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Grant from Missouri Humanities Council Funds Course at Juvenile Detention Center

ST. LOUIS (June 26, 2018) — The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $2,500 to the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center in support of a course titled “Are We Speaking the Same Language?”

Provided through MHC funding, “Are We Speaking the Same Language?” will offer youth the opportunity to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of language in a social, cultural and historical context.
  • Examine the connection between who we are, how we live and how we speak in a creative and informative way, and how these impact our ability to communicate and interact with others.
  • Develop a deeper sense of self in relation to the world around them. The program will be offered on a weekly basis to youth in detention throughout the course of the year.

The MHC is the only statewide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.

For more information about the grants program of the Missouri Humanities Council, call 314.781.9660 or 800.357.0909 or write to the MHC, 543 Hanley Industrial Court, Suite 205, St. Louis, MO 63144-1905.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael W. Noble Receives Up & Coming Mentor Award

Judge MIchael W. Noble
Hon. Michael W. Noble

At its annual Up & Coming Awards on Oct. 6, the Missouri Lawyers Weekly awarded the Hon. Michael W. Noble its Mentor Award, which is given to more experienced legal professionals who have played an important role in the development of those starting out in the profession.

The Up & Coming Awards recognize lawyers who are 40 years or younger or within the first 10 years of practice. In addition to the general Up & Coming category, some lawyers are recognized in special categories.

This year, the sheer volume of nominations received was the highest in the collective memory of staff at Missouri Lawyers Media, Publisher Liz Irwin told the crowd. “Make no mistake, to be nominated for our awards means an attorney had a remarkable positive impact,” Irwin said. “To be selected is a testament to outstanding and consistent contribution to Missouri’s legal community.”

A total of 58 attorneys were honored this year at a luncheon at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. Approximately 300 people attended the event.

Anne-Marie Clarke installed as Chair of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association

Commissioner Anne-Marie Clarke being sworn in as Chair of the National Bar Association Judicial Council by Judge Jon R. Gray (retired) as her husband, Richard K. Gaines, holds the Bible and looks on during the 92nd Annual Meeting of the National Bar Association in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

During the 92nd Annual Meeting of the National Bar Association, St. Louis City Family Court Commissioner was installed as the 47th Chair of the Judicial Council.  Judge Jon R. Gray (retired) administered the oath as her husband, Richard K. Gaines, held the Bible.

Commissioner Clarke will serve as Chair for one year and will preside over the Council’s Mid-Winter meeting in January 2018 and the Annual Meeting in July 28-August 4, 2018. The Annual Meeting will be held in New Orleans, LA during the National Bar Association’s Convention.  Commissioner Clarke has served the Council as an officer and Board member since 2004.  She was Chair of the St. Louis Host Committee for the National Bar Association’s 91st Annual Convention held in St. Louis, July 16-23, 2016.

Commissioner Clarke will focus on Judicial Diversity and Ethnic Fairness. Continuing Education programs presented throughout the year will emphasize these issues.  The Judicial Council is comprised of judicial officers serving on federal, state, municipal and administrative courts across the United States and Canada.  The Judicial Council was founded in 1971 and is a division of the National Bar Association.  The NBA, which was founded in 1925, is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of predominately Black lawyers, judges, law professors and law students.

“I am honored to follow the tradition of legal judicial legends such as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall who is honored at our annual luncheon and Judge A. Leon Higgonbotham of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who is honored at our Mid-winter meeting.  The Judicial Council brings together judges of varied backgrounds and provides an opportunity to exchange new and exciting ideas.”


St. Louis Circuit Judge Jimmie M. Edwards Elected To National Center for State Courts Board of Directors

Judge Jimmie M. Edwards

ST. LOUIS (June 22, 2017) — The National Center for State Courts has elected St. Louis Circuit Judge Jimmie M. Edwards to a three-year term on its Board of Directors.

Edwards will join the board Aug. 4 at its summer meeting in Philadelphia.

Since October 2015, Edwards has been a member of the National Advisory Board on Community Engagement in the State Courts. That 16-member board is part of the National Center for State Courts’ Conference of Chief Justices and National Consortium for Racial and Ethnic Fairness.

