United States Courts
Western district of Missouri
Federal Court Advocates Membership Drive
Membership in the new Federal Courts Advocates Section (FCAS) is open to all who are licensed to practice in the federal courts of the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas, and membership in the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) is not a prerequisite. The modest 2011 annual membership fee will be:
Although we are a new section, we had an exciting 2010:
Meanwhile, we are planning an even more active 2011:
Click here to renew your membership or join for the first time. Please help us spread the word to those who are not yet members, and encourage them to join today and take advantage of these unique opportunities with our local U.S. District Courts!
|Q:||Where do you get meaningful legal discussion, informational time with federal judges and colleagues, and a great lunch?|
|A:||The Bench & Bar Dialogue programs.|
The most recent Bench & Bar Dialogue was held in the Whittaker Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Perry Brandt welcomed the group where the discussion topic was hearings on discovery and dispositive motions. Federal judges and practicing attorneys from Kansas and Western Missouri talked about the need for hearings/oral argument, types of discovery and dispositive motions that should be heard, collateral benefits of hearing where all counsel and court meet in person, and effective argument at hearings.
Perry Brandt, Jane Brown and Pat Stueve
As president of the FCAS, Pat Stueve noted: “We had another outstanding roundtable program with over 40 participants and several of our federal judges discussing the need and benefits―if any―for hearings on discovery and dispositive motions. The discussion was lively and informative. We look forward to several more roundtables in 2011.”
Encouraging ongoing dialogue between attorneys and judges in an informal setting continues to build an expanded legal knowledge base, thereby making future federal court events productive for all.
U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan speaks
with U.S. District Judge John W. Lungstrum from the
District of Kansas.