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. Suspended 2018-19 Annual Report  

Missouri Bar Awards

Missouri Bar Foundation Awards

  • The David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Awards  (nominations open from Jan. 1 - Mar. 15)
    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.  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. (2021 Awards - Emily Danker-Feldman, Damien de Loyola, and John C. Steffens)
  • The Lon O. Hocker Awards  (nominations open from Jan. 1 - Mar. 15)
    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. (2021 Awards - Jordan Force, Brian Horneyer, and Jeffrey Q. McCarther)
  • 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. (2021 Awards - Hon. Laura Denvir Stith, S. David Mitchell and Richard G. Steele)
  • 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. (2021 Awards - Hon. David C. Mason and Scott S. Bethune)
  • 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. (2021 Award - Timothy F. McCurdy)

Missouri Bar Young Lawyers' Section Awards

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)