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Please join us as we celebrate Pro Bono the week of October 21-27, 2018. The National Pro Bono Week Celebration focuses attention to the legal work lawyers do in their communities to improve the lives of their friends and neighbors.

Below is a list of Pro Bono Week Celebration events of which we are aware in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

CLE Seminars

October 23   Pro Bono CLE Series: Disaster Resiliency: How Our Legal Communities Can Prepare for and Help Others Recover

Legal Clinics

October 25   Small Business Legal Clinic at Thompson Coburn LLP. Organized by LSEM's Community Economic Development Program with volunteers from the Association of Corporate Counsel and Thompson Coburn LLP.

October 27   Power of Attorney for Health Care and Advanced Directive Legal Clinic at the St. Charles City-County Library — Middendorf-Kredell Branch in O'Fallon. Organized by LSEM's Volunteer Lawyers Program with volunteers from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and Washington University's Office of the General Counsel.

November 3   General Legal Information Clinic at the St. Charles City-County Library — Middendorf-Kredell Branch in O'Fallon. Volunteers needed. Please contact Patti Hageman for details.

Legal Information Presentations

October 29   Estate Planning Presentation at the National Church Senior Residences in south county. Volunteers from Polsinelli PC.

Recognition Events

Husch Blackwell LLP is presenting its first internal Pro Bono Impact Awards.

Polsinelli PC is presenting its internal Pro Bono Impact Awards.


Volunteer Opportunities

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Educational Resources

Pro Bono Video Library   Pro Bono Document Library   Pro Bono CLE Series


2018 Hon. Richard B. Teitelman Memorial St. Louis Pro Bono Challenge logo

2018 Hon. Richard B. Teitelman Memorial St. Louis Pro Bono Challenge

BAMSL Pro Bono Challenge Approaching 30,000 Hours
December 2018

The Pro Bono Challenge Law Firms have reported a collective 29,836 hours of pro bono work to the St. Louis community for the first nine months of 2018. Thank you for your generosity and for making a difference in our community.

After the first three quarters of 2018, RCJ Law, LLC, Ruth Schneider, has a runaway lead with 214 hours. Thank you to the solo and small firms that make such a difference with your generous pro bono contributions.

The firms that are neck-and-neck for second place are Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and Dowd Bennett LLP, with 51 and 50 hours per attorney, respectively. Husch Blackwell LLP is third with 43 hours per attorney.

Thank you to all Challenge firms for your willingness to report your pro bono hours; by publicly reporting pro bono, we can show the community as a whole just how much our lawyers are giving in free legal services to those who cannot afford them.

The Challenge standings are calculated on a per-attorney basis, to level the playing field for firms of all sizes. Most all of the participating firms already have met the 2018 Challenge annual goal of 10 pro bono hours on average per St. Louis area full-time attorney. The American Bar Association model rules suggest 50 pro bono hours per attorney per year. Based on the reports from the first three quarters, we already have three firms surpassing that goal and others certain to do so before the year’s end.

The next reports are due Jan. 31, and may be submitted here: https://

And, please save the date for the 2019 Annual Pro Bono Challenge awards luncheon, to be held Feb. 28, 2019, to honor our 2018 participants.

In 2017, BAMSL partnered with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri to implement this exciting program to encourage and support pro bono legal services, and to publicly recognize those lawyers and law firms who step up to the Challenge.

Thanks to the efforts of the 19 firms participating in the 2017 Challenge, 32,054 hours of pro bono legal work was provided to the St. Louis community in 2017!

The Challenge has been renewed for 2018, and formally launched at a lunch event on January 25, 2018, at the Saint Louis Club, during which participating firms signed a ceremonial pledge that is on display at the BAMSL Bar Center. Learn more and join the 2018 Challenge by viewing the announcement letter and pledge form below.

Thank you to the firms who have joined the 2018 Challenge!

  • Brown & Crouppen, P.C.
  • Bryan Cave LLP
  • Capes Sokol
  • The Center for Family Law
  • Dennis Buchheit, Attorney
  • Dentons US LLP
  • Dowd Bennett LLP
  • Fox Galvin, LLC
  • Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C.
  • Herzog Crebs LLP
  • Husch Blackwell LLP
  • The Jacob Law Firm, LLC
  • Lashly & Baer, P.C.
  • Lathrop Gage LLP
  • Littler Mendelson P.C.
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  • Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C.
  • Polsinelli PC
  • RCJ Law, LLC
  • The Simon Law Firm, P.C.
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • Thompson Coburn LLP

Announcement Letter   Pledge   Quarterly Report   Volunteer of the Month Nomination