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Posted by: Susan Sagarra on May 6, 2019

The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) kicked off its 2019-20 bar year with its annual Law Day celebration on Thursday, May 2 at the Missouri Athletic Club in Downtown St. Louis.

The American Bar Association's national theme for this year's Law Day is Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society. The guest speaker for BAMSL's celebration was Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Jon Meacham. Meacham is a former executive editor and executive vice president at Random House. He is a contributing editor at Time magazine and contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review.

Sara G. Neill and the 2019-20 Board of Governors officers were sworn in by Neill's father-in-law, Hon. Mark Neill. Numerous past presidents of BAMSL lined up to pass the gavel to Neill, who also shared her vision for the association in a brief speech. The 2019-20 Board of Governors includes:

President
Sara G. Neill

President-Elect
Hon. Glenn Norton

Vice President
Hon. Carol Jackson

Secretary
Jamie Boyer

Treasurer
Apollo Carey

Immediate Past President
John G. Simon

Public Policy Advisor
Andrew Hartnett

American Bar Association Delegates
Hon. Jason M. Sengheiser
Lynn Ann Vogel

Presidential Liaisons
John Gunn
Hon. Michael Mullen
Hon. Rodney Sippel

YLD Chair
Shatrasha Stone

YLD Chair-Elect
Rene Morency

Members-at-Large
Christina Lewis Abate
Kristine H. Bridges
Anne-Marie Brockland
A.J. Bruning
Kerry C. Feld
Annette P. Heller
Jason Husgen
Carolyn M. Husmann
Andrea D. McNairy
Colleen Joern Vetter

   

SECTION CHAIRS

Criminal Law
Ian Murphy

Employee Benefits Law
Stephen Evans

Family & Juvenile Law
Zofia Sowers

Labor & Employment Law
Ronald Wiesenthal

Minorities in the Legal Profession
Craig Higgins

Patent, Trademark & Copyright
William Holtz

Probate & Trust Law
J. Rixey Ruffin

Securities
Caroline Paillou

Solo & Small Firm Practitioners
Jeff Bunten

Taxation
Mark Milton

Trial
Timothy McCurdy

Women in the Legal Profession
Ruth Schneider


Additionally, an awards ceremony was held for BAMSL members in recognition of their contributions to the legal profession, BAMSL and the community during the 2018-19 bar year that ran May 1, 2018, through April 30, 2019.

THE 2019 LAW DAY AWARDS HONOREES ARE:

DISTINGUISHED LAWYER AWARD
Hon. Booker T. Shaw
Thompson Coburn LLP

RONDA F. WILLIAMS COMMUNITY AWARENESS AWARD
Christina Lewis Abate
The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company

Cardina Johnson
Illinois Education Association

PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE AWARD
Seth Albin
Albin Law

Paul Brown
Thompson Coburn LLP

Mary Hodges
Attorney

Joy Holley
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Mark Timmerman
Attorney

JOHN C. SHEPHERD PROFESSIONALISM AWARD
Sheena Hamilton
Dowd Bennett LLP

YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION (YLD) AWARD OF MERIT
Whittney Dunn
The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company

Tamar Hodges
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Megan Sterchi Lammert
Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC

Lillian Manning
Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Crystal Settlemoir
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.


About Law Day 2019: Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society
The American Bar Association designated the 2019 Law Day theme as “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.” The theme focuses on these cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”

History of Law Day
May 1 is designated as Law Day every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 to mark the nation's commitment to the rule of law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day, which is subsequently codified (U.S. Code, Title 36, Section 113). Every president since then has issued a Law Day proclamation on May 1 to celebrate the nation's commitment to the rule of law.

About The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL)
With more than 6,800 members in the St. Louis region, including attorneys, judges, paralegals and law firm administrators, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) is the oldest and most respected voluntary bar association in the area. BAMSL exists to benefit its members as well as to serve the legal profession and the public at large.


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