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#MoBarNews: January 2023 recap

The new year kicked off with several useful tools for Missouri lawyers and the public. From legislative resources to important information about expungements and YLS vacancies, don’t miss these top stories from this month!

Mark these Missouri Bar resources for the 2023 legislative session

The Missouri General Assembly is now in session, meaning your state representatives and senators are hard at work considering introduced legislation. With thousands of bills being proposed and moving through the legislative process, it can be difficult – and overwhelming – to track the topics that impact your practice of law or your clients. The Missouri Bar’s Government Relations Department is here to help by tracking bills impacting Missouri lawyers and their clients. 

Click here to view the top legislative resources.

Changes to marijuana law bring questions and considerations surrounding expungements

In November, Missouri voters approved Constitutional Amendment 3, relating to marijuana use and the expungement of cannabis-related criminal records. The amendment took effect Dec. 8, 2022, and while the legislation clarifies some details surrounding constitutional expungements, many questions remain, such as determining whether someone is eligible for a constitutional expungement.

Click here to watch a recording of a recent virtual program where several lawyers offer various perspectives on how Amendment 3 may be interpreted or applied; procedural and scope differences between constitutional expungements and existing statutory expungements; and potential pitfalls to be mindful of when working with expungements.

Missouri Bar publishes podcasts on censorship and disability

In January, The Missouri Bar published two episodes of “Is It Legal To…?” – one covering disability law and the other discussing censorship. In the disability law episode, lawyer Jason Krebs walks listeners through the types of disability benefits and the ins-and-outs of qualifying for, filing for, and receiving disability benefits – as well as how those benefits can help alleviate an already stressful situation.

In the censorship podcast, Professor Emeritus Sandra Davidson dives into government censorship – what it means, what is and isn’t allowed, and everyday examples.

Click here to listen to these two podcasts.

Young Lawyers' Section seeks nominees for four vacancies on leadership council

There are multiple vacancies currently on the Young Lawyers' Section (YLS) Council to represent St. Louis County and Central, Northern, and Northwest Missouri. If you are a lawyer 36 years old or younger, or, if older, who has been in practice for five years or less, complete the nominating petition by Feb. 24.

Click here for more information about the YLS Council and the election process.

Most popular story

As usual, the bar’s most popular articles were December’s In Memoriam, followed by The Missouri Bar’s weekly case summaries. The bar provides links to all hand-downs by the Supreme Court of Missouri and the Missouri Court of Appeals each week online. There are headings and summaries for each case. Summaries are not part of the opinions of the Court. They have been prepared for the convenience of the reader and should not be quoted or cited.

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