Cris Stevens and Thomas Haine recognized for legal writing
Two lawyers have won the 2019 W. Oliver Rasch Award for their article which imparts widely applicable lessons learned in conducting internal corporate investigations and criminal investigations, including the investigation of the police-shooting death of Michael Brown in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
Two lawyers have won the 2019 W. Oliver Rasch Award for their article which imparts widely applicable lessons learned in conducting internal corporate investigations and criminal investigations, including the investigation of the police-shooting death of Michael Brown in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Co-authored by Cris Stevens and Thomas Haine, the article “ Internal Investigations: Lessons Learned for Corporate Counsel and the Investigating Lawyer” was published in the May-June 2018 issue of the Journal of The Missouri Bar.
The Missouri Bar Foundation presents the W. Oliver Rasch Award each year to acknowledge exceptional articles appearing in the publication, which focuses on current legal issues, trends in practice management and developments in the profession, as well as other legal topics.The award is named after the late longtime member and former chair of the editorial board and carries a cash stipend. This year, based on the recommendation of the editorial board, the foundation selected Stevens and Haine for the honor.
Stevens is the Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, which includes the Public Safety, Appellate, and Medicaid Fraud Sections.
“I am honored to be the recipient, with my co-author, of the W. Oliver Rasch Award for outstanding article published in 2018,” said Stevens. “The best advice I can give is what I have observed from prosecutors and police officers for nearly 20 years: Find the truth and do justice.”
Haine is an associate at HeplerBroom LLC in Edwardsville, IL, and the founder and executive director of Law Firms in the Nation's Service NFP,a nonprofit corporation committed to encouraging a tradition of military service in the legal profession.
“I love the American legal tradition and I love the work of justice,” said Haine. “It is an honor, especially to receive this award with Cris Stevens, who has been a great mentor and friend in the legal profession.”
Haine and Stevens will be jointly recognized during The Missouri Bar Foundation & Public Service Awards Luncheon Sept. 18 at the 2019 Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar in Branson.