James M. Concannon Publications, Presentations, and Other Activity
Articles in Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
"Celebrating Volume 50: The Early History of the Washburn Law Journal," 50 Washburn Law Journal 433 (2011). [107 KB PDF]
"Civil Code and Time Computation Changes Effective July 1," 79:6 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 20 (June 2010). [7.4 MB PDF]
» Cited in: AALS Civil Procedure Newsletter (2010) for its "detailed discussion" of the first statute revising a state code of civil procedure to conform to recent style and time computation changes to the Federal Rules.
"'The ideal place . . . for the establishment of a great Law School': The Early Years of Washburn University School of Law," 42 Washburn Law Journal 803 (2004). [243 KB PDF]
"The Other Law Schools of Early Day Kansas," 65 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 24 (November 1996).
Coauthored, "More Goo for Our Tort Stew: Implementing the Kansas Collateral Source Rule," 58 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 19 (February 1989).
"Admitting Government Findings in Federal Civil Cases," 6 Journal of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association No. 6, p. 9 (1983).
"Impeaching Civil Verdicts: Juror Statements as Prejudicial Misconduct," 51 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 201 (1983).
"The Kansas Testimony," 1 Journal of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association 16-17 (Spring 1977) [conflict of laws implications of products liability legislation]
Books and Monographs
Pattern Instructions, Kansas 4th -- Civil, 2014 Supplements (Kansas Judicial Council, Pattern Instructions Committee, 2014).
Pattern Instructions, Kansas 4th -- Criminal, 2013 Supplements (Kansas Judicial Council, Pattern Instructions Committee, 2014).
The Ideal Place . . . for the Establishment of a Great Law School: History of Washburn Law School 1903-2003 (Washburn University School of Law Alumni Association, 2012).
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Coauthored, Kansas Statutes of Limitations and Time Standards, Kansas Bar Association, (1988).
Coauthored, Kansas Appellate Practice Manual, Kansas Bar Association, (1979).
Vernon's Kansas Statutes Annotated Code of Civil Procedure, Pocket Parts, 1976 (with Fowks), 1977-1986.
"Evidence," Washburn (1980-1982) and Washburn/University of Kansas Bar Review, 1982-2003.
"Examination Techniques," Washburn/University of Kansas Bar Review, 1982-2003.
"Conflict of Laws," Washburn Bar Review, 1974-1976.
Torts Bar Review, University of Kansas Bar Review, 1972-1981.
Chapters in Books
"Witnesses" (Chapter 18), "Relevance & Extrinsic Policies Affecting Admissibility" (Chapter 19), "Judicial Notice" (Chapter 22), "Privileges" (Chapter 23), Kansas Criminal Law Handbook, 5th ed. (Kansas Bar Association, 2016).
"Evidence," (chapter 13), Kansas Annual Survey (Kansas Bar Association, annually, 2008-2016).
"Witnesses" (chapter 18), "Relevance and Extrinsic Policies Affecting Admissibility" (chapter 19), "Judicial Notice" (chapter 22) and "Privileges" (chapter 23), Kansas Criminal Law Handbook. 4th ed. (Kansas Bar Association, 2006).
"Evidence," Kansas Annual Survey, Kansas Bar Association, annually, 1996-
"Kansas Evidence Law" (chapter 3), Kansas Judges Manual. Kansas Supreme Court, 1990; 1996; 1999; 2002; 2004; 2006.
Senior Contributing Editor, "Evidence in America: The Federal Rules in the States, Chapter 58: Rules 803(24) and 804(b)(5)." Michie (1987). (4 v.).
"Recent Kansas Developments in Evidence and Procedure," Kansas Trial Lawyers Association Forum Reference Book 1979, pp. 181.
"Report of the Kansas Citizens Justice Initiative." (co-reporter) (1999).
The Courts, Kansas Bar Association Law-Related Education pamphlet (1980).
"Changes Proposed in Civil Rules," 17 The Circuit Rider, no. 2, pp. 3-4 (July, 1978).
Vernon's Kansas Forms Annotated, Code of Civil Procedure, West Publishing Co. (1980 supplements).
Quoted, "Death Penalty Cases a Factor Behind Efforts to Oust Justices," The Wichita Eagle, October 29, 2016.
"How do Kansas Supreme Court Justices Make Decisions in Cases?," KWCH 12 Eyewitness News, September 17, 2014.
"Drafting and Editing Court Rules," Kansas Judicial Center CLE, Topeka, Kansas, October 20, 2016.
"Kansas Rules of Evidence Relating to the Admission of E-mail and Other Electronic Evidence," Kansas Judicial Conference, Topeka, Kansas, June 13, 2014.
"Appellate Jurisdiction - Back to Law School," Kansas Bar Association 2014 Appellate Practice CLE Seminar, February 21, 2014.
"History of Washburn Law School," Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, Kansas, October 7, 2012 (presentation based on Washburn Law history "The Ideal Place ... for the Establishment of a Great Law School").
