Two Missouri citizens appointed to Missouri Lawyer Trust Account Foundation board
Two Missouri citizens were recently appointed to the Missouri Lawyer Trust Account Foundation Board of Directors.
In December, two vacancies on the board of directors – one for a lawyer and one for a non-lawyer – opened. Craig Moore will fill the lawyer vacancy while Ted McKnight will fill the non-lawyer vacancy.
Created by the Supreme Court of Missouri, the Missouri Lawyer Trust Account Foundation supervises the state’s interest on lawyer trust accounts (IOLTA) program. Revenue generated by the IOLTA program is distributed through grants, which the foundation’s Board of Directors oversees. Grants could include state legal service programs, bar association-sponsored pro bono programs, victim services, school-based mock trial programs, and more.
Moore currently serves as the senior counsel and vice president at Wells Fargo. Before joining the large bank, he previously practiced law at Anheuser-Busch, Armstrong Teasdale and the Supreme Court of Missouri. He graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 2002.
Moore said he has been looking for ways to get involved after serving several terms with The Missouri Bar’s Young Lawyers’ Section. The Missouri Lawyer Trust Account Foundation board position will allow him to step back into service work while also blending his interests – community service, legal practice and finances.
"I'm excited to serve and looking forward to helping the foundation board, (The Missouri Bar President) John (Gunn) and the members of The Missouri Bar as much as I can and in any way that I can,” he said.
McKnight has served as a vice president of employee benefits with CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Services for 27 years, focusing primarily on sales and marketing. Prior to CBIZ, he worked with Dain Bosworth, Rodman and Renshaw. McKnight was also a running back in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills. He graduated with a BFA in communications from the University of Minnesota and recently received a certificate from Cornell University in diversity and inclusion.
McKnight has volunteered with numerous organizations in the Kansas City area, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, and the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassador program.
McKnight said he wanted to join the Missouri Lawyer Trust Account Foundation so he could serve the community.
“(I want) to better understand programs that help to benefit the community, how they qualify for the services and how those available funds are administered to those in need,” he said.
To learn more about the Missouri Lawyer Trust Account Foundation and its grant process, visit https://www.moiolta.org.