Melinda J. Bentley serves as Legal Ethics Counsel, and provides oral and written informal advisory opinions to attorneys on issues related to the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct. In that position, she also serves as administrator and counsel to the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri. She began serving in that position in July 2012.
Ms. Bentley graduated from Augustana College in Illinois with her B.A. in Political Science and East Asian Studies, and obtained her J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana. She is admitted to practice in both Missouri and Illinois. Ms. Bentley previously served the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) as Assistant Counsel starting in August 2001, became First Assistant Counsel in May 2003, and was also named as Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs in May 2009. Her prior responsibilities included providing educational information to ISBA member attorneys on professional conduct matters, serving as a moderator and speaker for ISBA continuing legal education programs on professional conduct topics, acting as an in-house counsel on a variety of legal issues, serving as staff liaison to several committees, and representing the ISBA before the Illinois General Assembly.
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