• 07 Jan 2022 10:43 AM | Anonymous

    We Need Volunteers!

    The Lawyers Association of Kansas City is hosting the Missouri High School Mock Trial Regional Competition January 25 and January 27 (preliminary rounds) and February 15 and February 17 (regional rounds). The preliminary rounds will be held virtually via Zoom and the regional round location is TBD (We are hoping we can hold them at the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse in Independence.)

    This is a great event and it's really inspiring to see how hard the high school students prepare for the mock trial and their enthusiasm for the law.

    We are seeking volunteers to serve as presiding and scoring judges on each night of the competition.  Judges are asked to log in by 5:45 p.m. We will have a short orientation, then proceed with rounds. Rounds start at approximately 6:00 p.m. and last approximately 2-2.5 hours. 

    Presiding judges will preside over the trial, ruling on objections and keeping the trial flowing smoothly.  Presiding judges do not score individual segments of the trial, but do give an overall verdict at the end of the trial.  Presiding judges must have a law degree, and some litigation experience is helpful for ruling on objections.

    Scoring judges will evaluate each segment of the trial (opening, direct #1, cross #1, etc) on its own merits resulting in an overall score for the trial that reflects the team that was technically better without regard to the team that would have won the verdict. Scoring judges will not be asked to rule on objections or maintain courtroom order but will instead observe the trial from the jury box. Scoring judges must have a bachelor’s degree but do not have to have any formal legal training or a law degree.”

    Sign up to volunteer at

  • 21 Jul 2021 1:24 PM | Anonymous

    To ensure the safety of our members, we have decided to hold our Annual Meeting virtually this year. Below is the slate for the 2021-22 Board of Directors as well as the candidates running for the Young Lawyers Section Board. All LAKC members may vote for the 2021-22 Board of Directors. Young Lawyers Section (YLS) members (age 36 or younger or less than five years in practice) may vote for the 2021-22 slate of YLS officers and 3 YLS board candidates. The deadline to submit your vote is Friday, July 23rd at 5:00pm.

    To submit your vote, visit

    Please contact with any questions. Thank you for your vote!

  • 09 Jul 2021 8:16 AM | Anonymous

    The senior board and Young Lawyers Section boards are accepting applications and nominations to their respective 2021-22 boards. 

    The Lawyers Association of Kansas City (LAKC) was founded in 1935 to promote and advance the following objectives that are just as relevant today: the welfare of the public in the greater Kansas City Community; the administration of justice; the science of jurisprudence; and the cordial and professional relations among the members of the greater Kansas City Bar.

    The Young Lawyers Section of LAKC is comprised of members under 35 or who have graduated from law school within the past five years and maintain “service of public interest by advancing the role of the legal profession in serving the public” as a value. For more information, visit

    A virtual election will be held July 21, 2021. Applications are due by 5pm on July 20, 2021.

    Members with an interest in serving on the LAKC Board of Directors should send an email indicating their interest to by 5pm on July 20th.

    To apply to the Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors, complete the following form:

  • 18 Dec 2020 7:24 AM | Anonymous

    Lawyers Association of Kansas City YLS is supporting the Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition again this year. It will be a virtual competition based out of St. Louis for all rounds. More information is below and here.


    REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS!! LAKC YLS is looking for any volunteer judges/jurors to help out with any of the dates below! If you are interested,



    • Tuesday, January 26, 2021: Combined Preliminary Round 1 (via Zoom) from 6-9pm
    • Thursday, January 28, 2021: Combined Preliminary Round 1 (via Zoom) from 6-9pm
    • Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Combined Preliminary Round 2 (via Zoom) from 6-9pm
    • Thursday, February 25, 2021: Combined Preliminary Round 2 (via Zoom) from 6-9pm
    • April 9-11, 2021: State Championship (via Zoom) for various time slots


    This is a great opportunity to see how enthusiastic these high school students are about the law, and can reenergize and remind us why we love what we do!


