News for Missouri Lawyers
Judge Gary Lynch of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District has been elected president of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal (CCJSCA). He will serve a one-year term.
Immigration cases continued to be the fastest growing segment of cases in the federal system according to the latest report of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, increasing from 18.6 percent of the annual federal caseload in 2002 to almost 35 percent last year. (More)
The IRS now requires that credit card processors report all gross credit card transactions processed for businesses (including lawyers and law firms) and will impose a 28 percent withholding penalty on all transactions if the taxpayer identification number (TIN) and the legal name on each account does not match exactly. Lawyers risk ethics issues if funds are withheld from an IOLTA account. (More Details) (Advice from LawPay)
News at the Bar
Holiday parties and gatherings can be especially difficult when you are already struggling with substance abuse. Missouri Lawyers Assistance Program (MOLAP) offers Missouri Bar members, their families and law students 24/7 access to confidential counseling at no cost. Call MOLAP at 1-800-688-7859.
Lawyers can complete their 2013 enrollment process online, including the payment of enrollment fees using a credit card. A convenience fee does apply when using a credit card. Dues payment deadline is January 31. (Enrollment Fees Online)
Year-end is a great time to take a few moments to review and update your official Missouri Bar record. View your record online in the members-only section at www.mobar.org.
A recently added feature added to the member profile offers lawyers the opportunity to add practice area and practice setting information. (Review and Update Your Profile Online Now)
Does your processor meet ABA standards when it comes to correctly safeguarding and separating client funds into trust and operating accounts? Is PCI Compliance provided at no additional cost? With LawPay, the answers are Yes and Yes. And Missouri Bar members can also save up to 25% on processing fees.
(More on this Member Benefit) (LawPay)
Tax help links
The IRS announced updated procedures to strengthen the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) program requirements. The new modifications and documentation standards further protect the integrity of the ITIN application and refund processes while helping minimize burden for applicants. (More)
Best of CLE Spotlight —recognizing outstanding leadership and dedication to MoBarCLE
Special thanks to Scot W. Boulton, who has generously contributed his time, talent and knowledge to help create excellent CLE programs and publications. His commitment to share his expertise with colleagues is an integral part of MoBarCLE’s ongoing effort to educate Missouri lawyers and ultimately to enhance the quality of legal services to the public. (Read More)
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News from Law Schools
Case Western Reserve University law dean Lawrence Mitchell appears to be fighting a losing battle. In a New York Times op-ed, Mitchell last week criticized the “hysteria” and “overwrought atmosphere” that are discouraging talented individuals from attending law school. (ABA Journal Article)
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