The Missouri Bar Announces Kent Hopper as Director of Finance and Administration

Kent HopperJEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri Bar Executive Director Sebrina Barrett this week announced the recent naming of Kent Hopper as The Missouri Bar’s new Director of Finance and Administration. Hopper assumed the role in April.

“For nearly 20 years, Kent has been an integral member of The Missouri Bar staff and we are delighted he has taken on this new role. He will have significant responsibilities related to The Missouri Bar’s finances, business planning and budgeting, human resources, and administration,” said Barrett. “We believe Kent will do an exceptional job supporting our finance committee in making strategic decisions that will further our mission of helping our members serve their clients in their communities.”

In his new role, Hopper also will oversee the annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with The Missouri Bar’s Finance Committee, coordinate the annual audit, and further develop the organization’s human resources and administration policies and operations. His duties also include serving as liaison with the architects and construction crew concerning the third floor addition of meeting space for members at the Bar’s headquarters in Jefferson City.

Hopper comes to the role having served as the Director of CLE Publications and as Director of the Lawyer Referral Service at The Missouri Bar, roles which he will continue to fulfill. Prior to working for The Missouri Bar, Hopper was an associate with Knight, Ford, Wright, Atwill, Parshall and Baker Attorneys. Previously, he clerked in 1992 for then-Missouri Supreme Court Judge Elwood L. Thomas. Prior to attending law school, Hopper worked in management roles in the banking industry for eight years.

Hopper received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law where he served on the Editorial Board of the Missouri Law Review.

Hopper resides in Columbia with his wife and two daughters.

The Missouri Bar is a statewide organization that is dedicated to improving the legal profession, the law and the administration of justice for all Missourians. Created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, it serves all 30,000 of Missouri’s practicing attorneys. To achieve its mission, The Missouri Bar provides a wide range of services and resources to its members, as well as the media, educators and the citizens of Missouri. To learn more about The Missouri Bar, visit www.mobar.org.

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Organization and Purpose: The Missouri Bar is the statewide organization that all Missouri lawyers must belong to if they practice law. The Missouri Bar was created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri. It is considered an instrumentality of the state, not a private association nor a state agency. Its mission is to improve the legal profession, the administration of justice, and law on behalf of the public.

Member Size: Currently, the bar is comprised of about 32,000 members.

Staff Size: The executive director, Sebrina Barrett, supervises a staff of 50 employees. Click here to see a Staff Directory

Budget: Approximately $10 million. No tax dollars are used to support Missouri Bar activities. Most money is derived from dues that lawyers pay; some is derived from CLE programs and publications, grants and The Bar Foundation.

Governance: The Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar determines policies and sets the course of action for the state bar to follow. The 45 members of the Board are elected by bar members. The Board elects a president, president-elect and vice president to serve as officers of the bar.

Sections and Committees: The Missouri Bar offers more than 50 substantive law committees for its members to join. It also has two sections: a Family Law Section, and the Young Lawyers' Section.

Location: The Missouri Bar Center is located in Jefferson City, at 326 Monroe St.

Missouri Bar Resources and Activities: The Missouri Bar provides a wide variety of services and resources, not only to its members, but also to the news media, school teachers and the citizens of Missouri. These include: CLE programs and publications, an Annual Meeting, a Solo and Small Firm Conference, teachers’ programs, committee meetings and extensive services for attorneys. The bar also administers a minimum continuing legal education requirement for attorneys.