    Please let Danielle Atchison ( or Phillip Raine ( know if you have any questions. Thanks!

  • 26 Oct 2020 8:32 AM | Anonymous

    The Sixteenth Circuit Judicial Commission is accepting applications for the position of associate circuit judge, Division 27 of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit (Jackson County), beginning October 21, 2020. This position is created by the October 20, 2020, appointment of Judge Sarah A. Castle to the position of circuit Judge, Division 1.  

    Article V, section 21 of the Missouri Constitution requires that an associate circuit judge be at least 25 years old, licensed to practice law in Missouri, a qualified voter in Missouri, and a resident of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit.  

    Citizens are encouraged to nominate well-qualified candidates for the commission’s consideration. Nominations should be submitted to the contact person listed below.

    Public Nomination Form:  Microsoft Word      PDF

    For those interested in applying, the application and instructions are available below:

    Application:  Microsoft Word      PDF

    Instructions:  Microsoft Word      PDF

    Guidelines for References:  Microsoft Word      PDF

    The commission must receive all completed applications for this vacancy by 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

    The commission expects to meet Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, 1300 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri, to conduct public interviews of the applicants and to select a panel of three nominees for the vacancy. Further details regarding the interviews, including the manner in which applicants and the public will participate, will be announced at a later date. Upon receipt of the nominations, the governor of the State of Missouri will have 60 days to appoint one of the three nominees as associate circuit judge in Division 27 of the Jackson County circuit court.  

    Members of the commission are Cynthia L. Martin, chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District; attorneys Phyllis Norman and Kirk Presley; and lay members Connie Cierpiot and Damon Daniel.

  • 26 Oct 2020 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    Governor Mike Parson appointed the Honorable Sarah A. Castle as Circuit Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit. She will fill the Circuit Judge vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Sandra C. Midkiff.

    Judge Castle, of Kansas City, currently serves as an Associate Circuit Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit. She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

  • 20 Oct 2020 8:15 AM | Anonymous

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  • 16 Oct 2020 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    We're going virtual this year! Join us for our 16th year as we raise funds for Legal Aid of Western Missouri through a virtual Run for Justice 5K event. 

    Registrants may run or walk a 5K on a course of their choosing anytime between October 15th and November 15th.  Log your miles with us after you've completed your run/walk, and we'll send you a great long sleeve shirt and finisher's medal!

    While we cannot gather in person this year, we'll continue with our team award and spirit award, and invite you to join us in the celebration on social media! The team with the most participants will win the team trophy and prize, and the team with the most "spirit" will be recognized as well.

    Tag us on social media using #runforjustice5K. We're on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

    Register today and recruit your family and friends to do the same.

    Thank you for your support of our virtual run to support Legal Aid of Western Missouri!

  • 25 Sep 2020 9:30 PM | Anonymous

    The 16th Judicial Circuit Court was planning to resume jury trials at the Kansas City Courthouse on Monday, October 5. That date has now been postponed pursuant to Administrative Order 2020-166 as required by Missouri Supreme Court Operational Directives. A court employee has recently tested positive for COVID-19. The Court has in place and has implemented protocols and procedures to mitigate against spread. Court operations at the Kansas City Courthouse have been moved back to Phase 1 under Missouri Supreme Court Operational Directives. Phase 1 limits the number of people gathered in a courtroom or other areas within the courthouse to 10. Courts are required to stay at each operational phase for a minimum of two weeks before moving to the next phase. This change does not affect operations at other courthouses. The Eastern Jackson County Courthouse in Independence started summoning jurors on September 21. That courthouse is still operating at Phase 3 and jury trials will continue as scheduled. The Court and the courthouses have never been closed during the pandemic, but operations have been modified in order to address health concerns.

    Admin Order 2020-166 Updated Court Operations - Sept 25. 2020 KC to Phase 1.pdf

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