D. Brook Bartlett Lectures

The D. Brook Bartlett Lectures began in June 2001 as a memoriam to the late Honorable D. Brook Bartlett. The Lectures are held annually during the month of June at the Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse in Kansas City, Missouri.  If possible, they are also simulcast to the United States Courthouse in the Central Division in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Invitations are sent to active members of the WDMO bar approximately four weeks prior to the annual event.  Reservations are required. In the past, three (3) hours of CLE have been approved by the Missouri Bar and the Kansas Bar and there has been no fee to attend.

In addition to an annual presentation by the United States Courts, Western District, Court en banc, the following individuals have presented at the DBB Lectures.

Year Presentation Presentation
2013 Home Run Motions, Jurisdiction, Twombly and Celotex
James M. Wagstaffe, Professor
Kerr & Wagstaffe, LLP
Hastings College of the Law and
San Francisco State University

Written Material | PowerPoint
The Supreme Court in Review
Erwin Chemerinsky
Founding Dean
University of California, Irvine School of Law
2012 Direct Examination As Jurors Want It
Professor Thomas A. Mauet
University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law
The Supreme Court in Review
Erwin Chemerinsky
Founding Dean
University of California, Irvine School of Law
2011 The Supreme Court Review: October 2010 Analysis and Differing Perspectives
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
University of California, Irvine School of Law &
Ken Starr, President
Baylor University
Protecting Lawyer Confidences in the Internet Age Professor Burnele Powell
University of South Carolina School of Law
2010 Better Brief-Writing in 60 minutes
Bryan A. Garner
Law Prose, Inc., Dallas, TX
The Supreme Court in Review
Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean
University of California, Irvine School of Law
2009 Direct Examination As Jurors Want It
Professor Thomas A. Mauet
University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
The Supreme Court in Review
Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean
University of California, Irvine School of Law
2008 Persuasive Closing Argument: Ethical but Effective
Professor Barbara Bergman
University of New Mexico
The Supreme Court in Review
Professor Robert J. Pushaw
Pepperdine University School of Law
2007 Impeachment - The Law and The Technique
Professor Thomas A. Mauet
University of Arizona, College of Law 
The Supreme Court in Review
Professor Erwin Chemerinsky
Duke Law School
2006 The Supreme Court - Year in Review
Professor Drew S. Days III
Yale Law School
Electronic Discovery-Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
The Honorable Lee Rosenthal, U.S. District Judge, S.D. Texas,
Kenneth J. Withers, The Sedona Conference &
Jonathan M. Redgrave, Redgrave Daley Ragan & Wagner LLP
2005   The Supreme Court - Year in Review
Professor Erwin Chemerinsky
Duke Law School
Guideline Sentencing after Booker
Professor Susan R. Klein
University of Texas School of Law
2004  Trial Advocacy
Professor Stephen A. Saltzburg
George Washington Law School
Evidence from an Advocate’s View
Professor James W. Jeans Sr.
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
2003  The Supreme Court in Review
Professor Suzanna Sherry
Vanderbilt Law School

Employment Discrimination Law in a Nutshell
Professor Joel Friedman
Tulane Law School
2002  Supreme Court Review - Year in Review
Professor Erwin Chemerinsky 
University of Southern California Law School
Employment Discrimination Law in a Nutshell
Professor Joel Friedman
Tulane Law School
2001  Supreme Court Review - Year in Review
Professor Erwin Chemerinsky 
University of Southern California Law School
Federal Practice & Procedure
James M. Wagstaffe
Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP

Biography

Judge Bartlett practiced law in Kansas City, Missouri with the law firm of Stinson, Mag, Thomson, McEvers, and Fizzell. He then served as an Assistant and then a First Assistant in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. He returned to Kansas City to practice with Blackwell, Sanders, Matheny, Weary, and Lombardi.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed Judge Bartlett to the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Judge Bartlett was elevated to Chief Judge in 1995. During his tenure as Chief Judge the new courthouse in Kansas City, Missouri was planned and built. Judge Bartlett passed away on January 21, 2000 while serving as Chief Judge.

Ms. Karen Iverson Bartlett, Judge Bartlett’s wife and an attorney, said “Brook strove to give those who appeared before him a chance to tell their story in a venue of respect and compassion, and he succeeded time and again.”

Justice Clarence Thomas, United States Supreme Court, who worked with Judge Bartlett at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, observed that “...Judge Bartlett enjoyed a wonderful reputation among his fellow jurists and among members of the bar. He was considered deliberate, analytical, thoughtful, and dedicated to fairness and impartiality, but even more, he was a good man and he was my friend.”

Taken from the Historical Society News
of the U.S. Courts in the Eighth Circuit
Vol. 8 2001

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