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KDOT Lettings, November 2021

There are a total of 42 projects up for bidding in the November KDOT lettings. Approved bids announced on December 14 are highlighted in red.

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KDOT Lettings: October 2021

Here are the projects up for letting on October 20. Approved Bids announced on November 3 are highlighted in red. Approved Bids announced on December 14 are highlighted in blue.

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KDOT Lettings: September 2021

There are 40 projects up for bids in the KDOT September lettings. The approved bidders announced on October 6 will be highlighted in red.

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highways

KDOT Lettings: August 2021

Here are the projects up for letting on August 18, with approved bids announced on August 30 and October 6. The bids awarded on August 20 will be highlighted in red. The bids awarded on October 6 will be highlighted in blue.

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KDOT Lettings: July 2021

The July lettings include a couple of major projects.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced in press releases on August 10 and August 30. The approved bids announced on August 10 will be noted in red. The approved bids announced on August 30 will be noted in blue.

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KDOT Lettings: June 2021

KDOT’s June lettings occurred on June 16, with some of the approved bids announced on June 22, and the rest announced on August 10. The approved bids announced on June 22 will be noted in red. The approved bids announced on August 10 will be noted in blue.

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Kansas Supreme Court disbars a KC-area adoption attorney

You can read the full opinion on the Kansas Supreme Court website.

In short, this attorney represented adoptive couples. In two cases, the biological father of the child asserted a desire to take custody. The attorney filed motions to terminate the father’s parental rights, claiming they abandoned the child and/or failed to provide support to the mother after finding out that the mother was pregnant. However, in both cases, the father was unaware of the pregnancy until after the child was born, and only days before the petition to terminate the parental rights of the father was filed.

In one of these cases, the father appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court, which reversed the lower courts and ordered the district court to make arrangements to transfer custody of the child to his biological father. The other case was reversed by the Court of Appeals, citing the first case in doing so.

The Attorney preemptively notified the Disciplinary Administrator of the Supreme Court’s opinion. The Supreme Court also transmitted the opinion to the Disciplinary Administrator.

The Disciplinary Administrator recommended an 18-month suspension, while a panel of the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys recommended a six-month suspension. In rejecting the lesser penalties, the Supreme Court stated:

In effect, respondent used the legal process to traffic children. It is not hyperbole to put the matter this starkly, and we can think of no breach of trust more significant or damaging than this. Our legal system depends on the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, truthfulness, and trustworthiness of our lawyers. […] A lawyer cannot come back from a breach of trust so grave. The confidence of the public and the sanctity of the rule of law can only be protected and preserved by meting out the most serious sanction available to us — disbarment.

In Kansas, a disbarred attorney may petition to be reinstated after five years. While there is no mechanism for the Kansas Supreme Court to prohibit an attorney from petitioning for reinstatement, the above quote would indicate that the Supreme Court is prejudiced against reinstatement.

He is also on the bar in Missouri. It would be interesting to see if the Missouri Supreme Court will choose to order a “reciprocal disbarment” or give him one of the suggested lesser sanctions.

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KDOT Lettings: May 2021

The May project lettings mostly consist of maintenance projects, with a few bridge replacements.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced in press releases on June 10 and June 22. The approved bids announced on June 10 will be noted in red. The approved bids announced on June 22 will be noted in blue.

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KDOT Lettings: April 2021

KDOT has announced the projects that will be up for letting on April 21.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced in a press release on May 18. The approved bids announced on May 18 will be noted in red.

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KDOT Lettings: March 2021

Here are the projects that are being let at the March 2021 KDOT letting.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount. KDOT did not put out a press release with the awarded bids for the March letting, but did put out one for the April letting on May 18 which included awarded bids for March. Most of the bids were published on their websiteThe approved bids found on the website will be noted in red. The approved bids announced in the May 18 press release will be noted in blue.