Opening Luncheon and Chief Justice's Address

Gold Sponsor - Opening Luncheon
Thursday, September 19

12:00 noon
0.6 MCLE Hour 
President's Awards, Passing of Gavel & Senior Counselor Recognition

Special thanks to our Gold Level Sponsors: Gray Ritter & Graham, P.C. – St. Louis
and our Silver Level Sponsors: Cook, Vetter, Doerhoff & Landwehr, P.C. - Jefferson City; Polsinelli P.C. - St. Louis/Kansas City/Jefferson City

Taking a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of the Annual Meeting’s busy schedule, lawyers and judges will come together at this luncheon to break bread with one another and enjoy a program emphasizing the professional ties they share.

Opening Luncheon SponsorsThe centerpiece of the luncheon program will be remarks from Judge Mary Russell, who began a two-year term as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri on July 1. She is expected to provide luncheon attendees with an update on issues facing the bench and bar when she offers the annual “Chief Justice’s Address.”

This event will also include the presentation of the President’s Award to Independence attorney Robert Welch and Columbia’s Skip Walther and the figurative “passing of the gavel” from outgoing President Patrick B. Starke to his successor, P. John “Jack” Brady.

In addition, the luncheon will feature recognition as “Senior Counselors” those distinguished men and women who this year marks 50 years in practice or attainment of the age of 75 years. Their examples of leadership and service to their clients offer a legacy of professionalism for all who attend the luncheon. 

Chief Justice Mary Russell President Patrick B. Starke President-Elect P. John Brady
Mary Russell 
Missouri Chief Justice  
Patrick B. Starke 
P. John "Jack" Brady

Robert Welch and Skip Walther to Receive 2013 Missouri Bar President’s Awards 

Robert WelchSkip WaltherMissouri Bar President Patrick B. Starke has selected Robert C. Welch of Independence and Skip Walther of Columbia to receive 2013 President’s Awards, recognizing their meritorious service to The Missouri Bar. The presentations will be made at the Annual Meeting on September 19 in Columbia.