Join the Chief Disciplinary Counsel and Legal Ethics Counsel for a conversation regarding the ethics of working remotely of for lawyers, the need for continuity of care for clients, and the Missouri Judiciary response to COVID-19 and the impact of local stay-at-home orders.
Alan D. Pratzel, Chief Disciplinary Counsel
Melinda J. Bentley, Legal Ethics Counsel
Alan Pratzel was appointed as the Chief Disciplinary Counsel by the Supreme Court of Missouri in April 2007. In his position with the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Mr. Pratzel oversees the investigation and disposition of all complaints against lawyers in the State of Missouri. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Pratzel served for twenty-two years as a Special Representative for the Region X and XI Disciplinary Committees in St. Louis. Mr. Pratzel is also an adjunct professor of ethics at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
Melinda J. Bentley serves as Legal Ethics Counsel, and provides oral and written informal advisory opinions to attorneys on issues related to the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct. In that position, she also serves as administrator and counsel to the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri. She began serving in that position in 2012. Prior to that she worked for the Illinois State Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker and author on professional responsibility matters. Ms. Bentley is currently President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel, and formerly served as Chair of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct. She also currently serves on the Planning Committee for The Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference. Ms. Bentley is a member of The Missouri Bar, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Organization of Bar Counsel, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Cole County Bar Association, and Women Lawyers’ Association of Mid-Missouri.
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