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The BAMSL Young Lawyers Division (YLD) presents a Virtual Trivia Night this year to benefit the annual Motion for Kids Holiday Party. This year's Trivia Night is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 5.
Go back to the time of windbreakers and Blockbuster with this year’s '90s theme Trivia Night.
This virtual trivia competition will include prizes for first-, second- and third-place teams; best dressed; and a consolation prize to the last-place team. In addition to trivia, the event will include a link to our silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and other fun games and surprises.
The Zoom opens at 6:30 p.m. (link provided on registration confirmation). The Trivia starts at 7 p.m. An individual registration is $10 or teams of 10 can register for $75. To register, visit www.bamsl.org/2020MFKTriviaNight.
Event Sponsor: $200
Round Sponsor: $50
Thank you to the following for sponsoring this year's Trivia Night:
Brown & Crouppen, P.C.
During these troubled times, BAMSL appreciates everyone's continued support and determination to help these kids in our community have some holiday cheer.
Celebrate Pro Bono Week
National Pro Bono Week is celebrated Oct. 25-31.
The BAMSL Pro Bono Committee hosts a free CLE, "Landlord/Tenant Issues and Low-Income Entrepreneurship during COVID-19," from 1-4:15 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 29 via Zoom.
The CLE includes:
For more information and to register, please click here.
Judicial Performance Reviews are now available ahead of the Nov. 3, 2020, general election.
The Missouri Judicial Performance Review Committee reviewed the performance of all nonpartisan judges who are up for retention. Their findings are available at YourMissouriJudges.org.
The committee reviewed the performance of 52 judges, including one Supreme Court judge, four court of appeals judges, 26 circuit court judges and 22 associate circuit court judges in circuits where the judges are appointed under the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan.
Once on the Web site, to access the judges that will appear on your ballot depending on your county, click on "Reviews" in the upper right-hand corner; scroll down to the bottom and click on "2020." Click on your county and then click on each individual judge to read more information, see recommendations and jury/attorney surveys.
Please share this information with your colleagues, neighbors, friends and family.
Volunteer Public Defender Training is Nov. 5
Volunteer Public Defender Training, hosted by the Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel, will be held via Zoom 1-5:30 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 5.
The Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel enlists volunteers to undertake felony jury case assignments from the Missouri State Public Defender, pending in the Circuit Courts of Jackson County, the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and Greene County. Volunteer attorneys have a realistic opportunity to gain priceless "first chair" jury trial experience, advocating for the indigent, while also easing the caseloads of overworked and underpaid public defenders.
MCLE credit provided by the Missouri State Public Defender.
Registration is free. For more detailed information about the program and to register, please click here.
BAMSL Well-Being Committee: Important Information
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, including depression, stress and burnout, MOLAP is a free, professional and confidential counseling program for members of the Missouri Bar, their immediate family members, and law students. Call 1-800-688-7859. You do not have to struggle alone. Please seek help, whether through MOLAP or your doctor.
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) also provides 24/7 free, confidential support for people in distress and their loved ones. You can also access an online chat on their website.
Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri and Washington University Brown School of Social Work are holding a free seminar from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 3 on Self-Care for Stressful Days. Participants will have the opportunity to identify and examine sources of stress and then learn how to apply stress management skills. Register here.
As October closes, so does the Well-Being Committee’s focus on physical well-being. For November and December, we will be focusing on occupational well-being. But that does not mean that you should let your physical well-being take a back seat. Remember to get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week.
This year, Motion for Kids is a project of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, The St. Louis Bar Foundation, the Isaac Bruce Foundation and the St. Louis Fire Department. The Motion for Kids party will be a drive-through distribution-style event scheduled for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 5, 2020, at the St. Louis Fire Department Headquarters and Training Tower (Jefferson Ave. and Cass Ave.).
MFK partners with local support organizations to identify the children invited to attend the holiday party with their parents or legal guardians. Those children are matched up with sponsors from the St. Louis legal community (lawyers, judges, paralegals, office administrators, law students, legal secretaries, and their families). Each sponsor is asked to purchase and wrap two gifts chosen from the child’s wish list. The party is unique because the gifts are specific to what the children want, selected from their own wish lists.
This year, children and their families/legal guardians will remain in their cars and drive through the St. Louis Fire Department’s parking lot. Children will receive their gifts, food and arts and crafts packets with detailed instructions to complete at home.
If you would like to volunteer to help set up on Fri., Dec. 4, as well as volunteer during the event on Dec. 5, please email MotionForKids.email@example.com.
The Motion for Kids Holiday Party cannot happen without your generous contributions. If you would like to contribute, please donate to the St. Louis Bar Foundation securely online at www.bamsl.org/donate (select Motion for Kids for the fund) or mail a check payable to the St. Louis Bar Foundation, 555 Washington Ave, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63101 (please note “Motion for Kids” in the memo line).
Book Drive for Motion for Kids is Nov. 1-30
The St. Louis Strategic Alliance Partners (see list of partners below) is hosting a Book Drive for the 2020 Motion for Kids Holiday Party. The Book Drive will run Nov. 1-30. New and gently used books for children and pre-teens are requested.
Books can be ordered from a local bookstore of your choosing or other source, such as Amazon. Books can be dropped off or shipped to:
DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS:
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
555 Washington Ave., Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63101
Riezman Berger, P.C.
