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The Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA) has developed a way for trial attorneys from the state to be connected with legislators, to be more involved in matters pertaining to access to the civil justice system for the state’s citizenry.

Based on shared values and mutual connections that exist outside of MATA or politics, the organization has called this program the Key Contacts program.  As MATA Member Paul Bullman says, “The legislators who are my contacts know I share their values on other issues so I feel they understand when I’m talking about the 7th Amendment.”

Legislators in the state view their MATA contacts as a source of legal expertise, and legislators have begun contacting MATA members when their constituents have legal questions as well as when a piece of legislation has provisions of interest to MATA.

“As a non-lawyer, having someone I could turn to for legal questions is useful,” said former State Rep. Sheila Solon upon creation of the MATA Key Contacts program.  “Especially when I know they are looking out for my constituents and not just their own interests.”

Any member who wants to get involved in the Key Contacts program can.  Missouri trial attorneys can contact Rachael Klarich at the MATA office in Jefferson City to participate.

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