Edwards has served as a St. Louis Circuit Judge for 25 years. He started his legal career in private practice at a small law firm in S. Louis in 1981. In 1984 he joined the Sabreliner Corporation where he was general counsel for six years. He then joined the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company legal staff. Judge Edwards has served as a Special Missouri Supreme Court Judge and has served on the Executive Council for Missouri State Judges and Missouri Habeas Corpus subcommittees.

In 2009, Edwards founded Innovative Concept Academy after recognizing that his hometown was suffering from an unrelenting cycle of juvenile offenders dropping out of school and cementing their path to lifelong criminality. ICA is the first school in America supervised by a judge and dedicated to the last-resort education of juvenile offenders.

Judge Edwards’ efforts have gained national attention. In 2013, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts presented him with the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, one of our nation’s highest judicial awards. Saint Louis University and Eden Theological Seminary each have awarded him honorary doctor of laws degrees. People magazine named him its “Editor’s Choice National Hero” recipient in 2011, and Ebony magazine selected him to its 2013 Power 100 Most Influential in America List.

The National Center for State Courts is an independent, nonprofit court improvement organization founded at the urging of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren E. Burger.  He envisioned NCSC as a clearinghouse for research information and comparative data to support improvement in judicial administration in state courts.

2017 Law Day

Law Day 2017
Law Day 2017

Millie Aulbur (left) of the Missouri Bar Association presents Juvenile Court Commissioner Anne-Marie Clarke (second from left) and retired Judge Iris Ferguson (second from right) with The Missouri Bar Dr. Warren H. Solomon Civic Virtue Award for their work on the Law Day program for 22 year. Presiding Judge Michael Mullen (right) also participated in the ceremony April 28, 2017. Students from Northwest Law Academy attended court hearings and heard about law careers from Assistant Circuit Attorney Annette Llewellyn, Assistant Public Defender Rick Kroeger and Juvenile Commander, Lieutenant Perri Johnson of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. The students then role played actual cases with some acting as judge, bailiff and witnesses.

St. Louis Circuit Court Appoints Jill Hanley as Public Administrator

Jill M. Hanley
Jill M. Hanley

ST. LOUIS (March 28, 2017) — The 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri today appointed Jill M. Hanley to Public Administrator, replacing Gerard A. Nester, who resigned in February to pursue other opportunities.

The Court, meeting en banc, selected Hanley in a unanimous vote.

Hanley had served as legal counsel to the court’s Probate Division since 2006. Until moving to Probate, she had worked with Nester as an attorney in the Public Administrator’s office since 2002.

The Public Administrator acts on behalf of the citizens of St. Louis before the Probate Division, taking charge of the assets of city residents who die without family or a last will and testament, pays the claims of any creditor of the deceased, and distributes any remaining assets to surviving relatives, if any.

The Probate Division sometimes appoints the Public Administrator to act as guardian for the mentally ill or developmentally disabled adults whom the Probate Division has determined are unable to meet their essential needs for food, shelter and clothing. In this capacity, the Public Administrator is called upon to consent to the admission of these “wards” to nursing homes and residential care facilities and to see that they receive proper medical, psychiatric and therapeutic care. The Public Administrator currently manages the needs of more than 600 wards.

Hanley earned a bachelor’s degree in 1986 from Southwest Missouri State University. She received a paralegal certificate in 1989 from St. Louis Community College and earned a law degree in 1993 from Saint Louis University School of Law.


St. Louis City Circuit Court to Debut New Jury System

ST. LOUIS (Feb. 2, 2017) — The city of St. Louis will be the pilot location to implement Show Me Jury, a new jury system that the Missouri judiciary plans to introduce across the state in October 2018.

The St. Louis Circuit Court will mail new Show Me Jury summonses starting Feb. 24, for jury service beginning April 3.

Joanne Martin, jury supervisor for the St. Louis Circuit Court, said, “A big benefit to our citizens will be the ease of contacting and communicating with the courts, and in particular, the jury supervisor’s office.”

When residents receive the new jury service summons, they will be directed to, where they will fill out a qualification form. This online questionnaire, which will become active February 24, 2017, gives citizens the opportunity to choose their preference of communication — whether by U.S. Postal Service, e-mail or even text message. Paper copies of questionnaires can be obtained by calling the jury supervisor’s office.

