United States Courts
Western district of Missouri
Annual Attorney Education Events
Attorneys Alleen Van Bebber and Jennifer Gille Bacon enjoy the FCAS Summer Social the evening prior to the Bartlett Lectures.
Following the Supreme Court review, Thomas A. Mauet, professor and director of trial advocacy at the University of Arizona College of Law, spoke about the law and techniques of impeachment during trial. Professor Mauet reviewed the most common impeachment methods and the legal consequences for failing to follow procedure. He then focused on the predominant impeachment method, which also takes the most skill and technique—prior inconsistent statements. Mauet provided practical tips and examples for something that’s often misapplied in the courtroom: effectively creating an impression with the jury when impeaching a witness with a prior inconsistent statement.
The court was delighted to present these distinguished speakers and thanks the members of the bar for their continued support of programming that honors the memory of Judge Bartlett.
Bankruptcy attorneys in the Western District of Missouri were once again treated to a morning of engaging conversation and lecture during the 5th Annual Frank W. Koger Bankruptcy Symposium held Friday, June 1. The Honorable Pamela Pepper, chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, enlisted participation from local attorneys to enact a case scenario that highlighted various evidentiary issues. The participants and the audience wholeheartedly enjoyed the banter. Following Judge Pepper, Professor Charles J. Tabb, University of Illinois School of Law, shared his expert knowledge about consumer bankruptcy practice after the Lanning, Ransom and Schwab decisions. Attendees welcomed the latest information about both topics. The WDMO bankruptcy judges, along with local bankruptcy experts and the guest speakers, then joined together during the last portion of the program and answered questions from the audience prior to the traditional BBQ lunch.
As customary, the Bankruptcy Practitioners' Spring Social was held the previous evening. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to speak personally with Judge Pepper and Professor Tabb.