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MSPD News ReleasesOffice of the Missouri Public Defender Appoints New General CounselPicture of AttorneySeptember 4, 2015

(St. Louis, MO)—The Missouri Public Defender Commission announces the appointment of Jacqueline Shipma as its new General Counsel.

“The General Counsel post is critical to any successful organization, and the public defender system is fortunate to have someone with Ms. Shipma’s capabilities,†said Michael Barrett, Director of the Missouri State Public Defender System.

Jacqueline “Jacquie†Shipma was raised in central and southwest Missouri, where she graduated from Stoutland High School. Shipma obtained a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Political Science, from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where she also earned a LLM in Dispute Resolution. Since 2000, Shipma has served as General Counsel for the Missouri National Education Association.

“The work of the Missouri Public Defender is essential to our criminal justice system. I look forward to being part of the team responsible for ensuring that the promise of the right to counsel remains guaranteed in Missouri,†said Shipma.

“Ms. Shipma brings decades of experience and the skill set that will help the Missouri Public Defender System better perform its mission,†said Doug Copeland, Chair of the Missouri State Public Defender Commission.

Shipma lives in Columbia with her husband, two children and one grandchild.

The Missouri State Public Defender provides legal representation throughout the state to indigent clients in criminal cases. To learn more about the Missouri State Public Defender, visit:

For questions regarding this information, please contact:

Michael Barrett
Director and Public Information Officer
Missouri Public Defender System
Phone: (573) 355-6030