ANNOUNCEMENTS ARCHIVE

October 2014

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE:  Our October CLE has been changed from Thursday, October 16 to Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center.  Jerry Levy will present Vetting the Expert.  One (1.0) hour of CLE credit is pending approval.  Instructional materials are available here. up arrow


September 2014

The Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene at the Judicial Center on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. to interview and select nominees for the Governor's appointment of Judge Malone's replacement. Nomination forms are available from the Clerk of the Douglas County District Court, the Clerk of the Appellate Courts, the Kansas Judicial Branch website, or right here. An original and 7 copies must be submitted to Elizabeth S. Cateforis, University of Kansas School of Law, 1535 West 15th, Room 409, Lawrence, Kansas 66045, on or before noon, August 22, 2014. up arrow

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE:  Our September CLE is Thursday, September 18, 2014  from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center.  Steve Berndsen from the Office of Judicial Administration will present Kansas Judicial Branch Electronic Filing. It will be open to DCBA members as well as their support staff who handle electronic filing of cases.  One (1.0) hour of CLE credit is pending approval.  Instructional materials are available here. up arrow

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The annual DCBA Fall Party will be a family-friendly event on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at Clinton Lake's Overlook Park Shelter No. 1. Gathering starts at 5:30 and dinner around 6:00 featuring a BBQ meal catered by Biemer's, with a vegetarian option available, and beer, wine, water, and soft drinks. The Sunflower Colonels will entertain us with live bluegrass music. The price per person, which includes dinner, drinks, and music, is: pre-kindergarten – free, K-6th grade – $5.00, 7th grade to age 20 – $10.00; age 21 & up – $15.00. RSVP by Friday, August 29, 2014 by emailing DCBA President Curtis Barnhill at cgb@barnhillatlaw.com (specify number of vegetarian meals if applicable), and mailing this Fall Party RSVP Form with a check payable to Douglas County Bar Association to Anne Hall, Treasurer, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044. off Questions? — contact Curtis at cgb@barnhillatlaw.com or Anne at treasurer@dgbar.org.

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August 2014

Hon. Michael J. Malone Photo Hon. Michael J. Malone Retirement Dinner: After 32 years on the bench, Judge Malone retires August 29. There will be a recognition dinner in his honor on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Country Club. Dinner choices are: KC Strip, Chicken Breast with White Wine Mushroom Cream Sauce, or Cheese Manicotti. Each selection includes tossed salad, side dish, and dessert. A cash bar will be available. The cost is $45 per person. RSVP by August 18 to branden@smithlegalllc.com. Be sure to specify number of people and dinner choices, and mail payment promptly to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, Kansas 66044. If you have questions, contact Branden Smith at 785-856-0780 or branden@smithlegalllc.com. up arrow

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our August CLE is Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Patrick Hurley and Michael Jilka will present An Overview of Section 1983 Litigation. One (1.0) hour of CLE credit is pending approval. Instructional materials are available here.


July 2014

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our July CLE is Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. David Brown will present a program on Dealing With Pro Se Opposing Parties. One hour of ethics CLE credit is pending approval. Instructional materials are available here.


June 2014

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our June CLE will be on June 19, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Stan Hazlett will present "Anatomy of a Complaint." One hour of CLE ethics credit is pending approval. Instructional materials are available here.

Prof. Owl This year’s Summer Party is Thursday, June 5, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. (dinner served at approximately 6:00) at the location announced via email on May 7, which also included an RSVP form. We will have a Mexican buffet catered by La Tropicana, with Mexican beers, wine, margaritas, and soft drinks. Spouses and significant others are welcome. The cost is $15.00 per person, which includes dinner and drinks. Send your RSVP and payment by Tuesday, May 27 to Anne Hall, DCBA Treasurer, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044. If you can’t find the May 7 email with location and RSVP form, email secretary@dgbar.org and we'll send you another. The Summer Party replaces the usual monthly socials for June and July. Our next monthly social will be Thursday, August 7, 2014.
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May 2014

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our May CLE will be on May 15, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Bethany Roberts will present "Can you believe they did that?!?!? A survey of ethics cases and the tips we can gain from other lawyers' mistakes." One hour of CLE credit is pending approval. Instructional materials will be posted here for download when available.

Did you know? The Brown Bag CLE Archive lists al the CLE programs presented by DCBA from 2005 to present with links to many of the instructional materials provided by the presenters. up arrow

2014 Law Day Logo The annual DCBA Law Day Luncheon is Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. at Pachamama's Alton Ballroom, 800 New Hampshire Street (southeast corner of 8th and New Hampshire Streets). This year's Law Day theme is "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters". Our keynote speaker is Hon. Doug Bonney, Chief Counsel and Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas. The meal will be a high-quality, full-service buffet. Vegetarian options are available upon request; specify a vegetarian plate when you RSVP. The cost is $30.00 per person.

RSVP to Tracy Fredley, DCBA Young Lawyers President, at tracyfredley@gmail.com by Monday, April 21, 2014. RSVPs and payments must be received in advance - payment will not be accepted at the door. Make checks payable to "Douglas County Bar Association" and mail to: DCBA Law Day, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044.

The DCBA Liberty Bell Award is presented on Law Day to recognize a person or entity who has promoted better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged greater respect for the law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility, and contributed to good government. Submit nominations by Monday, April 21, 2014 to the Young Lawyers President, Tracy Fredley, at tracyfredley@gmail.com. Be sure to include a statement of the reasons you feel your nominee merits the award.

Visit our DCBA Law Day page to learn more about Law Day and our previous Law Day events and Liberty Bell Award winners.

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April 2014

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our April CLE will be on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. DCBA member Jerry Levy will present a program on Rules of the Road to Winning Personal Injury Cases. One hour of CLE credit is pending approval. Instructional materials are available here.

KU Job Opening. The University of Kansas Undergraduate Advising Center has an opening for a Senior Academic Advisor/Pre-Law Coordinator. This Advisor advises undergraduates about pre-law academic programs, provides individual academic advising to undeclared pre-professional students, serves as a member of the pre-professional advising team, and serves as a Center liaison to the KU Law School. This position reports to the Sr. Associate Director of the Undergraduate Advising Center, a unit within Undergraduate Studies. See the job announcement here. up arrow

Bench-Bar Committee Vacancy: There will be an opening as of April 1, 2014 for a position on Douglas County Bench-Bar Committee. The recently elected DCBA President, Curtis Barnhill, will appoint an attorney to fill the vacancy. The position is a 5-year term, expiring March 31, 2019. Candidates should state their qualifications and reasons for wanting to serve to Curtis Barnhill at president@dgbar.org or in hard copy to Curtis G. Barnhill, P.A., 900 Massachusetts St., Ste. 600, Lawrence, KS 66044. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, April 10, 2014. The Bench-Bar Committee meets on the second Tuesday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September, and November) from 12:30 – 1:30 in the Division 1 jury room at the Judicial Center.

As of April 1, 2014, the attorney members of the Bench-Bar Committee will be:

  • Curtis Barnhill - President of Douglas County Bar Association
  • Matt Todd - Secretary of Douglas County Bar Association
  • Skip Griffy - President of Douglas County Criminal Defense Bar
  • Tracy Fredley - President of Young Lawyers Section of Douglas County Bar Association
  • Charles Branson - District Attorney
  • Charles Whitman - at large (term expires March 31, 2015)
  • Terry Campbell - at large (term expires March 31, 2016)
  • Mike Clarke - at large (term expires March 31, 2017)
  • Shaye Downing - at large (term expires March 31, 2018)
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March 2014

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our March CLE will be on March 27, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. DCBA member Sarah Warner will present her annual program on The Top Ten Kansas Civil Cases from 2013. One hour of CLE credit is pending approval. Instructional materials are available here.

Our Monthly Social on Thursday, March 6 is also the Douglas County Bar Association Annual Meeting when we elect officers and conduct official business, if any. The slate of nominees for 2014-2015 is:

  • President: Curtis Barnhill
  • Vice President: Sarah Warner
  • Secretary: Matthew Todd
  • Treasurer: Anne Hall
  • YLS President: Tracy Fredley

As always, nominations can be made from the floor, if anyone is so inclined. The Social starts at 5:00 p.m. at the Star Bar at Pachamama's. The official annual meeting and election of officers will take place at 6:00. Enjoy some drinks and appetizers, engage in vigorous yet sociable debate and discussion, and help elect our officers for the upcoming year.


February 2014

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our February CLE is Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. DCBA member Branden Smith will present a program on The Use of Technology in Legal Practice. One hour of CLE credit is pending approval. Instructional materials will be posted here when available.

The Brown Bag CLE Archive lists the CLE programs presented by DCBA from 2005 to present with links to many of the instructional materials provided by the presenters.

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January 2014

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our January CLE will be on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Division 1 courtroom at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Kansas Disciplinary Administrator Stan Hazlett will present Money of Others: Accounting for Lawyer Trust Accounts. One hour of ethics CLE credit is pending approval. Instructional materials are available here.

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December 2013

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our December CLE will be on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Division 1 courtroom at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Anne McDonald from the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program will present Codependence in the Legal Arena. One (1.0) hour of ethics CLE credit has been approved. Instructional materials are available here.

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Criminal Law On Friday, December 13, 2013 the Douglas County Criminal Defense Bar will conduct a Criminal Law CLE Seminar. This seminar is mandatory for attorneys accepting misdemeanor or felony appointments in Douglas County District Court in 2014. It is also open to non-prosecutor DCBA members. The program is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (download the agenda) in the Jury Assembly Room in the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center and has been approved for 7 CLE credit hours including 1 ethics hour. Did we mention it's free? For more information, contact Skip Griffy. You can download all the CLE materials in one zip file or download individual pdf files:  Overview of Case Management A-Z presented by Jessica Glendening,  Immigration Issues & Collateral Consequences File No. 1 and File No. 2 presented by Shekha Sharma-Crawford,  Protecting the Record for Appeal presented by Heather Cessna,  Competency Under the Law presented by Jim Rumsey,  and Ethics Update File No. 1 and File No. 2 presented by Martin Miller. Other materials will be provided at the seminar.

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The DCBA Holiday Party is Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pachamama's Alton Ballroom at 800 New Hampshire. This year's party will include rotating heavy hors d'oeuvres and a beer-wine-and-soft-drink bar. The event will feature live music as well as a short program at 7:30 honoring retiring members of the Bar. Cost is $35.00 per person. Mail the RSVP form with your check to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044 no later than Tuesday, December 3, 2013. If you have questions, contact the DCBA Treasurer, Matt Todd, at 843-6600 or treasurer@dgbar.org. If you know of a local attorney who is retiring this year, contact the DCBA Secretary, Sarah Warner, at 841-4554 or secretary@dgbar.org so we can honor them at the party.

The RSVP deadline was (ahem) Tuesday December 3.

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November 2013

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our November CLE will be on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Division 1 courtroom at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Judge Robert Fairchild will present "Successful Use of Technology in the Courtroom". Approval for one (1.0) hour CLE credit is pending. Instructional materials are available here.


October 2013

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our October CLE will be on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Adam Hall will present "Breaking Bad: Aggressively Defending Protection From Abuse (PFA) and Protection From Stalking (PFS) Cases Filed Concurrently With Criminal Action". Approval for one (1.0) hour CLE credit is pending. Instructional materials are available in two files: part 1 here and part 2 here.

On October 3, 2013 our monthly DCBA social moves to the Star Bar at Pachamama's, 800 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, Kansas.

barrister The Judge Hugh Means Inn of Court is taking applications for 2013-2014. Meetings will be held at the Lawrence Country Club on September 26, October 24, November 21, January 23, February 27, March 26 and April 24. The first meeting will include special recognition of Judge John W. Lungstrum who has been selected to receive the 2013 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Tenth Circuit. Complete and return the membership form with a check payable to: Judge Hugh Means Inn of Court, P.O. Box 1152, Lawrence, KS 66044-8152. New members are invited to attend a reception on September 12, 2013 hosted by Judge Pokorny and including other distinguished guests such as Judge Lungstrum, Judge Robinson, and Judge Fairchild.

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District Court E-Filing: Douglas County District Court has been selected as one of the pilot courts for electronic filing (e-filing). The court began accepting filings from a select group of first users on March 11, 2013. Filers can submit pleadings, notices and suggestions, letters, and service documents through the e-filing system; however, the court cannot accept any document that requires a docket fee to file. For further information or to sign up for e-filing, contact Douglas Hamilton at dhamilton@douglas-county.com or Autumn Bishop at abishop@douglas-county.com. For general information about the e-filing project, visit the Kansas Judicial Branch's website at www.kscourts.org.

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September 2013

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our September CLE will be on Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Curtis Barnhill will present "Are You Leaving Money for Your Client on the Table? What you need to know when negotiating division of retirement plans and accounts in divorces". This course has been approved for one (1.0) hour CLE credit. Instructional materials are available here.


August 2013

Judge Carpenter A presentation on Judge Louis Carpenter will be given by Kerry Altenbernd, Douglas County Law Librarian, on August 22, 2013,at 7:00 p.m. at the Watkins Community Museum of History, 11th & Massachusetts Streets in downtown Lawrence. "Judge Louis Carpenter: A Rising Star Annihilated By Hate" is part of 1863 Commemorate Lawrence, the official commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Quantrill's August 21, 1863 raid on Lawrence. Carpenter served as Probate Judge of Douglas County from 1861 to 1863. He turned away several groups of Quantrill's men who came to his house before he was finally killed after he gave the wrong answer to a fateful question. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our August CLE will be on Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Joseph Molina will present "A Legislative Update". This course has been approved for one (1.0) hour CLE credit. Instructional materials are available here.

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July 2013

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our July CLE will be on Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Sherri Loveland will present "An Annual Update on Recent Disciplinary Cases". This course has been approved for one (1.0) hour ethics and professionalism CLE credit. Instructional materials are available here.

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June 2013

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our June CLE will be on Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Stan Hazlett will present "Ethics and Discipline". Application for approval of one hour of Kansas CLE credit for ethics and professionalism is pending. Instructional materials are available here.

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The DCBA Summer Social is Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. A 6:00 Mexican buffet will be catered by La Tropicana, accompanied by Mexican beers, wine, margaritas, and soft drinks. Spouses and significant others are invited. The cost is $15.00 per person, which includes dinner and drinks. Location and RSVP form were emailed to DCBA members May 28. Please RSVP with payment by Tuesday, June 4, to Matthew Todd, DCBA Treasurer, P.O. 1966, Lawrence, Kansas 66044. Questions can be directed to secretary@dgbar.org or treasurer@dgbar.org. The Summer Social will be in lieu of the usual monthly socials for June and July. Our next monthly social will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2013.

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May 2013

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our May CLE will be on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Randall Fisher will present "Ten Most Common Mistakes in Automobile Cases". Application for approval of one hour of Kansas CLE credit for ethics and professionalism is pending. Instructional materials are available here.

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2013 Law Day Logo Law Day 2013: The Annual Law Day Luncheon is Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at noon at Pachamama's. This year's Law Day theme is "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" and will be a reflection on the work that has been done and remains to be done to rectify injustice, eliminate discrimination, and uphold basic human rights. Our speaker will be the Hon. David Waxse. Watch for an e-mail with more details, RSVP instructions, and submitting Liberty Bell nominations. Visit our DCBA Law Day page to learn more about Law Day and our previous years' events.

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April 2013

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our April CLE will be on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. David Brown will present "Crisis and Confusion, Legal Developments in Family Law for Kansas LGBT Persons". This program was previously scheduled for February 21, but was cancelled due to inclement weather. This program has been approved for one hour of CLE credit. Instructional materials are available here:  Part 1: Relationship Recognition MapPart 2: In Re Estate of GardinerPart 3: In Re K.M.H.Part 4: In Re Estate of RobbinsPart 5: KDOR Gender ReclassificationPart 6: In Re Relationship of DownsPart 7: Frazier v. Goudschaal, or download all parts in one zip file.

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March 2013

The DCBA Annual Meeting and Election of Officers was held on March 7, 2013. Your new DCBA officers for the 2013-2014 year are: President Jody Meyer, Vice-President Curtis Barnhill, Secretary Sarah Warner, and Treasurer Matt Todd. Their one-year terms of office begin April 1, 2013. Congratulations to Jody as we look forward to her leadership and also a big thank you to Cheryl Denton for a job well done this past year.

