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  • 11 Mar 2019 12:14 PM | Landon Magnusson (Administrator)

    The Pulaski County Bar Foundation is excited to host to the 2019 Justice Donald L. Corbin Appellate Symposium. Featured panelists include a distinguished group of speakers, including Eighth Circuit Chief Judge Lavenski Smith, Judge Duane Benton, and Judge Ralph Erickson. Other panelists will include judges from sister federal circuits, state court appellate judges, and a former state solicitor general. The panelists will discuss recent appellate developments, as well as issues related to appellate practice.

    The Symposium takes place from March 28th – March 29th, 2019, at the University of Arkansas School of Law. The panels will be located in the school’s E.J. Ball Courtroom. For registration information and a detailed schedule of events, please go here. This two-day event has been approved for 12 CLE hours (including 1 Ethics hour). Registration funds will endow scholarships to law students in Arkansas, as well as encourage the training and education of appellate advocacy.

  • 28 Jan 2019 2:22 PM | Landon Magnusson (Administrator)

    This is a unique program done in conjunction with the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's Appellate Practice Committee. For the first time, a panel of Eighth Circuit judges takes a break from the twice-yearly docket in Kansas City and participates in a CLE program about appellate advocacy, legal writing, oral argument, their Court’s internal operating procedures, and similar topics.

    The panel is also unique as each of the three judges (Smith, Benton, and Stras) previously sat on the Supreme Courts for their respective states of Arkansas, Missouri, and Minnesota. The panel will note the differences in federal and state appeals, specifically the differences in state and federal rules, and standards of review. Judge Stras clerked for Justice Thomas on the United States Supreme Court, which enables him to provide insights into its practice. In sum, the program will cover many points that will enable attorneys to maximize their effectiveness.

    DATE: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    TIME: 3 p.m. (check-in) - 4:05 p.m. (with networking reception to follow)
    COST: Free for 8th Circuit Bar Association Members
    PRE-REGISTER AT kcmba.org or here.
    CLE credit will be offered for Missouri and Kansas. 

  • 28 Jan 2019 2:14 PM | Landon Magnusson (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, The Honorable Jane L. Kelly, Eighth Circuit Judge, will host a lunch and present on the topic: "A Conversation on Federal Appellate Advocacy," from 1 - 2 p.m. CST.

    The event will be held at the St. Paul Federal Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room. The address is 316 North Robert Street, 1st Floor, St. Paul MN 55101.

    This event is put on and hosted by the New Lawyers Committee of the Federal Bar Association's Minnesota Chapter.

  • 18 Dec 2018 2:30 PM | Benjamin Wilson

    The Eighth Circuit Bar Association is pleased to release our Winter 2018 Newsletter (available here). Feature articles include:

    A Clerk’s Tribute to Eighth Circuit Judge Diana E. Murphy
    - Beth Forsythe

    A Limerick for Judge Diana Murphy
    - Jeffrey Justman

    Judicial Conference Notes: Competing Approaches to Constitutional Interpretation
    - Heidi Doerhoff Vollet

    Portrait Unveiling for Judge Roger L. Wollman
    - Neal F. Perryman and Michael L. Jente

    Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice 
    - Reviewed by Lacy Rakestraw

    The Richard S. Arnold Awards for Distinguished Service
    - Eighth Circuit Bar Association

    Review of the Eighth Circuit During the Supreme Court’s 2017 Term 
    - Timothy J. Droske

    We hope you enjoy the issue! 

  • 08 Apr 2018 9:54 AM | Benjamin Wilson

    The Eighth Circuit Bar Association's Spring 2018 Newsletter is now available! Members can download it from our website here (see March 2018). 

    Feature articles in this issue include:

    • President’s Note – John M. Baker
    • Judge Ralph Erickson Encourages Lawyers to Be Brief, Clear in Their Advocacy – Ryan W. Marth
    • Judge Robert Van Pelt Is Remembered as His Grandson Is Married in the Courtroom Where the Judge Once Presided – Judge Richard Kopf
    • On the (Cleaned up) Wave – Kelvin D. Collado
    • The Honorable Roger L. Wollman Announces He Will Take Senior Status – Melissa C. Hinton
    • Update on the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference
    • Announcements

    We hope you enjoy these great articles. 

