Missouri Bar Leadership Institute (MO BLI) is designed to provide training to incoming, current, and aspiring leaders of local and specialty bar associations and build collaboration and camaraderie among all bar organizations in Missouri.
This year we are offering a virtual “taste” of what MO BLI has to offer. We have chosen three of our best programs to offer to you virtually and conveniently over the lunch hour on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. As always, our presenters bring "real world" experience as current or past lawyer-leaders of local and specialty bar associations, giving attendees tangible takeaways to apply immediately along with a primer on valuable tech tools and tips from Missouri Bar’s communications pro.
If you like what you see, we hope you make plans to join us in person in 2022.
Amanda Burdick-Brown opened the Law Office of Amanda K. Brown, LLC in Springfield in 2016. She has gained a reputation as a caring yet resolute legal representative in matters of family law, estate planning and probate law, real estate, minor criminal defense, and employment law. She is also well-versed in the area of Indian law including Indian wills and the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Amanda worked as a two-year intern with Legal Services of Southern Missouri while completing her law degree. As a Rule 13 student, she was able to conduct high-level activities under the direct supervision of managing attorneys.
After graduating from law school, Amanda spent three years as a staff lawyer with Legal Services of Southern Missouri, representing clients in family law litigation, estate planning, and orders of protection. As a member of the Domestic Violence Unit, she gained extensive courtroom experience as well as experience with high conflict litigation and settlement techniques. She effectively collaborated with law enforcement, other advocates, and court staff in a 19-county service area.
Amanda attended law school at the Oklahoma City University School of Law. During her course of study, she also received a certificate in business law. She received the OKCU Legal Fellowship Award and served as the vice president of agricultural and environmental law.
Amanda is a graduate of Willard High School and spent her undergraduate years at Missouri State University in Springfield. She also spent a summer studying abroad in Marburg, Germany, leading to a certificate in European Union business and economics.
Farrah Fite is the communications director for The Missouri Bar in Jefferson City.
Farrah (@farrahfite) communicates and promotes - using traditional and new media - the wide range of services and resources The Missouri Bar (@MoBarNews) provides to help lawyers even better serve their clients. She also works with the bar’s officers when it comes to developing message maps for key issues, speech writing and interview prep. Farrah says she is most passionate about shaping messaging that makes sure audiences get WIIFM and communicating with audiences on the platforms they prefer.
Before joining the bar world in 2012, she headed up communications for the Missouri Senate. She is a former journalist having worked as a local TV reporter in Missouri and an associate producer at ABC News in Washington, D.C. She lives in #JCMO with her groom @WagnerGus.
Brent Green is a partner with Evans & Green LLP in Springfield.
Admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1982, Brent has practiced creditors’ rights law for over 35 years. He has gained a reputation for providing extremely effective representation for creditors and is deeply rooted in the community through a variety of volunteer efforts.
Brent was president of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association in 2008. His other volunteer activities include: commissioner for the Supreme Court of Missouri Commission of Civil Justice Reform; past commissioner for the nonpartisan court plan in Greene County; past president for the Springfield Area Credit Association, the ARC of the Ozarks, Kiwanis Club, and Ozarks Coin Club; founder and former chair for the Frisco Highline Run for Scouting; and vice president for Public Water Supply District #6 in Greene County.
Brent served as assistant prosecuting attorney of Greene County from 1983-1986. He is an adjunct professor at Missouri State University, teaching legal research and law office procedure.
Brent received his B. S. from Missouri State University, cum laude, in 1979. He received his J.D. in 1982 from the University of Missouri -Columbia.
John Gunn is the 2020-2021 President of The Missouri Bar.
John represents individuals and businesses in a variety of matters ranging from complex fiduciary litigation matters to minor probate proceedings. He has tried cases in several counties and has successfully litigated matters in probate, civil, equity and administrative courts in the State of Missouri and Illinois. John has also successfully argued matters before the Missouri Court of Appeals and has assisted in the successful litigation of matters before the Supreme Court of Missouri.
John earned his J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law in 2000. He attended Villanova University for his undergraduate studies from which he earned his B.A. in 1997.
John previously served on the Young Lawyers' Section Council of The Missouri Bar, including as a delegate to the ABA YLD Assembly and as the YLS delegate to The Missouri Bar Board of Governors. He also served for years as a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) Board of Governors as well as the executive committees of the BAMSL Young Lawyers Division and previously as president of The Lawyers Association of St. Louis.
Jill Jackson is of counsel with Ford, Parshall & Baker LLC in Columbia. Jill works on complex civil litigation cases, including malpractice claims in medical, legal and construction fields. She has been writing appellate briefs for twenty-five years and handles general civil appeals in all three state appellate districts as well as the Supreme Court of Missouri.
Prior to jointing FPB, Jill worked in general counsel positions with the Missouri Secretary of State and the Missouri State Treasurer. In addition to litigation, she oversaw contract development, managed personnel matters, worked on state budget issues and provided legal counsel for several statutorily created state boards and committees.
