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LegalPulseSTL for August 15, 2017 - Stingley to be honored posthumously | National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being releases report | Thank you Inventor of the Year sponsors
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Stingley to Posthumously Receive Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award 

Mark G. Stingley has been chosen to receive the 2017 Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award from the Commercial Law Committee of the Missouri Bar. The award is being presented posthumously, as Mr. Stingley passed away unexpectedly after a short illness on July 9, 2017.

Since 1994, the Commercial Law Committee of the Missouri Bar has presented the Roser award to an attorney who manifests the highest standard of excellence in bankruptcy practice, who contributes distinctively to the development and appreciation of bankruptcy law, and who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of bankruptcy practice or administration.  The award is named in honor of the late Michael R. Roser, a prominent Kansas City bankruptcy lawyer.

Mr. Stingley most recently served as global head of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring and Creditor’s Rights Client Services Group at Bryan Cave.  

The award will be presented on Oct. 27, 2017, at the Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute in Kansas City, Mo.

Hon. Willie Epps Accepts NABE Award in NYC for BAMSL Pro Bono Challenge

BAMSL Treasurer Willie Epps, Jr. accepts the award

On behalf of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL), the Hon. Willie J. Epps, Jr., BAMSL board treasurer (left), accepted the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Award. Epps received the award on behalf of the bar association on Aug. 10 at NABE’s annual meeting in New York City.

The LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Awards honor outstanding bar public service and law-related education programs. BAMSL received the 2017 “Local Bar with 5,000 or Members or Affiliated Foundation” award for its Hon. Richard B. Teitelman Memorial St. Louis Pro Bono Challenge. The LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Awards honor outstanding bar public service and law-related education programs. 

“Everybody wins when attorneys give their time, talent, and expertise to those who often have nothing to give in return except for their gratitude,” Epps said. “Judge Teitelman's legacy was that of service to people in need. I am so proud of the BAMSL lawyers and law firms who met the 2017 pro bono challenge.” 

In partnership with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, BAMSL implemented the program to encourage and support pro bono, and to publicly recognize those lawyers and law firms who step up to the Pro Bono Challenge.

BAMSL Executive Director Passes Gavel to New NABE President

Zoe Linza with Robert CragheadZoe Linza, executive director of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL), officially completed her term as president of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) on Aug. 10. Linza handed the gavel over to Robert E. Craghead, executive director of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), who was installed as 2017-18 president of NABE at the group’s annual meeting in New York City.

“It was a wonderful year of working with bar association executives from around the country,” Linza said. “We have shared some great ideas. NABE’s work to support the legal profession is remarkable and I’m honored to have served as the leader of this association. I congratulate Bob and know he will work just as hard to advance NABE’s mission.”

NABE members are management-level staff who work for state, metropolitan, and local bar associations from all over the country.

Linza has been BAMSL’s executive director since 2006. She became president of NABE in August 2016 after previously serving as vice president and president-elect. 

National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being releases new report and recommendations

The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, the report of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being released on August 14, includes several dozen recommendations and represents the most ambitious roadmap yet related to the well-being of lawyers. It is intended to spark a broader conversation in the legal profession regarding reasons behind substance use disorders as well as the effects of impairment to guide policy changes and to lead to a cultural shift within the profession.

View the American Bar Association's article on the report, and download the report.

Since 2015, BAMSL has designated August as Health & Wellness Month to raise awareness and provide education about physical and mental health in the legal profession.

Networking Opportunities

BAMSL Night at the Ballpark is September 8

Thank you to our Night at the Ballpark sponsors!

Lead Off Player   Firm Roster
Brown and Crouppen, P.C. logo  

The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers' Section
The Simon Law Firm, P.C.
Dowd Bennett LLP
Albin Law

Clean-Up Hitter

Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.

BAMSL Family Day at the Zoo is September 17

Thank you to our Inventor of the Year sponsors!


