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Access to Justice Committee Co-Chair: Jennifer L. Schwendemann
Husch Blackwell, LLPSuite 600, 190 Carondelet PlazaSt. Louis, MO 63105p: (314) 480-1500f: (314) 480-1505
The scope of this committee is to consider all appropriate means of improving the delivery of legal services to the public, including matters related to handicapped, elderly and low-income persons.
Access to Justice Committee Co-Chair: Susan Lutton
Mid-Missouri Legal Services Corporation1201 West BroadwayColumbia, MO 65203p: (573) 442-0116f: (573) 875-0173
Administrative Law CommitteeChairperson: Richard Maseles
Administrative Hearing CommissionP.O. Box 1557Jefferson City, MO 65102
The scope and function of this committee is to promote the further development of local, state, and federal administrative law procedure and practice.
Advisory Committee on Citizenship EducationChairperson: Melissa K. RandolMissouri School Boards Association2100 I-70 Drive SWColumbia, MO 65203p: (573) 445-9920f: (573) 445-9981
This multi-disciplinary committee exists to facilitate cooperation between the educational and legal communities in providing law-related education to teachers and students throughout the state.
Alternative Dispute Resolution CommitteeChairperson: Elgene C. Ver Dught
Ver Dught Law OfficesSuite B-1, 13910 Noland CourtIndependence, MO 64055p: (816) 836-4141
The scope of this committee is to consider and advise the Board of Governors on the development of all appropriate alternative dispute resolution possibilities that will improve the administration of justice in Missouri.
Animal Law CommitteeChairperson: Dana K. Apple
Boyd, Kenter, Thomas & Parrish LLC221 W. Lexington Ave., Suite 200Independence, MO 64050-3720(816) 471-4511Listserve: AnimalLaw@mobarlist.org
This scope of this committee is to study and consider all aspects of the law relating to animals, including civil and criminal liability, torts, contracts, property, population protection and control, veterinary medicine, research and statutory development and enforcement. The committee will also review legislation and case law for the education of the bar and public.
Business Law CommitteeChairperson: Professor Constance Z. Wagner
Saint Louis University School of Law3700 Lindell Blvd.St. Louis, MO 63108p: (314) 977-7103f: (314) 977-3332
The scope and function of this committee is to study and recommend improvements in Missouri statutes, regulations and common law which pertain to (1) the formation, financing, governance, reorganization and dissolution of corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships and other business organizations, and (2) the offering and delivery of financial and investment services.
Civil Practice & Procedure CommitteeChairperson: Zach Bickel
The Robertson Law Group, LLCSuite 500, 1044 Main St.Kansas City, MO 64105p: (816) 221-7010f: (816) 221-7015
The scope of activities of this committee shall extend to all phases of civil practice and procedure in all levels of courts of state and federal jurisdiction. Recommendations for changes or improvements of practice and procedure in the field of civil law will be considered by this committee and, if approval is recommended, submitted to the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar for ultimate approval.
Client Security Fund CommitteeChairperson: Scott A. Robbins
Kennedy, Kennedy, Robbins & Yarbro, L.C.1165 Cherry St.P.O. Box 696Poplar Bluff, MO 63902p: (573) 686-2459f: (573) 686-7822
The scope of this committee shall be to investigate claims filed by clients of lawyers charging that, during the attorney-client relationship, the client was injured by the fraudulent or dishonest acts of his lawyer; and to reimburse out of available funds such portions of the claim as the committee in its discretion determines to be feasible and appropriate.
Commercial Law CommitteeCo-Chair: Bryan Voss
Blackwell & Associates, P.C.P.O. Box 310O'Fallon, MO 63366p: (636) 240-3632f: (636) 240-6803
This committee shall study the statutory and common law relating to trade relationships and the development and enforcement of commercial paper, including accounts, negotiable paper and laws relating to insolvency.
