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Springfield program will spotlight mental health in the court system

The Missouri and Southwest Missouri affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host a free Mental Health Court Forum Saturday, July 30, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Lawyers, advocates and members of the public are invited to attend the event and learn more about the Missouri mental health court system, how it works

New Judicial Performance Review Committee begins task

With the Nov. 8 general election rapidly approaching, a new group is taking a look into the qualifications of 49 judges who will be seeking retention on the bench under Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court Plan, commonly known as the Missouri Plan. The new Judicial Performance Review Committee is the result of a June 15 order by

Constitutional law theme of upcoming Springfield Mini Law School lecture series

Have you ever considered going to law school? Do you have questions about the legal system? This fall, Mini Law School for the Public is back, and Springfield-area residents will have an opportunity to beef up on their law-related knowledge under the direction of area professors and professionals, including retired Supreme Court of Missouri Judge

The Missouri Bar is accepting nominations for the 2016 Excellence in Legal Journalism Awards

In recognition of the vital role played by the state’s news media in improving public understanding of legal issues, The Missouri Bar is now accepting nominations for its annual Excellence in Legal Journalism Awards. We encourage members of the media to take this opportunity to shine a light on their efforts to improve public understanding

National Bar Association will hold conference in St. Louis

Next week, lawyers from around the nation will gather in St. Louis for the National Bar Association’s 91st Annual Convention & Exhibits. The conference, held July 16-21, will be hosted by the Mound City Bar Association. The six-day event will include an assortment of CLE opportunities, including programming from U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch; Carl

Governor signs bar-drafted, criminal-record-sealing bill into law

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today signed into law Senate Bill 588—legislation that will make it easier for rehabilitated, former offenders to petition the court to close criminal records to the public. Supporters believe the update will help convicted individuals who have completed their sentence  get jobs. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, was

Judges and journalists meet in Columbia

On Thursday, June 30, 2016, dozens of Missouri judges and members of the media met in Columbia for an American Bar Association Judicial-Media Knowledge Exchange Workshop. The one-day event, sponsored by the ABA’s Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, was designed to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between journalists and judges. Attendees participated in

Missouri teachers gather for summer institute

Dozens of Missouri teachers gathered June 27-29 at Columbia College to attend a James Madison Legacy Project training, coordinated by The Missouri Bar in conjunction with the Center for Civic Education. The program offers professional development for middle and high school educators, who are asked to teach their students using civics and government resources demonstrated

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