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Sunshine Week celebrates citizens’ access to public information

by Jean Maneke The American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press traditionally recognize a week in March as Sunshine Week. For 2016, March 13-19 is the week when those activities will occur. This celebration holds special significance for journalists, librarians and others who have an interest in transparency

Outstanding Citizens and Law Day Award Winners Celebrated in Jefferson City

March 14, 2016 The Missouri Bar, along with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Missouri National Education Association (NEA), honored 31 students at the 2016 Outstanding Citizens and Law Day Awards Luncheon held Monday, March 14, at the Capitol Plaza in Jefferson City. Erik Bergmanis, president of The Missouri Bar, welcomed

Mini Law School: The Law of Patents

Each year, The Missouri Bar collaborates with law schools and legal professionals from across the state to deliver Mini Law School for the Public courses. During these sessions, attendees can hear in-depth discussions about various law-related topics. This Public Podcast Series is an opportunity to hear recordings from the 2015 sessions. On Nov. 4, 2015,

Annual Report highlights Missouri Bar activities, resources

The Missouri Bar has released its 2015-2016 Annual Report, a comprehensive look at the bar’s current and ongoing activities, leadership and resources for Missouri lawyers. The 40-page guide provides insights into efforts including professional development, member services, Missouri Bar Foundation actions, access to justice initiatives, and public information and education, among others. Additionally, the report

Mini Law School: Municipal Courts Reform Efforts

Each year, The Missouri Bar collaborates with law schools and legal professionals from across the state to deliver Mini Law School for the Public courses. During these sessions, attendees can hear in-depth discussions about various law-related topics. This Public Podcast Series is an opportunity to hear recordings from the 2015 sessions. The shooting of Michael

Missouri Bar members visit state lawmakers as part of Fourth Annual Legislative Day

On Wednesday, March 2, members of The Missouri Bar Board of Governors met at the State Capitol for the bar’s fourth annual Legislative Day. There, board members – joined by members of the Legislative Committee and Amicus Lex – met with lawmakers to discuss Missouri Bar resources as well as bar-drafted legislation including the sealing

Missouri judiciary rolls out case-tracking feature on Case.net

In response to requests from users of Case.net, the Missouri judiciary has launched Track This Case, an email-based function that allows visitors to receive messages when changes in docket activity occur in a particular case. The Case.net website allows the public to view case records, including docket entries, parties, judgements and charges in public court.

Safe and secure

Safe and secure Encryption, pass codes and other considerations for Missourians in the wake of Apple’s legal battle by Greg Mitchell A pivotal data privacy battle is underway. Apple’s decision to oppose a court order to “unlock” San Bernardino killer Syed Farook’s iPhone continues to make headlines and spur discussions. It could also have a

Work group releases report on municipal courts

The Supreme Court of Missouri today received a final report of the Municipal Division Work Group, which addresses: Ø  potential conflicts of interest regarding judges and attorneys serving in multiple roles in the municipal courts; Ø  issues relating to warrants, incarceration, pre-existing warrants and bonds; Ø  issues relating to enforceability of municipal court judgments and

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