The Missouri Press-Bar Commission

The Missouri Bar created the Missouri Press-Bar Commission to foster better communications between the media and the bench and bar. Established in 1972, the commission is composed of media professionals, lawyers and judges who traditionally meet twice each year to develop a variety of projects and programs to promote a better informed citizenry and strong First and Sixth Amendments. Past projects include seminars on Missouri's Sunshine Law, the News Reporter's Handbook on Law and the Courts  and the News Reporter's Legal Glossary.

 Appointment Vacancies

The mission of the Missouri Press-Bar Commission is: 

  • to encourage cooperation between the press, the bar and the bench to the end of further strengthening service to the First Amendment and the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States throughout Missouri; 
  • to provide leadership and guidance aimed at achieving a better informed citizenry that will be serviced by a still higher order of justice; 
  • to take whatever steps are necessary throughout an educational program for the press, the bar, the bench and the people of Missouri to promote a better informed citizenry and a strong First and Sixth Amendment.

Commission Members

Member
Hon. Mary R. Russell
President
Supreme Court of Missouri
Ashley Byrd
Member
Learfield Communications
Hon. Robert M. Clayton, II
Member
Hon. Michael James Cordonnier
Member
Greene County Judicial Facility
John Patrick DeMoor
Member
John P. DeMoor
Hon. William Wallace Francis, Jr.
Member
Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District
Mark Gordon
Member
Missouri Broadcasters Association
Jeff Haldiman
Member
Jefferson City News Tribune
Crista Hogan
Member
Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
Mark Horvit
Member
Missouri School of Journalism
Liz Irwin
Member
Missouri Lawyers Media
Harrison Keegan
Member
Springfield News-Leader
Theresa L F Levings
Member
Mark Maassen
Member
Missouri Press Association
Jean Maneke
Member
The Maneke Law Group, L.C.
Victoria Mauck
Member
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Katie Moore
Member
Kansas City Star
Robert Patrick
Member
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bob Priddy
Member
Missouri Net (ret)
Beth Sharon Riggert
Member
Supreme Court of Missouri
Mark S. Sableman
Member
Thompson Coburn LLP
Hon. Leslie Mayberry Schneider
Member
Boone County Courthouse
Peyton Sweeney
Member
Lincoln County Journal
Curtis Varns
Member
The Networks of Mid-Missouri
Dalton C. Wright
Member
Lebanon Daily Record
Jordan Yount
Member
Missouri Lawyers Media