News for Missouri Lawyers
Gov. Jay Nixon has named former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ann Covington to the University of Missouri Board of Curators. Judge Covington’s appointment, which is subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate, is for a term ending January 2019. (More)
The 13th Judicial Circuit Court earlier this week elected Judge Jodie Capshaw Asel as presiding judge effective at the end of January. Judge Asel succeeds Judge Gary Oxenhandler, who served as presiding judge since March 2010. (More)
Starts in KC March 25, Civil and Domestic Cases in Independence March 4
Starting in March, Jackson County will become the largest circuit to date to begin utilizing paperless electronic filing. Computer filings will be mandatory for attorneys in civil and domestic cases. Paper filings will continue to be used in criminal, probate, and juvenile matters, as well as in pro se filings. (More)
News at the Bar
Missouri Bar President Pat Starke spoke about his plans to increase and organize the connectivity between The Missouri Bar and the Legislature during a presentation earlier this week at the Springfield Metropolitan Bar luncheon. Called Amicus Lex or A-Lex for short, the initiative is a way for lawyers to reach out to individual legislators in an organized fashion, and when appropriate, offer insights on matters that lawyers collectively agree upon.
Watch for the President’s Page in the next Journal for details.
Supreme Court of Missouri Chief Justice Richard B. Teitelman will deliver his 2013 State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly on Wednesday, January 23.
The Missouri Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2012 Lon O. Hocker Awards, presented annually to three young lawyers––one each from St. Louis, Kansas City and outstate Missouri––who have demonstrated exceptional proficiency in trial advocacy. (Nomination Requirements/Nomination Form) (See List of Award Alumni)
The Missouri Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for its David J. Dixon awards recognizing outstanding achievement in appellate practice by young lawyer members of The Missouri Bar. (Nomination Requirements/Forms) (See List of Award Alumni)
Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich earlier this week released a report on Missouri's Second Injury Fund, recommending that lawmakers and the governor decide if the fund’s statutory purpose is still public policy and take appropriate actions to reduce, eliminate or re-capitalize the fund. (More)
Equal Access to Justice
The date is set for the very popular “Justice for All” Ball benefiting Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s work to provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and families. Save the date, or better yet, purchase a ticket. (Details) (Invitation/RSVP Form)
Take a Few Moments to Share Your Pro Bono Hours from 2012
Did you provide 40 hours or more of pro bono service to low-income clients or organizations who serve the needs of low-income individuals during 2012? If so, The Missouri Bar wants to recognize your professionalism and your support for access to justice and the rule of law.
(Report Your 2012 Pro Bono Hours Online) (View Wall of Fame Recognition Details)
Tax help links
Certain owners of individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) have a limited time to make tax-free transfers to eligible charities and have them count for tax-year 2012. (More)
Technology has introduced a “new normal” for legal professionals, helping lawyers practice more effectively and efficiently with better client service. Learn the latest and network with technology pros in Chicago this April. Use promoter code EP1323 to receive a MoBar member discount. The early-bird rate ends March 11. (More) (Discount Registration Form)
Microsoft Word's "track changes" feature has some obvious benefits. However, seeing the edits you made may not always be a good thing especially if you are sending documents to opposing parties, who can simply click "track changes" and get some sense of your thought process. Findlaw’s Technologist blog offers three tips to protect your work. (Details)
Best of CLE Spotlight —recognizing outstanding leadership and dedication to MoBarCLE
Special thanks to Bruce K. Kirby, 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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