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Resource Review: Website Review: Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

If you’re interested in working in the Kansas City area after graduation, then you’ll want to check out the website of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA)( The website is divided into seven main sections, and a great deal of information is available to members and non-members alike.

The first section offers a basic overview of the association, including its history, purpose, bylaws, contact information, and recent press releases.

The focus of the second section is membership, which is free for all law students. This section also describes the various benefits of membership, including a subscription to the association’s monthly publication (the KC Counselor), discounted CLEs, car and hotel rental discounts, access to events and networking opportunities, and many others.

Related to membership, a separate section on the website provides a descriptive overview of the sections and committees available for members to join, including the Business Law Section, the Criminal Law Section, the Diversity Section, and several more. The site also offers an in-depth listing and descriptions of the various members-only annual and intermittent professional and social events.

Next comes a section on legal education, which includes a calendar listing all in-person and webinar CLE programs. Additionally, there is information about two special programs offered via KCMBA. The Bar Leadership Academy program helps participants master leadership skills to become better resources to the legal profession and the Kansas City community, and the Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy teaches new lawyers topnotch trial advocacy skills.

KCMBA’s website also contains a section describing resources that it offers to the public and in which lawyers can participate, including fee dispute resolution, Project Pro Bono, judicial evaluations, and other online resources.

Finally, there is a section devoted to the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF), KCBMA’s charitable organization. The site explains what the foundation does and offers a listing of KCMBF-sponsored events and other opportunities for lawyers to get involved specifically with KCMBF.

Overall, KCMBA’s website offers a great starting place for students who are seeking to break into or stay involved with the legal scene in the Kansas City area. In particular, members can take advantage of some very helpful educational opportunities.

Career 411: I Can Join Bar Associations in Law School?

Once you graduate from law school, you will likely join a few bar associations, including the Missouri Bar Association (MOBAR), a local Bar Association (like KCMBA or BAMSL) and the American Bar Association (ABA), which will provide you with many member benefits including CLE’s, socials, and discounts, that will be invaluable for the practice of  Continue Reading »

What's going on?: Oct. 6-10

This week we have a lot of exciting activities going on at Hulston Hall that you will surely want to make sure to attend. Kate Gallen, ’12, current law clerk at the Missouri Supreme Court for Chief Justice Mary Russell, ’83, will discuss her experience as a law clerk as well as the application process during  Continue Reading »

Resource Review: Website Review: Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

If you’re interested in working in the St. Louis area after graduation, then you’ll want to check out the website of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) ( The website is divided into seven main sections, but some features are available only to BAMSL members. The first section focuses on general information about  Continue Reading »

Career 411: CLE’s: One Way to Add Experience to your Resume

Are you looking to add relevant knowledge and experience to your resume?  Then you should consider attending Continuing Legal Education Seminars (CLE’s). Every lawyer who is licensed to practice law must attend a certain number of CLE’s each year to remain in good standing of their respective bar associations (15 hours in Missouri) and due to  Continue Reading »

What's going on?: Sept. 29 – Oct. 3

This week marks some amazing events at Hulston Hall… and if you haven’t already RSVP’d… you should now. Mizzou Law will be presenting the Pro Bono Month Kick Off on Wednesday, October 1st at 1:00 p.m. in the Courtroom, where Amy Lorenz-Moser, ’00, partner at Armstrong Teasdale, will speak about the importance of pro bono work and  Continue Reading »

Spotlight on the Profession: Guardian ad Litem

By: Jennifer Riedy If you have taken a family law class or were involved in the family violence clinic, you probably have some familiarity with the role of a guardian ad litem (GAL).  A GAL is primarily used in family court and can be appointed in numerous types of cases, including, but not limited to:  Continue Reading »