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There is an opening for an at-large position on the Douglas County Bench-Bar Committee. Five at-Large positions on the Douglas County Bench-Bar Committee are appointed by the President of the DCBA. The current at-large members are:

Member-at-large Appointment Date Expiration Date
Chuck Briscoe April 1, 2008 March 31, 2013
Ed Collister April 1, 2009 March 31, 2014
Charles Whitman April 1, 2010 March 31, 2015
Terry Campbell April 1, 2011 March 31, 2016
Mike Clarke April 1, 2012 March 31, 2017

Chuck Briscoe's position expires March 31, 2013 and he will retire from the committee. If you are interested in being appointed to the Bench-Bar Committee for a five year term, or want more information about the position, send an email to president@dgbar.org.

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our March CLE will be on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Sarah Warner will present "Top 10 Kansas Civil Cases from 2012". Application for CLE approval of this activity in Kansas is pending. Instructional materials are available here.

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The Annual Meeting and Election of Officers will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at Genovese. The Board has nominated the following slate of officers for the 2013-2014 term:

President: Jody Meyer
Vice-President: Curtis Barnhill
Secretary: Sarah Warner
Treasurer: Matt Todd

Any member in attendance at the meeting may nominate other candidates for consideration.

The two-year terms of the five attorney members of the Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees will expire in May this year. An election to fill the positions for the 2013/2015 term will be held this spring. An attorney is eligible to serve on the Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees if he/she is registered with the Clerk of the Douglas County District Court and living or practicing in Douglas County, Kansas, pursuant to K.S.A 20-3126. Unless the attorney is employed solely as a public defender by the State Board of Indigents' Defense Services, he/she must also have paid the 2013 Douglas County Law Library registration fee of $25.00. Ballots will be mailed to registered attorneys on March 25, 2013, and will be due back in the Law Library by 5:00 pm April 8, 2013. The newly elected members will take office on May 1, 2013. Attorneys who are eligible to serve on the Board and wish to nominate themselves for one of the five positions must fill out a nomination form and return it to the Law Library by March 1, 2013. The form is available in PDF format on the Law Library website at this link.

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February 2013

It's time to update the DCBA group portrait. The last one was taken in 2003. Steve and Ann Hertzog of Creative Road Studio will take the pictures and compile the composite for display in the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Sittings for the photos will be in the Law Library on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All members of the DCBA are invited to have his or her picture taken for the composite. The DCBA will pay for the composite. The DCBA also purchased digital rights to the pictures and members can buy individual portraits for $20.00, making this a great way to obtain a professional portrait for your business needs.

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Look here! ALERT: District Court will be closed Thursday Feb. 21 due to severe weather forecast. Check your email and/or other sources for possible cancellation of this CLE program.

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our February CLE will be on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. David Brown will present "Conflicts of Laws Facing Attorneys Representing LGBTQ Families". Application for CLE approval of this activity in Kansas is currently pending. Instructional materials are available here: Crisis and Confusion, Part 1, Crisis and Confusion, Part 2, Crisis and Confusion, Part 3, Crisis and Confusion, Part 4, Crisis and Confusion, Part 5, Crisis and Confusion, Part 6Crisis and Confusion, Part 7.

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Appellate judges and justices in Kansas are chosen through a merit system. There has been a growing movement in the Kansas Legislature to change the selection method. In response, the Kansas Bar Association adopted the following Resolution concerning this issue:

RESOLVED, that the Kansas Bar Association supports the merit selection system for appellate judges and justices, independent of how merit panel members are selected. The present application, interview, questioning and selection process provides the best available information to identify and select the most qualified appellate judges and justices, independent of political considerations.

The kBA asked local bar associations, including the Douglas County Bar Association, to affirmatively endorse the Resolution. Following an online vote by the DCBA membership, the Douglas County Bar Association has adopted the following resolution:

RESOLVED, the Douglas County Bar Association endorses the following resolution: RESOLVED: that the Kansas Bar Association supports the merit selection system for appellate judges and justices, independent of how merit panel members are selected. The present application, interview, questioning and selection process provides the best available information to identify and select the most qualified appellate judges and justices, independent of political considerations.

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January 2013

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our January CLE will be on Thursday, January 17, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Anne McDonald will present "Wellness and Stress Management" Handout materials are available here and here.


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December 2012

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our December CLE will be on Thursday, December 20, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Ron Schneider will present "Land Use and Historical Preservation Law".  Handout materials are available here. There may be additional materials at the seminar.

Wade Bowie photo Wade Bowie Retirement: The Douglas County District Attorney's Office invites the members of the DCBA to a retirement reception recognizing and honoring Wade Bowie, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19 at Genovese Italian Restaurant, 2nd floor, with hors d'oeuvres, cake and cash bar. See this invitation for details.

The DCBA Winter Holiday Party will be Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at the Carnegie Building at 9th and Vermont. Cocktail hour starts at 6:00 p.m. and dinner starts at 7:00 p.m.  Dinner and appetizers Appetizers:
Spicy Shrimp with jalapeno slaw and assorted crostinis
Main Course:
1st Entree: Pork tenderloin with choice of raspberry jalapeño sauce or burgundy mushroom sauce
2nd Entree: Creamy peppercorn chicken
Vegetarian Entree: Portabella Mushroom Lasagna
Mashed potatoes
Blanched green beans
River City salad (green salad with strawberry and candied nut w/ feta)
Homemade rolls
Dessert:
Pumpkin praline cheesecake
A Chocolate dessert TBD
A Gluten-free dessert TBD
will be catered by Southern Comfort caterers. The price is $40.00 for DCBA members and guests (adults only please) and includes a hosted wine and beer bar, as well as dinner and appetizers. Gerald Cooley will be recognized for his retirement and Byron Springer will speak on his behalf. Please RSVP by November 30 using this RSVP form. NOTE: Because of the Winter Holiday Party, there will not be a December Monthly Social.

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Criminal Defendant Image Criminal Lawyer Image On Friday, December 7, 2012 (Pearl Harbor Day) the Douglas County Criminal Defense Bar will conduct a criminal law CLE seminar. The seminar is open to non-prosecutor DCBA members and is mandatory for attorneys who want to take misdemeanor and/or non-felony appointments in 2013. The program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room in the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center. Links to the presentation materials are provided in the left column of this page.


November 2012

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our November CLE will be on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Suzanne Valdez will present "An Update on the Ethics of Limited Scope Representation".  Handout materials are in three files available here and here and here.

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October 2012

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: The October CLE program will be on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center.  Curtis Barnhill will present An Overview of the Affordable Care Act. Handout materials are available here.

The DCBA Fall Social is scheduled for Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at Tapas Mexican Restaurant at 724 Massachusetts, Lawrence Kansas. We've reserved the second floor, accessible via elevator. Mexican food, beer, and margaritas will be provided. Spouses and significant others are invited. The cost is $10 per person. Please RSVP and remit payment with this handy downloadable RSVP form to Sarah Warner, DCBA Treasurer, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044, by September 28 to allow us time to plan for the food and drinks.
     

The Kansas Supreme Court will be sitting from 9:00 a.m. to noon on October 3, 2012 at the Johnson County Community College in the Craig Community Auditorium. The session is open to the public. The docket, with case summaries, can be downloaded here. After lunch, the Court will present an en banc CLE at the Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St., Overland Park, Kansas, from 1:30 - 2:45 p.m., with a reception following from 3:00 - 4:00. The program is entitled Best Practices When Appearing Before the High Court. The price is $30.00. CLE credit for 1.5 hours is pending. Register online at www.jocobar.org or mail a check payable to: Johnson County Bar Association, 130 N. Cherry, Ste. 202 Olathe, KS 66061. A brochure can be downloaded here.

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September 2012

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: The September CLE program will be on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center.  David Berkowitz will present Attorney Speech – First Amendment vs. Professional Conduct. Handout materials are available here.


August 2012

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: The August CLE program will be on Thursday, August 16, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center.  Paul Davis will present What Kansas Lawyers Need to Know from the 2012 Legislative Session.  Handout materials are available here.


July 2012

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The Judge Hugh Means Inn of Court has kicked off its 2012-2013 term. The Inn affords an opportunity to socialize with fellow practitioners and judges, enjoy a good meal, and gain valuable continuing legal education credit through lively programs on a variety of interesting topics. The Inn meets once a month at the Lawrence Country Club beginning September 27, 2012. If you have not already done so, please consider joining the Inn and participating in what is sure to be another excellent year of education and collegiality among the members of the local bar. The 2012-2013 meeting dates are: September 27, 2012; October 25, 2012; November 29,1202; January 24, 2013; February 28, 2013; March 27, 2013; and April 25, 2013. A membership form is available here and also at the Inn's website. You can contact John T. Bullock, Membership Chair, at (785) 843-0811 or by email at jbullock@stevensbrand.com.

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: The July CLE program will be on Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center.  Jim Jesse, General Counsel of Cool Music Network, LLC, will present Music Copyright Law Basics and Cases. Handout materials are available here.

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June 2012

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our June CLE program will be on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Stan Hazlett will present Ethics & Discipline Handout materials are available here.

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The DCBA Spring Party will be on Thursday, June 7, 2012, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. It will be held at the Clinton Lake Overlook Park Shelter # 1, 800 N. 1400 Road, Lawrence, Kansas. DCBA members, spouses, significant others, and family members are invited, at $15.00 for adults and children over 12, $5.00 for children 12 and under. We will provide: BBQ, sides, fixin's, dessert, bottled water, tea, soft drinks, beer, and wine. There will be a vegetarian alternative to BBQ meats, probably baked potato. off If you want a vegetarian alternative, please us know with your RSVP. You might want to bring lawn chairs, insect repellant, and outdoor games. Let us know if you have a volleyball or pitching horseshoes that you can bring. To get there, take Clinton Parkway/23rd Street West to the end of the road, turn right, then take the first left and continue about ¼ mile to the park. It's north of the dam, near the Army Corps of Engineers buildings. Email your RSVP to treasurer@dgbar.org by May 24, 2012, and send your check to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044. PLEASE NOTE: If you RSVP that you are coming, you will be charged even if you do not come. This is necessary due to our cost commitments. We hope to see you all there!       


 

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Prof. Owl SPECIAL DCBA Brown Bag CLE: An additional CLE program will be presented on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. David Brown will present Lawyer Advertising: Sexy or Not.  Handout materials are in three files which you can download here: File 1, File 2 and File 3.


May 2012

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: The May CLE program will be on Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center.  Jody Anne McDonald will present Don't Let Stress Take You – or a Colleague – Down Handout materials are available here.

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Law Day 2012The DCBA Law Day Banquet is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1 at Maceli's Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire Street. We are having Chicken Piccada, Pesto Ravioli, Italian Salad, and dessert. The guest speaker is Hon. Chief Judge Richard D. Green of the Kansas Court of Appeals. Judge Greene was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Kathleen Sebelius in 2003, and was appointed Chief Judge by the Supreme Court effective January 10, 2011. This year's Law Day theme is "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom: America's courtrooms must be open to keep the wheels of justice turning."

Liberty Bell MedalWe are accepting nominations for the Liberty Bell Award which will be presented at the Law Day Banquet. The Liberty Bell Award recognizes a person or entity who has promoted better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged greater respect for the law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility and contributed to good government. The officers of the Douglas County Bar vote on the winner from among nominations submitted by the membership. Email your nominations by Friday, April 20, 2012 to younglawyers@dgbar.org. We will also be announcing winners and presenting prizes for this year's Legal Essay Contest.

The cost of the luncheon is $30.00 per person. Please RSVP by email to lawday@dgbar.org, and mail your check to Douglas County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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April 2012

Dean Burkhead Photo The memorial for Dean Burkhead will be held April 20, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the Judicial Center. Chief Judge Robert Fairchild will call a special session of court to order and allow family, friends and colleagues to address the assembly in remembrance of Dean's life and career. If you wish to speak at the memorial, please email Jon King at jonking@sunflower.com.

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: The April CLE program will be on Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center.  Hon. Patrick D. McAnany will present his Overview of the Kansas Supreme Court's Blue Ribbon Commission.  The seminar materials are available on the Kansas Judicial Branch website, here: Blue Ribbon Commission Report and here: Weighted Caseload Study Report. The CLE Commission has advised DCBA that they will NOT accredit this presentation for CLE credit because it is "not CLE material". We will be adding another CLE hour between now and the end of June so that members can receive 12 hours of CLE for the year. The details of the additional CLE will be sent out at a later date.

Race Ipsa photo The University of Kansas School of Law Student Bar Association will host the 12th annual Race Ipsa on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Race Ipsa is a 5K run/walk through KU’s campus. Proceeds from the race will be donated to Douglas County Legal Aid, which provides free legal services to those without financial means. Anyone interested in running or walking in the race needs to submit an entry form, available online, to Student Bar Association, University of Kansas School of Law, 100 Green Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045. The entry fee is $15.00 and includes a Race Ipsa water bottle if received by March 30. After March 30 the entry fee is $20.00 and water bottles will be provided only while supplies last. Race day check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Law School, 1535 W. 15th Street. The race starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. A course map will be provided at registration. If you have questions, contact information is available here.

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The University of Kansas School of Law and the Friends of the KU Wheat Law Library invite you to attend the 11th annual Paul E. Wilson Friends of the Wheat Law Library Lecture & Luncheon. Professor Wilson was an ardent supporter of the law library and an expert in legal history. The library honors his memory each April by hosting a lecture on legal history, law books or law libraries. This year's address will be delivered by the Hon. John K. Pearson, United States Bankruptcy Judge, District of Kansas, Retired. The lecture is 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the Rice Room, Green Hall, University of Kansas School of Law. Please RSVP by Monday, April 9, 2012, at www.law.ku.edu/friendsluncheon, where you can also read more about Judge Pearson and the Friends of the Wheat Law Library. The luncheon is free for new or renewing members, and $15 for nonmembers. You may start or renew your membership at the website.

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas presents A Conversation with Federal Judges on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the United States Courthouse, 500 State Avenue, Room 180, Kansas City, KS 66101. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided to you at no cost beginning at 12:00 noon. The purpose of the event is to give local attorneys a forum to discuss issues of importance to the bar and an opportunity to get acquainted with the federal judges. Complimentary CLE credit will be available to attorneys in Kansas and Missouri. To register, go to www.supersaas.com/schedule/ksd/Kansas_City.


March 2012

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our March CLE program will be on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Jody Meyer will present All is NOT Fair in Love and War – Ethics and Family Law Practice Handout materials are available here.

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February 2012

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our February CLE will be on Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Sarah Warner will present "Top 10 Kansas Civil Cases from 2011" Handout materials are available here.

Ghosts of Mississippi The Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present Ghosts of Mississippi on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library. Ghosts of Mississippi dramatizes the trial of Byron De La Beckwith for the assassination of 1960s civil rights leader Medgar Evers. It starts with the murder, and includes events surrounding the first two trials which ended with hung juries. The movie portrays District Attorney Bobby De Laughter's alliance with Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers, as he becomes more invested in bringing Beckwith to trial for the third time 30 years later. Some of the characters are played by the actual participants in this story. DeLaughter is played by Alec Baldwin, Beckwith is played by James Woods, and Myrlie Evers is played by Whoopi Goldberg. The program will include a post-screening discussion of the law and the legal system as portrayed in the film, led by a local attorney. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.

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January 2012

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our January CLE will be on Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Christine Ladner will present "An Overview of Human Trafficking in Kansas with Case Studies". Handout materials are available here (Part 1 Powerpoint file) and here (Part 2 PDF file).

Mock Interview Program: The Office of Career Services at the University of Kansas School of Law is gearing up for the next Mock Interview program. Interviews will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, January 17, 18 and 19, 2012, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Law School. The program gives first and second year law students an opportunity to "interview" with practicing attorneys. Each interview lasts about 20 minutes, with a 10-minute feedback session. Each volunteer will interview four students and fill out evaluation forms. Students will receive a DVD of their interviews to further help them critique their performance. Boxed dinners are provided for volunteers. If you can help as a volunteer interviewer, please submit this online form. For more information, contact Karen Hester, Associate Director of Career Services, at 785.864.4357 or LaVerta Logan, Assistant Director of Career Services, at 785.864.4377.

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December 2011

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our December CLE will be on Thursday, December 15, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Brandon Warner will present "Intro to Intellectual Property Law: Issue Spotting for the General Practitioner". Handout materials are available here.

