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Professor Diamond Presents Electronic Discovery CLE

Professor Randy Diamond presented an overview of electronic discovery on July 10 for the Boone County Bar Association.  His talk focused on recent changes that bring Missouri discovery rules into closer alignment with longstanding federal rules on electronically stored information. The Missouri changes effective July 1, 2019 are here.  Additional changes effective August 28, 2019, if Governor Mike Parson signs Senate…

Meet Visiting Assistant Professor of Law Mekonnen Ayano

Mizzou Law Visiting Assistant Professor of Law Mekonnen Ayano took time to answer a few questions before the semester begins. What does this position mean for you? This position means many things for me. First, it is a path to broaden my research and scholarship. I have done some work in the fields of property, natural resource, development and law and social…

MU law students join the battle back home

When veterans come back home, two distinguished students in the University of Missouri School of Law help them adjust to life away from the battlefield Service means a lot to Allyson Brown and Alec Guy, two students in the University of Missouri School of Law. They use their legal expertise to give back to those who have given everything to…

Professor Henson: A Trial is a Truth-Seeking Process

recently spoke at the 38th Annual Conference of the American Society of Trial Consultants, “Transparency in Litigation: See More Clearly Through the Looking Glass.” His presentation was on “Trial is a Truth-Seeking Process” where he proposed “that a trial is really a belief-seeking process where litigants must confront the power of jurors’ preexisting beliefs to create believable…

Featured Alumnus: Charles R. Wall

Charles R. Wall graduated from the University of Missouri Law School in 1970. During his third year, lawyers from Shook, Hardy & Bacon interviewed on campus and he accepted an associate position in the Kansas City office. In 1990, Wall moved to New York to work at Altria Group and lived outside of Missouri for the first time since his…

Mizzou Law celebrates record-breaking year in giving

On Wednesday morning, the University of Missouri officials announced that the $200 million gifted the University in the past fiscal year set an all-time high record in donations. One of the donors who has made this important milestone possible is Charles R. Wall, a Mizzou Law Alumnus from the Class of 1970 who announced that the Wall Family Foundation will…

Freyermuth at signing of SB83 ceremony

Professor Wilson Freyermuth attended the July 9 ceremony at which Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed SB 83, a portion of which enacted the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act (UPHPA) into Missouri law.  The UPHPA is a partition reform statute that applies to land that family members have inherited as tenants in common, often as a result of inadequate estate…

Professor Abrams Writes Journal of the Missouri Bar Article About the Declaration of Independence

In June 1776, the Second Continental Congress appointed 33-year-old delegate Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence. The Virginian presented his draft two weeks later, and the full 65-delegate Congress spent two days editing it line-by-line, making about 80 changes. The consensus of historians and political scientists is that Congress’ meticulous, skillful editing bolstered the document’s elegance and assured…

Professor Schmitz Publishes Article About ODR for Smart Contracts

Professor Amy J. Schmitz recently published her article with Colin Rule, “Online Dispute Resolution for Smart Contracts” in the Journal of Dispute Resolution.  This article explains how smart contracts built in the blockchain are quietly revolutionizing traditional transactions despite their questionable status under current law. At the same time, disputes regarding smart contracts are inevitable, and parties will need means…

Professor Abrams Publishes Family Law Casebook’s Fifth Edition

Professor Douglas E. Abrams has just published the fifth edition of Contemporary Family Law, the West Academic casebook that he co-authors with Professors Naomi R. Cahn and Catherine J. Ross of the George Washington University Law School and Linda C. McClain of the Boston University School of Law. The casebook has 179 adoptions in law schools throughout the United…