Senior Legal/Regulatory Counsel
City Utilities of Springfield
Maurice Moss doesn’t have to go far to find a role model for diversity and inclusion advocacy in law. His wife, Christa, as you’ll read elsewhere in this section, is also a 2021 honoree.
The utilities lawyer moved to southwest Missouri in 2017 after spending three years as a public utilities advisor with the U.S. Department of Energy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Earlier in his career, Moss worked in private practice and for the federal Department of Commerce in Kansas City, as well as the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon and Michigan.
A graduate of Oral Roberts University (like his wife) and Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School, Moss chairs the diversity committee of the Boys & Girls Club of Springfield and volunteers as a student mentor and baseball coach.
What makes you most proud of your legal practice?
I primarily practice in utility regulations, which includes the regulation of natural gas, electric, water, broadband and transit. I’m proud of my practice because it directly involves the necessities of life for an entire community. When I am litigating or negotiating on behalf of City Utilities of Springfield, I’m negotiating for that family on a fixed budget that cannot afford to have significant volatility in their monthly bills. My direct impact in protecting our customers from unreasonable costs is what makes me proud to work for City Utilities and in this field.
What goals remain unfulfilled for you as an attorney and advocate for Diversity & Inclusion?
As renewables move to be the primary resources for our energy needs, one of my goals is to make sure that those who are economically disadvantaged are not shouldering the cost associated with changes the industry makes as it moves to rely on more renewable sources, and that such individuals are given the opportunity to participate in those cost-savings programs and renewables.
What must Missouri’s legal community do to promote meaningful and long-term diversity within its legal/justice system?
We need to remove barriers that prevent minorities from attending law school and practicing in underserved communities by providing programs that support student repayment, helping with overhead costs for those attorneys and mentoring programs that assist underrepresented attorneys who are willing to practice in underserved communities.