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The 2020 Bench & Bar will now be held completely virtual on the rescheduled dates of Aug. 31-Sept. 2. But never fear, we still plan to present some fun BAMSL at the Disco virtual activities and have an excellent lineup of speakers and CLE programming.
Please visit www.bamsl.org/BenchBar2020 regularly for the most accurate information and updated schedule.
The rate has been discounted and anyone who had already registered at the regular rate will receive credit.
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Call for Nominations for the 2021-22 BAMSL Bar Year Board Of Governors
The Nominating Committee for the 2021-22 BAMSL bar year Board of Governors is seeking nominations for the following positions: President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and ABA Delegate. Visit www.bamsl.org/Elections for the nomination form.
Chair (Exp. April 2021)
Edward L. Dowd, Jr.
Dowd Bennett LLP
Presidential Appointee (Exp. April 2022)
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Presidential Appointee (Exp. April 2021)
Hon. Nicole Zellweger
St. Louis County Circuit Court
MILP Appointee (Exp. April 2022)
Brandon L. Jackson
Brown & Crouppen, P.C.
WILP Appointee (Exp. April 2022)
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
YLD Appointee (Exp. April 2021)
Erica B. Slater
The Simon Law Firm, P.C.
Past-Presidents Council Appointee (Exp. April 2021)
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Schedule for the 2021-22 Nominations and Elections process:
Aug. 1, 2020 – Call for nominations to be published on Web site and in August issue of St. Louis Lawyer
Sept. 15, 2020 – Deadline to submit nominations to Nominating Committee
Oct. 31, 2020 – Deadline for Nominating Committee to interview nominees
Nov. 15, 2020 – Deadline for Nominating Committee to select its slate of candidates
Dec. 10, 2020 – Deadline for Nominating Committee to prepare its report
Jan. 1, 2021 – Nominating Committee report and call for petition filing to be published on Web site and in January issue of St. Louis Lawyer
Jan. 10, 2021 – Petition Filing Period Opens at 8:30 a.m.
Jan. 31, 2021 – Petition Filing Period Closes at 5 p.m.
March 2, 2021– Voting Ballots Delivered to Members and Online Voting Opens at 9 a.m.
March 16, 2021 – Voting Ends and all Ballots due at 5 p.m.
March 31, 2021 – Deadline to announce winners
Spirit of Justice Celebration Postponed
The Saint Louis Bar Foundation's 2020 Spirit of Justice Awards Celebration has been postponed until April 2021. Please stay tuned for further information about the new date and the award winners we will honor.
For more information about becoming a sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write About St. Louis Legal History for The St. Louis Bar Journal
The editor of The St. Louis Bar Journal is seeking volunteer(s) to write a regular column on St. Louis legal history. For more than 30 years, Marshall Hier wrote these columns but he has decided that the column appearing in our most recent issue is his last.
Subjects for the columns would be chosen by the writer(s), with the limitations that they must involve a lawyer or lawyers with a strong connection to St. Louis (or at the very least address a legal issue from St. Louis history), and that they not duplicate any previous columns, unless a writer would like to explore a previous subject from a different angle. Writers must be BAMSL members.
The Journal is a quarterly publication, and although Marshall produced all four columns each year, we are open to the possibility of several writers sharing the responsibility and rotating throughout the year.
Anyone interested should contact David Truman, Editor-in-Chief of the Bar Journal, at email@example.com.
The BAMSL St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger Committee is hosting a group volunteer opportunity from 8-10 a.m. on Thurs., Aug. 20 at the St. Louis Area Foodbank (70 Corporate Woods Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044). A few notes before volunteering:
There are 17 volunteer slots designated just for BAMSL members and you must register at www.bamsl.org/STLAreaFoodBank. If you sign up and later are unable to attend, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so we may fill your spot and ensure that all 17 spots are filled as required (we will keep a waiting list of volunteers).
Corporate Counsel Institute (CCI) 2020 Virtual Series Concludes Aug. 11
This year's Corporate Counsel Institute (CCI), which is being held virtually as a summer series, concludes 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tues., Aug. 11. The cost is $30 for one session.
The event is presented by BAMSL and the St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).
For the complete schedule and speakers, and to register, please click here.
BAMSL's annual 15-Hour CLE, like many other BAMSL programs, will look different this year. There will be two days of 15-Hour CLE offerings, all presented remotely.
The Missouri MCLE reporting period ends Sept. 30 this year. If you are still in need of required MCLE hours, then join us for one of these one-day seminars covering a variety of topics. Purchase the whole day or just the sessions that interest you.
The first Virtual 15-Hour Annual Missouri MCLE Update, which is 7 a.m.-9:50 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 15, includes two Ethics and one Elimination of Bias hours. Registered participants will receive the Zoom login details and electronic materials, if applicable, the day before the seminar.
Please click here for more information, including the detailed agenda, pricing and to register.
The second Virtual 15-Hour Annual Missouri MCLE Update, which is 7 a.m.-9:50 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 30, includes two Ethics and four Elimination of Bias hours. Registered participants will receive the Zoom login details and electronic materials, if applicable, the day before the seminar.
Please click here for more information, including the detailed agenda, pricing and to register.
Check out the most recent Well-Being Committee blog post: The Lawyers Guide to Well-Being Through Reading.
The Well-Being Committee promotes the well-being of legal professionals and law students by providing resources for mental and physical health, stress management, addiction, and work/life balance. We are here for you.