Commercial Law CommitteeCo-Chair: Eric Johnson
Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLPSuite 1400, 1000 WalnutKansas City, MO 64106-2140p:(816) 292-8267f: (816) 474-3216
Committee on DiversityChairperson: Jerri Zhang
Jackson County Public Administrator's OfficeRoom 400 415 E. 12th StreetKansas City, MO 64106p: (816) 881-3775f: (816) 881-3783
The Committee on Minority Issues considers issues affecting and involving minority members of The Missouri Bar, develops Missouri Bar programs to address issues affecting and involving its minority membership, and serves as a liaison between The Missouri Bar and the various minority bars throughout the state.
Complaint Resolution Program CommitteeChairperson: James Blanchard Condry1548 E. PrimroseSpringfield, MO 65804p: (417) 447-2222f: (417) 447-0903
This committee oversees the activities of the Complaint Resolution Program by assisting the chief disciplinary counsel in the resolution of grievances and to assure the public and the legal profession that such grievances can be resolved in a just fashion and in accordance with reasonable expectations of all parties.
Construction Law CommitteeChair: Richard Stockenberg
Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C.Suite 1500, 600 Washington Ave.St. Louis, MO 63101-1313p: (314) 446-4301f: (314) 241-7604
The scope of this committee is as follows:
Criminal Law & Procedure CommitteeCo-Chair Jason H. Lamb
Missouri Office of Prosecution ServicesP.O. Box 899Jefferson City, MO 65102p: (573) 751-0619 f: (573) 751-1171
This scope of this committee shall be to study the criminal laws and procedures in the courts of state and federal jurisdictions and all other practices in said courts relating thereto; to make recommendations to the Board of Governors for corrective legislation or procedural changes; and, to assist the legislative committee in having these laws passed of procedures adopted by the appropriate body.
Criminal Law & Procedure CommitteeCo-Chair: Gwenda Renee Robinson
Missouri Public Defender1010 Market Street, Suite 1100St. Louis, MO 63101(314) 340-7658(Fax) (314) 340-7685
Division of Judicial AdministrationCo-Chair: Hon. Joseph M. Ellis
Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District1300 Oak StreetKansas City, MO 64106p: (816) 889-3622f: (816) 889-3599
The Division of Judicial Administration is open to all members of the state and federal judiciary and practicing lawyers in the State of Missouri inserted in the administration of justice, more effective functioning of the courts, and the relationship of bench and bar.
Division of Judicial AdministrationCo-Chair: Hon. Robert G. Dowd, Jr.
Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District
One Post Office Square815 Olive St.St. Louis, MO 63101 p:(314) 539-4350 f: (314) 539-4339
Editorial BoardChairperson: Professor Douglas E. Abrams
University of Missouri - Columbia School of LawConley & Missouri Ave.Columbia, MO 65211 p: (573) 882-0307 f: (573) 882-4984
It shall be the function of this committee to formulate and enforce a sound policy for the Journal of the Missouri Bar and cause to be published articles and information of practical and scholarly interest to the members of The Missouri Bar.
Education Law CommitteeCo-Chair: Loretta HaggardSchuchat, Cook & Werner1221 Locust Street, 2nd FloorSt. Louis, MO 63103p: (314) 621-2626f: (314) 621-2378
The scope of this committee shall be the study and evaluation of all existing laws concerning schools of Missouri, their boards, teachers and students, with a view of the orderly development and improvement of those laws.
Education Law CommitteeCo-Chair: Daniel UnderwoodLegal Services of Eastern Missouri4232 Forest Park AvenueSt. Louis, MO 63108p: (314) 534-4200
Elder Law Committee Chairperson: Samantha L. ShepherdShepherd Elder Law Group, LLCSuite 204, 4901 W. 119th St.Overland Park, KS 66209p: (816) 979-3533f: (816) 979-3535
The scope and function of this committee shall be to consider all appropriate matters particularly relating to legal issues of the elderly, to develop educational programs and materials for The Missouri Bar and the public on elder law issues, and to report, advise and make recommendations to the Board of Governors relative to elder law issues, including issues relating to Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, disability planning, long-term care financing, nursing home care, fraud against the elderly, civil commitment of the elders, public assistance, senior citizen benefits and entitlements, Department of Social Services – Division of Aging, supplemental needs trusts, medical issues of the elderly and age discrimination.
