Current BCBA Newsletter

The November 2014 Newsletter, Volume 29, Number 11, dated November 3, 2014, can be downloaded and viewed/printed in PDF format by clicking here. The contents also appear immediately below in browser-readable format.

‘State of the Court’ Address Planned for November 12 Meeting

13th Circuit Presiding Judge Jodie Asel will deliver the ‘State of the Court’ address at the next regular BCBA meeting at lunchtime on Wednesday, November 13. Judge Asel will speak about current and anticipated court programs, the 13th Circuit budget, civil and criminal caseloads, and other topics of interest to the 13th Circuit. The program has been approved for 1.2 hours CLE credit.

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, November 11. RSVP’s are especially important for this meeting because members of the Callaway County Bar are specifically invited to join BCBA to hear Judge Asel’s address, and management at Bleu want to prepare sufficient food and seating.

BCBA Annual Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament Rained Out; Still Able to Donate to MMLS 

The 8th Annual Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament scheduled for October 14th at The Club at Old Hawthorne was unfortunately cancelled due to inclement weather. Despite the weather and cancellation, thanks to the many sponsors, participants, and donors, it is anticipated that $8,388.60 (though final numbers are not in yet) was raised and will be donated to Mid-Missouri Legal Services, which provides pro bono legal services for low income clients. Mid-Missouri Legal Services intends to use the money for its veteran’s clinic. Since its inception, the Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament has raised over $68,000.00 for charity.

The BCBA Young Lawyers Committee, which organizes the event, would like to thank all of the generous sponsors, donors, participants, and volunteers who support and help organize the tournament each year. Please mark your calendars for the 2015 tournament which is scheduled for Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day) at The Club at Old Hawthorne.

BCBA Holiday Party set for December 16

The BCBA Holiday Party has been set for Tuesday, December 16, from 6-8 p.m. This is an enjoyable annual social gathering for members to mingle with other lawyers and judges and their spouses and dates.
The party will be at a new venue this year; the Broadway Hotel, 1111 East Broadway. Spouses and dates are invited and welcome. The menu and other details will be available soon. 

BCBA Awards Committee Appointed

BCBA's Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of handing out annual awards at the BCBA picnic each year. We would like your input in this process. In order to determine what awards will be given and how the awardees will be selected, the BCBA Board unanimously agreed to form a special temporary Awards Committee to be chaired by BCBA President Jennifer Bukowsky.
BCBA is pleased to announce that Judge Gary Oxenhandler, Bob Buckley, and Emily Little have all been appointed to and agreed to serve on this committee. This committee will not be deciding who receives the awards, but rather what awards will be given and the selection process for these awards. If you have any ideas or input for this process, please email one of the committee members.    

BCBA Committee Members Announced for 2014-15 

BCBA President Jennifer Bukowsky has announced his appointments for the 2014-15 Committee members. If you served on a committee during the 2013-14 year and have not turned in a Committee Sign-Up Sheet, your name is not included on this year’s list. If you wish to continue to serve on the same committee(s) or on a new committee, please complete the Committee Sign-Up form found at  and submit it to Jennifer at




David Gibbons

Bar/Schools Partnership

Chair: Norm Lampton. Other Members: Joy Jackson and Chris Dunn

Commercial Law

Janice Harder, Norman Lampton, Dave Angle, Shelley Forrest, Gwen Hart, Michael Foster, Mitchell Moore, and Brian Baehr

Criminal Law

Gerald Mueller, George Batek, Kimberly Shaw, Dan Viets, Nancy McKerrow,

Stan Clay, and Kevin O’Brien

Family Law

Juvenile Law/Guardian ad Litem

Casey Berndt and Kristen Dickinson

Access to Justice

Susan Lutton


Chair: Mark Langworthy. Other members: Gwen Hart, Norm Lampton, and Sander Sowers

Practice, Procedure and Judiciary

Mark Evans, William Swift, Kristen Dickinson, Milt Harper, and Chris Dunn


Chair: Veronica Manahan. Other members: Garnett Matthews-Campbell, Trisha Green, Karen Hajicek, James Ballard, Jason Simmons, and Thad Taylor.


Greg Jones,

Public Relations

Young Lawyers

Chair: Sander Sowers and Jill Elsbury

Attorney/Judges Needed November 6-7 for AGO Cup

The Attorney General’s Office is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2014 AG Cup Mock Trial Competition:

Round 1 Thursday, November 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Round 2 Thursday, November 6, 2014 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Round 3 Friday, November 7, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Round 4 Friday, November 7, 2014 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

As you may recall, Missouri’s four law schools send their best and brightest to this competition to compete for the honor of the AG Cup traveling trophy. We are fortunate to have the use of the courtrooms in the Christopher S. Bond U.S. Courthouse again this year. It would be an honor for us, and the competitors, to have you join us there and serve as a judge if your calendar permits. Please contact if you would like to judge one or more rounds of the competition or if you would like more information.

Veterans Law Symposium Offered on Veteran’s Day, November 11

Mizzou Law School is offering a symposium focused on veterans issues (being held on Veterans Day – November 11th) that will be of interest to many BCBA members, including but not limited to attorneys dealing with Veteran’s issues. The specific focus is on PTSD and MST and the keynote address will be given by the retired leader of the Air Force JAG, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard C. Harding.

