Interview with Western District of Missouri Magistrate Judge Jill Morris

We are excited to release a video interview of recently appointed Western District of Missouri Magistrate Judge Jill A. Morris.  Many of you know Judge Morris for her service as the Director of the WDMO Mediation and Assessment Program.  But we wanted to get to know her better.  Fortunately, she agreed to a recorded interview.  We are now making that interview available to you.  Not only will you learn something new about her, but she provides excellent practice tips for appearing before her and the federal bench generally.

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2018 Heart of America Sentencing Guidelines Conference

Hon. Daniel D. Crabtree and Hon. Stephen Bough present at the 2018 Heart of America Sentencing Guidelines ConferenceThe District of Kansas, the Western District of Missouri, the United States Sentencing Commission, and the Federal Bar Association were honored to host the Heart of America Sentencing Guidelines Conference on April 26 & 27, 2018.  Over 175 federal judges, U.S. Attorneys, Federal Public Defenders, private counsel and probation officers attended the two day event.  The first day was focused on the basics of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.  Day two included presentations from practitioners and legal experts from the U.S. Sentencing Commission.  Attendees also heard from experts within the Bureau of Prisons.  The highlight for many was a conversation between Judge Richard Kopf and Georgetown Law Professor Shon Hopwood.  

Hon. Richard Kopf and Prof. Shon Hopwood converse about Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Mentorship Program Finale

From left to right: Whitney Novak (mentor—law clerk), Hon. Teresa J. James (mentor—judge), John Shaw (mentor—attorney), Ben Stueve (mentee—KU)

From left to right: Nathan Kakazu (mentor—law clerk), Ben Donovan (mentee—Washburn), Susan Sposato (mentee—UMKC), Elizabeth Ellis (mentee—UMKC)

We held a happy hour at the Dole Federal Courthouse on Friday, April 13, 2018, to celebrate the conclusion of the FBA Mentorship Program for 2017–2018.  Attendees included mentees from several law schools and several mentors, including judges, practicing attorneys, and law clerks.


Special thank you to Grant Treaster, who coordinated this year’s program!