Missouri Bar President P. John Brady is a a
shareholder in the firm of Polsinelli P.C., where his major practice areas
include commercial and tort litigation for businesses.The Kansas City attorney assumed his role as 2013-14 president of The Missouri Bar at the Opening Luncheon of the 132nd Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar on September 19, 2013.
member of the Board of Governors since 2002, Brady served as president-elect
for the past year working diligently to protect Missouri’s Nonpartisan Court
addition to his duties with the bar, Brady is a former president of the Kansas
City Metropolitan Bar Association, having served on its committee. He is a
lifetime member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation and served as
president of that organization in 2005. He has served as national chair of the
American Association of Justice’s Business Torts Section and currently serves
as co-chair of the Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee of the
American Bar Association’s Section on Litigation.
has been a speaker at numerous state, national and local legal education
programs for lawyers. He is also the author of a variety of bar journal articles.
Brady earned his law degree in Nebraska from Creighton University and completed his
undergraduate work with a B.S. in business at the University of
Connect with him through social media at www.Facebook.com/MoBarPresident or www.Twitter.com/MoBarPresident.
Brady will serve a one-year term as president. The election for his successor will be held at The Missouri Bar’s Annual Meeting in September 2014 in Kansas City.
is the theme of his presidency, with programs that will utilize the Internet to
better educate the public on the administration of justice and assist attorneys
in improving their productivity, identify the best methods of providing support
for organizations that provide legal services to low-income Missourians, and aid
successful transitions for new lawyers and lawyers ready to retire.
People’s Justice System: Under
Brady’s leadership, The Missouri Bar will develop online resources that are
easily accessible to Missourians that will help improve their knowledge of how
the state’s legal system works.
system of justice belongs to the people of our state and the citizens deserve
ready access to information that helps them better understand how it works,” Brady
said. “To that end, we will use technology to provide videos and other
resources to educate the public on what to do—or at least consider—when faced
with a common legal problem.”
for Legal Aid: Brady will create a task force
to examine best practices in other states and recommend ways to provide
continuing support to organizations which provide legal assistance to
“We can do better when it comes to
meeting the demand to provide affordable legal services to low-income
Missourians,” Brady said. “That is why I am creating a task force that will
look at ways to best support all organizations that provide legal assistance to
low-income Missourians in order to help them better meet the needs of
Missourians who can’t afford an attorney.”
Relevancy to Lawyers: Brady will work with members of the Bar to determine
ways to increase relevancy as well as implement digital strategies aimed at
improving the Bar’s website and online resources to better engage and assist
members of The Missouri Bar.
and improving The Missouri Bar’s relevance to all of its members is one of my
primary goals,” said Brady. “In order to remain relevant to nearly 30,000
members, The Missouri Bar must continually assess what resources its members
need and how it provides those needed resources to its members.”
Successful Transitions: Brady will focus on key transitions in the
profession, helping young lawyers have a fulfilling career and senior lawyers
transition from the practice of law into retirement.
“In today’s economy, it can be very difficult
for young lawyers to succeed and for senior attorneys to be able to wind down
their practice,” Brady said. “By creating programs to assist both sectors of
attorneys, we can make sure more of our members successfully transition at key
points in their careers.”
Brady will continue to promote The Missouri Bar’s Pro Bono
opportunities, whether it is to assist disaster survivors, or to provide access
for low-income people in civil matters or criminal cases. Brady noted he will
continue work on several key initiatives already under way, including protecting
the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan, efforts to pass legislation that would reorganize
Missouri’s Criminal Code, and building participation in Amicus Lex, a program
which connects lawyers with their legislators in order to provide legislators
with a trusted, local voice when it comes to the Bar’s position on key issues.
Over the course of the past few years, several Missouri Bar presidents have used this column to ask for your support of the bar-drafted and sponsored comprehensive revision to Missouri’s Criminal Code. All of your hard work has finally paid off. Late last week the Missouri House and Senate, after fixing a few minor drafting errors that Governor Nixon identified in his review, overwhelmingly passed the revised Criminal Code. It will become effective on January 1, 2017.
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