While the symposium offers other speakers from Washington, D.C. and from mid-Missouri, including two local attorneys – Judge Michael Bradley and Tim Harlan of Harlan, Harlan & Still. The whole symposium is FREE and will offer 3.6 hours of Missouri CLE credit. For more information, including the full schedule and registration instructions, go to   

Guardian ad Litem Training on Veteran’s Day, November 11

On the morning of Tuesday, November 11, from 8:30 to 12:20, the 13th Circuit is hosting a 3.6 hour Advanced Guardian Ad Litem Training. The cost is $15.00. Please see the attached form for details, and please return the form and payment to Mary Epping at the Courthouse by November 7 for those planning to attend.
A copy of the GAL agenda and registration form can be found here:   

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     

Around the bar . . .


Tuesday, November 18, 5:00 p.m.: The Young Lawyers Committee will meet for happy hour at Booche’s, 110 S. 9th Street. For more information contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or


Columbia Family Law Group announces that Molly Karcher is a new associate in the firm. Molly graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 2014 and just recently passed the bar. She holds a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. She will focus her practice in all areas of family law including divorce, custody, child support and adoption matters.

Josh Moore announces his move to Cook, Vetter, Doerhoff & Landwehr, Jefferson City, MO 65101, phone 573-635-7977, fax 573-635-7414, email, website Josh is very excited about joining CVDL and cannot wait to learn from their amazing attorneys.

Van Matre, Harrison, Hollis, and Taylor, P.C., have hired a new associate, Alexandra L. “Lexi” Klaus. Her contact information is 1103 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201, phone 573-874-7777, email Lexi plan to join the BCBA soon. More information may be available in that upcoming announcement.


Jared Buchanan, Faber & Brand, LLC, 6750 New Town, Columbia, MO 65203-1507, phone 777-8143, fax 777-8136, email Jared graduated from UMKC Law School in 2013. Prior to his employment as Associate Attorney at Faber & Brand, he clerked for Cohen McNeile & Pappas in Kansas City. Jared focuses on Creditor’s Rights litigation.

Trisha Green, Faber & Brand, LLC, 6750 New Town, Columbia, MO 65203-1507, phone 777-8135, fax 777-8136, email Trisha graduated from UMKC School of Law in 2012. She started out at the Nevada Public Defender Office before opening a solo criminal practice in Sedalia. She is now at Faber & Brand doing collections and handling all of the Probate cases throughout the state for the office.

Matthew R. Quetsch, Smith Lewis, LLP, 111 S. Ninth St., Ste. 200, P.O. Box 918, Columbia, MO 65205, phone 443-3141, fax 442-6686, email

Dane Rennier, email Dane is a 2013 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law. He has been working with The Law Office of Mitchell Moore for eight years. He also has worked with the Jefferson City Prosecutor’s office trying cases for municipal violations. Licensed in both Missouri and Illinois, Dane has begun practicing with an emphasis on criminal defense. He is looking forward to continuing his practice of law and following his passion for trial work.

John Shikles, Rotts & Gibbs, LLC, 1001 E. Walnut St., Ste. 201, P.O. Box 7385, Columbia, MO 65205, phone 573-443-3463, email, website John is a Columbia native and a graduate of Rock Bridge High School. He attended Truman State University, where he received a Bachelors of Science in Economics. At the University of Missouri-School of Law, John focused his study in general litigation skills. While in law school, he was a law clerk for the Benson Law Firm in Kirksville, Missouri, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and the University of Missouri- Office of the General Counsel. John joined Rotts & Gibbs in August 2014 and is looking forward to beginning my legal career here in Columbia.

Scott Smith, Missouri State Teachers Association, 407 S. 6th St., P.O. Box 458,Columbia, MO 65205, phone 442-3127, email , website Scott graduated from Mizzou Law in May 2014. He currently works as a Staff Attorney at the Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA). MSTA provides legal services to teachers and other public school district employees across the state. Since anything and everything can happen in a classroom, some of the legal issues MSTA deal with include workers compensation, teacher contracts, due process rights related to termination proceedings, FMLA, FLSA, ADA, Constitutional Rights of teachers and students, as well as school board policies.

Brian Weisel, Missouri Attorney General’s Office, 2401 Slickrock Dr., Columbia, MO 65202-8615, Phone 573-489-6702, fax 573-751-5660, email .   


Stan Clay has several items of office furniture for sale at reasonable prices. If interested, please call Stan at 442-1646 to discuss what is available and arrange a viewing.

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

About 55 members and guests attended the regular BCBA meeting and CLE presentation by the Clerk of the Missouri Supreme Court, Bill Mitchell on October 8, entitled “Questions and Answers with the Clerk of the Missouri Supreme Court”.   

October 2014 Treasurer's Report by Jason Simmons

Account balance of as September 25, 2014


Receipts 9/25/14 to 10/31/14

9/30   Interest $0.06
10/31   Scholarship Contribution $150.00
10/31   Dues $106.25
10/31   Golf Tournament Revenue $10,548.60

Total Receipts


Expenses 9/25/14 to 10/31/14

10/1    Thad Taylor - Webmaster stipend ($750.00)
10/8    Bleu - Speaker lunches   ($20.00)
10/21  Precision SEM, LLC - Logo Design ($300.00)
10/22  Gretchen Yancey - Picnic Reimbursement ($71.92)
10/24  Bleu - Executive Committee Lunch ($99.73)

Total Expenses


Account Balance as of October 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  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