Mid-Missouri military service members and veterans received free estate planning services provided by local attorneys at a clinic held on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Ten volunteers from the Boone County Bar Association joined with the Military Legal Assistance Team of the Attorney General’s Office and the Harry S. Truman Veteran’s Hospital, to put on this estate planning clinic.
47 individuals were provided with estate planning services. 165 legal documents, including wills, living wills, and durable powers of attorney for healthcare, were prepared at no cost to the service members and veterans. “It was an honor to work with these military heroes to ensure their loved ones are taken care of,” said attorney Molly Metza. The attorneys who participated in the estate planning clinic were: Brian Dollar, Heather Ford, Tom Harrison, Jim Howard, Jill Jackson, Molly Metza, Mary Beth Mueller, Jason Simmons, Robin Winn and David Zerrer.
On April 25, 2019, the Black Lawyers Committee hosted a ‘Meet and Greet’ event at the Boone County History and Culture Center. Following brief remarks from Chair Robin Winn and BCBA President Jill Jackson, guests introduced themselves and got to know each other while enjoying wine donated from Randall Johnston’s private collection.
The event was well attended by many local attorneys, judges and honored guests, including 13th Circuit Judges Jeff Harris, Christine Carpenter, Brouck Jacobs, Leslie Schneider, Kimberly Shaw, Tracy Gonzalez, Stephanie Morrell; Columbia Municipal Judge Cavanaugh Noce; U.S. District Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps; Western District Court of Appeals Judge Ted Ardini; Jill Jackson, BCBA President; Randall Johnston, BCBA Vice-Pres.; Molly Metza, BCBA Secretary; Michael Middleton, Univ. of Mo. President Emeritus; S. David Mitchell, Assistant Dean, Univ. of Mo. Columbia Law School; Lauren Smith, President, Mizzou Black Law Students Assoc.; Tyler Brumfield, President, Missouri Black Pre-Law Students Assoc.; and Mary Ratliff, President, Columbia NAACP.
One of the initial goals of the BLC is to encourage local black lawyers to rededicate and recommit themselves to being active participants of the BCBA. Judging by the turnout of the Meet and Greet event, it appears the BLC is off to a great start! Photos of the event can be viewed on the BCBA Facebook page