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Crisscrossing Kansas

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

In the last ten days I have travelled over 1050 miles, visiting three great towns, to meet with more than 300 Kansas lawyers—and it was fantastic.

On September 7th

KBA’s Meg Wickham and I attended the SW Bar Association Annual Conference in Dodge City. It was a full-service event. Dave Rebein hosted the two-day conference. I wrote about this event in last week’s Advocate. Check it out here.

On September 14th

Danielle Hall and I travelled to Republic County to visit with lawyers from the 12th Judicial District. This was their fall CLE Conference where Danielle presented on technology issues facing lawyers, and I delivered my legislative update. Chief Judge Kim Cudney hosted the event for the group at the Belleville Country Club.

Joe Molina, KBA; Chief Judge Kim Cudney, 12th Judicial District; Danielle Hall, Kansas Disciplinary Administrator’s Office
Joe Molina, KBA; Chief Judge Kim Cudney, 12th Judicial District; and
Danielle Hall, Kansas Disciplinary Administrator’s Office

Finally, on September 17th

KBA Secretary/Treasurer Cheryl Whelan and I participated in the 60th Annual Concreto festival in Allen County. The long running event hosted by Chief Judge Dan Creitz included a CLE, golf tournament and cook-out at an old rock quarry in the country. This is a unique event that I strongly recommend attending.

Cheryl Whelan at Allen County Country Club, Women’s Long Drive winner.
Cheryl Whelan at Allen County Country Club, Women’s Long Drive winner.

As I have made this year’s road trip across Kansas I have noticed a few things:

  1. Everything is green, crops are doing well, and ponds are full;
  2. Lawyers are engaged and appreciate our visits almost as much as we appreciate the invites;
  3. There is good BBQ where ever you go in Kansas;
  4. The upcoming election weighs heavy on our members’ minds, and they are fully aware of the implications;
  5. A traditional Kolache is a dessert I should have eaten sooner;
  6. Lawyers are a fun, warm group – We should visit with them more often.

Some of the unsung heroes are the administrative assistants who coordinate these events. I would like to personally thank Ash-Leigh Drake (Dodge City); Gayle Monty (Washington) and Kendra Klassen (Iola) for all their hard work making these events possible.

Our travels are not over just yet.

In the coming weeks we will be visiting:

Also keep in mind the KBA Fall Legislative Conference in November; a Save-the-Date is pending.

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