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THE GIST

1. Bryan Cave Revenue: $554.8 million                                                                              Profit: $191.7 million Revenue per lawyer: $549,700                                                                    Profits per partner: $622,600 Buoyed by a January 2009 merger with Atlanta-based Powell Goldstein, Bryan Cave’s revenue perks up by 10 percent. Profits grow by ...

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Drunken driver victim’s family settles its suit

The daughter of a man killed in a fatal drunken driving accident in St. Charles has settled with the drunken driver for $200,000. On Feb. 3, 2008, defendant Donald L. Fleming III drove through a yellow light at the intersection ...

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Who’s next?

Missouri takes first prize in embracing the uniform bar exam, but how close - or how far away - are other states to adopting the concept?

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Missouri leads way on uniform bar exam

Chris Stewart, from left, Leo O. Salinger and Bradley Akins, all law students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, camp out at Salinger’s house last week studying for their final exams. Bar examiners across the country are lauding Missouri for becoming the first state to adopt the uniform bar exam, a set of standard testing instruments whose score can be transferred to other states.

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Portia Kayser

Portia Kayser’s law professors are trying desperately to bring her back to Earth. Just because Kayser deftly argued and won her first two cases before the Missouri Court of Appeals doesn’t mean she will win every case upon her graduation ...

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Rashda M. Buttar

Down, down, down she went. For 500 feet, Rashda M. Buttar descended slowly into the coal mine. The constant 55 degree temperature warmed her face, chilled earlier from the winter winds above ground in West Virginia. She flicked on her ...

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Joan Lipkin

In Joan Lipkin’s version of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” towheaded Becky Thatcher is reborn as a strident and sassy heroine who declares her life’s dream from a wheelchair: “I want to grow up to be a rich, successful lawyer!” ...

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