Missouri Lawyers Choose Members of 2012-13 Board of Governors and Young Lawyers’ Section Council

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The lawyers of Missouri, voting in districts throughout the state, have elected four new members to the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar and retained 15 incumbents for new terms. Voting at the same time, members of the state bar’s Young Lawyers’ Section (YLS) chose eight new members to that group’s governing Council and re-elected eight more.

New members of the Board of Governors are: Patricia Scaglia of Independence; Joan M. Swartz and Nicole Colbert-Botchway, both of St. Louis; and Gregg Lombardi of Kansas City.

The following members of the Board of Governors were re-elected to new two-year terms: Suzanne Bradley of St. Joseph; Neil F. Maune, Jr. of Hannibal; Brian K. Francka of Jefferson City; Ed Hershewe of Joplin; John W. Grimm of Cape Girardeau; Reuben Shelton, Hon. John K. Kintz, J.B. Lasater, Bevy Beimdiek, Nancy Mogab and Mark H. Levison, all of St. Louis; Brett Roubal of Springfield; Joel Elmer of Kansas City; Mira Mdivani of Overland Park, KS; and Raymond E. Williams of West Plains.

New members of the Young Lawyers’ Section Council are: Callie Pippin and Joshuah Peter of Kansas City; Kate Noland of Liberty; Julianne Germinder of Jefferson City; Stephen Holaday of St. Joseph; Michael Cherba and Morgan Murphy, both of St. Louis; and Brian Shepard of Springfield.

Incumbents elected to another term on the Young Lawyers’ Section Council are: Brandon Corl and Nicole Fisher of Kansas City; Michael Gardner of Cape Girardeau; Martie Clark of St. Charles; Jamica Johnson and Bryan Sanger of St. Louis; Brad Barton of Webb City; and Jonce Chidister of Malden. Gardner will also serve as the YLS representative on the Board of Governors.

The newly-elected and returning members of both groups will take office at the conclusion of the 2012 Missouri Bar Annual Meeting, scheduled for October 17-19 in St. Louis.

The Missouri Bar is a statewide organization that is dedicated to improving the legal profession, the law and the administration of justice for all Missourians. Created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, it serves all 29,000 of Missouri’s practicing attorneys. To achieve its mission, The Missouri Bar provides a wide range of services and resources to its members, as well as the media, educators and the citizens of Missouri. To learn more about The Missouri Bar, visit www.mobar.org.

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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.