Community Involvement

Project XOXO Charity Run and Walk is August 19

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Aug. 16 CLE: Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l: Not Limited to Business Method Patents
Aug. 18 CLE: An Afternoon in St. Louis City Court: Introduction for New and a Refresher for Not-So-New
Aug. 19 Project XOXO/St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger 5K Charity Run/Walk
Aug. 23 WILP Networking Lunch
Aug. 24 YLD Happy Hour at Tin Roof 
Aug. 24 FREE Member CLE: Lowering Your Liability When Advising Clients' Assets
Aug. 29 Labor & Employment Law Section Networking Happy Hour
Sep. 7 Bar Brew CLE: Perspective of Public Life to Private Practice with former Missouri Gov. Jeremiah "Jay" Nixon, Partner at Dowd Bennett LLP, and former St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, of counsel at Spencer Fane LLP
Sep. 7 CLE: Justice for Juveniles: Protecting Rights, Providing Hope
Sep. 8 FRIDAY FUNDAMENTALS CLE: Fundamentals of Practice in Federal Court
Sep. 8 BAMSL Night at the Ballpark
Sep. 14 PTC Section's Annual Inventor of the Year CLE & Awards
Sep. 17 BAMSL Family Day at the Zoo
Sep. 20 CLE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Sep. 22 FRIDAY FUNDAMENTALS CLE: Fundamentals of Practice in St. Louis County Court
Sep. 28 BAMSL Maritime Law Seminar
Oct. 4 CLE: What Every Attorney Should Know: Labor, Employment & Tax under the New State & Federal Administrations
Oct. 5-6 Missouri State Public Defender Volunteer Training
Oct. 5 CLE: Meet Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Carol S. Comer
Oct. 5 Bar Brew CLE: Talc in the Ovaries: 40-Plus Years of the "Talc/Ovary Problem"
Oct. 6 CLE: The New 50-50 Custody Law
Oct. 6 Saint Louis Bar Foundation's Spirit of Justice Celebration
Oct. 19 2017 Federal Practice Seminar
Oct. 22-28 National Celebration of Pro Bono
Oct. 27 CLE: The Lead Domino: The Exponential Impact of Improving Company Culture
Nov. 2 Bar Brew CLE: What You Always Wanted to Know about Immigration Law, but were Afraid to Ask
Nov. 3 CLE: Fourth Annual Business Skills Seminar
Nov. 10 Motion for Kids Trivia Night
Nov. 17 CLE: Family Law Case Law Update
Dec. 2 Motion for Kids Holiday Party
Dec. 6 Annual Member Holiday Party
Dec. 7 Bar Brew CLE: Don't Get Scrooged at the Appellate Court: Ten Tips for a Happy Holiday Season in Appellate Practice
Jan. 4 Bar Brew CLE: Trademarks - Protecting Client's Valuable Assets
Jan. 12 CLE: Working with the High Conflict Client: Understanding and Managing Clients with Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders
Feb. 1 Bar Brew CLE: I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Family Law
Mar. 1 Bar Brew CLE: Show Me the Money! Sports Contract Laws
Apr. 5 Bar Brew CLE: Why Storytelling Works for Attorneys
May 16 Corporate Counsel Institute
May 30 Bench & Bar Conference

Legal Placement Service

Civil Litigation Attorney – St. Charles

We are currently assisting a well-established St. Charles County law firm with their attorney recruiting. Qualified candidates will have 5 to 10 years of experience handling civil litigation matters. Missouri license required. If interested, please e-mail resume/ref. to for confidential review. Additional exposure to real estate/corporate transactions helpful, but not required. 

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Fall 2017 St. Louis Bar Journal — Construction Law

BAMSL is now selling advertising space for its Fall 2017 St. Louis Bar Journal. This issue is devoted to the topic of Construction Law. In addition to the regular features, the issue will contain five lead articles on various Construction Law subjects. If you are a construction law attorney or your firm has a construction law practice group, this is your issue to advertise.

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 space, please contact Jennifer A. Macke, Esq. at 314-421-4134 or email Ad deadline is 9 a.m. on Fri., Sept. 1.

St. Louis Lawyer Magazine

Special opportunity to congratulate the 2017 Spirit of Justice Award winners 

Advertising is now on sale for the September 2017 issue of St. Louis Lawyer magazine. The issue will profile the following 2017 Spirit of Justice award winners: Kimberly Norwood, Marc Goldstein, Marie Kenyon, Paula Finlay and Sue Greenberg.

Please contact Jennifer A. Macke, Esq. at (314) 421-4134 or to place your congratulatory ad in the issue. Ad deadline is at 9 a.m. Fri., Aug. 18.