The operations of BAMSL are supported by a staff of 8 full-time employees, led by Executive Director Susan McCourt Baltz. Please feel free to contact any of BAMSL's staff members at 314-421-4134 for assistance.
Susan McCourt Baltz
Baltz is the chief executive officer and managing executive of BAMSL and the Saint Louis Bar Foundation. She oversees the development of programs and policies, provides direction to the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors, and supervises day-to-day operations.
Baltz also is responsible for the financial health of the organization, including fundraising, sponsorships, and supervising fiscal and budgetary matters such as budget preparation and accounting. She also is responsible for managing the implementation of the mission statement and ensuring the effectiveness of the BAMSL staff.
She serves as staff liaison with local, state, and federal elected and appointed officials at executive, legislative, and judicial levels. She makes recommendations to the boards of both organizations about broad general policies that will further their goals and objectives. She is the face of the bar and is expected to establish and maintain positive relationships with members of the judiciary, other bar associations, and the general public.
Her duties include being visionary and constantly aware of changing trends in membership, and changing needs of the members of the legal community.
Danny Barnett, Esq.
Assistant Executive Director, Operations
Barnett oversees finance, IT, and facilities. He is responsible for the annual membership renewal process and dues invoicing. He coordinates law-related education programs and public service programs such as Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition, Motion for Kids, and pro bono educational and volunteer opportunities. He serves as the staff liaison to the Appellate Practice, LGBTQ+, Motion for Kids, Pro Bono, and Well-Being Committees and is active on other committees, including the Board of Governors and Executive Committee.
He earned his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law (2016) and MBA from Columbia College (2012).
Susan E. Sagarra
Assistant Executive Director, Membership and Marketing
Sagarra oversees all communication efforts, both internally with staff and members as well as externally with the media and public. She also is responsible for overseeing membership retention and enhancement. She serves as editor of the monthly St. Louis Lawyer magazine, weekly LegalPulseSTL e-newsletter and social media content, and is the staff liaison for the quarterly The St. Louis Bar Journal, Membership Committee, Communications Committee and the St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger Committee. She serves as staff supervisor for the Young Lawyers Division (YLD). She also is active on other committees, including the Board of Governors, Executive Committee, Motion for Kids Committee, Bench & Bar Committee and Well-Being Committee. She assists with marketing and implementing signature events.
Jennifer A. Macke, Esq.
Director of Legal Placement Services/Advertising Sales
Macke independently operates BAMSL's Legal Placement Service. She is very successful in placing legal secretaries, paralegals, and attorneys in permanent positions with area law firms and in-house legal departments. Additionally, she sells advertising space in the monthly St. Louis Lawyer magazine and quarterly St. Louis Bar Journal on a part-time basis.
Macke previously was an associate attorney with a law firm in Ventura, Calif.
Colvin is responsible for planning and executing CLE programs, ensuring compliance with state CLE standards and reporting requirements, and assisting in member relations. She works directly with the CLE Committee and serves as the staff liaison to BAMSL's Sections and Committees.
Stone serves as accounting manager for BAMSL and the Saint Louis Bar Foundation, processing more than 4,000 membership dues payments each year. His responsibilities include billing, collections, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and the updating of membership profiles. He also is responsible for end-of-year audit reports, reconciling more than 12 bank accounts, preparing the monthly financial reports, assisting with budget preparation, and serving on the Motion for Kids, Budget, Finance, and Membership Committees.
Membership and Marketing Specialist
Hall assists with developing relationships with current and prospective members; assists in developing and implementing strategies for annual membership renewal; designs BAMSL's marketing materials, including the monthly St. Louis Lawyer magazine and quarterly The St. Louis Bar Journal; event sponsor sheets, flyers, invitations and program books; brochures and more. Hall oversees BAMSL's social media content and assists with updating the Web site graphics and content. He also serves as a photographer and videographer. Hall is the staff liaison for the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and serves on the Membership, Communications and St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger Committees.
Hedrick is the assistant to the Executive Director and staff liaison for the Saint Louis Bar Foundation. She oversees sending out meeting reminders and calendar invites for the Executive Committee, Board of Governors, Bar Foundation, and other committees as needed. She oversees the Senior Lawyers Luncheon and the Summer Associates Luncheon.
She also handles membership questions and dues renewal. She performs other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director and serves as the Arts & Crafts/Games Chairperson for the Motion for Kids holiday party.
Photos by Joseph C. Allen