Current BCBA Newsletter

The April 2015 Newsletter, Volume 30, Number 4, dated April 1, 2015, can be downloaded and viewed/printed in PDF format by clicking here. The contents also appear immediately below in browser-readable format.

RSVP by April 7 for April 14 Bench-Bar Social at The Broadway Hotel

Make your reservations now for the annual Thirteenth Circuit Bench-Bar Mixer to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the The Roof at The Broadway Hotel, 1111 East Broadway, Columbia.

Reservations are due no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 so we can give an accurate count to the Broadway Hotel by noon that day. RSVP to BCBA Secretary BCBA Secretary Chrissy McCartney at 886-8913 or

Additional details will be provided when they become available.

The event is open to members of the Boone County Bar Association, the Callaway County Bar Association, and all Thirteenth Circuit judges and courthouse staff members. Unlike the annual picnic and Holiday Party, spouses and dates are not invited. The mixer is designed to allow lawyers, judges and courthouse personnel to mingle and talk in an informal, relaxed atmosphere and get better acquainted.

As was the case last year, the event will be a mixer-style affair instead of a formal dinner. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. This annual bench-bar gathering is co-sponsored by the Boone and Callaway Bars. It alternates two years in Boone County and one year in Callaway. It will be held in Callaway County next year.

Make-Up Date For Composite Photos Monday April 13 At Courthouse

If you missed getting your picture taken for the BCBA composite last week, you have a second chance to get your photo taken for it. The make-up location and date for composite photos is

1-5 P.M.

If that time doesn't work, you can schedule a photo at Creative Photo's Studio during the week of April 13th. For more information, contact Marvin at Creative Photo, 2201 Old Hwy 63 South, Columbia, MO 65201, phone (573) 875-1841, or

MMLS Has Part-Time Attorney Position Available 

Mid-Missouri Legal Services has a part-time attorney position available for its Veterans' Clinic at the Truman's V.A. Hospital in Columbia, two mornings per week. Attorney will provide advice in civil cases to qualifying low-income veterans and will make appropriate referrals to MMLS or other resources for full representation. Please send resume and letter of interest to on or before April 13, 2015. EOE. 

Final BCBA Dues Deadline is April 5 

The final deadline for paying 2015 BCBA dues is April 5. Those who have not paid by that date will be removed from the membership rolls and email list. Dues are $50/lawyer, except that “public service” lawyers pay $25 (see the Dues page on the BCBA website for the definition of public service). 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.

You 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

Bill Powell to be Honored In Memorium by the Cancer Research Center on April 11

The Cancer Research Center proudly presents the 2015 Annual Kidwell Memorial Gala honoring the late Bill Powell. The event will take place on Saturday, April 11th beginning at 5:30 pm. The Gala will be held at the Plaza Event Center-Parkade Plaza, 601 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO. The tickets are $60.00 a piece, tables of ten are $600.00 each and a sponsorship is $1,200.00

Bill was born on July 27, 1945 and grew up in Mokane. His family moved to Jefferson City when he started high school and he became a member of the undefeated Jeff City Jays football team coached by the legendary Pete Adkins. He excelled in academics and football. He would later earn a scholarship to play football for the University of Missouri. On June 10, 1966 Bill married Cathe Funk at the Stephens Chapel in Columbia.

Through his college career, Bill received numerous academic honors including acceptance into the Mystical Seven, Academic All American, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Pi Mu Epsilon Honorary Math Fraternity, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity Honor Society for First Year Students. He graduated with honors with a degree in chemical engineering with a minor in nuclear engineering.

Bill also received many athletic awards and honors playing football at Mizzou, including being voted Team Co-Captain. During his senior year, he was invited to play in the Blue/Gray All Star Game and the Senior Bowl. Following his graduation, Bill was drafted by Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers but chose to forgo a career in the NFL and attend law school at the University of Missouri instead. He was also a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.

Bill had a long career in Columbia as a respected and trusted attorney. He had a real estate broker's license and focused on real estate law the latter half of his career. He treasured his family and many friends. He enjoyed bird hunting, fishing, gardening, wood working and was known for the great stories he told (which we hear were mostly true).

