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#MoBarNews: May 2022 recap

With Memorial Day weekend now in our rear-view mirror, May is quickly coming to a close. 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 May.

News for the public

Hon. Robin Ransom celebrated her formal investiture to the Supreme Court of Missouri on May 18 in the Supreme Court Building in Jefferson City. Gov. Mike Parson appointed Ransom to the Court in May 2021. Ransom spoke of her passions and gratitude while many of her friends, family, and colleagues in attendance spoke of her admirable qualities as a judge and person. Click here to read about the ceremony.

News for lawyers

We know Missouri lawyers love to serve their local and professional communities. What better way than to get involved with The Missouri Bar? In May, the bar announced it was seeking applications for The Missouri Bar Board of Governors and Judicial Performance Review Committee. It is also seeking nominations for the 2022-23 Leadership Academy.

The Missouri Bar saw hundreds of lawyers volunteer their time by attending meetings and continuing legal education opportunities hosted by 30 open committees and sections during the May 2-6 Spring Committee Meetings. Dozens of lawyers serve on The Missouri Bar Board of Governors, which met May 12-13. The Missouri Bar was also excited to announce five new members who were recently appointed to The Missouri Bar Foundation Board of Trustees – Apollo Carey, Hon. Lisa White Hardwick, Hon. Daniel Scott, Craig Smith, and Ray Williams.

Visit MoBar.org/Get-Involved to learn how you can serve your community through The Missouri Bar.

#MOLawyersHelp their communities

The Missouri Bar Foundation, a nonprofit partner of The Missouri Bar, helps promote improvements in the administration of justice, support scholarships and community projects, and encourage and fund law-related activities. In 2021-22, the foundation provided funding to five organizations that help Missouri citizens: American Legion Missouri Boys and Girls State; Legal Aid of Western Missouri; Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel; The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Department’s Summer Institute; and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation’s Student Law Academy. Click here to learn how the foundation’s grant funding supported each organization.

Well-Being in law

As part of Well-Being Week in Law May 2-6, The Missouri Bar’s Lawyers Living Well Special Committee offered resources and events, like virtual meditation and learning sessions, as well as wellness tips. Well-Being Week in Law aligned with Mental Health Awareness Month, during which the committee focused on five areas of wellness: physical well-being; spiritual well-being; occupational and intellectual well-being; social well-being; and emotional well-being.

Click here or visit MoBar.org/MOLAP for more information about the Missouri Lawyers’ Assistance Program that provides free, confidential services to Missouri Bar members, immediate family members who reside with them, and law students.

Practice management

Quickly and easily spotting trends or important information within a spreadsheet is vital, and the best way to do that is to color the cells or numbers within Excel using conditional formatting. Conditional formatting in Excel allows users to create rules that automatically color code data and automatically update the colors as the data changes. Danielle DavisRoe, with Affinity Consulting, walked Missouri lawyers through setting up conditional formatting and the specific options they may find most beneficial. Check out this #PracticeManagement article here.

Most popular story

The most popular type of stories in May were the weekly case summaries, where The Missouri Bar provides links to and summaries of all hand downs published online by the Supreme Court of Missouri and the Missouri Court of Appeals. Click here to read the May case summaries.

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