Monthly Archives: January 2016

Free legal assistance available for Missouri storm victims

As a result of the recent severe storms and tornadoes in Missouri, the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section – in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Missouri Emergency Management Agency and the four Legal Services Corporation Grantees (Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Legal Services of Eastern

26 Missouri government teachers embark on professional development series

The James Madison Legacy Project kicked off Jan. 25 at The Missouri Bar Twenty-six teachers from across Missouri converged on The Missouri Bar Center Jan. 25-26 as part of the James Madison Legacy Project. The educators first attended The Missouri Bar “We the People” and the Constitution state competition where they watched three high school

Eight Missouri lawyers named 2016 Solomon Civic Virtue awardees

The Missouri Bar Advisory Committee on Citizenship Education recognized eight lawyers for their outstanding contributions to civic education during the Missouri “We the People” and the Constitution state finals held Monday, Jan. 25, in Jefferson City. Stephen Davis, of Arent Fox LLP in Clayton; Doug Hickel, of Summers Compton Wells LLC in St. Louis; Jason

Missouri chief justice delivers State of the Judiciary speech

Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications

Speaking to a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly in Jefferson City, Supreme Court of Missouri Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge delivered the State of the Judiciary Address on Jan. 27. After providing a brief introduction on her background, Breckenridge – who was appointed to the high court in 2007 and has served as chief

The Missouri Bar hosts 2016 ‘We the People’ contest for high schoolers

Nixa High School team

Nixa High School wins state title; Joplin High School and Westminster Christian Academy advance to national competition  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Nearly 50 students representing three Missouri high schools today competed in The Missouri Bar-sponsored “We the People” statewide simulated congressional hearings held at The Missouri Bar Center in Jefferson City. Nixa High School won

Missouri Bar introduces newest public service announcement

Navigating the legal system can be a challenge – especially for non-lawyers who aren’t familiar with the judicial process or law-related terms. In a new 30-second public service announcement created to address this issue, 2015-16 Missouri Bar President Erik Bergmanis and a Missouri citizen discuss the many resources available to the public via, including

The Missouri Bar Center closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Missouri Bar Center will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Missouri Bar Center will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday in January to honor the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a leader of the civil rights movement.

Living Trusts – What and Why?

Living Trusts: What and Why?

Missouri Lawyer Michael Gunn explains the basics of using a Living Trust as part of estate planning During estate planning sessions, I am often asked about revocable living trusts and why people use them. A revocable living trust is a vehicle intended to address common issues in estate planning, such as avoiding probate, order of

Hiring a lawyer for limited scope representation

Hiring a lawyer for limited scope representation by Kathleen Bird Limited scope representation is an option when you are confident that you can manage a legal matter with a lawyer performing only tasks requiring legal knowledge and discretion. The lawyer performs specific legal work in your matter, and tasks that do not require a lawyer’s

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