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#MoBarNews: May 2023 recap

May consisted of The Missouri Bar preparing for the minimum continuing legal education deadline on June 30 and hosting several CLE events in May. The bar is gearing up for an action-packed June, so don’t miss these top stories from this month!

Register for CLE programs to earn MCLE hours by June 30

The deadline for lawyers practicing in Missouri to complete a total of 15 MCLE hours is June 30. June has over 100 opportunities to complete these hours including, the 2023 MOSOLO Small Firm Conference, a no-cost live performance of “The Milly Project”, and the 2023 Annual Bankruptcy Institute. Additionally, The Missouri Bar will launch CLE Express in June. CLE Express gives lawyers a chance to earn all 15 MCLE credits in one day. There will be three days in June for lawyers to take advantage of this opportunity.

The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section hosts final performances of the Milly Project

On May 25, YLS presented a CLE program including a showing of the film “The Milly Project” at the Saint Louis University School of Law. This showing was one of the last, with the final performance being on June 17 at the Medallion Theater in Kansas City.

The Milly Project follows the case of Milly Sawyers, an enslaved woman who fought for and won her freedom in Springfield prior to the Civil War and the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision. It was originally written and directed by teacher Kendra Chappell and her advanced acting high school students for an annual high school production. The play has gained national recognition and continues to be commissioned for performances across the state and the country. It was recently adapted into a film that had been nominated for three awards.

Ethics: More than just staying out of trouble

In this article, Stuart Teicher discusses his take on ethics in the legal profession. Teicher teaches seminars and webinars such as CLE Express and Ethics Express; provides ethics training to law firms and legal departments; and presents at conferences such as the upcoming Solo and Small Firm Conference and law firm events.

“Every lawyer, every day, is going to deal with some sort of behavioral or professional issue,” he said. “And because it’s such an important part of every practice every single day, it also allows us to be the best at what we do. It’s not just a boundary of, ‘How do we stay out of trouble?’”

Remote public access launch to have roll-out implementation

Starting July 1, the public will have access to public court records from personal electronic devices. Implementation will occur over four months due to the size of the project. The goal of gradual implementation is to help circuit courts transition to this wider access and not overwhelm Case.net. Once a circuit court offers remote public access, citizens will be allowed to view public records dating back to July 1. Public records filed before July 1 will not be accessible remotely.

Most popular story

As usual, the bar’s most popular articles were The Missouri Bar’s weekly case summaries, followed by April’s In Memoriam.

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.

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

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