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Here’s what you missed in #YourMOLaw in March 2022

March was the month to learn more about the court system through the State of the Judiciary and a new podcast episode, as well as find ways to get involved, like being appointed to Missouri Bar committees and participating in community service projects. 

Missouri Chief Justice Paul C. Wilson highlighted continued cooperation between the three branches of government in his 2022 State of the Judiciary March 8. He also spoke about court security, technology in the courtroom, and expanding access to veterans’ courts. 

Read more about the State of the Judiciary here

A great way to better understand how Missouri courts operate is to listen to the newest episode of “Is It Legal To…?” where Hon. Lisa Page and Hon. Ted House cover the basic principles that govern the state’s court system. This includes how courts operate, how judges are selected and assigned cases, and why judges follow the law rather than their own preferences. 

Listen to the new episode at https://soundcloud.com/user-784534365/is-it-legal-to-missouri-judges-and-courts or by clicking the play button below.  

Also in March, The Missouri Bar Board of Governors appointed a couple of members of the public to bar committees. John Mehner, who served as president and CEO of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, was appointed to the Fee Dispute Resolution Committee. Debra Snoke-Adams, a lawyer for 40 years, was also appointed to the committee. 

The Missouri Bar Board of Governors also appointed James Scollione to the Judicial Performance Review Committee to serve in the general public seat for the 31st Judicial Circuit. Scollione is a visiting assistant professor of criminology and instructor at the Law Enforcement Academy at Drury University. 

Click here to learn how to apply for Missouri Bar appointment vacancies.  

The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section Council provided community support by building on-the-go kits for families being served by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. YLS members assembled 125 kits that included water and various snacks. 

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City serves the pediatric hospitals in the Kansas City metro area. It is part of the national Ronald McDonald House Charities, which helps keep families close while their children receive medical care.   

Also in March, several courts closed or moved services online due to winter weather. 

The Missouri Bar provides valuable information and resources through MissouriLawyersHelp.org. If you have ideas for podcasts or articles, please contact Communications Director Farrah Fite at ffite@mobar.org.