The Annual DCBA Winter Holiday Party will be Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Maceli’s Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire Street. Drinks and appetizers (meatballs with spinach and artichoke dip) will start at 6:00 p.m. A string octet of students from Free State High School will serenade from 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. Entrée selections will be grilled chicken, beef shoulder tenderloin or, for vegetarian option, pesto ravioli, with accompaniments of potatoes, seasonal vegetables, salad and dessert. The cost is $35.00 per person. Please RSVP to Curtis Barnhill with the number in your party and entrée selections by Tuesday, November 22 at 5:00 p.m., the deadline to deliver or cancel RSVPs. You can RSVP or cancel by emailing Curtis at cgb@barnhillatlaw.com and mailing payment to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044. Please note that unpaid RSVPs for attendees and no-shows will be invoiced for the amount due. We have to pay for all meals ordered and $35.00 per RSVP doesn't include a margin to subsidize no-shows and no-pays.

We will honor DCBA’s 2011 retirees during the banquet. Email secretary@dgbar.org with name and information of attorneys who retired or plan to retire in 2011 so we can recognize them and their contributions to DCBA and the legal profession.

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Classroom The Douglas County Criminal Defense Bar Seminar will be on Friday, December 2, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Attendance is mandatory for members of the criminal defense appointments panel. Links to the handout materials are in the left column of this page.

The Kansas Judicial Branch has a job opening for Supreme Court Research Attorney with salary range of $51,205.00 to $65,358.00 commensurate with experience. The term of employment is immediate opening through July 2013 or July 2014 with start date and final termination to be negotiated. If interested, send cover letter, application for employment, resume with references, writing sample and law school transcript (may be unofficial) to: Hon. Marla J. Luckert, Kansas Judicial Center, 301 W. 10th St., Room 315, Topeka, KS 66612-1507.


November 2011

The Awful Truth The Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present The Awful Truth on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library. Before their divorce becomes final, Jerry and Lucy (Cary Grant and Irene Dunne) Warriner both already have plans to remarry. Jerry plans to mary socialite Molly Lamont, Lucy plans to marry rich oilman Daniel Leeson. They each try to ruin the other's remarriage plans. They employ various creative and devious strategies to consummate the non-marriages. For example? You'll have to come and see the movie to find out! For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.up arrow

Lawyers Needed for kBA Bar Show! If any of the talented lawyers and judges in Douglas County would like to participate individually or in a group in the 2012 Bar Show in Kansas City, they’d love to have you! The show format can accommodate an act from Lawrence without all players having to come to all rehearsals. To join the fun, contact Veronica Dersch at (913) 661-9800 or at veronica@smizak-law.com.

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The Kansas Supreme Court is requesting comments on proposed amendments to Supreme Court Rule 226, the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct, including:

  • 1.1, Client-Lawyer Relationship: Competence;
  • 4.2 (b), Transactions with Persons other than Clients: Communication with Person Represented by Counsel;
  • 4.3, Transactions with Persons other than Clients: Dealing with Unrepresented Person; and
  • Rule 115A, a new rule on limited representation.

The amendments and new rule would provide more protection for lawyers who offer limited representation. Comments may be sent by January 13, 2012, to:

Art Thompson
Office of Judicial Administration
301 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1507
thompsona@kscourts.org

For more information, see the OJA Memo and the Proposed Rule 226 Amendments.

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Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our November CLE will be on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Curtis Barnhill will present the Basics of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs). The handout materials are available here.

As of November 1, 2011, information gleaned from attorney registrations is available to the public on the Kansas Judicial Branch website. The information posted on the website will include the attorney´s name, registration number, date admitted to the bar, business address (which can be a post office box), business phone/fax, and current status as active, inactive or retired. If an attorney doesn´t have a business address or phone/fax, those areas will be left blank. More information is available in this memo from the Office of Judicial Administration.


October 2011

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our October CLE will be on Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. John Frydman will present the Pros & Cons of Recent Amendments to DUI Law. The handout materials are available here.

Our DCBA Fall Bar Party will take the place the place of the October social, and will be held on Friday, October 7. Rick and Debbie Hird have graciously agreed to host the party again at their home at 856 E. 1150th Road, Baldwin City. trapshooting For those who are interested, there will be a trap shoot from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Rick's home prior to the party. Please email a trap shoot RSVP to Rick at rhird@petefishlaw.com so they can have an accurate count. The party will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner catered by Biemer's BBQ will be served at 6:00 p.m. A vegetarian option will be available. The cost is $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for children. Hay rack rides and bonfire will be available, and Curtis Barnhill's son will provide music. Please print a fall party RSVP and mail with your check payable to Douglas County Bar Association to Curtis Barnhill, Treasurer, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044, by September 30, 2011, preferably. Email Jody Meyer at secretary@dgbar.org if you have questions. We hope to see everyone there!

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September 2011

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our September CLE will be on Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Kevin Babbit will present Disability Law for the Non-Disability Lawyer. The handout materials are available here.


August 2011

True Believer The Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present True Believer on Friday, August 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library. Once an idealistic civil liberties attorney, Eddie Dodd (James Woods) has become a burned out cynical criminal defense attorney who represents drug dealers. Roger Baron (Robert Downey, Jr.) is fresh out of law school where he read all about Dodd's glory days so he idolizes Dodd and dreams of emulating his exploits. Baron has fallen for the story of a Korean mother whose son has served several years in prison after being convicted for a murder he of course didn't commit. Baron is convinced of the lad's innocence because, well, he's a product of the liberal Hollywood entertainment industry and he knows foreigners and minorities don't get a fair shake in the U.S. justice system where most of the lawyers and judges are effete Republicans who only care about money and their own careers. Realizing he's wet behind the ears, he seeks out Dodd's guidance, only to learn his idol has sunk to the gutters selling his legal talents for drug money. He pesters Dodd who, of course, comes to see Baron as the idealistic righteous advocate Dodd used to be. Duly shamed, he caves and agrees to help Baron get justice for the Korean kid and his mom. The program will include a post-screening discussion of the law and the legal system as portrayed in the film, led by a local attorney. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.

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Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our August CLE will be at noon on Thursday, August 18, 2011 in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial Center. Paul Davis will present What Kansas Lawyers Need to Know from the 2011 Legislative Session. The handout materials are available here.

The KU School of Law Office of Career Services invites you to interview law students and graduates on campus or by videoconference. The fall on-campus interview season begins on Monday, August 22, 2011. Through the KU Law Symplicity recruiting website you can specify which class or classes of students you'd like to recruit, hiring criteria, and your preferred interview date and interview length. The OCS will collect and forward resumes to you electronically approximately two weeks before your interviews. We will contact the students you select to create an interview schedule. If you are not able to interview on campus but would like to post a job opening on Symplicity, you may submit it at the "Job Postings" section of Symplicity or email the announcement to Todd Rogers.

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July 2011

Prof. Owl DCBA Brown Bag CLE: Our July CLE will be on Thursday, July 21, 2011 from noon to 12:50. Judges Huff and Pokorny are presenting, "Evidence 101: Everything You Have Forgotten Since Law School" with emphasis on family law matters. Handout materials are available here.


June 2011

The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas presents A Conversation with Federal Judges on Friday, June 24, 2011 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room PL207A of the Topeka Federal Courthouse located at 444 SE Quincy Street. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided to you at no cost beginning at 12:00 noon. The purpose of this event is to give local attorneys a forum to discuss issues of importance to the bar and an opportunity to get acquainted with the federal judges. Complimentary CLE credit will be available to attorneys in Kansas and Missouri. Details here.

Prof. Owl Free Ethics CLE: June's CLE will be held at noon in the Jury Assembly Room at the Douglas County Courthouse on Thursday, June 16, 2011, just in time for you to fulfill your ethics requirement. Stan Hazlett, Kansas Disciplinary Administrator, will speak on ethics and discipline.up arrow

The DCBA Spring Party is on Thursday, June 2, 2011, and replaces the usual monthly social. Location and other details have been emailed to DCBA members. If you can’t find your email announcement, check with a colleague or contact the DCBA Secretary for details. Festivities start at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at approximately 6:00 consisting of a Mexican buffet of soft/hard ground beef tacos, rice and beans, chips and salsa, Mexican beer, margaritas, wine and soft drinks. Spouses and significant others are invited to attend. The cost is $10 per person. Please RSVP and remit payment to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. 1966, Lawrence, Kansas 66044 by May 27, 2011. An RSVP form you can print and mail with payment is available here.up arrow


May 2011

Fury The Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present Fury on Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library. Based on the story “Mob Rule” by Norman Krasna, the film was directed by Fritz Lang, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1937.

In the film, Joe Wilson (Spencer Tracy) and Katherine Grant (Sylvia Sidney) are in love, but Joe doesn't have enough money to get married. Katherine moves across the country to make money. En route to meet up with her, Joe is arrested and jailed in a podunk town on flimsy circumstantial evidence for kidnapping a kid. An outraged podunk town mob gathers at the jail and burns it down with Joe in it when the righteous sheriff won't let them lynch him. The DA gets his hands on a newsreel of the fire that identifies 22 perprators of the jailhouse arson and prosecutes them all in one trial (today they would each have been tried separately to boost judicial and prosecutorial caseload statistics).

Katherine, meanwhile, believes Joe is still alive, since his remains weren't found in the jail's remains (although his engagement ring was). Driven by true love (despite the abandonment of his engagement ring), she finds him and, although he wants his typical male revenge on the perpetrators who tried to cook him alive (despite the fact their actions enabled him to escape from custody), he caves in to her typical female moral superiority (bolstered, no doubt, by her fantastic good looks) and makes a dramatic entrance through the courtroom doors just as the jury's verdict is about to be read.

Two burning questions remain: (1) Would the local podunk jury really have convicted 22 of their fellow podunk citizens for immolating an unemployed out of town stranger? (2) Did Joe kidnap the kid or not? An attorney from the local bar will probably not provide answers to those questions, but will provide commentary on the film and how it portrays the judicial system. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.

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Prof. Owl Brown Bag CLE: Leslie Miller and Matt Hoy of Stevens & Brand will present a program on "Litigation in Guardianships, Conservatorships, Probate and Trust Administration" on Thursday, May 19, 2011, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial Center. Our "Brown Bag" CLE's are free for members of the Douglas County Bar Association, $45.00 for non-members. Application for 1 hour of CLE is pending. Contact president@dgbar.org if you need to know the status of CLE approval.

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Law Day 2011The DCBA Law Day Banquet is scheduled for noon on Monday, May 2 at Maceli's Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire Street. The luncheon will include a spring-inspired buffet featuring two entrees, spring salad, sides, and dessert. Photo of Judge LebenThis year's Law Day theme is "The Legacy of John Adams, from Boston to Guantanamo". Our featured speaker is Judge Steve Leben of the Kansas Court of Appeals. Judge Leben has authored several articles on procedural fairness and has lectured throughout the country about the perception of litigants, defendants, and the public about the fairness of the court system. Other highlights will include presentation of the Liberty Bell Award and Legal Essay Contest prizes.

RSVP by April 20 to Young Lawyers President Sarah Warner by e-mail at sarah.warner@trqlaw.com, by telephone at (785) 841-4554, or by mail at Thompson Ramsdell & Qualseth, P.A., 333 W. 9th St., P.O. Box 1264, Lawrence, KS 66044-2803. The cost is $30.00 per person, payable to Douglas County Bar Association, and may be paid by mailing to the above address or at the door.

Libert Bell MedalWe are accepting nominations for the Liberty Bell Award. The Liberty Bell Award acknowledges outstanding community service and is awarded to a person or entity who has promoted better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged greater respect for the law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility, and contributed to good government in the community. When submitting a nomination, include a statement explaining how your candidate meets the criteria, with a brief description of the candidate's career and service history. Please submit nominations by April 18 to Sarah Warner via the contact information above.

The topic for this year's Legal Essay Contest, co-sponsored by the Law Library and DCBA, was: Does the Second Amendment Allow Ownership of Assault Weapons? The deadline for essay submissions was April 4. Rules for the contest are available here and on the Law Library website. Prizes to be awarded are $1,500.00 for 1st place; $1,000.00 for 2nd place; and $500.00 for 3rd place.

For more about Law Day and the Liberty Bell Award, including past recipients, visit the Law Day page on the DCBA website.

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April 2011

Prof. Owl Brown Bag CLE: Donna Huffman, Oskaloosa, Kansas, will present a program on "SRS Agency Review of Unsubstantiated Child Abuse" on Thursday, April 21, 2011, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Douglas County Courthouse. Our "Brown Bag" CLE's are free for members of the Douglas County Bar Association, $45.00 for non-members. Application for 1 hour of CLE is pending. Contact DCBA President Rick Hird at president@dgbar.org if you need to know the status of CLE approval.

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Race Ipsa LogoThe University of Kansas School of Law Student Bar Association is hosting the 11th annual Race Ipsa on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Race Ipsa is a 5K run/walk through KU’s campus. Proceeds from the race will be donated to Douglas County Legal Aid, which provides free legal services to those without financial means. Anyone interested in running or walking in the race needs to submit an entry form to Student Bar Association, University of Kansas School of Law, 100 Green Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045. The entry fee is $15.00 if received by April 1 and includes a Race Ipsa t-shirt. After April 1 the entry fee is $20.00 and race t-shirts will be provided only while supplies last. Race day registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Law School, 1535 W. 15th Street, in the courtyard outside the first floor commons area. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. A course map will be provided at registration. If you have questions, contact Micheal Mulloy by phone (605.391.2492) or email (mamulloy1@ku.edu), or Sarah Schmidt by phone (785.393.4755) or email (sarahrs@ku.edu). Download a brochure and race entry form: 

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March 2011

Prof. Owl Brown Bag CLE: Dick Zinn of Barber Emerson, L.C. will present a program on "Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010: Overview and Analysis" on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Douglas County Courthouse. Our "Brown Bag" CLE's are free for members of the Douglas County Bar Association, $45.00 for non-members. Application for 1 hour of CLE is pending. Contact DCBA President Rick Hird at president@dgbar.org if you need to know the status of CLE approval.

KU LogoThe University of Kansas School of Law and the Hispanic American Law Students Association invite you to the 16th Annual Diversity in Law Banquet on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. (cocktails at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m.). Albert Herdoiza, a 1980 graduate of the law school, will speak at the event. Herdoiza runs solo law practices in Kansas City and Dodge City. The cost is $55.00 per person. $15 of the $55 ticket price is tax-deductible. RSVP and select your dinner entrée online at www.law.ku.edu/diversitybanquet. The RSVP deadline is Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. Your registration will not be complete until you mail a check, payable to KUEA, to: Attn: KU Law Accountant, University of Kansas School of Law, 1535 W. 15th St., Lawrence, KS 66045-7608. For more information, contact Wendy Rohleder-Sook at wrohled@ku.edu or 785-864-9210.

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DCBA Annual Meeting: The annual meeting of the Douglas County Bar Association will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2011. Location of the meeting and directions were emailed to the membership in the January newsletter and again on March 1. If you did not receive them, email secretary@dgbar.org for the address and directions. The social starts at 5:00 p.m. Official business, including nomination and election of officers, will be called to order at 6:00 p.m. The Board of Directors will nominate the following slate of candidates to serve terms from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012:Vote!

  • President: Jon King (presently serving as Vice President)
  • Vice President: Cheryl Trenholm (presently serving as Secretary)
  • Secretary: Jody Meyer (presently serving as Treasurer)
  • Treasurer: Curtis Barnhill

Members present at the meeting may nominate other candidates from the floor. Anyone interested in nominating or being an officer is encouraged to check out the DCBA Bylaws.

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Judge Randy McGrathJudge McGrath Retirement Reception: Members of the bar are cordially invited to a Retirement Reception honoring Municipal Court Judge Randy McGrath on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Courtroom at the Lawrence Municipal Court Building, 1006 New Hampshire. Cake and punch will be served.

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The Law Library is conducting a user survey of Library resources. If these resources prove to be of little or no value to Library users, then they will be considered for elimination from the Library budget. There are two ways to participate in the survey: Fill out a printed survey form available in the Library; or take the on-line survey.

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February 2011

AmistadThe Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present Amistad on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium. The film stars Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, and Matthew McConaughey, and was directed by Steven Spielberg. It received four Academy Award nominations in 1998. program will include a discussion of the legal and historical aspects of the film. The discussion will be led by local attorney and author Napoleon Crews and University of Kansas history professor Dr. Jonathan Earle. The film recounts the case of a group of men who freed themselves from bondage on board a Spanish slave ship off the cost of the United States in 1839, and were tried for mutiny and murder. The Lawrence Public Library is co-sponsoring this program to help celebrate Black History Month and serve as a run-up to the beginning of the official Civil War Sesquicentennial in April. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.

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Prof. Owl Brown Bag CLE: Trey Meyer will present a program on "Law Practice Management Technology for Solos and Small Firms" on Thursday, February 17, 2011, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Douglas County Courthouse. Our "Brown Bag" CLE's are free for members of the Douglas County Bar Association, $45.00 for non-members. Application for 1 hour of CLE is pending. Contact DCBA President Rick Hird at president@dgbar.org if you need to know the status of CLE approval.

