The Missouri Bar is dedicated to helping Missourians better understand the laws and legal system. We actively organize various programs and events for the general public and teachers on a regular basis. Learn more about our events and mark your calendar now!

Constitution Day

Constitution Day

The Missouri Bar and HEC-TV in St. Louis are partners in producing an interactive Constitution Day Program for students in Grades 7-12. The 2011 program on the presidency won a Telly Award. As this year is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2015 program focuses on the historic importance of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and its impact on American life. For more information on how to be part of this free program in the future, please contact Millie Aulbur, Director of Citizenship Education for The Missouri Bar, at milliea@mobar.org. Study guides and broadcasts for previous programs are available online.

Mini Law School for the Public

There has never been a better time to go to law school. The Missouri Bar, partnered with Missouri law schools, conducts the Mini Law School for the Public in Kansas City, Mid-Missouri, Springfield and St. Louis. There’s no need to worry about taking tests to get into this law school and you can forget about hefty tuition. The only requirement to attend this series of lectures is a curious mind and a desire to become better informed. There’s no homework, no tests – just some of the most fascinating lectures you’ll ever hear from some of Missouri’s most experienced and knowledgeable lawyers, judges and law professors. 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.

Mini Law School for the Public
Juror Appreciation Week

Juror Appreciation Week

Missouri’s 2017 Juror Appreciation Week runs Sunday, April 30 – Saturday, May 6. During the week, judges, lawyers and court clerks will thank the more than 50,000 Missourians who report to jury duty in state courts, emphasizing to jurors how important their contributions are to the courts, their communities and our legal system.

National Healthcare Decisions Day

Imagine you are in a hospital and you can’t speak, who will speak for you?Without a plan, how will your health care providers know your wishes? April 16 each year marks National Healthcare Decisions Day. The goal of National Healthcare Decisions Day is to inspire, educate and empower the public and health care providers about the importance of advance care planning. The initiative encourages people to name a healthcare agent, express their wishes regarding their health care, and to have providers and facilities respect these wishes. Each year, attorneys across Missouri volunteer their time and talent on National Healthcare Decisions Day to aid anyone interested in the completion of their advance directive. The Missouri Bar has developed and makes available for free a “Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive” for use by the general public.

National Healthcare Decisions Day
Law Day Art Contest

Law Day Art Contest

For Law Day, May 1, 2017, The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section is sponsoring an art contest for Missouri elementary school students. The theme is “The Big Ideas Found in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.” Educators, parents and others are encouraged to have students participate in this fun, educational contest. Learn more and see the winning works of art from past years!

Law Day Essay Contest

For Law Day, May 1, 2015, The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program is sponsoring an essay contest for Missouri school students in grades 6-12. The theme for Law Day 2015 is “Fair and Impartial Courts,” commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan, commonly called the Missouri Plan. Learn more about the event here.

Law Day Essay Contest
Events for Educators

Events for Educators

The Missouri Bar, through the support of its members and with exceptional support from The Missouri Bar Foundation, provides extensive support for classroom learning about the law, the legal system and the courts. From lesson plans to teacher workshops, The Missouri Bar is committed to helping teachers throughout Missouri understand and explain the law. The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education program will come to public, private and parochial schools to do an in-service for teachers on a variety of law-related education, civics and government topics. One of the most popular programs is an in-service on how to effectively prepare students for the end-of-course test in American Government. The workshops are offered at no cost.

Remembering Gideon

About fifty years ago, a crude, hand-written letter from a Florida inmate forever changed the course of the American judicial system. Clarence Earl Gideon, a native of Hannibal, Missouri, authored the petition which ultimately resulted in the landmark decision that guaranteed every American’s right to a lawyer.

Learn how this U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down more than half a century ago led to the creation of the Missouri Public Defender system, making sure every individual has equal access to the law, regardless of income level.

Remembering Gideon
800 Years of Magna Carta

800 Years of Magna Carta

Perhaps more than any other document in human history, Magna Carta has come to embody a simple but enduring truth: No one, no matter how powerful, is above the law.

From its 13th Century roots in the English meadow of Runnymede, Magna Carta has transcended its original time and place to become one of the world’s most recognized and enduring symbols of liberty under law.

June 2015 marked the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Learn more about this “Great Charter of Liberties” which advances the principle of rule of law here and abroad.

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