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ESQ Weekly Newsletter

October 25, 2013

Commission Selects Panel for Circuit Judge Vacancy in Jackson County
The Sixteenth Circuit Judicial Commission interviewed 24 applicants and selected a panel of three nominees for the circuit judge vacancy in Division 7 of the Jackson County Circuit Court. The nominees are S. Margene Burnett, Janette Rodecap and Bryan Round. (More)

S. Margene Burnett Janette Rodecap Bryan Round
S. Margene Burnett Janette Rodecap Bryan Round

Fall Committee MeetingsJoin Us for Fall Committee Meetings on November 22
25 Committees/Sections to Meet, Free CLE Offered
Twenty-five committees and sections are scheduled to meet with more than half offering CLE programs. Supreme Court of Missouri Judge Paul C. Wilson is speaking at the complimentary luncheon. Meetings and CLE are free to members of The Missouri Bar. Committee membership is not required to attend.  (Preregister Here) (Meeting Agendas & CLE Offerings)

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This week's cases and Supreme Court orders

Each week, The Missouri Bar provides links to all hand downs published on the Internet during the past seven days by the Supreme Court of Missouri and the Missouri Court of Appeals. The Missouri Bar has created pertinent headings and summaries for each case. This week includes 20 hand downs pertaining to:  

Civil Criminal DWI Employment
Employment Security Family Insurance Juvenile
Post-Conviction Probate Real Estate Workers' Compensation

(All Cases)

Order Dated October 23, 2013
Re: Rule 9.03 - "Visiting Attorney Appearing in a Particular Case"
(Order - 3 pages) (Quick Read Version - 2 pages)

QuickRead versions are color coded: deletions in red; additions in blue. They are prepared for Missouri lawyers to highlight text changes in Orders. The Order controls if there is any variation between the QuickRead version and Order. QuickRead version applies to rules only, not instructions.

News for Missouri Lawyers
Public Defenders Facing Furloughs, Unfilled Vacancies
Missouri State Public Defender Cat Kelly sent notice to Missouri judges that furloughs are coming to the state Public Defender system on Jan. 1, unless Gov. Jay Nixon releases money he withheld at the start of the state business year on July 1. (Jefferson City Tribune Article)

Missouri Prosecutors Release Statement on Public Defender Furlough
"We agreed – along with the public defender – to common-sense reforms to the public defender system during the legislative session earlier this year, but those reforms were not based upon budgetary matters,” said Matt Selby, president of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (MAPA). (Full Statement)

District 8 Attorneys Voting in Special Election to Fill Board Vacancy
Attorneys eligible to vote in the special election to fill the Board of Governors vacancy in District 8 have until November 5 to cast a vote. (Notice and Full Details) (Access Electronic Ballot)

Missouri Bar to Recognize Senator, Two Representatives with Legislative Awards
Presentations at Fall Committee Meetings on November 22
Missouri Bar President Jack Brady will present 2013 Legislative Awards to Missouri Sen. Bob Dixon, Rep. Stanley Cox and Rep. Mike Cierpiot during the Fall Committee Meetings. The awards will be presented in the morning and the legislators will also be recognized for their leadership at the luncheon.  (More)

News at the Bar
Lawyers Have About One Week Left to Vote in Four Judicial Commission Elections
Electronic voting is underway to fill vacancies on four of Missouri’s nonpartisan system judicial commissions. Lawyers eligible to vote in the Sixth, Seventh and 31st Judicial Circuits and in the Southern Appellate District can vote online. All four elections end on November 2. (Missouri Judicial Commission Electronic Elections Portal)

16th Circuit Judicial Commission Seeks Applicants for Associate Circuit Judge
The 16th Circuit Judicial Commission is accepting applications for the office of associate circuit judge, Division 26 of the 16th Judicial Circuit (Jackson County), to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Garrett to circuit judge. Applications are due by November 8. (More)

Cooper and Ripley Counties Will Launch eFiling on Monday, October 28
Cooper and Ripley Counties are next in line to start Missouri ‘s eFiling System. Both counties are scheduled to begin implementation on Monday. (Cooper County) (Ripley County) (Next  eFiling Training Webinar – November 12)

Save $100 on MoBar ADR Committee Co-sponsored ABA Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Institute in Nashville
Missouri Bar ADR Committee co-sponsorship makes it possible for Missouri lawyers to save $100 off the registration rate for the ABA’s Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Institute, November 21 and 22 in Nashville.  (More)

Bankruptcy Filings Drop 12 Percent in Fiscal Year 2013
Bankruptcy cases filed in federal courts for fiscal year 2013—the 12-month period ending September 30, 2013—totaled 1,107,699, down from 1,261,140 filed in FY 2012, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. (More)

25 Counties Will Implement eFiling in 2013, Are You Ready?
Learn About Efiling From the Comfort of Your Office - Take a Webinar!
Two Missouri eFiling webinars are scheduled in November and two more in December. The next webinar is scheduled for November 12. Additional webinars are scheduled for November 18, December 5 and December 11. All webinars are scheduled from 2 – 3:30 p.m. (More)

