The Wichita Bar Association office, effective March 20th, is CLOSED WBA staff is working remotely with access to email and phone messages
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Wichita Bar Association Updates Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The WBA values the health and well-being of our members and staff.We are monitoring directives from the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) and the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) and will follow their
guidance regarding canceling meetings, luncheons, or other gatherings.
[Updated 4-9-20]The WBA will extend the use of Better by the Bulk and Cheaper by the Dozen discount programs for any CLE seminars (Live, Webinar, Video-Replay) provided by the WBA through September 30, 2020.
Supreme Court issued three administrative orders today that change deadlines
and other requirements for annual attorney registration and continuing legal
“The social distancing
needed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 created unexpected challenges for
attorneys who were nearing the deadline to complete their annual continuing
education,” said Justice Carol Beier, the Supreme Court liaison for continuing
education. “With these orders, the Supreme Court is extending the deadline to
complete and report the required education and to relax limits in place for
education provided by prerecorded content.”
2020-RL-033: Order Modifying Continuing Legal Education Attendance and
Reporting Deadlines and Waiving Limitation on Prerecorded Programming
2020-RL-033 extends until September 30, 2020, the reporting
deadline for continuing legal education that is required by Supreme Court rule
to be completed between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. An attorney unable to
complete the education within the compliance period is automatically granted an
extension until September 30.
The order also waives a
limit on continuing education hours delivered by prerecorded programs. Kansas
Continuing Legal Education will consider provider applications received after
the date of the order through September 30 that seek accreditation for
prerecorded programming of more than six hours. Provider applications submitted
before the date of the order will not be reconsidered for additional credit
The annual report of
continuing education typically sent to active attorneys in August will instead
be sent in October 2020.
2020-RL-034: Order Modifying Deadline for Continuing Legal Education Annual Fee
and Late Fee
2020-RL-034 extends until September 30 the deadline for
attorneys to pay the annual continuing legal education registration fee.
Payments must be received or postmarked by September 30. If payment is made
after the deadline, the attorney must pay a $50 late fee.
Attorneys who fail to
meet the minimum requirements set out in Supreme Court rules for continuing
legal education, or who fail to pay the annual fee and any applicable late fee,
may be suspended from practicing law.
2020-RL-035: Order Modifying Deadlines for Annual Attorney Registration and Fee
and Related Late Fee
2020-RL-035 extends until September 30 the deadline for annual
attorney registration for the 2020-2021 licensing period. The annual
registration fee must also be paid by September 30.
Attorneys who fail to
register and pay the annual registration fee and any applicable late fee may be
suspended from practicing law.
“The Supreme Court
extended the annual registration deadline to September 30 as a courtesy to
attorneys who are used to registering on the same timeline that they report
their continuing legal education,” Beier said. “It’s also to acknowledge the
impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on livelihoods, including for some
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[Updated 4-8-20] Wichita Brewing Company Beer Tasting Event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
[Updated 4-1-20] Aaron Breitenbach has announced that the 2020 Lawyer League Softball Season has been cancelled. The deciding factor was the decision by USD 259 to not schedule any activities on its playing fields through the summer. It may have been cancelled anyway depending on what happens with the social distancing mandate but this decision by USD 259 makes it official now.
[4-1-20] This year's GYOL program is suspended until further notice.
[3-31-20] The Summer Intern Program Committee has cancelled the Summer Intern Program for this summer. Katie Tompkins thanks the SIP Committee for all their work this year.
[Updated 3-21-20] Law Day Awards Luncheon has been rescheduled to Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Botanica.
[Updated 3-19-20] We understand that our members have many questions at this time. The Board of Governors have convened and determined that all in person committee meetings at the WBA are cancelled until May 1, 2020. Committee chairs have the discretion to host virtual meetings. CLE seminars scheduled to occur up to and including May 1st are postponed: (Mediation (4-16-20 and 4-17-20); Spring Ethics (4-24-20); and Civil Practice (5-1-20). Upcoming events including Judicial Breakfast (4-8-20) and April Monthly Luncheon (4-14-20) are cancelled. Other Upcoming Event - WBA Social Event at WBC (4-29-20) has been postponed.
[Updated 3-19-20] The Wichita Bar Association, effective March 20th, will be closed. WBA staff will be working remotely with access to email and phone messages.
Check the WBA website home page and calendar for updates. Please be assured that our top priority is to maintain a safe environment for our members, staff and guests.
We encourage our members to adhere to best practices for preventing the spread of respiratory illnesses, including those provided by the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html)
and others. We appreciate your cooperation during this unprecedented time and will continue to keep you updated with any changes.