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Posted by: Susan Sagarra on May 6, 2021

Swearing-in of BAMSL officers and board members - Photo by William Greenblatt
Photo by William Greenblatt

The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) officially kicked off its 2021-22 bar year on Fri., April 30 with a hybrid ceremony. Some members of BAMSL's 2021-22 Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Executive Committee were sworn in at the BAMSL Bar Center in downtown St. Louis while others took the oath virtually via Zoom at 11:30 a.m. on April 30. 

Nationally, Law Day is commemorated annually on May 1. The American Bar Association's national theme for the 2021 Law Day is Advancing the Rule of Law Now. 

BAMSL's Law Day originally was scheduled for April 30, the official start of the BAMSL bar year, but has been postponed to Thurs., Sept. 9. The guest speaker will still be Journalist George Will, who originally was scheduled to speak at the cancelled 2020 Law Day celebration due to COVID-19. The ceremonial and traditional passing of the gavel from past BAMSL presidents to the new president, Robert Tomaso, will be held during the postponed gathering. Additionally, numerous BAMSL members will be honored during the traditional Law Day Awards Ceremony on Sept. 9.

Hon. Colleen Dolan, of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies as her husband, 2020-21 BAMSL President Hon. Judge Glenn Norton, passed the gavel to incoming 2021-22 President Robert Tomaso. The 2021-22 Board of Governors and YLD Executive Committee were sworn in by Judge Richard Webber, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. The 2021-22 BAMSL Board of Governors includes:

Robert J. (Bob) Tomaso
Husch Blackwell LLP

Anne-Marie Brockland
Casey, Devoti & Brockland, PC

Vice President
Hon. Kendra R. Howard

Kevin D. Gunn
Law Offices of Kevin D. Gunn

Untress (Trez) Quinn
Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Immediate Past President
Hon. Glenn Norton
Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, LC

Christina Lewis Abate
The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company

Cynthia Garnholz
Garnholz | Sparks Family Lawyers

Annette P. Heller
Law Offices of Annette P. Heller

Jason Husgen
Husch Blackwell LLP

Carolyn M. Husmann
Sinars Slowikowski Tomaska

Amy Rebecca Johnson
Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C.

Cardina Fort Johnson
Illinois Education Association

Andrea D. McNairy
Brown & Crouppen, P.C.

David R. Truman
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

Hon. Nicole S. Zellweger
St. Louis County Circuit Court

Presidential Liaisons
Hon. Shirley P. Mensah
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Hon. Stanley J. Wallach
St. Louis County Circuit Court

Lynn Ann Whaley Vogel
Vogel Law Office, LLC

Public Policy Advisor
Kevin D. Gunn
Law Offices of Kevin D. Gunn

American Bar Association (ABA) Delegates
Hon. Jason M. Sengheiser
St. Louis City Circuit Court

Lynn Ann Whaley Vogel
Vogel Law Office, LLC

YLD Chair 
Lauren Collins
Kraft, Bischoff, Buckley & Collins

YLD Chair-Elect
Sarah Bardol
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Chair
Stephanie Dorssom 
Husch Blackwell LLP

Criminal Law
Nina Sykora
Jackson Lewis PC

Employee Benefits Law

Family & Juvenile Law
Amy Hoch Hogenson 
Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C.

Labor & Employment Law
Dean Kpere-Diabo
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, L.L.P.

Minorities In The Legal Profession (MILP)
Brandon Jackson

Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law
Joel Samuels
Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC

Probate & Trust Law 
Scott Filmore

Securities Law

Solo & Small Firm Practitioners
Frederick Ludwig
Ludwig Law Firm LLC

Taxation Law

Trial Law
Jim Gottschalk
Gausnell, O'Keefe & Thomas, LLC

Women In The Legal Profession (WILP)
Sarah Bardol
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri


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