The Kansas and Western District of Missouri Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is an organization committed to the interests, education, and professional development of all federal court practitioners. Your membership in the Kansas and Western District of Missouri Chapter gives you access to local events that pertain to you. Please check the calendar or contact the list of chapter officers for more information about upcoming programs. All of the events will be convenient opportunities to stay informed and connected. Our events draw together the range of our Chapter’s members, including practitioners from firms of all sizes, government lawyers, in-house corporate counsel, and members of the federal judiciary. We strongly encourage all local lawyers and law students to join the Chapter and enjoy the frequent benefits and opportunities membership provides. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Past Events


  • Education Law CLE, November 12, 2020, 8:50-4:00pm via Zoom
    Presented by the FBA Chapter for the Districts of Kansas and Western Missouri with the FBA Student Divisions at MU, UMKC, KU, and Washburn.
  • “Toto, I’ve a feeling we do still have civil rights in Kansas!”
    A Whirlwind Tour of Civil Rights Law
    Moderator:Stephen HaedickeLaw Office of Stephen J. Haedicke, LLC, New Orleans, LA, Past Chair of the Civil Rights Section of the Federal Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Lunch and Learn Webinar
    Mary Jane Peal:  “10 IP Holdings”
    Jaclyn Alcantara: “A Look at Implicit Bias Concerns in Patent Examination”
  • New Year, New You CLE Series
    Washburn University School of Law (Feb)
    Social Well-being – Judge Penny Moylan
    Emotional Well-being – Daniel Hall, Executive Director of KALAP
    Reception with State and Federal Judges
  • Webinar with Judge Robert E. Bacharach
    Judge Robert E. Bacharach talk about his new book: “Legal Writing: A Judge’s Perspective on the Science and Rhetoric of the Written Word.”


Heart of America Sentencing Guidelines Conference (April 26-27, 2018)

  • The Heart of America Sentencing Guidelines Conference offers continuing legal education for both basic concepts training as well as advanced sentencing guidelines training. Conference sessions will be presented by experts from the U.S. Sentencing Commission, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, Federal Public Defenders’ Offices, Law Professors and Bureau of Prisons officials.


Brownbag Lunches:

D. Kan. District Judge Julie A. Robinson (April)
D. Kan. District Judge Sam A. Crow (April)
Tenth Circuit Judge Nancy Moritz (June)


Adapting to the Differences in Federal and State Appeals: Tips to Maximize Your Effectiveness, Eighth Circuit Judge Duane Benton (Sept. 9, 2016)

Scientific Evidence in Federal Litigation, Various Panels (June 10, 2016) | Media: Scientific Evidence CLE Materials

Brownbag Lunches:

D. Kan. Magistrate Judge Teresa J. James (Oct.)
D. Kan. Magistrate Judge Gwynne E. Birzer (Oct.)


Developing Issues in the Tenth Circuit, Tenth Circuit Judge Nancy Moritz (Sept. 9, 2015) | Media: Moritz FBA CLE Materials

Brownbag Lunches:

D. Kan. District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree (May)
D. Kan. District Judge Julie A. Robinson (July)
D. Kan. Chief District Judge J. Thomas Marten (July)
D. Kan. District Judge Carlos Murguia (Oct.)
D. Kan. District Judge Eric F. Melgren (Oct.)
D. Kan. Magistrate Judge Kenneth G. Gale (Oct.)
D. Kan. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara (Oct.)
D. Kan. Bankruptcy Judge Dale L. Somers (Nov.)
D. Kan. Chief Bankruptcy Judge Janice Miller Karlin (Nov.)


Murder, Mystery & Masterpieces: The Legal Implications of World War II Stolen Art, Raymond Dowd (March 6, 2014) | Media: KU Student Event Poster | Dowd Poster


Ethical Issues in Settlement Negotiations: A Discussion, Tenth Circuit Judge, Judge Robert Bacharach (Oct. 10, 2013)  | Media:

Tenth Circuit Judge Robert Bacharach

Chapter President Arturo Thompson, Hon. Robert Bacharach, Vice President Mark Dodd, Treasurer and FBA Board Member Hon. Elizabeth Kronk, Event Chair Prof. Lumen Mulligan