Modern Family Alliance (MFA) Conference Nov. 5, 2016

Modern Family Alliance (MFA), previously known as Midwest Alternative Family Alliance (MAFA), is
sponsoring a conference entitled The Life Cycle of the Modern (LGBT) Family on Saturday, November
5, 2016, at the Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Road, KC, MO).
Eric Rosswood, author of Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood – Firsthand Advice, Tips and Stories from
Lesbian and Gay Couples, is the Keynote Speaker. Additionally, there will be twelve smaller break-out
sessions covering such topics as how to build your family (infant adoption, foster to adopt, surrogacy,
insemination by donor, etc.); special issues with teachers, bullying and schools; transracial and
transcultural issues; transgender issues; parenting and discipline issues; maintenance of the couple
relationship; estate planning; wellness and others.
Also present at the conference will be other non-profit LGBT groups that support families, so they can
make themselves more available to attendees for information.
MFA is a non-profit group that supports LGBT families and their children in the greater Kansas City area.
Established in 2005, MFA has sponsored picnics, play dates and dinners for adults, as well as numerous
educational conferences to connect and support their members and the community.
Or visit our Facebook Page – Modern Family Alliance

Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy – Scholarships Available!

KCMBA is currently accepting applications for their perennial Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy. The Academy is a great way for new litigators to hone their skills under the guidance of tremendous practitioners and judges who provide positive feedback and constructive criticism. Scholarships are available through a number of committees, including the Diversity Committee! Apply now through August 19, 2016.


Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy
The annual program is composed of three components: (1) a CLE luncheon series; (2) training “prep” sessions; and (3) performance sessions. The CLE luncheons are held monthly at the Charles E. Whittaker Courthouse and focus on practical skills such as depositions, pre-trial motion practice, jury instructions and ethics. United States Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen leads the prep sessions and covers the six major components of a trial: Voir dire, opening statements, evidentiary foundations, direct and cross-examination , expert witnesses (using actual FBI agent witnesses), and closing arguments.

Please find applications here.

Application deadline is August 19, 2016

There are scholarship opportunities through the YLS, Diversity Section, United States Courts Western District of Missouri and AWL.  The deadline for the YLS, Diversity and Western District of Missouri scholarship application is August 12 (follow links above for more information).  Details regarding the AWL Scholarships can be found at:

KC Sporting Seeks Legal Intern
Position Summary

The Legal Intern for Sporting Kansas City provides assistance to the Legal Team by helping with research, drafting and editing, as well as learns about the contract process, negotiations, risk management and other legal issues surrounding a professional sports team.

Essential Functions

Assist the Legal Team with various administrative functions, day-to-day tasks, and project management.
Research and analyze legal authority such as statutes, judicial decisions, legal articles, and case law.
Assist in preparing legal documents including, but not limited to, briefs, memorandums, contracts, letters, and various types of agreements.
Provide general assistance to the Legal Team in proofreading, editing and analyzing contracts.
File correspondence and legal documents in the applicable filing systems.
Represent Sporting Kansas City and its related affiliates in a professional manner at all times.
Perform other related tasks as assigned.
Personal Attributes

Strong organizational, communications and interpersonal skills.
Ability to  organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities.
Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a time efficient manner with exceptional time management.
Strategic thinking.
Proven ability to remain objective and discrete.
Exercise common sense at all times.
Strong communication, negotiation and drafting skills.
Excellent presentation skills.
Teamwork orientation.
Personal effectiveness and credibility.
Professional appearance and demeanor.
Skills and Experience

Currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M program.
Coursework or experience in contracts, negotiations, legal research and writing.
Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Calendar.

Obergefell One Year Anniversary Party

Join us this Thursday, June 30 at Westport Ale House for a happy hour gathering to celebrate the first anniversary of the Obergefell victory!  Come renew your membership or join for the first time. Members get two free complimentary drinks!!

Westport Ale House

4128 Broadway, KCMO

5-7 PM

See you there!

Vacancy on the 16th Judicial Circuit

Please contact KC LEGAL if you are seeking an endorsement. Good luck!






The Sixteenth Circuit Judicial Commission announces that it is extending the time period during which it will accept applications for the position of Circuit Judge, Division 19 of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit (Jackson County).  This position will be created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Kathleen A. Forsyth.

The Commission will accept and consider completed applications received by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.   Applicants are encouraged to submit their completed applications prior to that time if possible.

Citizens are encouraged to nominate well-qualified candidates for the Commission’s consideration.  The Missouri Constitution, Article V, Section 21, requires that a Circuit Judge be at least thirty years old, licensed to practice law in Missouri, a qualified voter of Missouri, and a resident of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit.  Nominations should be submitted to the contact person listed below.

Applications and instructions are available on the website for Missouri Courts, (under the quick link for “Judicial Vacancies”).

The Commission will meet on June 13, 2016 at the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District, to conduct public interviews of the applicants and select a panel of three nominees for the vacancy.  Thereafter, Governor Jay Nixon will have sixty days to appoint one of the three nominees as Circuit Judge in Division 19.

Members of the Commission are Alok Ahuja, Chief Judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District; attorneys Teresa A. Woody and Michael A. Williams; and lay members William C. Gautreaux and Pastor Eric D. Williams.

