Current BCBA Newsletter
The January 2015 Newsletter, Volume 30, Number
1, dated January 4, 2015, can be downloaded and viewed/printed in
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contents also appear immediately below in browser-readable format.
Next BCBA Meeting/CLE Set For January 14
The next regular BCBA meeting/CLE will be at
lunchtime on Wednesday, January 14. More details regarding the program will
be provided once they become available.
Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the County Room at
Bleu, 811 E. Walnut. The presentation will begin about noon. A brief
business meeting will precede the program. Lunch will be $10, with checks
made out to Bleu.
RSVP: To reserve your spot for this meeting, contact
BCBA Secretary Chrissy McCartney at 886-8913 or
firstname.lastname@example.org by Noon, Tuesday, January 13, 2015.
Mary Epping Appointed 13th Circuit Court
The 13th Judicial Circuit is pleased to announce
that Mary Epping has been appointed to the position of
Court Administrator effective January 5, 2015. Mary has served as Assistant
to the Court Administrator in our circuit since June 16, 2010 and also
assumed the Coordinator of Specialty Courts and Dockets position on October
8, 2012. Mary has a Juris Doctorate from The University of Nebraska College
of Law and previously worked for Supreme Court of Missouri.
Time to Pay 2015 Dues
Lawyers and firms wishing to expense 2015 BCBA dues
in 2014 may send $50/lawyer dues to Treasurer Jason Simmons at P.O. Box
7068, Columbia, MO 65205-7068. 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, 2015. 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 the 2015 Boone County Bar Association
Dues Payment/Waiver Form with your payment or exemption. This is especially
important if you would like your areas of practice listed with your name in
the Membership Directory. On the form, each attorney may list up to two
areas of practice. The form can be found at
MMLS Thanks BCBA for Funds Raised through
Mid-Missouri Legal Services was surprised and
delighted to receive a check for $8,388.60 from the BCBA Young Lawyers
Committee, even though the annual Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament
was rained out in October. With an inch and a half of rain falling between
10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day, and 8 inches during the prior 10 days, we
assumed that the tournament would be completely doomed for 2014! But, of
course, the YLC wouldn’t let a little rain get in the way and made it
possible for golfers to play on fair weather days instead.
The BCBA-YLC has donated all or a portion of its
annual golf tournament proceeds to MMLS for several years, and the funds
have been used to initiate new projects, most recently the Veterans Law
Project at the Truman V.A. Hospital. MMLS has a dedicated office at the V.A.
Hospital two days per week and meets with veterans and/or their household
members, many of whom are referred to MMLS by V.A. Hospital staff.
The Veterans Law Project started in mid-2013, so
2014 was its first full year of operation. In 2014, MMLS provided free legal
services to 78 veterans and veteran household members, and 21 additional
veteran cases are pending final resolution. In addition to providing free
legal services to those clients, we met with 71 other veterans and made
referrals to appropriate legal aid programs in other parts of Missouri and
in other states, where the veteran’s problem needed to be litigated. YLC
funding also has enabled MMLS to participate with the Missouri Bar in
planning and executing veteran clinics across the state, staffed by pro bono
attorneys, that have addressed and resolved legal problems of many veterans.
MMLS is very grateful to the Young Lawyers Committee
for its commitment to our veterans and for making it possible for MMLS to
serve them at the V.A. Hospital.
Mid-Missouri Estate Planning Council
Offering a CLE Program on January 22
The Mid-Missouri Estate Planning Council has a great
program coming up on January 22. We have applied for 1.0 hour CLE. The
program is entitled ‘How to Make Trusts Less Taxing’ and will be presented
by Steven B. Gorin, JD, CPA, AEP of Thompson Coburn LLP, St. Louis.
The CLE will be at the Columbia Country Club, 2210
N. Country Club Drive, Columbia, on January 22. Check-in begins at 11:30,
buffet lunch at 11:45, program begins at noon, adjourn at 1 pm. The cost is
$25 for non-members, $20 for members, and $15 students. The cost includes
lunch and the CLE.
Please RSVP to Greg Jones
or Deb Harrington 573-499-6807,
email@example.com. Only RSVP if you are sure you can attend,
because no-shows will be billed.