Attending the Gala will be his wife Cathe; their children Kerri (Chad) Linder, Dour Powell, Scott (Amy) Powell and Amy (Mick) Wurzer. Many of his 11 beloved grandchildren also plan to attend.

For more information: contact Jack Bozarth, (573) 875-2255. The Cancer Research Center is a 52 year old private, non-profit organization. All proceeds will benefit local cancer research through the Raymond Freese Memorial Fellowship Fund.

Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium set for April 23-24

The 34th Annual Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium will be held on April 23rd and 24th at the Overland Park, Kansas Convention Center. This continuing education seminar is sponsored by the Estate Planning Society of Kansas City, the Financial Planning Association of Greater Kansas City and the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law and will provide an entire year’s worth of CLE (16.5 total hours, including 2 hours of ethics credit). The curriculum, presented by nationally renowned speakers, is geared towards estate planning, business and tax attorneys; CPA’s; Trust Officers; Planned Giving Professionals and Financial Planners.

For more information, contact BCBA member Jason Simmons, Regional Ambassador, at (573) 447-3355, or

CLE Credits Available for Presentation at Missouri History Museum April 24

The Missouri History Museum is sponsoring an exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, located in Washington, D.C., called the “State of Deception, The Power of Nazi Propaganda.” As part of this exhibit, the History Museum is holding the program, “Law, Justice and the Holocaust” on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum, located in Forest Park at the intersection of Lindell and DeBaliviere in the City of St. Louis. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Historian William F. Meinecke, Jr. will present this program, which was originally designed as a presentation “How the Courts Failed Germany” for the 2009 annual Conference of Chief Justices and State Court Administrators. All participants will receive 2.4 hours of free ethics CLE credit.

After the presentation, there will be a reception in the Grand Hall of the Missouri History Museum from 5-6 p.m. If you are able to attend, please RSVP to the Missouri History Museum at 314-361-9017 or

For more information, contact Paul Ladehoff, Director, L.L.M. in Dispute Resolution Program and Campus Mediation Services Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution 206A Hulston Hall University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, MO 65201, phone (573) 884-7813.

Judges Needed for 1L Moot Court Competition April 6-9

On behalf of the Mizzou Law Board of Advocates, we invite you to judge the 2015 1L Moot Court Competition. We need your help from Monday, April 6th through Thursday, April 9th. General CLE credits (4.2 hours) will be awarded as well. Please arrive by 6:30 p.m. to enjoy a complimentary dinner and brief judge's meeting.

Required for, and open only to 1L students, the 1L Moot Court Competition is collaboration between the BOA and the Legal Research and Writing Department. First year students write an appellate brief in conjunction with their research and writing class and then compete in oral arguments based upon their briefs. The Top Ten 1L Oral Advocates, as well as the Top 1L Oral Advocate, will be recognized at the end of the competition.

Please visit this link to sign up to judge the competition:
(We suggest copying and pasting the link into your browser, if you cannot click on it). If you have a question or need more information, contact Tara Bailes at

M.A.R.C.H. & MO-AFCC Spring Conference to be held on April 9-10

M.A.R.C.H & MO-AFCC announce their 2015 Annual Spring Conference: Reducing Conflict through Teaching Effective Co-Parenting Skills and Techniques, by Edward Farber, PhD. This presentation is for family law attorneys, Guardians ad Litem, judges, therapists, mediators, etc.

8.1 CLEs pending; 6.75 CEU’s for mental health professionals pending. Meets advanced training requirements for Missouri GALs and mediators. The conference is from Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m. – Friday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m. at the St. Louis City Center Hotel. The cost is $180-$200. Email Rachael Kennedy at for more information.

Around the bar . . .


Thursday, April 2, 4-6 p.m.: MU Law School’s Phi Delta Phi is hosting a happy hour at The Heidelberg (on the upstairs patio), as part of its annual Ethics Week. The happy hour is sponsored by the Missouri Bar Young Lawyer’s Section Council, so beverages and appetizers are provided while funds last. Please join the group for this event to network and mingle with the law students.

