Current BCBA Newsletter

The April 2016 Newsletter, Volume 31, Number 4, dated April 5, 2016, 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 April 13

Dr. Greg Markway, the Director of Forensic Services for the MO Department of Mental Health will be the presenter at the next BCBA meeting on Wednesday, April 13. Dr. Markway will discuss options that are available to lawyers and judges when faced with a case involving someone with mental health issues. 1.2 hours of MCLE credit is pending for the program.

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 $14, with checks made out to Bleu. PLEASE NOTE: The price of lunch has been raised to $14.00.

RSVP: To reserve your spot for this meeting, contact BCBA Secretary Jennifer Riedy at 882-0940 or  by Noon, Tuesday, April 12. RSVP’s are important for this meeting so management at Bleu can prepare sufficient food and seating.

Judge Oxenhandler Birthday/Retirement Party to be held Friday, April 22 

The Oxenhandler family would love to have you join them for a birthday party/ retirement reception for Judge Gary Oxenhandler Friday, April 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Blue Note. Come join for food, fun, and celebration as Judge Oxenhandler enters a new and exciting chapter in his life. 

In Memoriam: Bob Smith (1923-2016)  

On March 8, 2016, Robert C. (Bob) Smith passed away at the age of 92. Upon his death, the Robert C. Smith Trust left a $750.00 donation to the BCBA earmarked for a Membership Celebration. Excerpts from his obituary follow. The full obituary can be found at

A lifelong resident of Columbia, Bob served as the city’s mayor from 1961 to 1963. Over the years, as the city grew and changed, he took great pleasure in remaining actively involved in the political, cultural, business, and educational life of the community.

Born in 1923, Bob earned his bachelor of arts and juris doctorate from the University of Missouri. His early career as a lawyer was bracketed by military service. He served as an artillery observation pilot during World War II, and again during the Korean War, when he received the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters for his combat service.

In 1945, Bob married Jean Isabel Durant of Columbia. After the Korean War, he returned home to raise a family, build his law practice and pursue political aspirations. In 1953, he was elected Representative from Boone County in the state legislature, serving as speaker pro tem in his second term. Bob attempted a run for United States Congress in 1958. After a narrow defeat, he shifted his focus to local politics and community service. In 1959, he co-founded the law firm of Smith & Lewis.

During the years that followed, Bob continued to make myriad contributions on local, county and state levels. He served as chairman of the Boone County Democratic Committee, member of the Missouri State Bar Association Disciplinary Committee, member of the Board of Curators for Stephens College, president of the State Historical Society, director of Callaway Bank, president of the Missouri Symphony Society, chairman of the Missouri State Gaming Commission and honorary lifetime deacon of the First Baptist Church.

Bob helped create the Stafford Family Charitable Trust to support charitable work in Boone County, and he sat on its selection committee from the trust’s inception until his death. Over the years, he received numerous awards for public service, including the Howard B. Lang Jr. Award for lifetime service to the Columbia community.

Boone County Court Marshalls to be Honored April 12 

To honor the Boone County Court Marshals and recognize their good work in court security and beyond, the Boone County Commission is issuing a proclamation at their Tuesday April 12 at 9:30 a.m. meeting in the county building. Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer is sponsoring a catered breakfast for the marshals that morning as well. The proclamation will be displayed in the court house lobby during that week.  

BCBA Member Susan Lutton Testified Before U.S. Congress on March 10

Susan K. Lutton, the Executive Director for Mid-Missouri Legal Services, was invited to testify at a Congressional briefing in Washington D.C. on March 10, 2016, regarding the Veterans' Law Project of Mid-Missouri Legal Services that her staff conducts two days a week at the Truman V.A. Hospital.

Susan’s testimony is on the Legal Services Corporation website at the attached link While the entire one-hour long video is compelling, the bulk of Susan’s testimony begins at the 16:45 minute mark. Susan gives kudos to the Missouri Bar, the University of Missouri Law School, and makes a special point of recognizing the BCBA at about the 28:00 minute mark of the video.   

Judges Needed for 1L Moot Court Competition April 11-14

On behalf of the Mizzou Law Board of Advocates, we invite you to judge the 2016 1L Moot Court Competition. We need your help from Monday, April 11th through Thursday, April 14th. Volunteers will be awarded 4.8 hours of MCLE credit per night. Please arrive by 6:15 p.m. to enjoy a complimentary dinner and brief judge's meeting.

Required for 1L students, the 1L Moot Court Competition is collaboration between the Board and the Legal Research and Writing Department. First year students write an appellate brief in conjunction with their advocacy and research 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, please contact the Board at

Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium set for April 21-22

The 35th Annual Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium will be held on April 21st and 22nd, 2016, 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+ 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 Jason Simmons, Regional Ambassador, at (573) 447-3355, or

12th Annual Tim Heinsz 5K & 10K Run/Walk and Jim Devine Dog Walk April 16 

The Mizzou Law School’s 12th Annual Tim Heinsz 5K & 10K Run/Walk and Jim Devine Dog Walk will be held on Saturday, April 16, in front of Hulston Hall, and will happen rain or shine, to honor two of Mizzou Law School’s most beloved deans. Each event is $25.00 per person. All proceeds raised will benefit the Timothy J. Heinsz Scholarship Fund.

Feel free to participate in the dog walk through Peace Park even if you don’t have your own dog. This event also includes a kids’ fun run and a “just for health” option for those who want to walk or run without being timed. This event is always well-attended and well-supported by students, alumni and friends.

