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November 2021 #YourMOLaw month in review

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we’re all out of pumpkin pie, so we close out fall with news from The Missouri Bar from the month of November!  

The Missouri Bar started the month off with updated information on expungement laws in the state.  Our “Is It Legal To…?” podcast episode on Expungement was created to help people understand how to get criminal records expunged in light of the new laws. Hosts Bob Priddy and Farrah Fite met with criminal defense lawyer Scott Pierson to discuss how the law works including what offenses qualify and what process to follow.   

In mid-November, we reprinted an article by Missouri author Michelle Brooks about Henry Watkins Ewing. Ewing was a historic figure from Jefferson City who clerked for the Supreme Court of Missouri and later ran what would become the Jefferson City News Tribune. Learn more about Ewing and his contributions to the Supreme Court of Missouri and Jefferson City in this article. 

The Missouri Press-Bar Commission is seeking at-large and diversity representatives. This commission works to ensure good communication between the court system, the media, and the bar. Key projects the group has completed include updates to Missouri’s Media Law Handbook and the News Reporter’s Handbook on Law and the Courts, as well as regional training on the cameras in the courtroom Supreme Court of Missouri rule. If you are a member of the media, a lawyer, or judge and interested in becoming part of Missouri’s Press-Bar Commission, click here.  

The Missouri Bar Center closed in observance of Thanksgiving 2021 to allow staff members time to spend with their families and friends for the holiday.  

The bar’s website MOBar.org underwent scheduled maintenance on Sunday, Nov. 28, and Monday, Nov. 29. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced while we worked to ensure our system security and infrastructure were improved. 

The Missouri Bar continues to provide information and resources through MissouriLawyersHelp.org and as always, we’re here to help! Have a safe and happy holiday season and check back at the end of the year for more news you can use.