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Annual bar meeting probes ups, downs of poor economy

The struggling economy's impact on Missouri lawyers remains one of the main focuses of The Missouri Bar's annual meeting, beginning Sept. 23 in St. Louis. Conference sessions will coach lawyers on booming opportunities in bankruptcy and foreclosure, and how to advise business clients experiencing layoffs. "It's on everybody's mind ... and it cuts across all segments of the bar, large firms, small firms and all practice areas," said Tom Burke, bar president. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Ray Price Jr. (pictured) will address The Missouri Bar on Thursday, Sept. 24.

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Voters may be asked to scrap Court Plan

Missouri House Speaker Pro Tem Bryan Pratt, R-Blue Springs, right, chats with Missouri Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis, before moderating a panel discussion about the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan at the Millennium Hotel in downtown St. Louis on Thursday. James Harris, head of Better Courts for Missouri, said that his group is considering collecting voter signatures for a ballot measure in 2010, even as another attempt is made in the Legislature to overhaul the Nonpartisan Court Plan.

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