Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Historical Meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a national holiday that is celebrated on the last Monday of May. For many of us, the main importance of this day is that it marks the unofficial beginning of summer. We celebrate the day with picnics, swimming parties and baseball games. Some people use this day to put flowers and other

Missouri Bar Launches Website to Commemorate 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta

Eight hundred years ago, King John placed his seal on a document called “Charter of Liberties” in the meadow at Runnymede, a field not too far away from London. The document, now known as the Magna Carta, promises that no one – no matter how powerful – is above the law. Although the story of

Missouri Supreme Court Forms Working Group on Municipal Courts

Group Includes Two Representatives of The Missouri Bar Reuben Shelton, president of The Missouri Bar and senior litigation counsel for Monsanto Corporation, and Karl A.W. DeMarce, associate circuit judge in Scotland County and municipal judge for Memphis, Mo., Thursday were appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Missouri’s new Municipal Division Work Group. The

Brown v. Board of Education:  61 Years Strong

It has been 61 years since the Supreme Court of the United States decided the landmark case of Brown v. The Topeka Board of Education. The importance of this case has not diminished in the least bit. As the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in 2014 and as

Missouri Bar President Reuben Shelton Serves as Keynote Speaker at Saint Louis Public Schools Scholar Athletes Luncheon

More than 500 student-athletes from the Saint Louis Public Schools were honored at the fourth annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon held Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the Busch Student Center at Saint Louis University. The event, sponsored by the St. Louis Rams, recognized high school athletes who successfully completed the athletic season while maintaining a 3.25

Two Missouri Students Win Cardinals Tickets for Judges-Umpires of the Law Essays

Ladue Horton Watkins High School 11th grade student Alexander Rakov and Rockbridge High School 10th grade student Jaden Hoelscher won the recent Law Day Essay Contest sponsored by The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program. Rakov and Hoelscher were presented their award certificates and prizes – tickets to attend a baseball game with their parents – at the

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Student Wins First Place in Judges-Umpires of the Law Essay Contest

Ladue Horton Watkins High School 11th grade student Alexander Rakov won  first place in the recent Law Day Essay Contest sponsored by The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program. “I think that laws are important because they act as guidelines for how people should act while also ensuring that they remain safe,” Rakov said. “Courts are equally

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