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Annual Meeting to feature learning sessions, Board of Governors meeting

The Missouri Bar’s 2021 Annual Meeting kicks off virtually on Monday, Sept. 20, and registrants will have access to a range of programming to help them even better serve their clients, including CLE learning sessions, nationally renowned plenary speakers, and the opportunity to hear from Supreme Court of Missouri Chief Justice Paul C. Wilson as well as bar leaders John Gunn and John Grimm. 

On Sept. 20-22, attendees can choose to virtually sit in on a variety of breakout sessions falling under the categories of All About Business; Family Law; LAWFUSION2021; All About Litigation; and Probate, Trust, and Elder Law.  

Wednesday, Sept. 22, will also include a plenary featuring Denise Robinson. The conversation, “Exploring the Nexus Between Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Lawyer Well-Being,” will count for 1.5 MCLE credit, as well as 1.5 hours for both ethics and elimination of bias requirements. Lawyers will also have a chance to hear remarks, including the announcement of the 2021 recipients of the President’s Awards, from 2020-21 Missouri Bar President John Gunn, who wraps up his term at the conclusion of Annual Meeting.  

The learning continues Thursday, Sept. 23, with Supreme Court of Missouri Chief Justice Paul C. Wilson’s address before the noon plenary focusing on “Voting Rights Past, Present, and Future.” The session will be led by professors Travis Crum, Joshua Douglas, Chad Flanders, Atiba Ellis, and Denise Lieberman and counts for 1.5 hours of MCLE.   

John Grimm will shift from president-elect to president of The Missouri Bar on Friday, Sept. 24, as he is sworn into office for his 2021-22 term. Grimm will offer remarks and share his goals for the new bar year in advance of a noon plenary. He is set to take his Oath of Office Friday afternoon, which will be broadcast live on The Missouri Bar’s Facebook page. A final plenary is also set for the day, which will focus on “Regulating the Internet: Multi-Billion Dollar Companies, Government Power and Free Speech - Section 230, Social Media, First Amendment, Antitrust.” Presenters include professors Jeffrey Kosseff and Thom Lambert along with Lyrissa Lidsky, dean of the University of Missouri School of Law.  

Those unable to attend a live session during the week will have another chance to tune in as programming is rebroadcasted Sept.27-Oct. 1.  

The Missouri Bar Board of Governors is also set to meet during Annual Meeting. On Friday, Sept. 24, members of the board will safely convene a hybrid meeting at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City to discuss a range of matters, including financial updates, new committee and commission appointments, and a government relations report. Additionally, the meeting will include a presentation by the 2020-21 Leadership Academy and updates from special committees. The new 2021-22 Board of Governors will meet that afternoon to elect officers and appellate district representatives to the Executive Committee.  

To register for Annual Meeting or learn more about the scheduled programming, go to MoBar.org.