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Meet your new Board of Governors: Mark J. Welker

TW_Meet your Board of Governors_Mark J WelkerMark J. Welker, prosecuting attorney for Cape Girardeau County, was elected as The Missouri Bar Board of Governors District 7 representative earlier this year, and he has several goals for his time on the board. 

This summer, Missouri lawyers, voting in districts throughout the state, elected four new members – Welker, Michael L. Miller, Hon. Corey Moon, and Bryan Sanger – to the 45-member Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar. Board members are elected to serve two-year terms, which begin with the bar’s Annual Meeting in late September. 

Here, Welker, of Cape Girardeau, shares what he hopes to accomplish while serving on the board.

What made you interested in joining the Board of Governors?

I spent four years serving on the Young Lawyers Section Council of The Missouri Bar. During that time, I was able to observe the impact that The Missouri Bar has on not only lawyers, but also the community. Because of that experience, I wanted to continue to serve in a bigger role and seek a spot on the Board of Governors. 

What part of being on the board are you most excited about?

I am excited about the opportunity to effect change in the profession. The Missouri Bar’s history is full of great people accomplishing great feats, and to be one of the few to get serve on the governing board of The Missouri Bar is what excites me the most. 

What do you want the lawyers you represent to know?

I am currently serving as the Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney, a position that I have held for four years. Prior to being elected prosecutor, I was in general practice. My experiences allow me to serve all the constituents of my district and not just one specific area of the practice of law. 

What do you enjoy most about The Missouri Bar?

I enjoy working with lawyers from all over the state and different areas of law that I ordinarily would not have the opportunity to work with in my daily work life.