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Board of Governors to meet Friday to discuss strategic planning

The Missouri Bar Board of Governors will hold its next meeting virtually at 9 a.m., Friday, May 7, 2021. 

One of the key items on the agenda is approval of the Strategic Planning Committee’s recommendations based on their routine review of existing and proposed activities. This year, the committee adopted a uniform review form which was expanded to include additional review criteria and questions to aid in determining the importance of program outcomes. The Board of Governors will consider recommendations for projects and programs under all seven of the bar’s strategic goals.

The board will also receive a status update on the activities of the Lawyers Living Well Special Committee. This committee is divided into three work groups, dedicated to examining policy, stigma, and education when it comes to well-being in the law. The committee has been working on recommendations for activities to improve outcomes for lawyer wellness in the state that will be reviewed by The Missouri Bar Board of Governors.

A status report from the Special Committee on COVID-19 Assistance Grants, a project established at the board’s March meeting, will also be an item for discussion. The goal for the grants is to increase access to justice by ensuring that technology is available to both courts and non-profit providers of legal services across the state. The deadline for grant applications is May 7.

Also on the agenda for discussion are financial reports, a legislative update, appointments to committees, as well as openings and upcoming vacancies on committees, boards, and commissions. The meeting will also include reports from the current officers of The Missouri Bar, including 2020-21 Missouri Bar President John Gunn. 

The Missouri Bar Board of Governors is committed to transparency and inclusion in their meetings. Lawyers can stay informed about decisions through Mobar.org, the MoBarNews blog, and the Dialogue e-newsletter from their board representatives.