These 12 covers from a total of 59 issues of the St. Louis Lawyer that I planned, designed, typeset, edited, shot cover and interior photography, and wrote feature articles during my tenure at the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.
The investiture of Hon. Audrey Fleissig to the Federal Bench was held in the en banc courtroom of the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse. Looking on is U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, who nominated her.
The Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition is a statewide opportunity for high school aged students to learn about trial procedures, strategies and tactics – and to role play both plaintiff and defense positions. This is at the conclusion of the final trial in 2011.
Photographed in the den of her home, Lynn Whaley Vogel had just been elected President of the Missouri Bar. As a solo practitioner, Vogel has been active in professional organizations throughout her career. This image reflected her open and candid nature.
Motion for Kids is an annual holiday party for children whose family has been impacted by the justice system. These are children whose one-parent or foster families who normally cannot provide holiday gifts for them. Local attorneys and law firms throw the party and purchase gifts. This young man was on his way home with holiday presents and something to look forward to during the holiday season.
Shot from the Malcolm M. Martin Memorial Park and Fountain platform in East St. Louis, attorney John Farmer stood in front of the Mississippi River and the city of St. Louis – both that are key to his practice of Admiralty Law.
Then Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, Hon. Mary Rhodes Russell, was a real trooper when this image was shot. The Missouri Supreme Court was undergoing a massive rehabilitation project, which included no air conditioning on the day it was shot. Thanks to her patience, some portable fans, and quick lighting we were able to get the cover we wanted.
Attorney Ryan Kemper, who practices environmental law, was photographed for this cover in the studio against a green screen for time convenience, then married to an image from a wind farm near Bloomington, Illinois to create a topic-sensitive cover that told the story.
The Sweet Potato Project, led by Sylvester Brown, Jr., was one of the 2013 Spirit of Justice Award winners. Based in North St. Louis, the project teaches inner city youth how to become entrepreneurs by planting sweet potato plots on empty lots, studying marketing, business management and sales techniques. Then harvesting their crop and making end products like sweet potato cookies that they sell throughout the community.
Michael Wolff, former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice, returned to SLU Law to teach in 2011 and I was there to re-trace his career from a legal services attorney to a law school professor, then to the Missouri Supreme Court and back again as a law school professor. Eventually he would be named Dean of the Law School before retiring in 2016.
The late Honorable Richard B. Teitelman, shown here in his office in the St. Louis Municipal Courts building where he worked when not serving on the Missouri Supreme Court in Jefferson City. Judge Teitelman was gregarious, inquisitive, fair, and always concerned about those around him. He loved dining out and wrote regular restaurant reviews in this magazine for other attorneys. We lost Judge Teitelman in November 2016.
Maurice Graham, then President of the St. Louis Bar Foundation, was featured on this cover because of his philanthropic leadership motivating other lawyers to throw their support behind this charitable organization.
Frankie Muse Freeman, the first woman to be appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (by President Johnson), dedicated her legal career to advancing civil and human rights in St. Louis and throughout the nation. I had the privilege to interview and photograph her many times, and to get to know her well. Through appointments to boards, commissions, and other organizations, as well as her private law practice, she sought the promise of justice and equality in society.