Awards

Each year, The Missouri Bar recognizes individuals who have helped improve the state's justice system. Many of these awards are presented at the bar's Annual Meeting.  Some awards are given by other organizations but are also presented at the Annual Meeting.

The Pro Bono Publico Awards

The Pro Bono Publico Awards are presented annually to three people one each from the St. Louis, Kansas City and outstate Missouri areas -- who have, within the past year, rendered outstanding pro bono service to indigent or low-income persons in need of legal assistance. Nominations are due May 1.


2013 Award Winners

Tina Babel
Tina N. Babel
St. Louis
Stacey Meyer Bowman
Stacey Meyer Bowman
Kansas City
 
Anthony DeWitt
Anthony DeWitt
Jefferson City
 
The Greenwade Law Firm
Willard

The President's Award

The President's Awards were established by resolution of the Board of Governors in 1965. They are awarded annually, by choice of the president, to one or more members of the state bar who have contributed significantly during the past year, by way of actual participation in the work of the bar, value to the organization and leadership. Nominations are at the President's discretion


2013 Award Winners

Robert C. Welch
Robert C. Welch
Independence
 
H. A. (Skip) Walther
H. A. (Skip) Walther
Columbia
 

Legislative Awards

Legislative Awards are presented annually by The Missouri Bar to legislators who have played a key role in supporting legislation of interest to the state bar, or who have taken the lead in sponsoring bar-drafted legislation within the Missouri General Assembly.


2013 Award Winners

Sen. Bob Dixon
Sen. Bob Dixon

 
Rep. Mike Cierpiot
Rep. Mike Cierpiot

 
Rep. Stanley Cox
Rep. Stanley Cox

 

The Roger P. Krumm Family Law Award

The Roger P. Krumm Family Law Award. The Family Law Section and The Missouri Bar present an annual award to honor a family law lawyer who has demonstrated an exceptional degree of competence, skill, integrity, commitment, and dedication toward the improvement and advancement of the practice of family law and the children and families involved in family law matters. The section has named this award the "Roger P. Krumm Family Law Award" in honor of Roger Krumm, a family law attorney who possessed all of the characteristics, skills and integrity of those who receive this award. Nominations are due July 1.The award is presented at the Family Law Conference in August.


2013 Award Winner

Ann Bauer
Ann Bauer
St. Louis
 

The Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Practice Award

The Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Practice Award. The Missouri Bar's Commercial Law Committee has established an annual award to be presented each year to honor the memory of Michael R. Roser. The Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Practice Award is presented to an individual who manifests the highest standard of excellence in bankruptcy practice, who has contributed distinctively to development and appreciation of bankruptcy law, and/or who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of bankruptcy administration or practice. Nominations are due July 1.

2013 Award Winner

Sherri Wattenbarger
Sherri Wattenbarger
Kansas City
 

The Tom Cochran Community Service Award

The Tom Cochran Community Service Award is presented annually by the Young Lawyers' Section of The Missouri Bar to a lawyer whose service and professionalism have significantly enhanced his or her community. Nominations are due May 1.

2013 Award Winner

Charles R. Wooten
Charles R. Wooten
Hillsboro
 

The Liberty Bell Award

The Liberty Bell Award is presented annually by the Young Lawyers' Section of the Missouri Bar to a non-lawyer or other non-legal organization that has engaged in public service activities significantly enhancing the local community. Nominations are due May 1.

2013 Award Winner

The YLS Chairperson's Awards

The YLS Chairperson's Awards are presented by the chair of The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers' Section for meritorious service by a young lawyer. Nominations are due May 1.

2013 Award Winners

Michael Gardner
Michael Gardner

 
Christina Lewis Abate
Christina Lewis Abate

 
Martie Clark
Martie Clark

 
 

Eric Wilson

 
Callie Pippin
Callie Pippin

 
Nicole Fisher
Nicole Fisher

 

The W. Oliver Rasch Award

The W. Oliver Rasch Award was created by the Editorial Board of the Journal of The Missouri Bar to recognize outstanding substantive articles appearing in the Journal. The award carries with it a cash stipend from the Missouri Bar Foundation. The award is named after the longtime member and former chair of the Editorial Board.The award is voted upon by the members of the Editorial Board from all of the articles appearing in the previous year's issues of the Journal.

