Current BCBA Newsletter

The July 2015 Newsletter, Volume 30, Number 6, dated July 2, 2015, can be downloaded and viewed/printed in PDF format by clicking here. The contents also appear immediately below in browser-readable format.

CLE Credit Available at the July 8 BCBA Meeting

Presiding Judge Christine Carpenter will present the program entitled ‘Current Developments in Alternative Sentencing’ at the next regular BCBA meeting on July 8, 2015. The presentation will qualify for 1.2 hours in CLE credit.

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the lower level at Bleu, 811 E. Walnut. The presentation will begin about noon. A brief business meeting will precede the program. Lunch costs $10, with checks payable to Bleu.

RSVP: To reserve your spot for this meeting, contact BCBA Secretary Chrissy McCartney at 886-8913 or by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 7, 2015.RSVP’s are important for Bleu to provide sufficient food and adequate seating.  

2014-15 BCBA CLE Programs Listed

For the convenience of BCBA members completing their CLE reports due July 31 for the year ending June 30, all the CLE credit programs presented by the BCBA from July 2014 through June 2015 are listed below. The same list appears on the website at

"The Fourth Amendment in a Changing World" - presented by Nicole Volkert – August 13, 2014 - 1.2 hours.
"Supreme Court Practice" - presented by Bill Thompson, Clerk of the Supreme Court- October 8, 2014 - 1.2 hours.
"State of the Court Address" - 13th Circuit Presiding Judge Jodie Asel - November 12, 2014 - 1.2 hours.
"Presentation and Analysis of the Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission Report" – panel led by Judge Gary Oxenhandler- January 14, 2015 - 1.2 hours.
The E Felony: A Presentation about Missouri’s Revised Criminal Code” – presented by Bill Tackett – February 11, 2015 – 1.2 hours.
Court Appointed Special Advocates: CASA and the 13th Circuit” – presented by Ruth O’Neill – March 11, 2015 - 1.2 hours.
State of the Missouri Bar” – presented by Reuben Shelton, President of the Missouri Bar – May 13, 2015 – 1.2 hours.
Ethics in Divorce Discovery” – presented by Helen Wade, Josh Oxenhandler, and Judge Leslie Schneider – 1.2 hours (including ETHICS).

Nominating Committee Appointed; Apply for Positions

Kevin O’Brien, Mark Langworthy, and Clayton Thompson have been appointed to this this year’s Nominating Committee to select next year’s officers and Executive Committee members.

BCBA members interested in being an officer or Executive Committee member for 2015-16 should contact any one of the Nominating Committee members. Their contact information is:

Kevin O’Brien: [phone 442-5944]
Mark Langworthy: [phone 884-3083]
Clayton Thompson: [phone 449-2518]

The former system of selecting the next Vice President on a seniority basis no longer applies. Normally the Vice President is nominated to be the following year's President. Other positions available are Secretary, Treasurer and two at-large members of the Executive Committee. The election will be held at the annual meeting/picnic in September.

Mid-Missouri Legal Services Seeking Attorney Volunteers 

Mid-Missouri Legal Services seeks volunteer attorneys to assist pro se litigants at its Uncontested Divorce Clinic on Friday afternoons from 1:00 - 2:30 at MMLS's Columbia office at 1201 West Broadway. Training will be provided. To volunteer, please contact MMLS's PAI Coordinator, Tarina Avidan at or (573) 442-0116, Ext. 208.   

Date Set for 2015 Annual Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic

The 2015 Annual Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic will take place on Friday, September 11, at Twin Lakes Park. A social hour will begin about 5 p.m., followed by dinner about 6 p.m. Smoked ribeye, bratwurst, hot dogs, and traditional side dishes, and beverages including beer, wine and soft drinks will be served. The picnic will substitute for the meeting in September.

Jim Butcher organized our annual picnic for many years before his untimely death in the late 1980s. After his death, the event was renamed the Jim Butcher Memorial Picnic in his honor, and we have invited his widow Joan to attend as our guest every year since. Mrs. Butcher has graciously accepted our invitation to attend again this year.

The Picnic Committee consists of Mark Langworthy, Chair, Stan Clay, Christina Devine, Jason Simmons, Sander Sowers, and Norm Lampton. The picnic is free to all members and their families/significant others, and RSVP’s are not required.

BCBA Scholarships Presented at Seven Area High Schools 

Every year the Boone County Bar Association presents scholarships to students at the Boone County public high schools to students who have demonstrated interest in governmental, political, or civil affairs. This year, each scholarship was for $250. The scholarships are administered by our Partners in Education Committee, led by Norm Lampton. This year the scholarships were awarded to the following students.

Hickman: Jackson Chall Atkins
Rock Bridge: Michael Vu
Ashland (Southern Boone): Hannah Taylor
Centralia: Isabella Beard
Hallsville: Glen Decker
Columbia Independent School: Mary Cleavinger
Sturgeon: William Roberts

This was a great group of scholarship recipients this year and we wish them all well in their future careers! Thank you to all. 

Law School Alumni Golf Tournament Set for Monday, August 24

The MU School of Law is hosting the second annual Law Alumni Golf Tournament on Monday, August 24, 2014, with registration beginning at 11:00, lunch at 11:30, and a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the MU Law Scholarship fund. The tournament is at the Columbia Country Club, and will be in a four person scramble format. Fees are $150 for an individual ($125 if the individual has graduated within the last ten (10) years), or $500 for a team.

