar and Mizzou Law School Offering New Program

The Missouri Bar, in cooperation with the University of Missouri School of Law, has developed a four-week series of exceptionally interesting sessions that will provide the public practical information about the laws that affect our daily lives. This exciting new program called the Mini Law School for the Public.

The series costs $25 and includes course materials and eight hours of programming. More information can be found in the Flyer which also can be found in the ‘Other News’ section on the website. The full program schedule along with online registration is available at

Please contact Judge Leslie Schneider, the program’s planning committee chair, or Farrah Fite, Missouri Bar’s Media Relations Director (573) 638-2251 if you have any questions.   

Summons Reminder from Christy Blakemore 

When a summons is returned non-est, if you want to try service again you have to request a new summons to be issued. Every summons issued is assigned an ID# so we can't us them more than once, therefore it is not permissible to reprint that same summons for a second attempt on service.   

Christy Blakemore Recognized for 25 Years of Service

We would like to recognize and congratulate Christy Blakemore for 25 years of service to the Boone County Circuit Clerk’s Office of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court. This marks a significant milestone in her judicial career. In 2007, she was elected Circuit Clerk and when she assumed that role she embraced it with open arms. Christy has been a hands-on and dedicated Circuit Clerk.

Best wishes to Christy on her 25th anniversary with the judiciary and continued success as our Boone County Circuit Clerk.    

School of Law Seeks Supervising Attorney

In January 2015, the law school will open its newest experiential learning initiative, the Entrepreneurship Clinic. We are seeking a licensed Missouri attorney to supervise this clinic, which will assist small businesses, start-ups and campus innovators with a variety of legal issues, while providing students with hand-on transactional experience. More information and application instructions are available from University of Missouri Human Resource Services, at     

Donald Sanders Posthumously Honored on October 9

Former attorney and BCBA member Donald Sanders will be inducted into the Boone County Historical Society Hall of Fame on October 9, at 5:30 p.m.

The posthumous Hall of Fame enshrinement will be awarded to Donald Sanders, former Deputy Minority Counsel of the Senate Committee that investigated Watergate. Sanders discovered Nixon's White House tapes leading to the resignation of the President. He also served in the United States Marine Corps, was a Federal Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and Director of Investigations for the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Sanders was also Boone County Commissioner from 1988 through 1990 and former President of the Boone County Historical Society.

Boone County National Bank is our presenting Platinum Sponsor once more and the Boone County Hall of Fame Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held at 5:30 pm, Thursday, October 9, at the Boone County Museum and Galleries. A reception will begin in the Montminy and the induction ceremony will be conducted in the West History Exhibit Hall. Tickets are $30 for members and go on sale Friday, September 5.

BCBA Upcoming CLE Programs Announced

Mark Your Calendars! As future BCBA programs are lined up, Vice President Josh Oxenhandler, they will be announced here. On November 13, Judge Jodie Asel will present the ‘State of the Court’ address. In December, there will be the Holiday Party.    

Around the bar . . .


Thursday, October 16, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.: Please join the BCBA Probate Committee for a roundtable discussion entitled “Probate Accounting for Attorneys and Staff” with Sandy Oswalt, Probate Clerk, and Shara Meyer, Deputy Probate Clerk, on accounting issues encountered in decedent estates. The program is FREE and open to all attorneys AND their staff. Attendees will receive 1.8 hours CLE credit. It will be held in the Jury Assembly Room, 3rd Floor, Boone County Courthouse. Please feel free to bring your lunch, as it is not provided with the program.

