• 16 Jan 2011 7:39 PM | Anonymous

    Please join us for our 75th Anniversary Dinner on Thursday, February 17th at the historic Aladdin Hotel, 1215 Wyandotte. The event begins at 6:00pm with cocktails followed by dinner at 6:30pm. We will present the LAKC Legacy Award and LAKC-YLS Public Service Award.

    Register online via our Events page. ($35 LAKC-YLS members; $50 LAKC Members; $400 table of 8).

  • 11 Jan 2011 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    It is time again for the Kansas City division of the high school Missouri Mock Trial Competition. The first round of competition takes place on Tuesday, January 25th and Thursday, January 27th. The second round takes place on Tuesday, February 15th and Thursday, February 17th. The Lawyers Association of Kansas City - Young Lawyers Section and the KCMBA are looking for attorneys to serve as judges for the competition, which will take place downtown at the Jackson County Courthouse. The competition begins at 6pm each night and will wrap up by 9pm. Judges are asked to arrive at the courthouse around 5:30pm.

    If you are interested and would like to participate, please contact Kellie Garrett at We can use your help for as few or as many nights as you are available.
  • 23 Sep 2010 11:22 AM | Anonymous

    The selection committee for the Coburn Award is seeking nominations for Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s Honorable H. Michael Coburn Community Service Award.  This award was created in 1995. The Committee is hoping to honor an attorney whose noble work and honorable efforts in service to the community will serve as an inspiration to others in the legal profession.


    --Current member of the Missouri Bar practicing in the Jackson County area.

    --Demonstrated, in the spirit of Legal Aid, outstanding service to advancing the administration of justice on behalf of low-income people in the Jackson County area.

    --Outstanding service to the community with a particular emphasis on volunteer activity and leadership, other than work directly for bar associations (pro bono case work on behalf of low-income people that is done through a bar association may be considered).

    The Procedure

    The nomination form, along with appropriate supporting materials can be found at Legal Aid’s website, which is  It can also be obtained from contacting Cynthia Rountree at (816)474-1413 x267.  Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 7, 2010 by The Honorable Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., Chair, The Coburn Community Service Award Committee, c/o Legal Aid of Western Missouri, 1125 Grand Avenue, Suite 1900, Kansas City, Missouri, 64106.  Applications may also be submitted on-line to  Any questions should be directed by e-mail to Cynthia Rountree at

    Deadline for nominations to be received by Legal Aid is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday October 7, 2010.


    Coburn.Award.Application 9.10.pdf

  • 05 Sep 2010 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    Former LAKC and LAKC Foundation board member, Sylvan Siegler, passed away September 4, 2010 at the age of 85. Sylvan, along with friend Stan Weiner, was instrumental in starting and continuing the annual Tax Seminar hosted in partnership with the UMKC School of Law. A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, September 7th at 10am at Congregation Beth Shalom, 9400 Wornall Road.

  • 07 Jul 2010 12:50 PM | Anonymous
    Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (“LEAP”) needs your help!  In August, Operation Breakthrough, an organization whose mission is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment, will be preparing their kids to return to school.  As part of that preparation, the kids will need new uniforms and school supplies.  LEAP is raising money to support these efforts and, on August 6, 2010, plans to distribute school supplies and gift cards to purchase school uniforms for 375 school age children.  Any contribution is welcome and is tax deductible.  If you would like to contribute, please make your checks payable to LEAP and send them to Paul Redfearn at Traders on Grand Building, 1125 Grand Boulevard, Suite 1805, Kansas City, MO 64106.
  • 01 Jun 2010 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    Please join us on June 3, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    at Sol Cantina for LAKC-YLS’s annual meeting.


    At the Annual Meeting, we will introduce our new officers and elect our new board of directors.  For the 2010-2011 year, we have four open board positions and wonderful candidates.  Please come meet the candidates and vote.  If you cannot attend, please see the attached ballot, which includes a biography on each candidate and instructions on how to cast your vote by mail or email.


    In celebration of all of our successes in 2009-2010, we will have free food and drinks. We hope to see all of you there!


