After passing the Missouri State Bar exam and being sworn in by a judge, new attorneys are asked to sign a register to mark the occasion. Trent Thompson, left, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law and Alton High School, signs the Howell County Register of Attorneys as 37th Circuit Presiding Judge Steven Privette looks on. “I’m excited to help the people of West Plains,” said Thompson, who works for Williams Law Offices in West Plains. When Thompson signed the register Thursday morning, his name was added to a list of lawyers dating back to 1875; the first name in the register is that of W.M. Evans, who would later become a Missouri circuit court judge, according to Privette.

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