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Missouri Bar YLS Council focuses on strategic planning at recent meeting

The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section (YLS) Council met Feb. 22 in Columbia for its annual winter meeting to discuss its three-year strategic action plan. The council is comprised of 35 young lawyers elected from districts across the state.

In addition to continuing its current section and public service activities for 2020, the council recommended the following goals:

  • Expand and promote diversity among council representatives by expanding the number of diversity seats. The council recommended a change to its bylaws to add two additional diversity seats in addition to the current diversity seat. As proposed, a diversity seat representative would be elected from each appellate district in the state. The diversity seat seeks to add members to the council who represent diverse elements within the state, including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation and disability.
  • Continue and expand pro bono projects. The council voted to continue and expand various pro bono projects throughout the state, including the expansion of a successful expungement clinic in Springfield to both Kansas City and St. Louis. Section members will work in conjunction with local affiliate bar associations to create and promote the clinics.
  • Continue to produce and deliver webinars and onsite CLE programs targeted to new lawyers and those interested in developing their practice. YLS is committed to fostering new lawyer involvement in The Missouri Bar and assisting lawyers in even better serving their clients with an emphasis on core competencies and strategies.

The above goals and other strategic plan items will be considered by The Missouri Bar Board of Governors at its May 8 meeting. The council will hold its next meetings July 24-25 in Branson.

The Young Lawyers' Section of The Missouri Bar works to enhance the professional growth and public service of new and recently admitted Missouri lawyers. All Missouri lawyers aged 36 or less or, if older, who have been in practice five years or less, are automatically members of the section at no additional cost. To learn more about the council and the section, visit the YLS webpage (https://mobar.org/site/content/About/Young_Lawyers_Section.aspx).