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Juror Appreciation Week 2018 begins Sunday

Judges, lawyers and court clerks thank the 75,181 Missourians who reported for jury duty in state courts in 2017 as part of Missouri’s Juror Appreciation Week held April 29 through May 5, 2018. During the week, court staff and legal professionals will emphasize to jurors how important their contributions are to our courts, communities and

Free materials help Missourians create advance directives

The Missouri Bar provides free form to assist Missourians for National Healthcare Decisions Week April 16-22 Few people enjoy thinking about end-of-life decisions, but many advocates say doing so can help take stress off loved ones later. Missourians can easily set up their own durable power of attorney for health care thanks to free materials

Revised handbook serves as journalist guide to the law and courts

In today’s fast-paced world, reporters are responsible for covering crimes, changing laws, Supreme Court hand downs and other legal decisions faster than ever. To assist journalists and help them even better cover the court system and law-related matters, The Missouri Press-Bar Commission has updated its popular resource – The News Reporter’s Handbook on Law and

Are you being scammed?

State bar resources can help protect Missourians from fraud and the unauthorized practice of law In today’s digital landscape, it’s easier than ever to be duped by individuals claiming they are lawyers. Just type “fake lawyer” into an online search engine, and you’ll find dozens of news stories where victims, thinking they were working with

Mini Law School for the Public in St. Louis kicks off March 14

The more you know about the laws that affect you, the easier it is to make good decisions about your life, your family and your finances. This spring, St. Louis residents will once again have the opportunity to learn more about legal basics during Mini Law School for the Public. Over the course of six

Street Law program provides education strategies to Missouri teachers

From lesson plans to seminars and trainings, The Missouri Bar is committed to helping teachers throughout the state better understand and explain the law. This week, the bar co-sponsored Federal Courts and Constitutional Controversies, a Street Law Workshop at the Thomas Eagleton Courthouse in St. Louis. During the two-day session, held Feb. 12-13, 35 teachers

Chief Justice Fischer calls for expansion of drug treatment courts in his State of Judiciary address

photo courtesy of Tim Bommel, House Communications Expanding drug treatment courts, continuing criminal justice reform efforts, technology to benefit Missouri citizens’ access to the courts, efficiencies and re-circuiting were all topics tackled Wednesday morning when Hon. Zel M. Fischer stepped up to the Missouri House dais for his first State of the Judiciary remarks as

Understanding Missouri’s new expungement law

by Thomas D. Carver, Carver, Cantin & Mynarich Missouri’s new expungement law went into effect Jan. 1, 2018, and it substantially expands the list of crimes eligible for expungement. However, many crimes will remain ineligible. Broadly speaking, class A felonies, dangerous felonies as defined in §556.061 RSMo, any offense requiring registration as a sex offender,

Students demonstrate constitutional prowess during Missouri Bar competition

More than 75 high school students from across Missouri competed Monday to showcase their civics and government knowledge in The Missouri Bar’s annual We the People and Show Me the Constitution competitions. Joplin South High School qualified to represent Missouri at the We the People national competition in April in Washington, D.C. During competition, which

Veterans Day: A time to appreciate those who have served

You probably know that each Nov. 11, Americans pause to remember and honor citizens who have served in the military. But do you know the history behind Veterans Day? On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied

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