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Alan Pratzel

George Draper III
Jan 20, 2020

Chief Justice Draper urges census participation, voting during MLK Celebration

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice George William Draper III encouraged a gym filled with St. Louis-area residents to respond to the U.S. census and cast their votes in upcoming elections during his keynote speech Jan. 20 at the 35th annual MLK Celebration in the gymnasium of the Monsanto Family YMCA in St. Louis. Unlike his […]

Oct 4, 2009

Privacy trashed

There they were, in open bins on a sidewalk in downtown St. Louis: enough internal documents to make the heart of a Macy's competitor or a business journalist go pitter-patter. But also enough vendor and customer information, including debit card numbers, to make privacy experts or concerned consumers scream. Macy's Inc., which announced the closure of its Midwest division in downtown St. Lo[...]

Jul 24, 2009

CLE ethics requirements may increase

Going forward, Missouri attorneys may have to pay a little more attention to ethics. The Missouri Bar approved a proposal at its meeting earlier this month to increase the requirement for continuing legal education credits on ethics to two hours per year from three hours per three-year period. The total requirement of 15 hours of […]

Jul 24, 2009

Rejected rules on advertising will be revisited

When Mark Levison first became chairman of a special Missouri Bar committee on lawyer advertising in 2003, he had no desire for it to be a lifetime appointment. But it’s starting to feel that way. The Missouri Bar approved changes to advertising rules a few years back, and they took effect in 2006. All along, […]

May 5, 2009

Want to know?

The sight of an envelope bearing the name of the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel leaves many Missouri attorneys wracked with anxiety. But a small group of solo attorneys wants to see more of these envelopes. They want to receive notice every time a client complains about them, even if the state’s attorney discipline system […]

Feb 4, 2009

Criticizing judges could get lawyer suspended

A Kansas City lawyer told the Missouri Supreme Court he acted with “intellectual curiosity” when he wrote letters to a Jackson County circuit judge challenging her integrity and accusing her of engaging in judicial tyranny. Chief Disciplinary Counsel Alan Pratzel, however, argued that James T. Madison’s letters bordered on threatening and violated the Supreme Court […]

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