Current BCBA Newsletter

The March 2015 Newsletter, Volume 30, Number 3, dated March 3, 2015, can be downloaded and viewed/printed in PDF format by clicking here. The contents also appear immediately below in browser-readable format.

Next BCBA Meeting/CLE Set For March 11

The next regular BCBA meeting/CLE will be at lunchtime on Wednesday, February 11. 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 by Noon, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

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.

Message From Christy Blakemore RE: Accepting Money in the Court

The Boone County Circuit Clerk's Office is currently going through an audit from the Missouri State Auditor's Office. This has been a long and tedious process, however some very good suggestions have come out of the visit.
One change that we are putting in place immediately is no longer accepting payments in the courtroom. When we accept any form of payments we need to immediately receipt them in JIS, create a receipt and place the money in a secure drawer.
If you are disposing a case and have your payment with you, please take your payment to the accounting office after court. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you, but we need to make this change to ensure money is getting where it needs to be and timely.

Time to Pay 2015 Dues 

The BCBA is one of the most active and connected local bar associations in Missouri. We provide our members with nearly all the required annual CLE requirements for the price of lunch, reach out to make our community better, and provide opportunities to keep up on our practice areas and local issues, as well as to socialize with each other outside of the courtroom. All of this for the reasonable fee of $50 per attorney/$25 for public service attorneys.

If you have not already done so, please send in your annual dues ASAP to replenish the operating budget and keep the BCBA thriving. 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

Judges Needed for High School Mock Trial Competition Saturday, March 7

On Saturday, March 7th, the regional high school mock trial competition will be held here in Columbia at MU’s law school. Volunteers are needed to serve as judges and evaluators for the competition. The basic schedule for the day is as follows:

9:00 am – Registration (receive nametags, room assignments, etc.)

9:30 am – Mandatory meeting for all teams, teachers, coaches, and evaluators

10:00 am – Round One begins

Tolton A v Marshfield

Tolton B v Owensville

12:05 am – Round One ends

1:30 pm – Round 2 begins

Marshfield v Tolton B

Owensville v Tolton A

3:35 pm – Round 2 ends

4:15 pm – Final scores announced

This is always a great event. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you are able to serve as a judge or evaluator, contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or  

Mizzou Law School to Host Intellectual Property Conference

The University of Missouri School of Law will host a conference, “IP and the University: Issues for Academics, Entrepreneurs and Lawyers,” to commemorate the beginning of the law school’s new Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship on March 13. This conference focuses on intellectual property law issues faced by the university community in an effort to foster a better understanding of the systems in place and to facilitate the proactive use of the relevant legal roles. Speakers include faculty members from the law school, as well as lawyers, academic administrators and business leaders from across campus and the state. The keynote address will be given by Mizzou Law Professor Dennis Crouch, an author of the nation’s leading patent law blog, Patently-O.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the keynote presentation and the reception, but not for the four panel presentations. The symposium offers 5 hours of CLE credit in Missouri.

Questions and registrations may be directed to Laura Coleman at or 573-882-5969.

Diana Taylor Honored for Over Thirty Years of Service

On February 20, 2015, the Judges’ Office honored and recognized Diana Taylor for her many years of service to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. Diana first came to the Thirteenth Circuit on January 1, 1983, serving as the Division III Court Reporter first under Judge Ellen Roper. She currently reports to Judge Kevin Crane. She is a valuable asset to not only the Judges’ Office but to the entire Thirteenth Circuit.

The next time you see Diana, please congratulate her for her years of dedication and continued service to our circuit. If you would like to send her an email, please direct it to  

Donations Requested for MOPACC Annual Meeting

The Boone County Circuit Clerk's Office needs your help. The Missouri Professional Association of Court Clerks (MOPACC) is having its annual meeting coming up at the end of March and we supply a "goody" bag to all the clerks in attendance. This year the county that was slated to collect donations for the bags is unable to fulfill their obligation.

The President of the association has reached out to us for assistance. We prepare 200 bags total. We are requesting donations for the bags. Donations can be items to place in the bags or a monetary donation to purchase items for the bags. Anyone that would like to donate can contact Sherry Seiling at or Toni Kardon at

We can both be reached by calling 573-886-4000. Our deadline for collections is March 16th. As always, your help is greatly appreciated. 

Around the bar . . .


Friday, March 6, 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, March 31, 5 p.m.: The Young Lawyers Committee will meet for happy hour at Glenn’s Cafe, 29 S. 8th Street. For more information contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or  


Cullen Cline and Christopher Braddock of Cline & Braddock Law Offices are pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Jeffrey K. Basinger beginning March 2, 2015. Jeff was formerly with Mid-Missouri Legal Services for several years. With his joining the firm, the offices will relocate to 1310 Old Hwy 63 S., Suite 6, Columbia, MO 65201. Cline & Braddock is a general law practice focusing on all areas of legal services including family, civil, criminal, probate and estate planning.

Jennifer Bukowsky is looking for a subleasor to take over her space at 810 E Walnut Street. She will be moving her firm (with her associate Ben Faber) at the end of March to 217 N. 9th Street. She has until October of 2016 left on her lease for the space at 810 E. Walnut St. If you are interested in subleasing the space, please contact her at 443-2288.

Caraker Law Firm, P.C. has moved its office to 1203 W. Broadway, Columbia, Missouri 65203. Chad Caraker’s contact information remains the same. E-mail: Phone: 573-875-2212. Fax 573-875-2213. Caraker Law Firm’s practice concentration remains Tax Resolution and Consulting, Estate Planning, and Business Planning and transactions.

Brent Haden and Connie Haden have changed the name of their firm to The Law Firm of Haden and Haden. Their contact information remains 827 E. Broadway, Suite B, Columbia, MO 65201, phone 442-3535, fax 888-632-7775, website , emails and, respectively.


No new members reported this month .


Robert J. Buckley of the law firm of Oliver Walker Wilson LLC has been elected to membership in the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), one of the nation’s highest honors for trial lawyers. ABOTA is composed of nationally known judges and trial lawyers, where admission is by invitation only based on an individual’s honorable reputation, strong personal character, and for having tried a significant number of civil jury trials to verdict.

Several BCBA Members volunteered at The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri on February 11th as part of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys’ “Missouri Trial Lawyers Care” charitable group. Boone County attorneys Scott Wilson, Sander Sowers, Kellie Wingate Campbell, Mike Campbell, Maddie Garrett, Danny Miller, and Mark Evans packed thousands of Buddy Packs and presented a check for $3,000.00 to The Food Bank.

Office share arrangement is available at the Guitar Building, 28 North 8th Street, Columbia. The arrangement includes a receptionist, paralegal, copier, fax, and conference room. For more information, contact Jenny Young at 573-442-1646.

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.

On February 25, Presiding Judge Carpenter issued Administrative Order 03-15, which updates the Callaway County Associate Circuit Court’s Tuesday schedule. The updated docket can be seen at

The Boone County Associate Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule has been updated effective March 3, 2015. The updated list can be found on the website at

February 2015 Treasurer's Report by Jason Simmons

Account balance of as January 31, 201


Receipts 2/1/15 to 2/27/15

2/27   Lunch Reimbursement $10.00
2/27    2015 Dues $1,700.00

Total Receipts


Expenses 2/1/15 to 2/27/15

2/10    Bleu- Member Lunch ($10.00)
2/12     McCartney Law Office - Speaker lunch reimbursement & Attendance Shortage ($90.00)

Total Expenses


Account Balance as of February 27, 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