Sebrina A. Barrett moved into the top role at The Missouri Bar in 2013 after two years as the organization’s deputy executive director. Although she heads a mandatory bar association, so membership is never a problem, she must always work to keep those members engaged and interested.
What are some of your proudest career accomplishments? Being able to come back to my home state and do a job that I love, which is being a bar executive. Being a part of a team that defeated an attack on the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan. Working with then-Judge Mike Wolff on an opinion that involved the Miranda warning that ultimately went to the United States Supreme Court and was upheld.
What inspired you to get involved in the justice system? I want to be able to go home at the end of the day and know that we are making a difference. I work with so many wonderful volunteers and staff members who are passionate about all aspects of the justice system and making it work for Missourians. It’s rewarding.
What has been your favorite part of the job? The people. Staff, volunteers, students, citizens. It is fun to work with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, and who strive to make a difference and help others.
What is something that would surprise people about you? I grew up on a farm and my dad is a bricklayer — so my first jobs were carrying hod for my dad in the summer; feeding bottle calves; fixing fence. And I wouldn’t trade those lessons of hard work for anything.
What is the best advice you’ve ever given or received? Always do the right thing. Period. But know that you will make mistakes. That’s OK. Apologize. Learn. Move on.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be? A journalist. I have a degree from Mizzou in agricultural journalism. During that time, I took a course in communications law and realized that I loved the law.