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Posted by: Susan Sagarra on Jul 10, 2020

The St. Louis legal community has once again offered its resources to help the most vulnerable in our community.

Rick Walsh, firm vice chairman and litigation department chair at Lewis Rice LLC, at the recommendation of Sonette Magnus, a partner at Lewis Rice and a member of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis's Board of Directors, partnered with The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) to organize financial support from the legal community for the Urban League's weekly drive-through food distribution efforts.

The Urban League resumes its Covid-19 emergency relief efforts on July 11, 2020 with its 14th food, toiletries, and personal protective equipment distribution starting at noon at the old Jamestown Mall (175 Jamestown Mall Drive, Florissant, MO 63034). Michael P. McMillan, president and CEO of the Urban League, estimates more than 3,500 families will be served at the event. There is no cost to families and the distribution is on a first-come, first-served basis.

"The impact of this virus is so far-reaching and devastating," McMillan said. "We have served more than 38,000 families with more than $2 million in food and emergency relief supplies and with each distribution, we are seeing more and more middle-class families across the region in need of support."

On July 11 at 11:30 a.m., representatives from BAMSL and the legal community will present a check for $100,000 to help fund continued emergency relief.

Special thanks goes to these law firms that contributed: Armstrong Teasdale; Brown & James, P.C.; Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Capes Sokol; Dowd Bennett LLP; Evans & Dixon, LLC; Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.; Husch Blackwell LLP; Lashly & Baer, P.C.; Lathrop GPM LLP; Lewis Rice LLC; Mickes O'Toole, LLC; Paladin Energy Strategies; Polsinelli LLP; Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.; The Simon Law Firm, P.C. and Thompson Coburn LLP.

BAMSL also will have a team of volunteers to support the distribution. Additionally, volunteers from the BAMSL Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Committee Advancing Racial Equity in St. Louis (CARES), co-chaired by Alexus Williams and Lace Cline, also will be on hand to distribute applications for mail-in or absentee balloting for the August Missouri Primary Election.

"One of the core values of BAMSL is finding ways to improve the community in which we live and work," BAMSL Executive Director Zoe Linza said. "BAMSL members are always looking for ways to provide assistance to those in need with their volunteer efforts and generous financial support. Our legal community is proud to partner with the Urban League to provide much-needed food and supplies to those who are most in need during these challenging times."


The mission of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. is to empower African Americans and others throughout the region in securing economic self-reliance, social equality and civil rights.

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