Teresa Rieger Housholder, J.D. graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Law School in 1997 (where she was published in the Matrimonial Law Journal), Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State) in 1992, and Marshfield High School in 1988. She is a proud native of Southwest Missouri.
Before she opened her private practice in October of 2005, Mrs. Housholder spent 7 years with the Department of Social Services as an attorney in the litigation unit. She worked her way up from staff attorney to Deputy Assistant Director with the Protective Services Unit which specialized in handling issues dealing with children in foster care. As the Deputy Assistant Director she was responsible for supervising up to 7 attorneys handling 70-100 cases each in 3 different offices. She also drafted legislation and reviewed and prepared comments on proposed legislation affecting children in foster care.
She is the prosecutor for Juvenile cases in Webster County including status offenses, delinquency, child abuse and neglect and termination of parental rights. Her private practice specializes in Adoptions, Dissolutions, Paternity actions, Modifications, Parental Delegations, Guardianships, Administrations, Wills, Healthcare POA, and Name Changes. She is registered with Greene, Polk, Webster and Wright counties for appointments as a Guardian ad Litem in custody cases and minor guardianships; with Greene County for appointments as a Guardian ad Litem for children in foster care; with Greene and Webster counties for appointments as Attorney for the Respondent in Adult Guardianships; and, with Greene County for Appeals of Termination of Parental Rights cases.
Teresa is a member of the ChildProtect training panel offered by the National District Attorney Association in cooperation with the National Child Protection Training Center. ChildProtect is an intensive 5-day trial advocacy course designed to teach 30 child protection prosecutors and attorneys handling civil dependency cases from across the nation how to handle a termination of parental rights case.
As a former member of the Sexual Offender Visitation Review Committee with the Missouri Department of Corrections, she assisted with setting up and implementing protective visitation policies for children visiting within the Missouri Department of Correction walls.
Teresa is a contributing author of the Juvenile Law and Administrative Law desk books published by the Missouri Bar. These desk books are used as practice guidebooks by attorneys and resource manuals for judges throughout the state practicing in the areas of juvenile or administrative law.
Licensed since 1998
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|MO||Good Standing, Active||1998||01/08/2013|
|Staff Attorney Juvenile Office||30th Judicial Circuit, Missouri||2006 - Present|
|Private Practice Attorney||Housholder Law Firm, LLC||2005 - Present|
|Deputy Assistant Directory||State Of Missouri Department Of Social Services Division Of Legal Services||1997 - 2005|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Marshfield Rotary Club, Missouri||President||2008 - Present|
|Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, Juvenile Law Committee||Member||2004 - Present|
|Missouri Bar, Juvenile Law Committee||Member||1998 - Present|
|Missouri State Bar Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|Deskbook||Missouri Bar Juvenile Deskbook||2012|
|Missouri Bar CLE Deskbook||Missouri Bar Administrative Law Deskbook||2004|
|Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Relocation Standards and Constitutional Considerations||1999|
|University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|Southwest Missouri State University||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1992|