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Bar president names task force to tackle criminal justice funding

Missouri Bar President Skip Walther finalized a task force this week that will ponder solutions to ongoing resource problems for all parts of the criminal justice system. Two past bar presidents, several prosecutors and public defenders and one former lawmaker ...

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Walther defends Nonpartisan Court Plan

Incoming president ‘will push the bar to get things done'

A colorful map of Missouri is perhaps the most striking object in Harold "Skip" Walther's office. Each county is shaded in bright colors on the map, a gift to Walther in the 1980s. It may be the best harbinger for his impending endeavor. A Columbia attorney who focuses on real estate and property law, Walther is set to assume the presidency of The Missouri Bar this week.

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Bar loses legislative allies

Lawyers among possible replacements for Brown, Smith

The resignations of state Sen. Jeff Smith and state Rep. Steve Brown (pictured) signal the departure of two legislators intimately involved with issues involving lawyers and the judiciary. Already, the names of a few new lawyers are being circulated to replace them. Smith was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a body that often reviews legislation pertinent to the legal system. Brown, an attorney, was a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House General Laws Committee.

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Bar decries Court Plan reform

As debate looms in the Missouri Senate on a constitutional amendment altering the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan, The Missouri Bar is reiterating its opposition to changing the way the state chooses some of its judges. Bar President Tom Burke and President-elect Skip Walther held a press conference on Tuesday morning to skewer proposed changes offered in House Joint Resolution 10. The two attorneys portrayed the alterations as a way of injecting politics into the plan and giving more power over judicial selection to the governor.

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