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Community Service Opportunities

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.

Motion for Kids

Motion for Kids logoEach year Motion for Kids provides an annual holiday party for up to 3,000 St. Louis area children in the foster care system, or those whose lives have been severely impacted by the criminal justice system. The 2016 event, held on December 10 at Chaifetz Arena, was co-sponsored and organized by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Saint Louis Bar Foundation, Saint Louis University, Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Isaac Bruce Foundation.

Motion for Kids partners with local support organizations to identify the children invited to attend the holiday party. Those children are matched up with sponsors from the St. Louis legal community (lawyers, judges, paralegals, office administrators, law students, legal secretaries, and their families). Each sponsor is asked to purchase and wrap two gifts (totaling $30) chosen from the child’s wish list. Gifts are distributed during the party, to which the children and their families are invited. Holiday party activities include: photos and autographs with sports figures and cheerleaders, arts & crafts stations, games, books, photos with Santa Claus, refreshments, and live entertainment.

 

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 Dan Barnett for more information or to get an attorney to speak to your group.

 

Call-A-Lawyer

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. Please contact either Kayt Kopen or Lindsay McClure-Hartman to volunteer.

 

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 Claire Kaltenbach at ckaltenbach@wvslaw.com.

 

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. Learn more here.

 

Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition

Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition logo

As BAMSL's only statewide Law-Related Education program, the Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition serves over 600 students from more than 40 schools throughout Missouri and is supported by 400 attorneys who volunteer as coaches, judges, and evaluators. The mock trials are structured like real courtroom trials and follow the same rules and procedures, so students learn first-hand how the legal system works and what role judges, lawyers, juries, and witnesses play in the court system. This increased understanding helps students develop a deeper appreciation for our justice system and the administration of justice. The competition also helps students develop and improve their public speaking and critical thinking skills. More information about the Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition can be found here.

 

Pro Bono Volunteer Opportunities

Learn more about opportunities to provide Pro Bono legal services at ProBono.BAMSL.org.