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 Reporters’ Handbook on Law and the Courts  and the News Reporters’ Legal Glossary . Jean Maneke of The Maneke Law Group serves as the current president of the commission. The commission also currently has a subcommittee tasked with reviewing Missouri’s Cameras in the Courts Rule.

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
Jean Maneke
President
The Maneke Law Group, L.C.
Hon. Mary R. Russell
Vice President
Supreme Court of Missouri
Betsy Ledgerwood AuBuchon
Member
Missouri Supreme Court
Christopher Ave
Member
Political and National Editor St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Hon. Robert M. Clayton, II
Member
Hon. Michael James Cordonnier
Member
Judicial Center
John Patrick DeMoor
Member
John P. DeMoor
Hon. Zel Martin Fischer
Member
The Supreme Court of Missouri
Hon. William Wallace Francis, Jr.
Member
Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District
Mark Gordon
Member
Missouri Broadcasters Association
Crista Hogan
Member
Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
Mark Horvit
Member
Missouri School of Journalism
Chick Howland
Member
Kansas City Star
Liz Irwin
Member
Missouri Lawyers Media
Theresa L F Levings
Member
Badger & Levings, LC
Zoe Wood Linza
Member
BAMSL
Mark Maassen
Member
Missouri Press Association
Victoria Mauck
Member
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
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
AnnMarie Thomas
Member
KCMBA
Hon. Todd Marlin Thornhill
Member
Curtis Varns
Member
The Networks of Mid-Missouri
James White
Member
Benton County Enterprise
Dalton C. Wright
Member
Lebanon Daily Record