Schmitt supports an effort by the Missouri legislature to address the shortage of police officers in the city of St. Louis by removing the residency requirement for police officers.    «For nearly a decade, Bunky Wright has been a trusted advisor and wise advisor to the University of Missouri, the Board of Trustees and senior governance. He has represented the University at all times with dignity, ethics and unparalleled experience, combined with legal expertise,» said Walsworth. The entire University family sincerely thanks Bunky and his wonderful wife, Janet, for their tireless service to our institution and wishes them well. «I am pleased to announce that Steve Owens will bring his outstanding leadership and legal experience to the University of Missouri,» said Don Walsworth de Marceline, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. «Steve has a deep love for our institution, a dedication to its great missions and a familiarity with our legal processes and responsibilities. As General Counsel, he will confidently and effectively accompany the University`s Board of Trustees and Executive Board. The Attorney General of Missouri may serve for an indefinite term of four years. As the state`s chief legal counsel, the position is responsible for providing legal advice to most state agencies, defending state laws from legal challenges, enforcing civil laws such as consumer protection and environmental laws, and handling all appeals against convictions across the state.
It pays out approximately $116,436 per year. Because the lawsuit was brought by one state against other states, the Supreme Court was initially competent, but often refuses to hear such lawsuits.  There was no evidence of illegal voting in the election.  Paxton`s complaint contained allegations that had been tried unsuccessfully by other courts and had been found to be false.  Officials in each of the four states said Paxton`s trial recycled false and debunked allegations of irregularities.  Legal scholars and politicians have been highly critical of the objections.   Election law expert Rick Hasen called the lawsuit «the stupidest case I`ve ever filed urgently with the Supreme Court.»   Senator Ben Sasse said of Paxton that it «appears that a guy who asks for forgiveness has filed a PR stunt» regarding Paxton`s own legal issues at the state and federal levels (allegations of securities fraud and abuse of power).  On December 11, the U.S. Supreme Court quickly dismissed the lawsuit in an unsigned notice.
 In August 2019, Schmitt withdrew a legal brief arguing that the First Amendment allowed government officials to withhold recordings of a Sunshine Law application after criticizing transparency advocates who noted that the brief did not cite case law.  A representative of the Freedom Center of Missouri expressed concern that the argument resembles a case with Governor Mike Parson, which Schmitt had not yet decided.  His approximately 10-year legal career has focused on constitutional law and law enforcement, arguing cases all the way to the Missouri Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. He does not have extensive experience in civil matters or consumer protection. In April 2022, Schmitt repeated a claim derived from Great Replacements on Glenn Beck`s platform that the Democratic Party wanted to «fundamentally» change the country through illegal immigration to the United States.  Cheryl is the Director of the Missouri Attorney General`s Trial Advocacy Training Program and has been a lecturer for Missouri and the Trial Advocacy Programs at the National Association of Attorneys` Institute for Training and Research. She has also taught continuing legal education courses for lawyers and non-lawyers on a variety of topics in litigation, evidence, consumer protection, criminal law and civil procedure. Parson praised Bailey for helping his government end nearly all legal abortions in the state, strengthen gun rights protections, and ensure local control of masks and vaccination mandates at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After Joe Biden won the 2020 election, Schmitt`s office supported the Trump campaign`s attempt to invalidate ballots allegedly filed illegally in Pennsylvania.  Schmitt was one of 17 Republican attorneys general who helped Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton prosecute Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania to invalidate their Biden votes and overturn the election results. The lawsuit argued that the vote count of the four states was unconstitutional; There was no evidence to support these claims, and the arguments had already been rejected by other state and federal courts.   «I will bring my leadership, legal experience, fighting spirit and all the intellectual firepower at my disposal to this mission. And I`m going to bring victories to the people of this state,» Bailey said. UM`s General Counsel provides legal advice and representation to Missouri`s leading public institutions of higher education, including the Board of Trustees, its President and Chief Executive Officers, its four campuses, University of Missouri Health Care, and university employees acting in an official capacity. As general counsel, Owens receives an initial base salary of $290,000, plus benefits and incentives. Owens, 52, is a partner and president of the class actions and complex litigation division of Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP, based in Kansas City. The firm has 360 lawyers in eight offices, including St.
Louis and Jefferson City, Missouri, as well as offices in the United States. Owens hired the chairman of the company`s board of directors and was a member of the company`s board of directors and executive committee. His extensive practice included commercial litigation, collegiate sports law, contract drafting and negotiation, and administrative law. With 26 years of experience at Stinson Morrison Hecker, Mr. Owens also co-chaired the firm`s environmental practice group and commercial litigation division. In his private practice, he worked as an external consultant for the University of Missouri. Schmitt has been involved in the fight against scammers and price breakers who are trying to profit from COVID-19.      In March 2020, he sued teleevangelist Jim Bakker and Morningside Church Productions, Inc. for falsely claiming that the «silver solution» (colloidal silver) was an effective treatment for COVID-19.   Bailey stated that running for office in two years would help achieve Parsons` goal.
In 2010, Schmitt, who has an autistic son, supported a bill in the Missouri General Assembly that required health insurers to pay beneficiaries up to $40,000 a year for applied behavior analysis, a type of autism therapy.  In 2015, he worked to enact legislation that would allow Missouri residents to establish tax-exempt savings accounts for parents with disabilities.  Governor Jay Nixon signed the bill into law in 2015.  The governor`s office had a shortlist of about five candidates for the position, with Bailey leading the way last month, according to the Missouri Independent. At Stinson`s law firm, Owens focused on general commercial disputes, employment contracts, trade secrets, non-compete clauses and complex multi-party litigation. In his sports law practice, Owens has represented universities and coaches in NCAA rules and violations, as well as in contract negotiations. He has represented several institutions or individuals associated with institutions, including the University of Missouri, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Missouri State University, as well as Michigan, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Texas Christian, Kansas State, Wake Forest, Utah, Miami, Florida, Cincinnati, Nevada-Las Vegas, St. Bonaventure, Gardner Webb, Stephen F. Austin, Maine and Long Beach State.
He was named Preferred Counsel by the Women`s Basketball Coaches Association. On November 4, 2008, Schmitt was elected to the Missouri Senate. He represented the 15th District, which includes parts of central and western St. Louis County. According to the 2010 census, the Schmitt District was redesigned, but still centered around central St. Louis County. Schmitt ran unopposed in the 2012 primaries and general election.  «Few Missouri governors have had the opportunity and responsibility to appoint an attorney general on behalf of the people of Missouri once, let alone twice,» Parson said.