Committee Chair, David L. McCain, Jr., Missouri Attorney General’s Office
Moderator: Eric D. Jennings, General Counsel, The Missouri Bar, Jefferson City
Panelists: Rep. Mary Elizabeth A. Coleman (District 97 - Arnold); Rep. Mark Ellebracht (District 17 – Liberty); Rep. Dean Plocher (District 89 – St. Louis) Rep. Louis Riggs (District 5 – Hannibal); Rep. Wes Rogers (District 18 – Kansas City); Rep. Robert Sauls (District 21 – Independence); Rep. Rudy Veit (District 5 – Wardsville); Rep. Gina Mitten (District 83 – St. Louis); Senator Bill White (District 32 – Joplin); Rep. Sarah Unsicker (District 91 – Shrewsbury) and Rep. Steve Roberts (District 77 – St. Louis)
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Rep. Mark Ellebracht, a Democrat, represents District 17 in the Missouri House of Representatives. He is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the Joint Committee on the Justice System and Subcommittee on Litigation Reform.
B.A. from William Jewell College; J.D. from the University of Missouri, School of Law.
Tristin Estep is an Assistant Attorney General representing the State of Missouri in criminal prosecutions statewide. She has been a prosecutor in Cole County and the City of St. Louis, where she was a member of the Special Victims Unit focusing on sexual assaults and other cases involving child victims.
Eric Jennings currently serves as General Counsel for The Missouri Bar. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law (2005) and Truman State University (2002) and a member of The Missouri Bar, BAMSL, SMBA, and the Federalist Society.
David McCain attended law school at UMKC. Following law school, David clerked at the Kansas Court of Appeals. He has worked at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office since 2014. David is a graduate of the MoBar Leadership Academy. He currently serves as vice chair of the Missouri Bar Government Practice Committee.
Representative Gina Mitten (D-83) represents portions of St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Ms. Mitten graduated summa cum laude from University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is a 2001 recipient of the American Mock Trial Association’s National All American Attorney award. In 2005, Ms. Mitten received her Juris Doctor degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a primary editor of the Journal of Law and Policy and recipient of the Don Sommers Prize for Professional Responsibility (ethics).
Before joining the House of Representatives, Representative Mitten was a member of the Richmond Heights City Council from 2004-2012. She also served on the St. Louis County Municipal League’s legislative affairs committee (2005-2010) and was a voting member of the Clayton/Richmond Heights Joint Study Committee (2005-2006). Ms. Mitten has been an ardent supporter of the Maplewood Richmond Height School District for more than fifteen years, and served on its Building Corporation from 2007 to 2018.
In addition to her legislative duties, Representative Mitten is an attorney, focusing her practice on civil litigation and domestic relations.
Christa Moss, Missouri Bar Board of Governor for the Southern District, lives in Springfield, Missouri. She currently serves as a Civil Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. She was formerly a law Clerk for the Federal Chief Magistrate Judge, David Rush, as well as a civil defense litigator in a mid-size firm and an Assistant City Attorney for the Kansas City, Missouri City Attorney's Office. Christa and her husband Maurice met at and received Bachelors degrees from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Ok. Christa earned her J.D. from the College of William and Mary in 2012. Both Maurice and Christa are alumni of the Missouri Bar Leadership program and are actively involved in the state and local bars as well as community activities, serving on a number of boards and task forces. They are currently living their best stay at home pandemic life with their three year old James and their dog Jax.
Maurice, a Missouri native, is Utility Counsel for City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri, where he represents and supports all five business units, which includes electricity, natural gas, water, broadband, and public transportation. His background includes administrative and regulatory matters involving energy and gas markets and transportation, environmental regulations and land use disputes. Prior to taking the position at City Utilities, Maurice held various positions for the Department of Energy and Department of Agriculture.
Maurice and his wife Christa met at and received Bachelors degrees from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Ok. Maurice earned his J.D. at Western Michigan in 2010. Both Maurice and Christa are alumni of the Missouri Bar Leadership program and are actively involved in the state and local bars as well as community activities, serving on a number of boards and task forces. They are currently living their best stay at home pandemic life with their three year old James and their dog Jax.
Representative Dean Plocher-District 89, is currently Chairman of the General Laws Committee and will serve as House Floor Leader in the 101st General Assembly.
Plocher, a practicing attorney, was appointed by the Governor to the Uniform Law Commission. He previously served as a Municipal Judge.
Representative Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) was first elected in 2018 and re-elected in 2020 to represent 5th District. A 1990 graduate of UMC School of Law, he serves the on House Budget, Economic Development and Workforce Development Committees and has practiced in Northeast Missouri since 1990.
Representative Roberts was elected to the Missouri House in 2016, and is Senator-Elect for the 5th District. Roberts serves as the Chairman of the MO Legislative Black Caucus. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology and communication studies from the University of Miami and law degree from Pepperdine University.
Representative Wes Rogers, a Democrat, represents Clay County (District 18) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2018.
In addition to his legislative duties, Rogers is a lawyer and small business owner. He previously served as Clay County’s Deputy Chief Prosecuting Attorney.
Rogers is a member of the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Clay County Bar Association, the Platte County Bar Association, and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia, a law degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Rogers currently lives in Kansas City with his wife, Laura Neff-Rogers. They have two children.
Representative Robert E. Sauls, represents the eastern part of Independence in Jackson County in the Missouri House of Representatives. Prior to his legislative duties, Sauls was a Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney and a public defender. He also served as an assistant staff judge advocate in the United States Air Force.
Stephan Tomlinson currently serves as Deputy General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. He has previously served as Deputy Director for the Missouri Family Support Division, and Legislative Director for the Missouri Department of Social Services. Stephan is a graduate of the Missouri Bar's Leadership Academy and served on the Young Lawyer's Section Council from 2016 to 2020. He was the Young Lawyer delegate to the Missouri Bar Board of Governors from 2018 to 2020 and is a past chair of the Bar's Government Attorneys Committee. Stephan completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government in 2016 and is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Law. He lives in Columbia with his wife, Hannah, and their daughter, Sophie.
Rep. Sarah Unsicker graduated from Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas, earned a B.A. in German from Valparaiso University in 1999 and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. Rep. Unsicker practiced family and education law in St. Louis, and has served as coordinator for Gateway CHADD.
Representative Rudy Veit was born in Jefferson City on 8/16/1953; admitted to bar in 1979; Missouri Preparatory education, University of Missouri-Columbia BS in Agriculture/Economics; legal education at University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law - JD 1979. Missouri House of Representatives 59th District since 2016. Legal work emphasis civil litigation and workers' compensation.
Senator Bill White was elected to the 32nd Senatorial District, covering Jasper, Dade and Newton counties, in 2018. He was first elected in 2010, serving 8 years in the Missouri House of Representatives. He served in the Marine Corps; received his B.A. from UMKC; and J.D. from Washburn University
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