Our mission is to promote improvement in the administration of justice by encouraging and funding law-related endeavors, recognizing legal and public service, and supporting scholarships and community projects.
Senior Citizens Handbook
The Missouri Bar Foundation provides for the printing costs of the Senior Citizens Handbook, a guide to aid senior citizens in understanding their legal rights and responsibilities.
The Keith A. Birkes
Fund for Justice Education
Keith A. Birkes served as Executive Director of The Missouri Bar for 27 years before retiring in 2012. His legacy continues with the Keith A. Birkes Fund for Justice Education. This new fund will support efforts by Missouri lawyers to educate Missouri citizens about their justice system.
MISSOURI BAR FOUNDATION NEWS
January 10, 2014 – The Missouri Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2014 Lon O. Hocker Awards, presented annually to three young lawyers––one each from St. Louis, Kansas City and outstate Missouri––who have demonstrated exceptional proficiency in trial advocacy. (Nomination Requirements/Forms) (See List of Award Alumni)
January 10, 2014 – The Missouri Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for its David J. Dixon awards recognizing outstanding achievement in appellate practice by young lawyer members of The Missouri Bar. (Nomination Requirements/Forms) (See List of Award Alumni)
September 18, 2013 – The Missouri Bar Foundation presented its annual W. Oliver Rasch Award to Cape Girardeau attorney H. Morley Swingle at the 132nd Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar. Swingle, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, was honored for his article “Smartphone Searches Incident to Arrest,” which appeared in the January-February 2012 issue of the Journal of The Missouri Bar. The W. Oliver Rasch Award was created by the editorial board of the Journal of The Missouri Bar to recognize outstanding substantive articles appearing in the Journal. The award is named after the late long-time member and former chair of the editorial board. Click here to watch the award video
September 18, 2013 – Three lawyers received the annual David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award from the Missouri Bar Foundation at the 132nd Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar. The recipients are D. John Sauer, a partner in the St. Louis law firm of Clark & Sauer, L.L.C., Thomas J. Hershewe , an attorney at the Kansas City firm of Dollar, Burns & Becker, L.C., and Timothy A. Garrison, an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri. The David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Awards were created by The Missouri Bar Foundation to recognize outstanding achievement in appellate practice by young lawyer members of The Missouri Bar. The award is named after the late Judge Dixon, whose tenacity, professionalism and judicial skills epitomize outstanding appellate practice. Click here to watch the award video
September 18, 2013 – The Missouri Bar Foundation's annual Lon O. Hocker Awards honored three attorneys at the 132nd Anual Meeting of The Missouri Bar. The recipients of the awards are Sarah K. Johnson, who works in the St. Louis Trial Office of the Missouri Public Defender System; Molly M. Hastings, an associate public defender with the Missouri State Public Defender–Kansas City Trial Division; and Russell P. Dempsey, The First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Major Crimes Unit of the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The Lon O. Hocker Awards were established in 1954 by Mary B. Hocker in memory of her late husband who was an outstanding St. Louis trial lawyer. The award is presented annually by the Missouri Bar Foundation to young lawyers who have demonstrated unusual proficiency in the art of trial advocacy. Click here to watch the award video
September 18, 2013 – Cathy J. Dean, a retired senior partner with the Polsinelli law firm in Kansas City, and Alan D. Pratzel, Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Missouri, were presented the Purcell Professionalism Award at The Missouri Bar Foundation & Public Service Awards Luncheon at the 132nd Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar. The award was created in honor of, and by the family of, Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Purcell to acknowledge outstanding professionalism in a Missouri lawyer who has consistently demonstrated an exceptional degree of competency, integrity and civility in both professional and civic activities. Click here to watch the award video
September 18, 2013 – Dean Michael A. Wolff of St. Louis University School of Law, the Hon. Robert G. Russell of Kempton & Russell, LLC, and Rep. Ike N. Skelton of Husch Blackwell were presented the Spurgeon Smithson Award at The Missouri Bar Foundation & Public Service Awards Luncheon at the 132nd Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar. The awards were established in 1976 by bequest of the late Mr. Smithson, an outstanding Kansas City lawyer. The Missouri Bar Foundation makes the awards annually to Missouri judges, teachers of law and/or lawyers deemed “to have rendered outstanding service toward the increase and diffusion of justice.” Click here to watch the award video
July 18, 2013 – The Missouri Bar Foundation today announced the appointment of Dana Tippin Cutler as the organization's new president. Tippin Cutler has outlined a number of goals she plans to accomplish while leading The Foundation's efforts. The goals include addressing professional services in a more cost-efficient manner, keeping ahead of the curve regarding changes in tax law for charitable organizations, and expanding support by increasing the number of the Foundation Fellows.