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Three Reasons to Celebrate Bill of Rights Day

 Bill of Rights Day is Dec. 15 Why celebrate this day? One reason is that the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are considered the most important documents in our nation’s founding and history and are prominently displayed at our National Archives. We celebrate the events surrounding these documents every year:

Show Me the Constitution: Missouri High School Students Compete in New Missouri Bar Program

More than 50 high school students from across Missouri participated Monday in The Missouri Bar’s first ever Show Me the Constitution state competition at the State Capitol Building in Jefferson City. Students presented papers and answered questions about subjects such as Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court Plan, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Magna Carta.

2015 Constitution Project Set to Kick off at Missouri Capitol

Students from 16 Missouri high schools set to compete in the 2015 Constitution Project will kick off the program and take part in orientation on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. The competition, set to take place in regional and championship rounds during the fall semester, gives students a

Thousands of Missouri Students to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act During Constitution Day Program on Sept. 17

Constitution Day

The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program and HEC-TV Live in St. Louis will partner again this year to produce an interactive, televised program at the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse on Constitution Day, September 17, 2015. This year’s program is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and its

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:

Justice Matters: Magna Carta Celebrates 800 Years of the Rule of Law

The following reflections of Missouri Chief Justice Mary R. Russell make up her most recent Justice Matters column. This month, we celebrate the 800th anniversary of a document that many believe inspired the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It was in June 1215 that Magna Carta first pronounced that

Flag Day: History, Design and Legal Challenges

The American flag has become an iconic symbol in our nation. It is flown over every important government building. It is on prominent display at sporting events. Soldiers and sailors have followed the flag into combat for more than two centuries. Most of us more or less believe that Betsy Ross made the first flag

The Historical Meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a national holiday that is celebrated on the last Monday of May. For many of us, the main importance of this day is that it marks the unofficial beginning of summer. We celebrate the day with picnics, swimming parties and baseball games. Some people use this day to put flowers and other

Missouri Bar Launches Website to Commemorate 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta

Eight hundred years ago, King John placed his seal on a document called “Charter of Liberties” in the meadow at Runnymede, a field not too far away from London. The document, now known as the Magna Carta, promises that no one – no matter how powerful – is above the law. Although the story of

Brown v. Board of Education:  61 Years Strong

It has been 61 years since the Supreme Court of the United States decided the landmark case of Brown v. The Topeka Board of Education. The importance of this case has not diminished in the least bit. As the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in 2014 and as

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