Serving the Legal Profession

Topeka Bar Association's Committees and Divisions offer members an opportunity to serve the legal profession and the public. They are appointed annually by the president of the Association to address issues and coordinate activities of the bar.

Interested in joining a committee?  Click Here for a Committee Registration form.

For more information about meeting dates and times, contact information, and announcements, contact the Committee Chair.

 Bench Bar Committee CLE Committee 

Alan F. Alderson
Alderson, Alderson, Weiler, Conklin, Burghardt & Crow, LLC
2101 SW 21st St.
Topeka, KS 66604
(785) 232-0753  

Mission:  To work for the improvement of the legal and judicial systems through cooperation with the judiciary.

Terri Savely
Kansas Court of Appeals
301 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66612

Mission: To plan and implement a comprehensive program for providing quality continuing legal education to attorneys at a reasonable cost.

Criminal Law Committee Family Law Committee

Steven Karrer
Kansas Attorney General's Office
120 SW 10th - 2nd Floor
Topeka, KS 66612

Ronald E. Wurtz
retired Federal Public Defender
(785) 235-1626

Mission: To improve the administration of criminal justice in Topeka and Shawnee County.

William F. Ebert 
William F. Ebert, PA
2110 SW Belle Ave. 
Topeka, KS 66614
(785) 272-1600

Mission: To address family practice issues that impact upon practicing lawyers, their clients, the judiciary, and the public.

Law Day Committee Lawyers' Assistance Committee

Lisa Brown
Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer
515 S. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 233-0593 

Mission: To plan, develop and implement a comprehensive program for the celebration of Law Day throughout the city and in the schools.

James “Jeb” E. Benfer, III 
McCullough, Wareheim & LaBunker 
PO Box 1453 
Topeka, KS 66601 
(785) 233-2323

Mission: To confidentially provide assistance to any attorney needing help by reason of a mental or physical infirmity or disorder or addiction to or excessive use of drugs or intoxicants.

Legislative Committee Medical-Legal Committee

Larry Zimmerman
Zimmerman & Zimmerman, PA
909 SE Quincy St
Topeka, KS 66612

Mission: To identify legislative issues that impact upon the legal profession and bring such issues to the Board of Directors for consideration.

Mary E. Christopher
Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer
515 S. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 233-0593 

Mission: To address issues that impact matters relating to the interaction of the medical and legal communities.

Membership Committee Memorials Committee

Shaye Downing
Sloan Law Firm
534 S. Kansas Ave., Suite 1000
Topeka, KS  66603
(785) 357-6311

Doug Shima
Kansas Court of Appeals
301 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66612

Mission: To encourage membership in the Topeka Bar Association.

Daniel J. Gronniger 
KVC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. 
2942 SW Wanamaker Drive, Suite 1B 
Topeka, KS 66614
(785) 267-4530

Mission: To provide for the preparation and presentation of memorials in honor of deceased members of the Association.

Naturalization Committee Probate Committee

Pedro L. Irigonegaray 
Irigonegaray & Associates 
1535 SW 29th St. 
Topeka, KS 66611 
(785) 267-6115

Mission: To participate with the United States District Courts for the District of Kansas in Topeka in the process of developing for naturalized citizens ceremonies that provide them with a speaker, musical entertainment, and a formal color guard for the official naturalization ceremonies.

Scott S. Sumpter 
2357 Westport Drive
Topeka, KS 66614 
(785) 272-0077

Mission: To address probate practice issues that impact practicing lawyers, their clients, the judiciary, and the public.

Professional Ethics & Grievance Committee Program & Entertainment Committee
S. Lucky DeFries 
Coffman, Defries & Nothern 
534 S. Kansas Ave., Suite 925 
Topeka, KS 66603 
(785) 234-3461

Mission: To have charge of all matters relating to the conduct of lawyers with respect to each other, their clients, and the courts.


Richard V. Eckert
Shawnee County Counselor's Office
200 SE 7th St., Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603

Ryan P. Hellmer
CoreFirst Bank & Trust
3035 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66611
(785) 267-8456 

Mission: To provide programs at regular or special meetings of the Association when requested by the Board of Directors.

Public Relations Committee Public Service Committee

Jennifer Cocking 
Capitol Federal Savings
700 S. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603

Mission: To generate programs to improve the public image of the legal profession and to respond to the issues of public concern.

Marie Landry
Kansas Legal Services
712 S. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603

Mission: To be responsible for providing liaison between the Topeka Bar Association and Kansas Legal Services of Topeka, and provide ongoing support for and encouragement of all pro bono activities of members of the TBA.

Publications Committee Service to the Bar Committee

Sarah Morse
Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer
515 S. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603
232-5162, ext 337 

Mission: To prepare the Association's publications including the monthly newsletter, The Briefings.

Carol Ruth Bonebrake
Simpson, Logback, Lynch, Norris, P.A.
107 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 210
Topeka, KS 66603

Mission:  To assist lawyers who are temporarily or permanently unable to practice law by facilitating an inventory of any such lawyer’s files and ensuring proper disposition thereof and communicating as necessary with the clients of such lawyers to assist them in obtaining other representation.

Young Lawyers Division  

Andrew Mayo
Riordan, Fincher, Munson & Sinclair
3735 SW Wanamaker Road, Suite A
Topeka, KS 66610

Mission:  To study problems confronting young members of the bar, make recommendations for the solution thereof, and to provide opportunities for young lawyers to become acquainted with other members of the bar.


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