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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Mini Law School: The Media and the Law

It’s harder to decide some days who is more vilified:  the police or the press? William Freivogel is a professor at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Journalism and a professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. He also is a contributor to St. Louis Public Radio and publisher of the Gateway Journalism Review. He

Mini Law School: Civil Rights Suits | Law Enforcement Officer Use of Force

From Ferguson, Mo., to Clovis, N.M., to Put-In-Bay, Ohio, civil rights lawsuits are being filed against police departments, jails and municipalities at an alarming rate. The majority of these suits stem from law enforcement use of force, often resulting in serious injury or death. It brings the conversation to the table, when is lethal force

2015 Constitution Project Competitors Announced

The Supreme Court of Missouri’s Committee on Civic Education announces the 16 schools chosen to compete in the annual Constitution Project, which will hold regional competitions during the fall 2015 semester and will culminate with championship rounds in Jefferson City later in the fall. This year’s competition will feature teams in four regions: Western Region:

Mini Law School: Municipal Courts

Municipal Courts: how they work in the state and federal court system and the difference between common sentences for certain crimes, this lecture focuses on driving while intoxicated, a pervasive crime in our social structure. Michael Gunn is an attorney with The Gunn Law Firm, P.C. and a municipal judge in the City of Manchester.

Missouri Bar President Commends Governor’s Signing of Municipal Court Reform Legislation

Bar President Reuben Shelton Comments on Senate Bill 5 Missouri Bar President Reuben Shelton of St. Louis commended Gov. Jay Nixon’s signing today of legislation aimed at improving citizens’ experiences within Missouri’s municipal courts. Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, caps the total amount of fines that can be imposed including court

Mini Law School: How Grand Juries Work

Welcome to the Mini Law School for the Public podcast series, brought to you by the Missouri Bar and Saint Louis University School of Law. The Aug. 9, 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown, Jr., an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., by white police officer Darren Wilson, and the events that followed brought the

The Missouri Bar Center Closed July 3 in Observance of Fourth of July Holiday

Independence Day is a national holiday observed on the Fourth of July to celebrate the anniversary of the Continental Congress officially adopting the final version of the Declaration of Independence on this day in 1776. As July Fourth falls on a Saturday this year, The Missouri Bar Center will be closed on Friday, July 3,

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