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Missouri Bar celebrates 78th anniversary

The Missouri Bar blew out 78 candles and celebrated its birthday today!

On June 16, 1944, the Supreme Court of Missouri created The Missouri Bar because lawyers can accomplish more to improve the lives of Missourians when working together.

For 78 years, The Missouri Bar has strived to improve the legal profession, the law, and the administration of justice for all by offering educational programs, business services, publications, resources, and more to help Missouri lawyers even better serve their clients.

Today, The Missouri Bar is a diverse organization that continues to better reflect the changing landscape of the state and legal profession. As of February 2022, more than one in three Missouri lawyers are women and 13% of Missouri lawyers voluntarily reported racial and ethnic diversity. The bar’s Special Committee on Lawyers of Color recently identified further programs to increase the retention, promotion, and advancement of lawyers of color.

The Missouri Bar created several videos in 2019 to celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary. Watch The Missouri Bar evolve over seven decades through this video timeline.

Legal legend Hon. Stephen Limbaugh Sr. also discussed why he became a lawyer, how technology changed the profession, and what he values most about the legal profession. Watch that video interview here.

Click here to learn more about The Missouri Bar’s history and some of the legal advances The Missouri Bar assisted with to improve the laws that impact our daily lives. You can also view The Missouri Bar’s “Strategic Direction” and 2021 “Annual Report” here.