Government Relations

The public interacts with the legal system on a daily basis, so the effective and efficient administration of justice in our state matters greatly in the lives of every Missourian.  Working with elected officials, The Missouri Bar constantly seeks to improve the law, the administration of justice, and the quality of legal services available to the public.    

Each year, the Board of Governors approves law improvement measures, drafted by committees of The Missouri Bar, for introduction in the Missouri General Assembly.  In addition, the Board of Governors and its Executive Committee regularly review legislation arising outside the Bar and may take positions on behalf of The Missouri Bar on individual bills, under certain circumstances.  The Missouri Bar also serves as an information resource for the General Assembly and responds to requests for information from legislative sponsors.  The Missouri Bar limits its activities to bills concerning the administration of justice, the integrity of the judiciary, improvement of the law, or the dignity of the profession of law.  During the legislative session, Government Relations staff track bills of interest to the legal profession or bills impacting the justice system and regularly provide information to members. 

For more information about the Government Relations Department, contact General Counsel Eric Jennings or Government Relations Counsel Deirdre Hirner

Policy Statement Regarding Legislative Procedures

Revised by the Board of Governors Feb. 24, 2012.

The Missouri Bar limits its legislative activities to proposed legislation that affects the administration of justice, the integrity of the judiciary, or the dignity of the profession of law. In addition, The Missouri Bar may participate in legislative activities to improve the law through legislation which is drafted by Missouri Bar committees and endorsed by the Board of Governors and may respond to legislation, which affects previously enacted bar-drafted legislation.

Final determination of what legislation falls within the above definition and the priority to be given such legislation is within the jurisdiction of the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar. The Board of Governors may determine to take no position on proposed legislation that is or may be factional, partisan, narrow in interest or as to which substantial constituencies of the bar may in good faith differ.