The media play a crucial role in keeping the public informed about the courts and the other two branches of government. Missouri Bar staff are eager to get reporters in touch with the sources and resources they need to provide accurate and thorough coverage of the courts and legal issues.
St. Louis Civil Rights attorney Frankie Muse Freeman received a 2014 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession during an award ceremony luncheon on February 8 at the American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago. The Spirit of Excellence Award celebrates the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who excel in their professional settings; who personify excellence on the national, state or local level; and who have demonstrated a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession. Freeman has dedicated her life’s work to the civil rights movement.
The Missouri House Judiciary Committee advanced legislation last week to reorganize Missouri’s criminal code making it
more transparent to the public. The measure, House Bill 1371, is the result of four years of cooperative work of The Missouri Bar Criminal Code Revision Subcommittee comprised of experienced prosecutors and defense attorneys, as well as representatives from the judiciary and the legislature.It marks the first major update of the Missouri Criminal Code since 1979.
More than 30 students from across the state competed Monday in The Missouri Bar sponsored “We the People” statewide simulated congressional hearings held at the Missouri State Capitol. Westminster Christian Academy of St. Louis and Joplin High School won the honor of representing Missouri at the national “We the People” competition held April 25-28 in Washington, D.C.
Legislation to reorganize Missouri’s criminal code is one step closer to becoming law with hearings conducted today by both the state Senate and House Judiciary Committees. The bills, Senate Bill 491 and House Bill 1371, sponsored by Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and Rep. Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, respectively, could be voted on by each committee as early as next week.
A toll-free telephone number has been established at The Missouri Bar to receive requests for legal help from storm victims. Callers will be asked for a brief description of their problem or question as well as a return phone number.
Joplin High School Students Win Statewide Civics Competition
It takes more than a tornado to stop the Joplin students of Mr. Keczkemethy’s high school government class. The students won this year’s statewide We the People civics competition, held in Jefferson City. His students demonstrated their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and our system of government in mock hearings, which were judged by lawyers and Missouri state judges.Typical questions the students addressed were: “How have the values and principles embodied in the Constitution shaped American institutions and practices?”
What made their accomplishment even more significant was that they had lost their library of civics books in last year’s tornado and depended on the Internet and a few texts.
Students representing Joplin High School were: Laurna Alumbaugh, Siri Ancha, Robert Barr, Derek Carter, Jerad Fischer, Taylor Haddad, Brandon Holman, Julia Lewis, Taylor Mann, Lydia McAllister, Matthey O’Dell, Danielle Patrick, Ethan Ritchel, Raycee Thompson, Zackary Wages and Alexa Wilcoxon.
This is the second year in a row that Joplin High School has won and will represent Missouri in the national finals in Washington, D.C., later in the spring.
The Missouri Bar is the state’s sponsors of We the People. We the People is a civics education program that has been rated as one of the top 10 educational programs in the nation.
President of the Missouri Bar, Lynn Whaley Vogel, wrote an op-ed piece to the Sedlia Democrat expressing her views that Missouri's Non-Partisan Court plan does not silence the public's voice.
The Missouri Bar and The Missouri Bar Board of Govenors were deeply saddened with the passing of Carol Chazen Friedman. Missouri Bar President Lynn Whaley Vogel released the following statement.
A legislative proposal, drafted by a specially appointed Missouri Bar committee and endorsed by the bar’s Board of Governors is expected to get significant attention from legislators during the upcoming session of the Missouri General Assembly.
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