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#MoBarNews: October 2023 Recap

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Megan Phillips, 2023-24 president of The Missouri Bar 

Phillips was sworn in as the 2023-24 president of The Missouri Bar this September during the bar’s Annual Meeting in Kansas City. As president she hopes to steer the course of the bar through its ongoing strategic plan and draw out the best in others. This includes building on well-being and diversity initiatives.  

“We need to talk to each other more,” Phillips says. “We need to cross-pollinate. [New lawyers] need to inform our decisions, and we need to leave the ladder down and start pulling them into our dialogue on policy issues that impact the bar.” 

Read the full feature article here or in the September-October 2023 issue of the Journal of The Missouri Bar.  

#National Celebration of Pro Bono 

Each year, Missouri lawyers complete thousands of hours of pro bono work to help provide everyone equal access to legal services. Every hour makes a difference with clients and in Missouri communities. This October, The Missouri Bar joined in the National Celebration of Pro Bono to show lawyers how much their service to their communities is appreciated. 

Five lawyers were honored with the 2023 Pro Bono Awards during the weeklong celebration. Click here to learn about the awardees and the outstanding work they are doing for their communities. 

Meet your new YLS Council representatives 

Members of the Young Lawyers’ Section of The Missouri Bar, voting in districts throughout the state, elected six members to that group’s governing council and retained nine incumbent council members for new terms which began in late September. Members of the Young Lawyers' Section Council are elected to serve two-year terms. Learn more about these newly elected council members or past council members elected in different districts through this month’s series of articles:  

MCLE requirements for new enrollees 

More than 300 new lawyers were sworn into the profession on Sept. 15 during enrollment ceremonies at the Supreme Court of Missouri. The Missouri Bar MCLE department is a valuable resource for these lawyers as they continue their legal education. 

Supreme Court of Missouri Rule 15 establishes that lawyers admitted to The Missouri Bar complete minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) requirements on an annual basis. Read this article to learn about your continuing legal education requirements, including for your first year of practice, and how the bar can help you. 

2023 Estate, Trust & Elder Law Institute featured valuable plenary, breakout sessions 

More than 100 legal professionals attended the 2023 Estate, Trust & Elder Law Institute either in person at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet in St. Louis or online. They gathered to learn about ethical representation of unethical fiduciary, expanded remote public access to public court documents, legislative and case law updates, and more.  

"Through insightful discussions and comprehensive sessions, this year's Annual Estate, Trust & Elder Law Institute offered an invaluable platform for legal professionals to delve into the latest developments and nuances in estate, trust and elder law," said Maria Sanders, director of CLE and member services at The Missouri Bar. 

 Click here to learn more about the conference. 

Most popular story  

This month, the bar’s most popular articles continued to be The Missouri Bar’s weekly case summaries, followed by September’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.  

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