MoveMakers & NewsMakers for Dec. 16, 2020
See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."
Kirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP is pleased to announce that Andrew M. Mitchell will become a partner of the firm as of Jan. 1, 2021.
Mitchell practices in the firm’s Clayton office, and concentrates in the areas of estate planning and probate and trust administration. He joined the firm in February 2019 after practicing at two other firms in the St. Louis area, and was integral in the opening of the firm’s Clayton office.
Mitchell is a 2006 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, after completing his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis in 2002.
Kirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP is pleased to announce that Alice M. Haseltine will become a partner of the firm as of Jan. 1, 2021.
Haseltine practices in the firm’s Overland Park office, and concentrates in the areas of estate planning and probate and trust administration.
Haseltine joined the firm directly from her graduation from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2015. She completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 2012.
Jennifer Bukowsky, founder of Bukowsky Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, has donated $300,000 to provide lawyers for the poor in Boone County. Bukowsky’s donation to Boone County will allow lawyers to be assigned in almost five hundred pending criminal cases. The defendants in those cases have been found to be eligible for legal representation at the state’s expense but have been placed on a waitlist by the Missouri State Public Defender because of a case overload.
Currently, there are over 650 cases pending on the Boone County waitlist and approximately 2,000 cases pending on waitlists in twenty-three other Missouri counties. Some defendants on the Boone County waitlist have waited for an attorney since June, 2018, some of whom have appeared in court unrepresented for bond hearings and status conferences. Bukowsky’s donation will allow the defendants to be assigned a lawyer who will represent them in their criminal case. Bukowsky, a criminal defense lawyer, has herself handled over 1,400 criminal cases in the course of her career, including as an assistant public defender in the MSPD Columbia Trial Office.
MSPD Director Mary Fox expressed her gratitude for the donation. “This donation will provide these eligible applicants for legal services with the lawyer to which they are constitutionally entitled. I am grateful for this generous donation from Jennifer. As a former public defender Jennifer understands the importance of criminal defendants not only having an attorney, but having an attorney who has the necessary time to provide each client competent representation. This donation will assist these applicants, as well as the current clients of MSPD attorneys in Boone County.”
“This Court fervently desires defendants who are indigent and accused of a crime to be represented by counsel,” said 13th Judicial Circuit Presiding Judge Kevin Crane. “Locally we have been trying alternative methods to ensure the defendants on the waitlist have access to an attorney. We are grateful for Ms. Bukowsky’s generous donation to pay for counsel for these defendants.”