The Bar Plan Foundation, a non-profit organization created in 1993, provides education in ethics, malpractice prevention, and professionalism in the practice of law. It uses a multi-faceted approach including its ethics CLE seminar and webinar series, Risk Management hotline, and practice management program. The Foundation awards scholarships to third year law students at several law schools who exemplify the highest degree of ethics and professionalism.
The primary means of accomplishing this goal is through the Foundation’s Risk Management seminar series. The Foundation also conducts in-house law firm seminars and participates in state and local bar association conferences. Additionally, the Foundation offers a law firm audit program as well as operates a risk management telephone hot line for lawyers with ethics or malpractice questions.
The Foundation awards annual scholarships to third-year law students at several law schools. Each candidate must possess the highest degree of professionalism and ethics. The scholarships are funded from income from the risk management seminars and The Foundation’s annual golf tournament. Proceeds from the tournament not only fund the scholarships but also enable the Foundation to contribute to various local not-for-profit organizations.
"The funds that [Confluence Missouri] received [from the Bar Plan Annual Golf Tournament] in 2016 will be used towards the education of the dispute resolution and mediation process. In many other cities, ADR (alternative dispute resolution) has become an important tool for the judiciary and low-income individuals. We really didn’t have anything like that here [in St. Louis.]"
Simone McCartney - Founder, Confluence Missouri, Inc.