Equal Access to Justice
Looking for Pro Bono Opportunities? Use Missouri Bar’s Pro Bono Website to Connect with Organizations Serving Those in Need
Pro Bono OpportunitiesLawyers can visit the MoBar Pro Bono website to search for pro bono opportunities by legal area, geographic location, or by organization name and make a connection with an entity or organization that can benefit from your legal skills and help. (Visit Website)

Federal Court Offers Pro Bono Opportunities for Lawyers and Law Firms in Eastern District of Missouri
The U.S. District Court is creating a panel of volunteer attorneys and law firms willing to take occasional appointments to provide legal representation to unrepresented civil litigants. (Complete Volunteer Panel Application)

Tax help links
November Edition of IRS News for Tax Professionals
This edition includes information on employer/retirement plans, tax tips, recent Treasury decisions and guidance on reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act. (More)


IRS Practitioner Tax Center
IRS Tax Information for Tax Professionals

Best of CLE Spotlight —recognizing outstanding leadership and dedication to MoBarCLE
William HubbardSpecial thanks to William L. Hubbard 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)

Newsmakers & Movemakers
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News from Law Schools
Will 2016 Law Grads Have Trouble With Bar Exam? Law Prof Analyzes LSATs and Sees Possible Impact
The number of law school applicants has been shrinking in recent years, but the decline is more pronounced for students with top LSAT scores and for those who come from elite colleges and universities, according to an analysis by a law school professor. (More)

MU: Univ. of MO School of Law
UMKC: Univ. of MO - Kansas City School of Law
Wash U.: Washington University School of Law
SLU: Saint Louis University School of Law

The Big Picture – issues and trends affecting the profession
Outside Spending Floods Judicial Elections at Record Levels
Source: Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
In the first full election cycle since Citizens United, special-interest groups and political parties spent an unprecedented $24.1 million on television ads and other election materials in state court races in 2011-2012, according to a new report. (More)

The Missouri Bar Jobs for Missouri Lawyers
Search full or part-time employment listings
Search contract opportunities
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Pro bono opportunities available throughout Missour

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Non-Partisan Court Plan & Other Judicial Vacancy News & Information
Current Vacancies and Details

Letters to the Editor

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Resource Reminder – available only through The Missouri Bar
Free Member Benefit Just Got Better - Fastcase Adds New Annotated Version of Missouri Statutes
FastcaseFastcase has released a new annotated version of the Missouri Statutes.  This new feature is just one way Fastcase – your free legal research tool – continues its work to meet your needs as a Missouri lawyer. Your Fastcase member benefit – a $695 value – is available free to members of The Missouri Bar. (Learn More About Addition of Annotated Version of Missouri Statutes) (More on Fastcase)

Last Chance to Save 50% on MoBarCLE Evidence Restated Deskbook
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MoBarCLE Resources

Spotlight on an Upcoming MoBarCLE Program
Stepping Up2013 Stepping Up and Stepping Out: New Lawyer Experience
November 1-2 in St. Louis, November 15-16 in Blue Springs
It's simply the best way to make sure you are up-to-speed on the latest developments in your practice areas. Choose from 24 sessions that teach you how to really practice law. There are just so many choices—you plan a program that includes the topics that you want to know about. (St. Louis) (Blue Springs)

Next week's MoBarCLE programs
Program Day Date Time Format
Planning to Avoid Probate Tues. Oct. 29 12 noon - 1 pm Telephone Seminar
Malpractice Alert: Important Changes to MAI-Civil & Preserving Your Case for Appeal Wed. Oct. 30 2 - 3 pm Telephone Seminar
Attorney Ethics and ADR Thurs. Oct. 31 12 noon - 1 pm Telephone Seminar
It's in the Can: Be Your Own Risk Manager & Avoid Malpractice Thurs. Oct. 31 12 noon - 2 pm Webinar Replay
Stepping Up & Stepping Out: The New Lawyer Experience Fri. - Sat. Nov. 1 - 2 8 am Fri. - 4:10 pm Sat. Conference
UCC Article 9: Lien Foreclosure & Remedies Fri. Nov. 1 12 noon - 1 pm Telephone Seminar

CLE Calendar

Best of CLE Course Notes
Free MoBarCLE course materials are available at the Lawyer Resources for a Changing Economy page of our website.

MoBarCLE publications for your library
Guidebook—Trust and Estate Legislation Update: QSJTs, Decanting, UAGPPJA, and More (2012)
Affordable, focused, available in a choice of formats: softbound print, download, CD-ROM.
Take advantage of the affordable pricing: $39 each; $59 for print plus either electronic format!
Purchase this MoBarCLE Publication Online

Deskbooks—Elder Law (2nd ed. 2010)
View Excerpt from Chapter 5, "Medicare and Supplemental Health Insurance" (PDF - 15 pages)
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MoBarCLE Deskbooks Are Available Electronically through Fastcase, LexisNexis and Loislaw




In Memoriam
September, 2013

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