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Tribal Law LogoThe 15th annual Tribal Law & Government Conference will be held at the University of Kansas School of Law, Burge Union, on Friday, February 4, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference devotes significant scholarly attention to the study of organic tribal law, modern tribal governments and the evolution of tribal common law, highlighting how the work of scholars and tribal jurists addressing the emerging and historical problems of indigenous law and governance is critical to strengthening tribal sovereignty. Free CLE credit for Kansas and Missouri will be offered. More information is available here, and you can register online here.

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January 2011

Douglas County Domestic Mediation Project: In addition to mediating parenting plans, the Project is now mediating property division and child support issues. There are currently five mediators, two of which are attorneys, and cases are assigned on a rotating basis by Diane Oakes, the Project coordinator. Mediation sessions can be held in the courthouse or the mediator's office. Parties pay according to a sliding scale based on income demonstrated by a recent pay stub or child support worksheet filed with the court. More information is available by contacting the Office of the District Court Trustee (785-832-5315) or Diane Oakes, Project coordinator (785-221-6672, doakes120@yahoo.com).

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Willow LogoThe Willow Domestic Violence Center, 1920 Moodie Road, Lawrence, KS, will present A Discussion of Domestic Violence for Legal and Medical Professionals on January 23, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Topics will include:Dynamics and Realities of Domestic Violence, Why Does She Go Back?, The Role of the Court Advocate and other Willow Services, and A Walk in Her Shoes. DCBA members are invited to attend. RSVP: Peggy at 785-331-2034 ext. 108 or ptillman-young@willowdvcenter.org by January 18, 2011.

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Prof. Owl Brown Bag CLE: Emily Donaldson of Stevens & Brand, will present a program on "Trust Planning for Disabled Individuals", including use of supplemental needs trusts and Medicare set-aside trusts, on Thursday, January 20, 2011, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Douglas County Courthouse. The program has been approved for 1 hour of CLE.

A retirement party for Judge Jean Shepherd will be hosted by DCBA on Thursday, January 6, 2011, at Maceli's Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire Street. Cocktails and appetizers begin at 6:00 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The price is $40 per person. Details about the dinner menu will be announced later; there will be a vegetarian plate available upon request. Send RSVP with payment to Jody Meyer, DCBA Treasurer, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044 by December 30, 2010.

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December 2010

Brown Bag CLE: John Miller, City of Lawrence Staff Attorney, will present An Overview of City Planning and Zoning Law in Kansas on Thursday, December 16, 2010, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Douglas County Courthouse. Application for 1 hour of CLE credit is pending. Contact DCBA President Rick Hird at president@dgbar.org if you need to know the status of CLE approval.

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The DCBA Holiday Party is re-scheduled to December 9, 2010 at Maceli's Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire Street. Cocktails will be available at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. Price is $35 per person and the dinner menu is beef shoulder tenderloin and grilled chicken breast with coriander honey mustard sauce, double stuffed mashed potatoes, green bean almadine, apple orchard salad, soft rolls and cheesecake w/berries and whipped cream and chocolate decandence cake. Spouse and significant others are invited to attend. Please use this form to RSVP and remit payment by November 29 to Jody Meyer, DCBA Treasurer, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, Kansas to allow us time to plan for the food and drink. We will also honor our 2010 retirees during the banquet. Email secretary@dgbar.org with name and information of attorneys who retired or plan to retire in 2010 so we can recognize them and their contributions to DCBA and the legal profession.

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November 2010

Football Tailgate Season. The University of Kansas School of Law Student Bar Association invites members of the Douglas County Bar Association to join students and faculty at tailgates during KU home football games this season. Last year's tailgates were a great success. The LSBA also invites the DCBA to sponsor a tailgate. If, please contact Ryan Schwarzenberger or our Student Bar Association president, Natasha Das. Tailgates are an excellent opportunity for our students to get in touch with a variety of professional organizations and learn more about the legal profession from current members.

The dates of KU football home games that KU SBA will be tailgating at are:

  • September 4 (KU vs. North Dakota State)  L: 3-6  must....do....better
  • September 11 (KU vs. Georgia Tech)  W: 28-25  Woo-Hoo!
  • September 25 (KU vs. New Mexico State)  W: 42-16  Woo-Hoo!
  • October 16 (KU vs. Kansas State)  L: 7-59  Sad Image
  • October 23 (KU vs. Texas A&M - Homecoming)  L: 10-45  Sad Image
  • November 6 (KU vs. Colorado)  W: 52-45  Woo-Hoo!
  • November 20 (KU vs. Oklahoma State)  L: 14-48  Sad Image
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Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean The Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium. Paul Newman portrays the infamous Judge Roy Bean, a no-account outlaw turned hangin' judge who holds court in his saloon and pines for Lily Langtree. One of our local attorneys will provide commentary and insight on the film's portrayal of the legal system. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.

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Brown Bag CLE: Jarod Lewis and Amy Barnes with the District Court IT Department as coordinated by James McCabria, Assistant District Attorney, will present the November CLE Program on "Courtroom Technology" on Thursday, November 18, 2010, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Division 6 courtroom. Send advance questions or requests for demonstrations for the presenters by email to secretary@dgbar.org. Application for 1 hour of CLE credit is pending. Contact DCBA President Rick Hird at president@dgbar.org if you need to know the status of CLE approval.

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October 2010

Memorials: This year saw the passing of two of our most esteemed friends and colleagues. Judge Jerry Elliott passed away on April 5, 2010 and “Tripp” Anderson on April 6, 2010. The memorial for Judge Jerry G. Elliott will be held on October 29, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. The memorial for Arthur A. “Tripp” Anderson was held on October 8, 2010. The memorial proceedings will be held in the Division One courtroom at the Judicial Center, 111 E. 11th St., Lawrence, Kansas. Judges and members of the bar will share memories and stories about these two esteemed colleagues "on the record", and a transcript of the proceedings will be provided to their families. Please join us in honoring the lives and careers of these outstanding members of the bar.up arrow

Brown Bag CLE: The October Noon CLE program is on Thursday, October 21, 2010 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Douglas County Judicial Center. Mike Warner, Assistant U.S. Attorney, will present "Practical Considerations for Federal Criminal Casework". DCBA has applied for 1 hour of CLE credit, with 0 hour ethics credit. Our "Brown Bag" CLE's are free for members of the Douglas County Bar Association, $45.00 for non-members. Please email secretary@dgbar.org in advance if you plan to attend so we can have enough CLE affidavits on hand for attendees. up arrow

The DCBA Fall Party is scheduled for October 7, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. with hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill by our own Andy Bolton to be served between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. The rain date is Friday, October 8, 2010. The price is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Rick Hird has graciously agreed to host the social at his home located at 856 E. 1150th Road, Baldwin City, Kansas. Families are welcome to attend. Hayrack rides and fire pit with marshmallows and smores available for the kids and young at heart! We will have a donation jar on the food table if any of you are inclined to make a donation to our local charities. Please RSVP and remit payment to Jody Meyer, DCBA Treasurer, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, Kansas 66044 by September 30, 2010 to allow us time to plan for the food and drink. You can print out this invitation and RSVP form to mail with your payment. up arrow

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Family Law Guidelines Committee: A committee of lawyers and judges will start meeting after the first of the year to start work on establishing family law guidelines for Douglas County. At least three lawyers will be appointed by the Douglas County Bar Association to serve on the committee. If you are interested in serving, email president@dgbar.org with your contact information. You also may nominate an attorney you feel would offer a unique and valuable perspective, however, please verify he/she would be willing to serve.

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September 2010

On September 30, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. the League of Women Voters presents Diversity in the Kansas JudiciaryA Conversation with Deanell Tacha. Judge Tacha will speak at the Dole Institute of Politics as part of the League of Women Voters ongoing series about the need for a fair and impartial judiciary. The event is co-sponsored by the Dole Institute and the KU School of Law. There will be a private reception with Judge Tacha at 6:00 p.m.

Brown Bag CLE: Our next CLE program is on Thursday, September 23, 2010 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Douglas County Judicial Center. Shon Qualseth will present a one hour program on FaceBook Ethics. We've applied for one hour of CLE credit with 1 hour ethics. Our "Brown Bag" CLE's are free for members of the Douglas County Bar Association, $45.00 for non-members. Please email secretary@dgbar.org in advance if you plan to attend so we can have enough CLE affidavits on hand for attendees.up arrow


August 2010

Legally Blonde The Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present Legally Blonde on Saturday, August 22, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium. The film stars Reese Witherspoon who plays a stereotypical California Blonde Valley Girl who chases her stereotypical BMOC boyfriend to Harvard where she wins her way into Harvard Law and, eventually, the hearts and minds of the Eastern Legal Elite with her special insights and fresh style in wardrobe and personality, not to mention a script with a Perry Mason ending. The program will include commentary by a member of our bar about the film and its portrayal of the legal system. The program is free and open to the public. The next film in the series will be The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, scheduled for screening in November.

Brown Bag CLE: Our next CLE program is on Thursday, August 19, 2010 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Douglas County Judicial Center. Rep. Paul Davis will fill us in on "Legislative Changes". Application for one hour of CLE credit (0 hours ethics) is currently pending. Our "Brown Bag" CLE's are free for members of the Douglas County Bar Association, $45.00 for non-members. Please email secretary@dgbar.org in advance if you plan to attend so we can have enough CLE affidavits on hand for attendees.


June 2010

Free Domestic Refresher CLE: Douglas County District Court Division 3 is hosting a Domestic Practice Refresher CLE on Friday, June 18, 2010 from noon to 1:30 in the jury assembly room. Judge Shepherd and Judge Pokorny will cover topics such as domestic law refresher, practice suggestions, alternative dispute resolution, dealing with a pro se litigant and more. Art Thompson will also do a Limited Scope Representation refresher. Materials will be provided at the CLE. Please RSVP to Branden Smith by email at branden@smithlegalllc.com or by telephone at 785-856-0780.

Free Ethics CLE: June's CLE will be held at noon in the Jury Assembly Room at the Douglas County Courthouse on Friday, June 25, 2010, just in time for you to fulfill your ethics requirement. Stan Hazlett, Kansas Disciplinary Administrator, will speak on "Recent Disciplinary Cases" so mark your calendars!

Journey to J.D., a new academic summer program at The University of Kansas School of Law, is an innovative program that provides current Kansas high school sophomores from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn more about the legal profession. Although all students from Kansas are invited to apply, this pilot program is aimed at select high schools, including Lawrence High School and Free State High School. Journey to J.D. will be June 6-12, 2010, held at the KU campus and all students will be housed in the residence halls. One of the program's goals is to encourage students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to participate. The only cost to the student for this week long program is a $50 nonrefundable deposit. It is hoped DCBA members will 1) help promote this opportunity to eligible students and 2) become a sponsor of the program. For more information, visit www.law.ku.edu/journeytojd.up arrow


May 2010

The DCBA Spring Party is on Thursday, June 3, 2010 starting at 5:30 p.m. (dinner to be served at approximately 6:00). Let's celebrate the beginning of summer with a Mexican buffet of soft/hard ground beef tacos, rice and beans, chips and salsa, Mexican beer, margaritas, wine and soft drinks and good conversation. Spouses and significant others are invited to attend and the cost is $10 per person. Please rsvp and remit payment to Jody Meyer, DCBA Treasurer, P.O. 1966, Lawrence, Kansas 66044, by May 25, 2010, to allow us time to plan for the food and drink. Location and other details will be emailed to DCBA members. If you can't find your email announcement, check with a colleague or contact the DCBA Secretary for details. up arrow

Diam M for Murder The Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present Dial M for Murder on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium. The film, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, stars Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, and Robert Cummings. Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice decides to murder his wife for her money and because she had an affair the year before. He blackmails an old college associate to strangle her, but when things go wrong he sees a way to turn events to his advantage. Her former lover, meanwhile, tries desperately to save her. The next film in the Reels of Justice Film Series is Legally Blonde, scheduled for screening in August, 2010. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.up arrow

Law Day 2010The DCBA Law Day Luncheon has been scheduled for noon Monday, May 3, 2010, at Maceli's Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire Street. Lunch will be served, featuring several entrees, sides and dessert. Kansas Attorney General Steve Six will be the featured speaker.

Please RSVP on or before April 23, 2010, to Andy Bolton by email at abolton@pihhlawyers.com, by mail at 842 Louisiana Street, Lawrence, KS, 66044, or by telephone at (785) 843-0450. The cost is $25.00 per person, and may be paid by mailing to the above address, or at the door, checks payable to Douglas County Bar Association.

We are taking nominations for the Liberty Bell Award. The Liberty Bell Award is given to recognize a person or entity who has promoted better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged a greater respect for law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility, and contributed to good government in the community. Please send nominations on or before April 15, 2010 to Andy Bolton at the contact information above.

The topic for this year's Legal Essay Contest, co-sponsored by the Law Library and DCBA, is: Constitutional Limits of Search and Seizure in Public Schools: What Should They Be? Deadline for entries is April 5, 2010. Contest rules and more information are available on the Law Library website. The Law Library Board has asked the DCBA to contribute at least $500.00 as co-sponsor. DCBA's contribution in 2008 was $200.00, and in 2009 was $270.00, raised by donations from our members.up arrow


March 2010

The DCBA Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Wine Bar in the Oread Hotel at 1200 Oread Avenue. Tours will be provided after the election. Official business will be called to order at 6:00 p.m., including nomination and election of new officers. Anyone interested in being an officer is encouraged to check out the DCBA Bylaws and contact DCBA President Kenzie Singleton or email president@dgbar.org for more information.


February 2010

A Few Good Men The Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present A Few Good Men on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium. The film stars Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Kevin Bacon whose uncle's cousin's son went to school with the brother of my fourth grade piano teacher's husband. Cocky JAG attorney Cruise has to step up his attitude as well as his game when he defends two young "Gitmo" Marines accused of waterboarding a Muslim terrorist... oh, wait, that's a different story. In this movie, the defendants are accused of murdering a fellow marine with a "code red". The defendants think it's a matter of honor, but Cruise goes with a Nuremberg defense, asserting they were acting under orders from base commander Nicholson, portrayed as the stereotypical military career officer who's lost touch with basic human values. "You can't handle the truth!" asserts Nicholson, in an ironic assessment of Hollywood's liberal mentality. Local attorney Martin L. Miller will add commentary on the film and its portrayal of the legal system. The screening is free and open to the public. The next film in the Reels of Justice Series will be Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 classic, Dial M for Murder, scheduled for screening in May. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.


December 2009

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chimney The DCBA Winter Holiday Party is Thursday, December 3, 2009 in the Crystal Ballroom at The Eldridge, 701 Massachusetts Street in Lawrence. The party begins at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $35.00 per person. Dinner, beer and wine are included; there will be a cash bar for hard liquor. In addition to the usual festivities, we'll be acknowledging several members of the bar who retired this year for their service to the profession and community.

Please RSVP to douglascountybar@yahoo.com, and make payment to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044.

JUVENILE PANEL ATTORNEY sought by District Court: Attorney with experience in juvenile law (child in need of care and juvenile offenders) wanted. Position carries one-sixth of the appointed-counsel juvenile workload in Douglas County District Court. Required: Kansas license and GAL training. Send resume and letter of application by Wednesday, December 9, 2009 to Judge Jean Shepherd, Douglas County District Court, 111 E. 11th St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Questions may be directed to Janet Majure, Douglas County District Court, 785-330-2810 (in-house extension 5810).


November 2009

Anatomy of a Murder The Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present Anatomy of a Murder on Friday, November 20, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library. Jimmy Stewart defends a man charged with murdering a bartender. The defendant claims temporary insanity due to finding out the bartender beat and raped his wife. In the course of defense preparation, things turn into a tangled web that leaves Stewart wondering what's truth and what's lies. The 1960 film, directed by Otto Preminger, received seven nominations but no Oscars. Local attorney Martin L. Miller will add commentary on the film and how accurately (or inaccurately) it portrays the legal system. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page. up arrow


October 2009

pumpkin The 2009 DCBA Fall Party has been postponed from Thursday, October 1 to Friday, October 9, 2009 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Rick & Debby Hird, 856 East 1150 Road, Baldwin, Kansas. The menu includes a selection of barbecued meats, sides, and desserts, along with an assortment of beer, wine and soda. Weather permitting, Rick and Debby have kindly arranged for fire pits, hayrack rides, a treehouse, and other entertainment for attendees. The cost is $20 per adult, $5 per child. Please RSVP in advance by emailing secretary@dgbar.org, and send payment to "Douglas County Bar Association" at P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044. An email announcement has been sent by email to DCBA members. If you didn't get it, there's a copy here, and you might want to use the online membership form to either join or update your membership information.

