Purcell Professionalism Award


This award was founded in honor of Mr. Martin J. Purcell by his daughter, Mary, 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.

Purcell was president of The Missouri Bar in 1968-69 with a reputation for being a highly professional and effective advocate.  Nominations for the award are made with these traits in mind by the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar and the Board of Trustees of The Missouri Bar Foundation. 

The Board of Trustees of the Foundation makes the final selection at its June meeting, and the award is presented at the Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar.  The award includes a $500 stipend.

For more information, contact Mischa Buford Epps at The Missouri Bar.

Award Winners

Learn about the 2022 recipients – Dana Tippin Cutler and Doreen Dodson.


Past Award Recipients

2021

Hon. David C. Mason

Scott S. Bethune

 

2020

Michael D. Murphy, Cape Girardeau

Allan D. Seidel, Trenton

 

2019

Laurence R. Tucker, Liberty

Charles W. Gotschall, Kansas City

 

2018

R. Dan Boulware, St. Joseph

Michael J. Patton, Springfield

 

2017

Steven N. Cousins, St. Louis

David P. Macoubrie, Chillicothe

 

2016

Bill L. Thompson, Jefferson City

Spencer J. Brown, Kansas City

 

2015

John W. Kurtz, Kansas City

J. Michael Payne, Cape Girardeau

 

2014

Fred L. Hall, Jr., Springfield

Ira M. Young, St. Louis

 

2013

Cathy J. Dean, Kansas City

Alan D. Pratzel, Jefferson City

 

2012

R. Denise Henning, Kansas City

 

2011

James W. Tippin, Kansas City

 

2010

Joseph C. Blanton Jr., Sikeston

Jennifer Gille Bacon, Kansas City

 

2009

Stephen H. Ringkamp, St. Louis

 

2008

Loramel P. Shurtleff, Columbia   


2007

John C. Dods III, Kansas City

 

2006

Wade Hampton Ford Jr., Columbia

Newton C. Brill, West Plains

 

2005

Philip D. Heagney, St. Louis

 

2004

Robert C. Welch, Kansas City

 

2003

Ann K. Covington, St. Louis

Raymond C. Lewis Jr., Columbia

 

2002

Alan B. Gallas, Kansas City

 

2001

W. Dudley McCarter, St. Louis

 

2000

Maurice B. Graham, St. Louis

 

1999

F. Wm. McCalpin, St. Louis

 

1998

Donald R. Duncan, Springfield

 

1997

R. Lawrence Ward, Kansas City

 

1996

Eugene Buckley, St. Louis

James Newberry, Springfield

 

1995

Richard B. Teitelman, St. Louis

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