Eminent Domain Law CommitteeChairperson: Paul G. Henry7777 Bonhomme Ave.Suite 1910St. Louis, MO 63105-1911p: (314) 725-5151f: (314) 725-5161
The scope of this committee shall be to study, report and make recommendations
concerning all the substantive and procedural law relative to the power of eminent domain and the exercise of such power, including, but not limited to, proposed action with respect to legislation, court rules and M.A.I. In
addition, this committee shall also present such articles and seminars as shall be of aid to the members of The Missouri Bar in the furtherance of their knowledge and understanding of the law of eminent domain.
Environmental & Energy Law CommitteeChairperson: Thomas GreverShook Hardy & Bacon, LLP2555 Grand Blvd.Kansas City, MO 64108p: (816) 559-2375f: (816) 421-5547
The scope and purpose of this committee is to consider existing laws and regulations and study the need for the further development of the law as it relates to energy and natural resources.
Estate Planning and Probate Administration Law CommitteeChairperson: Michael E. Magliari
Michael E. Magliari, P.C.Suite 110, 16640 Chesterfield Grove CourtChesterfield, MO 63005-1410p: (636) 532-3601f: (636) 532-0219
This committee's jurisdiction and function should be to study, report and recommend concerning all matters pertaining to the organization, jurisdiction and practice in the probate courts,
Family Law Section Chairperson: Patricia Scaglia
Scaglia Law Firm, LLCSuite 200, 4215 S. HockerIndependence, MO 64055p: (816) 221-7224f: (816) 373-7224
The scope of the Family Law Section shall include study and consideration of all substantive laws of state and federal jurisdictions concerning the family, juveniles, divorce, separate maintenance, adoption and other laws thereto related. Recommendations for changes in the common or statutory law shall be submitted to the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar for approval.
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Fee Dispute Resolution CommitteeChairperson: Gary L. Stamper
Walther, Antel, Stamper & Fischer, P.C.P.O. Box 7686Columbia, MO 65205-7686p: (573) 442-2454f: (573) 874-3332
The scope of this committee is to assist in the resolution of disputes between clients and their lawyers regarding legal fees.
Government Attorneys CommitteeChairperson: Kristen E. Paulsmeyer
Missouri Office of AdministrationP.O. Box 809Jefferson City, MO 65102p: (573) 751-1809
To provide a forum in which lawyers representing municipal, county, state or federal governments can meet for discussion and exchange of ideas. The committee shall promote representation of government lawyer interests in all aspects of bar activities and the profession. The committee shall sponsor educational and other appropriate activities to achieve these goals.
Health & Hospital Law CommitteeChairperson: Claire Schenk
Thompson Coburn LLPOne U.S. Bank PlazaSt. Louis, MO 63101p: (314) 552-6462f: (314) 552-7462
The scope of this committee is to promote the development and understanding of the law and administrative regulations as they relate to health and hospitals.
Immigration Law CommitteeChairperson: Stephen Blower
Blower Law Firm, LLC3610 Buttonwood Drive, Suite 200Columbia, MO 65201p: (573) 886-8930f: (573) 886-8901
The mission of the Immigration Law Committee is to facilitate better understanding of immigration law by the members of The Missouri Bar, to facilitate cross-education between immigration and non-immigration lawyers, reach out to the bar membership having interest in immigration law, and provide assistance with immigration-related issues to elected and appointed officials in the state of Missouri.
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Insurance Law CommitteeChairperson: Mark W. StahlhuthArmstrong Teasdale, LLP3405 West Truman Blvd., Suite 210Jefferson City, MO 65109p: (573) 634-7145f: (573) 636-8457
The scope of this committee shall include the area of law dealing with all types of insurance, with the primary purpose of recommending needed changes, if any, for the improvement of the insurance law of Missouri, anda. Study and consider those matters referred to the committee by the Board of Governors and officers of The Missouri Bar;b. Study and consider those matters raised within the committee itself for the improvement of the insurance law of Missouri;c. Counsel with representatives of the Division of Insurance of Missouri, the insurance industry and the insuring public on matters referred to or raised within the committee respecting changes in and improvements of the insurance law of Missouri;d. Report and, where indicated, make recommendations to the President and Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar.Provides to the Board of Governors its views concerning the program of insurance approved and sponsored by The Missouri Bar and to examine other programs as a means of determining whether there is a need for improvement or change in those programs already approved by The Missouri Bar. Also, the committee shall, from time to time, discuss the administration and promotion of the programs with the administrators of the various plans approved by The Missouri Bar.
