Judge Laura Denvir Stith Shares

On March 22nd, host David Bell talks with Judge Laura Denvir Stith who has recently retired from the Supreme Court of Missouri.  After serving 20 years as a member of that Court, including as chief justice from July 2007 through June 2009, Judge Stith calls her service as a judge on the Court “the honor of a lifetime.” When he announced her retirement, Chief Justice George W. Draper III said: “Judge Laura Denvir Stith[’s] … resume and body of work speak for themselves … she will leave a lasting legacy in the areas of ethics, gender and justice. She is a dedicated jurist. Her experience, intelligence, diligence, and wisdom will be missed. Please join me in wishing her all the best in her retirement.”

Stith does not intend to return to private practice but rather expects to remain as a senior judge who can continue to contribute to the justice system in Missouri.

Judge Stith will speak on her unique perspective, giving our listeners an overview of 20 years of criminal and social court issues in Missouri.

We hope you will listen.  Listeners will receive the honor of a lifetime to hear Judge Stith.  Certainly, Jaws of Justice is honored to have her as our guest.

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”

Calendar for the week of March 22nd:

In compliance with Mayor Lucas’ emergency order, ensure necessary public health measures remain in place.  See the FAQS at kcmo.gov.

  • If you are behind on your mortgage, Legal Aid of Western Missouri may be able to provide you with free legal advice and services. If you are a resident of Jackson County, you can give them a call: 816-474-6750.



  • Monday Meets: 4 PM, Online event. Hosted by The Willow Domestic Violence Center open to everyone on Facebook Live.


  • MON, March 22nd, Noon, No More Excuses Coalition Meeting at the Mohart Center Auditorium, 3200 Wayne, 64109. No Excuses Coalition will meet every 1st & 4th Monday of the month.


  • THUR, March 25th, 6 PM, Smash the Patriarchy – An historical Perspective: 6 pm, Online event. Register: http://bit.ly/KUETCWGE-Patriarchy. Miguel Roel lecture and discussion exploring the history of patriarchy. Contact Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity for access info.  Please register to receive Zoom Meeting link and passcode: ly/KUETCWGE-Patriarchy


  • FRI, March 26th at 12:30 PM MADP monthly meetup which this month will be a virtual workshop on death penalty advocacy with Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Na’im Al-Amin of Swagg Inc., a Kansas City non-profit focused on reducing recidivism. Register at: bit.ly.com/MADPmonthly3


  • SAT, March 27th, IRTF Social Justice Teach-In — Memoria y Resistencia: Reflections on Self-Identity and Communal Legacy. Access info on Eventbrite.


  • A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at blogspot.com.  The list is updated daily.

Please take care of yourselves and others. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for health care reforms that promote universal access to affordable care.  COVID-19 has devastated the U.S. prison and jail population.




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