Members of the St. Louis County Judicial Speakers Bureau are available to speak to elementary, middle and high school groups, universities, town hall meetings, churches and civic organizations on a wide range of topics, at no charge. Please send us your request at least three weeks in advance, and let us know how long you would like the judge to speak.
Travis Martin, an assistant public defender in St. Louis County, was in Circuit Judge Michael D. Burton’s courtroom on June 25, preparing to interview jurors for a client’s burglary trial. Martin was about to ask his student intern for his notes and questions for the voir dire, when a shackled prisoner in the jury box began to shout…click to read moreRead More
RENO, Nev. — Descendants of Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Davis and the principal figures in the infamous Dred Scott decision will come together for a Symposium on Reconciliation and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts on July 16 at Logan University in Chesterfield, Missouri. The program is a presentation of the nonprofit and nonpartisan National Judicial College, the nation’s oldest and largest school for judges of all kinds. Participants in this symposium will hear from descendants of Dred Scott, Peter Blow (one of Mr. Scott’s previous owners), Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, President Jefferson and Confederate President Davis. They will…Read More
Independent Auditors Give Court High Marks for Protecting Rights, Best Interests of Juveniles CLAYTON – The St. Louis County Circuit Court has made substantial progress toward meeting the goals of a Memorandum of Agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice in December of 2016, according to an independent review released today. The independent review gave the Court high ratings for: • Developing a uniform process for the appointment of juvenile defense counsel; • Hiring of an additional full-time defense attorney to represent juveniles; • Best practices training for all appointed juvenile defense attorneys; • Creating and implementing a statement…Read More