    Comments and suggestions for future articles are always welcome. Please send them to Benjamin Wilson at bjw@heplerbroom.com



  • 23 Mar 2018 11:34 AM | Benjamin Wilson

    From March 29th – 30th, 2018, the Pulaski County Bar Foundation is presenting the first annual Justice Donald L. Corbin Appellate Symposium.

    The organizers have assembled an outstanding group of speakers, including Eighth Circuit Chief Judge Lavenski Smith, Judge Morris S. “Buzz” Arnold, and Judge Bobby E. Shepherd. The symposium will also feature judges from the Sixth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits.

    The Eighth Circuit Bar Association is sponsoring a reception on Thursday, March 29, at the President Clinton Center.

    For program and registration details, please visit www.pulaskibar.com/2018-symposium. The program has been approved for 12 CLE hours, including 3.0 ethics hours. The symposium will be held at UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Arkansas.

    If you have any questions, email Board member Kevin Crass at crass[at]fridayfirm[dot]com.

  • 28 Dec 2017 5:01 PM | Benjamin Wilson

    We are pleased to announce the Eighth Circuit Bar Association's latest Newsletter is now available. Members may download the Newsletter in the Information for Members section of this website.

  • 04 Sep 2017 4:44 PM | Benjamin Wilson

    We are pleased to announce the Eighth Circuit Bar Association's latest Newsletter is now available. Click here to download.

    Feature articles include:

    • The Hon. William Jay Riley Retires From the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, by Kari Scheer
    • Trump Administration Has Three Vacancies to Fill on the Eighth Circuit, by Rox Laird
    • Appeals Courts: Reports of the Comma’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated, by Ryan Marth and Steve Safranski
    • News & Announcements
    • Tips of the Month

    We hope you enjoy the latest issue! 

    Have an idea for an article that may interest our members? Please send it to Ben Wilson at bjw@heplerbroom.com

  • 17 May 2017 9:26 AM | Benjamin Wilson

    The Eighth Circuit Bar Association's latest Newsletter is now available online. Members may download the Newsletter in the Information for Members section of this website.

    Feature articles in this issue include:

    President’s Note
    – Brian C. Walsh

    The Honorable Myron H. Bright, “Champion of Equality,” Dies at Age 97
    – Stacey Tjon Bossart and Jesse D. Mondry

    Tips of the Month

    Northern District of Iowa Honors Judge Linda R. Reade
    – Kate Jones

    The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Social Media
    – Benjamin Wilson

    News & Announcements

    Your comments and suggestions for future issues of the Newsletter are always welcome. Please send them to benjamin.wilson@heplerbroom.com. Enjoy!



  • 26 Oct 2016 3:06 PM | Benjamin Wilson

    The Fall Issue of the Eighth Circuit Bar Association Newsletter is now available.

    Feature articles include---

    • Fiftieth Anniversary of Judge Lay’s Appointment to the Eighth Circuit
      – Thomas H. Boyd
    • The Judicial Learning Center: Award Winning, Innovative Outreach
      – Glenn E. Davis
    • Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl Appointed to Eighth Circuit by President Obama
      – Stacey E. Tjon Bossart
    • Proportionality and Rule 26(b)(1): An Impactful Change, or a Mere Shifting of Words?
      – Michael E. Harriss
    • Pierce v. Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems
      – John M. Baker
    • Review of the Eighth Circuit During the Supreme Court’s 2015 Term
      – Timothy J. Droske
    • 125th Anniversary of the U.S. Court of Appeals
      – Joan Voelker

    We thank all our authors for their outstanding submissions. Readers are welcome to contact me with comments and suggestions. Enjoy!

    Benjamin Wilson
    Editor, Eighth Circuit Bar Association Newsletter

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