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Awards and Other Opportunities
for Missouri Young Lawyers

The YLS and Missouri Bar sponsor several awards given annual at The Missouri Bar Annual Meeting, which is usually held in September each year. Nominations should be addressed to Eric Wilson, YLS Liaison, The Missouri Bar, P.O. Box 119, Jefferson City, MO 65102, or emailed to ewilson@mobar.org.

 

These awards include:

Lon O. Hocker Award (Nominations due March 15, 2017)
Established in 1954 by Mary B. Hocker in memory of her late husband, an outstanding St. Louis trial lawyer, these awards are made annually by the Missouri Bar Foundation to young lawyers who have demonstrated unusual proficiency in the art of trial advocacy. The award is presented annually to three lawyers 40 years of age or younger – one each from the St. Louis, Kansas City and outstate Missouri areas – in recognition of outstanding trial work. 

Tom Cochran Community Service Award (Nominations due May 15, 2017)
This award is designed to recognize a member of The Missouri Bar whose community service and professionalism have enhanced his or her community. The award is named after Thomas D. Cochran (1934-1981), whose commitment and contributions to the practice of law and his community are an inspiration to all lawyers. The award rotates between St. Louis, Kansas City, and outstate Missouri areas, based on where the Bar's September annual meeting is held. (i.e., if the meeting is held in Kansas City, a Kansas City area attorney is recognized; if the meeting is held in outstate Missouri, an outstate attorney is recognized, and so on.) The award for 2017 will be given to a person in Kansas City, since the annual meeting is in Kansas City this year.

Liberty Bell Award (Nominations due May 15, 2017)
This award recognizes a non-lawyer or non-legal organization engaged in public service activities that enhance the legal community or are dedicated to the advancement of justice. The award rotates between St. Louis, Kansas City, and outstate Missouri areas, based on where the Bar's September annual meeting is held. (i.e., if the meeting is held in Kansas City, a Kansas City area person or organization is recognized; if the meeting is held in outstate Missouri, an outstate person or organization is recognized, and so on.) The award for 2017 will be given to a person in Kansas City, since the annual meeting is in Kansas City this year.

YLS Pro Bono Awards (Nominations due May 15, 2017)
YLS presents three annual Pro Bono Publico awards. One award is given to a member of the Missouri Bar in practice less than four (4) years, and a second award is given to a member of the Young Lawyers Section of the Missouri Bar in practice more than four (4). The third award is given to an organization or firm that actively encourages its employees and/or members, particularly its young or newly admitted lawyers, to provide pro bono services.  The awards rotate between St. Louis, Kansas City, and outstate Missouri areas, based on where the Bar's September annual meeting is held. (i.e., if the meeting is held in Kansas City, a Kansas City area attorneys and firms are recognized; if the meeting is held in outstate Missouri, outstate attorneys and firms are recognized, and so on.) The awards for 2017 will be given to persons in Kansas City, since the Annual Meeting is in Kansas City this year.

Individual attorneys who do not obtain their income delivering legal services to the poor are eligible. Small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the legal profession whose members have collectively made an outstanding contribution toward one of the award’s criteria are also eligible. The awardees will be selected from those who have excelled in one or more of the following ways:

  • demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to the poor through a pro bono program;
  • contributed significant work toward developing innovative approaches to delivery of volunteer legal services;
  • participated in an activity which resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs or in extending services to underserved segments of the population;
  • successfully litigated pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to the poor; and
  • successfully achieved legislation that contributed substantially to legal services to the poor. Members of the YLS Council are ineligible to receive the Pro Bono Award during the members’ term.