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John Orbe joined Bryan Cave’s St. Louis office. He will practice with the transactions, corporate finance and technology, entrepreneurial and commercial practice groups. He received his law degree from Saint Louis University in 2010. Orbe was a summer associate with ...

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KCMBA spearheads effort to increase pro bono work

A new effort from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association aims to provide those incentives at a time when the economy is forcing many more individuals to represent themselves. The bar on Friday announced details of a pro bono database and Web site intended to link up Kansas City attorneys with citizens in need of free representation, part of a yearlong effort KCMBA President Rebbecca Lake Wood has spearheaded.

Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman and Jackson County Circuit Judge Ann Mesle's goodbye is reflected in a mirrored column at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's Pro Bono Summit on Friday.

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Suit survives for officer who says she had to quit

A police officer's discrimination lawsuit against a St. Louis suburb will proceed after a ruling from the Missouri Supreme Court. St. Louis County Judge James Hartenbach granted the city of Maplewood's motion for summary judgment on the grounds that officer Ellen Wallingsford's suit was filed too late. But the Supreme Court found that the judge had failed to comply with summary judgment procedures by not allowing Wallingsford to present additional evidence that discriminatory actions were taken during the filing period.

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ABA’s Wells: Courts face threats on many fronts

The president of the American Bar Association says that courts across the nation are facing potential threats to their independence. H. Thomas Wells Jr. (pictured with recently exonerated prisoner Josh Kezer, center, and Bryan Cave attorney Charlie Weiss, right, whose pro bono representation freed Kezer) said the threats ranged from ballot initiatives to partisan elections to rating systems from special interest groups. Wells was at Saint Louis University School of Law on Monday as a panelist for a roundtable discussion on the independent judiciary.

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