Moore Johnson Appointed to Supreme Court of Missouri’s Committee on Civic Education

by News Bureau on Wednesday, Nov. 09, 2011

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 9, 2011 – Mary Moore Johnson, professor of business law at Southeast Missouri State University, has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the Supreme Court of Missouri’s Committee on Civic Education as its higher education representative.

Moore Johnson, the higher education representative, is one of 18 members on the committee, comprised of judges, court staff, representatives from The Missouri Bar, educators and members of the public at large.

“I am honored to have been appointed the first faculty fellow for the Supreme Court of Missouri in 2010-2011 and to have been appointed to the newly formed Committee on Civic Education to continue the work I started during my fellowship. As I told the Court, God calls us to serve Him right where we are with the gifts He has given us, so it is God who I am serving. The Court, Southeast Missouri State University and the people of Missouri are merely the beneficiaries. I am humbled and grateful for the privilege to serve,” she said.

The goal of the Committee on Civic Education is to enhance the public’s understanding of Missouri’s court system and its function, thereby enhancing the public’s trust and confidence in Missouri’s judicial branch of government.

Consistent with this goal, the committee will develop initiatives that enhance interaction between the courts and their communities and that educate the public about the practices, procedures and role of Missouri’s courts; collaborate with state courts and professional associations to develop and implement public outreach programs; develop and maintain a judicial speaker’s bureau; provide materials and training for people who participate in public outreach programs; and create and maintain a centralized library of civic education-related resources for the courts and the public.

Moore Johnson is uniquely qualified to serve on the Committee on Civic Education. She holds a juris doctor degree from Washburn University School of Law and a master of business administration degree from Missouri State University. Moore Johnson has been admitted to practice law in the state of Missouri and is a member of the Supreme Court of the United States Bar, the Missouri Bar and the Cape Girardeau Bar. Over the past five years, she has attended 239 hours of continuing legal education seminars, including 58 hours as a speaker. Most recently, she was a guest speaker at the Judicial College in August and October. She is an active member of three Missouri Bar committees and participates in the National Association of Women Judges Conference.

Academically, Moore Johnson has been teaching at Southeast for 14 years. She was granted post-professorial merit in 2009 with an “outstanding” rating in all three areas of teaching, research and service. She was named Educator of the Year by the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and has won numerous academic awards.

Public service is not new to Moore Johnson. Appointed by the governor in 2004, she served on the Missouri Training and Employment Council for four years where she chaired the Strategic Planning Committee and served on the Executive Board.