For more information, you can go to or contact Cara Stuckel at or 573-882-0944.

BCBA Upcoming CLE Programs Announced

Mark Your Calendars! BCBA Vice President Marjorie Lewis has lined up the following programs so far for the upcoming fiscal year: May 11, 2016- Matt Whitworth and others from the Federal Court; July 13, 2016- OPEN; August 10, 2016- The Boone County Marshalls will speak regarding courthouse security, active shooter scenarios, and other emergency situations.

The Bench/Bar Social will be held in Fulton the month of June. The BCBA picnic will be held the month of September. Please mark your calendars now so we can have a great turnout for these special speakers and events.

Free CLE Available From City of Columbia April 8

Rose Wibbenmeyer is planning for the City of Columbia a Fair Housing and Lending Seminar to be held on Friday, April 8, 2016. This free seminar, which has been approved by the Missouri Bar for 3 MCLE hours, includes presentations on Fair Housing Laws and Service Animals, State Fair Housing Laws and the Investigation of Complaints, Best Practice Tips for Fair Housing and Lending, Affordable Housing, and Implicit Bias and Its Impact on Fair Housing and Lending.

Presenters include Eric Krekel, Director of Investigative Operations at the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, MU Law Professor Rigel Oliveri, City of Columbia Housing Programs Supervisor Randy Cole, and Jillian Olinger of Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. For more information and/ or to register for this free program, go to:  

Around the bar . . .


Thursday, April 7, 5:30 p.m.: The Blue Goose of Mid-Missouri, which is the local chapter of an insurance industry fraternal organization, will hold their annual meeting and initiation at Bleu in Columbia. All those interested in learning more or attending should contact Jim Howard at

Friday, April 8, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.: BCBA Members are invited to a happy hour at the Heidelberg, to celebrate ethics week with Phi Delta Phi, an honors fraternity at the University of Missouri School of law. Please feel free to show up without an RSVP. If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Homeyer at

Tuesday, April 19, 5:00 p.m.: The Young Lawyers Committee will meet for happy hour at Addisons, 709 Cherry St. Please contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or for more information.    


 The Law Firm of Brown, Willbrand, Simon, Powell & Lewis, P.C has changed its name to Brown Willbrand P.C. The contact information remains 601 E. Broadway, Ste. 203, P.O. Box 1304, Columbia, MO 65205, phone 573-442-3181, fax 573-874-3796, website
    Effective immediately, Milt Harper has changed his email address to


 Cameron Beaver, Law Clerk to the Honorable Matt J. Whitworth, 80 Lafayette, Jefferson City, MO 65101, phone 573-636-4015, email . Cameron is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri (B.S. 2012) and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law (J.D. 2015).

Carl M. Edwards, Sr., Edwards Law Office, 1908 Business Loop 70 W., P.O. Box 7373, Columbia, MO 65202-1357, phone 573-447-2220, fax 573-447-4303, email

Ashley Franz, Veterans United Home Loans, 1400 Veterans United Drive, Columbia, MO 65203, phone 573-876-2600, email

Elisha Gilmore, Gilmore Law Group, 303 N. Stadium, Suite 251, Columbia, MO 65203, phone 573-475-4006, fax 877-929-5003, email, website

David G. Kirby, Lewis Rice LLC, 413 N. Village Cir., Columbia, MO 65203-5667, phone 314-401-9113, fax 573-632-0288, email

 Please note, when applying for membership for the BCBA, please complete the BCBA Enrollment form and forward it to BCBA webmaster/Newsletter editor Thad Taylor if you would like to be listed in the Membership Directory and to receive occasional announcements through the secure listserve.


The Law Firm of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated associate to join our family law division. Two years of litigation experience is required. The candidate must possess exceptional communication, organizational, time management, analytical, and writing skills. Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive salary, bonus, and benefits package, as well as an excellent opportunity for growth.
Candidates must submit a resume and writing sample to by May 1, 2016.

The Boone County Associate Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule has been updated effective March 30, 2016 in Word. Currently, there are problems uploading PDF’s to the website, but they are being addressed. The updated list can be found on the website at

Carlyle Foley has high traffic, street level, office space available on April 1, 2016 located at 806 Locust Street. For more information, contact him at 573-449-5316 or

About 108 members and guests attended the BCBA meeting and heard Judge Gary Oxenhandler’s CLE presentation “Reflections from the Bench” on March 9, 2016..

March 2016 Treasurer's Report by Jason Simmons

Account balance of as February 29, 2016



Receipts 2/29/16 to 3/26/16

2/29     Interest $0.06
3/26     2015 Membership Dues (Lost Check) $50.00
3/26     2016 Membership Dues $1,750.00
3/26     Robert C. Smith Trust- Donation for Membership Celebration $750.00

Total Receipts


Expenses 2/29/16 to 3/26/16

None 0

Total Expenses


Account Balance as of February 29, 2016


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. 2014-15 BCBA officers are: President, Josh Oxenhandler, 107 N. 7th St., Columbia, MO 65201-4425, phone 499-1700; Vice-President, Marjorie Lewis, 601 E. Broadway, Ste. 203, Columbia, MO 65205, phone, 442-3181; Secretary, Jennifer Riedy, 103 Hulston Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, phone 882-0940; and Treasurer, Jason Simmons, address above. Executive Committee members are the officers and Jennifer Bukowsky, Rusty Antel and Gretchen Yancey. The BCBA web site is at