As co-chair of a joint state bar/judicial task force exploring the future of the legal profession in Missouri, Bill Bay was determined to communicate at least one message pretty clearly to bar members last September when the task force’s report came out.
“This is not another report to go up on the shelf,” Bay says. “This was a very concerted effort by the [state] Supreme Court and The Missouri Bar. I told people, ‘If we’ve done nothing a year from now, it will be very disappointing.’”
A year later, there is no such disappointment: One recommendation from the task force’s comprehensive report is already in place, while meetings and information gathering are well underway for several other of the report’s findings.
“We have to keep telling people, ‘Here’s this report, and there are important things in there you should be looking at,’” Bay says.
That informational approach, along with several other strategies, have been key for Missouri and other bars that want to keep momentum moving after forming special task forces and/or committees that developed goal-laden future-of-the-profession reports and recommendations. By using everything from simple checklists to social media, several bar leaders say they are finding success in making sure that their forward-seeking missions are continuing to, well, move forward.