Senior Attorney, Voter Protection Program |
Denise Lieberman is Senior Attorney with Advancement
Project, a leading national voter protection organization based in Washington
DC that works to eliminate barriers to voting. A seasoned constitutional and
civil rights lawyer, Lieberman works on the ground in Missouri, where she
coordinates the Missouri voter protection coalition, in addition to leading
voter protection initiatives nationwide. Denise has litigated challenges to
restrictive voting laws in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina.
She has emerged as a nationwide expert on voting laws, authoring a seminal
report on Photo ID laws, preparing testimony for the U.S. Senate Judiciary
Committee, and presenting testimony to legislatures in many states. Advancement
Project submitted a brief to the Supreme Court in Shelby v Holder, and Denise
has been part of a nationwide effort to reassert the protections of Voting
Rights Act after the Shelby decision.
She is currently leading a legal team in a Voting Rights Act lawsuit on
behalf of the North Carolina NAACP challenging the nation’s first restrictive
new voting law passed after Shelby.
Before joining Advancement Project in 2006, Denise
spent nearly a decade as the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties
Union of Eastern Missouri.
Denise is also an adjunct professor at Washington
University in St. Louis, where she teaches courses on constitutional law, civil
rights and voting rights.
Partner | The Perron Law Firm, P.C.
Perron has been a trial attorney for 30 years. She has represented clients
injured as a result of defective products, medical negligence and catastrophic
accidents. Ms. Perron currently concentrates on employment litigation,
including Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII,
wrongful discharge and employee benefits.
joining her husband in their current practice, Ms. Perron was an associate with
the firm of Carr, Korein, Tillery. Ms. Perron was an adjunct professor at
Webster University and Maryville University where she taught graduate and
undergraduate legal studies.
Perron served as Vice President of the Women Lawyers' Association and is a
former board member of the Junior League of St. Louis. She was appointed to
serve on the State Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board, the Citizens Advisory
Council on Corrections and the Missouri Task Force on Professionalism. Ms.
Perron served on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center and is a prior
guardian ad litem for the St. Louis County Juvenile Court. She is a member of
the American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers' Association, Missouri
Association of Trial Attorneys, The Missouri Bar, The Illinois Bar and the Bar
Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Currently, she serves on the Board of
Directors for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and is active in Mentor St.
Louis. Ms. Perron is the recipient of the 2013 C. Wm. McCalpin Pro Bono Award.
William M. Lawson
Shareholder | Ogletree Deakins
Lawson represents management interests in all aspects of labor and employment
law, with an emphasis on litigating employment claims in federal and state
courts across the country under Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act,
the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the
Fair Labor Standards Act, and the various state counterparts to these federal
laws. In addition, he litigates disputes resulting from claims based on
restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, disclosure of trade secrets
and unfair competition.
practice is also devoted to traditional labor law with an emphasis on union
avoidance and representation of management in the arbitration of grievances
brought under collective bargaining agreements.
Lawson also has extensive experience investigating and responding on behalf of
management to employee claims before administrative agencies and advises
clients on employment-related matters such as personnel policies, reductions in
force, affirmative action, daily human resource issues, employment contracts,
restrictive covenants, severance agreements and employee handbooks.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law | Saint Louis
School of Law
Pendo is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Saint Louis
University School of Law. She has a secondary appointment as Professor of
Health Management and Policy at Saint Louis University School of Public Health,
and is a member of the Center for Health Law Studies and the William C. Wefel
Center for Employment Law at the School of Law. She teaches courses in
Disability Law, Bioethics and Civil Procedure and has lectured on bioethics,
health law and disability issues at SLU’s Department of Medicine, Department of
Health Care Ethics and the College of Education and Public Service.
is a nationally recognized expert in disability law and health care law. Her scholarship focuses on the difference
disability makes in places in our society such as the health care system and
the workplace, with a particular interest in legal and social meanings of
disability and their relationship to classifications based on gender, race and
genetic information. She published a
series of articles exposing inaccessible medical equipment as a barrier to
care, including Reducing Disparities through Health Care Reform: Disability and Accessible Medical Equipment,
4 Utah L. Rev. 1057 (2010) and Disability, Equipment Barriers and Women’s
Health: Using the ADA to Provide
Meaningful Access, 2 St. Louis Univ. J.
Health L. & Pol’y 15 (2008). Other
projects include civil rights and health care reform approaches to health
disparities for people with disabilities; models of disability and their impact
on health care; public right-of-way and accessibility issues in the City of
Saint Louis; and genetic testing in the workplace, and its intersections with
classifications based on gender, race, class and disability.
has published with a number of law journals and peer-reviewed journals across
the country, including, U.C. Davis Law Review, Utah Law Review, Yale Journal of
Health Policy, Law and Ethics, Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, The Journal
of Legal Medicine, and The Harvard Women’s Law Journal. She frequently submits testimony and comment
to federal agencies and legislatures on issues relating to her work.
she is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and the recipient of
the YWCA Leadership Award, and the Women’s Justice Legal Scholar Award awarded
to women faculty members or administrators who fulfill the ideals of the legal
profession through their own work with the justice system, through their
research or scholarship, or through teaching and inspiring others. She is also
the first recipient of the University Student Government Association Faculty
Excellence Award for Diversity and Social Justice.
