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Six lawyers represent Missouri at the ABA Young Lawyers’ Division Annual Meeting in Denver

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Missouri was well represented at the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers’ Division (YLD) Annual Meeting held Aug. 4-5 in Denver by six members of The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section (YLS).  

During the annual meeting, delegates discussed and voted on resolutions which covered topics including student loan debt, taxes, ethical duties of lawyers, and addressing the shortage of lawyers practicing in many rural areas across the country.  

When the YLD Assembly passes a resolution, the measure then goes to the ABA House of Delegates for final consideration. 

Each of the following delegates from Missouri holds a position in the ABA: 

Matt DePaz - former ABA YLD delegate for the House of Delegates 

Portia Britt - ABA Scholar, YLD Assembly Assistant  

Courtney Chen - ABA YLD delegate for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Yong Lawyers’ Division 

Brice Barnard- ABA YLD Liaison  

Keegan Tinney - ABA YLD delegate for the House of Delegates, ABA District 22 representative  

Dashawn Cason - Vice Director of Civic Engagement  

Keegan Tinney, of Joplin, said the ABA YLD meeting connects The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section to national trends and challenges impacting the profession. 

“It is always a rewarding opportunity to represent Missouri and see what other state bars are doing,” Tinney said. “The Assembly brings all types of lawyers together to work together to put forward the best resolutions possible.” 

The ABA YLD Assembly is set to meet next during the ABA’s 2024 Midyear Meeting in February in Louisville, Kentucky. To learn more about The Missouri Bar YLS, click here.