She grew up on a small farm in Centralia, Missouri and earned her J.D. from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law in 1995. Jill is a member and past president of the Boone County Bar Association. She is also a member of her local Salvation Army advisory board.
Shaun Stallworth is of counsel with Holman Schiavone, LLC in Kansas City. He practices in the areas of employment litigation, consumer protection, unemployment benefit appeals, severance agreements, wage/hour disputes, and municipal/criminal.
Before joining the firm, Shaun was an associate with SNR Denton US LLP and Sonnenschein Nath Rosenthal, LLP.
Shaun is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Urban Summit Young Professionals of Greater Kansas City, and the Jackson County Bar Association. His pro bono activities include Big Brothers Big Sisters and guardianship and family law matters.
Shaun earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law in 2008. His honors include Order of the Barristers, Dean's Award of Excellence, and National Moot Court Team. He also served as a legal intern to Judge Harold Lowenstein of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District.
Shaun was born and raised in the New Orleans metropolitan area. He received his B.A. in mass communication with an emphasis on public relations from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Ray Williams is a solo practitioner with Williams Law Offices, with offices in West Plains and Eminence. He is also a member of the 37th Circuit Bar Association.
Ray was elected 2018-19 president of The Missouri Bar. He was elected in 2008 to the Missouri Bar Board of Governors. He represented rural attorneys in District 13 (Carter, Crawford, Dent, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Iron, Maries, Oregon, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Shannon, Texas and Wayne counties).
Ray holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering, cum laude, from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and an M.B.A. from the University of Missouri - Columbia. He also received his law degree from MU, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, Order of Barristers, and Board of Advocates; he was also editor-in-chief of the Missouri Law Review.
Following his graduation, Ray served as law clerk to Judge John R. Gibson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, from 1995 to 1996.
The Missouri Bar is offering a limited number of scholarships to help leaders of bar associations attend this year's MO BLI Virtual Lunch & Learn. The scholarships will be given based on certain criteria and will waive the registration fee.
Please do not register if you are applying for a scholarship. Applicants will be notified as to the status of their application within 14‐16 business days after submission.
The Missouri Bar Leadership Institute provides training to incoming, current and aspiring leaders of local and specialty bar associations and builds collaboration and camaraderie among all bar organizations in Missouri.
Sponsorship opportunities are available at $250, $500, and $1,000 levels.
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Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm - Kansas City
Contact: Mira Mdivani
Phone: (913) 317-6200
About: Mira Mdivani’s practice focuses on complex immigration matters, such as corporate immigration compliance, internal I-9 audits, defense of employers in DHS and DOL investigations triggered by allegations of immigration non-compliance, and implementation of employer talent acquisition strategy involving visas for international personnel. Mira is a member of The Missouri Bar Board of Governors.
The Bar Plan - St. Louis
Contact: Cindy Pulvirenti
Phone: (314) 965-3333
About: The Bar Plan has protected Missouri lawyers with malpractice insurance longer than any competing carrier. We also offer court bonds, life insurance, workers’ comp and a business office package. The Bar Plan Foundation provides Risk Management CLE options.
Downey Law Group LLC -
Contact: Michael Downey
Phone: (314) 961-6644
About: Michael Downey is a legal ethics lawyer and founder of Downey Law Group LLC, a firm devoted to legal ethics, law firm risk management, and the law of lawyering. Michael regularly represents lawyers, their clients, judges, and other professionals in high stakes and complex civil litigation and disciplinary proceedings. He also serves as outside general counsel to numerous law firms. Michael is a member of The Missouri Bar Board of Governors.
The Gunn Law Firm - St. Louis
Contact: Michael P. Gunn
Phone: (314) 276-7058
About: Michael Gunn concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration and litigation and in general civil litigation. He is a past president of The Missouri Bar. John Gunn represents individuals and businesses in a variety of matters ranging from complex fiduciary litigation matters to minor probate proceedings. He is currently serving as president of The Missouri Bar for the 2020-2021 bar year.
|Program Date/Time||Session Title||Credits||Duration||Course Details|
|Apr 27, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (CDT)||
Time Management and Personal Well-Being For Effective Bar Leadership and Board Delegation
||Total Credits: 1.2 MCLE , 1.2 Ethics , 0.0 Elimination of Bias||1 Hour 10 Minutes||More info »|
|Apr 28, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (CDT)||
There's an App for That - How to Run Your Bar from Your Phone
||Total Credits: 0.0 MCLE , 0.0 Ethics , 0.0 Elimination of Bias||1 Hour||More info »|
|Apr 29, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (CDT)||
Dialogue on Challenges, Strategies, Solutions … and Rewards of Leading a Bar, Especially Without Staff
||Total Credits: 1.2 MCLE , 0.0 Ethics , 0.0 Elimination of Bias||1 Hour 30 Minutes||More info »|
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