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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 is an annual Holiday Party for St. Louis area children in the foster care system, or those whose lives have been severely impacted by the criminal justice system. Annually, approximately 3,000 children are served. The event is co-sponsored and organized by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Saint Louis Bar Foundation, Saint Louis University, and Chaifetz Arena. For more information, please contact Dan Barnett at dbarnett@bamsl.org.

 

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

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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.

Please contact Dan Barnett at dbarnett@bamsl.org for more information on this program.