Insurance Programs CommitteeCo-Chair: Janet Davis Baker
Baker & Blum, P.A.6750 W. 93rd St., Suite 110Overland Park, KS 66212p: (913) 341-0303f: (913) 341-0747
The scope of this committee shall include the area of law dealing with all types of insurance, with the primary purpose of recommending needed changes, if any, for the improvement of the insurance law of Missouri, and
Provides to the Board of Governors its views concerning the program of insurance approved and sponsored by The Missouri Bar and examine other programs as a means of determining whether there is a need for improvement or change in those programs already approved by The Missouri Bar. Also, the committee shall, from time to time, discuss the administration and promotion of the programs with the administrators of the various plans approved by The Missouri Bar.
Insurance Programs CommitteeCo-Chair: Michelle W. Tilton
Media Risk Consultants LLC4835 W. 87th St.Prairie Village, KS 66207p: (913) 909-9419
Intervention CommitteeChairperson: Hugh F. O'Donnell III
204 W. Linwood Blvd.Kansas City, MO 64111p: (816) 931-5533f: (816) 561-9355
Juvenile Courts & Laws CommitteeCo-Chair: Jill M. Katz
Jill M. Katz, LLCP.O. Box 140555Kansas City, MO 64114-0555p: (816) 421-5289f: (816) 222-0863
The scope of this committee shall include the study and consideration of all substantive and procedural laws of state and federal jurisdictions concerning the administration of juvenile justice, adoptions and other laws thereto related, including preventative programs and education programs for public, bench and bar. Recommendation for changes in the common law or state shall be submitted to the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar for approval.
Juvenile Courts & Laws CommitteeCo-Chair: Allison Wolff
6341 Southwood Avenue, Apt. 2WClayton, MO 63105-3176p: (314) 583-0871f: (314) 615-4493
Labor & Employment Law CommitteeChairperson: Brian J. Christensen
Jackson Lewis P.C.7101 College Blvd.Suite 1150Overland Park, KS 66210p: (913) 982-5761
The scope of this committee shall be to study the law of labor relating as a science, and to promote its fair and just administration; to study and report on proposed and necessary legislation; to encourage members of The Missouri Bar interested in the problems of management and labor throughout the state to meet and confer, through this committee, upon their various problems and to endeavor to define rules of conduct based upon the rights and responsibilities of labor and industry; and through such cooperation to promote justice, human welfare and industrial peace and recognition of the supremacy of law.
Lawyer Referral Service CommitteeChairperson: Michael McCrary
Kespohl, McCrary & Cornejo, LLCSuite 203, 1103 E. WalnutColumbia, MO 65201
p: (573) 443-2889f: (573) 443-3889
Lawyer to Lawyer Dispute Resolution ProgramChairperson: Ronald C. Willenbrock
Evans & Dixon, LLC211 N. Broadway, Suite 2500St. Louis, MO 63102p: (314) 552-4120f: (314) 884-4520
Lawyers' Assistance CommitteeCo-Chair: David Crawford
Senniger Powers LLP17th Floor, 100 North BroadwaySt. Louis, MO 63102p: (314) 345-7000 f: (314) 345-7600
The scope and function of this committee shall be to formulate policies and programs pertaining to the disease of chemical dependency as it impacts the legal profession and that will assist members of the Missouri Bar afflicted with the disease of alcohol and other drug addiction or any other impairments; to seek to inform and to educate members of The Missouri Bar as to these and other addictions and impairments, especially as they relate to members of the legal profession, with emphasis on symptoms, nature and treatment of these impairments; to maintain cooperative liaison with the Missouri
Lawyers' Assistance CommitteeCo-Chair: Lawrence Altman
Kansas City Public Schools1211 McGee, 9th FloorKansas City, MO 64106p: (816) 418-7610f: (816) 418-7411
Legal Education CommitteeChairperson: Keith A. Cutler
James W. Tippin & Associates21 West Gregory Blvd.Kansas City, MO 64114-1105p: (816) 471-8575f: (816) 421-0243
The duties and responsibilities of this committee are:
Legislative CommitteeCo-Chair: Hon. Karl DeMarce
Circuit Court of Scotland CountyScotland County Courthouse117 South Market St., Room 200Memphis, MO 63555p: (660) 465-2404f: (660) 465-8673
The scope of this committee is to provide recommendations to the Board of Governors regarding all legislation of state and federal jurisdictions which is submitted to the Board for consideration. This committee shall review the legislation to determine whether it is within the scope of The Missouri Bar's legislative activities and whether it is of an appropriate nature for action by The Missouri Bar. This committee shall also review the draftsmanship of proposed legislation submitted by Missouri Bar committees.
