Court News & Notes

Central Division Hosts Second Annual CLE

On Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, the Second Annual Central Division CLE was held at the new Christopher S. Bond U.S. Courthouse in Jefferson City.  This year’s event was a great success and attendance more than doubled from last year’s event. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen
U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt Whitworth
U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt Whitworth

U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey kicked off the event by welcoming the approximately 70 attendees to the new courthouse and introducing the first speaker.

University of Missouri Law Professor Rodney Uphoff gave a presentation titled “A Taking the Deal or Going to Trial,” on the ethical considerations that criminal defense attorneys face when representing and advising defendants.  Interestingly, Professor Uphoff shared some of his experiences during his representation of Terry Nichols.  Nichols was accused of conspiring with Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.  

Chief Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen then gave a presentation titled “Don’t Know Much About Federal Practice?”  Judge Larsen provided lawyers with tips on practicing in federal court and discussed various issues relating to the Federal Rules of Evidence.   The attendees found Judge Larsen both entertaining and informative, and he received high ratings for his presentation.  Following Judge Larsen’s presentation, the attendees enjoyed a barbecue lunch.

The final speakers were Larry Miller and Troy Stabenow.  Miller is the supervising assistant U.S. attorney in the Jefferson City office.  Stabenow is the supervising attorney in the Jefferson City Federal Public Defender office.  Miller and Stabenow gave an informative tag-team presentation on detention issues in federal court.

Following the presentation by Miller and Stabenow, U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey and Magistrate Judge Matt Whitworth held a Q&A session with the lawyers.  Based upon the high marks and comments provided in the evaluations, the event was well-received by the attendees, and the Central Division plans to continue with this annual program and build on its success.

Judge Laughrey Receives Award

U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey
In recognition of her dedication to improving the administration of justice in the metropolitan area, U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey received the 2011 Joseph E. Stevens Aspire to Excellence Award presented by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.  The award was formally presented on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at the KCMBA annual meeting.


Upcoming FCAS Bench & Bar Dialogue

Wednesday, February 8, 2011
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

Join us for lunch and a roundtable discussion between KCMBA Federal Court Advocates Section members and Western District Judges.  The discussion topic will be the practical impact of Twombly and Iqbal on pleadings and on the rates of motions to dismiss and dismissals.  The discussion will also address case law evaluating whether to Twombly and Iqbal apply to Answers and Affirmative Defenses.

 1.5 hours of Missouri and Kansas CLE pending

Being invited to these Bench & Bar Dialogues is one of the benefits exclusively for FCAS members.  For more information about joining FCAS or this upcoming event, please contact Kim Elrod at 816-474-4322.   Membership dues are only $25 for non-KCMBA members and $15 for KCMBA members.

Federal Court Advocates Bench & Bar Dialogue Recap

Changes to Federal Rule of Evidence 502 regarding privilege and production created the perfect topic for the October 2011 FCAS Bench & Bar Dialogue.  Dan Blegen facilitated the event by providing the attorneys and judges at each table with a topic for discussion. After lunch and substantive conversation, a member from each table shared the highlights of their discussion.  Both attorneys and judges gained valuable information and insight on  pertinent topics from this forum.

Chief Judge Gaitan visits with attendees Robert Thompson and Judge Greg Kays
Chief Judge Gaitan visits with attendees. Robert Thompson and Judge Greg Kays

Counts Named Award Winner

Lajuana Counts
Lajuana Counts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and an FCAS executive committee member was named the Bill French Alumni Service Award winner from UMKC for 2012.  The award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty, commitment and service.  Congratulations to Ms. Counts for her receipt of this prestigious award.



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