2014 Award Recipients

Opening Luncheon

These awards will be presented at the Opening Luncheon of the Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 11, 12 noon to 2 p.m.

HERBERT HARLEY AWARD

(Named after the founder of the American Judicature Society, the Harley Award is the Society's premier state award and is reserved for individuals that make outstanding efforts and contributions that substantially improve the administration of justice in their state)

Hon. Nanette Laughrey
United States District Court, Western District of Missouri
Jefferson City

 


 

PRESIDENT'S AWARDS

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

Senator Jolie Justus
Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP; 10th District, Missouri State Senate
Kansas City

Dana Tippin Cutler
James W. Tippin & Associates
Kansas City


Judicial Conference Recognition Breakfast

This award will be presented at the Missouri Judicial Conference Legislative Breakfast on Thursday, September 11, 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. Cynthia L. Martin
Court of Appeals, Western District
Kansas City

Hon. Mark E. Orr (posthumously)
38th Judicial Circuit Court
Ozark


Missouri Bar Foundation and Public Service Awards Luncheon

The following awards will be presented at the Missouri Bar Foundation and Public Service Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, September 10, from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

SPURGEON SMITHSON AWARDS

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

Nancy R. Mogab
Mogab & Hughes Attorneys, PC
St. Louis

Hon. Jon R. Gray
Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Kansas City

Dale C. Doerhoff
Cook, Vetter, Doerhoff & Landwehr, P.C.
Jefferson City


W. OLIVER RASCH AWARD  

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

Hon. Karl DeMarce
Circuit Court of Scotland County
Memphis


DAVID J. DIXON APPELLATE ADVOCACY AWARDS  

(Missouri Bar Foundation appellate advocacy award)

Jessica M. Hathaway
Missouri State Public Defender
St. Louis

P. Benjamin Cox
Office of the Attorney General
Kansas City

J. Matthew Miller
Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool, PC
Springfield


LON O. HOCKER TRIAL LAWYER AWARDS 

(Missouri Bar Foundation trial practice awards)

Kristen M. Tuohy
Christian County Assistant Prosecutor
Ozark

Daniel M. Nelson
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Kansas City

Matthew A. Radefeld
Frank, Juengel & Radefeld, PC
St. Louis


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)

Fred L. Hall, Jr.
Hall Ansley Rodgers & Sweeney, P.C.
Springfield

Ira M. Young
St. Louis


PRO BONO PUBLICO AWARDS 

(Missouri Bar awards acknowledging outstanding pro bono activities)

Douglas Allen Copeland
Copeland, Thompson & Farris, P.C.
Clayton

Betty A. Pace
Springfield

Cynthia Lee Phillips-Cordes
Husch Blackwell, LLP
Kansas City

James Sharp (posthumously)
Sharp & Bredesen
Springfield


DEFENDER OF DISTINCTION AWARD

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

Dwayne F. Perry
Missouri State Public Defender
Bolivar


MISSOURI ASSOCIATION OF PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS PROSECUTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD


Eric Glen Zahnd

Platte County Prosecuting Attorney
Platte City


THE MISSOURI BAR LEGISLATIVE AWARDS

(The Missouri Bar Legislative Awards recognizes Missouri legislators who have made significant contributions to legislation which affects the administration of justice and the integrity of the judiciary.)

Sen. Bob Dixon
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman
R-Springfield

Rep. Stanley Cox
House Judiciary Committee Chairman
R-Sedalia

Rep. Chris Kelly
House Minority Caucus Chair
D-Columbia

Sen. Joe Keaveny
D-St. Louis


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.)

Dr. Edward Friedlander
Chair of the Department of Pathology, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Kansas City


TOM COCHRAN AWARD

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

Michael A. Williams
Williams Dirks Dameron LLC
Kansas City


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.)

Lindsay Runnels
Morgan Pilate, LLC
Kansas City

Courtney A. Wachal
Kansas City Office of Municipal Prosecutors
Kansas City

Step Up for Women
(Project of Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City)
Kansas City