• 26 Oct 2020 8:32 AM | Anonymous

    The Sixteenth Circuit Judicial Commission is accepting applications for the position of associate circuit judge, Division 27 of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit (Jackson County), beginning October 21, 2020. This position is created by the October 20, 2020, appointment of Judge Sarah A. Castle to the position of circuit Judge, Division 1.  

    Article V, section 21 of the Missouri Constitution requires that an associate circuit judge be at least 25 years old, licensed to practice law in Missouri, a qualified voter in Missouri, and a resident of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit.  

    Citizens are encouraged to nominate well-qualified candidates for the commission’s consideration. Nominations should be submitted to the contact person listed below.

    Public Nomination Form:  Microsoft Word      PDF

    For those interested in applying, the application and instructions are available below:

    Application:  Microsoft Word      PDF

    Instructions:  Microsoft Word      PDF

    Guidelines for References:  Microsoft Word      PDF

    The commission must receive all completed applications for this vacancy by 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

    The commission expects to meet Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, 1300 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri, to conduct public interviews of the applicants and to select a panel of three nominees for the vacancy. Further details regarding the interviews, including the manner in which applicants and the public will participate, will be announced at a later date. Upon receipt of the nominations, the governor of the State of Missouri will have 60 days to appoint one of the three nominees as associate circuit judge in Division 27 of the Jackson County circuit court.  

    Members of the commission are Cynthia L. Martin, chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District; attorneys Phyllis Norman and Kirk Presley; and lay members Connie Cierpiot and Damon Daniel.

  • 26 Oct 2020 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    Governor Mike Parson appointed the Honorable Sarah A. Castle as Circuit Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit. She will fill the Circuit Judge vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Sandra C. Midkiff.

    Judge Castle, of Kansas City, currently serves as an Associate Circuit Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit. She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

  • 20 Oct 2020 8:15 AM | Anonymous

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  • 16 Oct 2020 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    We're going virtual this year! Join us for our 16th year as we raise funds for Legal Aid of Western Missouri through a virtual Run for Justice 5K event. 

    Registrants may run or walk a 5K on a course of their choosing anytime between October 15th and November 15th.  Log your miles with us after you've completed your run/walk, and we'll send you a great long sleeve shirt and finisher's medal!

    While we cannot gather in person this year, we'll continue with our team award and spirit award, and invite you to join us in the celebration on social media! The team with the most participants will win the team trophy and prize, and the team with the most "spirit" will be recognized as well.

    Tag us on social media using #runforjustice5K. We're on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

    Register today and recruit your family and friends to do the same.

    Thank you for your support of our virtual run to support Legal Aid of Western Missouri!

  • 25 Sep 2020 9:30 PM | Anonymous

    The 16th Judicial Circuit Court was planning to resume jury trials at the Kansas City Courthouse on Monday, October 5. That date has now been postponed pursuant to Administrative Order 2020-166 as required by Missouri Supreme Court Operational Directives. A court employee has recently tested positive for COVID-19. The Court has in place and has implemented protocols and procedures to mitigate against spread. Court operations at the Kansas City Courthouse have been moved back to Phase 1 under Missouri Supreme Court Operational Directives. Phase 1 limits the number of people gathered in a courtroom or other areas within the courthouse to 10. Courts are required to stay at each operational phase for a minimum of two weeks before moving to the next phase. This change does not affect operations at other courthouses. The Eastern Jackson County Courthouse in Independence started summoning jurors on September 21. That courthouse is still operating at Phase 3 and jury trials will continue as scheduled. The Court and the courthouses have never been closed during the pandemic, but operations have been modified in order to address health concerns.

    Admin Order 2020-166 Updated Court Operations - Sept 25. 2020 KC to Phase 1.pdf

  • 13 Jul 2020 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    To ensure the safety of our members, we have decided to hold our Annual Meeting virtually this year. Below is the slate for the 2020-21 Board of Directors as well as the candidates running for the Young Lawyers Section Board. All LAKC members may vote for the 2020-21 Board of Directors. Young Lawyers Section (YLS) members (age 36 or younger or less than five years in practice) may vote for the 2020-21 slate of YLS officers and 6 YLS board candidates. The deadline to submit your vote is Wednesday, July 15th at 5:00pm.

    Please contact with any questions. Thank you for your vote!

    Vote online at

  • 12 May 2020 9:46 AM | Anonymous

    The Young Lawyers Section of the Lawyers Association of Kansas City is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 Board of Directors. Interested candidates should complete the attached application and return on or before May 21st to 

    YLS 20-21 Board Application.pdf

  • 16 Mar 2020 8:04 AM | Anonymous

    LAKC Members:
    Due to recent events and growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, LAKC has decided to cancel all events through April and will resume events as soon as it is safe to do so. Please stay tuned to and our social media channels for more information.

  • 06 Aug 2019 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    The Young Lawyers Section will once again host its Skippy & Skivvies Drive for Operation Breakthrough August 20th - 30th. Drop off of donations will be held from 11:30am - 1:00pm on Friday, August 30th. 

    The Skippy & Skivvies Drive is an annual effort to collect underwear, diapers, wipes, socks, and peanut butter for Operation Breakthrough. Their biggest needs at the moment are for sizes 4, 5, and 6 in diapers, underwear sizes 2T - size 8 (boys and girls), wipes and peanut butter. 

    LAKC will tally all donations received and delivered per firm and announce results after the drive. The firm collecting the most donations will receive our new coveted Skippy & Skivvies trophy! 

    On behalf of Operation Breakthrough, thank you for your support!

  • 08 May 2019 8:46 AM | Anonymous

    The Annual Meeting of the Lawyers Association of Kansas City will be held Wednesday, May 8th from 5-7pm at Chicken N Pickle, North Kansas City. There is no cost to attend and reservations are not required. The 2019-20 slate of officers and directors are provided below as is the ballot for the Young Lawyers Section Board.

    2019-20 Proposed Board of Directors

    Lindsay Todd Perkins, President

    Rick Shearer, President-Elect

    Kaitee Brown, Secretary/Treasurer

    Tim West, Past-President

    Anne Baggott

    Anna Berman

    Ben Carr

    Anne Hershewe

    Sam Hofmeier

    Nate Jones

    Michael Judy

    Molly Walsh-Keppler

    Derek MacKay

    Travis McCallon

    Tyler Scott

    Amber Simon


    The ballot of the Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors may be returned at the annual meeting or by email to 

    LAKC YLS 5.2019 ballot.pdf

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