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Future of the Profession Report - September 2016

Future of the Profession

About the Task Force

What does the future hold for the legal profession? That's what the Supreme Court of Missouri and Missouri Bar Joint Task Force on the Future of the Profession worked to determine. The task force published and shared its report at the 2016 Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar and Judicial Conference Sept. 21 - 23 which provides actionable recommendations for the state Court and bar to consider in order to help judges, lawyers and the public better meet the changes and potential challenges we will face. Learn more and view the full report at future.mobar.org.

Future of the Profession Report and Recommendations
A joint Missouri Bar – Supreme Court task force has completed its review of key issues likely to face the legal profession in the coming years and issued a report making recommendations designed to help lawyers better address the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The Joint Task Force on the Future of the Profession was created when then-Chief Justice Mary Russell invited the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar to join the Supreme Court in creating a task forced dedicated to examining issues facing the legal profession in the near future. Through its subcommittees, the task force focused on the future of the profession from four diverse perspectives: legal education and entry into the profession; leaving or limiting the practice of law; the impact of technology on Missouri’s lawyers and courts; and increasing accessibility of legal services and the sustainability of law practice. View the full report, including executive summary and list of recommendations at future.mobar.org.

Co-Chairs and Membership

Judge Paul C. Wilson William R. Bay

The Task Force on the Future of the Profession was co-chaired by Supreme Court of Missouri Judge Paul C. Wilson and William R. Bay of Thompson Coburn. The task force was comprised of equal numbers of judges and lawyers selected by the Court and the bar. Visit each subcommittee page to view subcommittee co-chairs and members.

Scope

The task force will work in four subcommittees which will explore the following areas of interest:

 

Timeline

The task force held its first meeting on April 24, 2015, at the Missouri Bar Center in Jefferson City. Subcommittees met throughout the year as they identified issues and challenges in their respective areas, research solutions and best practices to address those challenges and propose recommendations. Subcommittees provided final reports in advance of the March 2016 Spring Committee Meetings of The Missouri Bar. The task force then prepared a final report encompassing the reports of the subcommittees which was shared at the 2016 Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar and Judicial Conference on September 21 - 23, 2016, at Lake of the Ozark.  

Background
In September 2014, The Missouri Bar Board of Governors accepted an invitation from the Supreme Court of Missouri to create a Joint Task Force on the Future of the Profession. At the opening luncheon of the joint annual meeting of The Missouri Bar and the Judicial Conference of Missouri held Sept. 11, 2014, in Kansas City, then-Chief Justice Mary R. Russell encouraged lawyers and judges to recognize three major societal changes that we "must turn into opportunities for our profession:

  • The increasing size of our aging population.
  • The decreasing availability of state funding.
  • The rapid changes in technology."

    Russell added that the task force would "provide a mechanism for lawyers and judges to turn the challenges ahead into opportunities to better serve the public and continue to deliver fair and timely court services in an environment that may be unparalleled in recent history."


Then-Chief Justice Mary R. Russell at the opening luncheon of the joint annual meeting of The Missouri Bar and the Judicial Conference of Missouri held Sept. 11, 2014, in Kansas City.