"Revised Kansas Code of Civil Procedure," CLE, Crawford County Bar Association, Pittsburg, Kansas, December 15, 2010.
"Revised Kansas Code of Civil Procedure," CLE, Leavenworth County Bar Association, Leavenworth, Kansas, December 9, 2010.
"Revised Kansas Code of Civil Procedure," CLE, Sam A. Crow Inn of Court, Topeka, Kansas, September 2, 2010.
Speaker, "Public Forum - Law Day," League of Women Voters of Emporia Program, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, April 29th, 2010.
"Revised Kansas Code of Civil Procedure," CLE, Topeka Women Attorneys Association, Topeka, Kansas, August 25, 2010.
Panelist, "The Judicial Process of Revising Jury Instructions for Comprehensibility," Writing to Win: Plain Language Jury Instructions, Washburn University School of Law (Topeka, Kansas), April 7, 2008.
As Kansas Commissioner, attended annual meeting of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), Stowe, Vermont, July 8-14, 2016, and presented the memorial for Life Member Glee Smith, Jr. He also attended the Uniform Law Commission Style Committee meeting in Chicago, Illinois, September 8-11, 2016.
Attended meetings of the Kansas Judicial Council Civil Code Advisory Committee on May 13 and July 22, 2016.
Editor with other Uniform Law Commission Style Committee members, of Bryan A. Garner, Guidelines for Drafting and Editing Legislation (2016), a joint project of LawProse, Inc. and the Uniform Law Commission.
Member, ad hoc Kansas Judicial Review Committee, 2014.
As Kansas Commissioner, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, July 11-17, 2014.
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws Style Committee Liaison, Model Commercial Real Estate Receivers Act and the Amendments to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act, Uniform Law Commission 2014 Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, July 15-16, 2014.
Attended the Uniform Law Commission Committee on Style meeting, Austin, Texas, April 24-27, 2014.
Attended the Strengthening States Delegations Committee meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 8, 2014.
Chair, ABA/AALS Site Evaluation Team, St. Thomas University School of Law, March 14-17, 2012.
Testified on behalf of Kansas Judicial Council Civil Code Advisory Committee on HB 2472, adopting amendments to the Kansas Code of Civil Procedure, House Judiciary Committee, January 30, 2012 and Senate Judiciary Committee, February 23, 2012.
Appointed, Chair of the ABA/AALS Accreditation Site Evaluation Team, Spring, 2012 (inspection of St. Thomas University School of Law).
Attended the Drafting Committee Meeting for the Uniform Protection of Charitable Assets Act, Washington, D.C., April 1-3, 2011; meetings of the Style Committee of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Chicago, Illinois, April 28-May 1, 2011; and in Tuscon, Arizona, February 3-6, 2011.
Testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, January 25, 2011 and before the House Judiciary Committee, March 2, 2011 (in support of SB 35, which would adopt for Kansas state courts Federal Rule of Evidence 502 on waiver of attorney-client privilege).
Testified before the Kansas House Judiciary Committee, February 16, 2011 (in opposition to a bill changing the method of selecting Court of Appeals judge from nonpartisan merit selection to gubernatorial appointment with Senate confirmation).
Completed re-styling of the revised rules of the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission, which take effect July 1, 2011.
Re-appointed, second four-year term, Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance, December 3, 2010 - December 31, 2014.
Appointment to the Kansas Judicial Council Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee, which will recommend style and substantive amendments to the Court's rules governing the appellate and district courts, 2010-.
Style Committee Liaison, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Uniform Recordation of Custodial Interrogations Act and the Uniform Regulation of Charities Act drafting committees, 2009-.
Testified on behalf of the Kansas Judicial Council Civil Code Advisory Committee before the Kansas House Judiciary Committee about HB 2656, February 11, 2010 (which restyles and substantively updates the Kansas Code of Civil Procedure, K.S.A. 60-101-60-313. The bill is the product of 17 Civil Code Committee meetings over two years and four subcommittee meetings).
Editorial, "Data Does Not Support Claim of Radical Lawyers," The Wichita Eagle / Kansas.com, March 11, 2009 (with Robert Casad).
Testified opposing HCR 5005 and HB 2123, Kansas House Judiciary Committee, February 12, 2009. (That would change the composition and method of appointment of the Nominating Commission for appellate judges, give the Governor authority to reject all the Commission's nominees, and require Senate confirmation of the Governor's appointment).
Appointed as Member, Kansas Judicial Council, Civil Code Advisory Committee, 2008-
Elected Honorary President, Topeka Bar Association, 2008-2009.
Appointed to Four-year Term, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws Style Committee, 2008-
Appointed as Member, Board of Directors of Kansas Appleseed Foundation, Inc., 2008-
Appointed, four-year term, Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance, 2006-2010.
Honors and Awards
Justice Award, Kansas Supreme Court, 2012.