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Lawyers earn valuable CLE credit during 2022 Fall Committee Meetings

Thousands of lawyers attended the 2022 Fall Committee Meetings last month, with many of them attending continuing legal education programs that dove into expanded remote public access to court records, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion topics.

Thirty-two committees hosted 30 meetings during the Fall Committee Meetings Nov. 14-18, with a combined attendance of over 5,200, said Krista Lepper, Missouri Bar committee and section liaison. Lawyers could earn up to 19.1 hours of CLE credit, including those for ethics and elimination of bias.

The Solo & Small Firm Practice Committee had more than 400 lawyers attend its CLE on expanded remote public access, which provided information about the upcoming July 1, 2023, rule changes.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Missouri approved rule changes that pave the way for access to public court records from personal electronic devices. The rule change will require lawyers, court staff, parties, and anyone filing documents in any Missouri state court to keep unnecessary confidential information out of public documents and, when confidential information must be included, to redact that information.

For more resources related to the remote public access and redaction rule changes, visit The Missouri Bar’s Remote Public Access and Redaction Resource Center.

Some committees focused on inclusivity and elimination of bias in their CLEs. Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee had over 400 lawyers attend its “Recognizing Bias in Mediation” program, while the Probate Division had more than 250 attend its “Probate & Estate Planning for Underserved Communities” CLE.

All members of The Missouri Bar are encouraged to join committee and section activities. Lawyers can choose from more than 40 open enrollment committees and sections that each specialize in a substantive area of law, practice setting, or community. To join a committee or section, visit MoBar.org/Committees-Sections.