2016 Mini Law School in St. Louis begins March 23

Each year, The Missouri Bar hosts a Mini Law School for the Public in cooperation with Saint Louis University School of Law featuring lectures on current legal topics from law professors and Missouri judges and lawyers. The 2016 St. Louis courses begin March 23, and the line-up includes discussions on everything from wrongful convictions and the First Amendment to probate matters and arbitration.

A full schedule is provided below. For more information and to register for the 2016 series, go to

March 23:
The Making of a Murderer: A Missouri Case
What happens when a person in Missouri is wrongfully convicted of a crime? Learn about regional examples of these cases and how justice is ultimately achieved.

March 30:
Mandatory Arbitration: What does it mean for you?
With a focus on consumer protection, this course explains a court alternative that you might be unknowingly agreeing to when you sign a contract.

April 6:
Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District Oral Arguments
Watch your appellate court at work as you hear oral arguments presented by lawyers in real cases before a panel of judges on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. This session will be held in the special courtroom at Saint Louis University School of Law.

April 13:
Probate Law: Wills, Trusts and Advance Directives
Discover the difference between these end-of-life options, which is best for you and what you need to do to ensure their validity. Plus, receive a free form and information on how to complete your advance directive in time for National Healthcare Decisions Day.

April 20:
First Amendment and Religious Liberty
You’re familiar with the importance of this cornerstone of democracy, but what are its limitations? SLU Law professor Chad Flanders will examine religious liberty and the possible impact of a case currently before the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

April 27:
Restorative Justice: Treatment Courts and Specialty Dockets
Hear about alternatives in the legal system, including courts focused on counseling and remediation that work with veterans, gang members, addicts and low-level gun felons, among others, to reduce those convicted from reoffending.

Not sure if this is the program for you? Try a test run by listening to podcasts from previous sessions.

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