Stephen Sharp Davis

About the Speaker

Stephen S. Davis is a federal litigator practicing with True North Law, LLC.  Steve has practiced extensively before federal trial and appellate courts in cases involving Fifth Amendment takings and election law. Steve also served as an Assistant United States Attorney, an adjunct professor at Saint Louis University Law School, and as Missouri Election Day Operations Director for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.  A member of the Missouri and DC bars, Steve has chaired the Missouri Bar Committee on Citizenship Education. Steve graduated from Brigham Young University and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.  

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The Elephant (and Donkey) in the Room: The 2020 Presidential Election and Election Issues in Missouri and the Nation

Using examples from Missouri and across the country, election law attorney Steve Davis will explain issues of intense current debate, including voting rights, redistricting, voter fraud, and proposed election reforms. Steve will separate fact from fiction in the partisan debates and enable listeners to understand what happened in the 2020 presidential election and how the process really works.

"Mormonsing" Political & Religious Opposition in 19th Century Missouri

Antebellum Missouri was a different place than the Missouri we now know. Attorney Steve Davis will reveal a little-known facet of Missouri history that will likely surprise listeners. Missouri’s state motto is “Salus Populi Supreme Lex Esto,” the welfare of the people is the supreme law, but this means something different today than it meant in 1820. In 19th Century Missouri, only the welfare of the popular majority was protected. When thousands of Mormons emigrated to western Missouri in the 1830s, their culture, politics, and religious beliefs clashed with other settlers so intensely that they were first expelled from Jackson County and then from the state entirely. Missourians’ solution to the “Mormon problem” – forced expulsion or “Mormonising” – became the precedent for dealing with other unpopular groups, like Native Americans and abolitionists, and would lead to the Civil War.

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