Judge Michael Manners to Be Honored by The Missouri Bar

Manners Will Receive The Missouri Bar Judicial Excellence Award

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Though he retires this week, Judge Michael Manners of Jackson County will be presented with the Theodore McMillian Judicial Excellence Award from The Missouri Bar on September 19, 2013, at the Judicial Conference Legislative Awards Breakfast. The award will be presented by 2012-2013 Missouri Bar President Pat Starke at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia.

“Throughout his service as a circuit judge with the 16th Judicial Circuit, Judge Manners has set an example of judicial excellence by presiding over more than 170 jury trials in a fair and impartial manner and providing outstanding public and community service by sharing his knowledge and guidance as a frequent lecturer at educational forums for trial judges and continuing legal education programs for attorneys,” said Starke. “This award reflects on his service as a judge, but it is clear he will continue to significantly contribute to Missouri’s legal system and the public as he returns to the arena as a trial attorney.”

Manners was appointed to the bench in 2000 and was twice retained to his nonpartisan judgeship by more than two-thirds of the vote of Jackson County residents. He was also nominated four times by the Missouri Appellate Judicial Commission to be considered for appointment by the governor to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court of Missouri.

In 2008 and 2009, he was voted “Best Circuit Judge in the State” through a statewide poll of attorneys that was conducted by the legal publication Missouri Lawyers Weekly. In 2012, he received the Joseph E. Stevens, Jr. Aspire to Excellence Award presented by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. Previously, Manners practiced as a trial attorney for 24 years and is a past president of the Eastern Jackson County Bar Association.

The Theodore McMillian Judicial Excellence Award is annually bestowed upon judges who set an example of judicial excellence by leadership in the advancement of justice, provide outstanding public and community service to the people of Missouri, and who are persons of the highest character, integrity and honor who inspire other members of the judiciary to similar noble purpose.

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