Tuesday, October 21, 5:00 p.m.: The Young Lawyers Committee will meet for happy hour at 9th Street Public House, 32 N. 9th Street. For more information contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or
Thursday, October 23, 6:00 p.m.: SAVE THE DATE! - Heart of Missouri CASA’s inaugural “JUSTICE IS SERVED” event will be held at Columbia Elks Lodge, 4747 E. Elk Park Drive. This year’s event will be a roast of (former Boone County Judge) Chris Kelly and will be hosted by (former Governor) Roger B. Wilson. Tickets to the event are $100/person or $1,000.00/table (8 tickets). Heart of Missouri CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) trains and supports community volunteers to be the voice of abused / neglected children in protective custody in Boone and Callaway County Family Court. Purchase your tickets by calling 573-442-4670 or emailing or visit Individual and firm sponsorship opportunities are also available. Donors who give $100 or more are eligible to apply for Missouri’s Children In Crisis Tax Credit. For more information you can also contact Mike Holder, Board Member, at 573-499-1700 or We hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 1, 2 Hours before Gametime: Mizzou Law School Alumni Tailgate. Carnahan Quadrangle, MU Campus (in case of rain the tailgate will be held in Hulston Hall) A block of rooms for out-of-town alumni is available at the Candlewood Suites in Columbia for this event. Please make your reservation by October 8 by calling the hotel directly and asking for the University of Missouri Law block. For more information, call 573-882-4374.  


Christopher Dunn, GeoVelo, LLC, 4201 Defoe Dr., Columbia, MO 65203-0251, phone 816-752-0449, email Before graduating from Mizzou Law this May, Christopher enjoyed a 20 year career as an urban planner, and local government department head. While at Mizzou, Christopher started, which is a legal exhibits company specializing in real property mapping, crime/accident scene mapping, and 3-D recreations. Since passing the bar, he is beginning a solo legal practice focused on providing state-wide assistance to people with matters involving local government, planning, zoning, and permitting.

Irene Karns, 503 E. Nifong, #212, Columbia, MO 65201-3717, phone 289-3128, Fax 636-412-1536, email   


Joy Ahern has accepted the position of Associate Legal Counsel with The Columbia Insurance Group. Her new contact information is 2102 White Gate Drive, Columbia, MO 65202, phone 800-877-3579 ext. 1294, fax 573-474-5865, email

Christopher Schappe announces as of October 1, 2014 that address for Schappe & Schappe - Attorneys at Law will be changing from 3610 Buttonwood Drive, Suite 200 Columbia, MO 65201 to 216 East McCarty Street; Jefferson City, MO 65101.    


Gary Stamper won his age division at the 30th Annual NEMO Triathlon in Kirksville, MO on September 7, 2014 in a time of 2:13:00. The event consisted of a .75 mile swim, 18 mile bike, 5 mile run. By winning his age group, Gary qualified to compete in the USTA 2015 National Championships.

Between September 18 and October 31, the law school is featuring “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War”. There is a special display in the Law Library. Related events include a showing of “The Battle of Island Mound” (October 23) and Abraham Lincoln in Song (October 31).

The Boone County Circuit Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule has been updated effective September 23, 2014. The updated list can be found on the website at   

The Boone County Associate Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule has been updated effective October 1, 2014. The updated list can be found on the website at

About 72 members and guests braved the rain to attend the September 5 BCBA Annual Jim Butcher Picnic and Election of Officers.  

September 2014 Treasurer's Report by Jason Simmons

Account balance of as August 31, 2014


Receipts 8/31/14 to 9/25/14

8/31   Interest $0.07
9/25   Bar Dues (2014) $62.50
9/25   Scholarship Contributions $450.00

Total Receipts


Expenses 8/31/14 to 9/25/14

8/26   Check #1553   Campus Jewelers (Appreciation Plaque for outgoing President) ($86.70)
8/26   Check #1554   University of Denver (Scholarship)   ($500.00)
8/26   Check #1555   Central Methodist University (Scholarship) ($500.00)
9/25   Check #1556   Club at Old Hawthorne (Golf Tournament) ($500.00)
9/25   Check #1557   Hy Vee (Picnic) ($324.74)
9/25   Check #1558   Josh Oxenhandler (Picnic Reimbursement) ($225.83)
9/25   Check #1559   Lisa Key (Picnic Reimbursement) ($84.09)
9/25   Check #1560   Mark Langworthy (Picnic Reimbursement) ($348.42)
9/25   Check #1561   MU - Meat Sales for Picnic ($712.96)
9/25   Check #1562   Buckingham's (Picnic) ($225.00)

Total Expenses


Account Balance as of September 25, 2014


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