2013 Award Winner

H. Morley Swingle
H. Morley Swingle
Cape Girardeau
 

The E. A. Richter Award for Excellence in Citizenship Education

The E.A. Richter Award for Excellence in Citizenship Education. This award is given to an educator or team of educators who have significantly contributed to the citizenship education of students. The award, which is bestowed by the bar's Advisory Committee on Citizenship Education, is named in honor of Mr. Richter, director emeritus of information for The Missouri Bar, and a pioneer in the field of law-related education. Nominations are due at the discretion of the Director of Citizenship Education.

Award given periodically.

 

The David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Awards

The David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Awards were created by the Missouri Bar Foundation to recognize outstanding achievement in appellate practice by young lawyer members of The Missouri Bar. The award is named after the late Judge Dixon, whose tenacity, professionalism and judicial skills epitomize outstanding appellate practice.

2012 Award Winners

D. John Sauer
D. John Sauer
St. Louis
 
Thomas J. Hershewe
Thomas J. Hershewe
Kansas City
 
Timothy A. Garrison
Timothy A. Garrison
Springfield
 

The Lon O. Hocker Awards

The Lon O. Hocker Awards were established in 1954 by Mary B. Hocker in memory of her late husband, an outstanding St. Louis trial lawyer. The awards are made annually by the Missouri Bar Foundation to young lawyers who have demonstrated unusual proficiency in the art of trial advocacy. Three lawyers are selected each year, one each from St. Louis, Kansas City and outstate Missouri. Nominations are due March 15.

2013 Award Winners

Sarah K. Johnson
Sarah K. Johnson
St. Louis
 
Molly M. Hastings
Molly M. Hastings
Kansas City
 
Russell P. Dempsey
Russell P. Dempsey
Springfield
 

The Spurgeon Smithson Awards

The Spurgeon Smithson Awards were established in 1976 by bequest of the late Mr. Smithson, an outstanding Kansas City lawyer. The awards are made annually by the Missouri Bar Foundation to Missouri judges, teachers of law and/or lawyers deemed "to have rendered outstanding service toward the increase and diffusion of justice among men."

2013 Award Winners

Dean Michael A. Wolff
Dean Michael A. Wolff
St. Louis
 
Hon. Robert G. Russell
Hon. Robert G. Russell
Sedalia
 
Rep. Ike N. Skelton
Rep. Ike N. Skelton
Kansas City
 

The Wade F. Baker Award

The Wade F. Baker Award was established in grateful appreciation of the long and devoted years of service rendered to the members of the Missouri Bar by former executive director Wade F. Baker. It is presented by the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar to an individual who has, over the years, rendered distinguished service to the legal profession.

Award giving periodically.

The Excellence in Legal Journalism Awards

The Excellence in Legal Journalism Awards were created by the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar to recognize outstanding work in covering the legal world by the print and broadcast media of the state. The award, bestowed in print, radio and television categories, goes to news media which have: contributed significantly to public understanding of, and appreciation for the law, the legal system and the role of lawyers within that system; pointed out a problem within the law and, through their efforts, have contributed to solving the problem; and/or have enhanced the administration of justice in Missouri. Nominations are due April 1.

2013 Award Winner

No awards were given in 2013.
 

The Defender of Distinction Award

The Defender of Distinction Award, presented by the Missouri State Public Defender Commission, is bestowed upon a public defender who exemplifies the ideal of public defense.

2013 Award Winner

William J. Swift
Columbia
 

Theodore M. McMillian Judicial Excellence Award

 

2013 Award Winner

Hon. Michael W. Manners

Hon. Michael W. Manners
Independence
 

President's Distinguished Service Award

 

2012 Award Winner

To Be Announced

The Purcell Professionalism Awards

The 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

2013 Award Winners

Cathy Dean
Cathy J. Dean
Kansas City
 
Alan D. Pratzel
Alan D. Pratzel
Jefferson City
 

YLS Pro Bono Awards

 

2013 Award Winners

Derek A. Ankrom
Derek A. Ankrom
Springfield
 
Jennifer K. Bukowsky
Jennifer K. Bukowsky
Columbia
 

Husch Blackwell LLP
Jefferson City
 

Prosecutor of the Year Award

 

2013 Award Winner

Michael S.Wright
Michael S. Wright
Warrenton