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  • 16 Feb 2016 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    The Young Lawyers Section of the Lawyers Association of Kansas City will be hosting the Missouri State Mock Trial Tournament this year, the weekend of April 1 through April 3.  The Lawyers Association of Kansas City is looking for attorneys to serve as judges for the competition, which will take place downtown at the Jackson County Courthouse.

    The first round of the tournament will be on Friday, April 1, 2016, beginning at 6:00 pm.  The second round and quarterfinal round of the tournament will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016.  The second round will begin Saturday morning at 8:30 am.  The quarterfinal round will begin Saturday at 1:00 pm.  The semifinal and final round of the tournament will be on Sunday, April 3, 2016.  The semifinal will begin Sunday morning at 8:30 am.  The final round will begin Sunday at 12:30 pm.


    Judges are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before each round and will be provided breakfast, lunch and/or dinner before each round.  Each round is expected to last approximately 2.5 hours or less.  This is a great opportunity to see how enthusiastic these high school students are about the law, and can reenergize and remind us why we love what we do!


    If you are interested and would like to participate, please contact Allison Greenfield at agreenfield@bjpc.com or Tyler Scott at Tyler.Scott@huschblackwell.com.

  • 05 Jan 2016 9:03 AM | 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 19, 2016 and Thursday, January 21, 2016 . The second round takes place on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 and Thursday, February 18, 2016.  The Lawyers Association of Kansas City - Young Lawyers Section is looking for attorneys to serve as judges for the competition, which will take place downtown at the Jackson County Courthouse.

    The competition begins at 5:30pm each night and will wrap up by 9pm (dinner will be provided). Judges are asked to arrive at the courthouse by 5:30pm. This is a great opportunity to see how enthusiastic these high school students are about the law, and can reenergize and remind us why we love what we do!

    If you are interested and would like to participate, please contact Allison Greenfield at agreenfield@bjpc.com or Tyler Scott at Tyler.Scott@huschblackwell.com

  • 30 Oct 2015 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you to the many firms who participated in this year's Skippy & Skivvies Drive. Your donations are crucial to the children and families  Operation Breakthrough serves each day. Congratulations to the Young Lawyers Section for organizing another successful drive!


    The FINAL 2015 numbers are as follows

    Peanut butter     31,152oz             

    Diapers                   5,978

    Wipes                     8,952

    Underwear               477

    Socks                         458

    Cash                     $9,741


  • 30 Jul 2015 7:43 PM | Anonymous

    Family Court Commissioner Molly Merrigan was honored with the Judge Goldstein award today at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals in National Harbor, Md. The award is in honor of the very first drug court judge in the United States, and is given annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the drug court field. It came on the eve of her retirement from the Jackson County Family Court after 16 years of service handling Family Drug Court matters, adoptions, and abuse and neglect cases.

    "Having been able to meet Judge Goldstein and observe him in his courtroom, I am incredibly honored to receive this award," Merrigan said.

    Merrigan announced her retirement in May and her last day on the bench is July 31. She was appointed in December 1998 by the court en banc. During her tenure, Jackson County’s Family Drug Court was nationally recognized in 2012 by the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention as one of five Peer Learning Courts in the country. She has received numerous awards that recognize her work in this field including: the Claire McCaskill Award from the Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals in 2008, and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Distinguished Board Service Award in 2008.

    "It has been my honor and privilege to serve as commissioner," Merrigan said.

    Following retirement from the Court, Merrigan will work as a consultant to other drug courts through two national organizations – the National Drug Court Institute, and Children and Family Futures.

    Prior to her appointment to the bench, Merrigan was employed with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office and worked as the lead assistant prosecuting attorney handling Drug Court cases. She is also a certified substance abuse counselor, and had worked at a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility.

    Merrigan earned her law degree from the University of Missouri--Kansas City School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree from Rockhurst University.



  • 24 Jun 2015 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    LAKC's Annual Judicial Reception was held at the Chesterfield Bar on June 23rd. During the reception, LAKC Run for Justice 5K committee member Kent Erickson presented Legal Aid of Western Missouri Deputy Executive Director Alicia Johnson with a check in the amount of $3,500 from the 2015 Run for Justice. The proceeds from this annual run benefit the programs and services Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides to residents in need in the Kansas City metropolitan area.


  • 23 Jun 2015 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    Two new Family Court commissioners were appointed today by the judges of the Jackson County Circuit Court at its court en banc meeting. The new commissioners will replace two others who are retiring this summer.

    The Court appointed William R. Jackson III to Division 40 and Nancy Alemifar to Division 44. Both individuals have spent the majority of their legal careers working in family law.

