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Love Your Lawyer Day — no lawyer jokes, please

Social-media savvy attorneys who booted up their accounts Friday likely encountered some form of celebration of a day aimed at improving the reputation of their profession.

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Nixon staffer, former House minority leader named as judge

A governor’s aide and former House minority leader has announced both his appointment to a circuit judgeship and his plans to run for the same seat after the term ends. Jeff Harris, 51, of Columbia, announced Thursday that he plans ...

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Jackson County task force releases jail report

A group tasked with reviewing policies and procedures at the Jackson County Detention Center has cited corrections officer pay, fast turnover and lack of accreditation as key factors the county must address to improve conditions at the facility. The recommendations ...

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More firms join Adopt-A-Neighborhood program

A program that connects inner-city communities in Kansas City with pro bono legal assistance will expand to more neighborhoods, thanks to a federal grant. This year, Legal Aid of Western Missouri was one of 15 recipients of the Legal Services ...

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UPDATED: Appeals court says gay discrimination not barred by Missouri law

UPDATED The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District ruled that sexual orientation discrimination is not prohibited under the Missouri Human Rights Act. The 2-1 opinion, released Tuesday, upheld Jackson County Circuit Judge Joel Fahnestock‘s decision that the plaintiff, James Pittman, ...

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Former assistant circuit attorney pleads guilty

In a plea agreement Monday former St. Louis assistant circuit court attorney Bliss Barber Worrell admitted to not only having full knowledge that an officer assaulted a man in police custody, but to filing charges in an effort to conceal ...

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