Penni M. Groves


General Counsel

Role: Staff
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
General Counsel
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • JD, 1989, Baylor University
  • Graduate work in British literature, Rotary Fellowship, 1985-1986, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • BA (with Honors) English Literature, Baylor University, 1985


EAD 738 Legal Issues in Higher Education

Professional experience

Legal experience

  • General counsel, Missouri State University, 2013-present
  • Interim general counsel, Missouri State University, 2011-2012
  • Legal counsel, Missouri State University, 2004-2011
  • Millington & Glass Law Firm, 2002-2003
  • Member, Daniel, Clampett, Powell & Cunningham, LLC, 1995-2001
  • Legal Aid of Southwest Missouri, 1991-1994
  • Withers, Brant, Igoe & Mullenix, 1989-1991

Teaching experience               

  • EAD 638/738 Legal Issues in Higher Education, Missouri State University, 2008-2010
  • PLS 551 Administrative Law, Missouri State University, 2007
  • Business law, real estate law and legal environment of business, Drury University, 2003-2004
  • Political Science 101, Ozarks Technical College, 2003-2004
  • Human resources law, Webster University, 2002

Research and professional interests

Professional certificates and memberships

  • Licensed to practice before U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; Missouri State Circuit, Appellate and Supreme Courts
  • Member of the Missouri Bar Association
  • Member of the Greater Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys

Community activities

  • Volunteer Attorney Project
  • Girl Scout Board
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board
  • University Child Care Center Board
  • Leadership Springfield