Local Government Law Committee Chairperson: Barbara E. Birkicht
St. Louis City Counselor's Office520 Market Street, Suite 4025St. Louis, MO 63106p: (314) 657-1302
This committee shall:
Media Law CommitteeChairperson: Patrick L. GroshongAxis Pro1201 Walnut, Suite 1800Kansas City, MO 64106p: (816) 292-7283f: (816) 471-6119
The scope of this committee is to consider and advise the Board of Governors of all appropriate legal considerations related to the media.
Patent & Trademark Law Committee
Chairperson: William J. Jacob
Jacob & Associates, LLCP.O. Box 413164Kansas City, MO 64141-3164p: (816) 204-6430f: (816) 214-8638
This committee shall make continuing studies of laws and procedures, both state and federal, applicable to patent and trademarks, especially as to all aspects which may particularly affect residents of Missouri, and lawyers practicing in Missouri, and suggest, consider and recommend modifications to such laws and procedures.
Press Bar CommissionChairperson: Frank L. Martin, III
West Plains Daily Quill125 Jefferson AvenueWest Plains, MO 65775
Property Law CommitteeChairperson: Katharyn Davis
Katharyn B. Davis, LLC1420 StrassnerSt. Louis, MO 63144p: (314) 962-1115f: (314) 968-5030
This committee shall study the law relating to all interests in real and personal property; the creation and transmission of interests in property; the examination of titles to interests in real property; draft and support legislation to affect improvements in the substantive lawy of real and personal property and titles; study the adjective law relating to the enforcement of property rights; and draft and support title examination standards for the guidance of title examiners.
Solo & Small Firm Practice CommitteeChairperson: Stacey L. Meinen
Law Office of Stacey L. MeinenP.O. Box 142411St. Louis, MO 63114p: (314) 265-8417f: (314) 395-8632
The purpose of this committee is to address any needs and concerns of Missouri lawyers practicing solo or in a small firm not presently served by other Missouri Bar committees by providing a forum for those lawyers to collect, develop and disseminate relevant materials and information. The committee is intended to service the needs of all lawyers in solo and small firms. The committee will coordinate its interests and activities with other Missouri Bar committees and sections with mutual interests and provide its advice and assistance to the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar.
Special Committee on CommitteesChairperson: Dana Tippin CutlerJames W. Tippin & Associates21 West Gregory Blvd.Kansas City, MO 64114-1105Zp: (816) 471-8575f: (816) 421-0243
Special Committee to Assist Lawyers in a Changing EconomyChairperson: Raymond E. WilliamsWilliams Law Offices, L.L.C.P.O. Box 169213 E. Main St.West Plains, MO 65775p: (417) 256-4529
f: (417) 256-5355
Staff Pension & Benefits CommitteeChairperson: Clarence W. Crumpecker, Jr.
1212 Huntington Rd.Kansas City, MO 64113p: (816) 363-1036
The scope and function of this committee shall include the consideration, implementation, supervision and revision of plans providing fringe benefits to members of the staff of The Missouri Bar. Such plans or changes thereto as may be recommended must first be approved by the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar before implementation.
