Young Lawyers' Section (YLS) - The Missouri Bar

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Awards and Other Opportunities
for Missouri Young Lawyers


YLS-sponsored awards:

The YLS sponsors three awards given annually at The Missouri Bar Annual Meeting, which is usually held in September each year. Nominations can be completed online.

Tom Cochran Community Service Award (Nominations due May 1, 2019)
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 annual meeting is held. (i.e., if the meeting is held in Kansas City, a Kansas City area lawyer is recognized; if the meeting is held in outstate Missouri, an outstate lawyer is recognized, and so on.) The award for 2019 will be given to a person from outstate Missouri.

To nominate someone for the Tom Cochran Community Service Award, click here.

Liberty Bell Award (Nominations due May 1, 2019)
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 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 2019 will be given to a person or organization from outstate Missouri.

To nominate someone for the Liberty Bell Award, click here.

Missouri Bar YLS Pro Bono Publico Award (Nominations due May 1, 2019)
Five Pro Bono Publico awards shall be given annually, and anyone may nominate a candidate. Four awards shall be given to an attorney or law firm that practices in the following geographic regions: one award in the St. Louis metropolitan area, one award in the Kansas City metropolitan area and two awards in the out-state area. The fifth award shall be given to a lawyer who is a member of the Young Lawyers' Section.

To nominate someone for the Missouri Bar YLS Pro Bono Publico Award, click here.

Missouri Bar Foundation awards:

Information regarding awards given by the Missouri Bar Foundation for young lawyers may be found by clicking the links below. Nominations for these awards were due by March 15, 2019.

David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Awards
Lon O. Hocker Awards