Storm Victims Can Call The Missouri Bar to Receive Free Legal Help

A toll-free telephone number – 1-800-829-4128 -- has been established at The Missouri Bar to receive requests for legal help from storm victims. Callers will be asked for a brief description of their problem or question as well as a return phone number. Within 48 hours a volunteer attorney will return the call and provide free legal help. The volunteer attorneys cannot represent callers in court or accept the caller as a paying client. After talking with a volunteer attorney, callers may be referred to their local lawyer referral service if they decide they would like a lawyer to represent them.

After natural disasters, storm victims typically have many questions about insurance matters, mortgage or rent issues, contracts for repair work and lost legal documents. “The lawyers of Missouri want to do their part to ensure that storm victims have the legal information and sound advice they need for rebuilding their lives and communities,” said John S. Johnston, president of The Missouri Bar.

The legal relief for storm victims is a public service project, headed by The Missouri Bar’s Young Lawyer Section with the cooperation of the American Bar Association. More than 140 lawyers throughout Missouri have already volunteered to help storm victims get back on their feet by answering their legal questions and providing legal consultation over the telephone.

MoBar Quick Info

Organization and Purpose: The Missouri Bar is the statewide organization that all Missouri lawyers must belong to if they practice law. The Missouri Bar was created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri. It is considered an instrumentality of the state, not a private association nor a state agency. Its mission is to improve the legal profession, the administration of justice, and law on behalf of the public.

Member Size: Currently, the bar is comprised of about 32,000 members.

Staff Size: The executive director, Sebrina Barrett, supervises a staff of 50 employees. Click here to see a Staff Directory

Budget: Approximately $10 million. No tax dollars are used to support Missouri Bar activities. Most money is derived from dues that lawyers pay; some is derived from CLE programs and publications, grants and The Bar Foundation.

Governance: The Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar determines policies and sets the course of action for the state bar to follow. The 45 members of the Board are elected by bar members. The Board elects a president, president-elect and vice president to serve as officers of the bar.

Sections and Committees: The Missouri Bar offers more than 50 substantive law committees for its members to join. It also has two sections: a Family Law Section, and the Young Lawyers' Section.

Location: The Missouri Bar Center is located in Jefferson City, at 326 Monroe St.

Missouri Bar Resources and Activities: The Missouri Bar provides a wide variety of services and resources, not only to its members, but also to the news media, school teachers and the citizens of Missouri. These include: CLE programs and publications, an Annual Meeting, a Solo and Small Firm Conference, teachers’ programs, committee meetings and extensive services for attorneys. The bar also administers a minimum continuing legal education requirement for attorneys.