Judge Stephen R. Bough is not one to talk much about himself, but he has a host of people who will do the talking for him.
“Whether though summer internships, teaching at the UMKC Law School, or simple lunches, Judge Bough not only made time for young lawyers, but actively reached out to develop and grow relationships,” wrote one nominator.
Another noted: “He did everything he could to teach me about both the practice of law as well as the business of law. I can honestly say that I owe much of the successes in my legal career to Judge Bough.”
Bough himself was a success well before arriving on the federal bench. A recipient of the Lon O. Hocker Award and part of the Ingram’s “Forty Under 40” list, he was also recognized as a top plaintiff’s attorney by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.
In the community, Bough worked with first generation college students to help them attain their goals through the Kauffman Scholars program.
What is your most important work at your organization?
Every day I get to build on our democracy. How I treat lawyers, parties and witnesses matters. Justice is achieved not just in the final judgment but in every interaction every day.
What inspired you to get involved in the legal profession?
My mother worked in the victim/witness office in Greene County. She told me that lawyers could make a real difference in people’s lives.