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- tba@topekabar.com


Membership Committee Naturalization Committee Publications Committee
 Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Bench Bar Committee

Chair
Jennifer Berger
Jennifer Berger Law Office

Chair
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

Chair
Jessica Domme
Kansas Attorney General's Office

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


Chair

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

Chair
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.

Chair

Angel Zimmerman
Zimmerman & Zimmerman, P.A.

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

Chair
James “Jeb” E. Benfer, III 
McCullough, Wareheim & LaBunker 

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.


Chair
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

Chair
Anne Kindling
Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC

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


Chair
Richard Shoenfeld
SA Legal Advisors LC

Mission: To encourage membership in the Topeka Bar Association.

Memorials Committee Naturalization Committee

Chair
Daniel J. Gronniger 
KVC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. 

Mission: To provide for the preparation and presentation of memorials in honor of deceased members of the Association.


Chair
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
Chair
Richard Harmon

The Law Office of Richard Harmon


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


Chair
S. Lucky DeFries 
Coffman, Defries & Nothern 


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

Chair
Jennifer Hays
Zimmerman & Zimmerman, PA


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


Chair
Jennifer Cocking
Capitol Federal Savings 


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

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Public Service Committee

Chair
 

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.


Chair

Vincent Cox

Cavanaugh, Biggs, & Lemon, P.A.


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.


Service to the Bar Committee Young Lawyers Division

Chair
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.


Chair
Jake Holly

Foulston Siefkin LLP


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

Chair
Jay Befort
Kansas Department of Revenue



Chair
Danielle Hall
Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program




 
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