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Kansas Courts Press Release: 10th Judicial District to join statewide centralized case management system

Posted By Meg Wickham, Thursday, May 7, 2020

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court announced today the 10th Judicial District will join the state's other judicial districts and the appellate courts on a new centralized case management system that will transform the way state courts serve the people of Kansas.

Read the entire press release here.

 

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Kansas Courts Press Release: Chief Justice seeking comment on suspension of deadlines

Posted By Meg Wickham, Thursday, May 7, 2020

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Marla Luckert is accepting public comment until Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on next steps related to current orders suspending deadlines and time limitations in judicial proceedings. Read full press release here.

 

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Recording - Judicial Town Hall April 20, 2020

Posted By Meg Wickham, Friday, May 1, 2020
Click here to access the recording of The Judicial Town Hall originally presented on Monday, April 20, 2020.

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Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen KANSAS

Posted By Meg Wickham, Friday, May 1, 2020
Please see the attached Executive Order from Governor Laura Kelly on steps Kansans will take to reopen the state.

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New attorneys take state oath by videoconference

Posted By Meg Wickham, Friday, April 24, 2020

New attorneys take state oath by videoconference

TOPEKA—Successful applicants to the February 2020 Kansas bar examination will be sworn in as Kansas attorneys today.
 
Because the Kansas Judicial Center is closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the attorneys will be sworn in by videoconference.
 
Chief Justice Marla Luckert of the Supreme Court and Chief Judge Julie Robinson of the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, congratulated the news attorneys by video message.
 
Starting at 9:30 a.m. today, Supreme Court Justices Carol Beier and Evelyn Wilson will initiate videoconferences with the new attorneys who chose to have their state oath delivered by a Supreme Court justice. Each attorney will be contacted individually.
 
"We know this is an important day for our new attorneys. Although we can't gather together in the Judicial Center, we want this to be a meaningful start to their new careers," Beier said.
 
New attorneys who did not choose to have the oath administered by videoconference can be sworn in by a judge of record in the United States. According to Supreme Court rule, the oath can be administered by any judge in the United States or a U.S. territory.
 
In a typical year, new attorneys and their guests are invited to appear in the Kansas Supreme Court Courtroom. The chief justice and justices of the Supreme Court and a representative of the U.S. District Court welcome them. Members of the Kansas Board of Law Examiners present the new attorneys to the court. The clerk of the Kansas appellate courts administers the state oath, and a representative of the U.S. District Court administers the federal oath.
 
New attorneys eligible to be sworn in, listed alphabetically by county, are:

 

Name City State County
Cody A. Bebout Lawrence KS Douglas
Stephanie L. Ellis Lawrence KS Douglas
William P. Machado Lawrence KS Douglas
Paige A. Bangerter Dodge City KS Ford
Noah D. Hahs Leawood KS Johnson
Jessica G. Lile Leawood KS Johnson
Ashley E. Franden Olathe KS Johnson
Nicholas J. Irmen Olathe KS Johnson
Maya J. Kapadia Olathe KS Johnson
Tayllor L. DeFoor Overland Park KS Johnson
Suzanne W. Warnery Prairie Village KS Johnson
Patrick E. Nachtsheim Shawnee KS Johnson
Jacob T. Gayer Healy KS Lane
Heather D. Wedel Emporia KS Lyon
Isaac P. LeBlanc Atwood KS Rawlins
Quinn R. Kendrick Salina KS Saline
Monica Sosa Goddard KS Sedgwick
Dakota G. Lamb Liberal KS Seward
Jacob G. Holly Topeka KS Shawnee
Atticus J. Disney Topeka KS Shawnee
William L. Larchar Topeka KS Shawnee
Luis M. Solorio-Mendez Topeka KS Shawnee
David Suarez Topeka KS Shawnee
Nicole K. Turner Topeka KS Shawnee
Nichole M. Sklare Kansas City KS Wyandotte
Courtney A. Hurtig Alexandria LA
Amber D. Plumlee Broken Arrow OK
Nicholas A. Gerschutz Columbus OH
Stephanie E. Woltkamp Denver CO
Ivan M. Camejo Kansas City MO
Cody L. Wiegers Lee’s Summit MO

Link to KS Courts Press Release

 

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Supreme Court releases guidance on bar admission examination

Posted By Meg Wickham, Monday, April 20, 2020

TOPEKA—Today the Kansas Supreme Court announced guidance for bar exam applicants, law schools, and legal employers to let them know what to anticipate in the coming weeks as the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

"Our guidance answers questions and, hopefully, eases some anxieties of those waiting to hear if the exam usually given in late July will take place and, if so, when," Chief Justice Marla Luckert said.

