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#MoBarNews: July 2022 recap

As we prepare to enter back-to-school season, let’s not forget how busy (and hot) July was! The Missouri Bar published several news-worthy stories this month, and we don’t want you to miss out on them. Here are summaries of the bar’s top articles in July.

News for lawyers

Voting is now open in The Missouri Bar Board of Governors and Young Lawyers’ Section Council elections! Lawyers in Cole County can cast their vote for who they wish to fill the District 4 seat on the Board of Governors, while lawyers in District 7 (Franklin, Gasconade, St. Charles, and Warren counties) can vote in the district’s contested race for the YLS Council. Voting opened July 20 and runs through 10 a.m. Aug. 15. For more information about the Board of Governors race, click here. To learn about the YLS Council race, click here.

Well-Being in law

Dialing 988 now connects callers who are in a suicide-related crisis with the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Across the nation, including in Missouri, lawyers are at an increased risk for suicide compared to those outside the profession. After cancer and heart disease, suicide is the third most common cause of death among lawyers. Despite these facts, few lawyers are educated about depression and suicide prevention. Click here to learn more about the new number.

The Missouri Lawyers’ Assistance Program provides free, confidential services to Missouri Bar members, immediate family members who reside with them, and law students. If you are thinking about suicide, know someone who is, or need to talk with someone, we encourage you to immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. 

Civics education

Teachers from across the state who specialize in American history, government, and civics joined together the last week of June for an intensive civics education training program – our annual Summer Institute. This is the first time in two years the institute has been held in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers were able to walk through the same activities they would be presenting to their students while brainstorming ideas and troubleshooting the challenges of approaching difficult topics in today’s political environment. Click here to read about this year’s successful Summer Institute.

News for the public

Court automation and Casenet have revolutionized the legal industry – particularly in Missouri. The Show-Me State has received national recognition for leadership and advancement in court automation. But what exactly does that mean for residents? In the newest “Is It Legal To…?” podcast episode, former Chief Judge Gary Lynch, chair of Missouri Court Automation Committee for over a decade, discusses how far court automation has come and why it improves access to the judicial system. Click here to listen to the episode.

Most popular story

The most popular story in July was the monthly In Memoriam, where The Missouri Bar honors Missouri lawyers and judges who have recently passed away. Click here to read the most recent In Memoriam. If you would like to submit a listing for an upcoming In Memoriam, click here.

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