Liberty Lawyer Zachary Thompson Elected to Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar

Thompson, ZacharyJEFFERSON CITY, MO – Liberty lawyer Zachary Thompson has been elected to the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar.

Thompson, an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Clay County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, defeated three other candidates in winning a special election to the Board. He will serve the lawyers of District 8, which is composed of Clay County, Platte County, and that portion of Jackson County outside of the city of Kansas City. Some 640 lawyers from District 8 cast votes in the special election.

The special election was held to fill the remaining one year in the term of Missouri Bar Immediate Past President Patrick B. Starke of Blue Springs. At the conclusion of Starke’s tenure as president in September, he became an ex officio member of the Board. As a result, Starke’s District 8 seat became vacant, requiring the special election to fill it. Upon completion of the remainder of the unexpired term, Thompson will be eligible to seek a full two-year term on the Board.

The Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar is composed of 45 members, each elected by lawyers in their respective districts. The Board is responsible for making policy decisions affecting the organization’s operations.

The Missouri Bar has 30,000 members within Missouri, other states, and around the world.

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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.

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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.

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