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2019 Attorney Registration form

The deadline to renew your annual Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library registration for 2019 is approaching. Regardless of whether your use the Law Library, all attorneys whose main practice is in Douglas County or who live in Douglas County and whose main practice is in another state are required by Kansas statutes to register annually and pay the $50 registration fee. In addition, attorneys who are not required to register but do so in order to have a library key issued are also required to register annually and pay the fee.

The deadline to register is January 15, 2019.

Your 2019 fee payment of $50 should be made payable to the “Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library” and sent or delivered to the Law Library at 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.
 
If the fee payment is not received by the due date, attorneys who are required to pay the fee will not be allowed to file any pleadings and/or documents through eFlex electronic filing for Douglas County.  In addition, nonpayment of the fee will result in library key privileges being suspended.

Registration Form

Mary Shultz
In with the NEW computers & out with the old - Silent Auction

Good News:

The 2 new HP Pavilion Touchsmart All-in-One 27-r015z computers are up & running in the Law Library. 

We will be conducting a silent auction for the 1 HP Touch Screen & 1 Dell computers that were replaced.
 
The bid sheets will be in the Law Library on the cart next to the Manager’s desk. 

Bids will be taken beginning today, FridayNovember 9, 2018, at 1:00 PM, through WednesdayNovember 21, 2018, at 1:00 PM.
 
Set out below are the specs for each computer and the required minimum bid. 
 
HP Touchsmart 610-1280 qd (2012)                    MINIMUM BID:           $100
 
Intel(R) Core ™ i7-2600 CPU 2 3.40GHz
RAM:  8.00 GB
64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
2T Hard drive
Wireless mouse & keyboard included
 
Windows 10 Pro
Microsoft Office 2010
TV Tuner
Internal blu-ray
 
DELL (2012)                                                          MINIMUM BID:           $150
 
Dual processor quadcore
RAM:  8.00 GB
64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
2T Hard drive
Wireless mouse & keyboard included
 
Windows 10 Pro
Microsoft Office 2016 Professional

Mary Shultz
Electronics in Courtroom - PROHIBITION

Effective immediately, Douglas County will not allow the use of electronic devices in the gallery of the courtrooms.  If you are an attorney handling the case at hand, you may use your electronic devices, but no one in the gallery may use or have out electronic devices, including phones, tablets or computers, without specific permission from the Court.  A future, more detailed, policy will follow.  

Bottom line, attorneys should tell your clients to leave their phones in their vehicles.  If you are an attorney, you can only use your phone while at the podium/counsel table dealing with the case currently being called by the Court.  Attorneys are prohibited from using a phone/IPad/etc while in the gallery waiting for their case to be called.  If you need to read an email or send a text, you go to the hallway.

Mary Shultz
Court of Appeals Vacancy

Pursuant to K.S.A. 2017 Supp. 20-3020(a)(2), the Kansas judicial branch has notified the Governor of a vacancy that will occur on the Kansas Court of Appeals as a result of the retirement of Judge Patrick D. McAnany.  Position 4 on the Kansas Court of Appeals will be vacant effective January 14, 2019.  See K.S.A. 2017 Supp. 20-3006(a).  The Governor has 60 days from the date the position becomes open to make the appointment, subject to confirmation by the Kansas Senate.  The statutory qualifications to serve on the Court of Appeals are set forth at K.S.A. 2017 Supp. 20-3020(d) and K.S.A. 20-105.  Any qualified Kansas attorney or judge who is interested in being considered for the position should contact the Governor's Office of Appointments for further information.  

Mary Shultz
Want to report dangerous driving? City of Lawrence has a new website for that

The city of Lawrence now has a website for residents to report traffic safety concerns and to potentially get improvements made to roadways and increase traffic enforcement by police.

Assistant City Manager Diane Stoddard announced the creation of the website at the City Commission’s most recent meeting. Stoddard said the website allows residents to provide information about any dangerous driving behavior in their neighborhoods.

“So if there are any concerns about people speeding or other hazards that are in the neighborhood, this is a way to get that information to us,” Stoddard said.

Specifically, the website provides an online form for residents to report concerns such as vehicles speeding, ignoring school zones, running stop signs, making illegal turns, failing to yield at crosswalks and other hazardous behavior. The form has fields for residents to enter the location of the behavior and the days and times it most frequently occurs.

Residents can report their traffic concerns online at lawrenceks.org/traffic-safety/, and the site also provides a link to the appropriate form to report street maintenance issues such as potholes.

Mary Shultz
The Douglas County District Court is seeking an attorney to serve as Counsel for Behavioral Health Court

Douglas County District Court is seeking a qualified attorney to serve as counsel for participants in the Behavioral Health Court.  

Requirements are as follows:
(1) the ability to work with participants who are severely and persistently mentally ill; and
(2) available for Court every Thursday from 11:45 am to 2:00 pm.

Compensation is $80 an hour.

Please submit your resume and letter of interest by email to Court Administrator, Linda Koester-Vogelsang by November 1, 2018 at lkv@douglascountyks.com.

Mary Shultz
No DCBA Brown Bag CLE Presentation This Week (October 18)

There will not be a DCBA Brown Bag CLE today. 

The Bar Association is still looking for presenters. If you are interested in presenting a CLE or have any ideas for future CLE presentations, please contact Matt Donnelly at mdonnelly@petefishlaw.com or call 785-843-0450 ext. 2.

Mary Shultz
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO SUPREME COURT RULES 602-627

The Kansas Supreme Court is considering proposed changes to Supreme Court Rules 602-627 to create a clearer and more comprehensive complaint process for both complainants and judges.  With such extensive revision, a red-line version of the changes is not feasible.  Proposed changes can be viewed on the Kansas Supreme Court website at www.kscourts.org under What's New. 

The Court will accept comment on the proposed changes until 5 p.m. Monday, December 17, 2018.  Comment may be submitted by email to rulenotice@kscourts.org with "Rules 602-627" in the subject line

Mary Shultz
DOUGLAS COUNTY DISTRICT COURT IS SEEKING ATTORNEY TO SERVE AS COUNSEL FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COURT

Douglas County District Court is seeking a qualified attorney to serve as counsel for participants in the Behavioral Health Court.  

Requirements are as follows:
(1) the ability to work with participants who are severely and persistently mentally ill; and
(2) available for Court every Thursday from 11:45 am to 2:00 pm.

Compensation is $80 an hour.

Please submit your resume and letter of interest by email to Court Administrator, Linda Koester-Vogelsang by November 1, 2018 at lkv@douglascountyks.com.

Mary Shultz