The Missouri Bar is a mandatory bar association headquartered in Jefferson City. It has more than 28,000 members and requires all attorneys practicing law in the state to join the bar. It was founded in 1821 and was initially segregated. Before it became integrated, it had 1600 members. After it became racially integrated, the organization changed its name from the Missouri Bar Association to simply the Missouri Bar.
The bar is currently governed by a 15-member Board of Governors. It also requires all attorney members to complete 15 CLE credit hours each year.
Joining the state bar requires members to pay annual dues to the group. The dues can be paid directly on the bar’s website. There are four categories of membership to the Missouri Bar.
The amount of dues that an attorney will owe each year depends on his or her standing in the legal profession in the state. It also depends on the attorney’s age, the number of years he or she has been practicing law, and for how long he or she has been admitted to the state bar.
Every member receives an invoice with the amount of membership fees due for the year. Once they have that invoice, they can log into their accounts on the Missouri Bar’s website and pay their dues.
In exchange for their dues, members receive benefits that include discounted health and life insurance, retirement savings plans, discounts on travel and car rental services, and savings on office supplies, credit card processing, and courier services. They also can take advantage of the CLE or Continued Legal Education services found on the bar’s website. They can discover what courses are being offered, at what location, and how much the instruction costs.
The Missouri public is also invited to use the bar’s website for legal research and other purposes. They have access to all of the names and locations of attorneys practicing in the state. The attorneys are listed by what city they practice in and in what legal specialty. People can also file complaints against attorneys or have their fees disputed and investigated by the bar. The Missouri Bar website also has educational resources that teachers and law students can access for class projects, research, and other uses.
The Missouri Bar is active on a variety of social networking sites like Instagram and Facebook. Its mailing address is PO Box 119 in Jefferson City, Missouri, 65102.