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Freshened up the website a bit. Same info is still here, but updated the theme a little to accommodate the vagaries of the latest WordPress update. Enjoy…

Bought an Office in Buffalo

Jason’s Place

Some of you may have noticed some changes at the old Jeanie’s Hair Fashions. Jeanie sold me her place and I’ve been doing some renovation to make it suitable for my law practice/prosecutor’s office. I am really excited about finally having a place of my own for work right in the heart of Buffalo. I think it will make a fine office for my practice for many years and an approachable and accessible prosecutor’s office our county can be proud of – at zero cost to taxpayers (that’s right: free rent is my gift to the County).

Polk County ADR Class Dates for 2018

Required to attend a mediation class for the Family Court in Polk County? Here is the schedule:

ADR Class Dates for 2018

  • Monday, January 22, 2018
  • Monday, February 26, 2018
  • Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Monday, April 09, 2018
  • Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Monday, August 06, 2018
  • Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Monday, October 15, 2018
  • Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Monday, December 10, 2018

*Class time – 6:00pm to 7:00 pm

*Class location – Polk County Courthouse, 3rdfloor, large courtroom

Legal File Prep Goes Electronic in Missouri

Rule change automates the preparation of the legal file in appellate cases, potentially yielding a significant reduction in the cost of an appeal. Litigants seeking review of error at the trial court level had been required to pay for the cost of preparation of the legal file, often at a cost of several hundred, even thousands of dollars. For indigent litigants not entitled to appointed counsel or otherwise exempt, this represented an often insurmountable obstacle to appellate review. The new rules go into effect January 1, 2018. A free guide is here.

Tenants Entitled to Jury Trials in Rent Possession Cases

The Missouri Supreme Court recognized today a right to jury trials for tenants sued for failure to pay rent. This represents a powerful tool for tenants and may require landlords to rethink strategy in evictions. In evictions, scheduling a jury often takes months, affording tenants significant extra time in the leased property, often at landlord expense. Landlords should be prepared for significant additional time and expense in eviction cases; tenants should try to understand their rights.

Jason Umbarger for Dallas County Prosecutor

Last night at the meeting of the Dallas County Republican Party, I announced my candidacy for Dallas County Prosecuting Attorney. The primary is scheduled for August 7, 2018.

I live in Buffalo with my wife, Angela, and our boys, Sean and Ryan. I am serving my second term as Alderman for the City of Buffalo where I have a perfect track record of voting to support local business and for law enforcement.

I work as a lawyer practicing in our circuit. I have 17 years’ experience as an attorney, including significant criminal practice experience involving diverse cases from traffic to murder. I have represented defendants in numerous criminal trials and served as special counsel in both municipal and state criminal cases. I have handled a number of appeals, including the Springfield Red Light Camera case resulting in the termination of automated traffic enforcement in Springfield following our success at the Missouri Supreme Court. I was also a part of the team of attorneys who asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the mass lockdown student search case at Central High School in Springfield. My research has been published in several references for attorneys and I have experience providing training to attorneys. I have won awards for providing pro bono representation to indigent clients and I was selected as a National Merit Scholar. My work has been covered in the media locally, nationally, and even internationally.

I feel I am well qualified in education, experience, commitment and temperament to serve Dallas County as your next prosecuting attorney and when the time comes, I would appreciate your vote.

10,000 Experiment Rule Replaces 10,000 Hour Rule

A review of studies indicated only 1% of deliberate practice explained variance in performance in the professions.

Deliberate experimentation is more important than deliberate practice in a rapidly changing world.

In professions like law, experience may be less indicative of success than innovation.

Forget the 10,000-Hour Rule…

DWI… on a horse?

A woman in Florida was arrested for DWI while riding a horse.

It was a one horsepower horse… :/

https://www.yahoo.com/news/florida-woman-charged-dui-horse-141812372.html

 

 

Missouri Department of Corrections Offender Web Search

Ever Wonder Who Pays for Campaigns?

The Missouri Ethics Commission maintains a searchable database of candidates with reports of their campaign contributions. Want to know who has been funding a candidate or elected official?

https://mec.mo.gov/MEC/Campaign_Finance/CF11_SearchComm.aspx

 

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