• Annual Meeting Reengineered

    Virtual offering reengineered and focused to respond to an extraordinary time and year.

    Three Important Topics
    Four Important Speakers
    (and Three+ Hours of Free CLE)

  • Strategies for Well-being: Now More Than Ever

    Join Bree Buchanan, senior advisor for Krill Stategies and co-chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being.

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  • Traditions That Bond, Celebrate a Storied Profession

    Senior Counselors honored, swearing-in and passing presidential gavel, Chief Justice’s remarks to the bar.

  • Law and a Global Pandemic

    Crisis + Existing Trends = Acceleration of a More Diverse Legal Profession?

    Join internationally renowned expert, Harvard Law Prof. David Wilkins for a lunchtime presentation.

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  • Law and a Global Pandemic

    Law and a Global Pandemic

    Join internationally recognized expert in law and public health Georgetown Law’s Lawrence Gostin and Shook, Hardy, & Bacon’s chair Madeleine McDonough.

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Earn a Total of 3.6 MCLE Hours | 2.4 Ethics | 1.2 Elimination of Bias

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a host of conferences, institutes and individual CLE programs from summer to fall, from in-person to virtual venues. This year’s Annual Meeting is pivoting too. Rather than moving the entire in-person conference to an already crowded virtual space, this year’s Annual Meeting is going to shift and offer:

  1. A “National Speaker Series" – three one-hour CLE presentations, four influential speakers, on three important topics, over three lunchtime segments during three days in September, and
  2. On demand delivery of the traditional profession-building activities (usually during the Opening Luncheon) that annually reinforce and remind us of our shared professional bonds and common values and celebrate the stability and strength of Missouri’s legal profession, even during these very unstable times.

At a time when the entire profession is working to recover from the effects of the worldwide pandemic, we are pleased to offer all 2020 Annual Meeting events at no-cost for members, thanks to our generous sponsorship partners.

Annual Meeting National Speaker Plenary Series: Influential Experts, Timely Topics

Bree Buchanan, Krill Strategies

Strategies for Well-being: Now More Than Ever

Wednesday, Sept. 16
12 noon - 1 p.m.
1.2 MCLE |1.2 Ethics

Explore Wednesday Session

Prof. David Wilkins, Harvard Law School

Reimagining Lawyering in a World on Fire

What the Pandemic and the Protests Mean for the Future of the Legal Profession 

Thursday, Sept. 17
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1.2 MCLE | 1.2 Ethics | 1.2 Elimination of Bias

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Madeleine McDonough

Prof. Lawrence O. Gostin, Georgetown Law & Madeleine McDonough, Shook Hardy & Bacon

Law and a Global Pandemic 

From Civil Rights to Legal Role of World Health Organization to Practical Glimpse at Emerging Legal Issues and Trends in COVID-19 Related Litigation, Case Law

Friday, Sept. 18, 2020
12 noon to 1 p.m.
1.2 MCLE

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Chief Justice's Speech, Senior Counselors Recognition, Swearing-in of President-Elect John Gunn

Wednesday, Sept. 16
10:00 a.m. (access on demand link from email message sent from 2019-2020 Missouri Bar President Tom Bender)

Look for an email before Wednesday's lunchtime plenary for a special President’s Message and instant access to the annual celebration that marks the end of a bar year.

Usually reserved for the Opening Luncheon at the Annual Meeting, this program is that yearly reminder to appreciate and value the common bonds, enduring values, and shared pride as a member of the profession – you can watch this 45-minute dose of inspiration immediately or later on-demand.

The programs normally part of the Opening Luncheon of the Annual Meeting include:

  • 2020 Senior Counselors recognition;
  • Farewell from President Tom Bender to formal swearing-in of President-Elect John Gunn; and
  • Annual remarks to the members of The Missouri Bar from Supreme Court of Missouri Chief Justice George W. Draper III

Plus an interview with Missouri Bar Executive Director Mischa Buford Epps.

Award Recipients Celebrated and Recognized Throughout August and September

While the virtual environment doesn’t do justice in honoring the lawyers who have been chosen recipients of the 2020 Missouri Bar, Missouri Bar Foundation, YLS and Prosecutor of the Year and Defender of Distinction awards, we have decided to expand the recognition beyond a single event. Instead, each grouping of awardees will be announced weekly extending the honor throughout the month of August and September.

Award Recipients