Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy – Scholarships Available!

KCMBA is currently accepting applications for their perennial Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy. The Academy is a great way for new litigators to hone their skills under the guidance of tremendous practitioners and judges who provide positive feedback and constructive criticism. Scholarships are available through a number of committees, including the Diversity Committee! Apply now through August 19, 2016.


Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy
The annual program is composed of three components: (1) a CLE luncheon series; (2) training “prep” sessions; and (3) performance sessions. The CLE luncheons are held monthly at the Charles E. Whittaker Courthouse and focus on practical skills such as depositions, pre-trial motion practice, jury instructions and ethics. United States Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen leads the prep sessions and covers the six major components of a trial: Voir dire, opening statements, evidentiary foundations, direct and cross-examination , expert witnesses (using actual FBI agent witnesses), and closing arguments.

Please find applications here.

Application deadline is August 19, 2016

There are scholarship opportunities through the YLS, Diversity Section, United States Courts Western District of Missouri and AWL.  The deadline for the YLS, Diversity and Western District of Missouri scholarship application is August 12 (follow links above for more information).  Details regarding the AWL Scholarships can be found at:

KC Sporting Seeks Legal Intern
Position Summary

The Legal Intern for Sporting Kansas City provides assistance to the Legal Team by helping with research, drafting and editing, as well as learns about the contract process, negotiations, risk management and other legal issues surrounding a professional sports team.

Essential Functions

Assist the Legal Team with various administrative functions, day-to-day tasks, and project management.
Research and analyze legal authority such as statutes, judicial decisions, legal articles, and case law.
Assist in preparing legal documents including, but not limited to, briefs, memorandums, contracts, letters, and various types of agreements.
Provide general assistance to the Legal Team in proofreading, editing and analyzing contracts.
File correspondence and legal documents in the applicable filing systems.
Represent Sporting Kansas City and its related affiliates in a professional manner at all times.
Perform other related tasks as assigned.
Personal Attributes

Strong organizational, communications and interpersonal skills.
Ability to  organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities.
Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a time efficient manner with exceptional time management.
Strategic thinking.
Proven ability to remain objective and discrete.
Exercise common sense at all times.
Strong communication, negotiation and drafting skills.
Excellent presentation skills.
Teamwork orientation.
Personal effectiveness and credibility.
Professional appearance and demeanor.
Skills and Experience

Currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M program.
Coursework or experience in contracts, negotiations, legal research and writing.
Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Calendar.