    "We are pleased to have been able to select two commissioners from a list of five very qualified candidates," said Presiding Judge Justine E. Del Muro. "Ms. Alemifar and Mr. Jackson will be excellent additions to our court. Their experience as attorneys in Family Law will serve them well as they assume their new roles as commissioners."

    Jackson is presently serving as the Family Court’s Juvenile Officer and Director of Legal Services. He has served in that position since January 2013. Jackson joined the Family Court in 1987 and has worked as Assistant Director of Legal Services, Manager of Legal Services, and Attorney for the Juvenile Officer. He received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1982.

    "I have enjoyed working with so many wonderful people in my capacity as Juvenile Officer," Jackson said. "I am thankful to have the opportunity, as commissioner, to promote justice, family unity, and safety for children in our community."

    Jackson will assume his new position on or about September 1st. He replaces Commissioner Geoffrey Allen who was appointed in 1993. Allen is retiring August 31.

    Nancy Alemifar was appointed to Division 44. She is presently with the law firm of Husch Blackwell, where she has been employed since 1995, and serves as Senior Counsel "Pro Bono" attorney. Her experience also includes working as an Attorney for the Juvenile Officer of the Family Court from 1993 – 1995, and as a staff attorney for Legal Aid of Western Missouri from 1991 – 1993. She is a 1991 graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law.

    "I am grateful and honored for the opportunity to serve the families of Jackson County as commissioner and look forward to my new role," Alemifar said.

    Alemifar will join the Court on or about August 1st. She replaces Commissioner Molly M. Merrigan who was appointed in 1999. Merrigan is retiring on July 31.

    The commissioners will hear matters pertaining to juveniles at the Family Court Division located at 625 E. 26th Street. They were each appointed to a four year term.


  • 11 Jun 2015 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    LAKC-YLS is now seeking applicants for the 2015-16 YLS Board of Directors. Interested candidates should complete an application (PDF of application in post) and return to Chris Mirakian by email (chris.mirakian@gmail.com) by June 22, 2015. Elections will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at The Jacobson, 2050 Central ST, Kansas City MO 64108. Elections begin at 5:30pm.

    The Lawyers Association of Kansas City (LAKC) was founded in 1935 to promote and advance the following objectives that are just as relevant today: the welfare of the public in the greater Kansas City community; the administration of justice; the science of jurisprudence; and the cordial and professional relations among the members of the greater Kansas City Bar.

    The Young Lawyers Section of LAKC is comprised of members under 35 or who have graduated from law school within the past five years and maintain “service of public interest by advancing the role of the legal profession in serving the public” as a value.



    LAKC-YLS 2015-16 Director Application.pdf
  • 26 May 2015 9:57 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for a happy hour to celebrate another successful year and to elect our officers and directors for 2015-16.

    Thursday, May 28, 2015
    The Cashew, 2000 Grand Blvd. KCMO 64108

    There is no cost to attend and no registration required.

    2015-16 Slate of officers/directors:

    Clay Norkey, President

    Brian Baggott, President-Elect

     Amy Luck, Secretary

    Dan McClain, Treasurer


    Catherine Bell

    Cameron Garrison

    Mike Hargens

    Brandon Henry

    Mark Iba

    Mike Judy

    Kristi Kingston

    Anne Linton Pond Hendrickson

    Lara Owens

    Lindsay Todd Perkins

    Eric Vernon

    Tim West

    Jennifer Wieman Earles

    Katie Zogleman

    Past-President: Mark Brennan


  • 02 Apr 2015 1:45 PM | Anonymous

    Recent events have raised concerns about how some municipal court divisions are resolving matters filed in those courts. The Supreme Court of Missouri is reviewing its rules governing certain aspects of municipal court divisions, including educational requirements for municipal judges and alleged conflicts of interest of judges and city prosecutors performing multiple tasks across multiple jurisdictions. Other interested bodies also are looking to improve municipal courts.

    The Supreme Court is seeking specific suggestions from members of the bar and others about ways to improve the rules applicable to practice in Missouri’s municipal court divisions. Please send your suggestions to the Clerk of the Supreme Court by Friday, May 1, 2015. Suggestions should be sent to P.O. Box 150, Jefferson City, MO  65102.

  • 02 Apr 2015 1:02 PM | Anonymous
    The Circuit Court of Jackson County has adopted the following revised rules effective 4/17/15:

    Rule 7.2 Duplicating Policy

    Rule 33.5 Motions, How Filed and Considered
    Rule 67.1.3 Implementation of Supreme Court Rule 33 Relating to Bail and Sureties

    Copies of the revised rule may be obtained from the Department of Civil Records in Kansas City and Independence and on the Court’s web page at www.16thcircuit.org.

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