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. The "Roger P. Krumm Family Law Award" is given in honor of Roger Krumm, a family law lawyer who possessed all the characteristics, skills, and integrity of those who receive this award.

You may use one of the following forms to make a nomination:

Nomination criteria should include:

  • Demonstrated excellence in negotiation and trial practice;
  • Participation and leadership in local and statewide family law related efforts; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to those involved and affected by family law matters.

2020 Award Winner - James H. Young, Lee's Summit

Young is the founder of the Law Office of Young and Kuhl, LLC and has been practicing family law for 30 years. In 2019, he transitioned from his traditional domestic relations law practice to become a full-time mediator, where he specializes in family law issues, including custody, parenting time, property division, and more, in both Kansas and Missouri.   

Young graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, as well as former president of the Missouri chapter of AAML. Young is active in The Missouri Bar’s Family Law Section and spent two terms (2001-2003) on its executive council and as chair of the section. He is also a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and its Family Law Section, where he served as chair in 1995.  

Young serves as a special master for discovery and other financial issues; is active in a number of both multiple-county and statewide committees; and has been a frequent speaker at seminars, including discussing child support methodology and joint physical custody situations.  

Past Recipients of Award

2019 — Hon. Thea A. Sherry, St. Louis

2018 — Hon. Douglas R. Beach, Clayton

2017 — Anita Rodarte, Lee's Summit

2016 — Alan Freed, St. Louis

2015 — F. Richard Van Pelt, Springfield

2014 — Susan S. Jensen, Springfield

2013 — Ann Bauer, St. Louis

2012 — Patricia "Trish" Scaglia, Independence

2011 — Gary L. Stamper, Columbia

2010 — John S. Pratt, Jr., Springfield

2009 — Larry V. Swall, Liberty

2008 — Cary J. Mogerman, St. Louis

2007 — Allan F. Stewart, Clayton

2006 — Carla Holste, Jefferson City

2005 — Karen A. Plax, Kansas City

2004 — Michael J. Albano, Independence

2003 — Lori J. Levine, Jefferson City