Missouri Lawyers Elect Members of 2013-14 Board of Governors and Young Lawyers’ Section Council

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The lawyers of Missouri, voting in districts throughout the state, have elected five new members to the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar and retained 17 incumbents for new terms. Voting at the same time, members of the bar’s Young Lawyers’ Section (YLS) chose 11 new members to that group’s governing council and re-elected seven.

New members of the Board of Governors are: Deanna K. Scott of Springfield; Lauren E. Tucker McCubbin of Kansas City; and Amy Bender-Levy, Morry S. Cole, and Karen R. McCarthy of St. Louis.

The following members of the Board of Governors were re-elected to two-year terms: W. Douglas Thomson of Maryville; Max Mitchell of Sedalia; Mark W. Comley and Nimrod T. Chapel of Jefferson City; Hon. Charles Curless of Lamar; Erik A. Bergmanis of Camdenton; Joseph P. Rice, III of Cape Girardeau; Douglass F. Noland of Liberty; Eric Wulff of St. Charles; Robert J. Buckley of Columbia; Wendy Garrison of Springfield; John R. Gunn and Genevieve Frank of St. Louis; and Thomas V. Bender, Walter R. Simpson and Dana Tippin Cutler of Kansas City.

New members of the Young Lawyers’ Section Council are: Austin Dowling, Emily Kiser, Betsy Lynch, Katherine Myers, Mitchell Wood and Jerri Zhang of Kansas City; Charles Coffey, Christina Lewis Abate, Nicholas Loyal and W. Patrick Mobley of St. Louis; and Marty Miller of Jefferson City.

Incumbents elected to another term on the Young Lawyers’ Section Council are: Talley Kendrick of Paris; Adam Pihana of Springfield; Andrew Lyskowski of Camdenton; J. Brent Dulle and Jennifer Matthew of St. Louis; Sander Sowers of Columbia; and Jason Paulsmeyer of Jefferson City.

The newly-elected and returning members of both groups will take office at the conclusion of the 2013 Missouri Bar Annual Meeting, scheduled for September 18-20 in Columbia.

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.