MoveMakers & NewsMakers for Aug. 5, 2020
See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."
Steve Harmon was elected to serve as the Mound City Bar Association's president for the 2020 - 2021 bar year that began on July 1, 2020. He has served the organization for more than fifteen years and is a lifetime member. The Mound City Bar Association was established in 1922 and serves black lawyers and paralegals in the greater St. Louis legal community.
Lewis Rice has announced it will donate $25,000 to the Golf Foundation of Missouri’s (GFM) newly formed Larry L. Deskins Sr. Scholarship Fund. GFM is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to teaching life skills such as sportsmanship, etiquette and honesty to underprivileged youth in St. Louis City through the game of golf.
The donation is part of Lewis Rice’s ongoing commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion efforts in the St. Louis community and honors the firm’s longtime partner Larry L. Deskins Sr. who passed away Mar. 22, 2020 at the age of 68.
Deskins was a dedicated lawyer who made a name for himself in St. Louis counseling banking institutions, public school districts, business entrepreneurs and more. He was the first African-American to be elevated to partner by a major St. Louis law firm. An avid golfer, Deskins was also a GFM board member and served as a mentor to the underprivileged children who participated in the organization’s summer camps.
“Larry was a great lawyer, terrific partner and dear friend,” said Tom Erb, chairman of the firm. “All of us at Lewis Rice are proud to help continue Larry’s legacy of civic engagement with our contribution to the Larry L. Deskins Sr. Scholarship Fund. Larry believed that education and a tireless work ethic led to his success. Our hope is that this fund will provide the same opportunities to others for years to come.”
“Lewis Rice has always been, and will continue to be, a firm that values diversity,” said Ron Norwood, chairman of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. “Supporting the Larry L. Deskins Sr. Scholarship Fund feels so right – honoring our partner and friend, and continuing our commitment to building an inclusive community where all are able to maximize their potential.”