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How BAMSL impacts our community...

BAMSL facilitates easy access to organized and rewarding opportunities for attorneys to get involved in their communities. Professionals appreciate these outlets to get involved in their own and other communities across the metropolitan area. For more information about any of these programs, please contact us at (314) 421-4134.

 BAMSL Assist

This is a program implemented by the Young Lawyers Division. It is an opportunity to help others, or receive help when you need it – without leaving the comfort of your desk, home office, or even your favorite wifi hotspot.

BAMSL Assist was designed for members of the legal community (including the support staff in law offices) to seek assistance from each other. This is accomplished through requests placed via email to the program facilitator. The requests are screened, then forwarded to those who have agreed to be on the list and are willing to lend their assistance when they can. The person requesting assistance has the option of being contacted directly by those able to help or, if they wish to remain anonymous, offers of assistance are routed back through the program facilitator, who then distributes the offers anonymously. To learn more about how BAMSL Assist works, how to sign up, and for some examples of the types and scope of help you can assist with, go to the BAMSL Assist page here.

Motion for Kids

Motion for Kids is an annual holiday party held at the Edward Jones Dome and sponsored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the St. Louis Rams Foundation for more than 4,000 local children. The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis held its first Motion for Kids holiday party in 1992, to benefit area children with a parent in the Missouri prison system. Since its inception, Motion for Kids has grown each year and now includes children in the foster care system. For more information, contact  Alex Braitberg at

Check out scenes from the Motion for Kids Holiday Party. in December 2010:



BAMSL Speaker’s Bureau

BAMSL's Speaker Bureau Program consists of volunteer members who agree to participate in BAMSL’s community outreach to schools, businesses, media, and other civic organizations. Please contact for more information or to get an attorney to speak to your group.



On the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., volunteer attorneys staff the telephones at KTVI-TV Fox 2 to answer a wide variety of legal questions from television viewers. This program brings a positive image to BAMSL and the legal profession, as it provides advice to callers or puts them in touch with the resource and program already in place to assist them with their legal problems.

Read Across America

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on or around Dr. Seuss's birthday. Lawyers and judges visit grade school classrooms in the St. Louis Metropolitan area and read their favorite Dr. Seuss book. For more information, contact Stephen Campbell at

Mathews-Dickey Saturday Tutor Program

Lawyers and judges team up with Mathews-Dickey to provide one-on-one reading, math, and/or language arts assistance for young people, and serve as mentor/confidant for youths. Volunteers are required to provide a minimum one hour weekly commitment to regularly assigned session and a willingness to share knowledge/experiences and provide homework assistance to youth. Hours are Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Read more information here.

Missouri High School Mock Trial

The Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition is the largest and most established program coordinated by BAMSL's Law-Related Education Resource Center. BAMSL's only statewide LRE program, it serves more than 600 students from more than 65 schools throughout Missouri. During the summer, volunteer attorneys develop and write the mock trial case or problem for the regional and state competitions. After the case is completed, a manual is developed to help the students prepare for their mock trial by giving them an overview of the law, trial procedure and trial preparation. In December, an optional Mock Trial Training Seminar is held in St.

More information about the Missouri High School Mock Trial can be found here. Or,  you can view a photo gallery of the 2011 Missouri High School Mock Trial competition here.

Please contact Stephen Campbell at for more information on this program.



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