Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel
Join the MSPD Team as a Volunteer Attorney
Weary of being a trial preparer with no prospect of a jury trial in your future? Do a good deed and, in turn, advance your career as a trial lawyer.
Founded and launched in 2017, the Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel aims to help you. The Coalition coordinates and arranges training for attorneys interested in volunteering to receive case assignments from MSPD. Volunteer attorneys have a realistic opportunity to gain priceless “first chair” jury trial experience in the state circuit courts, while helping overworked and underpaid public defenders.
Before being eligible for assignment of a felony case, volunteers are asked to attend two-days of no cost, Missouri and Illinois CLE approved training, sponsored and presented by the MSPD, where they will be instructed on fundamental trials skills and criminal law and procedure. Over 240 lawyers have taken the training and thereafter, volunteered for an assignment; a number working with a colleague; some more than once.
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Please contact Richard Scherrer with any questions at Richard.Scherrer@mspd.mo.gov or (314) 340-7625, ext. 237.