Read the full Court press release here.

 

 

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Governor Laura Kelly Extends Stay-At-Home Order

Posted By Meg Wickham, Friday, April 17, 2020
Governor Laura Kelly extends stay-at-home order until midnight May 3. Read the full order here.

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Recording - Town Hall: Joint Kansas Bar Association and The Missouri Bar COVID-19 — How Lawyers Can Use the CARES Act to Help Our Practices, Our Clients and Our Communities During the Pandemic

Posted By Meg Wickham, Thursday, April 16, 2020

Joint Kansas Bar Association and The Missouri Bar COVID-19 TownHall: How Lawyers Can Use the CARES Act to help our practices, Our Clients and Our Communities During the Pandemic: Recorded Thursday, April 16, 2020.

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COVID-19 and Student Loans

Posted By Meg Wickham, Monday, April 13, 2020

COVID-19 and Student Loans

 

On March 27th the Federal Government approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act or CARES Act. This legislation is aimed at providing economic relief for the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. CARES is meant to keep individuals and business afloat while the entire nation deals with “stay at home” orders. The CARES Act provides for direct payments for citizens, loans to small business and fund for public health programsThe CARES Act also provides for student loan assistance

 

Beginning on March 13, 2020 and running thru September 30, 2020 federal student loan interest will be set at 0%. These provisions apply to Direct Loan programs (both defaulted and nondefaulted), FFEL Loan (both defaulted and nondefaulted) and Federal Perkins Loans. Please not that some FFEL are privately owned and some Perkins loans are owned by the university. These types of loans are not eligible under the CARES Act.

 

To determine if your loans are eligible you can contact your loan servicer online or by phone. Your loan servicer is the entity that you pay for monthly loan amount to. You can also contact studentaid.gov for more information.

 

In addition to a 0% interest rate on eligible student loans for 6 months, the CARES Act will place your student loans in administrative forbearance for 6 months. During this time, you are not required to make your monthly minimum payment. Nor will your loans accrue interest charges.

 

You can review this information and find answers to other frequently asked questions by visiting the Federal Student Aid website at https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus 

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FAQ and What the New CLE Orders Mean for You? (Information regarding Administrative Order 2020-RL-033, issued April 8, 2020)

Posted By Meg Wickham, Thursday, April 9, 2020

Information regarding Administrative Order 2020-RL-033, issued April 8, 2020.

What you need to know!

Two Basic Things:

  • You have until September 30, 2020 to complete your 12 CLE Credits (including 2 hours of Ethics).
    • Any attorney who cannot meet the June 30 deadline will be granted an automatic extension.
  •  You can now complete all 12 CLE Credits via pre-recorded, “on demand” programs.  These must still be programs that have been accredited and approved in Kansas for CLE credit.

Additional questions you may have…

  • Will the next reporting period be extended?
    • Not with this order.  Attorneys will still be required to comply with the 2020-2021 reporting year by June 30, 2021.  If you do not complete your 2019-2020 hours until September 30, 2020, this would give you less time to earn your 2020-2021 credits.
  • Should I wait for in-person programming closer to the deadline?
    • Our opinion?  No!  Given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 virus and when restrictions from the CDC and local/federal governments will be in place, delaying your credits would be a risky gamble. It is certainly possible that no in-person CLE programs will be possible through the summer months. If you are able, try to complete your requirements by the set date of June 30, 2020. This way, any credits you earn after that will count toward the next compliance year, but you won’t have to worry about meeting this year’s deadline.
  • Where can I access pre-recorded, on-demand CLEs?
    • Please see our website for on-demand CLEs.  We currently offer 2 hours of Ethics credit on demand, but will be expanding our on-demand offerings very soon!
  • I’ve found some pre-recorded programs online from another website. Should I start taking those?
    • It depends.  Buyer beware!  Please ensure that any provider offering you “on demand” CLE credits has received accreditation in Kansas for those CLE hours before registering.  We ensure that all KBA CLE programs, including our On-Demand programs, are approved for CLE Credit in Kansas.
  • I’m new to taking CLEs online … what should I know?
    • The KBA offers a wide variety of online CLE webinars that are engaging and LIVE!  All you need is a computer with an up-to-date web browser and access to a decent speed internet. For many of our webinars, you can even ask questions of the live presenters!  Go to www.ksbar.org/cle for an updated list of our CLE offerings for this compliance period, with more to come!

We are here to support you! Please feel free to reach out with any of your CLE questions or needs.

 

Amanda Wright
Director, Continuing Legal Education
awright@ksbar.org

Delaney Tholen
CLE Program Planner
dtholen@ksbar.org

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