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MoveMakers & NewsMakers for July 5, 2022


See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."

St. Louis | Kansas City

St. Louis

Susan Hendrickson has been chosen as the new Chief Pretrial Services Officer for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. She will assume her new role on Oct. 1, 2022, upon the retirement of Mark Reichert, the current Pretrial Services Chief.

“Susan Hendrickson’s expertise and professionalism are well-known to the bench, the bar, and the entire District Court community,” said Chief District Judge Rodney W. Sippel. “Based on her wealth of experience and knowledge, Susan will do an excellent job as our district’s next Chief Pretrial Services Officer, and continue the excellent work of her predecessor, Mark Reichert.”

Hendrickson earned her B.A. in psychology from Saint Louis University and her M.A. in human resources management from Webster University. She began her career as a probation and parole officer in 1993. In 2001, she became a U.S. Pretrial Services Officer in the Eastern District. In 2009, Hendrickson was promoted to Senior U.S. Pretrial Services Officer and oversaw the diversion and employment program for the district. In 2012, she was promoted to Supervising U.S. Pretrial Services Officer, where she currently serves.

In 2012, Hendrickson was given the Award for Distinguished Service by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In 2015, she helped start the first diversion court in the Eastern District of Missouri with the assistance of Judge E. Richard Webber, Senior U.S. District Judge and Judge Audrey G. Fleissig, U.S. District Judge, along with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Public Defender's Office. The Court has since graduated 28 individuals from the program resulting in a savings to the Bureau of Prisons of more than $3,000,000.

The mission of the Pretrial Services Office is to provide service to the Court, protect the public, and assist in the fair administration of justice through the investigation and supervision of defendants and pretrial divertees.

Kansas City

Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling LLC announces that Ramona G. Palmer-Eason has joined the company as general counsel. 

Palmer-Eason will serve as the primary legal counsel for Heartland and as an advisor to the company’s CEO, COO, and other senior executives. She will be responsible for all legal affairs including corporate governance, commercial contracts, litigation, compliance programs, and labor and employment matters. 

“We are fortunate to have Ramona Palmer-Eason joining the Heartland Coca-Cola team,” said Charles Wyant, president of the company. “She has an impressive combination of legal experience, business leadership, and community leadership and we are looking forward to working with her.” 

Palmer-Eason brings over 20 years of legal experience, which includes legal counsel in private practice, government practice, and corporate practice. In 2022, Savoy Magazine recognized her as one of the most influential Black lawyers. 

Palmer-Eason graduated from Drake University with a B.A. in journalism and mass communications and with a Juris Doctor. She is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and The Missouri Bar. She is a board member of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research. 

Graves Garrett LLC is pleased to announce Claire Hausman and Rachel Owings have joined the firm as summer associates. Graves Garrett summer associates spend eight weeks working with the firm’s lawyers in a range of practice areas while receiving training, mentorship, and exposure to the firm’s clients and cases. 

“We are excited to welcome Claire and Rachel to Graves Garrett and work with them this summer,” partner Todd Graves said. “The firm is committed to providing them with educational and rewarding experiences that enhance their legal education. These talented attorneys-in-training bring valuable perspectives to our firm and clients, and we’re glad they’ve chosen to spend their summer learning alongside us.” 

A native of St. Joseph, Hausman is a rising second year law student at the University of Missouri School of Law. She completed her undergraduate studies in English and history at the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. 

Hausman previously interned with an Am Law 100 firm and a New York-based immigration firm in addition to her work last summer with the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office. 

Owings, who hails from Mexico, Missouri, also studies at the University of Missouri School of Law. She graduated with degrees in economics and political science from Truman State University, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the Outstanding Economics Major in her class. 

Past internships for Owings include a French-language study abroad program in Quebec, in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Economic Policy, and with the commercial lending office of a major financial services provider. 


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