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#MoBarNews: October 2022 recap

This month, The Missouri Bar honored lawyers with pro bono awards and the 2022 Defender of Distinction award, provided a legislative update with ballot measures, and introduced members of the 2022-23 Leadership Academy class.

Meet your 2022-23 Leadership Academy class

Twelve exceptional lawyers were recently selected to participate in the 2022-23 Missouri Bar Leadership Academy due to their outstanding leadership skills within their communities. Read more about these committed individuals here.

Quinn Benson, The Benson Law Firm LLC, Kirksville

Brenlee Buerge, The McPherson Law Firm, Joplin

Cailynn Hayter, Shook Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City

Rob Huq, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Office, St. Louis

Shannon King, Lashly & Baer P.C., St. Louis

Brendan Kottenstette, Missouri State Public Defender, St. Louis

Erin Lueker, Sedey Harper Westhoff P.C., St. Louis

Elizabeth McNulty, The Simon Law Firm P.C., St. Louis

Brian Moody, Chambers of Hon. Patricia Breckenridge, Jefferson City

Samuel Sherman, Sandberg Phoenix, Kansas City

Keegan Tinney, Stricklen, Dreyer & Tinney P.C., Joplin

Molly Wilson, Pratt & Grisham LLC, Springfield

Five lawyers honored with Pro Bono Awards

Sophia Bond, Jennifer Hargis, Kate Nolen, Scott Pierson, and Howard Smotkin were recently honored with The Missouri Bar’s 2022 Pro Bono Award for their commitment to serving their communities and dedication to ensuring equal access to justice for all.

Click here to read more about each of these amazing lawyers and the work they do on behalf of others - from helping children have a voice in the legal system to providing services to a nonprofit organization helping mitigate malnutrition in Haiti.

Legislative Update: 2022 ballot measures

Five ballot measures (four proposed constitutional amendments and one question on a constitutional convention) will appear on the November general election ballot. Learn what these amendments mean and be prepared for the November election here.

Charles Hoskins posthumously receives the 2022 Defender of Distinction Award

A “lifelong public defender,” Charles Hoskins was awarded this year’s Defender of Distinction Award posthumously by the Missouri Public Defender Commission. This award exemplifies the ideal of public defense. Hoskins died Dec. 15, 2021, while on a work trip.

Hoskins was a lawyer with the Missouri State Public Defender Eastern Capital Office. Prior to that, he worked in the Rolla and Union trial offices. A graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law, Hoskins was admitted to The Missouri Bar in 1994. Read more about this talented lawyer here.

Most popular feature

October’s most popular articles were The Missouri Bar’s weekly case summaries. The bar provides links to all hand downs by the Supreme Court of Missouri and the Missouri Court of Appeals each week online. There are headings and summaries for each case. Summaries are not part of the opinions of the Court. They have been prepared for the convenience of the reader and should not be quoted or cited.

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