The Advisory Committee & Legal Ethics Counsel

       COVID-19 NOTICE
       YOU ARE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THIS BUILDING IF:

⸰      You are currently exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 72 hours such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell;
⸰     You have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or
⸰     You have traveled to another country in the last 14 days or traveled to a high-risk area.
Essential visitors, including service providers, who must enter the inner office will be required to wear face masks or face coverings while in the inner office. Essential visitors will also be expected to adhere to social distancing guidelines, and may be subject to temperature checks prior to entry.

You may contact our office by telephone at (573) 638-2263.

Missouri lawyers also should view the LEC Resource Page “Ethical Considerations for Missouri Lawyers Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

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About the Advisory Committee

The Supreme Court appoints the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee consists of no fewer than six lawyers and two nonlawyers. Terms are four years. Members of the Advisory Committee serve without compensation, but are reimbursed for expenses.

In order to protect the public from persons unqualified or unauthorized to practice law, the Missouri Supreme Court has established an attorney disciplinary system. The Chief Disciplinary Counsel and the Regional Disciplinary Committees investigate complaints of professional misconduct. An attorney accused of professional misconduct may request a hearing to be held before a Disciplinary Hearing Panel selected by the Advisory Committee from a pool of disciplinary hearing officers appointed by the Supreme Court. The panel is made up of two lawyers and one lay person. If the Disciplinary Hearing Panel finds, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the lawyer is guilty of misconduct, it makes findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations for discipline, which are then filed in the Supreme Court. It is the responsibility of the Supreme Court to impose any discipline found to be warranted.

The Advisory Committee may give formal opinions and the Legal Ethics Counsel may give nonbinding informal advisory opinions, interpreting Supreme Court Rules 4, 5 and 6, to members of the Bar. The Advisory Committee also reviews complaint files that have been closed after investigation, at the request of the complainant. The Legal Ethics Counsel serves as counsel and staff for the Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee may waive penalties and past due enrollment fees upon proof satisfactory to it that any delinquency was caused by reason of physical or mental incapacity to engage in the practice of law. Rule 6.01(h).

Members of the Advisory Committee, appointed by the Supreme Court, are: Dorothy White-Coleman, Chair, St. Louis; Susan Appelquist, Vice-Chair, Mount Vernon; David W. Ansley, Springfield;  Richard E. Banks, St. Louis; Sheryl Butler, St. Louis; Edward C. Clausen, Jefferson City; Keith A. Cutler, Kansas City; Dale Siebeneck, Jefferson City; Jill A. Kanatzar, Kansas City; Elizabeth D. McCarter, St. Louis; Kirby Upjohn, Kansas City; Branson L. Wood III, Hannibal; and The Legal Ethics Counsel is Melinda J. Bentley.