Registration form can be found at Any questions? Please contact Traci Fleenor at or at 573-882-4657.

Sad News From the Law School

Submitted by Gary Myers, Dean and Earl F. Nelson Professor of Law

Long-time faculty member Ed Hunvald passed away on June 27. Ed taught generations of law students in his 50-year career at the law school. Alumni describe Ed as revered, beloved and deeply respected. These terms apply not only for our graduates, but for the entire legal community in Missouri.

Because people are away this summer, it is the wish of his family that there be a private celebration of his life and career in the fall. Ed’s obituary should be available in the Columbia Tribune and Columbia Missourian late this week or early next week. We are working to create a page on our website that alumni and friends can use to share their memories of Ed. These memories will be compiled into a book to be given to his family.

Any donations made in Ed’s honor may be made to a scholarship or professorship in his name at the School of Law, or to the MU Friends of the School of Music, as designated by his family. Instructions for making a donation in memory of Ed are shown below.

BCBA Upcoming CLE Programs Announced

Mark your calendars! BCBA Vice President Josh Oxenhandler has tentatively lined up the following programs for the upcoming fiscal year: Aug: Justice Paul Wilson, MO Supreme Court; Sept.: 2015 Bar picnic at Twin Lakes shelter, 9-11-15. Additional programs will be announced as they are lined up.

Editor’s Note

The email distribution list and membership directory is being updated this month. Members who owe dues and have not paid will be removed from the rolls. There currently are just over 400 people on the email distribution list. Some of you are included for reasons other than being members, and some of our members are exempt from paying dues. 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.

If you believe your membership is currently in good standing and you do not receive the August Newsletter to be published August 2, please contact Thad Taylor at There is a chance you will have been mistakenly removed from the distribution list. 

Around the bar . . .


Thursday, July 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Please join the Youth Community Coalition and the Columbia Youth Advisory Council for an evening with your Missouri State Legislators to discuss important issues for youth in Columbia and Boone County, including youth substance use, violence and youth, and academic achievement gaps. Attending Legislators include Chuck Basye (District 47), Caleb Jones (District 50), Kip Kendrick (District 45), Caleb Rowden (District 44), and Stephen Webber (District 46). The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Columbia City Hall. For more information, contact Ron Rowe at or 289-2917.

Thursday, July 23, 5 p.m.: The Young Lawyers Committee will meet for happy hour at Gunter Hans, 7 Hitt St. Planning for the upcoming annual charity golf tournament will be a topic of discussion. For more information contact Sander Sowers at 875-1991 or  

Monday, October 5: SAVE THE DATE. The Blue Goose of Mid-Missouri will host its Inaugural Larry Fuller Memorial Blue Goose Golf Tournament on Oct. 5 at A.L. Gustin Golf Course. Proceeds will benefit the Larry Fuller Scholarship Fund and Mizzou Law School’s Veterans Clinic. To sponsor, or to enter a team, go to For more information, contact James Howard at or 442-0131.


Kellie Wingate Campbell is closing her law practice effective June 29, in order to begin working as a federal Administrative Law Judge in the Columbia Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Kellie’s new contact information will follow. Kellie enjoyed returning to Columbia and opening her office, and will miss the clients, colleagues, court personnel, and judges with whom she worked with closely.

Josh Devine has joined Rogers, Ehrhardt, Weber & Howard, LLC as a Principal. Josh graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2007. He was Note and Comment Editor for the Missouri Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Josh practiced in St. Louis at Husch Blackwell from 2007-2011 before returning home to Columbia where he practiced at Ford, Parshall & Baker from 2011 to 2015. He was named to the 2014 and 2015 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Stars list in both Missouri and Kansas. Devine’s practice areas will be civil litigation (including personal injury, professional liability, and insurance defense), business and employment law, and estate planning. Josh’s wife, Christina Devine, is a member of the BCBA and attorney with Harlan, Harlan & Still. His father, Jim Devine, was a longtime professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.


Angela K. Drake, The Veteran’s Clinic at the University of Missouri School of Law, 104c Hulston Hall, Columbia, MO 65211-4300, phone 882-7630, fax 882-4984, email

Steven R. Berry, Van Matre, Harrison, Hollis, Taylor, and Elliott, P.C., 1103 E. Broadway, P.O. Box 1017, Columbia, MO 65201, phone 874-7777, fax 875-0017, email, website

James M. Owen, State of Missouri’s Office of Administration/Owen Law Firm, LLC, 2628 Ridgefield Rd., Columbia, MO 65203, phone 417-496-1924, email


Pat Eng has one newly remodeled office available for rent, with 1200 sq. feet. Contact Pat or Matt Woods at 874-4190 or for more information.

The Boone County Associate Court’s current list of conflicts to the regular docket schedule has been updated effective July 1, 2015. The updated list can be found on the website at

July 2015 Treasurer's Report by Jason Simmons

Account balance of as May 31, 2015


Receipts 5/31/15 to 6/26/15

6/26  2015 Dues $143.75

Total Receipts


Expenses 5/31/15 to 6/30/15

6/10  Mark Langworthy - 2015 Picnic Expense Reimbursement $45.00
6/26  Tranquility Internet Services, Inc. - Webhosting $276.45

Total Expenses


Account Balance as of June 26, 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