Clerk's CornerAnn Thompson



Judge Tacha to Speak

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, the Court, along with the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City and the Kansas Women Attorneys Association will host a presentation by Judge Deanell Tacha of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit on “Feminist Jurisprudence: Then & Now.”  All are welcome to attend, and the Court appreciates the efforts of Sherri Wattenbarger of the Office of the U.S. Trustees and Kathy Bussing of Husch Blackwell in bringing Judge Tacha’s perspective to a Kansas City audience.

The event will be held at the Whittaker Federal Courthouse from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm, and refreshments will be served.  There is no cost to attend, but space is limited, so we do ask that you RSVP no later than Friday, October 16th.  The presentation qualifies for 1.0 hour of Missouri and Kansas CLE.



Chief Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. continues to emphasis the Western District’s focus on community outreach and interaction among bench and bar, so we are proud to invite all area attorneys to hear Judge Tacha’s review of the laws and the jurists impacting women in society. 

Please use the link below to make your reservation and for contact information if you have questions.



Other Notes from the Clerk’s Office

In August, staff from both the District and Bankruptcy teams travelled to Washington, D.C. and Fort Worth, Texas for their respective and annual Operations Forums.  These forums provide court personnel with the opportunity to share best practices and strategies with peers from across the country and to stay on the cutting edge by learning about upcoming CM/ECF changes or new technologies.   Attendance at these meetings is one way the WDMO continues to improve its service to customers and to make sure attorneys in our district have the most up-to-date filing, scheduling and communications options.

Starting October 13 as part of a renewed emphasis on customer service, the District Court is now making it possible for attorneys to open their own civil cases and file the case initiating documents online.  Make sure to read the District Highlights appearing in the newsletter for details.

And finally, we hope that attorneys and litigants in the Western District enjoy the 24-7 filing opportunities available.  It is certainly more convenient than when we all trudged to or sent couriers to the courthouse every evening with papers to file.  However, we realize there are still instances when our customers need to visit the intake windows for in-person assistance.  As a result, we are expanding our Tuesday walk-in hours to test whether longer hours are beneficial to court customers.  Again, details are provided elsewhere in the newsletter, but please contact the Clerk’s office if you have other suggestions for how we can serve the bar or your clients.






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