Serving the Legal Profession

Topeka Bar Association's Committees and Divisions offer members an opportunity to serve the legal profession and the public. They are appointed annually by the president of the Association to address issues and coordinate activities of the bar.

Interested in joining a committee?  Email the TBA which Committee you would like to join-

 Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Bench Bar Committee

Jennifer Berger
Jennifer Berger Law Office

Mission: This committee shall cooperate with the Court and the bar to foster the use of various ADR techniques such as medication and arbitration in appropriate case.

Alan F. Alderson
Alderson, Alderson, Weiler, Conklin, Burghardt & Crow, LLC

Mission:  To work for the improvement of the legal and judicial systems through cooperation with the judiciary.

CLE Committee 

Criminal Law Committee

Jennifer Cocking

Mission: To plan and implement a comprehensive program for providing quality continuing legal education to attorneys at a reasonable cost.


Hon. C. William Ossmann
Third Judicial District

Mission: To improve the administration of criminal justice in Topeka and Shawnee County.

Family Law Committee  Law Day Committee

William F. Ebert 
William F. Ebert, PA

Mission: To address family practice issues that impact upon practicing lawyers, their clients, the judiciary, and the public.


LeTiffany Obozele

Mission: To plan, develop and implement a comprehensive program for the celebration of Law Day throughout the city and in the schools

Lawyers' Assistance Committee Legislative Committee

Bryan Smith

Mission: To confidentially provide assistance to any attorney needing help by reason of a mental or physical infirmity or disorder or addiction to or excessive use of drugs or intoxicants.

Dave Heinemann
Attorney at Law

Mission: To identify legislative issues that impact upon the legal profession and bring such issues to the Board of Directors for consideration.

Medical-Legal Committee Membership Committee

Dustin Van Dyk

Mission: To address issues that impact matters relating to the interaction of the medical and legal communities.

Hon. Chris Turner

Mission: To encourage membership in the Topeka Bar Association.

Naturalization Committee

Pedro L. Irigonegaray 
Irigonegaray & Associates 

Mission: To participate with the United States District Courts for the District of Kansas in Topeka in the process of developing for naturalized citizens ceremonies that provide them with a speaker, musical entertainment, and a formal color guard for the official naturalization ceremonies.

Probate Committee Professional Ethics & Grievance Committee
Brian Jacques

Sloan Law Firm

Mission: To address probate practice issues that impact practicing lawyers, their clients, the judiciary, and the public.

S. Lucky DeFries 
Morris Laing 

Mission: To have charge of all matters relating to the conduct of lawyers with respect to each other, their clients, and the courts.

Program & Entertainment Committee Public Relations Committee


Rich Eckert

Mission: To provide programs at regular or special meetings of the Association when requested by the Board of Directors.

Kyle Mead

Mission: To generate programs to improve the public image of the legal profession and to respond to the issues of public concern.

Public Service Committee Publications Committee

Mary Kuckelman

Mission: To be responsible for providing liaison between the Topeka Bar Association and Kansas Legal Services of Topeka, and provide ongoing support for and encouragement of all pro bono activities of members of the TBA.


Vincent Cox

Cavanaugh, Biggs, & Lemon, P.A.

Mission: This committee shall have the responsibility of preparing Association publications. This committee shall: prepare a monthly or bi-monthly newsletter. Prepare such other notices or publications as may be requested by the Board of Directors.

Service to the Bar Committee Young Lawyers Division

Emily A. Donaldson
Stevens & Brand, LLP

Mission:  To assist lawyers who are temporarily or permanently unable to practice law by facilitating an inventory of any such lawyer’s files and ensuring proper disposition thereof and communicating as necessary with the clients of such lawyers to assist them in obtaining other representation.


David Braun

Mission:  To study problems confronting young members of the bar, make recommendations for the solution thereof, and to provide opportunities for young lawyers to become acquainted with other members of the bar.

Government Section Technology Section


Danielle Hall
Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program

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