Who and How We Help

How Your Support Helps Missourians in Need

Through tax-deductible contributions, the Missouri Bar Foundation supports and expands law-related educational and charitable programs throughout the state. Examples include:

  • Printing the Senior Citizens Handbook, a guide to aid senior citizens in understanding their legal rights and responsibilities.
  • Funding for an annual Missouri Bar law-related education conference for social studies teachers to help them find new ways to teach their students about the law and our justice system.
  • Funding for the legal services offices serving indigent and low-income Missourians.
  • Assistance for needy female members of the bar, or their dependents, via the Eunice Cutter Cox Memorial Fund.
  • Programs by the Lawyers’ Assistance Committee of The Missouri Bar designed to help Missouri Bar members affected by drug or alcohol dependency problems.
  • Scholarships for deserving law students from Northwest Missouri through the Henry C. McDougal Scholarship Fund.

Mid-Missouri Legal Services (MMLS) used the grant funding provided by The Missouri Bar Foundation to aid in the representation of domestic violence victims in its service area. Representation was provided in court cases involving final orders of protection or divorces. Your donations helped victims of domestic violence in six counties of the 11-county area serviced by MMLS. Because so few attorneys practice in rural areas, the services provided to MMLS are critical. MMLS was successful in all of its cases funded by the MBF grant.

Sample cases:

  • A mother of three was granted a full order of protection after her spouse struck her and choked one of their children.
  • A full order of protection was granted to a victim after her boyfriend kidnapped her, held her against her will and threatened to kill her.
  • A woman was granted a divorce from a meth-addicted spouse who threatened to kill her.
  • A woman was granted a divorce and full order of protection from her former spouse who brandished a knife and threatened suicide in front of their children.

These and other testimonials demonstrate the importance of what you do through MFB. You make a positive difference in the lives of Missourians through your donations to the MBF.

Recent Grant Recipients

2016

  • The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program
  • The Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness
  • The Missouri Bar Lawyers' Assistance Program Conference
  • Four legal aid offices in Missouri

2014

  • The Missouri Bar's law-related education program
  • Four legal aid offices in Missouri for statewide training in 2015
  • The Missouri Bar Lawyers' Assistance Program Conference
  • Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel

2013

  • The Missouri Bar's law-related education program
  • Four legal aid offices in Missouri
  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri to reprint the Senior Citizens Handbook
  • ABA/National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Equal Justice Conference held in St. Louis on May 9-12, 2013
  • Boys State to print a three-year supply of Boys State Manuals
  • The Missouri Bar Lawyers' Assistance Program Conference
  • Future Advocates in Training (FAIT) Mock Trial Teams sponsored by Washington University School of Law

2012

  • The Missouri Bar’s law-related education program
  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri for tornado relief
  • The Supreme Court of Missouri’s MAI-Civil Committee, chaired by Robert T. Adams, to improve instructions used in Missouri state court civil cases
  • The Missouri Bar Lawyers' Assistance Program Conference

2011

  • University of Missouri-Columbia Professor David Mitchell to serve as a Fellow to the Supreme Court of Missouri to conduct research on criminal justice matters
  • The Missouri Bar’s law-related education program
  • Four legal aid offices in Missouri
  • The Missouri Bar Lawyers' Assistance Program Conference
  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri to reprint the Senior Citizens Handbook