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September 2009

The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas presents A Conversation with Federal Judges on Wednesday, September 30, 2009. The event will be held in Room 180 of the Robert J. Dole Federal Courthouse located at 500 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. The purpose of this event is to give local attorneys a forum to discuss issues of importance to the bar and an opportunity to get acquainted with the federal judges. CLE credit will be available to attorneys in Kansas and Missouri. Details here.


August 2009

PhiladelphiaThe Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present Philadelphia on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library. Denzel Washington portrays the attorney who represents a gay lawyer with AIDS, portrayed by Tom Hanks, who is fired by his law firm. Hanks garnered the 1994 Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in this gritty and moving film that "outed" the homophobic attorneys who fired Hanks on the pretense of personal safety for themselves and the other employees of the firm. Local attorney Martin Miller will provide commentary on the film. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.

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Mock Interview Program: The Office of Career Services at the University of Kansas School of Law is gearing up for the next Mock Interview program. Interviews will be held Monday-Thursday, August 10-13, 2009, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm, at the Law School and Friday, August 14, 2009, 2-4 pm at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. The program gives first-year law students an opportunity to "interview" for employment at a law firm. Each interview lasts about 20 minutes, with a 10-minute feedback session. Each volunteer will interview four students and fill out evaluation forms. Students receive a DVD of their interviews to further help them critique their performance. Boxed dinners are provided for volunteers. If you can help as a volunteer interviewer, please submit this online form. For more information, contact Karen Hester, Associate Director of Career Services, at 785.864.4357 or LaVerta Logan, Assistant Director of Career Services, at 785.864.4377.

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June 2009

Brown Bag CLE Returns! Get one hour of CLE credit by attending Stan Hazlett's Ethics presentation on May 19 and another hour by attending Paul Davis' Legislative Update presentation on June 23. Both start at noon in the Judicial Center jury room, and are free for DCBA members, $45.00 for non-members. Please register in advance by emailing secretary@dgbar.org or calling Branden Smith at 856-0780.

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May 2009

Incident at OglalaThe Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present Adam's Rib on Friday, May 15, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library. The film depicts the case of a woman on trial for shooting her unfaithful husband. Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn portray the prosecutor and the defense attorney, who happen to be married to each other. Local attorney Martin Miller will provide commentary on the film. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas presents A Conversation with Federal Judges on Friday, May 15, 2009. The event will be held in Room #PL 207A of the Topeka Federal Courthouse located at 444 SE Quincy Street. The purpose of this event is to give local attorneys a forum to discuss issues of importance to the bar and an opportunity to get acquainted with the federal judges. CLE credit will be available to attorneys in Kansas and Missouri. Details here.

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April 2009

Law Day 2009  This year's Law Day Banquet, hosted by the Young Lawyers Section, will be 12:00 noon on Friday, May 1, 2009. The event will again be held at Maceli's Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire Street. This year's Law Day theme is A Legacy of Liberty — Celebrating Lincoln's Bicentennial. Other highlights will include presentation of the Liberty Bell Award and presentation of scholarships to winners of the Legal Essay Contest.

As part of the Law Day 2009 event, the bar association needs attorneys and judges to speak to local junior high and high school students on Thursday, April 30. Lawrence Public Schools will not be in session May 1. Although Lincoln is this year's focus, speakers may address a variety of topics. One teacher in particular would like someone to speak about the consequences of having a criminal record, rights of individuals facing arrest, and an overview of the judicial process and juvenile justice system. If you can help out with a school presentation, contact Autumn Jones at ajones@douglas-county.com or at 832-5227 no later than Monday, April 20.

The cost to attend the Law Day Banquet is $20 per person. RSVP before April 23 to Andy Bolton by mail at 842 Louisiana St., Lawrence, KS 66044, by phone at 843-0450, or by email at abolton@pihhlawyers.com. More details are available in this PDF file. And be sure to visit our Law Day page for more information about this important annual event.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas presents A Conversation with Federal Judges on Wednesday, April 29, 2009. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Robert J. Dole Federal Courthouse located at 500 State Avenue in Room 180. The purpose of this event is to give local attorneys a forum to discuss issues of importance to the bar and an opportunity to get acquainted with the federal judges. CLE credit will be available to attorneys in Kansas and Missouri. Details here. (NOTE: According to the US District Court website, this event, as well as the waiting list for the event, is already FULL.)up arrow

The Douglas County Law Library and Douglas County Bar Association will again co-sponsor a Legal Essay Contest. The contest is open to Douglas County high school seniors who plan to advance their education after graduation. The 2009 essay topic is The Significance of Separation of Church and State in Our Government. Essay rules are available here and on the the Law Library website. Submissions will be graded by a committee of lawyers and judges. The winner will be invited to present his/her essay at the Law Day Banquet, and authors of the three best essays will be awarded cash scholarships.

The DCBA hopes to contribute $500.00 to the scholarship fund, and members are being asked for donations. Checks should be made payable to "Douglas County Law Library" and mailed or delivered to Kerry Altenbernd at Douglas County Law Library, Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044, or mailed to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044.

A Return to Green, the second annual spring CLE from the University of Kansas School of Law, will be presented on Friday, April 3, 2009 at Green Hall, Room 104, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. The cost is $50.00 which includes course materials, parking and buffet-style lunch. Five hours of CLE credit, including two hours of ethics, are pending approval in Kansas and Missouri. Register online by Monday, March 23, at www.law.ku.edu/returntogreen, where you can also preview the speakers and presentations. If you have questions, contact Noelle Uhler, director of external relations, at nuhler@ku.edu or (785) 864-9281.

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March 2009

The annual meeting of the Douglas County Bar Association will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. at Genovese Restaurant, 941 Massachusetts St.. Official "annual meeting" business will be called to order at 6:00 p.m., including nomination and election of new officers. Anyone interested in becoming an officer is encouraged to contact DCBA President Stephanie Wilson for more information.

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February 2009

Nominations for election to the Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees must be submitted by February 27, 2009. Five attorney trustees will be elected to serve two year terms beginning May 1, 2009. Self-nomination forms are available here and at the library.

Incident at OglalaThe Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present Incident at Oglala: the Leonard Peltier Story on Friday, February 20, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library. The documentary film depicts the case of Leonard Peltier, convicted of murdering two FBI agents during a standoff at the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota on June 26, 1975. Local attorney Martin Miller will provide commentary on the film. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.

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Symposium for CLE credit. The second annual KU Law Human Rights Symposium will be held Friday, February 6, 2009 at the University of Kansas School of Law. This year's symposium is entitled National Security Versus Individual Liberty: Whose Rights at What Cost? The speakers include renouned international law and human rights scholars and a lawyer who has represented Guantanamo detainees. The schedule and speakers' biographies are available in this pdf file. Six hours of CLE credit has been approved in Kansas. If you have any questions, you can e-mail Dana Watts at danaleighwatts@yahoo.com.


January 2009

DCBA membership dues were payable as of January 1. Fill out and submit the online membership form, then print it and mail with your check for $45.00 to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Law Library Registration Fees were due January 15. A completed registration form and $10.00 payable to "Douglas County Law Library" should already have been sent to Clerk of the District Court, 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Mock Interview Program: The Office of Career Services at the University of Kansas School of Law is gearing up for the next Mock Interview program. Interviews will be held at the Law School on January 20-22, 2009 and at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park on January 23, 2009. The program gives first-year law students an opportunity to "interview" for employment at a law firm. Each interview lasts about 20 minutes, with a 10-minute feedback session. Each volunteer will interview four students and fill out evaluation forms. Students receive a DVD of their interviews to further help them critique their performance. Boxed dinners are provided for volunteers. If you can help as a volunteer interviewer, please submit this online form. For more information, contact Karen Hester, Associate Director of Career Services, at 785.864.4357 or LaVerta Logan, Assistant Director of Career Services, at 785.864.4377.up arrow

Kansas University Law School Dean Gail Agrawall has invited the bar to submit nominations for the Distinguished Alumnus Citation, the Law School's highest honor. Since 1964, the law school has recognized alumni "whose lives have benefited the community and whose noteworthy contributions through the years have brought honor to the School of Law." The Citation has been bestowed on Fifty-nine alumni whose exceptional achievements, dedication to excellence and commitment to public service have served as a benchmark for all KU Law alumni to follow. When submitting a nomination, include a brief statement explaining how your candidate meets the quoted criteria, and a description of the candidate's career and service history, including any previous honors. Submit nominations by e-mail to kulawoutreach@ku.edu. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 15, 2009.up arrow

Sally Pokorny will officially become Hon. Sally Pokorny, District Judge, at the swearing in ceremony in the Division 2 courtoom on January 15, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. There will be a reception afterwards at The Eldridge. Please RSVP by email to sdpokorny@yahoo.com if you plan to attend the reception.

Judge Murphy's Retirement Party is being held January 8, 2009 at the Alvamar Country Club. A social hour will be held at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30. The cost is $40.00 per person. RSVP to Kenzie Singleton by phone at 357-6311 or by email at ksingleton@sloanlawfirm.com by Jan. 5 and specify steak or salmon entree. Read the invitation here.


December 2008

The DCBA Winter Holiday Party is Thursday, December 11, 2008 starting at 6:00 p.m. at David Brown's home, 1212 Vantuyl Drive. The cost is $30 per person and spouses and significant others are welcome. Please RSVP to douglascountybar@yahoo.com, and mail payment to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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Prof. Michael Hoeflich will present Legal Ethics and E-Lawyering at Green Hall, Room 107, on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 from 12:30 p.m. - 01:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 from 1:35 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. in Room 203. Attendance is free and earns one hour of CLE.


November 2008

The Court-Martial of Billy MitchellThe Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library. The film depicts the true story of General Billy Mitchell and his fight for the Army's fledgling air corp in World War I. Despite showing impressive military capabilities, America's military commanders considered airplanes to be little more than carnival attractions. Mitchell is court-martialed after questioning the loyalty of his superiors for letting funding dry up while pilots died because of poor equipment. Mitchell is portrayed by Gary Cooper, who portrayed another WWI hero, Sergeant York. Local attorney Shelley Bock will provide commentary on the film and how it portrays the military justice system. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.

Mock Trial Tournament Needs Judges: The University of Kansas Mock Trial Tournament is scheduled for November 7-9, 2008. Trials will be held Friday at 5:30, Saturday at 8:30 and 1:30, and Sunday at 8:30, and judges are needed. Each tournament typically has four trials that last from 1.5 to 2.5 hours. There are opening statements, presentation of evidence, and closing arguments. The rules used are slightly modified versions of the federal rules.

Email Branden Bell at bellmale@gmail.com to find out more, and/or let him know what rounds you can judge. If you know someone who might be interested in judging, please let them know about this event.up arrow


October 2008

A Kansas Law Review Symposium on "Law, Reparations, and Racial Disparities" will be presented on Friday, October 31, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Green Hall, 1535 W. 15th Street, Lawrence, Kansas. The symposium will feature an outstanding panel of speakers from nationally ranked law schools and economics, sociology, and criminal justice departments. The symposium is free and requires no advance reservations. CLE credit has been applied for. For more information, contact Kelly Foos, Symposium Editor at kfoos@ku.edu or 766-2946 or download this symposium flyer.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas presents A Conversation with Federal Judges on Wednesday, October 8, 2008. The event will be held at the Robert J. Dole Federal Courthouse located at 500 State Avenue in room 180. The purpose of this event is to give local attorneys a forum to discuss issues of importance to the bar and an opportunity to get acquainted with the federal judges. CLE credit will be available to attorneys in Kansas and Missouri. Details here.up arrow


September 2008

This year's Fall Party is Thursday, October 2, 2008 starting at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person, and don't forget that (paid) guests are welcome! RSVP by emailing Rachel Monger or calling her at 842-2345 or, best of all, sending advance payment to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044. Location and directions are provided via email, so be sure you're on the DCBA email list. If you're not, you can easily update your membership info online.up arrow


August 2008

DCBA Speaker's Bureau.The Douglas County Bar Association and the Douglas County Criminal Defense Bar made a determination some time ago to establish a speaker's bureau to provide informational programs on the law and justice system to civic groups or any organization that wishes to hear from us.

Anyone who is interested in participating as a speaker should let us know by contacting Sara at Collister and Kampschroeder at <collkamp@sbcglobal.net> or at 842-3126 or by fax at 842-3878, by August 15, 2008. Provide contact information for yourself, a general description of your experience as a lawyer or one who works in the judicial system, and provide a description of the subject about which you propose to speak and your objective in presenting the program. Volunteers who fail to provide this information will not be considered.

Keep in mind that the purpose of this program is educational. Use of the program to advertise the speaker's business or solicit business or clients for the speaker will result in removal from the group and the speaker will not be eligible to present further programs.up arrow

Judicial Conf LogoThe 10th Circuit Bench and Bar Conference is scheduled for September 4-6, 2008 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Broadmoor Hotel. The United States District Court for the District of Kansas will be sponsoring events at the conference especially for the Kansas bench and bar. Kansas Karaoke Night is on Friday, September 5, starring the Kansas federal judges and members of the bar.o?=If you have an act and would like to sign up, register by e-mail to KSD_CMECF_Training@ksd.uscourts.gov and include the name of your act, the song you'll perform, and the participants' names. Check out this flyer and Chief Judge Vratil's invitation, and Judge Vratil's recent email to attorneys, and if you have any questions, contact Kim Leininger at (913) 551-5747.up arrow

Visit the KU Law School Career Services Office website and check out the newsletter highlighting diversity issues and events affecting the legal community, both locally and nationally.up arrow

Pro Tem Judge Position. The Douglas County District Court seeks a Kansas-licensed, practicing attorney as full-time judge of the Pro Tem Division. Full-time starting pay is $59,268 plus benefits. The position is available immediately and will be filled as soon as possible. Funding beyond 2009 is uncertain. Caseload may include juvenile offenders, child-support enforcement, parenting time enforcement, criminal first appearances or other cases. Send letter of application and resumé by August 22, 2008 to Linda Koester-Vogelsang, Court Administrator by fax (785-838-2455), email (lkv@douglas-county.com) or postal mail (111 E. 11th St., Lawrence, KS 66044). Note: This position was originally advertised in the spring but funding questions caused delay in filling position.


July 2008

Kramer vs. KramerThe Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present Kramer vs. Kramer on Friday, August 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library. The movie is about a career man, Ted (Dustin Hoffman), who sweats and toils to provide a good life for his wife, Joanna (Meryl Streep), and son, Billy (Justin Henry), but Joanna decides she wants something more and leaves. So Ted, on top of having to hold down his day job, must also single handedly take on all the housekeeping and parenting responsibilities. He does a great job of it, dispelling the myths that men need women to run a home and that children need a mother. After Ted and Billy establish a comfortable routine and things are going fine, Joanna gets tired of gallavanting and figures she'll just march back in and take custody of Billy. Ted, however, fights her in court. Everybody except the judge and the screenwriter knows Ted and Billy would be better off without Joanna. But, the movie caves and ends up preaching that kids need both parents and mothers who abandon their families should be forgiven. An uplifting and inspirational movie except for the ending. The presentation will include commentary by a member of the bar. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.up arrow


June 2008

Mock Interview Program: The Office of Career Services at the University of Kansas School of Law is seeking attorney volunteers for the next Mock Interview program to be held at the Law School on August 7, 11 and 12 and the Edwards Campus in Overland Park on August 8, 2008. The goal is to provide first-year law students the opportunity to interview with practicing attorneys. Each interview will be 20 minutes, with a 10-minute feedback session. Each volunteer attorney will interview four students. Evaluation forms will be available for the interviewer's use. Participating students will receive a DVD of their interviews to further help them critique their performance. A boxed dinner will be provided to each volunteer. If you can help as a volunteer interviewer one or more evenings, please submit this online form. If you have questions, contact Karen Hester, Associate Director of Career Services, at 785.864.4357 or LaVerta Logan, Assistant Director of Career Services, at 785.864.4377.

