Shook Associate Jason Harmon is one of 13 young lawyers who have been invited to join The Missouri Bar Leadership Academy’s Class of 2018-2019.
The program’s mission is to recruit, train and retain young lawyers for leadership in the Missouri bar. The Academy is offered to those who are younger than 40 years old or who have been admitted to practice for 10 years or fewer, with an emphasis on diversity of ethnicity, culture, gender, area of practice and region within the state.
Members of each year's class participate in The Missouri Bar Annual Meeting, Board of Governors meetings, spring and fall committee meetings and workshops specifically designed for the Leadership Academy. For one year, the class works closely with bar leaders to learn more about The Missouri Bar, cultivate leadership skills and develop a public service project. At the end of the year, members commit to serve the bar in an active capacity for two years.
From the inaugural class in 2001 to the 2018 class, nearly all graduates have actively participated in one or more bar activities:
- Six have been elected to the Board of Governors;
- 11 have been appointed by either the Supreme Court of Missouri or The Missouri Bar to a special task force or commission;
- Seven serve or have served on the Client Security Fund Committee;
- Two are volunteers in the Fee Dispute Resolution program;
- 11 serve or have served on the Advisory Committee on Citizenship Education;
- 10 were elected as officers in local bar associations around the state;
- 72 were speakers, moderators or authors for CLE programs and publications;
- 23 have served as a committee chair or co-chair;
- 17 were elected in the Young Lawyers’ Section Council;
- 12 have participated in the legislative review process;
- 15 have served on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee;
- Eight have been appointed to the Legal Education Committee;
- Two serve as editors of the Courts Bulletin;
- Two have served on the Lawyers’ Assistance Committee; and
- Two have served as a division chair.
Harmon represents manufacturers in both individual disputes and complex litigation centered on a range of products, from pharmaceuticals and medical devices to animal health and industrial products; a significant portion of his practice is related to the defense of pharmaceutical manufacturers in multidistrict litigation (MDL).