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Committees

Serving the Legal Profession

Topeka Bar Association 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.

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Bench Bar Committee

CLE Committee

Chair
Stephen W. Cavanaugh
Cavanaugh, Smith & Lemon
2942A SW Wanamaker Dr., Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66614
(785) 440-4000
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Mission:  To work for the improvement of the legal and judicial systems through cooperation with the judiciary.

Chair
Anthony Mattivi
US Department of Justice
444 SE Quincy Street, Ste 290
Topeka, KS 66683

(785) 295-2850

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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

Co-Chairs
Anthony Mattivi
US Department of Justice
444 SE Quincy Street, Ste 290
Topeka, KS 66683

(785) 295-2850

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Ronald E. Wurtz

retired Federal Public Defender

(785) 235-1626

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

Chair
Alan F. Alderson
Alderson, Alderson, Weiler, Conklin, Burghardt & Crow, LLC
2101 SW 21st St.
Topeka, KS 66604
(785) 232-0753 
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Mission: To address family practice issues that impact upon practicing lawyers, their clients, the judiciary, and the public.

Law Day Committee Lawyers' Assistance Committee

Chair
Vincent Cox
Cavanaugh, Smith & Lemon
2942A SW Wanamaker Dr., Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66614
(785) 440-4000
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Mission: To plan, develop and implement a comprehensive program for the celebration of Law Day throughout the city and in the schools.

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

Chair
Christopher Joseph
Joseph & Hollander
1508 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS  666612
(785) 234-3272
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Mission: To identify legislative issues that impact upon the legal profession and bring such issues to the Board of Directors for consideration.

Chair
Mary E. Christopher
Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer
515 S. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 233-0593
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Mission: To address issues that impact matters relating to the interaction of the medical and legal communities.

Membership Committee Memorials Committee

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

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

(785) 296-5408

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Mission: To encourage membership in the Topeka Bar Association.

Chair
Daniel J. Gronniger
KVC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
2942 SW Wanamaker Drive, Suite 1B
Topeka, KS 66614
(785) 267-4530
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Mission: To provide for the preparation and presentation of memorials in honor of deceased members of the Association.

Naturalization Committee Probate Committee

Chair
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.

Chair
Scott S. Sumpter
2357 Westport Drive
Topeka, KS 66604
(785) 232-0077
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Mission: To address probate practice issues that impact upon practicing lawyers, their clients, the judiciary, and the public.

Professional Ethics & Grievance Committee Program & Entertainment Committee
Chair
S. Lucky DeFries
Coffman, Defries & Nothern
534 S. Kansas Ave., Suite 925
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 234-3461
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Mission: To have charge of all matters relating to the conduct of lawyers with respect to each other, their clients, and the courts.
Chair
Ryan P. Hellmer
CoreFirst Bank & Trust
3035 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66611
(785) 267-8456
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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

Co-Chairs
Natalie Haag
Security Benefit Corp.
(785) 438-3121 
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Laura Graham
Kansas Bureau of Investigation
(785) 296-8207
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Mission: To generate programs to improve the public image of the legal profession and to respond to the issues of public concern.

Chair
Roger Fincher
Bryan, Lykins, Hejtmanek& Fincher
222 W 7th - PO Box 797
Topeka, KS  66601
(785) 235-5678
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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

Chair
Terry E. Beck
Beck Law Office
434 S Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 235-3415
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Mission: To prepare the Association's publications including the monthly newsletter, The Briefings.

Chair
Carol Ruth Bonebrake
Holbrook & Osborn, P.A.
107 SW 6th Ave., Suite 210
Topeka, KS  66603
(785) 232-6200
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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

 

Chair
Maren Ludwig
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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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