Applications Being Accepted for
Court-Approved Family Court Mediators
The 13th Judicial Circuit is now accepting
applications for their 2015 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 January 30, 2015, to Mary Epping, Court
Administrator, 13th Judicial Circuit, Boone County Courthouse, 705 E. Walnut
St., Columbia, MO 65201. Application forms are available by calling Mary at
886-4060, e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by going to the
BCBA website at
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 16 and
Saturday January 17, 2015. 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 case involving a
shooting in a private residence. Judges are needed for any and all rounds,
which are as follows:
Round 1 – Friday, January 16
1:30 p.m. –4:30 p.m
Round 2 – Friday, January 16
7:00 p.m. – 10:00
Round 3 – Saturday, January 17
9:00a.m. – 12:00
Round 4 – Saturday, January 17
1:30 p.m. – 4:30
Food and ample non-alcoholic beverages will be
provided for judges. Those interested in judging may contact Professor Barry
Langford at Columbia College at
Mizzou Law School’s Small Firm and Public
Interest Expo on February 24
Mizzou Law School would like to extend a personal
invitation to your organization to participate in the University of Missouri
School of Law Career Expo to be held Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in the
Columns Ballroom and Great Room located in the Reynolds Alumni Center on the
University of Missouri campus. The Expo will enable representatives from law
firms, public interest, governmental organizations, corporations and other
legal employers to meet with current J.D. students for informational
interviews and networking.
This free event is scheduled from 11:30 to 2:00 and
will include a light lunch. Beginning at 2:30, employers are invited to a
complimentary Ethics CLE Workshop (2.2 hours) to be held in the Courtroom in
The law school will also provide:
• Ability to post job openings and internships
opportunities on our job board
collection in advance of the Expo
Private rooms to conduct interviews
We hope you will consider attending the Career Expo
and take advantage of this opportunity to network with our law students. To
reserve your spot, you may download the form from
http://bocomobar.org/other_news.htm. Send the completed registration form to
the attention to Jennifer Riedy,
email@example.com, fax number
573-882-9625. Space is limited!
If you have any questions regarding this event or
would like to reserve an interview room, have resumes collected or post a
position, please feel free to contact Jennifer.
Around the bar . . .
Tuesday, January 20, 5 p.m.: The
Young Lawyers Committee will meet for happy hour at Chris McD’s, 1400 Forum
Boulevard. For more information contact Sander Sowers at
875-1991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Baehr and Scot Wiggins are
pleased to announce that they have moved the Columbia office of Baehr
Wiggins PC to 1900 N. Providence #205, Columbia, 65202. The new office is
located in the Kelly Plaza office building. All phone/fax numbers remain the
Steven D. Graham, Missouri
REALTORS, 2601 Bernadette Place, Columbia, MO 65203, Phone: 573-445-8400,
x136, email email@example.com,
Melinda K . Pendergraph, State
Public Defender, Woodrail Centre, 1000 W. Nifong Blvd., Bldg. 7, Ste. 100,
Columbia, MO 65203, Phone 573-777-9977, email
Melindapendergraph@mspd.mo.gov, practice area: Criminal Defense.
Andrew J. (A.J.) Schrage, The
Insurance Shop, LLC, 3809 S. Providence Rd., Ste. A, Columbia, MO 65203,
phone 573-289-0631, email
firstname.lastname@example.org. A.J. is a 2004 graduate of Duke Law School.
Diamond Scott, 5029 S. Providence
Rd., Apt. D, Columbia, MO 65203, phone 573-489-5008, email
Kriston Singh, Missouri REALTORS,
2601 Bernadette Place, Columbia, MO 65203, Phone: 573-445-8400, x137, email
George S. Smith, Johnston & Smith,
LLC, 2800 Forum, Ste. 3, Columbia, MO 65203, phone 573-441-0080, fax
573-449-3004, email email@example.com,
practice areas: Civil Litigation- Plaintiff; Employment and Labor; Probate,
Trust, and Estate Planning.
Nancy Thompson, City of Columbia
Law Department, 701 E. Broadway, P.O. Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205-6015,
phone 573-874-7223, email
Brady Wimer, Wimer Law Firm, LLC,
P.O. Box 385, Hallsville, MO 65255, phone 573-881-4750, fax 573-696-0508,
practice areas: General Practice; Real Estate.
The Boone County Associate Court’s current list of
conflicts to the regular docket schedule has been updated effective January
1, 2015. The updated list can be found on the website at
About 120 members and guests attended the BCBA
holiday party at the Broadway Hotel on December 16.
December 2014 Treasurer's Report by Jason
Account balance of as November 30, 2014
Receipts 11/30/14 to 12/31/14
12/8 Reverse MMLS payment (Incorrect
12/16 2014 Dues
12/16 2015 Dues
12/17 Holiday party receipts
12/17 2015 Dues
12/31 Holiday party receipts
12/31 2015 Dues
Expenses 11/30/14 to 12/31/14
12/8 Mid-Missouri Legal Services
12/16 Alan Oxenhandler - Holiday Party
12/29 The Broadway - 2014 Holiday Party
Account Balance as of December 31, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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