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.
Missourians can easily set up their own durable power of attorney for health care thanks to free materials provided by The Missouri Bar. The organization is joining other national, state and community groups to mark Wednesday, April 16, as National Healthcare Decisions Day. In its seventh year, the annual effort brings these groups together to educate the public about the importance of making advance health care decisions and empowering them to complete an advance care directive.
Similar measures to revise Missouri’s Criminal Code today gained approval by both the House and Senate. The bills, Senate Bill 491 and House Bill 1371, sponsored by Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and Rep. Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, respectively, now move to the other chamber for similar consideration. Senators advanced SB491 by a vote of 29-3 while HB1371 passed in the House by a vote of 130-24. Both measures are 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.
The Joint Commission on Women in the Profession is pleased to announce the launch of its fully-featured website “The Connection Point”. The new website provides a user-friendly experience with easy navigation and functionality throughout, allowing visitors to have efficient access to a variety of resources for women lawyers with the option to share information on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The launch of the new website is part of ongoing efforts of the Joint Commission on Women in the Profession to enhance the quality and availability of information to women lawyers statewide.
In recognition of the vital role played by the state’s news media in improving public understanding of legal issues, The Missouri Bar is now accepting nominations for its annual Excellence in Legal Journalism Awards. We encourage members of the media to take this opportunity to shine a light on their efforts to improve public understanding of the justice system. Media representatives are invited to identify members of the news media – either within their own organization or elsewhere – who performed exceptional work within the general criteria outlined above. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Individual reporters or entire news organizations that have performed notable work in improving public knowledge of the justice system are eligible. The nominations should be for items printed or broadcast from March 1, 2013 to March 1, 2014.
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.
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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