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LegalPulseSTL for April 25, 2017 - Next Week is Law Week
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Join us for the new LAW WEEK. A full week of activities culminating in Law Day featuring Justice Clarence Thomas!

May 1 - Essay Contest with the Federal Courts.

May 3 - CLE: Law Week Ethics and Welcome to the Bar Luncheon with Hon. Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr.
En Banc Courtroom, Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse | Register here

May 4 - Bar Brew CLE: The Transformative Fourteenth Amendment featuring Professor Joel K. Goldstein.
Lucas Park Grille | Register here


Justice Clarence Thomas

May 5 - The Annual Law Day Celebration at the Marriott Grand Hotel, featuring keynote speaker Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States. Register now!


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Thompson Coburn LLP
The Simon Law Firm, P.C.

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Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.

Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C.
Husch Blackwell LLP

Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
HeplerBroom LLC

Sponsorship opportunities available. Learn more.

Governor Eric Greitens has appointed Judge W. Brent Powell, of Kansas City, to serve as the next judge on the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Judge Brent Powell

"The people of Missouri deserve skilled, fair and impartial judges, and the appointment of Hon. W. Brent Powell shows that Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court Plan continues to work for the people of Missouri by providing high-quality judges in the least political way while giving voters the final say through a retention vote."
- Dana Tippin Cutler, 2016-17 Missouri Bar President

For more on Judge Powell, click here

2017 Corporate Counsel Institute

2017 Corporate Counsel Institute

May 18 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis
8.8 MO CLE hours, including 2.0 Ethics hours

Register Now!

Young Lawyer's Division (YLD) Happy Hour: April 28th at Majorette in Maplewood

Celebrating the end of the bar year, as well as new beginning.

Renew your BAMSL membership by May 1

Legal Placement Service

Of Counsel Position

We are currently assisting a small well-established general civil practice firm in Clayton with their mid-career attorney recruiting. Qualified candidates will have 15-20 years of experience (transactional and litigation) and a book of business. Missouri license required. Ideal candidate will have a strong interest in future succession to firm management and ownership. If interested, please e-mail: and further information will be provided. All inquiries will be kept confidential.                         

St. Louis Bar Journal

Talk about a hot topic. Do you have an opinion on Immigration Law? Advertise it.

BAMSL is now selling advertising space for its Summer 2017 St. Louis Bar Journal. This issue is devoted to the topic of Immigration Law. In addition to the regular features, this issue will contain five lead articles on various immigration law subjects. Position your advertising message in the most debated and anticipated journal of the year. 

The St. Louis Bar Journal is a quarterly publication and one of the most respected journals in the nation. For rate information or to reserve ad space, please contact Jennifer A. Macke, Esq. at (314) 421-4134 or Ad deadline is Thursday, June 1st.

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Apr. 27 Free Member CLE: Hot Topics in Immigration Law
Apr. 27 CLE: Recognizing, Preventing, & Responding to Human Trafficking: The Legal Professional's Role
Apr. 28 Free Pro Bono CLE: Incorporating Not-for-Profits in Missouri and Related Issue Spotting
Apr. 28 YLD Happy Hour: End of Bar Year/New Beginnings
Apr. 28 CLE: The New Form 14
May  3 CLE: Law Week Ethics with Hon. Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr.
May  4 CLE: Appellate Lawyering in the Trenches
May  4 Bar Brew CLE: The Transformative Fourteenth Amendment
May  5 Law Day (featuring keynote by Justice Clarence Thomas)
May  9 BAMSL Women in the Legal Profession (WILP) Networking Lunch 
May 10 CLE: Let’s Get Technical: Data Security Ethics for Law Firms
May 16 CLE: Commercial Real Estate Due Dilligence from a Zoning and Planning Perspective
May 17 BAMSL Board of Governors Meeting - Including Committee Training
May 18 2017 Corporate Counsel Institute
May 19 Free Pro Bono CLE: Adult Guardianship
May 19 Bar Foundation Annual Meeting
May 25 Free Member CLE: Business Valuation Issues in Litigation
May 31 2017 Bench and Bar Conference
Jun.  6 CLE: ADR Caselaw Update
Jun.  8 Bar Brew CLE: Ethics 
Jun.  9 CLE: Advanced Copyright Concepts with Ethics
Jun. 13 Trial Wars: Return of the Jury - An Interactive All-Day Mock Trial with Live Jury
Jun. 14 CLE: IP Law for the General Practitioner
Jun. 14 CLE: 12 Ethics Tips to Protect Your Practice: For the Estate Planning Attorney
Jun. 21 CLE: The New Missouri Receivership Act
Jun. 21 Senior Lawyer Luncheon
Jun. 22 Rendezvous on the Roof
Jun. 26 Annual BAMSL Golf Outing
Jun. 28 15-Hour Annual MCLE Update
Jun. 29 Annual CLE Potpourri


LegalPulseSTL SPECIAL EDITION - April 25, 2017: Governor Greitens Appoints Judge Brent Powell to the Missouri Supreme Court
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Judge Brent Powell

Governor Greitens Appoints
Judge Brent Powell to the
Missouri Supreme Court

Governor Eric Greitens has appointed Judge W. Brent Powell, of Kansas City, to serve as the next judge on the Supreme Court of Missouri.

"The Missouri Supreme Court serves an essential role in maintaining our system of justice, upholding the rule of law, and protecting the Missouri Constitution," said Governor Greitens. "Appointing a Missouri Supreme Court Judge is an important duty, and it is one I take seriously. I am pleased to name Judge Brent Powell to our state’s highest court."

Judge Powell has been a Circuit Judge in Jackson County since 2008. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Powell served seven years as a federal prosecutor for the United States Attorney's Office in the Western District of Missouri, and before that, as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Platte County Prosecutor's Office. As a federal prosecutor, Judge Powell was Chief of the General Crimes Unit and the Executive Assistant United States Attorney. He tried more than forty jury trials before being named to the Jackson County Circuit Court by Governor Blunt.

Judge Powell's docket on the trial bench includes hundreds of significant criminal and civil cases. He currently serves on the Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Procedures in Criminal Cases, the Missouri Advisory Sentencing Commission, the Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Access to Family Courts, and the Missouri Supreme Court Trial Judge Education Committee. In addition to his service within the court system, Judge Powell regularly instructs lawyers as the Lead Master of the Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

Judge Powell received his law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law and his undergraduate degree in political science from William Jewell College.

"In his years on the bench, Judge Brent Powell has established himself as an outstanding jurist," Governor Greitens said. "He has received high marks for being humble, fair-minded, and of the highest integrity. I am confident Judge Powell will be committed to strengthening and improving our court system and guarding the rule of law as a judge on our state's highest court."

Governor Greitens selected Judge Powell from a panel of three nominees put forward by the Missouri Appellate Judicial Commission. The position became vacant due to the death of the Honorable Richard Teitelman.