    Sol Cantina is located at 408 E. 31st Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

  • 25 May 2010 12:05 PM | Anonymous
    LAKC-YLS will host the annual Court Crawl on June 24th from 1-5pm. A judicial reception follows at Maker's Mark from 5-7pm. The Court Crawl is $35 for summer associates and clerks and $50 for attorneys interested in CLE credit (3.0 MO, KS pending). To register for the Court Crawl, contact Sarah Lepak, 816-474-6550 or (Reservations are not necessary for the Judicial Reception - members are encouraged to attend.)
  • 25 May 2010 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    LAKC's Annual Meeting and CLE Luncheon will be held Wednesday, June 9th at 810 Chop House in the Power & Light District. Legal Aid of Western MO's Volunteer Attorney Project will present a one hour ethics CLE on the VAP and attorneys' ethical responsibility to perform pro bono work. (1.0 MO - KS Pending). In addition to the CLE, the 2010-11 Board of Directors will be elected. The slate of officers and directors is as follows:

    Steve Kyle - President
    Kristi Kingston - Vice-President
    Jim Humphrey - Secretary
    Heather Jones - Treasurer
    Eric Barton
    Rick Bien
    Mark Brennan
    Kent Erickson
    Rich Fritz
    Mike Hargens
    Bryant Lamer
    Todd McGuire
    Clay Norkey
    Renee Parsons
    Christen Shepherd
    Chris Sobba
    Jeffrey Thomas
    Eric Vernon
    Kurt Williams
  • 13 May 2010 6:11 PM | Anonymous

    The 6th Circuit Judicial Commission interviewed all applicants today and nominated a panel of three persons to Governor Jay Nixon to fill the position of Associate Circuit Judge of the 6th Circuit (Platte County), created by the retirement of Judge Daniel M. Czamanske. Governor Nixon will make the appointment from the panel of nominees within 60 days.

    The nominees are Thomas C. Fincham, Roseann A. Ketchmark, and Christopher T. Patterson.

    Thomas Fincham is in private practice of law at the firm of Fincham & Salmon in Kansas City, Missouri. He is also a part-time municipal court judge.

    Roseann Ketchmark is an Executive Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri; and

    Christopher Patterson is in the private practice of law at the firm of Patterson Law Office LLC in Kansas City, Missouri.

    The Judicial Commission, chaired by Chief Judge Thomas H. Newton of the MO Court of Appeals, Western District, is composed of attorneys Scott L. Campbell and James D. Boggs, and lay members Judy Stokes and David B. Barth.

  • 15 Feb 2010 10:56 AM | Anonymous

    Judges, lawyers and law professors are going to teach the people of Kansas City a thing or two about the law.  The Lawyers Association of Kansas City and The University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law, together with assistance from the Missouri Bar and a committee of volunteer attorneys have put together a core program of basic information in this seven-week course for the lay person to help inform the public about the law and the legal system.


    For seven consecutive weeks, each Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., beginning on March 24th and running until May 5th, enrollees of the Mini Law School for the Public can learn about the court system, how it works, what to expect when bringing or defending a case, and other valuable information about basic legal topic areas like employment law, criminal law, elder law, family law, real estate and legal ethics.  The sessions will be held in the beautifully renovated student courtroom at the UMKC School of Law, at 51st Street and Oak, where a variety of legal professionals will speak about basic information the public should be aware of when thinking about a legal issue and how to approach it.  Up to 150 attendees are expected and the cost is just $40.00 per person for all seven sessions.


    Similar presentations of The Mini Law School for the Public received excellent attendance in St. Louis and Columbia over the past two years, and this is the first one to be held in Kansas City.


    The organizers welcome the public to attend and learn more about the law.  These sessions are intended to inform the public about many of the legal pitfalls, issues, procedures and rules that govern law practice and the courts.  The sessions are not aimed at teaching lay persons to represent themselves in court and speakers will not be allowed to address very specific facts about any one person’s case or legal issues.  The Mini Law School is a public information service of the Lawyer’s Association of Kansas City, UMKC School of Law, The Missouri Bar, and Missouri judges, attorneys, law professors and legal professionals dedicated to educating the public about the legal system.


    For additional information and to register, visit the Mini Law School page at or call 816-474-6444.

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