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?  Click Here for a Committee Registration form.

For more information about meeting dates and times, contact information, and announcements, contact the Committee Chair.


 Bench Bar Committee CLE Committee 

Chair
Alan F. Alderson
Alderson, Alderson, Weiler, Conklin, Burghardt & Crow, LLC
2101 SW 21st St.
Topeka, KS 66604
(785) 232-0753
alana@aldersonlaw.com  

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

Chair
Terri Savely
Kansas Court of Appeals
301 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66612
291-3925
bezekt@kscourts.org

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

Criminal Law Committee Family Law Committee

Co-Chairs
Steven Karrer
Kansas Attorney General's Office
120 SW 10th - 2nd Floor
Topeka, KS 66612
291-3873
steven.karrer@ag.ks.gov

Ronald E. Wurtz
retired Federal Public Defender
(785) 235-1626
ronwurtz65@gmail.com

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

Chair
William F. Ebert 
William F. Ebert, PA
2110 SW Belle Ave. 
Topeka, KS 66614
(785) 272-1600
wfepa@ebertlaw.com

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


Law Day Committee Lawyers' Assistance Committee

Chair
Lisa Brown
Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer
515 S. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 233-0593
lbrown@gseplaw.com 

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

Chair
James “Jeb” E. Benfer, III 
McCullough, Wareheim & LaBunker 
PO Box 1453 
Topeka, KS 66601 
(785) 233-2323
jebbenfer@mcwala.com

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.

Legislative Committee Medical-Legal Committee

Chair
Larry Zimmerman
Zimmerman & Zimmerman, PA
909 SE Quincy St
Topeka, KS 66612
357-0021
larry@z2law.com 

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

Chair
Mary E. Christopher
Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer
515 S. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 233-0593
mchristopher@gseplaw.com 

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

Membership Committee Memorials Committee

Co-Chairs
Shaye Downing
Sloan Law Firm
534 S. Kansas Ave., Suite 1000
Topeka, KS  66603
(785) 357-6311
sdowning@sloanlawfirm.com

Doug Shima
Kansas Court of Appeals
301 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66612
(785)296-5408
shimad@kscourts.org

Mission: To encourage membership in the Topeka Bar Association.

Chair
Daniel J. Gronniger 
KVC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. 
2942 SW Wanamaker Drive, Suite 1B 
Topeka, KS 66614
(785) 267-4530 
dgronniger@kvc.org

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

Naturalization Committee Probate Committee

Chair
Pedro L. Irigonegaray 
Irigonegaray & Associates 
1535 SW 29th St. 
Topeka, KS 66611 
(785) 267-6115

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.

Chair
Scott S. Sumpter 
2357 Westport Drive
Topeka, KS 66614 
(785) 272-0077
sumpterlaw@cox.net

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

Professional Ethics & Grievance Committee Program & Entertainment Committee
Chair
S. Lucky DeFries 
Coffman, Defries & Nothern 
534 S. Kansas Ave., Suite 925 
Topeka, KS 66603 
(785) 234-3461
ldefries@cdnlaw.com

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

Co-Chairs

Richard V. Eckert
Shawnee County Counselor's Office
200 SE 7th St., Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603
251-4042
rich.eckert@snco.us 

Ryan P. Hellmer
CoreFirst Bank & Trust
3035 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66611
(785) 267-8456
rhellmer@CoreFirstBank.com 

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

Public Relations Committee Public Service Committee

Chair
Jennifer Cocking 
Capitol Federal Savings
700 S. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603
270.6096
jen.cocking@gmail.com

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

Chair
Marie Landry
Kansas Legal Services
712 S. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603
354-8531
landrym@klsinc.org

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.

Publications Committee Service to the Bar Committee

Chair
Sarah Morse
Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer
515 S. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603
232-5162, ext 337
smorse@gseplaw.com 

Mission: To prepare the Association's publications including the monthly newsletter, The Briefings.

Chair
Carol Ruth Bonebrake
Simpson, Logback, Lynch, Norris, P.A.
107 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 210
Topeka, KS 66603
232-6200
cbonebrake@slln.com 

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.

Young Lawyers Division  

Chair
Andrew Mayo
Riordan, Fincher, Munson & Sinclair
3735 SW Wanamaker Road, Suite A
Topeka, KS 66610
783-8323
mayo@grfmslaw.com 

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.

 



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