Monthly Archives: March 2015

Justice Matters: CASA Volunteers Bring Stability to Lives of Abused, Neglected Children

In the most recent “Justice Matters” column, Missouri Chief Justice Mary R. Russell addresses concern about an alarming rate of child abuse cases in Missouri and calls for awareness of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program which has helped many abused and neglected children across the state. Russell wrote in her column, “National research

What You Should Know about Missouri’s Sunshine Law

Mid-March always brings spring to the state and also Sunshine Week to the country.  It’s a perfect ending to a cold winter!  The history of Missouri’s Sunshine law is actually an interesting story paralleling the strong interest in this country in openness in government. Federal discussions about a Freedom of Information Act began in the

52 Years after Gideon v. Wainwright

More than 50 years ago, a crude, hand-written letter from a Florida inmate forever changed the course of the American judicial system. Clarence Earl Gideon, a native of Hannibal, Missouri, authored the petition which ultimately resulted in the landmark decision that guaranteed every American’s right to a lawyer. 2015 marks the 52nd anniversary of this

Sunshine Week Supports Your Right To Know

This week marks the 10th anniversary of Sunshine Week, a time to bring awareness to the public about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week, which runs March 15-21, 2015, is a national initiative that seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all

Missouri Bar Holds Essay Contests to Celebrate 2015 Law Day

Winners to attend a major league baseball game For Law Day, May 1, 2015, The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program is sponsoring an essay contest for Missouri school students in grades 6-12. The theme for Law Day 2015 is “Fair and Impartial Courts,” commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan, commonly called

Citizenship Education Program Rolls out Summer Institute and Law School Forum for Missouri Teachers

This summer, The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program is launching two events to help teachers better understand the law and explore creative and dynamic ways to teach constitutional law issues to students. The Summer Institute and the Law Forum for Educators, created by The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program, are designed specifically for teachers who

Missouri Bar Executive Director Shares 4-H Stories with Missouri Youth at 4-H Legislative Academy

More than a dozen youth from across the state gathered at the Missouri State Capitol to share 4-H stories and experiences with Missouri legislators, law firms, commodity groups and state agency leaders at the 11th annual University of Missouri Extension 4-H Legislative Academy held from Feb. 16-18, 2015. While in Jefferson City, the group attended

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