Awards

Each year, The Missouri Bar recognizes individuals who have helped improve the state's justice system. Many of these awards are presented at the bar's Annual Meeting. Some awards are given by other organizations but are also presented at the Annual Meeting.

Missouri Bar Awards

  • The Dr. Warren H. Solomon Civic Virtue Award
    The Dr. Warren H. Solomon Civic Virtue Award was established by The Missouri Bar Advisory Committee for Citizenship Education to recognize individuals who exemplify civic virtue and who have promoted civic virtue among Missouri’s teachers and students.
  • The E.A. Richter Award for Excellence in Citizenship Education
    The Missouri Bar Advisory Committee for Citizenship Education established the Richter Award to recognize outstanding contributions by Missouri’s teachers, administrators and schools to citizenship education efforts in the state.
  • The Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Practice Award
    The Missouri Bar’s Bankruptcy Creditor-Debtor Rights Committee has established an annual award to honor the memory of Michael R. Roser. The Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award will be presented to an individual who manifests the highest standard of excellence in bankruptcy practice, who has contributed distinctively to the development and appreciation of bankruptcy law, and/or who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of bankruptcy administration or practice.
  • The President's Awards
    The award is given by the president of The Missouri Bar to recognize meritorious service to the state bar. (2020 Awards - Hon. Lisa S. Van Amburg and Professor Douglas E. Abrams)
  • The Pro Bono Publico Awards
    These Missouri Bar awards acknowledge lawyers, firms or organizations for outstanding pro bono activities. One award recipient annually is a member of the Young Lawyers' Section and selected by the Young Lawyers' Section Council.
  • The Roger P. Krumm Family Law Award
    The Family Law Section and The Missouri Bar present an annual award to honor a family law lawyer who has demonstrated an exceptional degree of competence, skill, integrity, commitment, and dedication toward the improvement and advancement of the practice of family law and the children and families involved in family law matters. (2020 Award - James H. Young)
  • Theodore M. McMillian Judicial Excellence Awards
    The award recognizes jurists who, by virtue of their integrity, leadership and diligence in the pursuit of the efficient administration of justice, inspire other members of the judiciary to similar noble purpose. (2020 Awards - Hon. Patricia Breckenridge and Hon. Michael Pritchett)
  • Legislative Awards
    The Missouri Bar Legislative Awards recognizes Missouri legislators who have made significant contributions to legislation which affects the administration of justice and the integrity of the judiciary. (2020 Awards - Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr, Rep. Gina Mitten and Sen. Scott Sifton )

Missouri Bar Foundation Awards

  • The David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Awards
    The David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award recognizes three young lawyers who are under the age of 40 selected from different regions of the state: St. Louis, Kansas City and all other counties.. The recipients are chosen based on their performance of outstanding appellate work. Nominations are solicited from members of The Missouri Bar from Jan. 1 through March 15. Those nominations are then sent to a selection committee of two appellate judges, a U.S. district judge and the chief justice of the Supreme Court, who makes recommendations to the Missouri Bar Foundation Trustees for final selection. (2020 Awards - Zachary M. Bluestone, Alexander T. Brown and Julia E. Rives )
  • The Lon O. Hocker Awards
    This award is given to three trial lawyers who are under the age of 40 selected from different regions of the state: St. Louis, Kansas City and all other counties. The recipients are chosen based on their demonstrated balance between zealousness and honor, strength and courtesy, confidence and respect, as well as other professional qualities. (2020 Awards - Nathan L. Chapman, Audrey E. McCormick, and Erika Wurst )
  • The Spurgeon Smithson Awards
    The Spurgeon Smithson Awards honor Missourians who have shown outstanding service toward the increase and diffusion of justice. Each year, a judge, an academic and a lawyer are selected for recognition. (2020 Awards - Hon. Robert G. Dowd Jr., Mira Mdivani, and Patrick K. Robb)
  • Purcell Professionalism Award
    This award acknowledges outstanding professionalism by a Missouri lawyer, who has consistently demonstrated an exceptional degree of competency, integrity and civility in both their professional and civic activities. (2020 Awards - Michael D. Murphy and Allan D. Seidel )
  • The W. Oliver Rasch Award 
    This award is given to a lawyer who has contributed and authored the best Journal of The Missouri Bar article of the year. (2020 Award - John M. Challis)

Missouri Bar Young Lawyers' Section Awards

  • The Liberty Bell Award
    This award acknowledges 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. (2020 Award - Child Protection Center, Kansas City)
  • The Tom Cochran Community Service Award
    This award acknowledges outstanding community service activities by a lawyer. (2020 Award - Danielle Atchison)

Other Awards

  • The Defender of Distinction Award
    Missouri Public Defender Commission awards a public defender who exemplifies the ideal of public defense. (2020 Award - Sarah Johnson)
  • Prosecutor of the Year
    The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys awards a prosecutor for their service over the past year. (2020 Award - Timothy A. Lohmar)