University of Missouri School of Law Names Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky as New Dean

Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, currently the associate dean for graduate and non-J.D. programs at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, has been appointed as the 17th dean of the University of Missouri School of Law. She will join the law school officially on July 1.

Lidsky, who will be the law school’s first female dean, has served in a variety of leadership roles at the University of Florida, including as associate dean for international programs and associate dean for faculty development.

Lidsky is an award-winning teacher, receiving student-selected awards such as Teacher of the Year (twice) and Faculty Graduation Speaker (three times), as well as Teacher of the Year, which was selected by a faculty committee. In her 23-year career as a law professor, Lidsky has taught courses such as Torts, Media Law, Internet Law, Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, First Amendment Law, Business Torts and Introduction to Lawyering.

Widely regarded as one of the nation’s foremost First Amendment scholars, she has published books such as First Amendment Law: Cases and Materials and Mass Media Law: Cases and Materials and Freedom of the Press.

Before joining the law school at the University of Florida, she served as a clerk for the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, Calif. Lidsky received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law with high honors. She was initiated into Order of the Coif in recognition of her scholastic achievement and served as articles editor of the Texas Law Review.
Before law school, she was a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University in England, studying medieval legal history and early development of the Common Law, and received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in English and political science from Texas A&M University.

BCBA Member Robert Murray Publishes Book on DWI Defense

Robert Murray has co-authored and published a new book entitled Missouri DWI Defense: The Law and Practice.” It provides many practical tools and applications designed to streamline and simplify the complex DWI defense process. The Publishing Company is expecting to sell the book for about $165, but Bob has a limited number that can be picked up in his office for $100. For more information, you can contact Bob at the Murray Law Firm, 1103 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, Columbia, by phone at 442-1563 or by email.

New Security Policy for Callaway County Courthouse Effective March 1, 2017

The County Commission has approved the installation of a permanent security station located in the lobby of the Callaway County Courthouse. The purpose of the security station is to safeguard the individuals working in and visiting the Courthouse.

Anyone entering the Courthouse through the main entrance, such as the general public and attorneys, must pass through the security station. The full policy may be reviewed here.

January Updates to Local Court Rules

The following rules were adopted by the 13th Circuit Court en Banc at their meeting on January 17, 2017. All three rules will be in effect sixty (60) days after passage: Local Rule 68.14- JUDGMENT- TRIAL, AFFIDAVIT, Local Rule 69.8- REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, and Local Rule 69.01- DETERMINATION OF INDIGENT STATUS. The new rules can be found at the BCBA website at