Hannah Kiddoo Frevert flexes creativity as bar communicator
When Hannah Kiddoo Frevert entered the bar world eight years ago, she knew it was the perfect fit for her. Now as editor of the Journal of The Missouri Bar and assistant director of communications, she is showcasing her writing skills daily and developing ways to help lawyers even better serve their clients.
Frevert stepped into her new role as editor and assistant director of communications in January 2021. She oversees the development of the Journal from start to finish – coordinating with writers, editing content, working with the board of editors, selecting graphics, writing headlines, and more. She also develops communication strategies for The Missouri Bar’s departments and projects, including posting to social media, editing blogs, designing graphics, crafting messaging plans, and working with bar leaders.
“I could go on and on about the value of The Missouri Bar,” Frevert said. “Our mission is to improve the legal profession, the administration of justice, and the law on behalf of the public. It’s rewarding to help carry out that mission by putting my passion for writing and design into action.”
Since becoming editor, Frevert has implemented some changes in the Journal, including adding two sections. In “Management Matters,” representatives from Affinity Consulting discuss practice management strategies and ways to approach workplace challenges. The new “In Brief” section highlights upcoming activities, newsworthy events at the bar, and tips and tricks that lawyers may find beneficial.
But the changes won’t end there, Frevert said. Her top goal is to continue offering valuable content, both in the Journal and on The Missouri Bar’s blog. She is constantly evaluating metrics to better understand what lawyers and the public enjoy reading.
“We’re always looking for articles to publish in the Journal of The Missouri Bar and our blog at MoBar.org,” she said. “Share your knowledge with us – you can even get self-study MCLE credit.”
Frevert said she has enjoyed hearing feedback from readers. The more feedback The Missouri Bar receives, she added, the better the communications department can adapt its work to fit readers’ needs.
“Knowing that I have helped someone through my writing makes my day and drives my work,” she said. “This ranges from assisting lawyers with research questions to connecting Missourians with lawyers who can best assist with legal concerns. It all makes a difference, and it can all have a ripple effect.”
Before stepping into her current position earlier this year, Frevert held other roles within The Missouri Bar, including assistant editor, communications coordinator, and media writer. Prior to joining The Missouri Bar in 2015, she served as the assistant editor of the Texas Bar Journal. She also has 10 years of experience as a freelance writer and editor for various publications. Frevert holds a bachelor’s degree in communications studies and a master’s degree in journalism.
“I quickly knew that the bar world was a great fit for me,” Frevert said. “I’ve had experience working with both associations and consumer publications, and bar communications is a perfect mix of the two. I share important resources with both lawyers and the public, and I flex my creative muscles while doing so.”
Outside of work, Frevert and her husband, Gavin, enjoy traveling, golfing, attending St. Louis Cardinals games, and playing with their dachshund, Birdie. Frevert’s creative skills also flow into her hobbies, which include knitting, painting, and trying new recipes.
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