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Opening Luncheon - Chief Justice's Address, Swearing-In of New President

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Thursday, September 11
12:00 noon

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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.

The centerpiece of the luncheon program will be remarks from Chief Justice Mary Russell of the Supreme Court of Missouri, who 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.”

In addition, the luncheon will include presentation of the “President’s Award” to Dana Tippin Cutler and Sen. Jolie Justus who have made particularly noteworthy contributions to the work of The Missouri Bar during the past year. There will also be a special presentation to the Hon. Nanette Laughrey of the American Judicature Society's Herbert Harley Award, the Society's premier state award reserved for individuals that make outstanding efforts and contributions that substantially improve the administration of justice in their state.

This event will also include the figurative “passing of the gavel” from outgoing Missouri Bar President P. John Brady of Kansas City to his successor, Reuben Shelton of St. Louis, and the formal swearing-in of Shelton as president of the organization.

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