Friday, April 3, 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, April 21, 5 p.m.: The Young Lawyers Committee will meet for happy hour at Café Berlin, 220 N. 10th Street. For more information contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or


Brian Baehr announces that he and Scot Wiggins 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. Their other contact information remains phone 499-1310, fax 499-1315, website, email

Andrew Bach has accepted the position of Claims Litigation Analyst with The Columbia Insurance Group. His new contact information is 2102 White Gate Drive, Columbia, MO 65202, phone 800-877-3579 ext. 1254, fax 573-474-5865, email

Alexa Pearson has joined as counsel to the Bukowsky Law Firm. She brings her years of experience in appellate advocacy to the team. She will be handling criminal appeals and assisting with criminal trial work, particularly for complex legal motions.
Alexa’s contact information is 810 E. Walnut St., Columbia, MO 65201, phone 443-2288, fax 443-2289, email

As of April 1, 2015, Brian Sleeth and Jim Rutter of Rutter and Sleeth Law Offices have moved to 201 W. Broadway, Ste. 3F, Columbia, MO 65203. Their phone number is 573-443-5209, fax 573-875-8156, and website Brian’s email remains They have a second office located at 509 W. Rollins, Ste. 104, Moberly, MO 65270, with a phone number of 660-353-9643.


Douglas E. Abrams, University of Missouri School of Law, 211 Hulston Hall, Columbia, MO 65211-4300.

Spencer Bartlett, Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, 705 E. Walnut, 4th Floor, Columbia, MO 65201-4485, phone 5753-886-4100, fax 573-886-4148, email

Joseph P. Bindbeutel, Office of the Missouri Attorney General, P.O. Box 899, Jefferson City, MO 65102, phone 573-751-8790, fax 573-751-2041, email

Curt Branson, Jones, Schneider and Stevens, LLC, 11 N. 7th St., Columbia, MO 65203, phone 573-449-2451, fax 573-443-8620, website, email

Madelynn A. Garrett, A.W. Smith Law Firm, 2100 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203, phone 573-777-3333, fax 573-443-7301, email, website

Daniel Hartman, The Law Firm of Haden & Haden, 827 E. Broadway, Suite B, Columbia, MO 65201, phone 442-3535, fax 888-632-7775, website, email


Jeff Harris, Policy Director for Governor Jay Nixon, traveled to Cuba the first week of March with First Lady Georganne Nixon, Missouri Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce and Missouri agricultural leaders as part of the first U.S. state trade mission to Cuba since the announcement that the U.S. was working to normalize relations. The purpose of the mission was to boost Missouri agricultural exports to Cuba. During the trade mission, Harris and the delegation met with Josefina Vidal, the Cuban government’s lead negotiator in talks with the U.S. government and Director General of the Directorate General of the U.S. Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Alejandro Zamora, president of ALIMPORT, the Cuban government agency responsible for agricultural imports; and officials from the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment and Ministry of Tourism. Harris and the delegation also met with U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Chief of Mission at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, as well as the ambassadors of Spain, France and Canada.

Jean Goldstein has a five drawer vertical file cabinet in good shape. It is free. Contact Jean at 443-1602 or

M.A.R.C.H. Mediation offers free mediation to never-married or divorced parents who are receiving any state aid (TANF, Medicaid, etc.) or for whom child support payments are going through Child Support Enforcement. Call 800-595-9750 to clarify eligibility.

The Boone County Associate Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule has been updated effective March 31, 2015. The updated list can be found on the website at

The Boone County Circuit Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket has been updated effective March 15, 2015. The updated list can be found on the website at  

March 2015 Treasurer's Report by Jason Simmons

Account balance of as February 27, 2015


Receipts 2/27/15 to 3/20/15

2/28   Interest $0.06
3/20    2015 Dues $2,200.00
3/20     Lunch Reimbursements $20.00

Total Receipts


Expenses 2/27/15 to 3/20/15


Total Expenses


Account Balance as of March 20, 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