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#MoBarNews February 2024 recap

Don’t miss the top stories from this month!

Supreme Court of Missouri Chief Justice Mary Russell emphasizes gratitude and cooperation in 2024 State of the Judiciary   

Russell addressed a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly on Feb. 7 in Jefferson City for the annual State of the Judiciary. Her message emphasized gratitude and cooperation in addressing the state’s judicial goals and challenges. 

She expressed gratitude for her colleagues on the bench, noting the recent historic milestone of a majority of female judges on the Supreme Court of Missouri. 

“This is something I simply never imagined happening,” Russell said. “I truly hope this historic achievement inspires Missouri’s children – no matter their background – to believe that they, too, can become a state Supreme Court judge if they want.”  

Click here to learn more about the 2024 State of the Judiciary. 

Missouri Bar leaders meet with state lawmakers 

Missouri Bar officers and its Government Relations Committee met with state representatives and senators before the 2024 State of the Judiciary at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. 

The bar’s leaders met with legislators from both chambers, including each chamber’s Judiciary Committee chairs, to share information about Missouri Bar resources and how the statewide organization works to help Missouri lawyers even better serve their clients and communities. They also discussed bar-initiated legislative proposals, including probate, creditor, and alternative dispute resolution matters. 

Click here to learn more about The Missouri Bar’s government relations efforts and bar-initiated proposals.  

As seen on TV: How lawyers impact their clients and communities 

“When someone’s fighting for you, it just makes you feel like you’re not alone anymore.” 

The January-February 2024 issue of The Journal of The Missouri Bar features a riveting story on The Missouri Bar’s “My Missouri Lawyer” public service announcements project. The PSAs originated as the service project for the 2022-23 Leadership Academy class, who sought to represent the diverse ways in which lawyers in Missouri help their clients. The two PSAs began airing on TV and radio in late 2023.  

Click here to learn more about the project and submit your story for future PSAs. 

The Missouri Bar releases latest lawyer demographics.

As part of the 2024 attorney enrollment process through the Supreme Court of Missouri, nine in 10 of the 31,031 actively licensed lawyers in Missouri voluntarily reported their gender, and 76% voluntarily reported their race and/or ethnicity. Reporting across the categories reflected a slight increase from 2023.  

Click here to view the 2023 gender, race, and ethnicity data of lawyers in Missouri. 

Most popular stories  

This month, the bar’s most popular articles continued to be The Missouri Bar’s weekly case summaries, followed by January and February’s In Memoriam.  

View Supreme Court of Missouri and Missouri Court of Appeals hand-downs each week online, where there are headings and summaries for each case. These summaries are not part of the opinions of the Court and should not be quoted or cited.  

Those wanting to pay tribute to a Missouri lawyer can submit an obituary here.  

The Missouri Bar makes every effort to provide valuable information and resources through MoBar.org and MissouriLawyersHelp.org. To stay up to date, follow The Missouri Bar on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Spotify.