Federal Court Advocates

The first formal gathering of the newly-formed Federal Court Advocates Section (FCAS) of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association was held on Thursday, September 10, at the U.S. Courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas. The event began with a judicial panel discussion, which was focused on the ethics of e-discovery in federal court and the differences in procedures for such issues in the two Kansas City metropolitan district courts. A large crowd attended the discussion which was approved for an hour of ethics CLE in both states, and then attorneys enjoyed a reception in the courthouse rotunda.

The FCAS is grateful for the CLE sponsorship of the Kansas District Court and for the participation of the judges from “both sides of the river,” Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. and Magistrate Judge Sarah Hays, from the Western District of Missouri; and District Judge John Lungstrum and Magistrate Judge James O’Hara from the District of Kansas served as panelists.

Among its goals, FCAS wants to support exchanges of information relevant to federal practice in Missouri and Kansas, encourage civility among federal practitioners, and facilitate an ongoing dialogue between the judiciary and the bar. The section welcomes all federal practitioners and hopes for active participation in meeting these FCAS goals.

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