Taxation Law CommitteeChairperson: Carole Iles
Bryan Cave LLP1770 Leo Smith RoadAshland, MO 65010p: (573) 556-6621f: (573) 556-6630
The purpose of the Taxation Committee shall, except in the case of matters of particular interest within the scope and purpose of some other committee, be:
Technology & Computer Law CommitteeChairperson: Jeffrey L. Schultz
Armstrong Teasdale LLPSuite 1800, 7700 Forsyth Blvd.St. Louis, MO 63105p: (314) 621-5070f: (314) 621-5065
The purpose of this committee is to consider the science and law related to the development of technology and computer law. This includes the utilization of technology and computers by lawyers and law firms as well as the law related to technology and computers.
Tort and Transportation Law CommitteeCo-Chair: Roger D. Nail, Jr.
Goza & Honnold, LLCSuite 250, 11150 Overbrook Rd.Leawood, KS 66211p: (913) 451-3433f: (913) 273-0509
The scope and function of this committee shall include study and consideration of all matters of a substantive nature in the field of tor and negligence law, except in the area of workers' compensation law, in both state and federal jurisdictions. Recommendations for substantive changes in statutory law shall be submitted to the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar for approval.
Tort and Transportation Law CommitteeCo-Chair: Theodore D. Agniel
Greensfelder Hemker & Gale, PCSuite 2000, 10 S. BroadwaySt. Louis, MO 63102-1747p: (314) 241-9090f: (314) 241-1265
The scope of this committee is to study and promote the development and understanding of local, state and federal laws and the administrative regulation of aviation.
Travel CommitteeChairperson: James T. Cook
Berkowitz, Cook & GondringSuite 100, 4420 MadisonKansas City, MO 64111-3464p: (816) 753-5000f: (816) 753-3641
The scope of this committee is to examine needs and recommendations for charter flights and other tours for members of The Missouri Bar and to make recommendations thereon to the Board of Governors.
Veterans and Military Law Committee Chairperson: David Lowe
David Lowe, Attorney at Law117 N. Benton StreetWaynesville, MO 65583p: (573) 774-3122f: (573) 774-6164
The scope of the Military Law Committee is to maintain liaison with and assist lawyers on active duty in the military service; to maintain liaison with other committees and organizations interested in military law; to keep all members of The Missouri Bar informed on developments in the field of military law; and to make reports and recommendations to the Board of Governors as may appear proper in the interest of The Missouri Bar and military with respect to this subject.
Women in the Profession CommitteeCo-Chair: William R. Bay
Thompson Coburn LLPOne U.S. Bank PlazaSt. Louis, MO 63101p: (314) 552-6008f: (314) 552-7008
The committee shall support the Joint Commission of the Supreme Court of Missouri and The Missouri Bar on Women in the Profession regarding the Commission’s work to assess the status of women in the profession, identify barriers to their advancement, combat bias in the justice system and legal profession and secure full and equal participation of women in the legal profession.
Women in the Profession CommitteeCo-Chair: Megan E. Phillips
Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District815 Olive StreetSt. Louis, MO 63101p: (314) 539-4300
Workers' Compensation Law CommitteeChairperson: Joseph R. Ebbert
Foland, Wickens, Eisfelder, Roper & Hofer, PCSuite 3000911 MainKansas City, MO 64105p: (816) 471-4619f: (816) 472-6262
The purpose and function of this committee is to consider and recommend changes in the law of workers' compensation and in the administration thereof; to consider the practice before the division, commission, and courts; and to collect and distribute information concerning the developments of compensation law and administration thereof to members of the bar and residents of the state.
Young Lawyers' Section CouncilChairperson: Bryan Sanger
Mandel & Mandel, L.L.P.1108 Olive St., Fifth Floor St. Louis, MO 63101p: (877) 893-1256f: (314) 621-1701
The Young Lawyers' Section is designed to further the objectives of The
Missouri Bar, to stimulate the interest of young lawyers in the activities of the bar, to conduct programs of interest and value to young lawyers, to be of assistance to the bar and its committees, and to assist in the establishment,
improvement and coordination of this section and local young lawyers' organizations. All members of The Missouri Bar under age 36 are automatically members of this section. The representative body of the Young Lawyers'
Section of The Missouri Bar is the Council. The Council determines questions of method and of policy relating to the accomplishment of the purposes of this section.
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