The Keith A. Birkes Fund for Justice Education

Keith A. Birkes served as Executive Director of The Missouri Bar for 27 years before retiring in 2012. In honor of Mr. Birkes and his dedication to The Missouri Bar, he and The Missouri Bar Foundation founded the Keith A. Birkes Fund for Justice Education to support efforts by Missouri lawyers to educate Missouri citizens about their justice system. The fund hopes to further the following and similar efforts:

  • The appreciation and understanding of the Missouri justice system,
  • The appreciation and understanding of both the United States Constitution and the Missouri Constitution,
  • The appreciation and understanding of the Missouri court system, and
  • The appreciation and understanding of the Missouri judicial selection process.

The Missouri Bar’s Law-Related Education Department has served hundreds of teachers who have educated thousands of students about the role of our courts and the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary. At the heart of a successful judicial system are informed citizens who understand the role of the judges who impartially serve in our courts, the lawyers who dutifully advocate for their clients, and the citizen jurors who carefully consider the decisions of guilt or innocence, right or wrong. This fund will support programs and projects ensuring that Missouri’s citizens of all ages and backgrounds understand the judicial branch and the vital role it plays in our democracy.