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2020 Annual Meeting pivots to virtual platform

Hold the rubber chicken and get ready to sign in from your favorite computer or device! Lawyers from across Missouri will convene virtually over the lunch hour Sept. 16-18 for the 2020 Missouri Bar Annual Meeting featuring national speakers on timely topics. Instead of traveling across the state, members will come together online to learn and recognize the profession's outstanding efforts on behalf of the public. Thanks to the bar's leaders and the generosity of our sponsors, The Missouri Bar is pleased to provide this year’s annual meeting offerings free of charge to members, including 3.6 MCLE hours (with ethics and elimination of bias credits), a series of three plenary sessions with key information for today’s lawyers as well as recognition of our senior counselors, passing of the gavel, and the Chief Justice's address to members.  

The virtual event kicks off Wednesday at 10 a.m. with a special presentation emceed by 2016-17 Missouri Bar President Dana Tippin Cutler and co-host, Keith Cutler. This program will include recognition of the 2020 senior counselors, a farewell address by 2019-20 Missouri Bar President Tom Bender, the swearing in of President-Elect John Gunn and an address by Supreme Court of Missouri Chief Justice George W. Draper III. This presentation will honor recipients of The Missouri Bar President’s Awards and introduce to the membership the bar’s new executive director Mischa Buford Epps. Look for an email before Wednesday's lunchtime plenary for a special President’s Message and access to this session.

The noon plenary that same day features Bree Buchanan with Krill Strategies on the topic of Strategies for Well-being: Now More Than Ever. Paying attention to your own well-being during the current pandemic is a critical priority and essential to maintaining competence to practice. Learn how legal employers are benefiting from this national wellness movement and tactics to improve your own personal well-being. 

The Sept. 17 noon program is titled Reimagining Lawyering in a World on Fire: What the Pandemic and the Protests Mean for the Future of the Legal Profession, hosted by Prof. David Wilkins from the Harvard Law School. This presentation will highlight the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and Black Lives Matter protests on the future of the legal profession.  

Our final session, set for Friday at noon, will be led by Prof. Lawrence Gostin and Madeleine McDonough. Law and a Global Pandemic: From Civil Rights to Legal Role of World Health Organization to Practical Glimpse at Emerging Legal Issues and Trends in COVID-19 Related Litigation, Case Law will provide insight into emerging trends for participating lawyers and judges. 

This year’s annual conference speakers are experts in their respective fields and The Missouri Bar is excited to connect such high caliber and knowledgeable presenters to help keep Missouri lawyers up to date on the law and emerging issues. Register here today and join your peers in these valuable learning opportunities.