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.
The lawyers of Missouri, voting in districts throughout the state, have elected six new members to the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar and retained 14 incumbents for new terms. Voting at the same time, members of the bar’s Young Lawyers’ Section (YLS) chose eight new members to that group’s governing council and re-elected seven.
The Missouri General Assembly today truly agreed and finally passed a bill that will better protect the people of Missouri. Senate Bill 491 received final approval by both the House and Senate by votes of 140-15 and 28-2, respectively. Sponsored by Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and handled in the House by Rep. Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, the measure will now be sent to the governor for his signature.
Missouri’s Juror Appreciation Week will be observed this year Monday, April 28 through Friday, May 2, 2014. During the week, judges, lawyers and court clerks will emphasize to jurors how important their contributions are to the courts, their communities and our judicial system. According to court records, more than 58,000 Missourians reported for jury duty in state courts in 2013.
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.
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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