The ABA Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting is August 7-10, 2008 in New York City. Expand your network, sharpen your legal skills, and debate important resolutions affecting the legal profession. More information is available at the ABA website.up arrow


May 2008

The first place essay in the first Douglas County Legal Essay Contest was written by Marianne Schroer, a senior at Baldwin High School. She was presented the first place scholarship for $1,100.00 at the Law Day banquet on May 1. Her winning essay is available in the Douglas County Law Library, and her name will be inscribed on a plaque which will contain the names of future first place winners. The second place scholarship for $850.00 went to Sarah Eberhart; and the third place scholarship for $500.00 went to Jodie Beuthien; both also Baldwin High seniors. The topic for this year's contest was "The Importance of an Independent Judiciary."up arrow

The Legal Essay Contest will be an annual scholarship competition for students who attend high school in Douglas County and who plan to continue their education after graduation. The contest is sponsored by the Douglas County Law Library and the Douglas County Bar Association. Details and rules for the 2008 competition can be viewed here.up arrow

Sgt RutledgeThe Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series will present Sergeant Rutledge on Friday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library. The movie, set in the post Civil War frontier, portrays the court-martial of a black sergeant of the Ninth Cavalry (Buffalo Soldiers) charged with raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his commanding officer. The 1960 film, considered by many to have been years ahead of its time, was directed by John Ford and stars Woody Strode as the accused Sgt. Braxton Rutledge and Jeffrey Hunter as defense counsel Lt. Tom Cantrell. The presentation will include commentary by prominent local attorney Shelley Bock. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.up arrow


April 2008

This year's Law Day Banquet, hosted by the Young Lawyers Section, will be 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 1, 2008. The event will again be held at Maceli's Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire Street. This year's Law Day theme is The Rule of Law: Foundation for Communities of Opportunity and Equity. Katherine Kirk will be the featured speaker and talk about her recent legal work in Jordan with her presentation, "The Rule of Law in Jordanian Society". Other highlights will include presentation of the Liberty Bell Award and presentation of scholarships to winners of the Legal Essay Contest. Be sure to visit our Law Day page for more information about this annual event.

The cost is $15 per person which can be paid at the door (advance payments also accepted) but please RSVP by April 25 if you plan to attend. Direct your RSVP to Rachel Monger by mail: 900 Massachusetts St., Suite 600, Lawrence, KS 66044, or by phone: 842-2345, or by email: secretary@dgbar.org. up arrow

The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas presents A Conversation with Federal Judges on April 23, 2008. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Robert J. Dole Federal Courthouse located at 500 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. The purpose of this event is to give local attorneys, who are members of the federal bar in Kansas, an opportunity to get acquainted with our federal judges and to provide a forum to discuss issues of importance to the bar. Click here for details.
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Judge Kittel

Congratulations to Peggy Carr Kittel, our newest District Court Judge. Governor Sebelius announced her appointment on March 31, 2008, filling the Division 6 vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Six. Peggy is an active member and past President of the Bar Association. She has served as judge pro tem since 2001, and before that was an assistant district attorney.up arrow

Training on courtroom equipment: Judge Peggy Kittel and Janet Majure will present two training sessions on the new equipment in the Division 1 courtroom and the Hearing Room. Training sessions will include a demonstration from a recent trial, tutorial and instructions, hands-on practice, and handouts. Sessions will be held from noon to 1:00 on Thursday, March 27 and Thursday, April 3 at the Division 1 courtroom. After initial remarks, attendees will divide into two groups in the Hearing Room and Pro Tem courtroom for hands-on training. Contact Janet Majure or Erin Grisier at 330-2810, or email jmajure@douglas-county.com, by Wednesday, March 26, to make reservations. To read and/or print the official announcement, click here.up arrow

The United States District Court for the District of Kansas will implement electronic filing of sealed documents in criminal cases on April 1, 2008. Training to prepare for the changes is being provided for attorneys and staff who prosecute and defend criminal cases in federal court. Kansas and Missouri CLE credit for 1.5 hours is available. Follow these links for details about, and registration for, training sessions in Kansas City (March 24-25-26), Topeka (March 27-28) and Wichita (April 1-2).up arrow

The Douglas County Law Library and Douglas County Bar Association will co-sponsor the First Annual Douglas County, Kansas Legal Essay Contest. Open to Douglas County high school seniors, winners be awarded cash scholarships at the Law Day Banquet. It is hoped members of the DCBA will assist in this worthwhile program with donations to help fund scholarship prizes. Donations should be payable to "Douglas County Bar Association" and mailed to DCBA, Atten: Hatem Chahine, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044.up arrow


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March 2008

The Douglas County Bar Association Annual Meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2008 at Genovese Italian Restaurant, 941 Massachusetts Street on the second level. New officers for 2008 will be elected at this meeting. Nominations and elections will be held at 6:00 p.m. The Board of Directors will nominate a slate of candidates, and additional nominations may be made from the floor. Officers are elected by majority vote of the members present and voting at the meeting. If you are interested in being nominated as an officer by the Board, or adding other business to the meeting agenda, contact the kBA Secretary, Kenzie Singleton, by phone at 842-6311 or email secretary@dgbar.org.up arrow


February 2008

In Cold Blood The Law Library's Reels of Justice Film Series and the Lawrence Public Library co-sponsor the screening of 1967's In Cold Blood on Friday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. The film portrayal of Truman Capote's account of the slayings committed in Holcom, Kansas in 1959 by escaped convicts Perry Smith and Richard Hickock stars Robert Blake and Scott Wilson. There will be additional commentary by prominent local attorney and former prosecutor Martin Miller. For more information, visit the Law Library's Film Series Page.up arrow


January 2008

RENEW YOUR DCBA MEMBERSHIP by filling out the online membership form. After completing the on-line form, print and send it with a check for $45.00, payable to Douglas County Bar Association, to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Due to increased costs of meetings and other functions, annual dues were increased by $10.00 for 2008. This action was taken by the President and Board of Directors in accordance with the Bylaws of the Association. We hope to continue to provide the same functions and offer some additional educational opportunities this year.up arrow

Mock Interview Program: The Office of Career Services at the University of Kansas School of Law is looking for attorney volunteers for the next Mock Interview program to be held at the Law School from Tuesday to Friday, January 22 - 25, 2008, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., or at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park on Friday, January 25, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The goal is to provide first-year law students the opportunity to interview with practicing attorneys. Each interview will be 20 minutes, with a 10-minute feedback session. Each volunteer attorney will interview four students. Evaluation forms will be available for the interviewer's use. Participating students will receive a DVD of their interviews to further help them critique their performance. A boxed dinner will be provided to each volunteer. If you can help as a volunteer interviewer one or more evenings, please submit this online form. If you have questions, contact Karen Hester, Associate Director of Career Services, at 785.864.4357 or LaVerta Logan, Assistant Director of Career Services, at 785.864.4377.

SueAnn Fitch, CJA Supervising Attorney
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
1823 Stout Street, Denver, Co. 80257
303.335.2846 (ph) 303.844.3733 (fax)
SueAnn_Fitch@ca10.uscourts.gov
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The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and Oklahoma offices of the Federal Public Defender will present an eight hour program, Practical Matters for the Criminal Defense Practitioner in Federal Court (2007), on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 in Oklahoma City from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The program will tentatively be held in the jury pool room at the U.S. Courthouse at 200 Northwest Fourth Street, Oklahoma City. CLE credit (general credits and one ethics hour/session) has been applied for in all six states of the Tenth Circuit, CO, KS, NM, OK, UT and WY. Registration is free and includes refreshments. Lunch will be on your own. The morning session will be devoted to trial court matters (plea bargaining, sentencing, vouchers and experts under the CJA) and the afternoon session will cover appellate matters (record building, issue spotting, appellate procedures & ethics). The conclusion of the program will be a scripted Q&A session with a panel of Tenth Circuit Judges. Anyone wanting to attend should RSVP by e-mail to the Tenth Circuit's CJA Supervising Attorney at SueAnn_Fitch@ca10.uscourts.gov so the needed space may be determined. A description of the agenda, subject outline and bios/credentials of the presenters is available here.up arrow

An all day CLE on Immigration Law Basics is being held on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at the Topeka Ramada Inn, 420 East 6th, Topeka, Kansas. It is offered by the Missouri-Kansas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Eight hours of CLE credits, including 2 hours of ethics, is available. There is a charge to attend. For more information, contact Lauren Reinhold at 842-3222.


December 2007

JUVENILE PANEL ATTORNEY: Attorney with experience in juvenile law (child in need of care and juvenile offenders) wanted. Position carries one-sixth of the appointed-counsel juvenile workload in Douglas County District Court. Required: Kansas license and GAL training. Send resume and letter of application by December 19, 2007 to Judge Jean Shepherd, Douglas County District Court, 111 E. 11th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.up arrow

The Criminal Defense Panel Seminar will be presented on December 7, 2007 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no charge, and participants will earn up to 8 hours CLE credit. Attendance is mandatory for attorneys wanting to serve on the 2008 criminal defense misdemeanor appointments panel. Attorneys who want to join the 2008 panel should submit a letter of application to Judge Fairchild as soon as possible. The judges will meet in December to review submissions and finalize the panel. Attorneys are reminded that panel membership should be viewed as a one year commitment (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31). Premature withdrawal from the panel risks loss of compensation for time spent on unfinished cases. Contact "Skip" Griffy if you have questions about the seminar. Click here for agenda.
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The DCBA Winter Holiday Party is Friday, December 7, 2007 at David Brown's home, 1212 Vantuyl Drive, starting at 6:00 p.m. Dinner catered by Liz Carr will include a vegetarian lasagna, pork tenderloin with brandy and pears, chicken with artichokes and garlic, roast potatos, rice pilaf, butternut squash and grean beans, and several desert options. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be available, as well as abundant camaraderie and holiday cheer. Kick off the holiday season by joining your colleagues for this traditional gathering. RSVP by sending $35.00 per person to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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November 2007

Our colleague, George Allen, passed away on September 5, 2007. He practiced law in Lawrence for over 40 years and was a long time member of the Douglas County Bar. A memorial service sponsored by the Bar Association will be held on November 30 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Division 1 courtroom. Bar members are urged to attend this service. If you are interested in speaking at the service, please contact Hatem B. Chahine at jayhawkhatem@yahoo.com.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas presents A Conversation with Federal Judges on November 28, 2007. The event will be held in Room #PL 207A of the Topeka Federal Courthouse at 444 SE Quincy Street. The purpose of this event is to give local attorneys a forum to discuss issues of importance to the bar and an opportunity to get acquainted with the federal judges. Visit the CLE Training Class List at the U.S. District Court website to register for the event. CLE credit will be available to attorneys in Kansas and Missouri. Click here for details.
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The Law Library's "Reels of Justice Film Series" continues at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2007 at the Lawrence Public Library, with a screening of Witness for the Prosecution, starring Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich, and Tyrone Power. Local attorney Craig Stancliffe will provide commentary on how the film portrays the justice system. The next film in the "Reels of Justice Film Series" will be In Cold Blood, scheduled for screening on February 15, 2008.


October 2007

Football Tailgating: On KU football home game days, the KU SBA sponsors a tailgating tent on the hill below the Campanile. Beer, soda, hamburgers and hot dogs, open to law students and alums, attorneys and their families. A $5 donation to the SBA is requested. It's a great spot for networking and visiting with colleagues and friends.
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Judges Needed for KU Mock Trial Tournament: The University of Kansas Mock Trial Tournament is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, October 26, 27, and 28 in Frasier Hall and needs judges. Each tournament typically has four 'rounds,' each round being a trial that lasts anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Each team has three attorneys and three witnesses. There are opening statements, each side presents their case, and closing arguments. There are no motions arguments, and objections are limited to direct and cross-examination periods. The rules used are slightly modified versions of the federal rules.

Email Branden Bell at bellmale@gmail.com to find out more, and/or let him know what rounds you can judge. Food is being catered. If you know someone who might be interested in judging, please let them know about this event.

Round One - Friday: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm (at the latest)
Round Two - Saturday: 8:30 am - 11:00 am (at the latest)
Round Three - Saturday: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm (at the latest)
Round Four - Sunday: 8:30 am - 11:00 am (at the latest)
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September 2007

The DCBA Fall Party will be at Jeff Heeb's farm on Friday, October 5 starting at 5:30 p.m. Members and their family or guests are invited to come out for good company and good food in a quiescent bucolic venue replete with rustic accoutrements, hay rides and country atmosphere. Live music will be provided by Rick Freedman's band The Heebie Jeebies. Feast catered by New Hampshire Street Bistro includes barbecued beef, pulled pork, veggie patties, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans and chips. Beverages: beer, wine, tea and lemonade. All this for only $15 per adult and $8 per child. Please RSVP by email and send a check to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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The Solo & Small Firm Group has launched a "listserv", a/k/a mailing list or discussion list. Solo and Small Firm members who subscribe to the list can send email messages to the listserv address which automatically broadcasts (forwards) them to all subscribers, who may answer in similar fashion. A listserv is similar to a newsgroup or forum, except that messages are transmitted as email and are, therefore, available only to subscribers to the list. Other DCBA groups interested in setting up their own listservs should contact the DCBA webmaster. The Solo & Small Firm Group also has a section in the DCBA Forum as well as Google Groups.
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Endangered Forum: The DCBA Forum has been hammered the past couple weeks by forum spammers. Consequently, a broad range of IP addresses (overkill, actually, that's broad enough to include many legitimate ISP's) have been "banned", and new registrations are held up pending confirmation. It is not expected that anyone will notice. If you're the rare lawyer who actually wants to use the Forum and finds yourself locked out, contact the webmaster. If anybody actually wants to keep the Forum online, this would be a good time to let the webmaster know. Otherwise, expect the Forum to disappear before long.
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The Tenth Circuit and the CO-WY office of the FPD will present a four hour program "Doing a Criminal Appeal in the Tenth Circuit (2007)" on Tuesday October 2, 2007 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in Denver (exact location TBD). CLE credit (4 hours general credit) has been applied for in all six states of the Tenth Circuit, CO, KS, NM, OK, UT and WY. Registration cost is a nominal $10 and includes afternoon refreshments. Topics will includeTenth Circuit Local Rules & Procedures; CJA Vouchers & Appointments in the Circuit; Issue Spotting & Standards of Review, Briefs & Problems/Solutions. There will also be a scripted Q&A session with a panel of Tenth Circuit Judges. Anyone wanting to attend should (1) RSVP by e-mail to the Tenth Circuit's CJA Supervising Attorney: SueAnn_Fitch@ca10.uscourts.gov and (2) mail their $10 registration check to: Clerk of Court, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1823 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80257. Checks should be clearly marked with the phrase "10/2/07 CLE Program."

SueAnn Fitch, CJA Supervising Attorney
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
1823 Stout Street, Denver, Co. 80257
303.335.2846 (ph) 303.844.3733 (fax)
SueAnn_Fitch@ca10.uscourts.gov

 

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August 2007

The District Attorney's office will start moving to its new location on Monday, August 20. Message from District Attorney, Charles Branson.

PART-TIME ATTORNEY POSITION: Assistant Douglas County District Court Trustee. Part-time attorney position (20 hrs/week) responsible for enforcing and collecting child support and spousal support orders. Must be licensed in Kansas with experience in litigation of family law issues and specifically support matters and have excellent customer service skills with desire to serve the public. Starting salary $24,950, with insurance and benefits. Submit resumé, cover letter, and legal writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages) by August 10, 2007 to Katy Nitcher, District Court Trustee, 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044 or to knitcher@douglas-county.com. Complete job listing can be found at www.douglas-county.com/district_court/dctjobs.asp. EOE.
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STAFF ATTORNEY, KU LEGAL SERVICES FOR STUDENTS: Full-time position consults, advises and represents students on legal matters, researches, negotiates, and supervises law student interns. Required Qualifications: JD from an ABA accredited law school, licensed to practice law in Kansas or have made application for admission pursuant to Kansas Supreme Court Rule 703 or have taken the July 2007 Kansas Bar exam, excellent written communication skills. $42,000 - $50,000. Priority will be given to applications received by August 26, 2007. Must complete on-line application at https://jobs.ku.edu (click on "Search Postings" then enter position number 00004077), and submit letter of application, resumé, legal writing sample, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to: Jo Hardesty, Director/Managing Attorney, Legal Services for Students, 312 Burge Union, 1601 Irving Hill Rd, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045. (785) 864-5665, Fax: (785) 864-5668. EO/AA Employer.
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July 2007

From Ed Collister: Your Bench-Bar Committee meeting with the Judges is July 3, 2007. If anyone has any concerns that need to be addressed, please send them to <bench-bar@dgbar.org>.


