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Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Jan 11, 2010

Trust account funding drops 45 percent

In February, Denise Brown predicted a funding source for legal aid agencies’ 2010 budgets would drop by about half. “I’m sorry to say I was accurate,” Brown said in an interview last week. Brown is the executive director of the Missouri Lawyer Trust Account Foundation, which receives money from the interest earned on trust accounts […]

Oct 5, 2009

Lever wins national award

Ann B. Lever, formerly with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, is being honored by The National Legal Aid & Defender Association. Lever will be receiving the Reginald Herber Smith Award at the organization’s annual award luncheon on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Hyatt Regency in Denver. The award recognizes the dedicated service and outstanding achievements of a […]

Sep 24, 2009

Nothing funny about financial state of justice

Missouri Supreme Court Judge Michael Wolff tried to open a morning discussion on financial pressures facing the state’s justice system with a joke or anecdote this morning. But he couldn’t. “It’s not a joke. There isn’t one,” Wolff said at The Missouri Bar’s annual meeting in St. Louis. A panel of attorneys and state legal […]

Aug 20, 2009

Legal Services hires Latasha Barnes for child health advocacy project

Latasha Barnes has joined Legal Services of Eastern Missouri as an advocate in the St. Louis Children’s Health Advocacy Project. Prior to joining LSEM, Barnes served as an intern for the Saint Louis University Law Clinic as well as the Missouri State Public Defender System and the Family Court of St. Louis County. She also […]

Aug 14, 2009

Lever to retire from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

After 30 years of serving the poor and underprivileged, Ann B. Lever is retiring from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Lever began working for LSEM while still in law school and was hired in 1979 when she graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law. In April 1985, Richard B. Teitelman, then LSEM's executive director, promoted Lever to the position of director of legal education. "[...]

Aug 11, 2009

Legal Services receives $67,500 to support Children’s Legal Alliance

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri will receive $67,500 in funding from the Community Children’s Service Fund through the St. Louis Mental Health Board. The funding will help support LSEM’s Children’s Legal Alliance in its advocacy to obtain appropriate educational services for children in residentially-placed foster care. The alliance provides child-centered legal and social sup[...]

Aug 4, 2009

LSEM to close Pinnacle Arbitration

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri announced this afternoon that it will indefinitely suspend operations of its Pinnacle Arbitration and Mediation Services. LSEM Executive Director Dan Glazier said in a statement that “with demand for LSEM’s services growing during these difficult economic times, we want to redirect resources to client representation.” Read more on this story [&h[...]

Jun 25, 2009

McCaskill to hold Senate hearing to examine reverse mortgages

Daniel Claggett, managing attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, will testify Monday at a Senate committee hearing on reverse mortgages. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., will chair the Special Committee on Aging field hearing, which will be held at the OCHS Senior Center in University City. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. Reverse mortgages, […]

May 29, 2009

Legal aid groups could see lifting of federal restrictions

Legal aid groups, long forbidden from taking on certain types of work, could see a change under next year’s federal budget. President Barack Obama last month called for Congress to do away with three restrictions enacted on legal aid groups in 1996. Groups that accept federal funding cannot file class action lawsuits or claim attorney […]

May 29, 2009

Legal Services to honor volunteers, supporters

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has announced the winners of its annual equal access to justice awards. “All the people and law firms we are honoring have been tremendously supportive of Legal Services over the years and have shown a passion and commitment to helping the underserved in our community,” Dan Glazier, executive director and […]

May 28, 2009

Legal Services announces awards winners

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has announced the winners of its annual equal access to justice awards. They are: Michael Gunn (R. Walston Chubb Award) Husch Blackwell Sanders (Equal Justice Award) Thompson Coburn (Ashley Award) Koreen L. Gummere (Richard B. Teitelman Distinguished Service Award) Larry Thomason, Jr. (Richard B. Teitelman Distinguished Service Award) Vincent D. […]

Apr 24, 2009

Travis promoted at LSEM

Not-for-profit Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has named Lynn Travis of St. Peters as bankruptcy coordinator for its new Foreclosure Defense Project. The project was formed earlier this year with grant money and handles bankruptcies and provides other services in defense of clients who are at risk of losing their homes through foreclosure. Travis previously […]

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