April 9 Grant Doty
Staff Attorney | American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri
R. Doty has been a staff attorney at the ACLU-MO since 2010. During this
period, he has helped represent plaintiffs in a wide range of civil liberties
cases involving the First Amendment (free speech, assembly, association),
Fourth Amendment search and seizure, Eighth Amendment, Equal Protection, Due
Process, excessive force, Freedom of Information/Sunshine Act, Americans with
Disabilities Act, and other matters.
to the ACLU-MO, Grant served a 20-year career in the United States Army as a
combat engineer and then strategist, retiring in 2008. While serving in
Washington, D.C., (with a short break in Iraq) he attended night law school in
anticipation of his second career.
holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, a Master of Arts
degree in International Relations from Yale University, and a Bachelor of
Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is
licensed to practice law in the states of Missouri and Illinois; the Federal
District Courts for Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois; the Eighth
Circuit Court of Appeals; the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed
Forces; and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Robert M. Clayton III Chief Judge | Missouri Court of Appeals
Eastern District of Missouri
Clayton was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, in
July 2011. Born in Hannibal, Missouri, he is a graduate of Hannibal Public
Schools, Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Arts- History (1991), and
the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (J.D. 1994). He practiced law in Hannibal, 1994-2003; he
served in the Missouri House of Representative, 1994-2002; and he served on the
Missouri Public Service Commission, 2003-2011, acting as Chair, 2009-2011.
is a member of the Missouri Bar; 10th Judicial Circuit Bar; The Bar Association
of Metropolitan St. Louis; Lawyers Association of St. Louis; Women Lawyers’
Association of St. Louis, Federal Communications Bar Association; American Bar
Association-Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law;
and the St. Louis County Bar Association.
is also a Board Member of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home Foundation and a Board
Member of the Affordable Community Education.
He also serves as Treasurer of Trinity Episcopal Church. He is a past
recipient of the UMKC Law Foundation Decade Awards, the President’s Award –
Missouri Bar Association 2001 and 2005, and President’s Award – YLS, Kansas
City Metropolitan Bar Association.
Philip Heagney Presiding Judge | 22nd Circuit Court www.stlcitycircuitcourt.com
Heagney assumed his post as circuit judge for the 22nd Judicial
Circuit in 1996. He was retained in office by the voting public in 1998, 2004
and 2010. Prior to his service as a judge, he was a St. Louis City police
officer from 1970-73 and worked in private law practice for a small general
practice firm in St. Louis from 1976-1996. He is a member of The Missouri Bar
and the Lawyers Association of St. Louis.
has been honored with the Purcell Professionalism Award from the Missouri Bar
Foundation (2005), Generosity of Joseph Award from the Sisters of St. Joseph of
Carondelet (2007), and the Champion of Justice Award from Project COPE (2005).
is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
1970, and a graduate of the Harvard Law School with a J.D. degree in 1976.
married Barbara Lynn Prosser on October 12, 1991. They have two children, Nathaniel
Owen and Samuel Joseph.
is a member of the court’s Public Education Committee, which works with high
school students educating them on how the courts work. He is an active member
of St. Cronan’s Catholic Church, is involved in the St. Margaret of Scotland Basketball
Program, and volunteers with St. Margaret of Scotland Boy Scout Troop #110. He also
is a member of the Gibson Heights Neighborhood Association.
Reuben A. Shelton
Senior Counsel | Monsanto Company
A. Shelton is Senior Counsel for Monsanto Company where he handles antitrust/
intellectual property litigation, international business litigation, and global
policy matters. He also serves as General Counsel of the Monsanto Citizenship
Fund, the company’s political action committee.
Monsanto, he was Special Chief Counsel in the Office for the Missouri Attorney
General where he was Co-lead lawyer in the lawsuit against the tobacco
industry. That lawsuit resulted in a $6.7 billion settlement for Missouri, the
largest in the state’s history. Mr. Shelton also worked for Ameren Union
Electric Company for 14 years as head of the Tort Litigation Department. Prior
to Ameren, he worked as a trial attorney for Husch Eppenberger Donohue Elson
and Cornfeld and was a law clerk for the Honorable Clyde S. Cahill in the
United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.
Shelton has served in many civic and professional organizations. He is Past President of the Bar Association
of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL), and the St. Louis Bar Foundation and is the
first African American ever elected to those positions. He is Past President of
the Mound City Bar Association, and Past Regional Director of the National Bar
Association. He has served as a Missouri Bar delegate to the American Bar
Association House of Delegates and as a member of the ABA Commission on Racial
and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.
Shelton has served on the governing boards of the Urban League of Metropolitan
St. Louis, the NAACP, the Missouri Lottery Commission, the Bi-State Development
Agency, Children’s Hospital, St. Louis University Board of Regents, the University
City School Board and was President of the Lincoln University Board of
Curators. He was also Chair of the Community Advisory Committee of the Missouri
Foundation for Health and is Past-President of the Legal Services of Eastern
Missouri Board of Directors.
currently serves as President-Elect of The Missouri Bar Board of Governors and
Vice Chairman of the Missouri
Development Finance Board.
Shelton has received many awards. In April 2010, he received the Distinguished
Lawyer Award from the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. He was named
one of Ten Outstanding St. Louisans by the Junior Chamber of Commerce, received
the Legal Services Equal Access to Justice Award, received the Dollars and
Sense Magazine Business and Professional Award and the St. Louis Sentinel “Yes
I Can” award. Additionally, he was inducted into the BAMSL Gallery of Legal
Pioneers and received the Legal Legends Award from the St. Louis Argus
Newspaper. In October 2008 and again in 2009, he was recognized as one of Missouri’s
Best Corporate In House Lawyers by Missouri Lawyers Weekly and named by the
NAACP as one of the 100 most inspiring St. Louisans.
Shelton earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas where
he was captain of the basketball team and became a member of the Kappa Alpha
Psi Fraternity, a Juris Doctorate degree from St. Louis University, and a
Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University.
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