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LegalPulseSTL for January 15, 2019 - Legislature's Impact on Legal Practice ... State of the Judiciary ... Read Across America
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Register Today: How will the 2019 Missouri Legislative Session Affect Your Practice?

BAMSL and Missouri Lawyers Media present a forum about the 2019 Missouri Legislature’s 2019 legislative session and how it might impact your legal practice. The roundtable discussion will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 17 at Saint Louis University School of Law in the John K. Pruellage Courtroom (100 N. Tucker Blvd, 12th Floor, St. Louis, MO 63101). 

Missouri's attorney-legislators and officeholders discuss the upcoming session and how it may impact the legal profession. The discussion includes a question-and-answer session. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here. CLE+ live webcast available.

Thursday: Networking with Attorneys and CPAs

Expand your professional network at the annual joint happy hour with BAMSL and the Missouri Society of CPAs. This year's chance to reconnect with friends and colleagues, and get to know new ones, is 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Jan 17 at Malt House Cellar (2017 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103).

This is a complimentary happy hour for BAMSL and MOCPA members (includes appetizers and drinks). Cost is $10 for non-members/guests.

Please RSVP in advance at

Volunteers Needed: 2019 Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition

The Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition needs volunteers to serve as judges and jurors in January, February and March 2019. The first round begins on Tues., Jan. 22 at the St. Louis County Circuit Courts Building in Clayton. 

No mock trial experience is necessary. A volunteer briefing will be conducted immediately prior to the trials, and a volunteer guide will be provided prior to the competition nights. This is an excellent opportunity to hone your trial advocacy and evidentiary skills from the other side of the bench. 

To volunteer to serve as a judge or juror for competition rounds in January, February and March, please sign up at

Please Join BAMSL at the State of the Judiciary Address on  Jan. 30

BAMSL members are welcome to join us as we travel to our state capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., to hear Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Zel M. Fischer deliver his State of the Judiciary address. His speech is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wed., Jan. 30 during a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly in the Missouri House Chambers.

BAMSL members also will visit with our lawyer-legislators and other lawmakers as well. If you would like to join the BAMSL contingency, please contact Zoe Linza at

Spread the Love of Reading: Register Now To Participate In Read Across America

BAMSL once again is participating in the nation's largest reading celebration, the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual Read Across America Day. This year’s celebration is on Fri., March 1, to celebrate the birthday of one of America's beloved wordsmiths, Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel − or “Dr. Seuss,” who was born on March 2.

BAMSL members volunteer to read to approximately 2,000 preschoolers, kindergartners and first graders in more than 30 schools throughout the St. Louis City Public School District. 

Once you have registered to volunteer, you may pick up reading materials, gift bags and items for the craft activity from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Feb. 18-22 at the BAMSL Bar Center (555 Washington Ave., Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63101).

This year, the BAMSL Read Across America Committee plans to provide a volunteer/teacher-led craft activity in which each child will have the opportunity to make Dr. Seuss hats. The committee also set a goal to provide at least five books per classroom to share the love of reading throughout the year, but we still are seeking sponsorships to be able to provide the books. If you can help with a sponsorship, please contact Leesi Kogbara at

If you want to volunteer your time reading to students, please sign up here.

Petitions Due by 5 p.m. Friday for 2019-20 Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division Elections

Filing for the 2019-20 Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Division ends at 5 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 18. Elections for any contested positions are slated for March. Nominations will be accepted for the following Board of Governors positions:
Vice President
ABA Delegate
Member-at-Large (5 openings)
Nominations will be accepted for the following Young Lawyers Division positions:
Vice Chair
Member-at-Large (2 openings)
For more information and a sample nominating petition (listed under the Jan. 3 date), please visit

Early Bird Registration Now Open for the 40th Annual Bench & Bar

The BAMSL Bench & Bar Committee has been hard at work for the last few months planning an exciting lineup of programming and social events to celebrate the 40th annual trip to the Lake of the Ozarks.

The 40th Annual Judge Kintz Memorial Bench & Bar Conference is scheduled for May 29-31 at Camden on the Lake Resort (2359 Bittersweet Road, Lake Ozark, MO 65049). 

When registering for the conference, make sure you also secure your hotel room, using the code BAML0519. For more information and to register, visit

SAVE THE DATE: Pro Bono Challenge Awards Luncheon

The 2019 Hon. Richard B. Teitelman Memorial St. Louis Pro Bono Challenge Celebration Luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 28 at the Saint Louis Club (7701 Forsyth Blvd., 16th Floor, Clayton, MO 63105). Registration is at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon at the program starting at 12:10 p.m.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets, please click here.

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Jan. 17 CLE: Better, Faster, Stronger: Building Your Small Firm 
Jan. 17 CLE + Live Webcast: Legislative Legal Landscape - What to Expect from Jefferson City in 2019
Jan. 23 CLE: 2018 Trademark Year in Review
Jan. 24 FREE Member CLE: HIPAA, MACRA, and MIPS - Health Care Compliance Issues

Legal Placement Service

Associate – Corporate/Municipal


We are currently assisting an AV-rated law firm located in St. Charles with its associate attorney recruiting. The associate will assist with the firm’s corporate and state and local government law practices. Qualified candidates will have 3-5 years of corporate/transactional experience, a distinguished academic record, excellent research and writing skills, superior work ethic, and a team-oriented attitude. Must be licensed to practice law in Missouri.  Additional municipal law experience preferred. Interested candidates should e-mail their resume in confidence to

Please view other open positions at

St. Louis Lawyer Magazine

Has Your Law Firm Made A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion?  

In honor of Black History Month, the theme for the February issue of St. Louis Lawyer magazine is African Americans in the legal profession. The issue will focus on diversity issues in the St. Louis legal community. Advertising your firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion will not only enhance your firm’s reputation, but will also help attract top talent in a tight labor market. For rate information or to reserve your ad space, please e-mail Jennifer Macke at The ad deadline for the issue is at 9 a.m. on Fri., Jan. 18