Missouri Bar program receives Emmy

The Missouri Bar, in conjunction with HEC-TV, received a regional Emmy during the 41st Mid-America Emmy Awards Gala, Sept. 9, at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis. Millie Aulbur, director of Citizenship Education, accepted the Emmy on behalf of The Missouri Bar. The Emmy was presented for the telecast of the 2016 Constitution Day program: The 50th anniversary of the Miranda v. Arizona case and its impact on Criminal Justice.

The Missouri Bar and HEC-TV have partnered since 2008 to produce a program for high school students on Constitution Day. Topics have included free speech, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the presidency and juvenile justice. The program annually has a live viewership of 5,000-7,000 students throughout the state and across the country. After the program is archived, another 10,000-15,000 students view the program. All of the past programs can be accessed on the HEC-TV website at Additionally, lesson plans on the topics may be accessed at The Missouri Bar website at

A third partner in the Constitution Day program are the United States District Court for Eastern District of Missouri and United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, housed at the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse in St. Louis. For the last five years, the program has been broadcast from the building, and every year a judge from one of the two courts has sat on the programs’ panels. The court’s Public Education and Community Outreach Program, under the leadership of Rachel Marshall, invites area schools to be the live audience for the programs, makes sure there are rooms for lunch for the participants and the students, and rolls out the red carpet for attendees. This unique partnership among HEC-TV, the federal courts in St. Louis and The Missouri Bar results in the kind of programming that has been deemed Emmy-worthy.

The 2017 program is scheduled for Sept. 15 and will explore the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and current considerations about fair housing.

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.

This post was updated Sept. 27, 2017, with information about a third program partner.

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