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.
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.
As I have made this year’s road trip across Kansas I have noticed a few things:
Everything is green, crops are doing well, and ponds are full;
Lawyers are engaged and appreciate our visits almost as much as we appreciate the invites;
There is good BBQ where ever you go in Kansas;
The upcoming election weighs heavy on our members’ minds, and they are fully aware of the implications;
A traditional Kolache is a dessert I should have eaten sooner;
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.