7700 Bonhomme Avenue, 7th Floor
Clayton, MO 63105
SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY:
9930 Watson Road, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63126
Volunteers from the partner organizations also are needed to help deliver and set up the books by age group in the Book Tent the day before the event (Fri., Dec. 4) and to distribute the books from the Book Tent on the day of the event ( 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 5 at the St. Louis Fire Department Headquarters, Jefferson Ave. and Cass Ave.).
The St. Louis Strategic Alliance Partners include:
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL)
(with active support from BAMSL’s Women in the Legal Profession Section and BAMSL's LGBTQ+ Committee)
Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)-Gateway
Association of Record Managers & Administrators (ARMA)-St. Louis Chapter
International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)
Legal Marketing Association (LMA)
Mound City Bar Association
Recruiting Association of St. Louis (RASL)
St. Louis Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)
St. Louis Paralegal Association (STLPA)
Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis
For more information and to sign up to volunteer Dec. 4 or Dec. 5, please visit www.bamsl.org/MFKBookDrive.
BAMSL's Women in the Legal Profession Section Hosts Virtual New Admittee Reception
Please join the BAMSL Women in the Legal Profession (WILP) Section as we celebrate your accomplishments. This year's WILP New Admittee Reception will be held virtually from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 19.
This annual reception, which is virtual this year, is held to congratulate and welcome newly admitted women lawyers and new female members of the judiciary who have received judicial appointments.
The Hon. Carol Jackson will be the keynote speaker.
Attendees also may participate in the "Lunch with Leaders" program, where new admittees who are present will be eligible to win the opportunity to have a private lunch with a St. Louis area or Missouri state judge.
The reception is free for all judges and new admittees.
For more information and to register, please visit www.bamsl.org/Virtual2020BAMSLWILPNewAdmitteeReception.
Dec. 10: Virtual Wine Tasting Exclusively for BAMSL Members
The BAMSL Membership Committee invites all members to join Eric Winters (www.STLwineguy.com) from PRP Wine International for a fun and educational virtual wine tasting from 4-5 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 10 via Zoom.
PRP Wine represents small, boutique vineyards from around the world that cannot be found in stores, bars or restaurants.
The cost for BAMSL members is discounted to $75, which includes six full-size bottles (750 ml) of wine shipped directly to your home (value of $180 retail). These wines will be an assortment of styles — dry to semi-sweet, reds and whites. A set of wines can comfortably serve 8-12 participants with 1-2 ounce samples. Invite your friends, colleagues or family over to join the tasting.
Prior to the tasting, Eric will provide suggested food pairings and setup details. During the event, he will guide you along as you sample the wines, share thoughts, try different food pairings, and learn more about the wines and the greater wine world.
To ensure timely delivery the week of the event (via UPS with signature required), the deadline for sign-up for the tasting is Mon., Nov. 23.
So hurry and register, as this exclusive BAMSL wine tasting is limited to 50 participants. To register, please visit www.bamsl.org/VirtualWineTasting.
Be A Hunger Hero from Home in 2020. The annual St. Louis World Food Day, held the first Friday each November, has gone virtual this year.
BAMSL and its members have supported the annual St. Louis World Food Day hunger relief food packing event the past several years, including $25,000 and 100 attorney volunteers in 2019. Since 2012, Hunger Heroes from all over St. Louis have helped assemble more than 3.1 million meals at St. Louis World Food Day packaging events. Your gift to the Hunger Hero Campaign will help us raise funds to support the St. Louis World Food Day partners: the St. Louis Area Foodbank and The Outreach Program.
BAMSL is coordinating donations that will be distributed directly to St. Louis World Food Day as a way to show the legal community’s ongoing support and sponsorship of the event. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information on how to contribute as a firm or as an individual.
Between now and Nov. 6, Emerson will match all donations (up to $20,000). So BAMSL's final donation from all of our law firms/individuals to St. Louis World Food Day will be distributed before Nov. 6.
Thank you to the following law firms/individuals who have donated so far:
Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs LLC
Dowd Bennett LLP
Husch Blackwell LLP
Lewis Rice LLC
The Simon Law Firm, P.C.
Kevin Gunn, Attorney
Lisa Herder, Attorney/Edward Hejlek
Hon. Carol Jackson
Volunteer to Make Sandwiches Every Tuesday and Thursday Evening for Step It Up
Volunteers are always welcome beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week to assist Step It Up, Inc., in making sandwiches for weekly distribution events. The volunteer opportunities are held in the lower level of Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs (9326 Olive Blvd., Olivette, MO 63132).
Come for an hour, or stay for the evening. Gloves and masks are provided.
Additionally, there are ongoing distributions where volunteers are needed during the day, several days each week.
The BAMSL St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger Committee is seeking donations via the BAMSL Virtual Food Drive for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. You may donate food directly from your computer or phone via www.bamsl.org/VirtualFoodDrive.
Thank you to the following who have contributed so far to the BAMSL St. Louis Area Foodbank Virtual Food Drive:
Boggs, Avellino, Lach and Boggs, L.L.C.
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
Experienced Transactional Attorney
BAMSL’s Placement Director is currently assisting a small Clayton firm with its transactional attorney recruiting. The position will handle general corporate, finance, and real estate matters. Qualified candidates will have 4+ years of sophisticated transactional experience and be able to independently handle acquisitions. Interested candidates should e-mail their resume directly firstname.lastname@example.org for confidential review. Firm offers reasonable billing expectations and supports a healthy work/life balance for its attorneys.Please view all open positions at http://jobs.bamsl.org.
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