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Defender study criticized as inadequate

The Missouri State Public Defender System may try to recoup some of the $70,000 the system raised to pay for a comprehensive study of public defender caseload problems. Marie Kenyon, a newly elected Missouri Bar governor, suggested the defender system ...

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Insurance companies lose again at Supreme Court

For the second time this year, the Missouri Supreme Court has thrown out an insurance company’s efforts to reduce payouts to its customers by any funds they received from other drivers in an accident. Letting insurance companies deduct these set-offs ...

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For their eyes only

As Metro's new general counsel, Dee Joyce-Hayes was on unfamiliar ground this fall as she weighed legal services proposals from 27 St. Louis-area law firms.

Which firm flaunts the most workers' compensation experience? Which firms stay true to their fee projections?

The Association of Corporate Counsel launched a members-only Web site last month with an eye toward answering those questions. The site allows in-house lawyers to score outside counsel in six categories and give a thumbs up or thumbs down on their overall performances.

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The price of prestige

A recent federal report on the rising cost of law school placed part of the blame on the glossy magazine rankings that appear on newsstands each April. U.S. News & World Report, which publishes the rankings, claimed the October report ...

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High court ponders problems with defenders’ refusing cases

Price says refusal could amount to ‘prosecutorial decision'

Karl Meyer, a Saint Louis University law student and intern with the St. Louis Public Defenders office, interviews a potential client to determine his indigency status last week. Interns help with this process to free up public defenders to work on their cases.

The burden of the public defenders' case load was the subject of a Missouri Supreme Court case heard Tuesday in Jefferson City.

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Supreme Court considers fallout from defenders refusing cases

Faced with two cases focusing on the caseload crisis in the Missouri State Public Defender System, at least two judges on the Missouri Supreme Court gave a nod to the system’s financial straits. Judges Richard Teitelman and Michael A. Wolff ...

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