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New governors

In August, Missouri lawyers voted in districts throughout the state to elect six new members to the bar’s Board of Governors. The six officially join the board at the conclusion of the annual meeting. They are:

Charles Curless

  • Associate circuit judge, 28th District, Barton County
  • Lamar
  • Private practice background in probate, family law, corporate law

Before becoming a judge in 1995, Curless practiced law with two brothers-in-law. With his involvement in community and professional organizations, Curless said he hopes to represent the legal community while having a positive impact on the administration of justice for ordinary citizens. His goal is to encourage civility among attorneys in their dealings with each other, judges and others involved in the legal process.

Genevieve M. Frank

Genevieve (Gen) Frank

  • Administrative director, St. Louis County Council; St. Louis County clerk
  • Clayton

Frank said The Missouri Bar has supported Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, where she worked as both intern and lawyer, and the St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers Program, which she directed for six years. Her goal in law school was to practice public interest law, and bar members and mentors helped make it possible. In serving on the Board of Governors, she said she can repay what she’s gained. Her goal is to represent the interests of attorneys in St. Louis County and advocate for the budget challenges facing the courts, public defenders and low-income residents.

Marie Kenyon

Marie A. Kenyon

Marie A. Kenyon

  • Managing attorney, Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry
  • St. Louis
  • Representation of domestic violence victims and their families, immigration matters

Kenyon is in court almost daily in the counties of the Archdiocese. She said she hopes to bring the concerns of other attorneys to the Board of Governors. A priority issue is to secure additional funding for the Missouri State Public Defender System. Kenyon said Missouri’s legal profession is obligated to help public defenders who practice “under dire conditions” and to ensure that the voices of their clients are heard.

Nancy R. Mogab

Nancy R. Mogab

Nancy R. Mogab

  • Attorney, Mogab & Hughes Attorneys
  • St. Louis

Mogab has been active in bar committees and has held several leadership positions. She said her involvement in St. Louis’s legal community makes her familiar with the concerns of attorneys in the area. Her goal is to represent all lawyers who practice in her City of St. Louis district – large firm attorneys, solo practitioners and corporate and public sector lawyers. A key concern is the impact economic conditions have had on legal practice and funding of the system.

Mark Neill

Judge Mark Neil

Judge Mark Neil

  • Circuit judge, 22nd District, St. Louis City

Neill spent 27 years in private practice and 12 as attorney for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Neill’s priorities on the Board of Governors include defense of the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan against attacks from inside and outside the state. He’s opposed to misleading advertising by out-of-state lawyers, and he advocates financial support for legal services for Missouri residents, regardless of their economic or social status.

Joe P. Rice III

Joseph P. Rice III

Joseph P. Rice III

  • Attorney, Rice, Spaeth, Summers & Heisserer
  • Cape Girardeau
  • Practice specializes in worker’s compensation, civil litigation

When the former district governor chose not to seek another term, Rice said he was in a position to devote time to the Board of Governor’s work. In serving, he said he hopes to represent the interests of all judges and attorneys in his district. He views the Nonpartisan Court Plan, advertising and pro bono work as priority issues.