Contact person:  Terence G. Lord, Clerk of the Court

Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District

1300 Oak Street

Kansas City, MO  64106

(816) 889-3600

Justice for All Luncheon, hosted by Legal Aid

Legal Aid’s Justice for All Luncheon is coming up and we would like you to help spread the word.  Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge will speak on Fairness, Impartiality & Equal Justice and share what MO is doing to ensure minorities receive fair and just treatment from the state’s court systems and legal profession. Here are some relevant details:
FB event page:
JFA Luncheon page on our website:
Friday, June 17, 2016
Marriott Muehlebach Tower
12th & Wyandotte, KCMO 64105

Speaker Meet & Greet – 11:30-11:50 AM
Luncheon – 12:00-1:00 PM

Join in if you can!

Employment Law Staff Position at Stinson

Stinson Leonard Street LLP Employment Law Staff Attorney

Stinson Leonard Street LLP seeks a staff attorney with at least four (4) years of experience with adversary employment law matters to join its Kansas City office.

Juris Doctor, active Missouri attorney license, substantial experience practicing before the EEOC and fair employment practices agencies and in federal and state courts, superior academic performance, and demonstrated high level of research, communications and analytical skills are required. Experience working under litigation management and billing guidelines used by large corporate clients and insurers is preferred.

The staff attorney will have primary working responsibility in defending employment-related administrative investigations and litigation. The staff attorney will respond to charges of discrimination and requests for information and interviews by the EEOC and fair employment practices and similar agencies. In litigation, the staff attorney will prepare and/or respond to pleadings and written discovery, engage in deposition and motion practice, and occasionally advocate in a hearing, trial or arbitration. The staff attorney will frequently be involved in mediations, witness interviews and client communications and sometimes travel regionally (usually day trips). The staff attorney must be organized and able to coordinate and prioritize among numerous competing matters. The staff attorney should be receptive to supervision but able to work independently, responsive, helpful, and practical.

Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample and a copy of your law school transcript by e-mail to:

To Apply:

Sharon Ivy

Recruiting and Diversity Manager

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

1201 Walnut Street, Suite 2900 Kansas City, MO 64106

Stinson Leonard Street is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran

and disabled candidates to apply to be considered for open positions. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. We conduct criminal background checks

of all individuals offered employment.

Stinson Leonard Street Seeks Construction Law Associate

This posting from Stinson was just received by KC LEGAL. Details are below.


Stinson Leonard Street


Construction Law Associate, Kansas City, MO



Description:                           Stinson Leonard Street LLP ( is seeking an Associate with two to four years of experience to join the Construction Law practice group in our Kansas City office.


                                                Qualifications Required: Juris Doctor and active Missouri attorney license is required. Qualified candidates will have two to four years of litigation experience. Construction law experience is highly desirable and an interest in developing a construction practice is required. The candidate must possess excellent academic credentials and have strong writing, analytical, organizational, and communication skills.


To Apply:                                Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a copy of your law school transcript by e-mail to:


Sharon Ivy
Recruiting & Diversity Manager
Stinson Leonard Street

1201 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64106




Stinson Leonard Street is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply to be considered for open positions. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. We conduct criminal background checks of all individuals offered employment.


For more information about Stinson Leonard Street, visit us at

UMKC Law Faculty Opening

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law seeks a faculty member who will have primary responsibility for supervision of its externships. The position will include teaching responsibilities in doctrinal courses and/or clinical supervision of students. In addition, the position will have some responsibility for oversight and/or facilitation of other experiential learning initiatives, such as a 1L live-client experience, service learning attached to doctrinal courses, adoption of best practices in externships and clinical education, and development of professional identity. This is a long-term contract eligible (non-tenure track) faculty position.

The School of Law seeks applications from those with a strong commitment to educating lawyers for the twenty-first century and who desire to join a collegial, innovative, collaborative community. We are particularly interested in candidates with the ability to establish and maintain strong community ties and with experience in managing legal collaborations, supervising legal work of others, mentoring, and teaching in formal and informal settings. The school has some flexibility regarding the subject-matter expertise of candidates, but the ability to contribute in entrepreneurship, litigation/advocacy, child and family law, intellectual property law, urban or environmental law or the prosecution-side of criminal law would be beneficial.

UMKC is the urban law school of the University of Missouri System and is located on a beautiful landscaped campus in the Country Club Plaza area of Kansas City, Missouri.  It is the only law school in a diverse and vibrant metropolitan area of more than two million people and offers courses leading to J.D. or LL.M. degrees for approximately 500 students.  It benefits from its metropolitan location, the presence of 150 federal agencies, a large and academically talented pool of student applicants, a strong university with opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, a dedicated faculty and staff, and strong community and alumni support.

UMKC is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The university will recruit and employ qualified personnel and will provide equal opportunities during employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability. To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Affirmative Action at 816-235-1323.

Applicants must apply through the UMKC’s Human Resources website:

Inquiries may be directed to:

Associate Dean Jeffrey E. Thomas, Chair

Appointments Subcommittee

UMKC School of Law

500 E. 52nd St.

Kansas City, MO 64110