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

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

Terri Savely
Kansas Court of Appeals

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

Ronald E. Wurtz
retired Federal Public Defender

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

William F. Ebert 
William F. Ebert, PA

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

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 

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

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

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

Doug Shima
Kansas Court of Appeals

Mission: To encourage membership in the Topeka Bar Association.

Daniel J. Gronniger 
KVC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. 

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 

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.

Mark A. Burghart 

Alderson, Alderson, Weiler, Conklin, Burghart & Crow, LLC

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 

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
Bettis Asphalt

Ryan P. Hellmer
CoreFirst Bank & Trust

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

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

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

Christopher Gunn

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

Emily A. Donaldson
Stevens & Brand, LLP

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  

Lisa Brown
Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer

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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