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Missouri Lawyers Media honors 19 for diversity work

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Vincent Reese and Jeffrey St. Omer stop to chat after checking in. Photo by T.L. Witt

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Khevna Patel (left) gives Patricia Llanos a hug as she arrives at the awards ceremony. Photo by T.L. Witt

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Dan Cranshaw and Pamela Meanes have a conversation after checking in. Photo by T.L. Witt

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Frances Barbieri and Tracy Phipps enjoy a few minutes together before the awards. Photo by T.L. Witt

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Ibrahim Botchway takes a few photos of a poster that showed award-winners. Photo by T.L. Witt

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

James Breckenridge and Frieda Smith talk before the awards. Photo by T.L. Witt

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Judge Lawrence E. Mooney delivers the featured speech at the 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards. Photo by T.L. Witt

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Sylvia and Samuel Llanos look at photos of the honorees. Photo by T.L. Witt

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Brian Woods shares a moment together with Pete Woods before the awards. Photo by T.L. Witt

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Ed Herman and Terry Crouppen talk together before lunch. Photo by T.L. Witt

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

The 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards honorees. Photo by T.L. Witt

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

 

For the second time, Missouri Lawyers Media honored attorneys and law firms from around the state with its Diversity & Inclusion Awards during an awards luncheon Aug. 9 at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel St. Louis.

Launched in 2018, the Diversity & Inclusion Awards recognize attorneys, firms and organizations that are significantly advancing diversity, inclusion and the dignity of all people in Missouri’s legal profession and in communities in which exceptional legal work impacts justice for all.

More than 150 people attended the luncheon to recognize 19 honorees, including firm leaders, attorneys for nonprofit organizations, a judge and four firms.

“[These honorees] represent the epitome of ongoing work and exceptional achievement to encourage positive change,” Missouri Lawyers Media Publisher Liz Irwin said in her greeting to honorees and guests. “They are dedicated to the profession to ensure it represents the many facets of human diversity and to the application of justice overall.”

Judge Lawrence E. Mooney, who plans to retire Sept. 1 from the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District, was the featured speaker. Mooney, one of the state’s few openly gay judges, spoke of growing up in the 1950s and ’60s as a closeted teen and his realization — as a sad and lonely man at age 33 — that he needed to accept himself as a proud gay man.

“Being gay has made me a better judge,” Mooney said in remarks that drew frequent applause and a standing ovation from the audience. “It increased my capacity for empathy with others excluded by the law. And it has let me personally experience the profound effect that law can have on an individual’s life.”

The 2019 class of honorees:

J. Danielle Carr, former president, Mound City Bar Association/Polsinelli

Martha Charepoo, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice

Associate Judge Nicole Colbert-Botchway, St. Louis Circuit Court

Dan Cranshaw, Polsinelli

Lisa D’Souza, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Sheena Hamilton, Dowd Bennett

Charlie Harris Jr., Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris

Luz Maria Henriquez, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Stephanie Hosler, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Patricia Llanos, Brown & Crouppen

Pamela Meanes, Thompson Coburn

Narcisa Przulj, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard

Vincent D. Reese, Mickes O’Toole

Pete Woods, Haar & Woods

Teresa Young, Brown & James

 

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Dowd Bennett

Mickes O’Toole

Polsinelli

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