Fall 2017 Happy Hour

Please join us for our fall networking happy hour!

 Thursday, October 5, 2017, 5:30 to 7:30

Westport Ale House

4128 Broadway

Kansas City, MO 64111

We will be on the upstairs deck if the weather cooperates.  If not, there will be a space designated for us inside the bar.

Current KC LEGAL paid members (including students) will receive two free drink tickets.

If you need to renew your membership, there will be an opportunity to do so at the event, or you may renew on our web site at any time.

Membership Renewals and Upcoming Events

Membership Renewals
If you joined KC LEGAL more than one year ago, we invite you to renew your membership by completing our online application.  After you submit the application, you will receive an email confirming the information you submitted and providing payment options for the $50 annual membership fee.  If you do not want to renew your membership, but want to remain on our email list, then you do not need to complete the application or pay the fee.  You will remain on our list until you unsubscribe.  In mid-June we will update our member directory to include only individuals who have completed the application and paid the fee within the past year.


Upcoming Events
  • Our next happy hour will be Thursday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Piano Room, 8410 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64114.  All are welcome, and paid members will receive two free drinks.  Come support this LGBT-friendly establishment!
  • The third annual Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section Diversity Happy Hour will be co-sponsored by the Missouri Bar, KC LEGAL, and other diversity bar associations.  It will be Thursday, June 29, at SoT, 1521 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108.  More details to come.
We hope to see you at one or both events!

Position Statement on Executive Order Banning Immigration of Muslims

KC LEGAL (Kansas City Lesbian and Gay Allied Lawyers) denounces President Trump’s Executive Order banning the immigration of Muslims from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia because the order places the United States in violation of international treaty law which the US legislature has agreed to respect.

The United States acceded to the United Nations Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees in 1968. By act of Congress in 1980, the US incorporated the Protocol definition of “refugee” into US law in 1980, bringing the US in alignment with the other 144 nations of the earth that define a refugee as a person fleeing persecution on account of his or her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. In doing so, the United States committed itself to offering sanctuary to victims whose home countries are unable or unwilling to help them.

Historically, in the US and in countries around the world, individuals who suffer persecution on account of their LGBT status have qualified for refugee status as members of a particular social group. Twelve countries today punish homosexuality by death. This judicially sanctioned murder exists as part of the penal codes of six of the seven countries regulated by Trump’s Executive Order, Syria being the lone exception. Until now, the United States has honorably provided life-saving refuge to LGBT individuals threatened by death in Yemen and Somalia. Whether a person in Iraq or Iran or the Sudan is an atheist, a Christian, or a Muslim, if he or she faces death because of his or her innate sexuality, the United States has defended the right to life and freedom and offered itself as a sanctuary.

The Executive Order in question, however, creates a standard of disparate treatment for Christian and Muslim gays who flee persecution, cementing a two-tiered system for the classification of refugees. In effect the Executive Order defines two standards for offering life-saving assistance to human beings who define themselves as gay: Christians are worth saving and Muslims are not.

This Order is an affront to human dignity. KC LEGAL stands for the rule of law and our country’s founding principle, that all are created equal.

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: http://www.awl-kc.org/?page=20.

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, http://www.courts.mo.gov (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