BAMSL Pro Bono Committee Requests Assistance With Legal Aid For Housing Crisis
Dear BAMSL Members,
This past weekend, rent and mortgage payments were due, just as unemployment benefits and remaining federal and local eviction protections expired. Jobs remain scarce and financial assistance dwindles, and families, who were able to make ends meet pre-COVID, are now unable to pay rent and put food on the table. Soon, St. Louis will be facing a housing crisis that will jeopardize the health and well-being of all in our community and will especially impact people of color. In the coming months, a record number of eviction cases will be filed and, simply put, there will not be enough legal aid lawyers to represent all who need assistance.
Already our legal aid programs have seen a significant uptick in calls for direct aid assistance, including from immigrant clients, many of whom did not receive any economic relief throughout this crisis. The devastating impact the COVID crisis has had on our immigrant community is an indication of what is to come in the weeks ahead for all our clients as benefits and protections expire. Nationwide there are estimates of as many as 28 million evictions by the end of September – three times the number of evictions that occurred in 2008. In the St. Louis area, the roughly 6,000 annual number of evictions could triple.
In order to respond to this COVID-related housing crisis, the BAMSL Pro Bono Committee chairs are asking you to partner with local legal aid agencies and make a commitment to provide pro bono representation to assist with the overflow of intakes we anticipate getting. Legal aid agencies will offer training and support throughout the process.
BAMSL Member Benefit: Open New LawPay Account and Receive Three Months No Monthly Fee, $100 Credit
With 15 years of experience supporting the legal community, LawPay is the industry standard in online payments. Their user-friendly solution makes it easy for lawyers to securely accept client credit cards and eCheck payments online. Plus, LawPay was built with input from bar association partners and their ethics committees to ensure all payments are processed in compliance with attorney trust accounting rules.
Right now, LawPay has an exclusive offer for BAMSL members: open a new LawPay account by Aug. 31, 2020, and receive 3 months with no monthly fee plus a $100 credit towards processing fees.
The August issue of your St. Louis Lawyer magazine is on its way and should arrive in your mailboxes in the next week or two. The August issue highlights the amazing work that BAMSL members have done to support the Urban League's food distribution events as well as the BAMSL YLD CARES (Committee Addressing Racial Equity in St. Louis) efforts to Promote the Vote.
While some BAMSL members may still be working remotely and not receiving their office copies yet, digital versions of both the St. Louis Lawyer magazine and the quarterly The St. Louis Bar Journal are always available for members by logging in at www.BAMSL.org/Publications.
Due to the continued uncertainty regarding COVID-19's impact on gatherings, BAMSL's Law Day 2020 has been rescheduled again to 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 2, 2020, at the Four Seasons Hotel (999 N. 2nd Street, St. Louis, MO 63102). The day includes an awards presentation, lunch and swearing-in of BAMSL's 2020-21 Officers and Board of Governors.
We are pleased that this year's planned featured speaker, Journalist George F. Will, was able to rearrange his schedule to join us on Oct.2.
Please visit www.bamsl.org/LawDay2020 check your mail for the formal invitation for more details.
Thank you to these sponsors for your support of Law Day 2020:
For sponsorship information, please contact Zoe Linza at email@example.com.
You have seen the unemployment numbers and the long lines of people seeking food at food pantries and soup kitchens. As a BAMSL member, you can help provide food to our neighbors in need. Here is how:
Step It Up, Inc.
St. Louis Area Food Bank
St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger
The BAMSL St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger Committee thanks you for your continued support to assist those in our community who need it most.
Upcoming CLE Opportunities
Reminder that announcements about upcoming CLEs are now condensed into one weekly e-mail arriving every Thursday in your inbox. The weekly emails will list all upcoming CLEs with a link for more information and to register for each one.
Please visit http://events.bamsl.org for all BAMSL events, details and registration information.
BAMSL's Legal Placement Service
Domestic Litigation Paralegal
We are currently assisting a well-established domestic litigation boutique in Clayton with its paralegal recruiting. Qualified candidates will have 2+ years of civil litigation paralegal experience. Prior domestic litigation experience preferred. Interested candidates should e-mail their resume in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org.Please view all open positions at http://jobs.bamsl.org.
St. Louis Lawyer
Special Opportunity to Congratulate the 2020 Law Day Award Winners
Advertising is now on sale for the September 2020 St. Louis Lawyer magazine issue.
The issue will highlight BAMSL’s upcoming annual Law Day event along with the following Law Day award winners: Hon. Carol Jackson, Distinguished Lawyer Award; Hon. Craig Higgins, Ronda F. Williams Community Awareness Award; Erica Slater, John C. Shepherd Professionalism Award; President's Awards - Jeff Bunten, Jeff McPherson, Josh Jones, Rebecca Nickelson, Megan Sterchi Lammert, Mary Beth Soffer on behalf of STL World Food Day; John Rasp, Volunteer Service Award; YLD Awards of Merit - Michael Dalton, Allison Gerli, Justin Strayhorn, Audrie Howard and Lisa Tsacoumangos; and Shatrasha Stone, YLD 2019-20 Chair Gavel Award.
Please e-mail Jennifer A. Macke, Esq. at email@example.com to place your congratulatory ad in the issue. Ad deadline is 9 a.m. on Tues., Aug. 18.
The St. Louis Bar Journal
Upcoming Fall The St. Louis Bar Journal – Family Law – Ad Space Available
BAMSL is now selling advertising space for its upcoming Fall 2020 The St. Louis Bar Journal. The issue is devoted to the topic of Family Law. Both family law attorneys and vendors who provide relevant products and services are encouraged to advertise. Your advertising dollars make this publication possible. For rate information and to reserve your ad space, please contact Jennifer A. Macke, Esq. at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ad deadline is 9 a.m. on Tues., Sept. 1. As of this writing, two premium full-page, full-color cover spots are still available.