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Melinda J. Bentley

Legal Ethics Counsel


Melinda J. Bentley serves as Legal Ethics Counsel in Missouri where she 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 as Assistant Counsel from 2001-03, First Assistant Counsel from 2003-11, and Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs from 2009-11. She is a frequent speaker and author on professional responsibility matters. Ms. Bentley currently serves as a member of the Planning Committee for the American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Professional Responsibility’s National Conference on Professional Responsibility, the Planning Committee for The Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference, The Missouri Bar’s Special Committee on Remote Public Access to Case.net, and the National Organization of Bar Counsel’s Committees on Amicus, Website, Program, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She was a board member and officer of the National Organization of Bar Counsel from 2015-2020, including a term as President from 2018-2019, and formerly served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility (2020-2023), Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct as a member (2015-2016) and Chair (2016-2018), as well as a member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Coordinating Council (2016-2018). She is licensed in both Missouri and Illinois, and 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 Mid-Missouri Women Lawyers’ Association.

Product Type
Self-Study

2023 Expanded remote public access to court records and redaction requirements


Total Credits: 1.9 Self Study

Practice Area:
General Practice
Speakers:
Hon. Jeffrey Bates |  Melinda J. Bentley |  David Ransin |  Catherine Zacharias
Duration:
1 Hour 33 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Price:
$0.00 - Price

Product Type
Webinar

2023 Update from the Missouri Legal Ethics Counsel: June 2023 edition


Total Credits: 1.4 MCLE, 1.4 Ethics, 1.0 Kansas Credit, 1.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Ethics
Speakers:
Melinda J. Bentley
Duration:
1 Hour 11 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Price:
$120.00 - Registration
Date:

Thu, Jul 11, 2024 - 12:00pm to 01:11pm CDT


Product Type
Webinar

2023 Protecting yourself and the client: Best practices for documenting the client relationship and the ethics of retaining client files


Total Credits: 1.4 MCLE, 1.4 Ethics, 1.0 Kansas Credit, 1.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Ethics
Speakers:
Melinda J. Bentley |  Keith Cutler
Duration:
1 Hour 10 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Price:
$120.00 - Registration
Date:

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