2013 Award Recipients

Biographical information and a photo for each recipient is available by clicking here.

 

Opening Luncheon

These awards will be presented at the Opening Luncheon of the Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 19, 12 noon to 2 p.m.

PRESIDENT'S AWARDS

(Awards given by the president of The Missouri Bar to recognize meritorious service to The Missouri Bar)


Robert C. Welch
Welch, Martin & Albano, LLC
Independence

 

H. A. (Skip) Walther
Walther, Antel, Stamper & Fischer, P.C.
Columbia


Judicial Conference Legislative Breakfast

This award will be presented at the Missouri Judicial Conference Legislative Breakfast on Thursday, September 19, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.


THEODORE MCMILLIAN JUDICIAL EXCELLENCE AWARD

(Award to recognize jurists who, by virtue of their integrity, leadership and diligence in the pursuit of the efficient administration of justice, inspire other members of the judiciary to similar noble purpose.)  

Hon. Michael W. Manners
16th Judicial Circuit Court, Division 2
Independence 


Missouri Bar Foundation and Public Service Awards Luncheon

The following awards will be presented at the new Missouri Bar Foundation and Public Service Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, September 18, from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

 SPURGEON SMITHSON AWARDS

(Missouri Bar Foundation awards acknowledging significant contributions to the administration of justice)

Dean Michael A. Wolff
St. Louis University School of Law
St. Louis

Hon. Robert G. Russell
Kempton & Russell, LLC
Sedalia

Rep. Ike N. Skelton
Husch Blackwell LLP
Kansas City


W. OLIVER RASCH AWARD  

(Award for the best Journal of The Missouri Bar article of the year)

H. Morley Swingle
Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Courthouse
Cape Girardeau  


DAVID J. DIXON APPELLATE ADVOCACY AWARDS  

(Missouri Bar Foundation appellate advocacy awards)

D. John Sauer
Clark & Sauer, LLC
St. Louis

Thomas J. Hershewe
Dollar, Burns & Becker, L.C.
Kansas City

Timothy A. Garrison
United States Attorney's Office
Springfield


LON O. HOCKER TRIAL LAWYER AWARDS 

(Missouri Bar Foundation trial practice awards)

Sarah K. Johnson
Missouri State Public Defender's Office
St. Louis

Molly M. Hastings
Missouri State Public Defender's Office
Kansas City

Russell P. Dempsey
Greene County Prosecutor's Office
Springfield


PURCELL PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

(Missouri Bar Foundation award to acknowledge outstanding professionalism by a Missouri lawyer, who has consistently demonstrated an exceptional degree of competency, integrity and civility in both their professional and civic activities)

Cathy J. Dean
Kansas City  

Alan D. Pratzel
Chief Disciplinary Counsel
Jefferson City   



PRO BONO PUBLICO AWARDS 

(Missouri Bar awards acknowledging outstanding pro bono activities)

Tina N. Babel
Carmody MacDonald P.C.
St. Louis


Stacey Meyer Bowman
Husch Blackwell LLP
Kansas City

Anthony L. DeWitt
Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Gorny
Jefferson City

The Greenwade Law Firm, LLC
Willard


DEFENDER OF DISTINCTION AWARD

(Missouri Public Defender Commission award to the public defender who exemplifies the ideal of public defense)

William J. Swift
Missouri State Public Defender's Office
Columbia


MISSOURI ASSOCIATION OF PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS PROSECUTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD


Michael S. Wright

Warren County Prosecuting Attorney
Warrenton


LIBERTY BELL AWARD

(YLS award acknowledging a non-lawyer or non-legal organization engaged in public service activities that enhance the legal community or are dedicated to the advancement of justice.)

Veterans United Foundation
Columbia


TOM COCHRAN AWARD

(YLS award acknowledging outstanding community service activities by a lawyer.)

Charles R. Wooten
Roberts, Wooten & Zimmer LLC
Hillsboro 


YLS PRO BONO AWARDS

(YLS award acknowledging those who have excelled in one or more of the following ways: demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to the poor through a pro bono program; contributed significant work toward developing innovative approaches to delivery of volunteer legal services; participated in an activity which resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs or in extending services to underserved segments of the population; successfully litigated pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to the poor; and successfully achieved legislation that contributed substantially to legal services to the poor.)

Derek A. Ankrom
Husch Blackwell LLP
Springfield

Jennifer K. Bukowsky
Bukowsky Law Firm
Columbia

Husch Blackwell LLP
Jefferson City