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Missouri Bar program nominated for Emmy

The Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced its Emmy nominees—and programming co-produced by The Missouri Bar is up for consideration.

Each year, The Missouri Bar partners with HEC-TV in St. Louis to produce an interactive Constitution Day Program for students in grades 7-12. During the event, students are invited to interact with panelists who discuss law-related topics. The programming is broadcast on AT&T U-verse 99, Charter Channel 989 and www.hectv.org.

Last year’s conversation—“Constitution Day 2016: The Miranda Decision”—has been nominated for a regional Emmy in the Outstanding Politics/Government Program or Special category. Winners will be announced during a Sept. 9 ceremony at Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis.

The 2016 program was moderated by HEC-TV’s Tim Gore, a former social studies teacher.  Panelists included Tim Anderson, former Missouri assistant attorney general who trained law enforcement officers about the constitutional rights of a criminal suspect; Frank Bowman, professor at the University of Missouri School of Law; and John Bodenhausen, U.S. magistrate judge, Eastern District of Missouri. As in past years, The Missouri Bar provides study guides for teachers who wish to incorporate the programming into classroom learning.

“Any American who has watched any television show about law and order is familiar with Miranda rights, but this program took its viewers deeper into the historical foundation of these rights and the current relevance and importance of them,” said Millie Aulbur, director of citizenship education at The Missouri Bar. “It is one of those landmark court decisions that remind us that the Framers of the Constitution intended for our government to have limits as to how we, the citizens, are to be treated by the government.”

The Mid-America chapter is one of 19 regional chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, headquartered in New York City. The Mid-America chapter includes the television markets primarily in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois and surrounding DMAs:  St. Louis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Springfield (MO), St. Joseph, Columbia-Jefferson City, Joplin-Pittsburg, Quincy-Hannibal-Keokuk, Ottumwa-Kirksville, Davenport-Rock Island-Moline, Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg, Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Jonesboro, Monroe-Eldorado and Shreveport (LA).

 The Missouri Bar Citizen Education Program, 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.

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