“We hope the public will recognize the benefits of a more efficient court system, but also the convenience of communication with our courts,” Martin said.


Judge Barbara Peebles
Judge Barbara T. Peebles

St. Louis, Mo. – Hon. Barbara T. Peebles, Associate Circuit Judge, 22nd Judicial Circuit, St. Louis City, is one of 24 participants who graduated from the Missouri Court Management Institute in December 2016. The ceremony was held at the Supreme Court of Missouri in Jefferson City. Judge Peebles’ completion of the institute qualifies her for recognition as a Certified Court Manager by the National Center for State Courts.

The Missouri Court Management Institute is an initiative created by the Coordinating Commission for Judicial Education of the Supreme Court of Missouri and its state courts administrator’s office to enhance the professionalism and expertise of the people who work for the Missouri courts. It is based on the six-part court management program created by the National Center for State Courts. The courses in the program are Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts, Managing Judicial Financial Resources, Case Flow Management, Managing Human Resources, Measuring Court Performance, and Managing Technology Projects.

Participation in the institute was an opportunity provided to only the best of the Missouri judiciary. Applicants were evaluated based on their experience and an extensive essay.

“The selection process was beyond rigorous,” said Dr. Anthony Simones, manager of judicial education and programming with the state courts administrator’s office. “We received so many applications for participation in this institute, and the process was incredibly competitive. That Judge Peebles was chosen for and completed this program speak volumes about her talent, commitment and promise as a leader in the judiciary of this state.”

St. Louis Family Court Commissioner Anne-Marie Clarke Elected Chair-elect of the National Bar Association Judicial Council

Commissioner Anne-Marie Clarke
Commissioner Anne-Marie Clarke

Family Court Commissioner Anne-Marie Clarke of the St. Louis Circuit Court has been elected chair-elect of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association and will be sworn in at the NBA’s 92nd Convention in Toronto July 29-August 3, 2017.

The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students.

Clarke served as chair of the host committee for the NBA’s 91st Convention in St. Louis last month, which was attended by nearly 1,000 lawyers from across the country. She was appointed Family Court Commissioner in 1998 and has been assigned to both the Juvenile Division and the Domestic Relations Division. She and has served on numerous statewide committees including the Fostering Court Improvement Committee under the Missouri Supreme Court.


Missouri State Rep. Bill Lant (center), Chair, Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, and Bev Newman (right), President, Missouri Juvenile Justice Association, present the award to Catherine Horejes (left), Chief Deputy Juvenile Officer - Special Services Department, 22nd Judicial Circuit.
Missouri State Rep. Bill Lant (center), Chair, Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, and Bev Newman (right), President, Missouri Juvenile Justice Association, present the award to Catherine Horejes (left), Chief Deputy Juvenile Officer – Special Services Department, 22nd Judicial Circuit.


The Missouri Juvenile Justice Association (MJJA) has awarded the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri its Excellence in Programming Award for the circuit’s Team Support Approach model.

The award was presented at the President’s reception at the spring MJJA conference. Cathy Horejes accepted the award on behalf of our circuit.

The Team Support Approach (TSA) model brings key people together for youth on official court supervision to discuss a youths’ strengths and needs, identify and provide resources, and make strength-based plans that will provide for the youth’s safety, repair harm to the victim or community, and bring accountability through strengthening competency skills while ensuring community safety. The family decides who the key people are that they want to include. These could be relatives, coaches, religious figures, and others.

The goal of the TSA is to involve families and their support systems, community members, along with caregivers, service providers and agency staff in all decisions regarding planning options and to ensure a timely network of support for children and the adults who care for them. The focus of the TSA meeting is to ensure the safety and well-being of the youth and community while preserving the family unit. When possible, the family and community’s strengths are used to form treatment plans that will enable children to safely remain home with appropriate services. When this is not possible, plans are made that reflect the least restrictive placement possible for each youth that will keep the child and community safe as well as preserve and nurture the child’s familial and community connections.

Among those working with Horejes in developing the model were Harmena Frierson, Jack Murphy, Jeanette McAllister-McDonald, Ken Mayo, Chris Fahy, and Jean Beil.