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Connect, learn at 2022 Annual Meeting

It’s that time of year – The Missouri Bar’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference is set for Sept. 14-16 in Springfield! 

This year’s meeting is a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual sessions offered to all Missouri lawyers and judges. In total, attendees can earn 14.4 MCLE hours, including 3.5 elimination of bias and 7.0 ethics credits.  

One of the Annual Meeting’s highlights is the chance to network with like-minded peers and build professional relationships that can span the career of a lawyer. For in-person attendees, the 2022 conference features multiple opportunities to connect, including the President’s and Chief Justice’s Opening Night Reception on Sept. 14, along with the Best of Missouri Reception, set for Sept. 15 at Hammons Field, home of the Springfield Cardinals.  

Annual Meeting is also about continued education to help lawyers even better serve their clients. Over the course of the conference, lawyers can attend ethics sessions, new lawyer-focused programs, along with learning sessions within business law; family law; litigation; and probate, trust, and elder law tracks. There will also be two plenaries: “Conducting Free and Fair Elections – The Law, Access, and Litigation” and “Legal and Historical View of Freedom Suits – Confluence, Conflicts, Courts, and the Impact on Law and Society” on Thursday. Those unable to make the trip to Springfield can instead attend online via a “Lunch & Learn” series.  

Of course, no Annual Meeting is complete without recognizing the many lawyers and judges who have contributed to the profession in the 2021-22 bar year and welcoming new leadership. Wednesday, Sept. 14, will feature a separately ticketed Missouri Bar Foundation and Public Service Awards Luncheon, where lawyers will be recognized for exemplary work in trial and appellate advocacy, legal writing, professionalism, and contributions to the administration of justice. In addition, the Young Lawyers’ Section will honor The Timothy Foundation with the Liberty Bell Award, and the outstanding efforts of prosecutors and public defenders will be recognized.

Then, on Thursday, Sept. 15, in-person attendees will hear an address from Supreme Court of Missouri Chief Justice Paul C. Wilson; honor the 2022 class of Senior Counselors; and witness Missouri Bar President John Grimm pass the gavel to his successor, Lauren Tucker McCubbin. 

Learn more about all that’s offered at Annual Meeting and register for either in-person or virtual programming here. We look forward to seeing you online or in Springfield as we transition to a new bar year!