Since the inaugural class of 2001 to most recent graduating class, Leadership Academy has graduated more than 150 alumni. Following graduation, 95% of the program's graduates have actively participated in multiple bar activities:
Academy Alumni and Service Projects
a 12-week social media campaign designed to link the bar with its newer
members. The campaign – entitled So Now
You’re a Lawyer – will provide tips, insights, and links to resources while
serving as a point of connection for new Missouri Bar members. Each member of
the Leadership Academy class developed blog posts and photos to answer common
questions of news lawyers, such as how to find a job, how to file a document,
or how to act in front of a judge. The content will be shared across social
media platforms utilized by The Missouri Bar, including Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, and Snapchat. Connect with and join the conversation using
#NewMOLawyers. Although geared toward new lawyers, the project will also serve
the bar’s overall communication strategy by providing information to new and
seasoned lawyers alike about the services and information available from the
Public Resource Directory. This extensive online listing
of resources available to Missouri citizens at the local, state and federal
levels include contact information specific to each county in the state of
Missouri. The directory includes information about how to find and choose a
lawyer, resources for families in need, health care resources, help for victims
of domestic violence, information about Social Security and disability,
consumer protection, criminal law, employment law, housing issues, immigration,
and a comprehensive list of contact information for government agencies at all
levels. The Public Resource Directory is published under the “Public Resources”
tab at missourilawyershelp.org.
content for two programs for expansion of Mini Law School for the Public. The
first, Becoming a Lawyer, examines
the intensive process from law school to the bar exam to continuing legal
education and the ethical rules all attorneys must follow. The second, Civil versus Criminal, explains the
differences between civil and criminal cases. The two presentations are
available for use as part of a half-day program for attorneys or judges to
offer to their local community, allowing the Mini Law School for the Public to
expand to any corner of the state.
K. B. Brown
A. Gomez Rodriguez
scripts and created a series of videos to provide information and raise
awareness of The Missouri Lawyers’ Assistance Program.
Internet is Forever,
a collection of lesson plans, student assessments, PowerPoint presentations,
and learning activities for teachers. The lessons are grouped into five
categories. There is also an overview explaining the project, its purpose and
goals to parents and school administrators.
Aspects of Practicing Law: A Manual for New Missouri Lawyers, a manual for new Missouri
lawyers to provide practical tips and guidance on handling issues and
navigating situations frequently encountered by those new to the practice of
(Apollo) D. Carey
M. Chatman, Jr.
B. Henderson Moore
21st Century Professional Perspectives,
a video that addresses issues of ethics, civility, and professionalism. The class
members wrote, directed, produced, and acted in the video, which is available
from The Missouri Bar as an instructional aid for use in law school courses and
continuing legal education programs.
Met with new attorneys at the spring enrollment
ceremony to provide information and encourage involvement in bar activities.
The class also produced a podcast series entitled We Are The Missouri Bar, featuring past and present Leadership
Academy members and Missouri Bar leaders discussing their involvement in the
D. White Thorn
a public service announcement to advance public awareness about the Missouri
Non-Partisan Court Plan. The PSA was broadcast through The Missouri Bar YouTube
channel. The class also presented to hundreds of college students about the
L. (Bob) Ortbals, Jr.
Missouri Bar pamphlet previously titled "Stepping Out." The title was
changed to Turning
18: Some Things About the Law You Need to Know and covered topics ranging from
leasing an apartment to drunk driving. The class also organized a group of
attorneys to present information from the pamphlet to Missouri high school
E. Tucker McCubbin
a 5K race at the Missouri Bar's Solo and Small Firm Conference to benefit The
Missouri Bar Loan Repayment Assistance Program.
the bar’s domestic violence public information brochure into Spanish. The class
also developed a list of shelters and organizations to assist in distributing
the brochures to Spanish-speaking Missourians.
a website to provide young people with information about legal issues they are
likely to encounter (e.g. family and domestic, labor and employment, juvenile,
and presented an 8-hour legal curriculum for Missouri Girls State
("MGS"). Prior to the class's involvement, students at MGS did not
receive college credit for their law course. The 2002-2003 class revamped the
MGS law program and submitted it to Central Missouri State University for accreditation.
Members of the 2002-2003 class then spent a week in Warrensburg and taught
approximately 175 MGS students. Some members of the class enjoyed the project
so much that they still teach law at MGS every year.
A. La Mar
class project focused on the importance of jury service. The class prepared a
teaching curriculum and a video titled "We the Jury." The curriculum
and video aimed to teach high school juniors and seniors about the jury
selection process and the role of the jury in the court system. The class then
used the curriculum and video to make presentations in schools.
"Rod" Chapel, Jr.
Class of 2000-2001
Project aimed to provide senior citizens with information about resources
available to them from the Missouri Bar. The class accomplished this by
integrating public service information available from the Missouri Bar into one
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