by Gary Toohey, editor and director of communication
lawyer experiences it sooner or later – that moment when the mental strain
builds to the point that they “hit the wall” and ponder giving up the practice
happened to Missouri Bar President Dana Tippin
Cutler, who at one point seriously considered pursuing another career path.
But before that alternate career became reality, she found a path to recovery
and rebirth that allowed her to rekindle her passion for practicing.
that inevitable moment arrives, what do you do? In her “President’s
Page,” Cutler shares the four steps she took to give the law – and herself
– another chance.
pervasiveness of social media in today’s world simply cannot be understated.
For lawyers, clients’ use of social media is becoming an ever-larger part of
clients regarding preservation and use of social media has become a necessary
component of competent representation, while obtaining discovery of social
media can be critical to claims and defenses.
this issue’s cover story, author Laurel
E. Stevenson offers practice tips and case law developments designed to
help lawyers better understand the increasingly important role of social media
in electronic discovery requests.
the Missouri General Assembly adopted the state’s new Uniform Powers of
Appointment Act last year, it gave practitioners a much-needed estate planning
tool that offers statutory guidance in connection with powers of appointment
where little law previously existed in the state.
part one of
a two-part article, authors Susan B.
Teson and Norman S. Newmark offer a detailed analysis that includes a section-by-section comparison of the
Missouri act with the Uniform Powers of Appointment Act.
leadership in contemporary society often calls for the courage to ask tough
questions, face difficult realities and work toward solutions that may not be
readily accepted – but which remain the right thing to do.
prepared for the Trial Court Leadership Academy and Conference of the National
Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers and the National
Center for State Courts, Judge Karl A.W.
DeMarce of Missouri’s 1st Judicial Circuit discusses lessons learned from
the Missouri Judiciary’s response to problems found within some of the state’s
municipal courts in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson.
of the most enduring questions facing Missouri practitioners involve client
trust accounts: how to create them, how to manage funds placed in them, and how
to best ensure that a practitioner’s actions in regard to those trust accounts
don’t violate ethical obligations.
this issue, Legal Ethics Counsel Melinda
Bentley takes on
these matters, posing answers to many of the most commonly asked questions
regarding the management of client trust accounts.
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