June 2007

The bar is invited to a 50th Anniversary Party for Bill Pendleton. Join your colleagues for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to toast 50 years of the practice of law by William B. Pendleton on Friday, June 29 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 3408 W. 6th St. in Lawrence. RSVP is not required but appreciated by phoning 785-843-3536 or emailing jdenton@pendletonandsutton.com.
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Legislative Changes Seminar. Pick up 1 hour of CLE (approval pending) on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room of the Douglas County Judicial Center. Paul Davis will be presenting. Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch.


May 2007

Something new at the Forum: A new Announcements Forum has been created for DCBA members and other responsible parties to post announcements about upcoming events, activities, and other matters of interest to the bar.
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The Law Library's "Reels of Justice Film Series" continues at 6:00 PM on Friday, May 25, 2007, with a screening of 12 Angry Men, starring Henry Fonda at the Lawrence Public Library. Local attorney and member of the Law Library's Board of Trustees, Martin Miller, will provide commentary on how the film portrays the justice system. More information here.

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This year's Law Day Celebration, hosted by the Young Lawyer's Section, is on Tuesday, May 1, 2007. The event will again be held at Maceli's Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire Street, at noon. The keynote address will be presented by Hon. Terry Bullock on this year's Law Day theme: Liberty Under the Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy. One of the Law Day highlights is presentation of the Liberty Bell Award, given in recognition of outstanding community service by a person whose efforts have promoted a better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged a greater respect for the law and courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility and contributed to good government in the community.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Kenzie Singleton by mail: Sloan Law Firm, 842 Louisiana St., Lawrence, KS 66044, phone: 842-6311 or email: secretary@dgbar.org. The cost is $15.00 per person. Payment may be made at the door.

Besides the luncheon and award ceremony, other Law Day activities include Classroom Visits. These are brief presentations to the local middle schools in social studies, history and government classes on Law Day. If you can contribute to this important feature of Law Day as a representative of your Bar Association, contact Rachel Monger.

The proposed Douglas County Public Education Committee began from an idea brought back from the 2006 National Inns of Court Meeting. The overriding theme for the conference was keeping the public educated about our democratic form of government, and how each branch plays an integral role in making democracy work. The idea is to work to maintain a well-informed citizenry. Attorneys can play a valuable role in this challenge to keep the public well-educated in order to keep our system of government intact as the framers intended. Read more here.
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April 2007

Attention Douglas County Young Lawyers! Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 26, as the Kansas Bar Association Young Lawyers Section will be holding a Young Lawyers Social Event at The Wheel, located at 507 West 14th Street in Lawrence. The kBA YLS invites you to join them for fun, free pizza and drinks, beginning at 5:30 p.m. No RSVP is needed. Questions? Contact Melissa Doeblin, kBA YLS social co-chair, by e-mail at melissadoeblin@yahoo.com or by phone at (785) 296-8912.

KU Law School presents After Innocence, a documentary about the Innocence Project that won several awards at film festivals. After the film, a panel including Judge Fairchild, Jean Phillips (the head of the Defender Project), Attorney General Paul Morrison, the head of the Midwest Innocence Project, and a prisoner who was exonerated through the Innocence Project will discuss the movie. The presentation on On April 5, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. in room 204, Green Hall, has been approved for 3 hours of Kansas CLE credit (non-ethics). Admission fee is $25. For more information, contact third-year student Katie Gates at mkgates@ku.edu.

The Annual Meeting and Election of Officers of the Douglas County Bar Association will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 5:15 p.m. at the Eldridge Hotel in the All American Room. Besides conducting the annual business of the DCBA, members are, of course, invited to linger, mingle, snack and drink. Appetizers will be free, it will be a cash bar.

Official business of the meeting will begin at 6:00. The Board of Directors will offer the following slate of nominees:

Nominations may also be made from the floor by any member present. If you are interested in becoming an officer, contact Stephanie Haggard prior to the meeting for information you might want to know about. Upon closing of nominations, officers will be separately elected by majority vote of the members present at the meeting.up arrow


March 2007

A Symposium on Genetically Modified Organisms will be presented by The Journal of Law and Public Policy at the University of Kansas School of Law on March 15, 2007, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., at Green Hall, Room 104. The Symposium features six internationally recognized leaders in the fields of law, agriculture and chemical sciences presenting papers on the science, law and philosophy of GMOs, with policy recommendations for future GMO regulation. Among the topics to be discussed are:

  • The populations who stand to benefit from genetically modified crops
  • The environmental impact and sustainability of GMOs
  • The regulation of GMOs in the European Union and United States
  • The role of intellectual property in GMO regulation

Attendance is free of charge, but reservations are encouraged. 7.0 hours of CLE is available for attending the forum. For more information or to register, visit the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy. View brochure: front and back.

Consumer Law CLE. On March 2, 2007 the kBA Access to Justice Committee and the KTLA are sponsoring Under the Umbrella, a CLE seminar on consumer protection issues at the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association headquarters in Topeka. By offering a low cost ($89 for 7.5 hours including ethics) CLE in this field it is hoped to encourage more lawyers to join the pro bono and lawyer referral panels. This is a somewhat untapped area and provides an opportunity for recovery of attorney fees. Contact Kathy Kirk (785-749-1323) or register at the kBA website if you wish to attend. A brochure is available here..up arrow


February 2007

Did you renew your DCBA membership yet? Use the handy Membership Form to update your listing, then print it out and mail with your check for $35 payable to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044.

The Law Library Registration Fee was due in January.  Failure to pay this $10.00 fee results in suspension of court filing privileges, deactivation of Law Library key, and ineligibility to vote for or be elected to Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees.  To check your status and/or pay, contact the office of the Clerk of the District Court.

Regional Mock Trial Tournament Needs Judges. Washburn University is hosting a Regional Mock Trial Tournament on Feb. 16 (Friday) and Feb. 17 (Saturday). Ruling judges and scoring judges are needed for all rounds. Friday trials are 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.; Saturday trials are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Contact Steven Cann by email or phone (785) 670-2027 if you can help by serving as a judge for this challenging event.

Pick up two free hours of ethics CLE courtesy of KU Law School on Friday, Feb. 16, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Prof. Michael Hoeflich will present Plagiarism, Intellectual Property and Legal Ethics at the Law School, Room 203. The program is free and open to the public, no registration required.
   Todd Rogers, Director of Career Services, University of Kansas School of Law, 1535 W. 15th Street, Room 204, Lawrence, KS 66049 (785) 864-9257 tarogers@ku.edu.up arrow


January 2007

Mock Interview Program: The Office of Career Services at the University of Kansas School of Law is looking for attorney volunteers for the next Mock Interview program to be held January 24-26, 2007, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The goal is to provide first-year law students the opportunity to interview with practicing attorneys. Each interview will be 20 minutes, with a 10-minute feedback session. Each volunteer attorney will interview four students. Evaluation forms will be available for the interviewer's use. Participating students will receive a DVD of their interviews to further help them critique their performance. A boxed dinner will be provided to each volunteer. If you can help as a volunteer interviewer one or more evenings, please submit this online form. If you have any questions, contact Karen Hester, Associate Director of Career Services, at 785.864.4357 or LaVerta Logan, Assistant Director of Career Services, at 785.864.4377.
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December 2006

The Douglas County Criminal Defense Bar Seminar will be held on Friday, December 8, 2006 in the Jury Assembly Room at the Judicial Center. Attendance at this seminar is mandatory for all lawyers serving on the criminal defense appointments panel, however, the seminar is open to all lawyers. The seminar is free and earns CLE. The seminar runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a lunch break (on your own) from 12:15 to 1:30. The Criminal Defense Bar will meet for lunch at Mass Street Deli, and other attorneys are welcome to join them. The Deli will provide a sandwich lunch at your own cost. RSVP to Skip Griffey at SG328@aol.com if you would like to attend the lunch. Click here to view or download a seminar brochure.

The DCBA Winter Holiday Party is Thursday, December 7, 2006 at David Brown's home, 1212 Vantuyl Drive, starting at 6:00 p.m. RSVP on or before December 1 for you and up to one guest by sending  $35  $25 per person to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044. Payment includes dinner catered by Liz Carr as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and, of course, abundant camaraderie and holiday cheer. Kick off the holiday season by joining your colleagues for this special event. up arrow

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September 2006

Formation of a Solo and Small Firm Subcommittee of the Douglas County Bar Association will be discussed at a Solo Practitioners Lunch on October 20, 2006 at the Free State Brewery, beginning at noon, in the upstairs meeting room. Please RSVP to Lauren Reinhold at 785-842-3222 or Reinhold@1040nh.com or to Jamie Harwood at 785-842-1581 or HarwoodLaw@sbcglobal.net if you plan to attend.

From Jamie Harwood: Hello Solo Practitioner Colleagues - We would like to propose the formation of a Solo and Small Firm Subcommittee of the Douglas County Bar. While many if not the majority of us in Douglas County fit into this definition and see each other periodically and informally offer support, many of us can benefit from a slightly more formal monthly lunch meeting for support and the sharing of information. Additionally, there are many solo practitioners who are not regularly practicing in the halls of the Douglas County Courthouse and it would allow those attorneys to get to know the general membership of the bar, leading to referral prospects for different specialties. This would be intended to add to our existing resources for networking - the monthly general bar meeting offers a wonderful social outlet; Inn of Court provides excellent education and mentoring; and the Criminal Defense bar focuses on a niche area of law. Likewise, the Solo and Small Firm Subcommittee would focus on a niche group of attorneys with specific concerns: resource sharing (sharing of materials/creation of a brief bank); discussion of marketing successes and failures; networking; mentoring; discussion of law practice management issues; discussion of office/computer equipment, software and supplies; and general discussion of local practice issues.up arrow

The Douglas County District Court seeks applications by Sept. 8 to fill a Guardian Ad Litem vacancy on the juvenile panel. Juvenile panel attorneys may be called upon to represent children or parents in child in need of care cases and in juvenile offender cases. Qualified applicants will have received 6 hours' guardian ad litem training during the last CLE year. The appointing judge has the option of allowing a new GAL to complete the training within six months of appointment. Please send a letter of application stating your GAL experience and training and a resume to Linda Koester-Vogelsang, court administrator, via email (lkv@douglas-county.com), fax (785-838-2455), or postal mail (111 E. 11th St., Lawrence, KS 66044). Current pay is $2003 per month.

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals is forming an attorney panel for criminal defense lawyers specifically interested in accepting indigent defendant appointments at the appellate level. It is the Court's hope that the qualified panel selected through an application/review/recommendation process will be geographically diverse and able to assure that each counsel receives enough appellate CJA appointments to keep their specialized skills and knowledge up-to-date. The Court hopes to complete the applicant review and selection process by mid-fall 2006.

The Tenth Circuit encourages attorneys to consider applying for its appellate attorney panel. Interested applicants should carefully review the 12/16/05 Memo on the Court's website regarding the CJA appointment process. Application materials are available here.up arrow

The DCBA Fall BBQ Party is at Jeff Heeb's farm on Friday, September 8, 2006 starting at 5:30 p.m. Members and their family or guests are invited to come out for good company and good food in a quiescent bucolic venue replete with rustic accoutrements. The cost is $20 per adult and $10 per child. Please make your reservations by August 31 by mailing a check, payable to Douglas County Bar Association, to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044.

CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS  Let's ride!
 


August 2006

Mock Interview Program: The Office of Career Services at the University of Kansas School of Law is sponsoring a Mock Interview program from August 29 - September 1, 2006, 6:00-8:00 p.m., to prepare students for fall on-campus interviews. The goal is to provide students an opportunity to interview with a practicing attorney. Interviews are 20 minutes, with a 10-minute feedback session. Each volunteer attorney is asked to interview four students. There is an option for a team of two attorneys to jointly interview students. Each volunteer will be treated to a boxed dinner. If interested in participating, please complete the sign-up form and return it via fax (785.864.5701) or email (khester@ku.edu ) by August 14, 2006.

The Douglas County Law Library kicks off its Reels of Justice Film Series at 6:00 PM, Friday, August 25, 2006 with Inherit the Wind, starring Spencer Tracy, Frederic March, Gene Kelly, Dick York, and Harry Morgan. This free film series sponsored by the Law Library is shown in the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, and will include commentary on the main theme of the film and the accuracy of its portrayal of the legal system. Future presentations: The Caine Mutiny, Friday, November 17, 2006; To Kill a Mockingbird, February 2007; and 12 Angry Men, May 2007. Watch for further details and future announcements in the Law Library Newsletter. If you're not a subscriber, visit the Library's Newsletter Page for instructions to get a free subscription.up arrow


May 2006

The American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Child Welfare Resource Center will present Improving Outcomes for Older Youth: What Judges and Attorneys Need to Know on Monday, June 8, 2006 at the Holiday Inn Holidome in Topeka. This 5.5 hours of free family law CLE is for judges, prosecutors, guardians ad litem, attorneys for parents, SRS attorneys, social workers, and others. Online registration is encouraged at www.kscourts.org/rt2006. Additional information and registration form available here.

The 2006 Kansas Bar Association Annual Meeting, with the theme "Professionalism, Progress, and Pride", will be held June 8-10, 2006 at the Overland Park Marriott, located at 10800 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas 66210.

The DCBA Spring Party is on Thursday, June 1, 2006 starting at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP for you and a guest by Thursday, May 25, 2006 by sending a check for $15.00 per person to the Douglas County Bar Association at P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044. Be sure to specify if you want a vegetarian meal. Location, address and map to the party are contained in the May 6 and May 25 Bar Association Newsletters that were emailed to DCBA members. If you can't find your newsletter, check with a colleague or contact the DCBA Secretary for details. up arrow

Family Law Seminar. Perfect your family law skills! Please join us for a 1 hour CLE ( approval pending) on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room of the Douglas County Judicial Center. The Honorable Jean F. Shepherd will be presenting. This program is brought to you by a joint effort of the Douglas County Bar Association and our local Inn of Court and it is free to any member of either group. Please feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch.

Bench Bar Meeting: May 2, 2006, 12:30 p.m. This is a closed meeting. Attorneys, please direct any concerns regarding the judges, including processing criminal cases, pay on misdemeanor cases, juvenile panel,operations of the clerk's office, policies of the District Attorney's office, CSO's, the trustee's office, civil case problems, etc., to Ed Collister or Angie Stoller. They can be reached at 842-3126. If you have an issue unique to young lawyers, as Kenzie Singleton is the president of the young lawyer section, please direct your issue to Kenzie Singleton. Bench bar meetings are held on the first Tuesday of odd months.

The Law Day 2006 Luncheon will be on Monday, May 1, 2006 at Maceli's Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire Street. Paul Davis will be the speaker on this year's theme, Liberty Under the Law: Separate Branches Balanced Powers. The Liberty Bell Award will be presented to an outstanding member of our community.

Lunch will include Herb & Garlic Beef or a vegetarian option and the cost of the lunch is $20.00. Please RSVP with a check, payable to Douglas County Bar Association, to Kenzie Singleton, Hawkins & Singleton, 3300 Mesa Way, Lawrence, Kansas, 66049 by April 20, 2006, and let her know if you want the vegetarian lunch. If you have questions, e-mail Ms. Singleton at KenzieSingleton@hotmail.com.up arrow


April 2006

The Young Lawyers Section of the Kansas Bar Association invites you and your spouse or guest to attend its first Barrister's Ball and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 22, 2006, celebrating the memory of Justice Robert L. Gernon. The event will be held at the Topeka Country Club, 2700 SW Buchanan St., Topeka, Kansas. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Kansas Bar Foundation Justice Robert L. Gernon Memorial Scholarship Award. Tickets ($50 single, $75 couple) are available by calling the kBA at (785) 234-5696. Black tie optional.

The April art exhibit at the Douglas County Law Library is clay masks by Joe Sutcliffe. According to the artist, he started making clay masks as a result of travels to Africa, Brazil, Australia, and China. In addition to clay masks, Mr. Sutcliffe is also a photographer, and a collection of his work can be seen at the artist's website.

When visiting the Law Library website, be sure to see the Judge Louis Carpenter biography compiled by librarian Kerry Altenbernd.up arrow


March 2006

Trial Advocacy Seminar. Would you like to perfect your skills in the courtroom? Please join us for a 1 hour CLE (approval pending) on Friday, March 31, 2006 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room of the Douglas County Judicial Center. The Honorable Michael J. Malone will be presenting. This program will be geared toward the less experienced trial attorney and will cover general trial advocacy topics such as how to properly introduce exhibits in the courtroom and how to impeach a witness with prior testimony. This program is brought to you by a joint effort of the Douglas County Bar Association and our local Inn of Court and it is free to any member of either group. Please feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch.up arrow

The 2006 Annual Meeting of the Douglas County Bar Association on March 2 saw the election of new officers. Angela Stoller was elected President, Hatem Chahine Vice-President, Stephanie Haggard Secretary-Treasurer, and Kenzie Singleton was elected President of the Young Lawyers Section.

The Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy 2006 Symposium on March 14, 2006 is entitled "Does Institutional Groundwater Management Work?" The symposium promises to provide a current evaluation of the state of groundwater management in Kansas. The symposium will be presented at the Burge Union on the campus of the University of Kansas. The event is free and will provide 7 hours of Kansas CLE. You may download a brochure, also available at the University of Kansas School of Law website at www.law.ku.edu under the Upcoming Events listings.

The Douglas County Bar Association Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2006 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mass. Street Deli, 941 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas. The agenda will include election of officers and such other business as may be conducted at such meeting as provided in the bylaws (has anybody ever actually seen the bylaws?).

Law Library: The Art Gallery exhibit for March is paintings by Kansas City artist Sandra Van Tuyl.up arrow


February 2006

Probate Law CLE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. The local Inns of Court and the Douglas County Bar are hosting a one hour Probate CLE (credit approval pending) presented by Honorable Jack Murphy on February 28, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Jury Assembly room at the Judicial Center. Attendance is free for members of our local Inn and the Douglas County Bar. Please RSVP to Stephanie Haggard at sjh@jayhawk-law.com.

Mock Interview Program: The Office of Career Services at the University of Kansas School of Law is looking for attorney volunteers for the next Mock Interview program to be held February 8-10, 2006, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The goal is to provide 24 students (8 per night) a mock interview with a practicing attorney to help prepare for fall on-campus interviews. Each attorney will interview four students. Interviews are 20 minutes with a 10 minute feedback session. A boxed dinner will be provided to each volunteer. If interested, fax (864-5701) or email (khester@ku.edu ) the signup form. If you have questions, contact Karen Hester, Associate Director of Career Services, at 864-4357 or LaVerta Logan, Assistant Director of Career Services, at 864-4377.

Official Announcement (.pdf)  |  Official Announcement (.doc)
Signup Form (.pdf)   |  Signup Form (.doc)
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January 2006

Collaborative Law Seminar: San Francisco attorney Pauline Tesler, a nationally recognized collaborative law practitioner and author, will present a two day training seminar January 27-28, 2006 at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel, 6100 College Blvd. in Overland Park. Information about the seminar, sponsored by the Collaborative Law Institute of Kansas, is contained in the registration form which can be downloaded with the following links: <MS Word (.doc) format> or <Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format>. Questions about the seminar can be emailed to Tamara Hatheway (thatheway@kc.rr.com), Elizabeth Hill (Elizabeth@hilllawfirm.com) or DCBA member Jane Eldredge (jeldredge@barberemerson.com).

Family Law CLE January 12, 2006: This seminar has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

New Court Security. Visitors entering the Judicial Center will be required to pass through the security station at the west entrance before entering court and office areas. The security station includes walk-through and hand held metal detectors, an x-ray machine and a work station for officers assigned to the station. Additional information is contained in this Sheriff's announcement.

2006 Law Library Registration Fee of $10.00, was due January 15, 2006. Remit payment to the Clerk of the District Court, Judicial Building, 111 E. 11th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.

DCBA 2006 dues are $35.00 and were due January 31, 2006. Remit payment to the Douglas County Bar Association, PO Box 1966, Lawrence, Kansas 66044. Be sure to update any information such as address, phone, and email address using the membership form on this website.up arrow


November 2005

Holiday Party: The annual Douglas County Bar Association Holiday Party will be Thursday, December 1, 2005, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the home of David Brown and Mary Klayder, 1212 Vantuyl Drive, Lawrence, Kansas. DCBA members and a guest are cordially invited. Good eats, good company, and KU basketball on David's big screen! Click here for menu catered by Liz Carr. All this for only $12.00 per person. RSVP by November 30 with payment to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Directions: 15th Street west to Inverness. Turn right on Inverness (north, if you find Inverness going south, you are going the wrong direction). Take the second right off Inverness, that is Vantuyl Drive. The street curves around to the left. Go past the cul-de-sac on the right. It is the first house on the street that actually faces Vantuyl, but is up on a hill. There are stone pillars topped by lights at the end of the drive. There are signs with the house number, 1212, on the pillars. There is a limited amount of parking at the top of the drive. Those with problems walking should park up the hill, and all others please park on the street. MAPup arrow

On Thursday, November 3, the Third Annual Legal Career Options Day will be sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Law's Office of Career Services at the Kansas Union Ballroom from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event will expose law students to the wide range of legal careers available to law school graduates. Attorneys from all areas of the law have been invited, including private practice in small to large firms, government service, business and corporate counsel, public interest organizations, and the judiciary. From 5:00 to 6:30 students will circulate to visit with attorneys at their tables for insight and discussion. From 6:30 to 7:30 participants will enjoy an informal catered reception. Additional information is contained in the official announcement. Attorneys who can participate in this networking event are asked to send an RSVP form by Friday, October 21, 2005. If there are questions, contact Assistant Director LaVerta Logan by email or by phone at 785-864-4377.

The Kansas Law Review will host its 2005 Symposium at the Burge Union, 1601 Irving Hill Rd., on Thursday, November 3 starting at 9:00 a.m. The topic is Secrecy and Transparency in Dispute Resolution. The presenters, who come from academia and the bench, will address the tension between secrecy and transparency in a variety of dispute resolution contexts -- the courts, mediation, and domestic and international arbitration. The sponsors of this program have applied for 6.0 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit in Kansas and Missouri. Persons wishing to receive CLE credit can register at the door and obtain materials. Continuing Mediation Education credit is also available. There is no charge or need to pre-register. For more information, please contact David C. Roby, Law Review Symposium Editor, at (785) 864-3463 or droby@ku.edu.up arrow


October 2005

On Wednesday, October 26, Leslie Miller and Emily Donaldson of the Stevens & Brand law firm will present "Elder Law: An overview for seniors and adult children of aging parents." This is the second installment of the Douglas County Law Library's Public Education series. The 45-minute presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium and will be followed by a question and answer session. It is free and open to the public.

Fall Bar Party: The DCBA Fall Party is at Jeff Heeb’s farm on Friday, October 7, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. Dinner to be served around 6:00 p.m. will be prepared on site by Don’s Steak House. Entrée choices are KC strip steak or chicken, with green salad, baked potato, and dessert. Iced tea, soda, beer and wine will be provided. Families and significant others are welcome to come on out for good company and good food in a quiescent bucolic venue replete with rustic accoutrements including hay rack rides courtesy of the host.

The cost is $18.00 per adult and $9.00 per child. If you plan to attend YOU MUST RSVP by Friday September 30 INCLUDING PAYMENT AND ENTRÉE CHOICE if eating dinner. Make payment to Douglas County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1966, Lawrence, KS 66044.

An email with directions to the farm will be sent Monday, October 3 to those with reservations, so it’s a good idea to include your email address with your RSVP. If you know any colleagues who didn’t know about the September 1 party, please refer them to this announcement and encourage them to be sure they’re on the DCBA email list. A good way for them to do that is to send in a membership form. Any questions, contact DCBA Secretary Hatem Chahine by phone at 979-1850 or by email.up arrow

Access to FullCourt, the Douglas County District Court's public records system, is now available in the Law Library. There is a new workstation in the Library dedicated to FullCourt access. It is available to all Library users during public hours and 24/7 to registered attorneys with keys. Visit the Douglas County Bar Library website or email the librarian for more information.


September 2005

Mock Interview Program: The Office of Career Services at the University of Kansas School of Law is looking for attorney volunteers for the Mock Interview program September 7-9, 2005, 6-8 pm. Mock interviews are 20 minutes with a 10-minute feedback session. Each volunteer attorney will interview four students. Dinner will be provided for all volunteers. If interested, fax (785.864.5701) or email (khester@ku.edu ) the signup form. If you have questions, contact Karen Hester, Associate Director of Career Services, at 785.864.4357 or LaVerta Logan, Assistant Director of Career Services, at 785.864.4377. up arrow

Official Announcement (.pdf)
Signup Form (.doc)   |  Signup Form (.pdf)

There is a Bench Bar Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, 2005, at 12:30 p.m. Hopefully you know where. If anyone has any comments or complaints for the meeting, email Ed Collister, collkamp@sbcglobal.net.

It's Summer Party time!! Email was sent to DCBA members with details about our host and location. If you did not get an email, contact DCBA Secretary Hatem Chahine at 979-1850 or by email, and be sure to update your email address for our records.

The party is on Thursday, September 1, 2005, at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. by Downtown Catering. Dinner is a choice of brisket, mashed potatoes, mixed green salad and dessert or a vegetarian meal which includes lettuce wraps. Iced tea, water, beer and wine will be served. Members with or without their significant others are welcome to attend.

IF YOU WANT TO EAT YOU MUST RSVP WITH $12.00 PER MEAL PAYABLE TO "DOUGLAS COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION", P.O.BOX 1966, LAWRENCE, KS 66044, WHICH MUST BE RECEIVED BY AUGUST 30, 2005. BE SURE TO SPECIFY CARNIVORE OR VEGAN WITH PAYMENT.up arrow


August 2005

KU Law is sponsoring a FREE CLE program on Tuesday, August 9 from 4:00-4:50 p.m. in room 203 of the Law School. Mike Hoeflich will speak about legal, political, social, and moral issues which arise when American companies and individuals do business in foreign countries and such business involves activities which are not acceptable in the United States. Among the types of activities to be discussed are prostitution, exploitation of child labor, unfair labor practices, etc. The program has been approved for 1 hour of ethics credit.

—Info courtesy of Todd Rogers, Director of Career Services, University of Kansas School of Law, 1535 W. 15th Street, Room 204, Lawrence, KS 66049 (785) 864-9257.up arrow


July 2005

Family Bowling Night: DCBA members, their spouses/partners/significant others and/or children are invited to enjoy an evening of bowling. The event will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2005 beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a fun evening with other friends and family of the Douglas County Bar. The event will be held at the Jay Bowl, located in the lower level (1st Floor) of the Kansas Union. Contact the secretary (Hatem Chahine) if you have any questions. Shoe rental and bowling costs will be covered.

The Judge Hugh Means American Inn of Court cordially invites you to consider applying for admission for the upcoming year. The American Inns of Court is a unique organization committed to creating more effective advocates and counselors by allowing less experienced attorneys to work side-by-side with the most experienced judges and attorneys in their community. Click here for more information.up arrow


May 2005

The Young Lawyers Section of the Douglas County Bar Association will host a luncheon at Maceli's Banquet Hall at 1031 New Hampshire Street on May 2, 2005 in celebration of Law Day. You will enjoy a presentation by Pedro Irigonegaray, a prominent litigator, regarding this year's Law Day theme, The American Jury: We the People in Action. Make your reservations no later than April 22, 2005 by sending payment in the amount of $22.00 per person to Stephanie J.Haggard, 1040 New Hampshire Street, Lawrence, Kansas, 66044. Please make checks payable to Douglas County Bar Association.

The Young Lawyers Section of the Douglas County Bar Association requests your nominations for the Liberty Bell Award which will be presented at the Law Day luncheon on May 2. This award acknowledges outstanding community service. The nominee may be a lawyer, layperson, or organization. Please think about who in our community has promoted a better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged greater respect for the law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility, or contributed to good government in the community. In addition to the nominee's name and contact information, include a statement of why the nominee deserves the award. Mail your nominations to Stephanie Haggard, 1040 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS 66044 (785) 842-0738, or .up arrow


April 2005

The Douglas County Bar Association will hold its 2005 Annual Meeting at Mass Street Deli, Lawrence, Kansas on Thursday, April 7, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. The following slate of officers for the 2005-2006 year will be presented: President – Charles Branson; Vice-President – Ken McRae; Secretary/Treasurer – Hatem Chahine; Young Lawyers Section President – Stephanie Haggard. In addition, the following issues will be addressed: (1) Ratification of the officers’ decision to email notification of the 2005 annual meeting; (2) Ratification of holding the annual meeting the first Thursday in April, rather than the first Thursday in March; (3) Amending the bylaws to allow for email notification of annual meetings; (4) A nomination to elect Charles Whitman to the Board of Directors for an additional term to take the place of Todd Crenshaw; (5) Election of the Board of Directors for 2005-2006; (6) Nomination of the officers for 2005-2006.

New Topics in the Forum. A classified ads section has been added to the DCBA Forum. Simply register at the forum and you can post messages about items for sale or wanted, office space, etc. Other new sections include Judge Hugh Means American Inn of Court and Law Day and/or Liberty Bell Award for people who may be interested in discussing news, events and issues concerning those topics.

Please visit the Law Day page. If you can provide information about other past recipients of the Liberty Bell Award, please or .

The Links and Resources pages have been reorganized with many new links added. You may find these pages to be a quick and ready portal to useful sites.up arrow


March 2005

This week we lost a very dear member of our bar association. If you wish to attend services for Justice Gernon please take note of the following information: A Mass of Christian Burial for Justice Gernon will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2005, at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway, in Lawrence. A burial will follow at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Hiawatha. In addition, a Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.on Friday, April 1, at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church, with a wake to immediately follow.up arrow


February 2005

You are cordially invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony for Stephen N. Six as District Judge for the Kansas 7th Judicial District.

The ceremony will be at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on February 4, 2005, in the Division 2 Courtroom of the Douglas County District Court, 111 East Eleventh Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

A reception will follow in the Division 6 Courtroom.up arrow


January 2005

The Bar Association will gather at Teller's Restaurant at 746 Massachusetts Thursday evening, January 6, instead of The Bella Lounge. When you arrive please proceed to the 3rd Floor. The Bar will still carry a limited tab, but you need to order from the cocktail server assigned to our group.

The 2005 Law Library Registration Fee is due January 1, 2005. Be sure to get your $10.00 payment to the District Court Clerk's Office by January 30, 2005 to avoid suspension of filing privileges.up arrow


December 2004

Holiday Party: Our annual Douglas County Bar Association Holiday Party will be Thursday, December 2, 2004, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the home of David Brown and Mary Klayder, 1212 Vantuyl Drive, Lawrence, Kansas. If you plan to attend you must remit payment in the amount of $12.00 per person no later than November 30, 2004. You may send your payment to the Douglas County Bar Association, PO Box 1966, Lawrence, Kansas 66044. Each member may bring a guest. The menu, by Liz Carr Catering, includes:

  • Crab and artichoke tartlets
  • Import cheeses, sausages, olives and tortellini
  • Pork tenderloin with Cranberry-port sauce
  • Chicken breast with a walnut crust and a maple Dijon sauce
  • Vegetarian entrée of butternut squash and broccoli with rice
  • Potato gratin with gruyere and caramelized onions
  • Winter vegetable medley
  • Rolls, bread and butter
  • Pumpkin-praline cheesecake
  • White and dark chocolate bread pudding with rum sauce
  • Assorted holiday cookies
  • Domestic and Import Beers
  • Merlot
  • Chardonnay
  • Coffee

Directions to the party: 15th Street west to Inverness. Turn right on Inverness (north, if you find Inverness going south, you are going the wrong direction). Take the second right off Inverness, that is Vantuyl Drive. The street curves around to the left. Go past the cul-de-sac on the right. It is the first house on the street that actually faces Vantuyl, but is up on a hill. There are stone pillars topped by lights at the end of the drive. There are signs with the house number, 1212, on the pillars. There is a limited amount of parking at the top of the drive. Those with problems walking should park up the hill, and all others please park on the street.

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October 2004

The Bar Association has planned a special gathering for October to be held at the farm of Jeff Heeb. Dinner will be cooked on site by Don's Steak House, and Jeff will be providing Hay Rack Rides. Families and "significant others" are welcome.

The party will be held on October 8, at 5:30 p.m. THIS IS THE SECOND FRIDAY, NOT THE NORMAL FIRST THURSDAY!! Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will include Kansas City Strip or Chicken, green salad, baked potatoes, and desert. Iced tea, soda and beer and wine will also be served.

IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND YOU MUST RSVP BY REMITTING PAYMENT TO THE DCBA, PO Box 1966, Lawrence, Kansas 66044. YOUR PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 1, 2004. The cost is $18.00 per adult and $9.00 per child. YOU MUST INDICATE WHETHER YOU PREFER STEAK OR CHICKEN. IF YOU DO NOT REMIT PAYMENT A MEAL CANNOT BE RESERVED FOR YOU.

An email with directions to Jeff's farm will be sent to those who have confirmed attendance.

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